Find clarity, direction, and uplifting strength

with Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha

Leave behind the ho-hum (or raucous!) atmosphere of an ordinary New Year’s, and let Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev lead you through an experience that’s insightful, inspiring, and completely practical.

This perennial favorite—now offered online—is a perfect way to gain from your experiences of the past year, and empower yourself to achieve your goals in the coming year, all in a relaxed, supportive environment of other spiritual seekers.

You Will:

Live Workshops

These are personalized and experiential, so come with writing paper or your own journal, and get the most out of every workshop. These will be recorded for the benefit of those who cannot attend “live”—or who simply want to repeat the experience.

Learn the Lessons of 2023
Saturday, December 30, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM Pacific time. As you experience our unique guided exploration, you’ll discover the “gold” buried within this difficult year.

Setting Goals for 2024
Sunday, December 31, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM Pacific time. You’ll follow a proven, systematic approach that will take you beyond “should” into identifying where your true fulfillment lies.

Energizing Your Goals for 2024
Monday, January 1, 10:00 AM–11:30 AM Pacific time. Equip yourself with a wide array of valuable techniques and insights that will help bring your goals within reach.

New Year's Eve Fire Ceremony

Pre-recorded 2-hour ceremony to fit your time zone

Participate in Ananda’s uplifting New Year’s Ceremony with Nayaswami Krishna Das and Brahmachari Prashad. This includes purification practices, prayers for world peace, chanting, meditation, and a very special tradition: chanting the ancient Mahamrityunjaya mantra 108 times to bring in the new year. After each repetition of the mantra, we offer our past karma into God’s light—symbolized outwardly by offering rice into the sacred fire—to be burned up and purified. The ceremony concludes with the traditional, sustained ringing of a beautiful gong to bring in the New Year.

Additional Benefits

  • An in-depth class on meditation as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Series of 4 Ananda Yoga video classes designed to help you develop skills and tools for achieving your goals
  • Audio/video recordings of a variety of additional tools for moving forward in the new year
  • Summaries of material explored in this program
  • Insightful quotations from Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda on learning from the past and moving forward toward ever-greater success
  • Q&A forum with the instructors
  • Resources to help you explore further the topics covered in this program

Meet Your Instructors

Nayaswami Gyandev


A dedicated meditator since 1974, Gyandev is known for his clarity of presentation, deep insights, high energy, kindness, and humor. He has been meditating for 46 years, and taught meditation for more than 35 years to people from all walks of life.

Gyandev is a Certified Online Instructor, and director and a senior faculty member of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation in Northern California. He is also co-director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training programs. From his base at The Expanding Light Retreat, he also teaches across the U.S., and in India and Europe.

Gyandev is director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, a Kriyacharya (teacher of Kriya Yoga), co-founder of Yoga Alliance, and an E-RYT 500. He is the author of three books (including Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness) and numerous audio and video products

Nayaswami Diksha


Diksha is a senior faculty member of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation in Northern California, and she co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training programs.

Diksha has been meditating for more than 30 years, and training meditation teachers for more than 18 years. A powerful and dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She has shared yogic teachings across the U.S., and in Canada and Europe.

A native Israeli who moved to the U.S. in 1990, Diksha brings a broad background to her teaching—from physical wellness to Ayurveda to profound spiritual understanding. Above all, she awakens in her students their own inner wisdom and the will to make positive changes in their lives.

Empower the New Year with Greater Clarity and Joy

Tuition: $89
Dates: December 30, 2023 to January 1, 2024


Would you like to celebrate the New Year in person?

Please join us at The Expanding Light at Ananda Village for a New Year’s In-Person Retreat with Jitendra Guindon.

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
December 28, 2023 – January 1, 2024