Ananda Los Angeles

Ananda is a global spiritual organization dedicated to sharing the practical science of yoga applied to the chaos and challenges in daily life.

We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for people everywhere. We are committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for people everywhere to experience the true nature of joy within, through mindfulness meditation, affirmations, and yoga asanas. Ananda’s communities and centers welcome all sincere seekers, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender

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Photos from Yogananda Fest's post 06/08/2022

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06/08/2022

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It’s generally understood that music can have a powerful effect on mood and energy.

It’s less well known that positive and uplifting music can affect consciousness itself in positive and uplifting ways.

Ananda Music singers and musicians are dedicated to raising awareness–not only of the general need for positive and uplifting music in our troubled world–but of a specific body of music that was composed for the exact purpose of raising energy, uplifting consciousness, and helping people. That music is Ananda Music.


06/03/2022

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06/03/2022

Exercise and stress relief are only the beginning; the higher purpose of Ananda Yoga is to uplift your consciousness.

What does yoga mean to you?

06/03/2022

Yogananda Fest on Saturday June 18th.
If you would like to join us for this uplifting event, please register to attend!
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Timeline photos 05/27/2022

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Why does it take so long, we wonder? It is common to experience a sense of frustration with our spiritual efforts. When progress seems to take forever, our very impatience can become an obstacle. We need to respect the way nature works and take things a step at a time.

A good friend, Sagar, shared this story from ancient India. But, first, a disclaimer: Warfare is a terrible solution for resolving conflicts in this world, as we are currently seeing with the tragic events in Ukraine. But as Yogananda pointed out in his explanation of the Bhagavad Gita, war can also be seen as a symbol of the inner struggle between the ego and the soul. So, let’s take this story as a spiritual analogy.

Chanakya, a great general, undertook a noble war on behalf of his king. His first move was to attack the enemy’s capital. This stronghold, however, was too well guarded. His forces were badly defeated, his army was scattered, and he had to flee into the wilderness.

One day, Chanakya entered a little village in quest of food. As he passed by a hut, he heard the excited voices of children. Their mother was serving them hot rice porridge. Suddenly a young boy cried out, “Ouch! I burnt my fingers.”

“Well, what do you expect?” the woman said. “Naturally they will get burnt if you are as foolish as Chanakya.” Intrigued and curious, Chanakya barged into the room.

“Who are you?” asked the mother of the children. “What do you want?”

“I just came in to find out the meaning of your words,” said Chanakya.

The woman was surprised. “I was merely telling the children to eat properly,” she said. “I had served them hot porridge. They should have realized that it was hottest at the center and started eating from the outer portion, which cools first.”

“Yes, but what has Chanakya got to do with it?” asked Chanakya.

“Everything,” said the woman smiling. “Chanakya was foolish to attack his enemy’s strongest point, the well-guarded capital, at the very outset. Just like this silly child trying to eat the hot porridge from the middle! That’s why Chanakya lost and had to flee. Instead, he should have started by first conquering the small provinces on the periphery in order to weaken it.”

“Thank you so much, Mother,” said Chanakya to the woman. “You’ve taught me a wonderful lesson in war strategy. I shall not make the same mistake a second time.”

Chanakya regathered his troops for another attack. And this time the army set about conquering the smaller fiefdoms first. Advancing slowly but surely, they eventually succeeded in taking the capital.

The lesson for us is that we need to take one step at a time, and win the small spiritual battles first before going on to the bigger ones. Take, for example, restless thoughts during meditation. We will end up frustrated if we assume we can quickly tame the mind. Let’s conquer the outer provinces first. Start with the body, by keeping it relaxed and motionless. Then go on to the breath, just watching it come in and out without trying to control it. Try to practice Hong-Sau for a minute at a time with good concentration. Once you’ve achieved that, you will find it easier to focus on subtler aspects such as the inner sounds and lights. Work with achievable goals and celebrate the little victories. Over time you will naturally extend and deepen your concentration. Gradual growth is nature’s way.

The same principle applies to other aspirations. In seeking to master your desires, for example, don’t assume you can start with strongly defended, primeval ones such as security and sexual attraction. Work on manageable habits, taking on one at a time until you can transform it. Slow down in order to speed up. In the end, little steps lead to big results.

With patience,

Nayaswami Jyotish

From the blog, “A Step at a Time” by Nayaswami Jyotish. Listen to our commentary for this week’s blog on our podcast and share your own with us here: https://buff.ly/3NVP03h

Painting by Nara Bedwell (https://bewellsolutions.com.au/art-by-kalamali-and-nara)

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Did you know Paramhansa Yogananda was invited to the White House by Calvin Coolidge, and he initiated Mahatma Gandhi into Kriya Yoga, his most advanced technique of meditation?

His autobiography is dedicated to scientist Luther Burbank, whom he considered an American saint. He also corresponded with other high-minded thinkers of his time, including Henry Ford.

