Paramhansa Yogananda
His Life, His Teachings, His Joy

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with Sundara Traymar

Paramhansa Yogananda was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century. He was no ordinary teacher, but a great Yoga Master from India with a special mission for this time in world civilization—to help people find lasting happiness through definite, scientific techniques of meditation and balanced living. During this weekend, we will explore the unique spiritual vibration he brought to the world.

His Life

We’ll journey from his upbringing in India and his search for saints and a true Guru, to the shores of America where he filled the largest halls during his “spiritual campaigns.” We’ll explore the joys and struggles he encountered along the way, the people he influenced, and miraculous stories—even after his passing.

His Teachings

Yogananda’s mission included:

  • Showing the underlying unity of religions, especially what he called original Christianity and original Yoga
  • Bringing Kriya Yoga, which he called the “jet airplane route to God”, to the West
  • Sowing the seeds of World Brotherhood Colonies
  • Techniques for balanced living in body, mind, and soul

His Joy

Yogananda shared the classic Sanskrit definition of God: Satchidananda, which he translated as “ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss.” The God he shared is a living, loving, joyful presence, which we can access within ourselves. Yogananda’s sense of humor and positive outlook in all circumstances were hallmarks of his life and teachings.  

Who was Paramhansa Yogananda? The Spark, Autobiography of a Yogi Video:

The Spark, Autobiography of a Yogi video

We invite you to unplug from your devices and totally immerse yourself in this weekend of inspiration, peace, and renewal.

Energization, Yoga, and Meditation—Start your days off right with Ananda Yoga® techniques for all around well-being.

The Essential Teachings—Learn the core teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, his world-transforming mission, and his inspiring life dedicated to the universal upliftment of humankind.

Experiential Joy—An interactive class to explore how we can integrate Yogananda’s principles more dynamically into our lives. Includes experiential activities, creative writing, discussion, storytelling, and laughter.

Movie—Watch the award-winning feature film, “The Answer,” which tells the powerful story of Swami Kriyananda’s years with Yogananda.

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Sundara Traymar

Sundara Traymar

Inspirational teacher and retreat leader
International Director, Sharing Nature Worldwide
Gardener, Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village

Sundara (Greg) Traymar is the International Director of Sharing Nature Worldwide and has been personally trained by world renowned author Joseph Bharat Cornell. Sundara is a gifted and inspiring teacher and wins friends wherever he travels. He has spent the last 12 years traveling the world, helping others deepen their love for nature.

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Paramhansa Yogananda starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. It's ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of guided yoga postures and meditation, which begins at 4:45. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is after dinner. Please see:

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Paramhansa Yogananda starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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