“People are more important than things” and “Many hands make a miracle”. These are the unofficial credos of Ananda, a global spiritual movement founded by Swami Kriyananda, based on the teachings of his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Hosts Colleen Corwell and Rachel Schroeder virtually welcome the people that are Ananda into their homes for a behind-the-scenes peek into the path of Self-Realization.

Each week hear how these pioneers meet their challenges, celebrate their victories, and discover new facets of yoga, meditation, the arts, education, wellness and healing, sacred pilgrimage, and how to be happy all the time!

Episode 10 – Cecilia and Vivek Sharma

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Hardly could there be a better time to learn about vibrational healing. Cecilia and Vivek Sharma are amazing sources of knowledge and inspiration. Global healers on a grand scale, Kriya yogis and long time disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda, they learned his healing techniques from direct disciple Swami Kriyananda. Serving people from all walks of life, their vast experience includes working … Read More

Episode 9 – Nayaswami Nalini

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Death is inevitable. It’s also an intrinsic part of life. In Western cultures, however, death is considered a taboo topic, which contributes to widespread fear and difficulty in facing it. Self-Realization offers a view of death not as an end, but as a continuation, a transition to another phase of life and potentially a higher plane of existence. In this … Read More

Episode 8 – Dana Lynne Andersen

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According to Ananda founder Swami Kriyananda, the true purpose of art is to expand consciousness and connect to the divine. Dana Lynne Andersen’s multi-disciplinary artwork, teaching and activism show us how. Visionary founder of Awakening Arts Network and Awakening Arts Academy in Assisi, Italy and online, Dana has been called a “Vesuvius of Creativity” by Robert McDermott, president emeritus of … Read More

Episode 7 – Jayadev Jaerschky

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In these tumultuous times, Jayadev Jaerschky shows us how to change the world by changing ourselves. By opening his heart to devotion, he completely transformed from a challenging intellectual to a warm-hearted disciple and teacher who now helps others journey through their own self-transformation. A common misperception about spiritual people is that they are above the afflictions of ordinary folks. … Read More

Episode 6 – Nayaswami Anandi

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Nayaswami Anandi is the living memory of Ananda. A founding member, she arrived in 1971 and almost immediately began sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. She has acted in key roles over the years, including editor of Ananda’s publishing wing, Crystal Clarity. In this engaging conversation with Colleen, Anandi shares her experience of editing The Wisdom of Yogananda book series … Read More

Episode 5 – Devalila Veenhof

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What to do in troubling times? This question is more relevant today than ever. Devalila Veenhof, Director of Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America shares key insights with Rachel. She recollects Swami Kriyananda advising devotees in tumultuous times “to love heroically”. Even when we can’t be physically present with others, we can still help them through prayers and meditation by broadcasting positive … Read More

Episode 4 – Nayaswami Premdas

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“Environment is stronger than will power.” According to Paramhansa Yogananda, who stresses the importance of spending time with other devotees. Nayaswami Premdas’s life serves as a quintessential example of this principle, whether in person or virtually. Currently he serves and supports seekers, students and devotees on The Path of Kriya Yoga, the essential teachings of Yogananda, at Ananda Sangha Worldwide. Many people … Read More

Episode 3 – Daya Taylor

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Whether we consider ourselves spiritual or not, most of us aim to evolve. It’s easy to talk about inner transformation, but hard to do. Daya Taylor, the Spiritual Co-Director of Ananda Delhi and a pioneer of Ananda India shares with Colleen how to go from “talking the talk, to walking the walk”. Having dedicated over twenty-five years to helping others find God, … Read More

Episode 2 – Shurjo Jha

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Despite its increasing global popularity, meditation is often misunderstood. Even in its homeland, India, many Indians remain unaware of exactly what meditation is and how it works. Shurjo Jha, Spiritual Co-Director of Ananda Mumbai, shares with Colleen insights on what happens during meditation — what to expect and how to gauge success. Shurjo stresses the need to balance dynamic involvement … Read More

Episode 1 – Narayani Anaya

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Anyone who has ever felt inspired to follow a spiritual path knows the value of attuning to the inner-self and divine will. In this episode, Narayani Anaya, Co-Spiritual Director of Ananda Mumbai and author of My Heart Remembers Swami Kriyananda shares her remarkable experience of serving Swami Kriyananda as personal assistant and caregiver. Narayani’s testimony elucidates attunement and how to … Read More

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Listen to Colleen and Rachel share the inspiration for Ananda Live from New York! and their personal journeys to Ananda.