Meet Our Teachers

Online with Ananda is an online learning site dedicated to helping individuals experience the universal teachings of yoga and spirituality as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. It was founded in 2009 and is based at Ananda Village in Northern California, USA.

Our teachers and instructors have been living these teachings for nearly fifty years. We live what we teach. Our experience in the practice and integration of these teachings into daily life have demonstrated their power and practicality. Where ever you are on the spiritual path, these teachings can help support you in your next step to higher awareness.


Nayaswami Jyotish

Nayaswami Jyotish

Nayaswami Jyotish and his wife Devi have served together as spiritual directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide since 1984. With the passing of Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda, in 2013, Jyotish and Devi continue to carry on the great work that he started.

Nayaswami Jyotish was named by Kriyananda as his spiritual successor after decades of helping him build Ananda’s work around the world. Jyotish began taking classes from Kriyananda in 1967 and together they moved to the rural property in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in 1969, which is now a model spiritual community, Ananda Village.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Jyotish:
How to Live Series
How to Meditate
Deepening Your Meditation
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training
Leadership Training
Practical Skills
Creating the Vision

Author of:
Lessons in Meditation
How to Meditate
30-Day Essentials on Marriage
30-Day Essentials on Career

Nayaswami Devi

Nayaswami Devi

Nayaswami Devi and her husband Jyotish have served together as spiritual directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide since 1984. With the passing of Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda, in 2013, Jyotish and Devi continue to carry on the great work that he started.

Nayaswami Devi first met Swami Kriyananda in 1969 and dedicated her life to the spiritual path. She and Jyotish were married in 1975, and have spent their life together serving Kriyananda and their guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, through teaching and outreach throughout the world.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Devi:
How to Live Series
Deepening Your Meditation
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training
Leadership Training
Practical Skills
Creating the Vision

Author of:

Faith is My Armor: The Life of Swami Kriyananda
Intuition for Starters
The Light of Superconsciousness

Nayaswami Asha

Nayaswami Asha

Nayaswami Asha has been a spiritual seeker since she was a young girl. In 1969 at Stanford University, she heard Swami Kriyananda speak for the first time. Instantly, she recognized him as her spiritual teacher. “I knew the moment he walked into the room that he possessed the consciousness I had long been seeking.”

She soon became a founding member of the new community Swami Kriyananda was starting near Nevada City, California, called Ananda Village, based on Yogananda’s dream of world brotherhood colonies for “simple living and high thinking.” Swami Kriyananda placed Asha in the role of teaching and counseling soon after her arrival at Ananda. She also served as Swami’s correspondence secretary and personal assistant for many years.

Asha has been spiritual director of Ananda Palo Alto in California since 1987, where she continues to serve today.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Asha:
Deepening Your Spiritual Life Series
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training
Leadership Training


Author of:

Ask Asha, Loved and Protected
Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him

Nayaswami Jaya Helin

Nayaswami Jaya Helin

Nayaswami Jaya Helin, born in Los Angeles, became a student of Swami Kriyananda soon after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. Upon learning of Swamiji’s interest in spiritual communities,”Jayaji” joined him as a founding member of Ananda Village, now one of the most successful such communities in the world. There he served as Village planner, property manager, and resident acharya for many years with his wife Nayaswami Sadhana Devi. They shifted to New England in 2002 to guide Ananda’s work on the East Coast of the United States and, at Swami Kriyananda’s request, they shifted again to India in 2006, serving first in Gurgaon and then in Pune. Nayaswami Jaya has been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga and he travels widely as an Ananda “Kriyacharya,” sharing the teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda with audiences throughout India, America and elsewhere.


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Deepening Your Kriya Practice

Nayaswami Dhyana

Nayaswami Dhyana

Nayaswami Dhyana, is co- spiritual director of Ananda Sangha. She started to study the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda in 1978 and met Swami Kriyananda in 1980. She has shared the teachings of Yogananda in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and India and helped in the founding of several of Ananda communities and centers.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Berkeley, California and worked in social service before moving to Ananda Village in California in 1980. One of her earlier jobs was Director of Big Sisters of America.

