Ananda is a global movement of more than 140,000 people dedicated to Self-realization. Based on the mission and teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda to unite the spiritual wisdom of the East with the material efficiency of the West, Ananda is pioneering models for living an integrated spiritual life that inspires millions today.

What makes Ananda unique is our goal to offer everyone access to the practical teachings of yoga as shared by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, Ananda outreach ministries will continue to serve millions of seekers.

Ananda’s Outreach Flows Expansively on the Wings of Technology

Sharing Yogananda’s teachings means making them accessible to anyone — anywhere and at any time.

This year, we:

  • Had 2.1 million visits to ananda websites
  • Taught 20,938 new people how to meditate
  • Had 2,267,719 video views on YouTube
  • Had 1,193,654 Engagements on Facebook
  • Reached 40,985 Ananda Meditation app downloads
  • Supported over 5,012 Kriyabans from 27 countries

Free Inspiration

Ananda has a wealth of inspirational offerings to support and uplift you on your spiritual journey.

  • Free online content (video, blogs, spiritual talks, books, radio)
  • Books
  • Music
  • Apps
  • Spiritual pilgrimages
  • And much more

Ongoing Personal Contact and Support

The essence of Ananda remains-sharing wisdom, the teachings, the music, the laughter, but most of all friendship. Love and friendship are the core of Ananda.

  • Online classes
  • Ananda Communities
  • Virtual Community
  • Meditation Groups
  • Workshops lead by ministers and teachers
  • Individual counseling
  • Retreats

Deepening your Spiritual Life

Enrich and deepen your spiritual life with Ananda’s many offerings.

  • Learn about the advanced meditation technique, Kriya Yoga
  • Extensive online courses
  • Online classes and retreats
  • Ananda’s Karma Yoga Ashram Programs
  • Learn about discipleship
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Meditation and Yoga Teacher trainings and certifications

Tools to Rise and Meet These Opportunities with Courage and Hope

Living a balanced and happy life means acquiring a wealth of tools for any challenge life has to offer.

  • Healing prayers
  • Spiritual counseling certification
  • Meditation techniques
  • Affirmations
  • Energization exercises
  • Meditation app
  • Daily online group meditation 

Support Ananda Outreach Ministries

What is the Difference Between A Tithe, Donation, Pledge or Planned Gift?

Tithing is a spiritual practice, a conscious expression of gratitude to God. It is not directed towards a specific fund but given without condition to the source of your inspiration. For many people a tithe is given before any expenses are paid.

A donation is an amount given to support a specific fund or activity and is taken from disposable income.

Pledges are set dollar amounts that a person plans for giving, either on an on-going basis or within a specific time. A church or other organization counts on your pledge as part of its budget.

A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Commonly donated through a will or trust, planned gifts are most often granted once the donor has passed away.

Your support makes possible all that Ananda does to share inspiration and practical wisdom with all who seek it. 

Make a gift today!

More ways to give

Checks or Money Orders may be made out to “Ananda” or, to give a tithe, they may be made out to “Thank You God.” Checks may be mailed to:
Ananda Sangha Worldwide
14618 Tyler Foote Road #50
Nevada City, CA 95959
Securities or stocks held more than one year, and that have increased in value, make extremely effective gifts. You are entitled to deductions for the fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift, plus you pay no tax on the capital gain value of the gift shares. A deduction of up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income is available, with a five-year carry-over of excess deductions.
Giving directly between banks is also a great way to support Ananda. For more information, please contact
Each company has a different policy about matching the gifts of its employees, so check with your employer to see if your donations to Ananda qualify for a matching gift.
Memorial gifts to the Ananda Janaka Foundation are used to support the mission of Ananda. In this way, the gift you give in memory of a loved one will live on in service to others.
Memorial gifts may be made by check to:

Janaka Foundation
14618 Tyler Foote Road #242
Nevada City, CA 95959
For more information about memorial giving, please contact Parvati Hansen, Executive Director of the Janaka Foundation at

Ananda accepts bitcoins and other forms of digital currency.

To make a donation contact: Mai Lee, Development Director.

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a giving vehicle established at a public charity. It allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction and then recommend grants from the fund over time.

If you are inspired to make a gift through a donor advised fund please contact:

If you’re over 70½ and must begin withdrawing funds each year from your retirement accounts, you may be able to donate that money to a qualified charity—reducing, rather than increasing, your taxable income for the year.
The blessing of
from the heart.
“Those who have money, and use it for the welfare of other people, get great good karma for it.” Paramhansa Yogananda

Ananda Fundraising Team

Ananda’s fundraising team is here to build a bridge that connects each one of us with the heart of Ananda through the sacred act of giving.

Mai Lee
Director of Development

Mai is highly trained in the world of business and technology. 10 years ago she took up the practice of meditation. Thrilled with the changes in herself she was able to experience in her busy life in Los Angeles, she took her exploration further in 2016 by moving to Ananda Village.

 Mai has held numerous senior development positions, including directing HYPE Los Angeles, The Midnight Mission, and currently, Ananda Sangha Worldwide, where she is the primary fundraising strategist. She has consulted with multiple technology companies on apps and technology for the nonprofit industry. She is a former board member of FBI Los Angeles Citizens Academy, Operation Progress, and Central City Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sharing Nature Worldwide, a nonprofit that brings nature education experiences to adults and youth across the globe. 

Jyoti Spearin
Development Associate

Nayaswami Jyoti is an Ananda minister and has lived and served at Ananda Village since 1996. She has offered classes and workshops in meditation, yoga philosophy and Ananda yoga at The Expanding Light and Ananda Meditation retreats and for several hospitals, colleges and private clients throughout the US and Canada. She is currently serving at Ananda’s Development Department and is active in Ananda’s outreach ministry, offering spiritual support and guidance to devotees worldwide.

Gayatri Regester
Development Associate

Gayatri was first introduced to meditation while in university. After graduation she worked as a registered obstetrical nurse in Washington, DC, where she discovered the Autobiography of a Yogi. Feeling like something was missing, she ventured out west with a backpack searching for a deeper meaning of life. Her search for truth led me to the Ananda Meditation Retreat in 2017 where she lived and served here for several years. 

She now lives at the Expanding Light Ashram and serves as part of Ananda Worldwide’s Development Team. It gives Gayatri great inspiration to see how Yogananda’s teachings are blessing so many seekers around the world. 

Nayaswami Parvati Hansen
Estate and Planned Giving
Executive Director, Ananda Janaka Foundation

Parvati is one of the founding members of Ananda, and is one of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers. She moved to Ananda in 1972, and was made a minister by Swami Kriyananda in 1981. With her husband, Pranaba, she has been involved in the creation and direction of Ananda centers and communities in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy.