Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are vibrant emissaries of Paramhansa Yogananda, and Global Peace Ambassadors. As Spiritual Directors of Ananda and living examples of spiritual values in action, Jyotish and Devi travel the world, sharing Yogananda’s teachings, and blessing people with the practical and heart-opening path of Kriya Yoga.

Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder, designated Jyotish as his spiritual successor.

Jyotish and Devi were instrumental in the creation of Ananda Village, as well as our spiritual works in Italy and India. They each have authored several books, and speak widely throughout the U.S., Europe, and India.

Nayaswami Ananta is a founding member of Ananda. He and his wife, Maria, directed our Ananda community in Sacramento for over 20 years. They currently direct Ananda Village’s gardens and the training of new members.

Nayaswami Asha is a worldwide ambassador on the subject of hope and happiness. She brings Yogananda’s teachings to people around the globe, helping them make their spiritual lives work for them. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Ananda’s community in Palo Alto. In 2019 she completed and published, Lightbearer, an absorbing and highly acclaimed biography of Swami Kriyananda.

Nayaswami Maria currently overseas the training and service of Ananda’s ministers and new members. She and her husband, Ananta, directed Ananda’s Sacramento community for over 20 years

Nayaswami Anandi, a founding member of Ananda and the editor of the 8 Wisdom of Yogananda books, currently works with new members and those interested in Ananda Village.

Nayaswami Dhyana is co-spiritual director of Ananda India. She has shared the teachings of Yogananda in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Australia, and India and helped in the founding of several of Ananda communities and centers worldwide.

Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, a medical doctor for over 40 years, brings to her practice—and her life— a profound wisdom and ability to communicate with people. She co-directs Ananda’s Palo Alto community.

Nayaswami Hriman is the co-director of Ananda’s lively community in Washington State, with church, residential housing, yoga teacher trainings and several businesses.

Nayaswami Dharmadas helped found Ananda’s work in India, where he traveled throughout the country teaching and offering Kriya initiations. He currently co-directs Ananda’s Sacramento community.

Nayaswami Padma worked closely with Swami Kriyananda for 25 years as the director of his publishing house, Crystal Clarity. She and her husband direct the Ananda Washington community, church, and businesses.

Nayaswami Kirtani is a founding member of Ananda who has worked closely with Swami Kriyananda in her role of directing Ananda’s work in Europe, based in Assisi, Italy.

Atman Goering is the Ananda Village Manager, with an enormous range of responsibilities, including all of our interface with Nevada County. He has shared Yogananda’s teachings during his travels in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and South America.

Nayaswami Devarshi, now living in and teaching throughout India, is also the Ananda minister for Kriya Yoga worldwide. He is currently creating written materials to clarify the Kriya techniques for our worldwide work.

Nayaswami Gyandev is an excellent representative of the healing power of pranayama. He is the director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, as well as Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training, along with his wife, Diksha.

Brahmachari Sagar was born in India where he earned an engineering degree. He grew up immersed in the teachings of Yogananda and now shares them in online classes through, as well as in public talks around the country.

Devalila Veenhof is the head of Ananda’s Kriya ministry at Ananda Village. She helped create and teach on the initial Online with Ananda. Now she shares Yogananda’s teachings with Kriya initiates worldwide.

Nayaswami Narayan and his wife, Nayaswami Dharmadevi, are creating a thriving Ananda community throughout Los Angeles, where they have been the spiritual directors since 2010. They are also building Crystal Clarity Publishers, now relocated to Los Angeles.

Brahmachari Aditya currently directs the Ananda Pune center in India and offers classes and health workshops for colleges and large institutions. He is a brahmachari and a medical practitioner.

Joseph Puru Selbie

Aryavan McSweeney was born and raised in Ananda, in the Education for Life system. He currently teaches at the Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village, California.