She’s been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga. She teaches locally and travels around India offering training in meditation and Raja Yoga.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Dhyana:
Deepening Your Kriya Practice

Dr. Peter Van Houten

Dr. Peter Van Houten

‘Dr. Peter’ is a graduate of University of California San Francisco Medical School and founder of an award-winning rural community medical clinic in Northern California. As the Clinic's Medical Director, Peter has been instrumental in bringing new and highly effective tools in Behavioral Health to patients in need. In 2009 Dr. Peter was awarded the Rural Champion award for the State of California. This prestigious award, given to one physician annually, was in large part for his pioneering work bringing behavioral health into the medical care setting. Dr. Van Houten is a long-time meditator, has co-authored several books on the use of yoga for health problems, and lectures on the effects of relaxation and meditation on the brain and behavior.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Dr. Peter Van Houten:
Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

Devalila Veenhof

Devalila Veenhof

Devalila Veenhof, Director of Online with Ananda, has been practicing and sharing Parmahansa Yogananda's teachings for over 20 years. She is originally from Lake Tahoe in Northern California and first discovered Ananda in 1996. That same year, she became a Certified Meditation and Ananda Yoga Teacher and taught in her home town. She eventually moved to Ananda Village in 1998 - where she now lives with her husband Vic.  Before becoming Director of Online with Ananda in 2009, she served for many years archiving talks by Swami Kriyananda for Treasures Along the Path. Devalila is gifted in supporting and encouraging people, helping them take that next step spiritually. Through her role at Online with Ananda, she enjoys connecting with devotees worldwide, sharing in this journey of Self-Realization.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Devalila Veenhof:
Lessons in Meditation
Make Lasting Change in Your Life
Developing Intuition
Ananda Health and Healing Course,
Class in Ananda Leadership Training:
Creating the Vision

Brahmachari Jitendra

Brahmachari Jitendra

Brahmachari Jitendra is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a Monk living at the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California. While serving with Online with Ananda, he enjoys spreading the ancient teachings of Yoga to all truth seekers around the world and look forward to connecting with new friends from different backgrounds and affiliations.

After reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, Jitendra began his journey with the teachings and meditation in 2006. He continues to feel the inner transformation that comes with the power of the techniques. He is a certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200).

Jitendra is recently from Rhode Island, where he helped lead the Ananda Yoga and Meditation Center and aided in spreading the path of Meditation in Boston and New York City. He has taught meditation in diverse settings including Yoga Studios, Colleges, High Schools, Rehabilitation Centers and more.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Brahmachari Jitendra:
Lessons in Meditation
Course on Discipleship
Ananda Virtual Community

Jacqueline JLove Jackson

Jacqueline JLove Jackson

Jacqueline or JLove, as she is known, arrived at Ananda Village in 2013 to serve in the Karma Yoga program and is now a resident of Ananda Village. She is an Ananda Meditation teacher, Online with Ananda teacher, Sharing Nature teacher for the Expanding Light Retreat Karma Yoga Program, and the Sales and Marketing Director for Crystal Clarity Publishers. JLove is originally from North Carolina, raised in a Southern Baptist family. She now describes herself as a blissful yogi and enjoys sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. She enjoys singing in the Ananda Village Choir; serving with Next Wave at Ananda; and, promoting the Finding Happiness Movie. JLove also offers well-body, mind and soul coaching and online holistic business counseling.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Jacqueline JLove Jackson:
Ananda Meditation Teacher Training
How to Be Happy
Spiritual Relationships
The Sky And The Earth Touched Me
Ananda Virtual Community
Nayaswami  Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas is an Ananda minister and teacher of meditation and yoga. A resident community member at Ananda Village, he served for many years as the Head Chef and Culinary Instructor at The Expanding Light. He is known for his joy, devotion and hospitality.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Premdas:
Art and Science of Raja Yoga
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Sanjan Marks-Thelen, Director of the Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America. He lives at Ananda Village in Northern California. Before moving to California he lived in Madison, Wisconsin where he ran the Ananda Madison Meditation group. During this time he taught yoga meditation throughout Madison and the surrounding area to a wide variety of people.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Sanjan Marks-Thelen:
Preparation for Kriya Yoga
Deepening Your Kriya Practice
Art of Supportive Leadership
Class in Ananda Leadership Training:
Creating the Vision

Nayaswami  Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Pranaba has been an Ananda member and minister for almost 30 years. During this time he and his wife, Nayaswami Parvati, have served in many Ananda colonies in the U.S., and in Assisi, Italy.

