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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6:00 pm Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive... @ Ananda Community
Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive... @ Ananda Community
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive, Segment 2 @ Ananda Community | Lynnwood | Washington | United States
 Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive: Segment 2 (Study & Practice) - taught by Ananda Lightbearer-ministry staff Cost is $200 plus texts.Wednesdays, June 4 – November 19, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm  Segment 2 of the Kriya Yoga[...]
6:00 pm Raja and Hatha Yoga Intensive @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Raja and Hatha Yoga Intensive @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Raja and Hatha Yoga Intensive @ East West Bookshop in Seattle | Seattle | Washington | United States
Ananda’s most popular and comprehensive course! Learn meditation, yoga, the universal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Eight-Fold Path (Ashtanga Yoga). This course features the modern, definitive text written by Swami Kriyananda, The Art and Science[...]
7:30 pm Guided Meditation Practice @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Guided Meditation Practice @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Guided Meditation Practice @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
Led by Buddy Wilson Designed for graduates of Level 1 Meditation classes but open to all, this weekly session includes a complete but guided practice of meditation including simple stretches, chanting, breath control techniques and[...]
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5:45 am Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Sep 17 @ 5:45 am – 7:45 am
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community | Lynnwood | Washington | United States
Both new and experienced meditators benefit from meditating with a group. Ananda Seattle offers many opportunities to meditate with others and experience the joy and peace that meditation inspires. All are welcome! The morning meditation[...]
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Sep 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle | Seattle | Washington | United States
Taught by Rashmi Dave 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[...]
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Sep 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
Taught by Michelle Marshall 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[...]
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Sep 17 @ 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! 
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Sep 17 @ 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! 
7:30 pm How to Meditate: Inner Peace Thr... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
How to Meditate: Inner Peace Thr... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
How to Meditate: Inner Peace Through Relaxation & Concentration @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
“The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with Spirit lies its greatest joy.” —Yogananda Taught by Omprakash Rider   Meditation can transform your life. Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition[...]
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5:45 am Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Sep 18 @ 5:45 am – 7:45 am
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community | Lynnwood | Washington | United States
Both new and experienced meditators benefit from meditating with a group. Ananda Seattle offers many opportunities to meditate with others and experience the joy and peace that meditation inspires. All are welcome! The morning meditation[...]

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