What is Ananda? 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 Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi online or in person.

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 color, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or different ability. We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for everyone to pursue their search for God. Please see more about the Ananda Diversity & Inclusion Council.

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.

Learn More About Ananda

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.
We integrate spiritual principles into our daily lives. 50 years of living yoga.
8 communities and over 164 teaching centers and meditation groups, Ananda provides places of learning, spiritual support, and fellowship.
Yogananda called for “World Brotherhood Colonies” to support people on the spiritual path from all walks of life.
Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi share fun and memorable spiritual lessons based on their own life experiences.
Join Ananda’s worldwide family of friends. It’s free!
Answers to FAQs about Ananda, Swami Kriyananda, and their role in advancing Yogananda’s mission.