Pranaba has directed the membership training program at Ananda Village and has coordinated Ananda’s Meditation Centers and Groups. He now manages Ananda Sangha Worldwide, Ananda’s outreach ministry. He also travels frequently, bringing Yogananda’s teachings and inspiration to Ananda devotees nationwide.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Pranaba:
Course on Discipleship
Leadership Training
Practical Skills
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Leadership Training
Practical Skills

Nayaswami Ananta

Nayaswami Ananta

Nayaswami Ananta moved to Ananda Village in 1975. He spent many years managing the Ananda Garden that helped feed the community. In 1986, Swami Kriyananda asked Ananta and his wife, Nayaswami Maria, to become the Spiritual Directors Ananda Sacramento, where they served for the next 23 years. Ananta now lives at Ananda Village, where he and Maria manage Ananda Farm.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Ananta:
How to Live Series
Deepening Your Meditation

Nayaswami Maria

Nayaswami Maria

Nayaswami Maria came to Ananda in 1976 and worked on the Ananda Farm in organic agriculture from 1976 through 1986. In 1979, she was married to Ananta in a ceremony performed by Swami Kriyananda. In 1986, Swami Kriyananda asked Maria and Ananta to direct the Ananda community in Sacramento, where they served for 23 years as ministers and community managers. In 2009, Maria and Ananta were asked to return to Ananda Farm at Ananda Village to restore it to organic production and to direct the Living with Spirit Ashram and summer programs for people between the ages of 18 and 30. Maria plays acoustic guitar, harmonium and is an avid bird watcher.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Maria:
Lessons in Meditation
Understanding the Chakras In-Depth
Deepening Your Meditation
Ananda Leadership Complete Training

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann is a minister, the Director of the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry, and a founding member of Ananda. Mary moved to Ananda Village in 1978, and with her husband, Tim, raised their family of three children. A gifted channel of divine energy and hands-on spiritual healing, Mary has healed many through the power of prayer. In her early years at Ananda, she began to explore Yogananda's healing techniques very deeply with a small, dedicated group who were praying for others. She felt inspired to put more energy into this healing ministry, developing it from its humble beginnings into what is now the Ananda Healing Prayer Circle. She helps beginners learn the practices, and through newsletters and personal guidance, as well as the classes at The Expanding Light, helps those interested to go very deeply into the experience of God through healing prayers. The Healing Prayer Circle has grown to over 750 members worldwide. Mary shares her insights and inspirations through the classes she teaches on Energy Healing Techniques. Many people feel their own healing energy open up during her workshops when given even brief coaching from Mary. Mary has also coauthored a book on Yogananda's prayer techniques called Divine Will Healing. The book contains extensive chapters on healing by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swamiji Kriyananda, in addition to chapters by Mary showing how a person can effectively apply those teachings.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Mary Kretzman:
Healing with Divine Energy
Ananda Health and Healing Course

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha, director of Ananda Meditation Teacher Training, is one of Ananda’s most popular teachers. A multi-talented woman, Diksha is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in teaching meditation and many related subjects. She supplements that experience with a broad array of knowledge beyond Yoga, e.g.: biology, medical research, Ayurveda, counseling and even art. She is an Ananda minister, counselor, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, Raja Yoga teacher, and E-RYT 500.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Diksha:
Vegetarian Cooking for Health and Vitality
Ananda Meditation Teacher Training
Sharing Meditation with Others
Deepening Your Meditation
Class in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training


Author of:
The Healing Kitchen
Global Kitchen
Vegetarian Cooking for Starters

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev directs Ananda’s Yoga Teacher Training course as well as Ananda Yoga worldwide. Known for his clarity of presentation, deep insights, high energy, kindness and humor, Gyandev has taught meditation for nearly 30 years. He is also an Ananda minister, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, Raja Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, and a co-founder of Yoga Alliance.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswmi Gyandev:
Ananda Meditation Teacher Training
Sharing Meditation with Others
Deepening Your Meditation
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training
Creating the Vision

Author of:
Spiritual Yoga
The Ananda Yoga Series

Nayaswami  Anandi

Nayaswami Anandi

Anandi is known for her joy, humor, wisdom, and kindness. Almost since her arrival at Ananda in 1971 as a founding member of Ananda, she has been sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. An Ananda minister since 1980, Anandi has directed and taught in many of Ananda’s guest and outreach programs, including the Palo Alto Ananda Community, Ananda’s membership training program, The Cooperative Living Training, and The Expanding Light. She was initiated as a Kriyacharya by Swami Kriyananda in 2011.

