Ananda is a global 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 expand your sense of harmony, and gain an increased sense of God’s active presence in your life through ancient and effective techniques including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship.

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, serves as Ananda’s spiritual director. You can attend live classes by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi online or in person. See their program schedule.

All Are Welcome

Ananda’s primary goal is to help people achieve Self-realization, a state of consciousness that comes through shedding all outward self-definitions. Ananda has, therefore, created communities and centers that 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 the search for God.

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

Learn More About Ananda

Our Spiritual Lineage

Meet the masters on whose teachings Ananda is based.


Here are some of Ananda’s teachers who travel and give inspirational talks worldwide.

The Ananda Lifestyle

Sharing lessons learned over 40 years of integrating spiritual principles into our daily lives.

Find Ananda Near You

Located around the world, Ananda’s centers are places of learning, spiritual suppport, and fellowship.

Spiritual Communities

A large part of Yogananda’s worldwide mission was dedicated to the establishment of of World Brotherhood Colonies for people from all walks of life, dedicated to “plain living and high thinking.”

Ananda Spiritual Directors Blog

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

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