Nayaswamis Dharmadas & 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.
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.
Brahmacharini Chandrika Westerinen, Minister
Chandrika has taught Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings of the yoga science for over 12 years. She is 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.
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.