Paramhansa Yogananda

Ananda is a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the great spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible loving reality.

Ananda is dedicated to the belief, born of experience, that you can live in joy. We teach effective techniques for expanding your sense of self, such as meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritual Hatha Yoga, and divine friendship.

Swami Kriyananda

Ananda was founded in 1968 by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, who was widely recognized as one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers. Learn more at

Spiritual Directors Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak

Swami Kriyananda passed away in 2013. His spiritual successor is Nayaswami Jyotish who, along with his wife, Nayaswami Devi, serves as Ananda’s spiritual director.

Yogananda’s teachings embrace the deep truths that underlie all the great religions. For a deeper understanding of Ananda’s underlying philosophy: Way of Ananda Sanghis

We often get questions about the difference between Ananda and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and other questions about Ananda’s authority to share Yogananda’s teachings. We have a compiled list of FAQs and answers here. 

All Are Welcome

Ananda’s primary goal is to help people achieve Self-realization: a state of consciousness that comes through shedding all outward self-definitions. Ananda has, therefore, created temples, communities and centers that welcome all sincere seekers, regardless of color, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or different ability. We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for everyone to pursue the search for God.

Ananda Portland is one of 9 Ananda colonies and numerous centers and meditation groups around the globe, where the universal teachings of Self-Realization are lived every day. If you would like to learn more about Ananda’s work worldwide, visit


Our Temple and Teaching Center is located in Beaverton, and our spiritual community is located in SW Portland in Washington County.

Our Spiritual Lineage

Those who join us are not connected to some printing press, but to a line of God-realized masters. —Paramhansa Yogananda

The Masters

On our altar you see the pictures of the five masters of Self-realization who inspire and guide this path. Their images remind us of the state of God-Consciousness toward which we aspire, and give a focus to those aspirations. They are the same masters that Paramhansa Yogananda displayed in his own centers and churches. Further details about these masters can be found in Autobiography of a Yogi.

Jesus Christ

Yogananda said it was Jesus himself who appeared to Babaji and asked him to send the teachings of Self-realization to the West. “My followers have forgotten the art of divine inner communion,” Jesus said. “Outwardly they do good works, but they have lost sight of the most important of my teachings, ‘to seek the kingdom of God first’.”

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The first in our direct line of Masters, Babaji (whom Yogananda said was Krishna in a previous incarnation), re-introduced the sacred art of Kriya Yoga to the world in 1863 through his disciple, Lahiri Mahasaya. Babaji continues to live in the Himalayas, accessible to a small band of disciples.

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Lahiri Mahasaya (Sept 30, 1828–Sept 26, 1895)

Known as the “householder yogi,” Lahiri set an ideal example of harmoniously balanced living, attending to his work and family responsibilities along with his spiritual practices. After receiving Kriya Yoga from Babaji, he passed this non-sectarian science on to thousands of disciples, irrespective of caste or religion.

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Swami Sri Yukteswar (May 10, 1855–March 9, 1936)

A disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar was known as India’s gyanavatar or “incarnation of wisdom.” At the request of Babaji, he wrote a short book, The Holy Science, to demonstrate the unity of the Christian and Hindu scriptures. He was also commissioned to train his disciple, Paramhansa Yogananda, for the dissemination of yoga in the West.

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Paramhansa Yogananda (Jan 5, 1893–March 7, 1952)

The first yoga master to take up permanent residence in the West, and the last master of our line, Yogananda arrived in America in 1920 and taught throughout the United States, filling the country’s largest halls. He initiated thousands into Kriya Yoga and taught many disciples to continue his mission of Self-realization after his passing.

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