Brahmachari Sagar
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Brahmachari Sagar

Brahmachari Sagar resides in the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California and serves Ananda’s Online Ministry. Born into a family of kriya yogis, Sagar read Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi at a young age, an influence that culminated in his decision to serve Yogananda’s mission through Ananda. Sagar led Ananda’s work in Mumbai for about five … Read More

Jitendra
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Jitendra Guindon

Jitendra Guindon is a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation Teacher with Yoga Alliance. He serves as the assistant director of Online with Ananda, home of Ananda’s Virtual community, online courses, and live broadcasts. Through Online with Ananda, he shares the ancient teachings of yoga as brought by Paramhansa Yogananda and acts as a spiritual counselor to hundreds of truth seekers … Read More

Peter Van Houten, MD
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Peter Van Houten, M.D.

Dr. Peter is a graduate of University of California San Francisco Medical School and founder of the Sierra Family Medical Clinic, an award-winning rural community medical clinic near Ananda Village in Northern California. As the Clinic’s Medical Director, Peter has been instrumental in bringing new and highly effective tools in Behavioral Health to patients in need. In 2009 Dr. Peter … Read More

Murali Venkatrao
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Murali Venkatrao

Murali Venkatrao is the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga. The Institute is an RYS 200 and RYS 300 registered school. Born in India, he practiced yoga there as early as when he was eight years old. Murali has studied different variations of Hatha Yoga, both in India and the US. He has been … Read More

Asha Nayaswami
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Asha Nayaswami

About Asha Nayaswami: a brief biography Asha was a spiritual seeker since her early youth. While studying at Stanford University in 1969, she heard Swami Kriyananda speak for the first time. “I knew the moment he walked into the room that he possessed the consciousness I had long been seeking.” She soon became a founding member of the new community … Read More

Nayaswami Maria
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Nayaswami Maria

Maria McSweeney came to Ananda in 1976 and worked on the Ananda Farm. In 1986, Swami Kriyananda asked Maria and her husband Ananta to direct the Ananda community in Sacramento, where they served for 23 years as ministers and community managers. In 2009, Maria and Ananta were asked to return to Ananda Farm at Ananda Village to restore it to … Read More

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Nayaswamis Narayan and Dharmadevi

Nayaswami Narayan and his wife, Nayaswami Dharmadevi, serve as spiritual directors and lightbearers for Ananda Los Angeles. About Narayan: 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 … Read More

Parvati
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Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati is a founding member of Ananda, and is one of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers. With her husband, Pranaba, Parvati has been involved in the creation and direction of Ananda centers and communities in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. Parvati has served as the Executive Director of the Ananda Janaka Foundation (https://janakafoundation.org/) since … Read More

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Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma

Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma are co-spiritual directors and kriyacharyas for Ananda Sangha and Community in the greater Seattle area. Hriman Hriman has taught Ananda Seattle’s most popular course, the Raja Yoga Intensive, for over twenty years. His specialty has been scripture classes such as the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and the Yoga of the Bible. Hands-on classes in leadership, community, non-violence, and advanced … Read More