Nayaswamis Narayan & Dharmadevi
Nayaswamis Narayan & Dharmadevi are disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. At Swami Kriyananda’s request, they moved to Los Angeles and became the spiritual directors of Ananda LA in 2010.
Prior to that, they lived at Ananda Village in Northern California. There, Narayan helped manage the publishing arm of Ananda, Crystal Clarity and Dharmadevi started Ananda Online Classes (now called Online With Ananda) and the Ananda Virtual Community.
Narayan and Dharmadevi were made Ananda ministers, Lightbearers, and Kriyacharyas by Nayaswamis Jyotish & Devi. They are both long-time meditators and Kriyabans, as well as certified Ananda Meditation & Yoga Instructors.
It is their joy to be of service and they are available to meet in person or talk over the phone.
Rammurti and Sita
Sita Reed first studied yoga while living in Japan in the mid-seventies after reading the Autobiography of a Yogi while traveling through India.
She joined Ananda Village in 1977, has served as kitchen manager and head chef in Ananda kitchens at the Village, Palo Alto and in India. She was co-owner of BookBuyers in Mountain View for 24 years and co-managed East-West Bookshop, Palo Alto, in the late nineties. She wrote and edited copy for Ananda Sangha Publications while living at the Gurgaon, India ashram.
Sita is a long-time Lightbearer with Ananda and has been active in a variety of roles focused on natural healing, nutrition, pranayama, yoga postures and Yogananda’s healing techniques. She co-taught the first Palo Alto Yoga Teacher Training Course in 1993. She is a teacher, counselor, and offers a loving heart to all who meet her.
In addition to teaching, he started and managed a variety of businesses, including four retail book outlets and the online component of his brainchild BookBuyers, one of the largest bookstores in California, which he ran for 24 years. He was also president and CEO of ComputerWare, the first all-Apple computer retail chain. His fascination with other cultures led him to travel throughout Asia and live for extended periods of time in Japan and India.
Rammurti came to Ananda in 1977 and has been a minister since 1983. While living at Ananda Village he served as cook, gardener, high school teacher, theatrical and choir director, singer and manager of Ananda Recordings. In 2005, he was called to Gurgaon, India by Swami Kriyananda where he ran Ananda Sangha Publications.
Currently, he serves as Lightbearer and minister for Ananda Los Angeles.
Tyagis Ram and Dikshini
Dikshini was born and raised in Hungary, Europe. By divine guidance, and under mysterious circumstances, Autobiography of a Yogi came to her in July 2004. She immediately read it from cover to cover, twice. The inspiration of this spiritual scripture had such a dramatic impact that in October, only three months later, she boarded a plane with suite case in hand headed to Ananda Village. Dikshini’s greatest desire is to follow and live Yogananda’s teachings with likeminded people in a supportive environment. Today Dikshini, with her husband Ram, are happy to serve Ananda Los Angeles.
Padma has been a member of the Ananda Community since 2004. She is an Ananda Minister, light bearer, leads Sunday Services and teaches at the SouthBay center. As a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, she tries to live His teachings the best she can. Padma is grateful for the spiritual friendship and community she enjoys at the Center. Padma lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with her husband and two daughters. She is also a high school science teacher.
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.
It is Jennifer’s great joy to be of service leading the Ananda Thousand Oaks center. She is a certified Ananda Meditation Teacher, a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a Kriyaban. Jennifer enjoys sharing the teachings of Self-realization, leading classes at the center in the path of Kriya Yoga, meditation, satsangs, and more. She has been married for 31 years and is mom to two adult children. She offers a loving heart to anyone seeking support in their spiritual path.
Anup Cukkemane is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a longtime Kriyaban. A jeweler and astrologer by profession, Anup joined Ananda Sangha India in 2014 and considers himself blessed and humbled to be allowed to be a small part in Babaji’s great work through Ananda, serving in various capacities such as Ananda center assistant, organizing and recording classes and events, and spiritual counselling.
Currently, Anup leads the Indian ministry at Ananda Los Angeles, offering classes and sharing Master’s teachings in Hindi and English for the Indian communities in Southern California.
In addition, Anup is one of Ananda’s official bangle makers, having received the spiritual dispensation to make Sri Yukteswar’s astrological bangles from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide.