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.

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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 2024
Monday, 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 2025
Tuesday, 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 2025
Wednesday, 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

Fire purification ceremony

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 teaching 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 Gyandev

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha is a senior teacher in the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. She co-founded the Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training course, and co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training course. Both trainings are offered online.

Diksha has been meditating for more than 35 years, and training meditation and yoga teachers for more than 20 years. A powerful and spiritually dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She has shared transformative spiritual teachings across the U.S., and in Canada, Europe, Israel, and India. She now teaches primarily online.

The Sanskrit word, diksha, means “giver of light”— an appropriate name, because Nayaswami Diksha has touched many hundreds of seekers as a teacher, teacher trainer, host of spiritual travels, expert on Ayurvedic wellbeing, and internationally known vegetarian chef and cookbook author.

For more than 30 years, Diksha has practiced Kriya Yoga meditation and lived a dedicated yogic lifestyle at Ananda Village. Her “Nayaswami” title reflects that her life path is one of “positive” renunciation: not self-deprivation or isolation, but a joyful expansion of consciousness and sympathy to embrace all people as her own.


Headshot of Nayaswami Diksha

Empower the New Year with Greater Clarity and Joy

Tuition: $108
Dates: December 30, 2024 to January 1, 2025

Registration will open soon


Special Rate for Couples & Repeat Participants in the Online New Year Retreat

Please contact us for details.




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, 2024 – January 1, 2025