Urgent Call for Prayers
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.
A Call for Prayers
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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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
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.
Upcoming Session: May 27 to August 5, 2021
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.
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
Ananda is very active online: Live events, satsangs, group guided meditations, and personal support through email and chat. Learn More
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Ananda has over 150 centers and meditation groups in over 45 countries which offer group meditations and classes. Learn More
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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Swami Kriyananda’s Birthday Concert
Join us Wednesday, May 19th at 7:30pm PDT for an international brotherhood concert broadcast live in honor of Swami Kriyananda’s birthday.
There will be both live and pre-recorded performances from Ananda singers and instrumentalists all over the world!
Online: Ananda Meditation Retreat Circle Of Sharing
Enjoy the company and support of like-minded truth-seekers as we meditate and explore qualities that help us thrive in changing and challenging times. You’ll leave with renewed energy, insight, and joy!
Ananda Village Internship 2021
One of the Most Successful Cooperative Spiritual Communities in the World
- 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.
Your support is a blessing for all
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.