05/27/2022
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05/23/2022

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"Sound is the most powerful vibration in the universe." - Paramhansa Yoganada

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The Nayaswami Order is a new movement in renunciation launched in late 2009 by Nayaswami Kriyananda, a direct disciple for over 60 years of the great yoga Master, Paramhansa Yogananda.

It is intended for people from all walks of life, married or single, who are committed to finding God, and is open to people of every religious affiliation.

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Did you know?
Los Angeles is in the very place where our teacher Paramhansa Yogananda established his presence in 1925.

Have you visited an Ananda Center yet? Visit Anandala.org to join a live or online meditation class

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Timeline photos 05/20/2022

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Recently we had a wonderful satsang with Nayaswamis Devarshi and Dhyana, who shared many inspiring stories about the work in Ananda India. Devarshi is the head of a small but growing monastery near Chandigarh in northern India. In talking about what’s making their life together so uplifting, he spoke of their “dynamic harmony”: a shared spirit of joy, service, and dedication.

Through this unifying energy, they’ve created a magnetic vortex that’s drawing to them the wherewithal to accomplish amazing things. A handful of monks are sharing Yoganandaji’s teachings with thousands of others throughout the world—and changing their lives. This spirit of dynamic harmony, Devarshi added, is helping the monks create an environment in which they too are growing spiritually.

What is this kind of harmony, and how can we develop it in our own life? It is not a passive state, but an active, conscious way of being with others—be they marriage partners, family members, friends, or co-workers. It begins by fostering a sense of mutual trust in which we offer unconditional support to others under all circumstances. Then we must strive to see the highest potential in others so that they feel our sincere respect for them.

By sensitively listening to those around us, we can know them better and develop a “common language” that leads to mutual understanding. Shared higher aspirations and goals are also important parts of this kind of harmony, because through them we build “bridges of light” that unite us.

When we develop this kind of harmony with others, several things happen. If it’s a working group, new ideas emerge and much more is accomplished. If it’s a family group, problems are more easily resolved and a deeper love begins to blossom.

Swami Kriyananda spoke frequently about the need for harmony in our spiritual search. There was a woman in the early years of Ananda Village who had a hard time getting along with others. Once, after a big blowup with someone, she came to Swamiji in tears and asked, “Why can’t I get along with people? Am I not in tune?”

He replied simply: “Attunement is harmony.” In other words, living in harmony with others leads to deeper attunement with God. The woman began working with this concept, and her life improved.

Swamiji also said that living in community is like being in a rock tumbler. Into it go unpolished stones, whose rough contours he likened to our own, so long as our consciousness is of egoic separateness from others. The stones bump and tumble against one another, until in the end they come out shiny and polished, with beautiful shapes and colors. This process of smoothing out our rough edges isn’t easy for any of us, but it helps us to achieve a spirit of harmony and unity which is a great boon on the spiritual path.

Swami Kriyananda, whose birth date we celebrate on May 19, was a wonderful example of how to live in dynamic harmony. Every book he wrote, every piece of music he composed was filled with an underlying spirit of harmony. The clothes he wore, the home he lived in, his voice, the way he walked—all reflected a harmony born of deep meditation and attunement with his guru.

In the way he related to others, Swamiji made everyone around him feel that they were an important part of his life and work. And yet, he was basically impersonal. His expanded awareness enabled him to feel a harmony with everyone he met, with all people, all life.

I’ll close with this prayer-demand of Paramhansa Yogananda, which reflects the true source of dynamic harmony:

“Love is our souls’ birthright! We demand, now, that all the rivers of our cravings be redirected through valleys of humility, eager self-sacrifice, and concern for others until, reinforced by Thy torrential blessings, they merge in the ocean of all fulfillment in Thee.”

With gratitude to those who have shown us the way,

Nayaswami Devi

From the blog, “Dynamic Harmony,” by Nayaswami Devi. We love to hear your comments, please share and listen to the commentary this week here: https://www.ananda.org/jyotish-and-devi/dynamic-harmony/

05/18/2022

Please visit: yoganandafest.com
Yogananda Fest is an inspiring day-long festival celebrating and sharing the teachings of the great Master, Paramhansa Yogananda, who brought Yoga to the West.

This year our theme is: Rise in Soul Freedom.
Join us Sat, June 18, 2022 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM CDT for a series of inspiring classes, guided meditations, yoga, vegetarian food, devotional music, spiritual community, and special keynote speakers, Swamis Jyotish and Devi on how to Rise In Soul Freedom. The festival will include:

All Day Yoga
Guided Meditations
Classes on The Path of Kriya Yoga
Devotional Chanting
Satsang (good company) through Spiritual community
Yummy Vegetarian Food
Handmade Jewelry and Other Crafts
Divine Will Healing
Scientific Healing Affirmations
& more!












