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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

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Swami Kriyananda’s Final Lecture

Easter Sunday, 2013

Crystal Hermitage Kicks off Ananda’s 50th Anniversary with 17,000 Tulips Extravaganza

April - Early May | Nevada City, California

This moving talk was Swami Kriyananda’s last public lecture, and given on Easter Sunday in 2013 at Ananda’s Temple of Light in Assisi, Italy.

Swami Kriyananda passed just away three weeks later on April 21.

This video has been remastered, and English subtitles are available for the first time.

In the talk, Swami Kriyananda says, “Truly the thing that is most important… is to love God. He will put you through tests. But the bliss that you feel in His presence is so enormous that nothing else matters to you.

“Sister Gyanamata, a disciple of Yogananda, said with her last words, ’What joy! What joy! Too much joy!’”

A place of deep peace and joy, Crystal Hermitage was the home of Swami Kriyananda where he wrote many of his 140 books and composed some of his 400 pieces of music.

What began 40 years ago as a small private garden is now frequently a top Gorgeous Gardens in the West. Visiting the garden is annual springtime tradition in the Sierra Foothills for over 12,000 visitors from as far away as India.

Close to 17,000 tulips bloom in the formal gardens surrounding the Crystal Hermitage, giving a spectacular display of color — 111 varieties — April through early-May.

Visit the Gardens

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