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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

What’s New


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Self-Reliance vs. *Self*-Reliance

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How a Yogi Does Lockdown – Episode 3 with Nayaswami Dhyana

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Clearing Out the Blockages We Feel on the Path to Inner Joy

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How a Yogi Does Lockdown – Episode 2 with Nayaswami Asha

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Dealing with the Current Challenges

“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

Obstacle or Opportunity?

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

12 Ways to Help Peace Win the Global Tug-of-War

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Five Formulae to Achieve Your Life Goals

“Open Your Heart to Me”

Finding Our Spiritual Path

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

Why Can’t I See the Spiritual Eye?

​Dear friend, Not everyone sees the spiritual eye ​right away. For some it can take several years, if it comes at all.​ It is a gift of the divine. Some ​devotees never see or experience inner consolations such as light ... Read More

Should I Pray to the Saints?

Dear Sinai, Thank you for your thoughtful question. The understanding of who the saints are, how they became saints, whether they really know God, should we pray to saints and what helpful purpose do they have for us have always ... Read More

Eternal Life, True Liberty & Attainment of Perpetual Happiness

What Is the Ultimate Goal of My Life?

Dear Varun, I recently read a quote from someone well-known in the fitness world encouraging people to “widen the aperture of what’s possible for yourself”. These are inspiring words but often the ‘aperture’ people are encouraged to expand into, in ... Read More

I Have Had Disappointing Results in My Work. I Can’t Hear Yogananda’s Guidance.

Dear one, Yes, the Guru does answer. And yes, he is never apathetic towards his disciples. He loves you. And yes again, sometimes we are simply not able to understand his guidance. So what to do? First of all, insist ... Read More

What Is Adultery?

Dear Brian, You raise questions that have been debated for centuries and by millions! A simple response by email seems a bit daunting but worthy of the effort. Ok, so some background is needed, drawn from the teachings of Paramhansa ... Read More

What Can We Do?

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The Balance Scales of Karma

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Meditation: The Key to Evenmindedness

Compassion for All

“Thank you, God”

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Taking Charge of Your life

A Light in Dark Times

Similarities Between Attaining Self-Realization and the End of COVID Lockdown

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Tribute to Kriyananda

Bliss: The Supercure for Addictions

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Upcoming Events

Living in a Superconscious Flow

AN INSPIRING 2-PART WORKSHOP WITH NAYASWAMIS GYANDEV & DIKSHA
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Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha will share Superconsciousness principles, practical suggestions, and tools based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda:

Join us for this webinar, broadcast live* over two sessions from the Temple of Light at Ananda Village.

Wednesdays, July 22 and 29, 2020
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Tuition: $79

This 2-part online series Living in the Superconscious Flow, can be also helpful for those interested in taking the Spiritual Counseling Course with Nayaswami Diksha.

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Online Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

10-WEEK ONLINE CERTIFICATION COURSE: JULY 22 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 JANUARY 20 – MARCH 31, 2021
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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. You’ll be part of a diverse learning community that will include:

  • Dynamic individuals who plan to teach public classes
  • Professionals who want to broaden their skill sets as psychotherapists, life coaches, nurses (nursing CE available), and other healthcare providers, social service workers, yoga teachers & therapists, healers & counselors.
  • People who want to teach friends, family, or colleagues
  • Others who simply want to deepen their own practice, not teach it
  • Nursing CEU 65 hours
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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.

Next Major Event

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

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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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