Asha, Swami Kriyananda, and David Praver
About Asha Praver (Nayaswami Asha)
Nayaswami Asha has been a spiritual seeker since she was young. In 1969 at Stanford University, she heard Swami Kriyananda (now Nayaswami Kriyananda) speak for the first time and immediately recognized him as her spiritual guide. She became a founding member of the new community Swami was starting near Nevada City, California: Ananda Village.
Swami Kriyananda placed her in the role of teaching and counseling soon after her arrival. In that capacity, she has taught throughout the United States, and occasionally in Europe and India as well. She also served as Swami's correspondence secretary for many years.
Asha and her husband David (above right) have been instrumental in the founding of a second community, Ananda Palo Alto, located in California’s Silicon Valley. Asha has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a meditator since 1969.
In 2009, Asha and David were personally initiated by Swami Kriyananda into a new renunciate order. They took vows of complete renunciation and are now nayaswamis. In person, the formal greeting is a simple "Swami Asha" or "Swami David," but you are also very welcome also to use their first names only.
Today she and David serve as the spiritual directors for Ananda Palo Alto. They have been married 26 years. Asha is author of Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him, a newly published collection of more than 200 stories told by people who have been touched by his teachings and spiritual friendship, often in miraculous ways. More about this book and the author.
“Asha’s speaking style, though amazingly fresh and lively, has its roots in a simple desire to help. Her great gift is not so much her incredible talent for creative expression as it is her sincerely serviceful nature. Thus, through her talks, Asha has a way of bringing light, clarity, kindness, and joy into all aspects of life.”
—J.D., Mountain View
“At Ananda I found not only the tools and techniques I yearned for, but also met real people who are living these teachings—in real lives, just like mine. Ever since hearing my first Sunday sermon with Asha, I knew I’d found what I was looking for. I walked away with teachings that I could apply in my busy life as a corporate employee and mother of active teenagers.
Purchase Asha's classes on CD, many of them based on Swami Kriyananda's books.
Purchase Asha's book
Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him
Winner of Coalition of Visionary Resources Best Spriitual Biography award, 2008.
Purchase audio book, read by Asha
MP3 audio sample