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Support for your spiritual journey

If you are visiting this site and you live far from the San Francisco Bay area, perhaps you can find inspiration and spiritual support closer to your home. There may be an Ananda center close to you. If not (or even if so), you are invited to attend our weekly worship services from your living room, live online at 10 am PST, or posted here soon after. The internet has brought seekers closer together than we dreamed possible in 1968, when Ananda first began. It is our joy and our privilege to serve you in this way.



Ananda Worldwide online is a huge resource for the teachings of Yogananda and his disciple Swami Kriyananda, as well as weekly inspiration (streamed Sunday Services from Ananda Village), free ebooks, the quarterly Clarity Magazine, and much more.




Inspirational talks by Swami Kriyananda

Talks online (India)

Talks online (America)

Monthly talks by Swami sent to you



Asha on the road

Asha serves as Ananda's global ambassador, traveling around the United States and the world, wherever spiritual seekers are in need of support and inspiration. She has taught in India, New Zealand, Europe, and throughout the U.S. over many years. If you are interested in a trip to your area, please drop a note or call.

Asha's talks online (YouTube channel)

Articles by Asha: Transcribed gems from talks

Inspirational letters

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Jyotish & Devi


Jyotish & Devi Novak

Jyotish and Devi are spiritual directors of Ananda. Jyotish was made spiritual successor to Swamiji (by Swami, before he passed away in 2013). These two remarkable and exemplary disciples are among the earliest founders of Ananda, and worked closely with Swami for many years. They follow in Swami's wide-ranging footsteps these days  — living part of the year in India, Italy, and the United States, and supporting spiritual seekers around the world.

Talks online

A Touch of Light: weekly inspirational letter


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Expanding Light Retreat Retreats

The Expanding Light Retreat
Ananda Village, 30 minutes north of Nevada City, CA
Ananda Europa Retreat Center
30 minutes north of Assisi, Italy
Stepping out of daily responsibilities for a time, we can reflect on what is most important to us and establish new directions for our lives. Ananda’s two main retreat centers are the largest in the world devoted to the teachings of Yogananda. Located in northern California and near Assisi, Italy, they offer a full program of workshops year-round, opportunities for unstructured personal retreat, and support from life-long disciples and master teachers.

Ananda Meditation Retreat
45 minutes northeast of Nevada City, CA
This sacred, peaceful seclusion retreat is twenty minutes beyond Ananda Village, and wonderfully far from the buzz of civilization. An effortless place to meditate deeply. Located in the remote forested foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this is where Ananda began in 1968.


Ananda teaching centers and communities

Ananda Village
This is where it all began in 1968—the first and now largest community founded by Swami Kriyananda. Located in the rural foothills of the Ananda Assisi Temple in Italy Ananda Assisi Ananda Europa Temple Sierra Nevada mountains near Nevada City, California, Ananda Village is home to three hundred people. It’s a beehive of activity, as well as a powerful center for meditation and retreat. Weekly Sunday services, inspirational writings, and news of Ananda activities worldwide are all available here.
Ananda Palo Alto (you are here)
Ananda Washington (Seattle area)
Ananda Portland
Ananda Sacramento
Ananda Los Angeles
Ananda Laurelwood
Ananda Italy (Assisi)
The peace and power of St Francis permeate the Umbrian hills of Italy near his birthplace. The Ananda community and retreat are unusually integrated here, with guests and community alike gathering daily for shared meals and meditation. Classes are offered with translation into many languages.
Ananda India (Gurgaon, New Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Bangelore, and more)
Swami Kriyananda spends most of the year in India, which means that there is a tremendous amount happening here. A large team of Ananda ministers is working to establish Yogananda’s work in the land of his birthplace. Drop by the website for news, photos, and talks that Swami is giving in India.

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Books and DVD‘s  
The complete works of Swami Kriyananda, and many books by Yogananda not available anywhere else.
Books online, free
Healing prayers
You may request prayers for loved ones in need, or become part of the healing prayer ministry and pray for others.

Finding Happiness (2013) is a new flim about Ananda that stars Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order, Oscar-nominated American Hustle). You can stream it now from Amazon, Hulu Plus or Yekra.

Ananda Yoga en Español

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