Inner Renewal Week

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with Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi


As of January 28th, 2022, we have decided to host Inner Renewal Week online only.


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The spiritual path leads us home to our own true Self. During our annual Inner Renewal Week, devotees from Ananda Village and around the world join together to dive more deeply into the spirit and practices of Yogananda’s teachings that will renew and deepen our inner life.

Inner Renewal Week was created by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi to help us all refocus and enliven our quest for God. The week features five powerful morning classes offering inspiration and tools for living, guided sadhanas on several mornings, and two guided, informal afternoon gatherings. The week closes with Kriya initiation for those eligible.

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Some of the benefits of Inner Renewal Week:

  • Find answers to your deep spiritual questions and needs
  • Be inspired to discard limiting habits and manifest your dreams
  • Spend time with people from around the world who share your aspirations
  • Feel blessed by a tangible divine presence


Events Schedule

Inner-Renewal-Week Monday

Challenges and Solutions for our Times
With Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide


“Behind the wave of your consciousness is the sea of God’s presence” (PY)


The World we live in has its unique challenges as all ages and times have had theirs. Strife, whatever its nature, whatever its cause, paralyzes us if we identify with it and lose sight of that which has ever united us. In whatever times we live, ours is the opportunity to rise above circumstance and give expression to a vision of unity.


Inner-Renewal-Week Tuesday

Be the Change: Change Yourself, then Change the World
With Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide


“I vow from this day forth to be true to my higher super-conscious self” (SK)


Accepting responsibility for our part in contributing to positive change begins with changing our own consciousness for the better. The Masters of our path lived lives exemplifying how to behave, living super-consciously in service to others and the world, how to establish good spiritual habits and right attitudes. By attuning to their consciousness, we can make a difference.

Afternoon: Chat session in reflection on morning talks

Evening: Live kirtan


Inner-Renewal-Week Wednesday

What Did Master and Swamiji Bring?
With Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi


“The time for knowing God has come.” (PY)


Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda have shown us how, in modern times, to seek first the kingdom of God. This is the underlying foundation of all paths and spiritual orientation. It binds us to one another as children of one God, one Father, one Mother, and waters the seed of hope in all hearts. By illuminating the Guru-Disciple Relationship they have revealed to us a path forward that is practical, relevant, and rich with meaning.

Afternoon: Story by Murali

Evening: Q&A with Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi


Inner-Renewal-Week Thursday

How I Find Solutions for the Challenges of Our Times
With a panel of speakers


“I will make myself successful through my own efforts and the power of God in me” (PY)


The Challenges of our times affect each of us in unique ways depending upon our karma and that which we have been called to do. They demand that we be creative, superconscious, flexible, and ever listening to inner guidance. As we live these solutions as instruments for the divine, we become increasingly free inside and serve as channels of inspiration and beacons of light to others along the way.

Afternoon: Chat session discussing how we find solutions in life

Evening: Live concert


Inner-Renewal-Week Friday

Ananda’s Mission: Our Work, Our Goals
With Nayaswami Jyotish and Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide


“I want God and I want to share Him with others” (SK)


These words give us a daily barometer by which to measure our progress as we seek to align our lives with the mission our gurus and Swamiji have placed before us through the gift we call Ananda. Keen observance, a joyful heart, and treasured divine friendships help us to selflessly and victoriously claim our divine birthright.

Evening: First Kriya Ceremony (Temple of Light), Second Kriya Ceremony (Expanding Light Teaching Temple)

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Inner Renewal Week Meditator

The key thing about this week is the opportunity to dive more deeply into your spiritual life.)

In addition to the morning classes with Jyotish and Devi, your spiritual life will also be blessed by other activities:

  • For this special week, we offer daily meditations, 6:30 - 9:00 am with a break at 8 am. We encourage all Ananda Village residents to attend these.
  • Devotional chanting and an evening singing Swami Kriyananda's music
  • For those on the Kriya Yoga path, there are daily afternoon classes and meditations to help you deepen your practice.
  • Time for walking, introspection, journal writing, massage
  • The extraordinarily blessed Moksha Mandir and Swami Kriyananda's meditation room will be open for personal meditation
  • Initiations into the First and Second levels of Kriya Yoga for those who are eligible offered. (Email if you’d like to take Kriya initiation.)
  • Late afternoon guided practice of Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation
  • Evening programs: Kirtan, Superconscious Attunement Ceremony, Kriya Initiation, and more.

During Inner Renewal Week, we offer vows into the Renunciate Order started by Swami Kriyananda in 2009, for those who would like to make a deeper spiritual commitment in your personal relationship with God, whatever your path. All levels of vows - nayaswami, tyagi, brahmachari, and pilgrim - will be offered. The Pilgrim Vow is given below. If you are interested in any of the other vows, please let us know when you phone for a reservation.

The Pilgrim’s Vow of Intention

I understand, and intend from now on to live by my understanding, that life is a pilgrimage, of which the final goal is to find and merge back into God.

I will endeavor resolutely, therefore, to direct all my thoughts and actions toward that end.

I will offer up all material desires for purification in the fire of divine bliss.

I will offer up all attachments for purification in that cosmic fire.

I will search my heart daily for any lingering desires and attachments, and will offer them to Thee, my Cosmic Beloved.

I will strive to be an example to others of a pure, discriminating, and noble life.

I will offer the fruit of all my actions and labors to Thee alone.

Bless me, and direct my footsteps ever to the summit of Thy holy mountain.

During the week, classes will bring deeper understanding of this vow and the power of taking such a vow.

Throughout Inner Renewal Week, you will enjoy the warm, relaxed atmosphere for which The Expanding Light is noted: striving to meet the individual needs of each guest, honoring each person’s spiritual journey, and sharing together the joy of the spiritual journey. You will also enjoy delicious, healthful and satisfying vegetarian fare.

Please join us!

"Jyotish and Devi's talks surpassed all expectations. I'm returning home with a deeper communion with God and a renewed commitment to extend my daily meditation. The uplifting environment of Ananda Village is so inspirational, as are all the residents. It is truly a privilege to visit at any time, but Inner Renewal Week was special to me." —G.A., Seattle, WA

"A pivotal week for me. Inspirational morning meditations and talks were followed by deeply calm afternons, which allowed neeed insights to percolate. The vibration of The Expanding Light makes it probably the easiest place on earth to open your heart to God!" —E.M., Palo Alto, CA

"I've been coming here over 20 years, and Inner Renewal Week is hands down my new favorite week to visit Ananda." —C.C., New York, NY

"What a blissful experience! Deep meditations, inspiring classes. This week has felt like being in the astral plane, living from higher consciousness with souls who share the same vision. This has truly been a deep "inner pilgrimage" for us all. We are renewed, recharged, reinspired and re-energized in our spiritual lives. —M.M., Chico, CA

"I have visited The Expanding Light many times during the past 20 years. I always love it, but Inner Renewal Week might be the very best week I've ever spent there. As Jyotish said in one of his talks, when you're speaking to a group who already have established spiritual practices, you start at a deeper level. That was exactly true for me. We started deep and went deeper and deeper. I came away not only energized and recharged, but focused and centered in my spiritual life."

— A guest from Sacramento

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Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi

Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi

Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, Kriyacharyas, and Ananda Ministers
What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide. Longtime devotees of Yogananda, Jyotish and Devi have worked closely with Swami Kriyananda since 1969 and before.

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Inner Renewal Week starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date listed. Check-in is anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at our Front Desk. Your room will be available by 3:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30. The first gathering of your group is after dinner.
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You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

Inner Renewal Week 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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