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….

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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, 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.

Current Session:
April 15, 2021  – June 24, 2021

Upcoming Session:
May 27 to August 5, 2021

Tuition: $99.95

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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 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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Dear Anthony, Yes, it’s a fantastic book. Most footnotes were probably inserted by Tara Mata, Yogananda’s editor, to clarify points. She was a very learned and scholarly lady. However, nobody can know exactly which ones were Yogananda’s and which ones ... Read More

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Dear Smit, Yogananda explained that there are three levels of consciousness within our awareness. We shift among these levels throughout the day. Our level of consciousness dictates whether we are living in the present moment. The lowest level of awareness ... Read More

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Dear Nuella, The black lines and shapes are, I believe, optical reflections, purely physical in nature. I have had such things too, moving lines and so on. The white outline around people is a phenomenon that various people see. It ... Read More

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Online Events

Ananda Yoga & Meditation Sadhana

May 11 3:00 pm PDT • May 11 22:00 GMT • May 12 03:30 IST

Conversations with Yogananda

May 11 7:30 pm PDT • May 12 02:30 GMT • May 12 08:00 IST

Weekly Guided Kriya Meditation

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

Whispers From Eternity: An Exploration of Prayer and Poetry

May 12 8:15 am PDT • May 12 15:15 GMT • May 12 20:45 IST

Family Yoga

May 12 9:00 am PDT • May 12 16:00 GMT • May 12 21:30 IST

Healing Prayers for the World

May 12 10:00 am PDT • May 12 17:00 GMT • May 12 22:30 IST

“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

May 12 12:00 pm PDT • May 12 19:00 GMT • May 13 00:30 IST

“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

May 13 12:00 pm PDT • May 13 19:00 GMT • May 14 00:30 IST

Ananda Yoga & Meditation Sadhana

May 13 3:00 pm PDT • May 13 22:00 GMT • May 14 03:30 IST

Lunchtime Meditation

May 14 10:00 am PDT • May 14 17:00 GMT • May 14 22:30 IST

“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

May 14 12:00 pm PDT • May 14 19:00 GMT • May 15 00:30 IST

Awake and Ready Yoga

May 14 1:00 pm PDT • May 14 20:00 GMT • May 15 01:30 IST

Friday Night “Happy Hour” Kirtan!

May 14 5:00 pm PDT • May 15 00:00 GMT • May 15 05:30 IST

Saturday Morning Yoga with Lynn

May 15 7:00 am PDT • May 15 14:00 GMT • May 15 19:30 IST

Sunday Service at Ananda Washington

May 16 2:30 am PDT • May 16 09:30 GMT • May 16 15:00 IST

Servizio Domenicale

May 16 2:45 am PDT • May 16 09:45 GMT • May 16 15:15 IST

Sunday Satsang

May 16 8:00 am PDT • May 16 15:00 GMT • May 16 20:30 IST

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May 16 10:00 am PDT • May 16 17:00 GMT • May 16 22:30 IST

Sunday Worship Service

May 16 10:00 am PDT • May 16 17:00 GMT • May 16 22:30 IST

“Warriors of Light” Meditation

May 17 6:00 am PDT • May 17 13:00 GMT • May 17 18:30 IST

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Stories of Spiritual Community- Gems from Swami Kriyananda

With Nayaswamis Durga and Vidura Smallen, Directors of Ananda Meditation Retreat

Online Satsang ~ May 12, 7-8 pm PDT ~ love offering donation

Durga and Vidura Smallen, directors of Ananda Meditation Retreat, tell stories from their many years in spiritual community, sharing priceless wisdom and insights gained from working with Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda.

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Ananda Village Internship 2021

Experience Living and Serving in the Heart of Ananda Village: June 1 - October 1, 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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