Swami Kriyananda is a direct disciple of the great Indian master, Paramhansa Yogananda. He is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.
An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his more than 150 books emphasize the need to live wisely by one’s own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.
In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community throughout the world. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional community in the world. Today, over 1000 people reside in six Ananda communities throughout the U.S. (Seattle, Palo Alto, Portland, and Sacramento) and in Assisi, Italy and Delhi, India. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe, Croatia, and Russia. Both the Nevada City and Assisi communities have world-renowned guest retreat facilities where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life.
Swami Kriyananda’s books and music have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 24 languages. He is the author of more than 150 books on a variety of topics including leadership, education, creativity, and moral values. His best-selling titles include Awaken to Superconsciousness, Meditation for Starters, The Art of Supportive Leadership, The Path – One Man’s Quest on the Only Path There Is, Money Magnetism, The Essence of Self-Realization, Affirmations for Self-Healing, Education for Life, and his best-selling Secrets gift book series.
“J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) is the kindest man I’ve ever met. Walters is a born, great teacher. His books are gentle masterpieces.” —Louise Hay, best selling author of You Can Heal Your Life
“J. Donald Walters has been one of the most important Western exponents of yoga in the past 30 years.”—Dr. David Frawley, renowned authority on yoga and author of Ayurveda and the Mind and Gods, Sages, and Kings
“J. Donald Walters is wise teacher whose words convey love and compassion. Read and listen, and allow your life to change.”—Larry Dossey, best-selling author of Healing Words
A composer since 1964, Walters has written over 400 musical works. His music is inspiriing, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his new albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine says, “Walters’ words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times”. Walters's recent albums include Secrets of Love, Music to Awaken Superconsciousness, Windows on the World and Surrender: Mystical Music for Yoga. As a composer, Walters is best known for the top-selling albums Mystic Harp and Mystic Harp 2, featuring the legendary harpist Derek Bell, of the 5-time Grammy Award-winning group The Chieftains.