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About the Experts
An Ananda Minister, Counselor, Hatha and Raja Yoga Teacher and Co- Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training. Diksha teaches many different courses at The Expanding Light Retreat. She is also an outstanding chef and very knowledgeable about the yogic diet and Ayurveda, an Indian system of natural health and healing.
Gyandev McCord is an Ananda Lightbearer and the director of Ananda Yoga and the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program. He teaches at The Expanding Light Retreat and worldwide.
Gyandev is also a founding board member of Yoga Alliance, the non-profit organization which ensures professional standards for yoga teachers in the U.S.
Prior to embarking on the yogic path, Gyandev received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Stanford University. After deeply contemplating the purpose of life, he decided to relinquish the outer science of math to explore the inner science of yoga.
A long-term teacher and minister, Hriman is one of the founding members of Ananda. He combines keen intellect and insight with a lively sense of humor, which makes his perspective on spiritual topics down-to-earth and practical. He is a Kriyacharya (authorized Kriya Yoga teacher).
Hriman and his wife Padma are the spiritual directors of Ananda Seattle, where they have lead the work since 1994.
Gurupriya has been practicing the teachings of Self-realization since 1984. She was part of the Ananda community in Seattle prior to moving to New England in 1989, and since that time has been instrumental in starting and leading the Ananda center in York, Maine as well as other programs in New England.
Gurupriya received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences. She provides holistic medical care with 4 other doctors and a nurse in Portsmouth, NH. Through her service as a naturopathic doctor and Ananda center leader, Gurupriya has discovered the joy of selfless service and feels a spiritual kinship with all life.
Nayaswami Parvati is one of Ananda's most widely traveled and experienced ministers. With her husband, Nayaswami Pranaba, she helped to create and direct Ananda centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy.
Parvati currently lives at Ananda Village and administers the Janaka Foundation.
Pranaba has been an Ananda member and minister for over 35 years. During this time he has served in many Ananda communities in the U.S., and in Assisi, Italy.
Pranaba has directed the membership training program at Ananda Village and has coordinated Ananda's Meditation Centers and Groups. He now manages Ananda Sangha Worldwide, Ananda's outreach ministry. He also travels frequently, bringing Yogananda's teachings and inspiration to Ananda devotees nationwide.
Savitri has been an Ananda minister for the past 30 years. She is a counselor and staff teacher at The Expanding Light Retreat, where she directs the Meditation Teacher Training program, and offers seminars on the chakras and other aspects of yoga philosophy.
In addition to her devotion to the spiritual path, Savitri is a musician, herb gardener, gourmet vegetarian cook, and nature lover!
Seva is a founding member of Ananda, and has lived at Ananda Village and other Ananda colonies since 1968. Her many years of service included taking charge of the fledgling community's finances, helping start new Ananda centers on the West Coast of the U.S., in Europe, and in India. Seva is a true pioneer!
Currently she resides at Ananda Village and directs the Ananda Course of Self-Realization. Unfailingly cheerful and loving under all circumstances, Seva has a deep understanding of the spiritual path, born of a lifetime dedicated to God.
- Guru-Disciple Relationship
- Health and Healing
- Karma, Reincarnation
- Kriya Yoga
- Paramhansa Yogananda
- Science and Yoga
- Spiritual Community
- Spiritual Parenting
- Spiritual Path
- Swami Kriyananda
- The Arts
- The Yugas
- Yoga Postures