Ministers & Teachers
Nayaswami Dharmadevi & Nayaswami Narayan
Nayaswami Dharmadevi first started her spiritual journey through Reiki and the healing arts. She founded an online international healing school sharing Reiki with thousands of people around the world.
Through her healing journey she discovered Ananda and met Swami Kriyananda in India where she received Kriya Yoga initiation. While living at Ananda village, Dharmadevi started Online with Ananda and Ananda’s Virtual Community – online platforms sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
At Swami Kriyananda’s request she now serves as co-spiritual director and Lightbearer of Ananda Los Angeles with her husband, Nayaswami Narayan. She also serves as a kriyacharya through Ananda preparing and initiating souls on the path of Self-realization.
Nayaswami Narayan found Paramhansa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, through a miraculous answer to prayer. He learned the path of kriya yoga and discipleship through Yogananda’s close and direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
For the last twenty years he has dedicated his life to serving Yogananda through Ananda Sangha Worldwide. His areas of service include Crystal Clarity Publishers, teaching through Online with Ananda, and building spiritual communities in Southern California.
At Swami Kriyananda’s request he now serves as co-spiritual director of Ananda Los Angeles and manages Crystal Clarity Publishers with his wife, Nayaswami Dharmadevi. As a Lightbearer and Kriyacharya part of his service includes Kriya Yoga preparation and initiation for truth-thirsty souls in Southern California.
Padma Haldar and Arnab Chatterjee
Arnab and Padma are grateful to have the opportunity to serve together as ministers and teachers at different Ananda centers in Southern California. They are both disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda and found their Guru 25,000 miles away from their home city of Kolkata through Swami Kriyananda and Ananda in the US. They are parents to two children who were brought up with the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Arnab, a Senior IT manager and Padma, a Physics teacher, they try to balance family, work, and service and share the teachings of Guruji and Swamiji the best they can. They both teach online and in-person classes and perform Sunday Service at Ananda centers in Los Angeles. It is their joy to serve God and Guru and to connect with their spiritual brothers and sisters everywhere.
Paul is an Ananda Minister and a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation Instructor. Paul has offered yoga classes weekly for over twelve years at the Ananda South Bay and has been serving as an instructor and meditation group leader at Ananda Los Angeles since its inception in 2007. Paul’s classes and workshops combine practical wisdom, storytelling, spiritually focused asana, and meditation.