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.
We invite you to join us at our temples, yoga retreats, meditation groups, and communities to experience the joy of your own being.
Ananda India started her chapter in 2003 at Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Ananda India’s Kriya Yoga Ashram is located near Pune. All around India, Ananda Sangha is increasingly attracting friends, devotees, and committed members. Many of these locations offer a full curriculum of studies based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Those who join us on this path of Self-realization are not connected to some printing press, but to a line of God-realized masters. God Himself, through them, overshadows this work. All who follow it sincerely, with devotion, will be brought to Him.
Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Paramhansa Yogananda was the last in a line of self-realized guru’s starting with Jesus Christ.
1893 – 1952
Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home in the West, coming to the U.S. from India in 1920 and living here until his passing.
1926 – 2013
Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) was the founder of Ananda. In 1948, at the age of 22, he became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda.
Swami Sri Yukteswar
1855 – 1936
Swami Sri Yukteswar of Serampore, India, was the guru of Paramhansa Yogananda. He trained Yogananda for his mission in the West.
1828 – 1895
Lahiri Mahasaya was the one who made the ancient science of Kriya Yoga available not just to those who had renounced the world, but to all sincere souls.
It was Babaji, whose name means “revered father”, who re-introduced the ancient science of Kriya Yoga, which had been lost through the dark ages “due to priestly secrecy and man’s indifference” as Yogananda put it.
Why is there a picture of Jesus on Ananda’s altars? What connection is there between the Ananda line of Gurus and Christ? Was he the only son of God? Who was he really?
“Kriya Yoga is an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened. The ancient yogis discovered that the secret of cosmic consciousness is intimately linked with breath mastery. This is India’s unique and deathless contribution to the world’s treasury of knowledge.”
—Swami Sri Yukteswar, quoted in Autobiography of a Yogi
Yoganandaji taught two basic techniques that can be learned and practiced by anyone, of any faith, on any path. The Hong-Sau technique of concentration and the Energisation Exercises. The introductory “level 1″ series is offered as a four week class course.
The practice of Kriya Yoga rests upon a foundation of daily meditation, service and devotion. This workshop will help you learn the basics of meditation and the Kriya science, with a focus on the Hong-Sau technique of meditation as originally taught by Paramhansa Yogananda.
You will be given tested techniques to still your body, free your mind from restless thoughts and direct your inner awareness upward toward subtle spiritual realms within. These practical methods will quickly help you to relax both body and mind, focus your concentration, and expand your consciousness. Learn through direct experience what joy, peace, and deep calmness are really like and discover how quickly, through daily practice, these qualities can be yours in all aspects of your life!
Topics to be covered:
The theory of Kriya Yoga and the steps to Kriya initiation
How to establish a daily routine of meditation (sadhana)
How to reduce tension and stress at will
How to concentrate more effectively
Correct meditative posture
Text-book for Level 1: Lessons in Meditation by Jyotish Novak
Level 2: Raja Yoga
Completion of level 1 and a regular practice are pre-requisites for taking Level 2.
Each of the six level 2 classes will involve a guided Hong-Sau meditation, pranayama and asanas. We will also cover the 40 Energization Exercises taught by Paramhansa Yogananda with guided practice at each class.
The six classes will also give the students a thorough grounding in Raja Yoga as expounded by Paramhansa Yogananda. Specific topics that will tentatively be covered in the six classes are:
The Goal of Yoga: The True Purpose of Life
Paths of Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga
Ego Transcendance – The Soul and God,
Right Action & Behavior – Yama and Niyama
Attitudes, Habits and Affirmations
Satchidananda and the Law of Life;
The Three Gunas
The Power of Japa and Mantras
Text-book for Level 2: The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda
Level 3: Discipleship & the AUM Technique
Involves learning AUM technique and understanding and accepting Guru-disciple relationship. Completing Level 2 and a regular practice of techniques previously learnt is a pre-requisite to take up level 3.
Level 4: Preparation for Kriya Yoga
This level contains the preparatory exercises and specific techniques to prepare for Kriya initiation. Classes include the history of Kriya, the astral spine, and how to bring the benefits of Kriya into daily life.
The Kriya Yoga Technique:
Once the student has completed all the levels and after about one year of preparation and upon approval by an Ananda Kriyacharya, one can take initiation. The technique is given in an initiation ceremony.
A Kriya technique review, checking, and question and answer session is held after the initiation for the Kriyabans (one who receives Kriya Initiation). Continued support is provided through a monthly inspirational newsletter, individual guidance by phone, e-mail or in person, as well as through guided Kriya meditations and retreats.