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Reconnect with your Divine Nature in Costa Rica

Yoganananda once said “There are so many things here in America that I wanted for my own impoverished country.  In time, however, I found that the people here are not so happy, on average, as the peasants in India – … Continue reading

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Ananda Yoga for Tall Posture and Bone Strength

When I first started doing yoga postures, I heard that Yoga would make you taller. Being about 5 foot 2 inches in height, I always liked the idea of growing taller. And although after many years as an Ananda Yoga … Continue reading

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Yoga Therapy Final Essay

Author: Kyle McDonald Kyle McDonald C-IAYT 2017 Yoga Therapist/ Healing Arts Instructor Children’s Integrative Therapies, Pain Management & Supportive Care Department / Hasbro Children’s Hospital Rhode Island Hospital Cancer Institute Reflecting on my own journey of healing, I know that … Continue reading

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The Journey of a new Ananda Meditation Teacher

by Lara Ferrarotti It has been nearly a year since I completed the Online Ananda Meditation Teacher Training, and I am so grateful I made that decision! I think I have been truly blessed and I believe I received a … Continue reading

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Be actively calm and calmly active

Paramhansa Yogananda’s advice to be actively calm and calmly active is so important for our well-being and success in life. Yogananda wrote:  Apply the experiences of peace and poise received during concentration and meditation to your daily life. Maintain your … Continue reading

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Observations of a Newly Certified Ananda Meditation Teacher

From Ananda Meditation Teacher Training graduate Mare Baranski: In terms of physical proximity to Ananda Village, I live in a remote outpost called Cocoa Beach, Florida. It’s a four-block wide island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River, a … Continue reading

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My Nurturing Experience of Ayurvedic Treatments in Kerala, India

Diksha McCord’s account of her 2017, Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala. This was our eleventh year leading a yoga retreat in Kerala, India. Our group of 13 people were wonderful, and open to learn and experience India’s traditional, … Continue reading

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Winter Restorative Yoga Pose

Winter is a time for comfort, staying warm, and withdrawing from outer activity. Unlike the other seasons, winter gives us the opportunity to stay indoors and take notice of the changes that are needed to create better balance in our … Continue reading

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Learning to Breathe

By Ananda Meditation Teacher Graduate, Lori Allen, LCSW, RYT I was first introduced to meditation while trekking in Nepal at age 21. My best adventure buddy and I spent six weeks trekking the Langtang and Annapurna regions of the Himalayas. In … Continue reading

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Worshiping Our Mistakes

In the early days of Paramhansa Yogananda’s work in Los Angeles, a small group of disciples lived with him at his Mount Washington ashram. Despite this blessing, one young woman was drawn to leave the ashram and marry. After a … Continue reading

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