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Spiritual Renewal Week

Live Online from June 29 to July 5
Celebrating 100 Years of Paramhansa Yogananda and His Life-Changing Teachings

For many years, Spiritual Renewal Week has been a transforming event — a yearly time to connect with long-time devotees of Yogananda, meditate together, and enjoy classes from some of Ananda’s most magnetic teachers.

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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 / 7:30 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 Is
Ananda?

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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Community

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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Dear Victoria, Evil spirits dislike holy objects, pictures, ceremonies, sattwic (pure) energies, and are driven away by them. Good spirits and beings like them and are attracted to them. I don’t know the exact process of smudging, but the principles ... Read More

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Book Study: Autobiography of a Yogi (Class 7)

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Whom Should We Share Spiritual Teachings With?

Dear Kyle, I’ve often thought of that quote as proving Jesus did have a sense of humor, however dry-witted and perhaps slightly sarcastic it might have been! Jesus himself preached to crowds and exhorted his disciples to preach the gospel. ... Read More

Divine Friendship

What Is the True Dharma for Men and Women?

Dear Radhika, Thank you for your question. The definition of nari dharma for women refers to married women and describes the qualities of a wife as “being in observance toward the husband, always with devotion, always obedient, never angry, a ... Read More

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Why Was Arjuna Scared in Seeing Krishna’s Cosmic Form, if the Ultimate Reality Is Blissful?

Dear Tom, The ultimate Reality is indeed pure joy, sat-chid-ananda (existence-consciousness-bliss), so the great Masters say. But to get there is quite scary. It takes a hero to leave one’s accustomed identification with a body and personality, and enter into ... Read More

Are We Seeing the Social Change – Revolution – That Yogananda Spoke of?

Dear Candice, You may indeed be correct. What I’ve been saying to friends here is that we should expect increasing levels of social unrest: perhaps triggered unexpectedly and suddenly by events that may, or may not, seem to justify the ... Read More

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“Incel” and Healthy Attitudes for Men and Women

Dear Mirza, I’m not a sociologist or one who studies and follows modern trends around attitudes and relations between men and women, but I do observe that the roles and relationships between men and women are evolving. The archetypal picture ... Read More

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How to Increase Patience When Dealing With People?

Dear Koyal, What you are trying to learn is pure yoga: working on keeping the emotional waves (vrittis) calm and quiet. In this way, we go deeper in meditation and in daily life we live more superconsciously. Try, then, to ... Read More

How Do I Help My Family During the Pandemic?

Dear Leticia, Thank you for your question. What you are experiencing is not an unusual occurrence in families — especially now with difficulties on the planet surfacing from the worldwide pandemic. We need to be vigilant, be safe, and stay in the ... Read More

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Worldly Success Versus Spiritual Success

Dear Yogesh, My goodness. Perhaps you should travel to these countries. There are many devout lovers of God in these so-called “rich” nations. Moreover, there are many poor in these countries, and while “luxury” is a relative term, few would ... Read More

Buddha’s Enlightenment

What Is the Difference Between the Astral World and the Causal World?

Dear Radhika, Swami Kriyananda explained how the entire creation is structured, according to Yogananda. There are three worlds, causal, astral, and physical. Here is the story of creation: God, out of His pure Consciousness, first created a very subtle causal ... Read More

What Can We Do?

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“Warriors of Light” Meditation

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Sunrise Meditation

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Joyous Global Sing-Along

Aug 3 8:30 am PDT • Aug 3 15:30 GMT • Aug 3 21:00 IST

Monday Morning Meditation

Aug 3 8:30 am PDT • Aug 3 15:30 GMT • Aug 3 21:00 IST

Satsang with Asha

Aug 3 9:30 am PDT • Aug 3 16:30 GMT • Aug 3 22:00 IST

Treasures Along the Path

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Vibras Meditation for Kids

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“Whispers from Eternity” — a Daily Broadcast of Inspiration

Aug 3 12:10 pm PDT • Aug 3 19:10 GMT • Aug 4 00:40 IST

Living the Autobiography of a Yogi

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Noon Meditation

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Our trained and experienced coaches look forward to working with people who have already received a meditation technique and want to deepen their practice.

Our main focus at Ananda is on meditation as a tool for spiritual growth; we often also address other aims for the practice, such as stress management, emotional balance, and health issues.

Welcoming graduates of the Ananda Lessons in Meditation and people of many paths.

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Yogananda 100

A Century of Spiritual Awakening

Celebrating 100 Years of Yogananda’s world mission uniting East and West. Learn more.

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May 19: Yogananda 100 Celebration — 3:00 –7:00 pm

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