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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Ananda’s most popular and comprehensive course!  Hatha Yoga segment (6 – 7:15 pm) includes: yoga postures(asanas), pranayama, affirmations, healing, diet, and yoga routines. Raja Yoga segment (7:30 – 9 pm) includes: meditation practices using breath, mantra, pranayama, affirmation, chanting, visualization, and chakra[...]
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A place for reflection and renewal Our lives are a daily journey toward lasting happiness. Keeping in touch with other’s joy and wisdom helps to keep us moving in the right direction. Come join the[...]
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
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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!
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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[...]
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Harmonium Playing for Beginners @ East West Bookshop
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HARMONIUM PLAYING FOR BEGINNERS is designed for non-musicians, but open to all. This fun 2.5 hour workshop taught by Krishnapriya will teach you a selection of mantric chants. Instruction will focus on how to play[...]
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Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple
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