Ananda means Divine Bliss. The more I practice and share the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda the more I experience my self as Divine Bliss. You too are essentially Divine bliss. Perhaps you would also appreciate more genuine friendship, peace, love and wisdom in your life.
I founded the Ananda York Yoga and Meditation Center in 1998 to provide a sanctuary for souls seeking to experience the Divine Presence. Our Ananda York center is one of many Ananda centers and colonies around the world where the teachings of yoga and meditation as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda and his disciple, Swami Kriyananda are taught and practiced. You are invited to join us in exploring the keys of awakening to your spiritual reality with us at any of our meditations, services, classes or retreats!
In Divine Friendship,
Kristy Fassler Hecht
I truly love helping at our Ananda Center. It’s a positive and deeply spiritual environment where we all grow and learn together in a community of kindred spirits. I especially enjoy facilitating the Raja Yoga classes. Every lesson is an opportunity for each of us to learn from the highest teachings of Yoga as guided by Swami Kriyananda’s easy to follow, Raja Yoga book. Whether we’re studying the philosophy section of a lesson or practicing Yogananda’s energization exercises and meditation techniques, the feeling is powerfully uplifting. I also feel spiritually transformed each time I have the opportunity to lead chants composed by Yogananda or Kriyananda. These sacred chants are powerful and simple tools which guide us back to our divine essence.
At this point in my life, serving and spending time at our center is essential to my happiness. The teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and the spiritual community of Ananda are the cornerstones of my life. I look forward to the continued blessings of sharing these life transforming teachings with all truth seeking souls!
I didn’t know it at the time, but when I began taking yoga classes in 1997 it was the beginning of my journey inward to a deeper spiritual life and to the search for my “spiritual family”. In 2010 I visited the Ananda center in York for the first time — by that time I had explored and even studied several different spiritual teachings. Though they all shared the basic spiritual truths of Oneness, peace and love none resonated as profoundly or felt as much like “coming home” as the teachings of Parmahansa Yogananda and the Ananda Worldwide Community founded by his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda. Today I practice yoga and meditation with the firm intention of being an ever more perfect channel of Divine Mother’s love, compassion, peace and JOY! With that intention in mind I humbly share yoga and meditation with others. Om, peace, amen…
After studying many traditions and meditating for some years, I discovered Ananda in Seattle over a decade ago. Deeply touched by the music, teachings, and beautiful souls I met there, I began what has been one of the most amazing and transformational journeys of my life. Since moving to Boston, serving and teaching for the Ananda communities in New England (from New York to Maine) has been a great joy and blessing for me. I am a certified Ananda Yoga® and Meditation teacher, I lead kirtans and play the harmonium, and I also direct our Ananda New England choir and small vocal ensemble. If you are interested in exploring meditation, the deeper teachings of yoga, spiritual community, or simply want to know more about Paramhansa Yogananda, I invite you to visit.
Joy to you,