Ananda Yoga

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

A Time for Prayers and Rejoicing

Nayaswami Seva left her body Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the age of 86. Swami Kriyananda always had a special place in his heart for Nayaswami Seva because she was instrumental in helping him get Ananda started. She met him in San Francisco in 1967 when he was teaching yoga and meditation in the Bay Area.

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Hold Him Tight

Spiritual Growth, Swami Kriyananda

Ten Ways to Expand Your Consciousness

Self-Esteem vs. Self-Respect It is quite normal for businessmen and for anyone striving for success in life to feel a need for self-esteem. Low self-esteem is an obstacle to success. If however, a person wants true happiness, it is also necessary for him to eliminate any relish in his self-importance. I suggest that the modern-day emphasis on self-esteem be changed. Self-respect … Read More

Spiritual Growth

Play the Game of Eight

The Eight Aspects of God The attributes or aspects of God are basically eight: Peace, Joy, Light, Calmness, Sound, Love, Power and Wisdom. True meditation is a state of intense awareness, being absorbed in an actual experience of God in one of His attributes. The practice of meditation is different, however, from the actual experience of meditation as a state … Read More

Why I Love My Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda

Friendship, Yogananda used to say, is the most rewarding human experience because it is a free gift, without any compulsion. Even in mother’s love a certain compulsion exists: the compulsion of nature in the thought that her children are her own. Were some child of hers to die and be reborn next door, would she feel the same love for … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Yoga Philosophy

The Second Pension

Among the many thrilling spiritual possibilities shared in the Autobiography of a Yogi, surely one of the most captivating is the idea of a “second pension.” Paramhansa Yogananda learns about this pension from Swami Pranabananda, aka the “saint with two bodies,” when he visits the holy city of Benares at the age of twelve. The exchange between the exalted swami … Read More


Kerala Floods

I just received a prayer request regarding the monsoon floods in Kerala in southern India. Apparently, this is the worst flooding in India’s history. Here is a recent article with live updates. Send light to those needed assistance and to the rescue teams. Blessings, Mary Kretzmann Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry