Our Inspiration

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952)

Paramhansa Yogananda The great Indian yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda was sent by the Himalayan Masters to teach yoga and meditation to the West. When he came from India to America in 1920, eastern meditative practices were virtually unknown in the West. Now, they are known everywhere. His Autobiography of a Yogi, helped launch and continues to inspire a global revolution in consciousness.

Swami Kriyananda (1926-2013)

Swami Kriyananda As a direct disciple of Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life and considerable talents as a writer, composer, musician, and teacher, to showing how the principles of self-realisation make every aspect of life better. The truth of this ideal has been demonstrated over decades in the everyday life of the Ananda communities. There are nine worldwide, both urban and rural, where truth-seekers of all lifestyles — married, single, parents, monks, nuns, children — live together helping one another on the Journey for Inner Peace.


Our Philosophy: The Best Qualities of the East and West

Yogananda taught that what the world needs is a blend of the best qualities of the East and West: the spiritual insight of the East and the practical efficiency of the West.
One without the other leads to a society barren of human fulfillment, but a balance of the two can bring peace, harmony, prosperity, and happiness. Yogananda often predicted that world brotherhood colonies, based on the twin principles of “plain living and high thinking,” would be the social pattern for the future. Kriyananda vowed to do his utmost to make this dream a reality.
Ananda is a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realise God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. Ananda was founded in 1968 by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
Yogananda’s non-sectarian teachings embrace the truths that underlie all the great religions. People from all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed at Ananda.
Expand your sense of harmony, and gain an increased sense of God’s loving presence in your life through ancient and effective techniques including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship.