Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are vibrant emissaries of Paramhansa Yogananda, and Global Peace Ambassadors. As Spiritual Directors of Ananda and living examples of spiritual values in action, Jyotish and Devi travel the world, sharing Yogananda’s teachings, and blessing people with the practical and heart-opening path of Kriya Yoga.

Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder, designated Jyotish as his spiritual successor.

Jyotish and Devi were instrumental in the creation of Ananda Village, as well as our spiritual works in Italy and India. They each have authored several books, and speak widely throughout the U.S., Europe, and India.

Nayaswami Ananta is a founding member of Ananda. He and his wife, Maria, directed our Ananda community in Sacramento for over 20 years. They currently direct Ananda Village’s gardens and the training of new members.

Nayaswami Asha is a worldwide ambassador on the subject of hope and happiness. She brings Yogananda’s teachings to people around the globe, helping them make their spiritual lives work for them. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Ananda’s community in Palo Alto. In 2019 she completed and published, Lightbearer, an absorbing and highly acclaimed biography of Swami Kriyananda.

Nayaswami Maria currently overseas the training and service of Ananda’s ministers and new members. She and her husband, Ananta, directed Ananda’s Sacramento community for over 20 years

Nayaswami Anandi, a founding member of Ananda and the editor of the 8 Wisdom of Yogananda books, currently works with new members and those interested in Ananda Village.

Nayaswami Dhyana is co-spiritual director of Ananda India. She has shared the teachings of Yogananda in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Australia, and India and helped in the founding of several of Ananda communities and centers worldwide.

Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, a medical doctor for over 40 years, brings to her practice—and her life— a profound wisdom and ability to communicate with people. She co-directs Ananda’s Palo Alto community.

Nayaswami Hriman is the co-director of Ananda’s lively community in Washington State, with church, residential housing, yoga teacher trainings and several businesses.

Nayaswami Dharmarajan and his wife helped Swami Kriyananda in the foundation of our work in India, and currently direct the Ananda center in Chennai, India. For some years, Dharmarajan offered classes in Indian businesses on “How to Achieve Material Success Through Yogic Principles.”

Nayaswami Padma worked closely with Swami Kriyananda for 25 years as the director of his publishing house, Crystal Clarity. She and her husband direct the Ananda Washington community, church, and businesses.

Narya Tosetto is a long-time community leader and minister in Ananda Europa. He was a close friend of Swami Kriyananda and has been invaluable in connecting our Assisi community with local counties and other spiritual groups

Atman Goering is the Ananda Village Manager, with an enormous range of responsibilities, including all of our interface with Nevada County. He has shared Yogananda’s teachings during his travels in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and South America.

Nayaswami Shivani is a dynamo of inspiration, sharing Yogananda’s teachings throughout Europe, India, and Russia. She is a founding member of Ananda, and currently helps to lead Ananda’s community in Assisi, Italy.

Nayaswami Dharmadas helped found Ananda’s work in India, where he traveled throughout the country teaching and offering Kriya initiations. He currently co-directs Ananda’s Sacramento community.

Nayaswami Nirmala co-directs Ananda’s Sacramento community and church. She and her husband, Dharmadas, helped Swami Kriyananda create and direct Ananda’s work in India.

Nayaswami Kirtani is a founding member of Ananda who has worked closely with Swami Kriyananda in her role of directing Ananda’s work in Europe, based in Assisi, Italy.

Nayaswami Devarshi, now living in and teaching throughout India, is also the Ananda minister for Kriya Yoga worldwide. He is currently creating written materials to clarify the Kriya techniques for our worldwide work.

Nayaswami Gyandev is an excellent representative of the healing power of pranayama. He is the director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, as well as Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training, along with his wife, Diksha.

Devalila Veenhof is the head of Ananda’s Kriya ministry at Ananda Village. She helped create and teach on the initial Online with Ananda. Now she shares Yogananda’s teachings with Kriya initiates worldwide.

Nayaswami Narayan and his wife, Nayaswami Dharmadevi, are creating a thriving Ananda community throughout Los Angeles, where they have been the spiritual directors since 2010. They are also building Crystal Clarity Publishers, now relocated to Los Angeles.

Brahmachari Tandava serves in the Ananda Palo Alto Sangha and Living Wisdom School, and he is a joyful and versatile musician. He has been a monk (brahmachari) for eight years.

Brahmachari Aditya currently directs the Ananda Pune center in India and offers classes and health workshops for colleges and large institutions. He is a brahmachari and a medical practitioner.

Lakshmi LaPine, Part of the leadership and teaching team in Ananda Palo Alto for about 8 years, she is also an English teacher and conflict mediator at a local high school, where she merges the teachings of yoga and academia.

Brahmachari Sagar was born in India where he earned an engineering degree. He grew up immersed in the teachings of Yogananda and now shares them in online classes through, as well as in public talks around the country.

Narayani Anaya and Shurjo Jha direct Ananda’s work in Mumbai, India. Both of them were trained personally by Swami Kriyananda in the last years of his life. Narayani, especially, had a unique and precious relationship with Swamiji, as his personal assistant for 3 ½ years.

Saiganesh Sairaman serves as one of the main teachers and leaders of the Ananda Church in Palo Alto.

Erin Vinacco, gifted at teaching both children and adults, is a teacher in the Ananda Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village.

Dr. Michelle Dossett currently does research at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California, with a specialty in internal medicine. Her special interest is in integrative and mind-body medicine.

Jitendra Guindon directs the online teaching and video-creation arm of at Ananda Village.

Kshama Kellog currently directs the Ananda High School in Palo Alto, California. She grew up attending the Ananda Education for Life School, and also has used these principles to teach young children.

Sundara Traymar – has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America as the trainer and director of Sharing Nature Worldwide – offering Yogananda’s approach to nature awareness, the methods created by Joseph Bharat Cornell.

David Eby is a gifted cellist who performs professionally and trains other musicians to experience music and performance on a deeper, more inspirational level.