The Ananda New York City meditation group is a place of spiritual support for like-minded souls to gather and participate in regular group meditation, kirtan music, and for special events and retreats. We also offer support to those interested in the path of kriya yoga, an ancient, liberating meditation technique for those ready to take the next step on their spiritual journey. Everyone is welcome to Ananda. No prior experience is required.

What is Ananda?

OUR inspiration

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952), best known as the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, was the first guru from India to make his home permanently in the United States.Paramhansa Yogananda showed how everyone, by means of meditation, can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. He taught an ancient meditation technique known as Kriya Yoga, by which one can quickly attain Self-realization.

Swami Kriyananda (1926 – 2013), is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda’s worldwide movement. At the request of Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda dedicated his life to lecturing and writing, and has also produced hundreds of pieces of music, to help others to find joy within. His talks, his music, and his many books have touched the lives of millions. Swami Kriyananda took the ancient teachings of Raja Yoga and made them practical and immediately useful for people in every walk of life.

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