About the Experts
Nayaswami Dharmarajan is an Ananda minister. Before joining Ananda in 1996, he completed a Masters in Computer Science from MIT. He spent 8 years teaching children at Ananda's Living Wisdom Schools in Palo Alto and Ananda Village. He and his wife, Nayaswami Dharmini, served for years at Ananda India in Gurgaon (near Delhi) -- during which time he offered corporate training based on Swami Kriyananda's Success and Happiness through Yoga Principles Course. Dharmarajan and Dharmini have served as the spiritual directors of Ananda Los Angeles and now serve as the spiritual directors of Ananda Chennai in South India.
An Ananda Minister, Counselor, Hatha and Raja Yoga Teacher and Co- Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training. Diksha teaches many different courses at The Expanding Light Retreat. She is also an outstanding chef and very knowledgeable about the yogic diet and Ayurveda, an Indian system of natural health and healing.
Nayaswami Gopal, an Ananda Minister, is a teacher at Sierra College in Northern California, as well as a guest teacher at The Expanding Light, Ananda's Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center. He also teaches The Art of Supportive Leadership, an online course through Online with Ananda.
Gopal developed and presented a program on leadership to the National Education Association and has been involved in leadership training through them for the past two years. As a 7th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, he also owns and operates the Andre Sims Kenpo Karate School. Gopal lives at Ananda Village in Nevada City with his wife Nayaswami Sahaja.
Gyandev McCord is an Ananda Lightbearer and the director of Ananda Yoga and the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program. He teaches at The Expanding Light Retreat and worldwide.
Gyandev is also a founding board member of Yoga Alliance, the non-profit organization which ensures professional standards for yoga teachers in the U.S.
Prior to embarking on the yogic path, Gyandev received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Stanford University. After deeply contemplating the purpose of life, he decided to relinquish the outer science of math to explore the inner science of yoga.
Hassi is a Lightbearer at Ananda Village where she has lived for 27 years, raised 4 children, and taught at Ananda Living Wisdom School much of that time. She currently teaches Preschool.
A long-term teacher and minister, Hriman is one of the founding members of Ananda. He combines keen intellect and insight with a lively sense of humor, which makes his perspective on spiritual topics down-to-earth and practical. He is a Kriyacharya (authorized Kriya Yoga teacher).
Hriman and his wife Padma are the spiritual directors of Ananda Seattle, where they have lead the work since 1994.
Kristy has been practicing the teachings of Self-realization since 1984. She was part of the Ananda community in Seattle prior to moving to New England in 1989, and since that time has been instrumental in starting and leading the Ananda center in York, Maine as well as other programs in New England.
Kristy received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences. She is married to Leon and has a son, Ben, in college. She practices naturopathic medicine with her husband and another doctor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Through her service as a naturopathic doctor and Ananda center leader, Kristy has discovered the joy of selfless service and feels a spiritual kinship with all life.
Nayaswami Parvati is one of Ananda's most widely traveled and experienced ministers. With her husband, Nayaswami Pranaba, she helped to create and direct Ananda centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy.
Parvati currently lives at Ananda Village and administers the Janaka Foundation.
Pranaba has been an Ananda member and minister for almost 30 years. During this time he has served in many Ananda colonies in the U.S., and in Assisi, Italy.
Pranaba has directed the membership training program at Ananda Village and has coordinated Ananda's Meditation Centers and Groups. He now manages Ananda Sangha Worldwide, Ananda's outreach ministry. He also travels frequently, bringing Yogananda's teachings and inspiration to Ananda devotees nationwide.
Puru is a founding member of Ananda Village, as well as a Lightbearer, teacher, and writer. He has taught and lectured for over 35 years in America and Europe and is a co-author of The Yugas: Keys to Understanding Our Hidden Past, Emerging Energy Age, and Enlightened Future.
Puru is very entrepreneurial and has served in the management and business development of Ananda Village, as well as founding his own web design company, Tristream. Puru lives with his wife Lakshmi at Ananda Village in Northern California. Their four children are now grown and gone.
Nayaswami Sadhana Devi is a founding member of Ananda and a lightbearer, now serving in India with her husband Nayaswami Jaya.
Sadhana Devi and Jaya worked for many years to build Ananda Village in California, then served for a few years on the East Coast, helping to build another kind of community. In 2006 they came to India to join the Ananda Sangha staff at Gurgaon. After two years helping to build community in Pune they are returning to the Ananda Sangha headquarters in the Delhi area (Gurgaon), where they will continue to teach and work with outreach services.
Jaya and Sadhana Devi have a daughter, Shyama, in Portland, Oregon.
Savitri has been an Ananda minister for the past 30 years. She is a counselor and staff teacher at The Expanding Light Retreat, where she directs the Meditation Teacher Training program, and offers seminars on the chakras and other aspects of yoga philosophy.
In addition to her devotion to the spiritual path, Savitri is a musician, herb gardener, gourmet vegetarian cook, and nature lover!
Seva is a founding member of Ananda, and has lived at Ananda Village and other Ananda colonies since 1968. Her many years of service included taking charge of the fledgling community's finances, helping start new Ananda centers on the West Coast of the U.S., in Europe, and in India. Seva is a true pioneer!
Currently she resides at Ananda Village and directs the Ananda Course of Self-Realization. Unfailingly cheerful and loving under all circumstances, Seva has a deep understanding of the spiritual path, born of a lifetime dedicated to God.