Anandi also works as an editor for Ananda’s Crystal Clarity books. She has just edited the 7-book series of Yogananda’s original teachings called The Wisdom of Yogananada, which includes How to Be Happy All the Time. Anandi is married to Nayaswami Bharat (Joseph Cornell), the world-renowned nature educator, with whom she has facilitated nature workshops in Japan, and many parts of the United States and Europe.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Anandi:
How to Live Series
Deepening Your Meditation
Class in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training

Author of:
The Wisdom of Yogananda Series, volumes 1-7

Bryan McSweeney

Bryan McSweeney

Bryan spent over three years working as Swami Kriyananda’s videographer, traveling with him and seeing the law of magnetism work first-hand. It was Kriyananda who first asked Bryan to help continue the Ancient Keys to Attaining Success and Happiness (AKASH) system after he debuted it in 2010. Since then he has traveled around the world, meeting spiritual-minded people trying to apply these deep yogic teachings to everyday life, an experience he brings into his work with AKASH. He currently lives at Ananda Village, where he teaches at Living Wisdom School, based on the “How To Live” schools first conceived by Paramhansa Yogananda.

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AKASH

Darshana Panait

Darshana Panait

Darshana discovered Ananda in 2009, while she was living in Los Angeles and became actively involved with the Ananda Meditation Center in Torrance, California. She completed her education with a degree in business administration and international finance. After working in Los Angeles as a financial analyst for 12 years, Darshana moved to Ananda Village in 2011 and served as production manager at Crystal Clarity Publishers.

She relocated back to Torrance in November 2015 to share Yogananda's teachings in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Success and Happiness Through Yoga Principles

Turiya Moore

Turiya Moore

Turiya has been sharing the yoga, meditation, and practical "how to be happy" teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda since 2001.

He founded the Ananda Meditation Center in Torrance, CA, and served as its spiritual director and primary teacher from 2001–2010. During this time, he taught meditation, asana, and yoga philosophy courses including Happiness and Success Through Yoga Principles by Swami Kriyananda, as a full time occupation.

Turiya is an entrepreneur. He has been self-employed most of his life and has started several successful businesses including a diesel truck maintenance shop, a commercial flooring business for 14 years, and a yoga center called Ahimsa Yoga, which eventually became the Ananda Mediation Center in Torrance.

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Success and Happiness Through Yoga Principles

David Eby

David Eby

David Eby, Director of Music at Ananda Worldwide, has trained with Swami Kriyananda, world-known composer and teacher of yogic principles and a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. David, as a professional director, cellist, and educator has become expert at communicating how we can uplift our consciousness, experience joy, and share inspiration through music, having put into practice these principles for over 20 years.

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Ananda Virtual Choir
Ananda Virtual Choir Skills Course

Bhagavati Nani

Bhagavati Nani

Bhagavati (Sharon Brooks) Nani received her Master of Music in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For many years she performed and recorded with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the greater Bay Area, including the San Francisco Opera and The Women’s Philharmonic. She began focusing on music as a ministry after finding Ananda and being initiated in Kriya Yoga in the late 90’s. Bhagavati plays and sings on various Ananda CDs (Secrets of Love, Relax: for Flute and Cello, I Came From Joy, and Scegli la gioia), as well her own CD, Illuminating Grace: Songs of Joy and Devotion. In 2002, she moved to Ananda Assisi (Italy), where she toured for two years as part of the Ananda Singers. Later, she and her husband, Ramesha—who are both Ananda ministers—helped lead the meditation group in Lugano (Switzerland), where they also taught meditation classes to adults and children. They returned to the United States in 2006 and currently live at Ananda Village near Nevada City, California. Bhagavati particularly loves when listeners share their stories of how deeply they were affected by the experience of listening to Ananda Music.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Bhagavati Nani:

