Guru-Disciple Relationship, Yoga Philosophy

The Many Incarnations of Paramhansa Yogananda

An avatar and his Divine mission through the ages “Sir, are you an avatar?” a young Swami Kriyananda once asked Paramhansa Yogananda. With quiet simplicity, Yogananda replied, “A work of this importance would have to have been started by such a one.” (The New Path, Swami Kriyananda) What is an avatar? What “work of importance” was Yogananda referring to? Is there … Read More

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Kindness is love in action

Kindness The whole world is my home, and the human race, my family.  With God’s kindess I embrace all men. Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda Kindness is love in action. Paramhansa Yogananda counseled, “Be calmly active and actively calm.” To be consistently kind we need to consciously direct our thoughts and emotions by operating from our inner center with … Read More

News About Ananda

Celebrating Nayaswami Anandi’s Life

Dear Friend, Master and Swamiji came with a special mission to uplift human consciousness during a time of confusion and turmoil as we transition into Dwapara Yuga. A group of young people came to Swamiji in the late 1960s and early 1970s to dedicate their lives to serving this mission. Often with no prior spiritual calling or interest, they came … Read More

Parenting and Education

More Calming Techniques for Conscious Parents

This post is a continuation of this list of techniques for cultivating calmness in our homes and in our families. As I mentioned in the first post, this is not the typical “quick fix” list of tips but rather tools and skills that can be developed over time to create calmness within and without. They are inspired by the book … Read More

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Good Health

Good Health My body cells obey my will: They dance with divine vitality! I am well! I am strong! I am a flowing river of boundless power and energy! –Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda Dear Friend, Good health is more than the state of not being ill! It manifests when there is harmony and balance mentally, physically, and spiritually. … Read More


Rise In Freedom

In October 2021, Ananda offered Living the Yoga Sutras, a six-week online program with Nayaswami Gyandev and Nayaswami Diksha. More than 100 people from around the world participated in the course and together we created a strong positive wave of consciousness. The program helped all of us gain a higher understanding and deepen our spiritual practices. This training was supported … Read More

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Autobiography of a Yogi

A Worldwide Spiritual Classic The Autobiography of a Yogi is famous and beloved all over the globe, acclaimed alike by saints and sinners, scientists, and philosophers. It is cherished by secluded yogis, busy householders, business persons, street vendors, men and women in the East and West, readers young and old. In short, Paramhansa Yogananda’s biography is read by people of … Read More

Spiritual Growth

The Eight Meannesses of the Heart: How to Overcome Them – Part 8

Years ago I was involved in the founding of an Ananda center in Rome. Although I scarcely had any prior experience with starting a facility like that, my enthusiasm was intense and sincere. It was not always kept under control though. Yogananda encourages us to interiorize our spiritual enthusiasm so that we might apply it judiciously. Properly used and placed, … Read More

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Teaching Yoga Online

It has been both a powerful and productive year of learning the ins and outs of teaching yoga online. Two years ago, I would’ve never guessed that I’d be zooming with yoga students from all around the world—and thoroughly enjoying it! Learning to teach yoga online has expanded my awareness as a yoga teacher and trainer in more ways than … Read More

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Joy I am even-minded and cheerful at all times. I know that joy is not outside me, but within. – Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda Dear Friend, Joy is unconditioned by outer circumstances. Joy is of the soul; it is not of the body or the senses. Pleasure and happiness are mere steps to Joy. When we seek pleasure, … Read More