Meditation Instructors

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Nayaswamis Dharmadas and Nirmala, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sacramento

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

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.

Testimonials

"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 uplifted." — 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 far." — GB, Rancho Cordova

Nayaswami Jayanti Manning

Nayaswami Jayanti Manning

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.

Testimonials

"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

Tom Cerussi

Tom Cerussi

Tom has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for 35 years. His has a clear, concise and warm teaching style integrates the ancient teachings of yoga into daily life. As a professional sales manager and a father of two young children he enjoys putting tools of dharma and joy into action every day.

Brahmacharini Victoria Hansen, Minister

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.

Testimonials

"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