Nayaswamis Dharmadas and Nirmala, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sacramento
Dharmadas and Nirmala worked closely with Swami Kriyananda for 35 years beginning in the 1970s and have taught yoga and meditation on three continents. They helped create four Ananda spiritual communities around the world and were the founding spiritual directors of Ananda India from 2003-2012.
Brahmacharini Chandrika Westerinen, Minister
Chandrika has taught Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings of the yoga science for over 12 years. She also manages the office and and temple during the week. Her love and appreciation for the practical applications of yoga in daily life inspires her to share the art and science of yoga with all.
"I feel joy, peace and calmness in Chandrika. The teachings she has shared with me have changed my life. She responds to questions in a knowledgeable and individualized manner. She inspires and encourages and I always leave feeling — ST, Fair Oaks
"Chandrika took me through the basic steps of how to meditate in the most efficient and effective way I’ve ever known. She is a caring, loving individual who dispenses information in such a gentle way that it seems to flow right into the heart. I am grateful to her for her role as teacher, and for all that I’ve learned so — GB, Rancho Cordova
Nayaswami Jayanti Manning, Lightbearer
Jayanti is a long-time disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda having met Swami Kriyananda in 1969 and studied Yogananda’s teachings under his guidance for 41 years. She has learned to apply Yogananda’s teaching in all aspects of life. A Registered Nurse by profession, she has been teaching and sharing with people over the past 30 years.
"I have had the great blessing of Jayanti's friendship and mentoring since first coming on the path almost 30 years ago. I can always count on her wisdom when I need insight and guidance about a problem. I hold her in the highest esteem." — LH, Fair Oaks
John teaches How to Meditate classes. Although a practitioner of yoga and meditation since 1970 he joined Ananda in 1996 when found that the yoga methods taught by Ananda opened new vistas for him. Now retired, John had 2 professions, one as an elementary teacher and another as a Chiropractor. He also taught anatomy and physiology to massage students. John says that Yogananda’s teachings on good health practices were a large part of the success in beating cancer.
"John has a unique gift of bringing the power and practice of meditation into a clear focus. I left his class with the sense that I had always known how to meditate, but just somehow forgot. He made it seem that natural." — SC, Carmichael
Brahmacharini Victoria Hansen, Minister
Victoria leads the Healing Prayer Ministry and has developed the Prayer Council, a group of more than 30 who pray daily for others; the SOS Prayer Group who pray for people in crisis and the Healing Prayer Circle who practice Yogananda’s Healing Techniques. As an extension of the Healing Ministry, she shares her knowledge and experience of Spirit-in-Nature Flower Essences. She teaches classes in all of these areas. Victoria is a founding member of the Sacramento Community.
"Healing prayers are the only answer when all conventional therapy or diagnosis fails to heal the physical, mental or spiritual imbalances. I am so grateful and thankful having the opportunity to learn Paramhansa Yogananda's, healing techniques through Victoria. Not only does it allow me to pray for others, it also benefits me tremendously in my spiritual advancement." — PC, Elk Grove
"I have gained a great benefit in my spiritual outlook on life through the healing circles that Victoria leads so beautifully. She creates a powerful environment and in which to ask the Divine Mother for her healing grace." — BY, Folsom