Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), the founder of Ananda, was a direct disciple of the great Indian master, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. He is an internationally known author, lecturer and composer, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga.

In April 2013, Swami Kriyananda left his physical body and this earth, leaving the work of Ananda in the hands of those whom he has trained for decades and under the spiritual leadership of his successor, Nayaswami Jyotish Novak (who leaves at Ananda Village in California). For more on Swamiji’s passing see http://www.anandawashington.org/welcome/swami-kriyananda/swami-kriyanandas-passing/

Kriyananda spent 3-1/2 years living closely with and serving his guru up to the moment of Yogananda’spassing in 1952. He went on to become vice-president of Self-Realization Fellowship, the organization Yogananda founded. For more on his life’s work visit http://www.swamikriyananda.org/

Swami Kriyananda founded Ananda in 1968, recognized as the most successful spiritual community in the world. As Yogananda had spoken frequently about the need for “World Brotherhood Colonies,” Kriyananda took this on as his unique contribution towards the fulfillment of his guru’s ideals. 

A young Donald Walters serving Yogananda, March 1952

Swami Kriyananda has founded intentional, spiritual communities in America, Europe and India, which have grown and flourished, offering hope for a better world.

Swami Kriyananda’s books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 32 languages. His published works, which number more than 140, explore the application of Yogananda’s teachings to daily life. Topics include meditation, yoga, leadership, education, creativity, moral values and more. For more information, visit Crystal Clarity Publishers.

Kriyananda has also written over 400 pieces of music. His music is soothing, uplifting, and inspiring. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine says, “Kriyananda’s words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times.”

Musically, he is best known for composing the music on the albums Mystic Harp and Mystic Harp 2, featuring the legendary harpist Derek Bell, of the 5-time Grammy Award-winning group The Chieftains.

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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!