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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.

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

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Upcoming Events

Touch of Love – Releasing February 2020

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

“We, and the very fabric of the atoms, are made from love and joy, and our hearts will never rest until we are reunited with that reality,” said author, Nayaswami Jyotish. When we welcome the presence of love into our lives, our entire existence is born anew.

After the success of their first two books, Touch of Light and Touch of Joy, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi return to accompany us on the journey of the heart — answering the call of true, unconditional love. This book is a compilation of weekly letters they posted in 2017 and 2018 to their popular blog, A Touch of Light. The letters are filled with spiritual teachings as practical as they are profound, faithfully shared in the spirit of their beloved guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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Online Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training


Become an Effective Meditation Teacher

Join Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha — along with trainees from around the world — in this uplifting, professional, highly experiential training.

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Recent Posts and Videos


Learn to Meditate in 10 minutes with Swami Kriyananda

How Do Yogis Consciously Leave Their Bodies?

Dear Peter, To leave one’s body consciously one most have learnt the art of consciously stopping the breath. The breath is the cord that binds the soul to the body. Breathlessness is learnt by avanced pranayama techniques such as Kriya ... Read More


Concentrate on Your Present Commitments – Don’t Dwell Regretfully on Past Failures


What is Meditation?

Weathering the Storm


Weathering the Storm


How to Control Subconscious Impulses and Outbursts

Dear Carolyn, In the human mind there exists a large reservoir, a giant lake, wherein is hidden impressions, memories, the trace residue of countless impressions caused by one’s actions, emotions, thoughts, and sense impressions. Compared to it, the conscious mind ... Read More


Is the Soul’s Liberation Dependent on the Day and Night of Brahma?


Why Meditate?

If I Dream It, Will It Come True?

Dear Simran, Our dreams are most often products of patterns in our subconscious and may incorporate threads of recent or distant events, or even past lives. Sometimes nightmares happen during times of stress, emotional difficulties, or illness but not necessarily. ... Read More


20-Minute Ananda Yoga Routine

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Karma

Dear Friend, Thank you for your question and thank you for this great service. It is much appreciated by your patients but not necessarily acknowledged. The individual karma and subsequent lessons are very individual. What is a lesson for one ... Read More


Attaining the State of Jivan Mukta

Is Eating Meat and Fish Wrong Spiritually?

Dear Vandana, In the Christian Bible, Jesus Christ is challenged to account for the behavior of his followers who violated one of the dietary rules of orthodox Judaism of his time. His response was, “It is not what goes into ... Read More

How Relationships Help Us to Grow – Even the Hard Ones


We Have One Responsibility: To Find out What and Who We Really Are


The Importance of Going Into the Stillness

If I Deviate From My Duties, Will It Have a Disastrous Effect?

Dear Ashutosh, One by one, here are the answers to your questions: Both the states of happiness and distress have been created by the performer of the duty, meaning by you and me. We have created our own thought patterns, ... Read More

I Feel Sad. What Is the Purpose of Life?

Dear Friend, Thank you for your question. The feeling of being lost and anxious seems to be something that is very prevalent in many lives in modern society. At the same time you are lucky to want to find the ... Read More

Now That I Meditate, I Feel Uncomfortable When People Complain. Why?

Dear Vicentiu, This is a transition phase. When we meditate, we become more subtle, more receptive, and also, at times, more sensitive in the outside world. It can be that noises disturb us more than before, or worldly vibrations, or ... Read More

How to dissolve the ego

Dissolving the Ego

Location of the Spiritual Eye, or Ajna Chakra

Dear Tusha, Chakras, including the ajna (or agya) chakra, also referred to as the 6th chakra, are spinal energy centers —  elements of our astral or energy body. They do have their counterparts in the physical body, but directing our attention ... Read More

Doesn’t Self-Control Lead to Suppression and Repression?

Dear Tesla, This is a good question. Basically yes, Yogananda teaches self-control. But he wouldn’t ask you to do what you are not ready for. For example, asking a person to practice complete sexual self-control, when he is not ready ... Read More

Experience Oneness With Creation

“Master, I Have Come!”

Enjoy Your Self


The Nadi reader in Bangalore, India. The photo in the upper left corner is his father who trained him in giving readings.

Guru Seva

This Is Your Brain on Meditation

Be Calmly Active and Actively Calm

Paramhansa Yogananda said to those who think me near, I will be near.

I Wish I Had Met You

Miracle of Love — Remembering Ram Dass

God Is Always More

Rainbow reflecting the various colors of vibration in light and sound

The AUM Vibration

Getting to Stillness

Ananda Assisi temple with friends from all over the world, Dhyana, Devi, Anandi, Dharmadas and Nirmala

Investment Tips

“I Bow to Thee”

Christmas Eve

Paramhansa Yogananda wearing cross of Christianity, representing east and west teachings of spirituality

Toward Christ Consciousness

How to Enjoy Long Meditations

What Is the Difference Between Meditation and Prayer?

What is the Difference Between Contentment and Satisfaction?

What is a Soul?

How Are We Affected By Diet?


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