Mukti Deranja

Ananda Minister and Counselor, Ananda Meditation Teacher

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Nayaswami Mukti is a certified Ananda Meditation teacher and has worked for years in Ananda's ministry, teaching a variety of classes in Ananda meditation groups and in programs at The Expanding Light. Her warm and caring nature, her lively sense of humor, and her clear-minded and practical approach to applying the spiritual teachings in one's own life win her retreat weekends rave reviews.

Mukti moved to Ananda Village in 1992 and has been a key member of the Ananda Music Ministry since then: singing in the choir, performing Swami Kriyananda's piano solos and ensemble music, and accompanying Swami Kriyananda or other soloists on the piano. She often teaches chanting workshops and performs in our Kirtan groups. She has used chanting as an integral part of her spiritual practice, as a powerful tool for personal transformation.

Mukti retired from a profession as a speech therapist, where she used her in-depth scientific understanding of the body and her gentle approach in working with students to great success. Both gifts continue to serve her as an instructor at The Expanding Light.

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