Ananda is a global spiritual movement, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality.

You can feel harmony, and God’s active presence in your life through ancient and effective techniques, including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually-oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship. Kriya Yoga is a highly effective meditation technique that can be integrated into any meditation and prayer practice.

Ananda was founded in 1969 by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, who passed away in 2013. Swami Kriyananda’s spiritual successor is Nayaswami Jyotish who, along with his wife Nayaswami Devi, serve as Ananda’s Spiritual Directors. You can attend live classes with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi online or in person. See their program schedule.

All Are Welcome

Ananda helps people achieve Self-realization, a state of consciousness that comes through shedding all outward self-definitions. Ananda’s communities and centers welcome all sincere seekers, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for everyone to pursue their search for God.

Find Ananda near you. You are invited to visit our temples, yoga retreats, meditation groups, and communities to experience the joy of your own being.

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Our Inspiration

Meet the spiritual masters of Ananda: Paramhansa Yogananda, Jesus Christ, Babaji Krishna, Sri Yuketswar, Lahiri Mahshaya.


Ananda’s teachers travel the world giving spiritual inspiration.

The Ananda Lifestyle

We integrate spiritual principles into our daily lives. 50 years of living yoga.

Find Ananda Near You

8 communities and over 164 teaching centers and meditation groups, Ananda provides places of learning, spiritual support, and fellowship.

Spiritual Communities

Yogananda called for “World Brotherhood Colonies” to support people on the spiritual path from all walks of life.

Ananda Spiritual Directors Blog

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi share fun and memorable spiritual lessons based on their own life experiences.

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Ananda Meditation App

A free app with guided meditations and techniques, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Go deeper in the joy of your own Self.

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Start a New Meditation Practice or Inspire Your Current One

Starts July 30

The 10-week Lessons in Meditation online course is designed to provide in-depth instruction in scientific meditation techniques that bring more peace, deeper relaxation, and focused concentration to every area of your life, regardless of outer conditions.

These techniques are based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

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