Music and Consciousness
Ananda Health and Healing Course

Ramesha Nani

Ramesha Nani

Ramesha (Fabio) Nani received his diploma in violin performance from the Music Conservatory in Como (Italy). But by the time he had finished his studies he had become disillusioned with music as a career and instead became a music teacher in his hometown of Lugano, Switzerland. During this time he shifted his musical focus to studying voice with Swiss soprano, Giovanna Zaugg-Casella. Years later, during repeated visits to the Ananda meditation and retreat center in Assisi (Italy), Ramesha was introduced to Ananda Music, and as he tuned into it more deeply he felt himself changing. His love of the violin was rekindled and he began to play again. But now, music has a completely different meaning for him. He realizes that what matters most is not how well he plays or sings, but rather how open he is as a channel for blessings to flow through the music and touch people’s hearts. A longtime disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, a Kriyaban and an Ananda minister, Ramesha is in demand as a vocal instructor; in addition to in-person lessons, he teaches online to students throughout the world. He's also a member of the NAMTA, the North American Music Teachers Association. He and his wife are part of the singing quartet "The Joy Singers", whose mission is to share positive, uplifting music. In 2013 they were asked to help lead Ananda Music worldwide.

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Music and Consciousness
Conscious Communication
Ananda Health and Healing Course

Joseph Puru Selbie

Joseph Puru Selbie

Puru is the co-author of The Yugas: Keys to Understanding Our Hidden Past, emerging Energy Age, and Enlightened Future, an in-depth examination of the ancient cycle as explained by Sri Yukteswar. He is a teacher, minister and founding member of Ananda. Prior to coming to Ananda in 1975, Puru studied ancient Western cultures at the University of Colorado and ancient Eastern cultures at UC Berkeley. He currently lives with his wife Lakshmi at Ananda Village, in Northern California.

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Yugas In-Depth

Nayaswami Mantradevi

Nayaswami Mantradevi

Nayaswami Mantradevi has taught hundreds of people how to access their inner happiness through yoga, emotional healing, creativity and meditation. She teaches with insight, clarity and joy. Her concern for others is one of her key qualities, and she has the innate ability to communicate and apply spiritual principles to real life situations. This course draws from her years of experience in teaching and counseling.

A long-time Ananda teacher and minister, Nayaswami Mantradevi and her husband have co-directed several Ananda colonies and centers around the United States. She currently lives at Ananda Village, where she teaches and hosts guests at Ananda’s Expanding Light. She is also an artist and paints from her home studio.

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How to Achieve Inner Peace and Tranquility

Lisa Powers

Lisa Powers

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

A resident of Ananda since 1975, Savitri is a Minister, Counselor, Raja Yoga Teacher, and former co-diirector of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training program. Among Ananda's most popular teachers, Savitri has taught at several of Ananda's branch communities since she came to Ananda. Prior to becoming co-director of the Meditation Teacher Training program, Savitri was the Director of Ananda's Yoga Teacher Training program. An expert in the chakras for the last 20 years, she has taught hundreds of classes, workshops, and seminars on understanding and awakening the chakras. Among other courses, she currently teaches Mystical Keys to Awakening and The Seven Gates to Freedom, an experiential chakras course. She also is the author of the Chakras for Starters book and video as well as a video / DVD called Yoga Postures to Awaken the Chakras.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Savitri:
Understanding the Chakras In-Depth
Deepening Your Meditation
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training
Leadership Training
Practical Skills

Author of:
Chakras for Starters
Through Many Lives

Dharmadevi Romano

Dharmadevi Romano

Dharmadevi Romano and her husband, Narayan, serve as spiritual directors and lightbearers for Ananda LA. She is a Certified Meditation & Yoga Teacher and was part of the core group that started Ananda Los Angeles in 2007. Dharmadevi lived at Ananda Village for 2 years and helped launch Ananda Online Classes and the Ananda Virtual Community. She has been practicing and teaching energy & holistic healing modalities since 2000 and especially enjoys sharing Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on health and healing. Dharmadevi has worked extensively on the AKASH (Ancient Keys to Attaining Success & Happiness) series that Swami Kriyananda wrote while he lived in LA. Along with other teachers, she offers it around the LA area. She also offers energy healing sessions and spiritual counseling.

