An invitation to membership
Has your heart has been touched by your experience of Ananda? Do you feel a connection with the people you have met? Perhaps you would like to make a deeper commitment to your spiritual life. If so, you are invited to become a member of Ananda.
What membership means
Membership in Ananda is an expression of your support for this spiritual work, and of your desire to join with others in spiritual community and fellowship. Our core values are:
To have a personal spiritual practice
To learn and live the teachings of Self-realization
To have committed spiritual relationships with other truth-seekers
You can be an active part of Ananda for many years without becoming member. But there is spiritual and personal benefit to the member, and to the group, whenever someone becomes a part of a larger community.
Who may become a member?
Most members are also disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. Many practice the meditation technique of Kriya Yoga. But these are not requirements for membership. Some Ananda members follow other spiritual paths. What everyone has in common is this: their spiritual lives are nourished in some way by their connection with Ananda. Often that means connections with people — people who lift us up or inspire us in some way, or who deeply understand us and help remind us of higher ideals.
Members make a regular donation, usually monthly. The amount you give is up to you. Many members tithe 10%, some tithe a smaller percent, and others donate a fixed amount as they wish. The decision of what to give is personal and confidential. What is tithing and why is it considered a spiritual practice?
Our gift Back to You
In appreciation for your financial support, and in return for your generosity, we offer you an invitation to attend many of our classes for free. We offer a huge number of classes (as you well know, if you are thinking about membership).
There are a few classes and events that we are not able to offer for free, and those include:
classes at the Ananda Yoga Center
classes by visiting instructors
immersions such as The Art & Science of Raja Yoga, Ananda Meditation Teacher Training, Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, and other multi-month classes
If you have any questions about what you may attend at no cost, please just contact us or chat with a staffer when you are here.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
The best way to explore membership is for us to meet personally and learn more about each other. It will be a joy to welcome you into the spiritual community of Ananda. Contact us to arrange a time to talk with Shanti or anyone on staff.