About Us

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

You can expand your sense of harmony, and gain an increased sense of God’s active presence in your life through ancient and effective techniques including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship.

Ananda was founded in 1969 by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, who passed away in 2013. Swami Kriyananda’s spiritual successor is Nayaswami Jyotish who, along with his wife Nayaswami Devi, serves as Ananda’s spiritual director.

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 communities and centers that welcome all sincere seekers, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for everyone to pursue the search for God.

Joy is Within You

What is the meaning of the Ananda logo?

Swami Kriyananda created the Ananda logo in the late 70’s. He said it came to him in a vision, but it took him a while to get it into picture form.

It is seen on most of Ananda-related materials, products, advertisements, etc., and is our formal, legally registered trademark.

Swami Kriyananda called it the “Joy Is Within You” symbol. The two little lines in the middle represent a bird, which in turn represents a soul. The two curved lines at the bottom come together to form a symbolic mountain. The other curves represent the flight-path of the bird/soul.

The bird flies off the mountain top and does a lot of flying about, searching, just as our souls fly out into the world in human bodies, searching for joy. We search everywhere outside ourselves until eventually we turn back within and find that it has been inside us all along.

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