Anandi Cornell

Kriyacharya, Ananda Minister, Counselor, Level 2 Meditation Teacher, Raja Yoga Teacher
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Nayaswami Anandi is known for her natural warmth, humor, wisdom, and kindness. Almost since her arrival at Ananda in 1971 as a founding member of Ananda, she has been sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. An Ananda minister since 1980, Anandi has directed and taught in many of Ananda's guest and outreach programs, including the Palo Alto Ananda Community, Ananda's membership training program, The Cooperative Living Training, and The Expanding Light. She was initiated as a Kriyacharya by Swami Kriyananda in 2011.

Anandi also works as an editor for Ananda's Crystal Clarity books. She has just edited the 7-book series of Yogananda's original teachings called The Wisdom of Yogananda, which includes How to Be Happy All the Time. Anandi is married to Joseph Bharat Cornell, the world-renowned nature educator, with whom she has facilitated nature workshops in Japan, and many parts of the United States and Europe.


Anandi teaching a class on Awakening Super Consciousness

Anandi says:

“I try to listen carefully to people's needs and questions and help them discover answers that really work for them. The awakening of joy, understanding, and even excitement in people's eyes as they begin to see life with greater clarity and hope is so meaningful to me. It is wonderful to see how yoga and meditation give people tangible experiences of true inner peace and vitality.”

From her students:

"Anandi was just an incredible blessing very knowledgeable, down-to-earth, but so caring and I felt like I'd known her forever."
Laura M., Graeagle, CA

"We feel quite fortunate to have had you as our guide for the First-Timers Week. You are a careful observer of human behavior, an inspiring teacher, an excellent counselor, and a superb spiritual guide. Meeting you and experiencing your guidance was exactly what I needed during that week. I learned a lot from you, and feel I am embarking on important new directions!" Rob, Olympia, WA

"Anandi is a gifted teacher. She listens to more than words and responds to all that is asked. She is interestedt to educate and to enlighten on all levels and cares deeply that everyone gets what they need from the message. It was a real privilege to be in her class."   Amanda, Reno, NV

“Anandi was the most valuable part of my program. Her passion, wisdom, and ability to reach us on many levels was amazing. I found the program well thought out and the information clear and concise. There really wasn't a question that could not be answered." Elizabeth H.

Anandi was incredibly compassionate, wise, and understanding. M. P,, Sunnyvale, CA

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