Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952), was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West. He arrived in America in 1920, and, in 1925, established a headquarters for his work in Los Angeles.

Yogananda was a celebrity in his time.  His enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America. Hundreds of thousands came to see the yogi from India. He continued to lecture and write until his passing in 1952.

Autobiography of a Yogi

His initial impact was truly impressive. It included a meeting with President Woodrow Wilson, and many celebrities of the day became his students, including the renowned operatic soprano Amelita Galli-Gurci and the world-famous biologist and horticulturist, Luther Burbank. But his lasting impact has been even greater. His Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946 , helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. His message was nonsectarian and universal.

Yogananda’s teacher, Swami Sri Yukteswar, sent him to the West saying, “The West is high in material attainments, but lacking in spiritual understanding. It is God’s will that you play a role in teaching mankind the value of balancing the material with an inner, spiritual life.”

Yogananda brought to the West the teaching of Self-Realization. He said that “Self-Realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.”

He also brought an effective means for achieving Self-realization: Kriya Yoga. He called Kriya the “jet-airplane” route to God. Kriya is “a simple, psychophysiological method by which the human blood is decarbonized and recharged with oxygen.” (Autobiography of a Yogi).  Kriya Yoga can be learned through the classes offered by Ananda Seattle. (See http://www.anandawashington.org/kriya-yoga/. See also Articles menu for an excerpt from Autobiography of a Yogi: http://www.anandawashington.org/audios/articles/the-science-of-kriya-yoga/ )

Ananda: Fulfilling Yogananda’s Vision

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, founded Ananda Village (in Northern California) in 1969 to fulfill Yogananda’s vision of “World Brotherhood Colonies,” or spiritual cooperative communities. Yogananda envisioned a place where families, couples, singles and monastics could devote themselves to living a divine life, dedicated to practicing the teachings of yoga in every aspect of their daily life.

While the worldwide work of Ananda goes far beyond the establishment of spiritual communities, it is a core mission of Ananda’s work. The first community, Ananda Village, now has over 300 adult members and children. Ananda Worldwide now includes urban communities located in  Sacramento & Mountain View, CA, in Portland, Or, in Lynnwood, WA, and two in the Indian cities of Pune and Gurgaon. Three other rural intentional villages and teaching centers exist: one, east of Portland at the Ananda Center Laurelwood); another near Assisi, Italy (in Umbria), and a third in the western ghats (hills) east of Pune, India. Meditation and yoga centers exist in major cities around the world.

You may find more information about Ananda centers and communities worldwide at http://www.ananda.org/classes-and-retreats/ananda-teaching-centers/ or internationally go directly to http://ananda.it/en (Europe) or http://anandaindia.org/ (India).

These communities are primarily comprised of residents who practice the meditation techniques taught at Ananda and who serve this work, applying the how-to-live principles of raja yoga to all facets of life in this world: business, schools, relationships, healing, and much more.

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9:15 am Dance of Joy @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Dance of Joy @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Mar 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Dance of Joy @ Ananda Yoga Hall | Bothell | Washington | United States
More than just physical exercise, in a Dance of Joy class the aim is experiencing the present moment fully embodied and jubilant. Gain improved alignment, integration, and range of motion with exercises that build strength[...]
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:50 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall | Bothell | Washington | United States
Ananda Yoga offers classic asanas with affirmations and energizing pranayam movements that will bestow physical strength and relaxation, inspiration and inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individualistic style makes Ananda Yoga suitable[...]
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
This half an hour meditation starts with a chant and a prayer reading leading to a silent meditation. No need to register – just come and meditate!
6:00 pm Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall in Bothell
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall in Bothell
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall in Bothell | Bothell | Washington | United States
Taught by Nancy Callan Ananda Yoga offers classic asanas with affirmations and energizing pranayam movements that will bestow physical strength and relaxation, inspiration and inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individualistic style[...]
7:30 pm Advanced Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Advanced Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Advanced Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall | Bothell | Washington | United States
Advanced Ananda Yoga is a more challenging and vigorous class, incorporating traditional yoga postures like inversions as well as a longer sadhana or meditation towards the end. A minimum of 6 months of regular yoga[...]
7:30 pm Fullness Meditation Class Series @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Fullness Meditation Class Series @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Meditation is natural and deeply rewarding. It offers a direct and intuitive experience of states of consciousness that are peace-full, health-full, mind-full and soul-full. Benefits: The benefits of meditation have been amply documented by medical[...]
7:30 pm Intuition-Building Toolkit – Hab... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Intuition-Building Toolkit – Hab... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Intuition-Building Toolkit - Habit vs. Common Sense @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
Paramhansa Yogananda writes, ‘Intuition is developed by: • Exercising common sense; • Daily introspection and analysis; • Depth of thought and concentrated activity; • Calmness, and: • Holding onto the calm aftereffects of meditation.’ So[...]
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10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Mar 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall | Bothell | Washington | United States
Ananda Yoga offers classic asanas with affirmations and energizing pranayam movements that will bestow physical strength and relaxation, inspiration and inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individualistic style makes Ananda Yoga suitable[...]
10:30 am Ananda Yoga (Seattle) @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Ananda Yoga (Seattle) @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Mar 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ananda Yoga (Seattle) @ East West Bookshop in Seattle | Seattle | Washington | United States
Shaefeather Windsong Ananda Yoga offers classic asanas with affirmations and energizing pranayam movements that will bestow physical strength and relaxation, inspiration and inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individualistic style makes Ananda[...]
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
This half an hour meditation starts with a chant and a prayer reading leading to a silent meditation. No need to register – just come and meditate!