“Americans love to experiment, so why not experiment on yourselves:
on your attitudes toward life, on your thoughts and behavior?
Find out what life is, and how human life might be improved.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

New to Ananda?
Suggestions for exploring...

Shanti smiling to newcomer

Welcome & Orientation
Your questions answered
Meets the last Tuesday
of the month, 7:30 pm

except in December due to holidays

Comne to the Teaching Center: the orange building just behind the large Temple on El Camino

Directions   •   Campus map

Come hear a little about Ananda's teaching, offerings, and roots in a causal setting. All questions welcome. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

Hosted by David G or others
We look forward to meeting you.

“Your explanations were so clear, I understand things that I've simply never understood before, even though I've been a serious spiritual seeker for many years. But what really touches me is how welcome I feel.”
— Deborah

“This was so warm and welcoming. I wasn't sure what to expect. But I felt completely comfortable and at home here. Thank you.”
— Vivek

“You have an incredible gift for...I can't even put it into words. That's it! That's what you are really good at! Putting it all into words with imagery and examples that appeal to and ease our minds. You help bridge intuition and intellect. What you shared really resonated with me. I hope there will be more opportunities to talk in the future.” 
—Natalie B.


Learn to Meditate
Meditation classes are a great way to begin. Meditation brings clarity and peace of mind, and a deep sense of connectedness with the world around us and with ourselves. Western medicine also recommends meditation for its many health benefits, from relief of insomnia and pain, to lower blood pressure. An eight-week series is offered each month on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Or you may attend a 2-Saturday session, 10 am-1 pm. See the calendar of upcoming meditation classes.


Kirtan (Chanting)    Friday evenings
1st & 3rd Friday night, 7:30 pm
but check the calendar, as sometimes special events may affect the kirtan schedule

Kirtan is a sacred practice to open the heart and lift us into higher states of awareness. The chants are simple to sing and powerfully transforming. Kirtan is at the main Temple in Palo Alto, and is generally a period of group singing followed by short periods of meditation. Friday night kirtan begins at 7:30 pm and is free.


Sunday morning service   
10 am Sunday service
Watch live here
9 am meditation & fire ceremony (offered before service; optional)
Ananda is a place for inquiring, intelligent people. It's also a place where joyful music and devotion are freely expressed. Service includes chanting, a short period of meditation, a talk, and a closing ceremony, Festival of Light. The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita are the guiding scriptures. Sunday service begins at 10 am.


Saturday morning classes
Saturday classes are nearly all 3 hours from 10 am to 1 pm. They're an excellent way to explore an interesting topic in a single session. Explore the calendar to find a class that interests you.


The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
a 16-week immersion starting in January & August   
One of our most popular offerings is this 16-week immersion. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the yoga asanas well-known in the West.

Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others. Ultimately, it is a well-explored pathway, walked by countless yogis and mystics, to union with God. Learn more


Remarkable books

Autobiography of a Yogi, First Edition
Paramhansa Yogananda
Book: Autobiography of a Yogi
This book appears regularly on lists of the most influential spiritual books of the last 100 years. Yogananda’s extraordinary stories of saints and miracles are startling testimony to humanity’s capacity for direct, personal communion with God. Written in 1946, it has been translated into 19 languages and is used in colleges as a textbook in Yoga and Indian philosophy.


The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda
Swami Kriyananda
book: The Path
A companion to Yogananda’s Autobiography, The Path is the captivating story of a young American man’s longing for truth, his many adventures along the way, and a remarkable meeting with Paramhansa Yogananda, when he became a disciple at the age of 21. With hundreds of stories about Yogananda not found anywhere else, this book is a remarkable guide to walking the spiritual path.


The Essence of Self-Realization—The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda compiled by Swami Kriyananda
book: The Essence of Self Realization
A compilation by Swami Kriyananda of his guru’s words as he remembered and recorded them. Each chapter is devoted to an essential aspect of the spiritual life, including karma, reincarnation, grace, the need for a guru, meditation, and prayer.


More books by Swami Kriyananda


How to Meditate
John Jyotish Novak

book: How to Meditate Complete with photos and illustrations, this book is the classic, step-by-step guide to the art and science of meditation. Meditation can bring increased vitality, clarity of mind, and ultimately, inner communion with God. You’ll learn ancient techniques for relaxing body and mind; how to develop devotion and intuition, and the fundamentals of Yoga philosophy.


Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him
Asha Praver

book: Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him Asha has been a student and friend of Swami Kriyananda since their first meeting in 1969. From the beginning, she has taken copious notes of her own experiences and conversations with him, and the experiences of many others. A gifted storyteller, she draws universal life lessons from these personal reminiscences—200 remarkable stories of love, extraordinary compassion, and of miracles.



On-line inspiration

You may wish to bookmark these pages, and return often to see new inspirational video and audio talks. The internet is a great gift to spiritual seekers in every corner of the world, who may not have the support of other like-minded souls nearby.

Selected talks by Swami Kriyananda
You can also search YouTube to find many more

Talks by Asha Nayaswami

Ananda Virtual Community — webinars, classes, and even group meditations online, live. A wonderful resource for inspiration wherever you may be.

Upcoming webinars with Asha   

Asha’s letters

Sunday service talks by other Ananda ministers


How to find us


Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. It's located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Map of Ananda grounds handy.