Ananda focuses on both the original writings and teachings of Yogananda as well as the endless applications of those teachings as explained by Kriyananda. Ananda Portland makes all this available through the Ananda Temple and Teaching Center, Living Wisdom School, Ananda Community and Ananda House at Laurelwood.

Ananda Portland is one of 9 Ananda colonies and numerous 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

Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, is the founder of Ananda worldwide. Kriyananda has written hundreds of pieces of music and over 140 books to show how these teachings apply to every aspect of human life—from profound spiritual aspiration and yoga to childhood education; from creative arts to business and leadership. If you would like to know more about Swami Kriyananda, we have a short biography posted here.


Our Temple and Teaching Center with the Living Wisdom School is located in Beaverton, and our spiritual community is located in SW Portland in Washington County. In nearby rural Gaston is the Ananda House, a progressive assisted living home. More details on our Contact Us page.