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Meditation: The Key to Evenmindedness

The most important condition for lasting happiness is even-mindedness. Remain ever calmly centered in the Self, within. As a child’s sand castle disintegrates before invading waves, so does a restless mind, lacking strength of will and perseverance, succumb to the … Continue reading

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Om-Spirit-Bliss

Paramhansa Yogananda, brought to the West the path of Kriya Yoga and many spiritual exercises to help people attune to the consciousness of God. I experimented with one of his powerful exercises, and I’d like to share my experience with … Continue reading

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Ananda Yoga: A Natural Treatment for Insomnia

A friend recently shared an inspiring story of how he overcame his difficulties with insomnia through the practice of Ananda Yoga. Matthew attended our most recent session of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at The Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. … Continue reading

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Is Jesus Christ a Guru?

Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Jesus Christ is one of the gurus on the Ananda path of Self-Realization. Paramhansa Yogananda stated that in the divine plan, Jesus Christ was responsible for the evolution of the West, and Babaji, … Continue reading

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The Longing To Be Free

Tips for getting closer to God, by Swami Kriyananda To desire salvation sincerely, even once, is to enter upon the path to eventual freedom. For all desires must be fulfilled. Even so, this one desire, once entrenched in the heart, … Continue reading

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Panic over breath stopping

A commonly asked question about meditation Q: As I practice Hong-Sau, my breath slows down, and sometimes it seems it’s going to stop completely. That’s when I start to get more and more anxious. I feel like I’m going to … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Meditation

The practice of Meditation brings many benefits. One important benefit is healing of the nervous system. Meditation gives peace. Inner peace is like a lubricating oil that enables the machinery of our lives to function smoothly. Without mental peace, our … Continue reading

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25 Days Off the Ground

In January of 2019 my husband, Gyandev, and I traveled to India. He went to northern India to share Ananda Yoga at the Ananda centers in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai, while I headed to the Ayurvedic resort in Kerala, in … Continue reading

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Overcoming Obstacles

 Overcoming Obstacles by becoming an Ananda Yoga teacher As director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program at The Expanding Light Retreat, I’m fortunate to meet yoga practitioners of all ages and backgrounds, who have dedicated themselves to a regular … Continue reading

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Activating the Power of Your Higher Self

  Activating the Power of Your Higher Self Spiritual power comes from your center, your heart, your passion, your hopes and dreams, right? Is inner strength, the soul’s higher power, a byproduct of our compassion, kindness, self-control and upright behavior? … Continue reading

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