Why I Love Ananda

“I have felt welcomed and included at Ananda from the very first day I attended a meditation four to five years ago. That same heartfelt welcome was extended to me when I visited Ananda World Brotherhood Village in Nevada City. Although I knew no-one there on my fist visit (I have now been there three times), I was made most welcome and included by everyone I met. The Divine love of Yogananda and, by extension, of Swami Kriyananda, is made manifest everywhere.

It is also made manifest in the spiritual leadership of Kristy Fassler-Hecht at the Ananda-York Center. Everyone who comes in contact with Kristy knows and feels this love by the way she relates to people. She is a great teacher and an inspired and loving leader. I think I am not exaggerating when I say that all of us at Ananda York want to be as devoted to our guru and as radiating in her love for him as she is.

We often gather for pot-luck lunches or stay for some socializing after lessons or Sunday services. It is because of these occasions (and the retreats, of course) that we have gotten to know each other personally and have been able to bond in real friendships. My connection to Ananda-York is very important to me.”

Ute Tellini, July 11, 2012

ChrisChris Davies
“After reading Autobiography of a Yogi in 2001, it was not long before I was guided to Ananda. I immediately joined Ananda Maine. It was like having an instant new family! Being part of Ananda is all about joy; finding our own joy and then sharing our joy with others. Giving back by helping to lead meditation continues to be one of the most expansive and fulfilling parts of my journey. We are all learning and we all have much to share with others. Having the support and freedom to do this amongst other like minded truth seekers is one of life’s great blessings.”

Chris Davies

“I never realized what true joy really meant until I tuned into the Ananda community. I always thought it was to be sought outside of myself. Within the loving kindness of my spiritual family at Ananda along with the powerful and uplifting yoga/meditation practices I now know that joy is always within me to be realized at any moment in time. It is a blessing and a privilege to be part of this empowering journey together!”


“I love coming to the center to dive deep into the teachings and to spend time in fellowship with like-minded souls. Sharing this inspiring and devotional music with others brings me great joy. Chanting, meditating, and studying together energizes my personal practice, and I always find wisdom relevant to my life’s journey. Ananda helps me to remember who I am and what is truly important in life.”

Michelle Dossett

“I’ve found that being at college with a wide variety of stresses, things to do, people to deal with, I end up forgetting about the more important things in life. I love the Daily Inspirations…they bring me back to center and most of the time brighten my day. So thank you for sharing them!”

Madeleine, College Student


“I lived at Ananda Village in California twenty years ago and received great blessings as a result. A couple of years ago I wanted to reconnect and have been participating in Ananda’s New England events. I love visiting the group in Maine and always feel uplifted when I return home afterwards.”

Dean Swan

“Before Ananda I was directionless. Now I am pointed toward God.”

Joy to you,


“In this world of so much doing it is so refreshing to be in a place with others who uplift the spirit and sooth the soul. I always leave feeling better than when I arrived. I can also say that I feel we are a family, a part of a greater whole.”