05/17/2022

Yogananda Fest is an inspiring day-long festival celebrating and sharing the teachings of the great Master, Paramhansa Yogananda, who brought Yoga to the West.
Please visit: yoganandafest.com
This year our theme is: Rise in Soul Freedom.
Join us Sat, June 18, 2022 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM CDT for a series of inspiring classes, guided meditations, yoga, vegetarian food, devotional music, spiritual community, and special keynote speakers, Swamis Jyotish and Devi on how to Rise In Soul Freedom. The festival will include:
All Day Yoga
Guided Meditations
Classes on The Path of Kriya Yoga
Devotional Chanting
Satsang (good company) through Spiritual community
Yummy Vegetarian Food
Handmade Jewelry and Other Crafts
Divine Will Healing
Scientific Healing Affirmations
& more!

@yoganandafest @anandaworldwide @jyotishanddevi innerlifewith_asha @awakeningarts


















Timeline photos 05/13/2022

Timeline photos

A friend who is an architect and engineer made an amusing comment about Ananda that has always stayed with me. He said, “We engineers study the effects of gravity. We need to know how to keep structures from collapsing. But at Ananda it is the opposite: You study the effects of levity.”

Levity, in this sense, is far different from the normal definition of humor or frivolity. In its deeper sense, levity is the flow of energy toward the bliss of our soul nature. Levity can even become levitation if the flow is strong enough. As Swami Kriyananda wrote in Demystifying Patanjali, Sutra 3-40, “By mastery over udana—the current within the deep spine which raises Kundalini through the sushumna to the brain—one gains the power of levitation, and of leaving the body at will.”

Few of us need to concern ourselves with levitation yet, but we all should practice levity. How can we “in-joy” ourselves? Keeping in mind that the flow of energy needs to be elevating and expanding, I thought it would be fun to share how Swami Kriyananda enjoyed himself. Since May 19 is the anniversary of his birthday, let’s start there.

Swamiji was attracted to both refinement and joy in many forms. One of these was good food. He often invited a small group of friends to breakfast on his birthday. Many times breakfast consisted of “fun foods”: pancakes, a wonderful fruit salad, fresh juice, and tea or coffee. Mainly what I remember though is the friendship, laughter, and delightful stories. Later in the day he might have a community gathering in the gardens around his home. Again, laughter and joy: the squeals of children playing in the pool, the aroma of food cooking on a grill, the murmur of small groups of people talking together. There was always music involved and often a play or skit. Occasionally, Swami would read a story from his favorite humorist, P.G. Wodehouse, sometimes laughing so hard he could barely finish a sentence. An amazing thing is that Divine Mother almost always attended these events dressed up in the form of a rainbow. On more than one occasion a rainbow appeared in a nearly cloudless sky as what is called a “glory.”

Swami was focused in whatever he did—he had to be energetic and concentrated in order to produce so many books, songs, and talks. But some of our most enchanting memories are of the trips of celebration that he would take after finishing a big project. We often accompanied him and a small group to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a charming California coastal town that started out as an artist colony.

Carmel is very refined, as close as Swami could get to the European feel of his youth. After meditation we would usually stroll along the streets visiting small shops, or art galleries, or “Conway of Asia,” a store that specialized in Asian and Indian antiques. We weren’t so much interested in buying things as in enjoying the refined ambience. The highlight of the day was lunch or dinner at one of Carmel’s many wonderful restaurants.

The main point here is that, in spite of his intense schedule, Swamiji always made time for uplifting enjoyment—for levity. And, as was his nature, he liked to share his joy with others. We would do well to take this as a model for our own lives. Set aside time for friends, for good meals, for laughter and song. It is all a part of the life of a yogi.

“Ever-new, ever-expanding joy” is the final goal of the spiritual path. It would be a shame to wait, to spend a lifetime being pulled down by the gravity of problems and world events. Let’s find ways to practice levity. Swamiji did.

In joy,

Nayaswami Jyotish

From the Touch of Light blog, “Levity.” We love to hear your comments. Share and listen to the behind-the-scenes commentary here: https://www.ananda.org/jyotish-and-devi/levity/

About Ananda LA

Ananda Los Angeles is a meditation & yoga community based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, one of the last living direct disciples of Yogananda. We offer classes on meditation and yogic teachings.

Please visit our website at www.anandala.org for complete schedule, event info, and locations. You can also sign-up for our free email newsletter there.

All are welcome!

We also offer private training and classes, for individuals and small groups, for any of our offerings including meditation, yoga, and other class topics.

Nayaswamis Narayan & Dharmadevi are the Spiritual Directors for Ananda in the Greater LA area. They frequently teach classes and lead Sunday services.

Ananda Los Angeles is part of the worldwide Ananda network of spiritual communities, retreats, centers, and meditation groups. With countless thousands of members on five continents, you will find the Ananda community to be a diverse, supportive, and uplifting place to further your own spiritual development.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions, ideas, needs, or would just like to talk. We are here for you.

Be sure to regularly check our events section, website, and e-newsletter to discover what's happening around town.

We look forward to seeing you!

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