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Ananda Sangha

"As you begin this day, tell yourself- Today I am incarnated anew! I am released from the hypnosis of my old habits and mistakes! Everything that I have long dreamed of doing I will accomplish in this, my new life.”                                                                                                                                                            - by Swami Kriyananda                      

                                                                                                                                                   

About Us:

Ananda Sangha was founded by Swami Kriyananda in 1968 as a global movement that propagates teachings of making everyone realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. Ananda Sangha was founded with aim to build self- sustaining spiritual communities envisioned by Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda. The first spiritual family colony of Ananda Sangha was created in Nevada, California and now there exist eight more around the world located in -  Palo Alto, Sacramento and Nevada City, California; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington, U.S; Assisi, Italy; and Delhi, Gurgaon and Pune, India. There are over 125 Ananda Meditation groups in 19 countries running now. Ananda members adhere to the spiritual path of Kriya Yoga.


Founder:

Swami Kriyananda (James Donald Walters,19th  May 1926- 21st April  2013), was born in Romania. He was a direct disciple of Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda and founded a system of Hath Yoga based on the kriya Yoga teachings of his master and named it as Ananda Yoga. He has been recognized as one of the leading spiritual teachers in the world today. Kriyananda is the author of about 150 published books and the composer of over 400 pieces of music which altogether have sold over three million copies. Some of the books have been published in 28 languages and some are sold in 90 countries. Over the course of sixty years, he lectured in four continents in five languages. He gave thousands of lectures and continued lecturing in Asia, Europe, and America until his death. He established a new Swami order in 2009, the Nayaswami Order. As per him a man of wisdom and compassion in action, is truly one of the leading lights in the spiritual world today.


Aims and Mission:

  • To offer the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda, as they apply to yoga. The ultimate goal is "Ananda": inner bliss.

  • To provide a high standard and professional Yoga Teachers Training, creating  excellent teachers who help to spread light in our society.

  • Spreading knowledge of how yoga helps to achieve radiant health.

  • Exploring the almost infinite potential of the mind and applying it to the postures.

  • Elevating the Soul, making concrete steps toward Self-Realization.

  • Helping to unite modern science and ancient spirituality.

  • Taking practitioners on the universal path of inner elevation: IN and UP.

  • Enjoying the freedom from all dogmatism.

  • Creating a magnetism as a yogic family, of expansive joy, love, harmony, inspiration and personal freedom, all lived with authenticity and spontaneity.

  • To seriously live "yoga": union with God.


Philosophy:

Ananda Sangha’s philosophy is to expand one’s sense of harmony, and gain an increased sense of God’s loving presence in one’s life through ancient and effective techniques including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship. It invites people to join its temples, yoga retreats, meditation groups, and communities to experience the joy of your own being.

A unique feature of Yogananda's World Brotherhood Colonies idea was that it offered married people and families a spiritually fulfilling community life.


Key Points:

  • Ananda Yoga basically brings the practice of yoga back to the original essence of spirituality.  

  • It combines breath awareness with postures and affirmations to move you from physical awareness to energy awareness and then, finally, to inner awareness.

  • The practice of Ananda Yoga includes the following:

           1.Asana (postures)

           2.Pranayama (breathing techniques)

           3.Classical meditation techniques

           4.Philosophy of ashtang yoga

 

There are two aspects that differ Ananda Yoga from other yoga forms, and those are asana affirmations and energization exercises.