Urgent Call for Prayers

from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha

We invite you to join forces in sending dynamic healing vibrations to India and other countries which are right now facing the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At such times, spiritual support and friendship are of immense importance. Praying for others is a dynamic way for us to open our hearts and minds to the healing energy within and around us, and to radiate this divine power to all those in need.

Visit this page for more information about broadcasts, how to pray, and how to request prayers and to include loved ones in the Astral Ascension Ceremonies.

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A Call for Prayers

from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda

We invite you to join forces in sending dynamic healing vibrations to India and other countries which are right now facing the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic….

What Is

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, specifying posture options, where and when to meditate, and a simple, effective technique. Signup includes a subscription to our weekly newsletter of inspiration and events.

Online Course: Ananda Course in Meditation

Whether or not you are new to meditation, this course will help you develop a deep and consistent practice. With ample feedback from meditators with decades of experience and your own persistence, you will awaken your true nature: a pure reflection of divine peace, joy, and love.

Ananda is known for its expertise in meditation, and for almost 50 years has trained teachers in techniques grounded in the highest yogic practices of India, as brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Upcoming Session: May 27 to August 5, 2021
Tuition: $99.95

Kriya Yoga

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

The Kriya technique is given through personal initiation by one of our Kriya Yogacharyas. Initiation requires preparation through 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

Find a Local Center

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

Be a Warrior for the Light

Now is the time to bring light and positive energy into the world — it’s needed today more than ever.

Watch this video from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, along with Dr. Peter van Houten, to learn what we can do on all levels — spiritually and physically — to be safe and help the world.

You can also read this letter to all of Ananda. And for more medical information, see this informative video on COVID-19.

God’s light is within me and around me. With the sword of faith in my hand, with the love of God in my heart, I am a warrior of light. I join my brothers and sisters everywhere to overcome fear with faith, hatred with love, and disease with health. We all are warriors of light. We fill the world with God’s light.”

A Call to Action

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi share about the need for positive action in this time of turmoil and crisis.

Join the Campaign for World Healing

Every Thursday at 8:00 am PDT / 5:00 pm CEST / 8:30 pm IST, Ananda centers in the U.S., India, and Italy host a gathering to meditate, affirm, and visualize light and harmony in the world.

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What’s New

Recent Posts and Videos


Activity vs Inner Communion

How Can We Inwardly Maintain a Superconscious Level?

Dear Smit, What you are asking is a very common experience and challenge. We all experience some heightened state of consciousness, some touch of superconsciousness, some amazing insight maybe, but then we lose it. As you say, some the situation ... Read More


Chanting and Intuition ~ In Divine Friendship, Class 40

How Saints Are Made

Your Father’s Untimely Death

Dear Friend, Before I bring up the power of prayer, let me suggest that you step up ever more into the situation, “shoes,” of your mother, your adult-self, and your soul-self. Let me explain: At the risk of playing amateur ... Read More


Ananda Yoga Instructional Videos – Vasishthasana (Vasishtha’s Pose)


Giving & Receiving: Be a Cause not an Effect

Was Shiva a Human Being on Earth, Thousands of Years Ago?

Dear Abel, According to Yogananda’s teachings, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are cosmic realities. Originally they are the forces of nature which respectively create, maintain, and destroy. However, they are also more than just formless realities. They can be drawn to ... Read More


Questions and Answers with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi


Healing Prayers for the World with Ruby and Jivanta


Thank You, Swamiji – Commentary


Thank You, Swamiji


How to Face a Serious Health Challenge

Dear Friend, Our blessings and prayers go out to you in this current health challenge. Yogananda’s teachings do offer important spiritual direction for you. The end of life is a critical stage in our spiritual growth, and we must approach ... Read More


Living the Bhagavad Gita

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Thank You, Swamiji

Career Ambition, Small Desires, and the Spiritual Path

Dear Kana, As Krishna teaches in the Bhagavad Gita, we must act in this world. Suppression avails us nothing. See if you can link your ambitions and legitimate desires to the sailboat of your soul. If by success you can, ... Read More


Perfection Only Exists In God

After Years of Abuse from My Father, Why Should I Continue to Suffer?

Dear Rajesh, This is a tough one. Of course your father has responsibility toward you. He just doesn’t want to assume it. He naturally should be your loving protector. And of course you are not born to serve him. What ... Read More

I See the Blue Field and Yellow Ring of the Spiritual Eye, But Not the Star

Dear Sally, It means that you are already very deep. To see even what you see is a great blessing. Concentrate on the center of that blue circle, as if you wanted to enter a tunnel. Enjoy the atmosphere of ... Read More

Ananda’s Sacred Olive Garden

Joy in the Guise of Hope

A Meditating World

How to Be with Others

Dear Friend, Take heart: the spiritual path is, at first, a lonely one until the Lord becomes your constant companion. There must be a period of disengagement in order to find your own center within. But nothing in the spiritual ... Read More

Finding Time for Sadhana

Dear Ansh, Your problem is a common one given how busy and complex our lives have become. Regular daily spiritual practice makes everything more manageable and helps us focus on what is truly important and tune out distractions. I am ... Read More

Should I Avoid Black Clothes and Items?

