What is Ananda?

Ananda is a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. Ananda was founded in 1968 by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, widely recognized as one of the leading spiritual teachers in the world today.

Yogananda’s teachings embrace the truths that underlie all the great religions. People from all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed at Ananda. We invite you to join us at our temples, yoga retreats, meditation groups, and communities to experience the joy of your own being.

Whether you are seeking more peace in your life, or a deeper connection with God, Ananda offers support and friendship for your spiritual journey. The emphasis is on the individual quest for Self-realization, the unifying reality behind all spiritual traditions.

Universal truths
The basis of this teaching is universal. It is a state of mind: the consciousness of inner joy. It is a growing awareness of the presence of God, touching every aspect of our lives.

The teaching at Ananda encompasses both of Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, particularly the ancient, scientific practice of Raja Yoga from India and the original, mystic teachings of Christ. This teaching was brought to America in the early 1920s by Paramhansa Yogananda author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi and is continued by Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda.

Our Spiritual Lineage
“Those who join us… are not connected to some printing press, but to a line of God-realized masters…” —Paramhansa Yogananda

The Ideal of Spiritual Communities
Yogananda’s vision of World Brotherhood Colonies for people from all walks of life, dedicated to “plain living and high thinking.”