Focus on the Poses, Yoga

Power Yoga — Ananda-Style!

A few years ago, I mentioned to Gyandev McCord (Director of Ananda Yoga) that there were a lot of power yoga classes in my area, and that I was “subbing” (substitute teaching) for these classes occasionally, as I still do. He wondered how that was working, because he knew that I practice and teach Ananda Yoga, which is very different from power yoga. When I … Read More

Students with Unique Needs, Yoga

Teaching Yoga in a Health Care Setting

In 1983, when I first decided to go to nursing school, I thought I would get training in an occupation that would be service-oriented, and then I would find a way to integrate spiritual teachings into my work. Over the years I have worked in many traditional settings: hospital, health department, home health, and hospice. I have attempted to use … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Students with Unique Needs, Yoga

Ananda Yoga: A Natural Treatment for Insomnia

A friend recently shared an inspiring story of how he overcame his difficulties with insomnia through the practice of Ananda Yoga. Matthew attended our most recent session of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at The Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. He openly shared with the group that he had been an Infantry Marine about 10 years prior, and had been … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, The Deeper Teachings, Yoga Philosophy

Is Jesus Christ a Guru?

Jesus Christ is one of the gurus on the Ananda path of Self-Realization. Paramhansa Yogananda stated that in the divine plan, Jesus Christ was responsible for the evolution of the West, and Babaji, for that of the East. It was intended that the West specialize in developing objectivity through logic and reason and that the East specializes in inner, intuitive … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation, Spiritual Growth, The Deeper Teachings, Yoga

The Longing to Be Free

Tips for Getting Closer to God from Swami Kriyananda To desire salvation sincerely, even once, is to enter upon the path to eventual freedom. For all desires must be fulfilled. Even so, this one desire, once entrenched in the heart, cannot but lead eventually to liberation.   –The Essence of Bhagavad Gita How to enter meditation Try to center your consciousness … Read More

Ananda Yoga, Yoga, Yoga Teacher Training

Overcoming Obstacles

 Overcoming Obstacles by becoming an Ananda Yoga teacher As director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program at The Expanding Light Retreat, I’m fortunate to meet yoga practitioners of all ages and backgrounds, who have dedicated themselves to a regular practice of yoga and who want to deepen their understanding of yoga as a tool for spiritual growth. During the … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation, Yoga

Contentment: The Golden Note

Happy New Year! Do you find this wish pleasing, if somewhat shallow? Indeed, it’s a common seasonal wish, but one that is often empty of content, a social custom, habitually repeated millions of times over the festive season. Together as Daily Meditators, however, let’s charge these words “Happy New Year” with power and meaning, with intention and truth. 2018 has … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Yoga

How Yoga Will Save the World

We cannot overcome today’s challenges by meeting them at the level that they exist, we must rise above them to find superconscious solutions. I spent the last fifteen years working for humanitarian organizations, striving to provide education, dignity, and opportunity to disenfranchised populations around the world. Progress in the realm of the human condition has been incredible since the Millennium … Read More