Dear Kana, Yes, black is the absence of color. It represents death. We should be careful with using it. It would be unwise, for example, to paint parts of our rooms in our home black (as an old friend of ... Read More

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Facing Grief and Loss

A Call for Prayers

Tools for World Challenges

The Eight Meannesses of the Heart: How to Overcome Them, Part 4

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Young Bodies, Old Souls

Identity Theft Protection and Identity Theft Recovery through Yoga

The Power of Expectation

A Letter to Swami Kriyananda

The Free Soul of Swami Kriyananda

Relax and Feel

Without a Doubt

Thy Will Be Done

An Evening in the Eternal City

How to Live “Autobiography of a Yogi”

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More Than a Mother

Online Events

Treasures Along the Path

May 18 8:00 am PDT • May 18 15:00 GMT • May 18 20:30 IST

“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

May 18 12:00 pm PDT • May 18 19:00 GMT • May 19 00:30 IST

Ananda Yoga & Meditation Sadhana

May 18 3:00 pm PDT • May 18 22:00 GMT • May 19 03:30 IST

Conversations with Yogananda

May 18 7:30 pm PDT • May 19 02:30 GMT • May 19 08:00 IST

Weekly Guided Kriya Meditation

May 19 5:30 am PDT • May 19 12:30 GMT • May 19 18:00 IST

Whispers From Eternity: An Exploration of Prayer and Poetry

May 19 8:15 am PDT • May 19 15:15 GMT • May 19 20:45 IST

Family Yoga

May 19 9:00 am PDT • May 19 16:00 GMT • May 19 21:30 IST

Healing Prayers for the World

May 19 10:00 am PDT • May 19 17:00 GMT • May 19 22:30 IST

“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

May 19 12:00 pm PDT • May 19 19:00 GMT • May 20 00:30 IST

“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

May 20 12:00 pm PDT • May 20 19:00 GMT • May 21 00:30 IST

Ananda Yoga & Meditation Sadhana

May 20 3:00 pm PDT • May 20 22:00 GMT • May 21 03:30 IST

Lunchtime Meditation

May 21 10:00 am PDT • May 21 17:00 GMT • May 21 22:30 IST

“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

May 21 12:00 pm PDT • May 21 19:00 GMT • May 22 00:30 IST

Awake and Ready Yoga

May 21 1:00 pm PDT • May 21 20:00 GMT • May 22 01:30 IST

Friday Night “Happy Hour” Kirtan!

May 21 5:00 pm PDT • May 22 00:00 GMT • May 22 05:30 IST

Secrets of Emotional Healing

May 21 7:00 pm PDT • May 22 02:00 GMT • May 22 07:30 IST

Saturday Morning Yoga with Lynn

May 22 7:00 am PDT • May 22 14:00 GMT • May 22 19:30 IST

Sunday Service at Ananda Washington

May 23 2:30 am PDT • May 23 09:30 GMT • May 23 15:00 IST

Servizio Domenicale

May 23 2:45 am PDT • May 23 09:45 GMT • May 23 15:15 IST

Sunday Satsang

May 23 8:00 am PDT • May 23 15:00 GMT • May 23 20:30 IST

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Upcoming Events

Swami Kriyananda’s Birthday Concert

Join us Wednesday, May 19th at 7:30pm PDT for an international brotherhood concert broadcast live in honor of Swami Kriyananda’s birthday.

There will be both live and pre-recorded performances from Ananda singers and instrumentalists all over the world!

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Online: Ananda Meditation Retreat Circle Of Sharing

A Weekly Satsang Group; 6 Wednesdays: June 2nd-July 7th, 7-8 pm PST

Enjoy the company and support of like-minded truth-seekers as we meditate and explore qualities that help us thrive in changing and challenging times. You’ll leave with renewed energy, insight, and joy!

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Ananda Village Internship 2021

One of the Most Successful Cooperative Spiritual Communities in the World

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  • Join us for a summer of adventure and service at Ananda Village, where devotees and disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda live his vision of intentional spiritual communities.
  • In this one- to four-month program, immerse yourself in an environment supportive of prioritizing your spiritual life. If you are between 18 and 40, apply for one of 20 positions available. Summer 2021 cohorts are forming now!
  • Apprentice with long-time Kriya yogis in organic farming and permaculture, construction, forestry, communications, and more. Dive deep into Yogananda’s teachings of Hong Sau, Energization Exercises, Raja Yoga, and spiritual Hatha Yoga. Through selfless, joyful service, immersion in nature, community living, and daily meditation, you will experience how full-hearted commitment to Yogananda’s teachings can uplift your consciousness and awaken your highest potential.

Thank You, God – Tithing as a Spiritual Practice

Tithing is a spiritual practice, a conscious expression of gratitude given without condition to the source of your inspiration– God. We invite you to try it. Hear the stories of others but test this teaching in your own life and see what transpires.

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Ananda is a beacon of light, breaking through the darkness of this world with the universal teachings of Self-realization.

Thank you for being a part of this community of souls who support each other on our path to God.

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