Nayaswami Narayan and his wife, Nayaswami Dharmadevi, serve as spiritual directors and lightbearers for Ananda Los Angeles.
After reading Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, in New York City, Narayan was inspired to learn Kriya Yoga and share the teachings of Self-realization. He was a founding member of Ananda NYC before moving to Ananda Village in Northern California, where he lived for six years.
He served at Ananda’s publishing arm, Crystal Clarity, and as a yoga and meditation instructor at the Expanding Light Meditation & Yoga Retreat. He co-founded Ananda Virtual Community–an interactive, online community with classes on yoga, meditation, and spiritual living.
Narayan’s interests include making ravioli, playing soccer, and exploring the divine grace and wonder of rudraksha beads.
Dharmadevi is a Certified Meditation Teacher and was part of the core group that started Ananda Los Angeles in 2007. Dharmadevi lived at Ananda Village for 2 years and helped launch Ananda Online Classes and the Ananda Virtual Community.
She has been practicing and teaching energy & holistic healing modalities since 2000 and especially enjoys sharing Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on health and healing.
Dharmadevi has worked extensively on the AKASH (Ancient Keys to Attaining Success & Happiness) series that Swami Kriyananda wrote while he lived in LA. Along with other teachers, she offers it around the LA area. She also offers energy healing sessions and spiritual counseling.