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Ananda is dedicated to the belief, born of experience, that you can live in joy. We teach effective techniques for expanding your sense of self, such as meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritual Hatha Yoga, and divine friendship.
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Our Inspiration

Paramhansa Yogananda has been called the father of yoga and meditation in the West. His Autobiography helped spark and inspire a spiritual revolution across the world. Among the over three-hundred (influential spiritual voices) I interviewed about their key spiritual influences, a high percentage named a book, and by far the book most often mentioned was Yogananda’s unique memoir.Phil Goldberg, American Veda
Paramhansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952), best known as the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, was the first guru from India to make his home permanently in the United States.Paramhansa Yogananda showed how everyone, by means of meditation, can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. He taught an ancient meditation technique known as Kriya Yoga, by which one can quickly attain Self-realization. More
Swami Kriyananda (1926 – 2013), is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda’s worldwide movement.

At the request of Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda dedicated his life to lecturing and writing, and has also produced hundreds of pieces of music, to help others to find joy within. More

With the passing of Swami Kriyananda in 2013, Nayaswami Jyotish was named by Kriyananda as his spiritual successor. Jyotishji met Swami Kriyananda in 1966, working closely with him and his wife, Devi (who came to Ananda in 1969), to build Ananda’s work around the world. Both Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi were named kriyacharyas by Swami Kriyananda, and disseminate the liberating and ancient Kriya Yoga technique of Paramhansa Yogananda’s lineage. More

Meditation & Kriya Yoga

Learn to Meditate

Meditation is a technique for personal growth that has been practiced for thousands of years around the world with repeatable results. There is no aspect of your life that cannot be improved by meditation, whether it be in business, relationships, or health. The highest purpose of meditation, however, is to discover your Highest Self.

We offer a free, five day email series for a basic overview of how to meditate, which includes posture, where and when to meditate, and a simple effective technique. It also includes a subscription to our monthly Daily Meditator newsletter and monthly Inner Light newsletter.

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Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is an ancient meditation technique of energy and breath control, or pranayama. It is also a comprehensive spiritual path, which includes additional meditation practices and guidance for living.

The Kriya technique is given through personal initiation by one of our Kriya Yoga teachers. Initiation requires preparation which includes the practice of other meditation techniques and study of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings.
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Let us join together in this wave of social transformation, and through our practice of meditation create a spirit of global unity that can lead to lasting peace.Nayaswami Devi

Connect Online

Ananda is very active online: Live events, satsangs, group guided meditations, and personal support through email and chat. Learn More

Visit in Person

Ananda has over 150 centers and meditation groups in over 45 countries which offer group meditations and classes. Learn More

Experience Community

Ananda has developed eight communities in the US, Europe, and India. Many offer internships where you can stay and experience community firsthand. Learn More

What’s New


Upcoming Events

Living Wisdom High School

Starting on September 5, Ananda Village is offering a high school boarding experience for girls between the ages of 14 and 18. The program is based on the Education for Life ideals developed by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda. International students are welcome.

At Living Wisdom High School…
  • Adventure is a key part of the curriculum, with the classroom viewed as a launching pad to real-life experience
  • Opportunities to serve others happen on a regular basis
  • Time is taken to achieve a balanced development of the body, feelings, will, and intellect to prepare students to fulfill their highest potential
  • Learning is a joyful process that produces high performance without undue stress

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Recent Posts and Videos

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Using the Energy of the Chakras for Personal Change — Part 3

Using the Energy of the Chakras for Personal Change — Part 2

Using the Energy of the Chakras for Personal Change — Part 1

Transcending Your Karma — Part 3

Transcending Your Karma — Part 2

Transcending Your Karma — Part 1

Tools for Living in Uncertain Times — Part 2

Refining Meditation

Food for Healthy Body, Mind and Soul

Dream of Fire and Burning Cross

Dreaming of a Calm Ocean

The Story of the Origin of the Gayatri Mantra of Enlightenment

Bhasma’s Boon

Jai Guru Aumkara Dance

What Does It Mean to Transcend Body and/or Breath Consciousness?

Feeling Sensations and Pressure During Meditation

Is Astrology Spiritual?

Why Does Dwapara Yuga Express in Some Countries, In Others Not?

The Law of Karma and the Holocaust

How Can I Overcome The Fear To Perform Well?

Making Our Name a Synonym for Goodness

Does True Friendship Exist?

The Swell of Gratitude

We Are Building a Temple of Light

Pergola Installation at the new Memorial Temple at Ananda Village

Stillness + Inner Absorption = Transcendence

Fulfilling your dharma — Listening…

How Can I Make Success Out of Failure?

What You Want vs. What You Really Want

What Should I Do?

A Failing Meditation Bears Fruit

Are Scriptures True?

Entitlement Entanglement


Join Us in Building a Temple of Light

This temple, now in construction at Ananda Village in California, will be a center of spiritual power that will uplift human consciousness.

Help to support it — or join us to celebrate its completion in 2019 during Ananda’s 50th anniversary.

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