Presentation of the Center

The moment you arrive at Ananda, you'll feel the soothing sense of "being at home". It's easy to relax and be yourself in this inspiring place, surrounded by beautiful scenery and the quiet of the Umbrian hills.

Ananda welcomes people from all around the world—people of all ages, religions and cultures. We follow the spiritual teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, which express a genuine spirituality which is non-dogmatic, practical and universal.

You will meet other people like yourself, people striving to improve themselves and to express their highest potential. “Environment,” Yogananda said, “is stronger than will.” By “environment” he meant, above all, good company.

The heart of Ananda is the magnificent Temple of Light. This is not visible from the main entrance, but as you walk down the path lined by pine trees, gradually the large blue dome comes into view, reminiscent, in its beauty, of a lotus flower. In this spacious, round hall, surrounded by windows, classes are offered in philosophy, meditation, yoga, and healing—all based on the practical and scientific teachings of Yogananda. Each course includes instruction in the basic techniques of Kriya Yoga, with meditation sessions and yoga every morning and evening, for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.

The food at Ananda is excellent: vegetarian, yogic and natural. Meals are taken, together with the community, in the large dining room, and there is a period of silence during breakfast and dinner. The kitchen staff prepares the food with love, infusing it with peace and harmonious vibrations. Living in higher vibrations allows us to develop a different perspective, to be more peaceful and more “inspired”, and at the same time enables us to better appreciate the little joys that life offers us.

Ananda in Sanskrit means "joy, infinite bliss", and it is this joy that sincere truth-seekers aspire to achieve: Self-realization, that is, the union with the Infinite. In short, this is the heart of Ananda's "philosophy": learning to bring ever-new joy into daily life—not a religion, but a principle that embraces all religions and, above all, all those who, regardless of their beliefs, choose to live in a way that encourages personal growth.

Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda said, “The challenge is to embrace a new way of life, one that is not easy in many respects, but is infinitely worth the effort made to achieve it. When I am on  Ananda land and I look around, I often think (as do many other members of this community), 'If only people knew about this, it would be the only way they would want to live!'”

 

      


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CHOOSE YOUR CURRICULUM
  • The spiritual hatha yoga based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
  • "The secret of meditation is… relinquishing outward attachments and affirming divine freedom within." – The Secrets of Meditation, by Swami Kriyananda
  • Kriya Yoga is an advanced technique for spiritual evolution that comes down from higher ages of spiritual enlightenment.