What Is Ananda?

Ananda is a movement of spiritual awareness, based on the yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda as expressed through his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Learn more.

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Meditation: Getting to Know Who You Really Are

Meditation is the foundation for all we do at Ananda Portland. By stilling restless thoughts, you come to see yourself as what you really are: a child of light. You can learn from people who have practiced the art of meditation for years. We have introductory classes for beginners and classes to refresh and deepen your practice, as well as group meditations.

“The soul loves to meditate.”  Paramhansa Yogananda

Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness

Ananda Yoga brings us to our calm, inner center, where we find the wellspring of peace, inner strength, and mental clarity. Assuming a perfect pose is less important than our state of mind while practicing. Affirmations help us to expand our awareness and to understand the energy of each asana. Each class ends in a brief meditation.

“In stillness I touch my inner strength.” Vajrasana – Firm Pose

Satsang: Fellowship with Truthseekers

“Imagine a place where people live to find joy and inspiration, and where they want to share their inspiration with others; a place where “getting ahead in life” is understood in terms of inner, self-development.”  Swami Kriyananda

Ananda Portland includes an urban residential community in Vermont Hills, a rural educational campus, conference and retreat center, a new rural community waiting to be born, a school, a progressive assisted-living home and a large spiritual family of truthseekers who live the principles of simple living and high thinking.

Sunday Services at Ananda

Sundays at Ananda Temple are full of joyful energy. The Purification service at 9am includes an ancient fire ceremony and a time of meditation and inner personal offering. The Festival of Light service at 10am includes inspiring music, a scripture reading, an affirmation, brief meditation, a talk by the ministers and a celebration of the soul’s journey to freedom. Sunday School is offered to children ages 4–11. All are welcome.

“Sing out, sing out with joy; God’s light has descended!” song from the Festival of Light

The time for knowing God has come

Ananda Temple is a place of devotion and exploration. We come together in ritual, music, Sunday services, meditation and sacred events to open our hearts and express our longing to commune with, and know, the only Reality there is. In devotion we discover our connection to the Divine that cannot be broken.

“In the quest for God, the unfolding of the heart’s natural love, in the form of deep devotion, is the prime requisite for success.” Swami Kriyananda

Music to change consciousness

Music is an integral part of Ananda. Music changes our consciousness, and uplifting music can help us in our spiritual aspirations. Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda, composed hundreds of pieces to uplift and expand our awareness and to draw us closer to AUM—the pure vibration of divine creation.

” Music doesn’t merely reflect  a state of consciousness: It also generates it.”  Swami Kriyananda




Nayaswamis Daiva and Gangamata
Spiritual directors of Ananda Portland