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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.


Join a Worldwide Campaign for Global 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 will host a gathering to meditate, and affirm and visualize light in the world.

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Online Events

There are hundreds of events each week from Ananda centers around the world.
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Tools to Stand Unshaken Amidst Life’s Challenges

with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
May 22nd and 29th, 2020

Session 1
May 22 6:00 pm PDT
May 23 01:00 GMT
May 23 06:30 IST

How to Live in Challenging Times

108 videos, articles, and other resources for meeting present realities with an uplifted consciousness.

What Is

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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Receive uplifting articles, videos, news updates, and advice to enliven your spiritual life, including opportunities to support and connect with Ananda.

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

What’s New

Recent Posts and Videos

Visual Images During Meditation: Good and Bad

Dear Pradnya, Visual images sometimes come in meditation. If we are deep in meditative stillness and bliss, we may see images connected with the spiritual eye or with saints. These come because we have entered into higher consciousness, which is ... Read More


Softening the Heart


The Best Way to Worship


An Interior Life

Where Did Jesus Go When He Was Dead for Three Days?

Dear Oakes, According to Yogananda these three days are highly meaningful: “The resurrection of Jesus in three days has special significance. He was advanced enough to reincarnate his soul from the physical to the astral, and from there to the ... Read More


A New Tomorrow

Meditation and Mental Imbalances

Dear Raja, I am very sorry to hear of your illness, and that you had to cease your meditation practices. I believe your question is whether you can practice Kriya Yoga? First let me say that there is a period ... Read More


Yogananda Kirtan


On These Principles We Stand: Practicality, Not Utopianism


Ever New Joy

Strange Experience During Root Chakra Meditation

Dear Vanessa, In our tradition here at Ananda, which is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, the focus of our meditation practice is the spiritual eye — the point between the eyebrows — the positive pole of the 6th ... Read More


A Light in Dark Times


A Light in Dark Times


Kirtan Dedicated to Swami Kriyananda


Be Centered in God’s Presence

Why Did My Husband Die Suddenly?

Dear Vijayalashmi, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is difficult to understand what appears to be a senseless loss of a loved one. Losing a husband in this surprising manner is particularly difficult. The “why” behind ... Read More

Are There Self-Realized Masters Living in India?

Dear one, Yes, certainly. Yogananda writes in his Autobiography of a Yogi: “India has proved herself not witless against the thousand cunnings of time. Self-realized masters in every century have hallowed her soil.” In this new century too, they are ... Read More

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

To Progress Spiritually, How Do I Get Past Likes and Dislikes?

Dear Friend, There is certainly a difference between not having an interest in a given activity and being unwilling to do it when the opportunity or obligation to do so arises. Since you used the example of dancing and partying, ... Read More

What Can We Do With the Help of Our Third Eye?

Dear Suhail, With the third eye, the point between the eyebrows, we can… contact God. It is the point that transcends this world and leads us to Divine union. Yogananda writes in his Autobiography of a Yogi: “Long concentration on ... Read More

Global Economic Depression

Dear Rush, [I wrote an article on this subject a while back:] For all of the fifty-plus years that Ananda has existed, Swami Kriyananda warned us of impending financial collapse, based on statements made by Paramhansa Yogananda before his ... Read More

I Bought Some Stones and Candle, and They Moved on Their Own!

Dear Yasmin, Sometimes objects (even furniture) can indeed move through the agency of disembodied beings. Yogananda calls them “tramp souls” who are so attached to the material plane that they don’t leave for the higher realms at death. We had ... Read More


Bliss: The Supercure for Addictions



All The World Is My Friend


7 Practices to Strengthen Yourself in Challenging Times

Master Works in Mysterious, Miraculous Ways 

How to Build Faith During Uncertain Times



How to Meditate According to Paramhansa Yogananda


“Many Hands Make a Miracle”

How the West Was (Spiritually) Won by Paramhansa Yogananda


I Live Without Fear



Upcoming Events

Online Restorative Ananda Yoga®️ Teacher Training


Restore yourself – and restore others!

Apply now for Restorative Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Online

4-week Online Training Course
Tuition: $499
Introductory Price: $399

Apply now to recharge your own practice, help your students fall in love with restorative yoga, and change lives.  19 Nursing CEU hours are available for this course.

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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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Thank you for being a part of this community of souls who support each other on our path to God.

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