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Ananda LA Path of Kriya Yoga

Narayan Romano

Narayan Romano

Narayan Romano and his wife, Dharmadevi, serve as spiritual directors and lightbearers for Ananda LA. After reading Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, in New York City, he was inspired to learn Kriya Yoga and share the teachings of Self-realization. He was a founding member of Ananda NYC before moving to Ananda Village in Northern California where he lived for six years. He served at Ananda’s publishing arm, Crystal Clarity, and as a yoga and meditation instructor at the Expanding Light Meditation & Yoga Retreat. He co-founded Ananda Virtual Community–an interactive, online community with classes on yoga, meditation, and spiritual living. His interests include making ravioli, playing soccer, and exploring the divine grace and wonder of rudraksha beads.

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Ananda LA Path of Kriya Yoga

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Hriman is the co-spiritual director, with his wife Padma, of Ananda in Washington State. Hriman moved to Ananda Village in California in 1977, where he served as financial director for the worldwide Ananda work. He later managed the Expanding Light guest retreat at Ananda Village. In 1993, Swami Kriyananda asked Hriman and Padma to serve as directors of Ananda in Seattle. Hriman’s early studies in Catholic theology give him a profound respect for the shared truths of all religions, and the practical benefits of Raja Yoga. Audiences at his Sunday services and classes appreciate his gentle humor and practical insights for living, drawn from the ancient yoga teachings. Hriman is an ordained Lightbearer and Kriyacharya of Ananda Church of Self-Realization.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Hriman:
Ananda Seattle Path of Kriya Yoga
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training
Leadership Training
Practical Skills
Creating the Vision

Nayaswami Padma

Nayaswami Padma

Padma is the co-spiritual director of Ananda in Washington State, with her husband, Hriman. Padma moved to Ananda Village in 1973 where she helped publish Swami Kriyananda’s books. She also served as a teacher and counselor. Padma and Hriman raised their son and daughter at Ananda Village. While managing Crystal Clarity Publishers, she worked closely with Swami Kriyananda during some of his most prolific years of writing. She continues to coordinate the offering of publishing rights to Swami’s books to publishers in other languages (than English). In her classes and talks, she weaves spiritual teachings with memorable stories. Padma also coordinates study programs for Kriya Yogis. She is an ordained Lightbearer and Kriyacharya of Ananda Church of Self-Realization.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Padma:
Ananda Seattle Path of Kriya Yoga
Classes in Ananda Leadership Training:
Minister Training
Leadership Training

Creating the Vision

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati is one of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers. With her husband, Nayaswami Pranaba, she helped to create and direct Ananda centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy.

Parvati currently lives at Ananda Village and administers the Janaka Foundation.

Explore Online Courses Taught by Nayaswami Parvati:
How to Live Series

Kalidas Hansen

Kalidas Hansen

Kalidas Hansen is a devoted disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and resides at Ananda Village. He practices daily the techniques of meditation and concentration that Yogananda offered. Kalidas and his wife, Melody, are both teachers at Ananda's Expanding Light Retreat. Kalidas teaches healing prayer workshops and various courses focused on wellness of body, mind, and soul.

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Going Deeper in AUM
Ananda Virtual Community

Lina Preston

Lina Preston

Lina Preston is a long time practicing Vedic Astrologer with a Level II certificate from the American College of Vedic Astrology. The ancient science of Vedic Astrology has brought her great joy and she is delighted to share this knowledge. Lina is a minister with the Ananda Church of Self Realization and has lived at the Ananda community in Nevada City for twenty five years. Lina and her husband Binay have been working with astrological gemstones and vedic jewelry for over twenty years through their business Northern Lights.

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Essentials of Vedic Astrology

Avital Miller

Avital Miller

Longing to share the deeper aspects of yoga postures and the spiritual path, Avital Miller served as an Ananda Yoga Teacher Trainer and as Sales and Marketing Director for Crystal Clarity Publishers for 6 years. She now teaches on the road and has her home base in Portland, Oregon. Avital has a professional background in dance and has created spiritual dance performances, as well as movement programs to help people direct their energy to the divine.

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How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality
Ananda Health and Healing Course

Hanuman Baughman

Hanuman Baughman

Hanuman Baughman has been a member of Ananda for over 30 years. During that time he has served along with his wife Mari as a minister and lightbearer, co-founding manager of Ananda Portland Community, directors of Ananda Portland Sanga, and most recently co-founder of Ananda House at Laurelwood, an adult living home for yogi’s on the spiritual path. Hanuman is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse and has many years experience working with people at end of life.

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Living and Aging with Consciousness

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