Gordana Sarson

Gordana Sarson has been disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda more than 25 years. She is delighted to serve Master sharing his teachings to thristy devotees, either in direct contact , or online. As Ananda certified teacher she teaches also Ananda hatha yoga.

She was the founder of the first Kriya Yoga Center in Belgrade, Serbia – Ananda Belgrade – and was its leader during 1998-2007.

She is also an Ananda minister.

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi met Swami Kriyananda and became a founding member of Ananda Village in 1969. She and her husband Nayaswami Jaya have served at Ananda communities and centers in America and India, teaching meditation and the path of Kriya Yoga to hundreds of seekers. They also served for several years as community managers and raised a family at Ananda Village. Sadhana Devi is coordinator for meditation groups across the United States and other countries, and travels in America and India to visit the groups. She has been guiding discourses on Swami Kriyananda’s books as well as webinars online for several years, and enjoys helping people develop their meditation skills through guided practice, both online and in person.

Peter Skillman

Peter Skillman has been a Kriyaban, disciple of Yogananda and an Ananda member since the early 1980’s. A graduate of Amherst College, Peter’s career is in technology as a programmer and web developer. Currently, he is Technical Webmaster for Yuba Community College District – https://www.yccd.edu. A resident of Ananda Village, Peter is married to Mandala (who he met at the Village) and father to Ben, who was born and raised at Ananda Village. For more, check out https://peter-skillman.blogspot.com/ and @skillmanp

Vibha Agrawal

Vibha Agrawal is a long time devotee of Swami Yogananda and has been associated with with Ananda Sangha for over a decade. She is a software engineer and has been with American multi nationals for three decades. Her all encompassing focus now in life is to serve Swami Yogananda , Ananda Sangha and its followers. She works with NGOs engaged in education of slums children.


Sushmita joined Ananda in 2014 and has been an active member of the Janakpuri centre since then. She is a Kriyaban and shares the teachings of Master with the new comers at the centre. She is always looking forward to opportunities to serve Master’s work and contribute in various ways. She is a certified Ananda Healing Teacher and a part of the Healing group in India. Outside of Ananda, she is a Finance professional.

Nayaswami Jaya

Nayaswami Jaya Helin, born in Los Angeles, became a student of Swami Kriyananda soon after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. Upon learning of Swamiji’s interest in spiritual communities, “Jayaji” joined him as a founding member of Ananda Village, now one of the most successful such communities in the world. There he served as Village planner, property manager, and resident acharya for many years with his wife Nayaswami Sadhana Devi. They shifted to New England in 2002 to guide Ananda’s work on the East Coast of the United States and, at Swami Kriyananda’s request, they shifted again to India in 2006, serving first in Gurgaon and then in Pune. Nayaswami Jaya has been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga and he travels widely as an Ananda “Kriyacharya,” sharing the teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda with audiences throughout India, America and elsewhere.

Nayaswami Dhyana

Nayaswami Dhyana, is co- spiritual director of Ananda Sangha. She started to study the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda in 1978 and met Swami Kriyananda in 1980. She has shared the teachings of Yogananda in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and India and helped in the founding of several of Ananda communities and centers.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Berkeley, California and worked in social service before moving to Ananda Village in California in 1980. One of her earlier jobs was Director of Big Sisters of America.

She’s been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga. She teaches locally and travels around India offering training in meditation and Raja Yoga.

Nayaswami Devarshi

A long-time Ananda minister and Kriyacharya (authorized Kriya Yoga teacher), Devarshi is the director of Ananda India’s Kriya Yoga Sangha and also head of the Ananda India Monastery. Devarshi speaks from profound understanding and application of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda over a lifetime.

Brahmachari Aditya

Aditya Kumar Gait is a Brahmachari with Ananda Sangha and a Medical Practitioner, whose chief interests lie in sharing the teachings and benefits of yoga as a healthy and successful way of life. Aditya came to Ananda Sangha in 2008 and has since then actively helped with the Pune community operations. He is also a Trustee with Ananda Sangha. More recently, Aditya was appointed to lead the Ananda Pune City Center operations as its spiritual director.

Apart from full time activities within the sangha, Aditya conducts yoga, meditation, health workshops in colleges, companies and institutions. Dr. Aditya has run a charitable rural clinic, conducted free medical camps in villages, and worked in the surgical and medical emergency departments, over the last few years.