From his youth, Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda had dreamed of creating small communities based on cooperation and high ideals. When he became Yogananda’s disciple in 1948, he discovered that Yogananda, too, was committed to the concept of “World Brotherhood Colonies.”

Yogananda taught that what the world needs is a blend of the best qualities of the East and West: the spiritual insight of the East and the practical efficiency of the West.

One without the other leads to a society barren of human fulfillment, but a balance of the two can bring peace, harmony, prosperity, and happiness. Yogananda often predicted that world brotherhood colonies, based on the twin principles of “plain living and high thinking,” would be the social pattern for the future. Kriyananda vowed to do his utmost to make this dream a reality, and Ananda now has several intentional communities on three continents.

Visit Ananda Village, Ananda’s first community.


Ananda’s Karma Yoga Ashram Program

Our program includes a balance of selfless service or karma yoga, fun, and lessons in meditation and Raja Yoga, based on the spiritual teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Finding Happiness: The Movie

Juliet Palmer, an investigative reporter, receives an unusual assignment from her boss at Profiles magazine: she’ll visit a spiritual community in northern California that has developed alternative solutions to the world’s problems. While at Ananda Village, she’ll interview members of the community and its visionary founder. With a fair portion of skepticism and a dash of curiosity, Juliet embarks on … Read More

What Is Ananda

What is Ananda? Ananda is a global spiritual movement, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. You can feel harmony, and God’s active presence in your life through ancient and effective techniques, including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually-oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship. Kriya Yoga is a … Read More