Nayaswami Jaya became a student of Swami Kriyananda soon after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. Upon learning of Swami Kriyananda’s interest in spiritual communities, Nayaswami Jaya joined him as a founding member of Ananda. Nayaswami Jaya has been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga. He travels widely as an Ananda “Kriyacharya,” sharing the teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda with audiences throughout the world.
Nayaswami Dhyana, is co- spiritual director of Ananda Sangha. She started to study the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda in 1978 and met Swami Kriyananda in 1980. She has shared the teachings of Yogananda in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and India and helped in the founding of several of Ananda communities and centers. She has been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga. She teaches locally and travels around India offering training in meditation and Raja Yoga.
Nayaswami Sadhana Devi
Nayaswami Sadhana Devi met Swami Kriyananda and became a founding member of Ananda Village in 1969. She and her husband Nayaswami Jaya have served at Ananda communities and centers in America and India, teaching meditation and the path of Kriya Yoga to hundreds of seekers. Sadhana Devi is coordinator for meditation groups across the United States and other countries, and travels in America and India to visit the groups. She has been guiding discourses on Swami Kriyananda’s books as well as webinars online for several years, and enjoys helping people develop their meditation skills through guided practice, both online and in person.
A long-time Ananda minister and Kriyacharya (authorized Kriya Yoga teacher), Devarshi is the director of Ananda India’s Kriya Yoga Sangha and also head of the Ananda India Monastery. Devarshi speaks from profound understanding and application of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda over a lifetime.
Dr. Aditya Gait is a Brahmachari with Ananda Sangha and a Medical Practitioner, whose chief interests lie in sharing the teachings and benefits of yoga as a healthy and successful way of life. Aditya came to Ananda Sangha in 2008 and has since then actively helped with the Pune community operations. He is also a Trustee with Ananda Sangha. More recently, Aditya was appointed to lead the Ananda Pune City Center operations as its spiritual director. Apart from full time activities within the sangha, Aditya conducts yoga, meditation, health workshops in colleges, companies and institutions.
Tyagis Shurjo and Narayani
Tyagis Shurjo and Narayani are the Spiritual directors of Ananda Mumbai. Narayani Anaya (born Ana Maria Anaya), moved from Spain to India in 2004 to help establish Ananda’s presence there. She served as the personal assistant to Swami Kriyananda for the last 4 years of his life. She is the author of the book, My Heart Remembers Swami Kriyananda. Shurjo joined Ananda in 2009 after completing his B.F. Tech degree from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. He has been a founding member of Ananda’s work in India. He, along with his wife, served as Swami Kriyananda’s personal assistant for a year, until the latter’s passing in 2013. They have been sharing the principles of Yoga & Meditation in cities across India for many years.
Vibha Agrawal is a long time devotee of Swami Yogananda and has been associated with with Ananda Sangha for over a decade. She is a software engineer and has been with American multi nationals for three decades. Her all encompassing focus now in life is to serve Swami Yogananda , Ananda Sangha and its followers. She works with NGOs engaged in education of slums children.
Nayaswamis Dharmarajan and Dharmini
Nayaswamis Dharmarajan and Dharmini lived at Ananda India from 2006 – 2010. Based in Gurgaon, they traveled all over India and led the meditation groups in Bangalore and Noida — each group has since grown into a full-fledged meditation center. They were serving as the Spiritual Directors of Ananda’s community in Los Angeles when they were asked by Nayaswami Kriyananda to move back to India to start Ananda Chennai in July of 2013.
Nayaswamis Haridas and Roma
Nayaswami Haridas and Nayaswami Roma are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha Bangalore. They have taught Kriya Yoga and conducted workshops and retreats extensively throughout US, Europe and India.
Tyagis Daya and Keshava
They have lived in India since the founding of Ananda’s work by Swami Kriyananda in India in 2003.
Together they have 65 years experience with Meditation and Kriya Yoga. Keshava is an authorized Kriyacharya (one who can initiate others into Kriya Yoga).
Promilla Kulkarni is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for more than ten years . She came to Ananda Sangha in 2007 and has been an active member since then. She is a Kriyaban and enjoys sharing her Master’s teachings, whether online or in person . She is also a certified Ananda Healing teacher and is a part of the Healing group in India.
Amit Purohit is a yoga, meditation teacher. He has been conducting courses, workshops for schools, corporates and other audience based on spiritual principles. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science degree from Stony Brook, New York. He has worked with IBM India for over five years and also has experience working in United States and Canada. Amit has been instrumental in setting up the foundation for Ananda India Online and has been an active member of Ananda Palo Alto and Ananda Gurgaon since 2010.
Dr. Radhikha (Shikha)
Dr Radhika Shikha Sehdev, is a practicing radiologist and a long term yoga & meditation practitioner as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda.She is a long time devotee of Swami Yogananda and has been associated with with Ananda Sangha for over a decade.
Baraquiel and Shamini
Baraquiel and Shamini live in Ananda Pune and have been sharing the principles of yoga & meditation in cities across India. Their current service entails building the offerings on Ananda India Online. Baraquiel also directs the choir and shares classes on the impact that music has in uplifting our consciousness. Shamini Naidu is also an art educator and Ananda Yoga teacher who shares the benefit of spiritual teachings applied through art-based workshops and activities.
Brahmacharini Blezy is an internationally certified Yoga and Meditation teacher by World Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified healing teacher and has conducted many classes on meditation in Pune. Blezy has served in the corporate industry for more than a decade and is well-versed with the challenges and opportunities of a corporate life, bringing that experience into her classes. She also helps with corporate training programs in companies.