A Yoga Master in the West

Paramhansa Yogananda 1893–1952

Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, came to America in 1920 with life-changing wisdom to impart. “Simple living and high thinking,” he said, “lead to the greatest happiness.” And further, he declared, “Kriya Yoga is the jet airplane route to God.”

As you explore our website, we invite you to consider how the study and practice of these two powerful yogic principles could change your life too. Ananda Portland offers classes and other programs that are universal and nonsectarian, in support of achieving your own highest potential. Discover the teachings that Yogananda prescribed for knowing God, and for finding true happiness along the way.

Leave your expectations at the door, open your mind and body and just be present. They will guide you the rest of the way.Brian, Beaverton, OR


The Path to Kriya Yoga with Ananda

The Path of Kriya Yoga

Ancient and timeless, universal and non-sectarian, the path of Kriya Yoga is more than a spiritual practice, it is a way of life. Its purpose is the end of suffering, the attainment of lasting inner joy, and ultimate freedom in God.

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Art & Science of Raja Yoga Course

The science of yoga is ancient, proven, and universally true. The art of applying these principles to daily life is challenging, endlessly inspiring and the purpose behind our existence. You can find lasting happiness, remain calm in the face of challenges, and maintain your well-being.

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How Do You Know?

July 2018

What’s Holding You Back?

June 2018

It’s Not About Innovation

May 2018

The Importance of Soul Receptivity

April 2018


March 2018

Ignorance: Bliss or Beware?

February 2018


January 2018


December 2017

Noble Is As Noble Does

Hey, Just Get Over It!

We know what it means to hurt, but are we bound to suffer?
Humility of Rain Francis the patron saint of Paramhansa Yogananda

Learning to Forget

Food for Thought

Nayaswami Surendra, devotee of Yogananda

Willingness and Faith

Living Wisdom School of Beaverton uses the Education for Life principles of education

Education for Life: Look for the Light

United Nations logo, Ananda at the UN.

Ananda at the United Nations

Nayaswami Surendra, devotee of Yogananda

What Comes Around

Nayaswami Hanuman Baughman, Light bearer and minister of Ananda Portland, founder of Ananda House Progressive Elder Care

Conscious Living for Conscious Aging

Madhavi Eby, member of Ananda Portland Sangha at the Temple & Teaching Center

Happy Birthday Swamiji!

Dambara Begley, instructor at Ananda Portland Temple

Relationships 108, and Meditation

Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center

In the Sway Of Peril’s Way

“The time for knowing God has come.”
– Paramhansa Yogananda