Welcome to Ananda

A place of awakening, spiritual upliftment, and divine friendship based on the meditation practices and teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.



Ananda is a Place of Awakening

Are you seeking inner peace? Do you long to find purpose and meaning in life? For over fifty years, Ananda has helped people worldwide achieve these goals. We offer resources, support and friendship for your spiritual journey.

Joy is within you!

February 2017

Worshiping Jesus is not truly meaningful until one can expand his consciousness to receive within himself the Christ Consciousness. 
That is the second coming of Christ.Paramhansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest

Upcoming Special Events



Finding Happiness:

How to Live a Balanced Life in Changing Times

Friday, March 17
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Free event

Special Guest Speaker: Nayaswami Parvati Hansen


Everyone is looking for happiness in one way or another, but who is actually able to find it in today’s changing world? Through exploring the techniques of meditation, chanting, and positive attitudes, we begin to find how to access stillness, calmness and peace even in the midst of changing, and challenging, times.

Nayaswami Parvati is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the well-known book Autobiography of a Yogi, and a student of Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. The teachings of Yogananda have been the basis of Nayaswami Parvati’s life since the early 1970’s. She is a founding member of Ananda Sangha and brings a practical understanding of the teachings that can be applied to daily life.

Seating is limited.  Learn more and reserve your seat here.



Living Fearlessly:

How to Find Courage, Calmness and Confidence in Tumultuous Times

Saturday, April 22
9:00 AM – Noon



Within you lies the power to meet every test of life. Most of us have dealt with fear at some point in our lives, and periods of change and uncertainty can magnify the effects. Learn approaches that help conquer your fears, and minimize the worry and stress that keep you from realizing your true potential.

Happiness and joy can be yours – in fact, they are already!

This is a 3 hour Workshop of self-discovery and empowerment.

Seating is limited.  Learn more and reserve your seat here.


Temple of Light at Ananda Worldwide


Through the decades since Ananda’s founding, the vision for a Temple as the heart of Ananda Village and the worldwide movement has always been there.

Dusting off the original site plan for the Expanding Light Retreat, submitted to Nevada County officials by Jaya Helin and Hunter Black back in 1989, one can see the outline for a Temple at nearly the exact location where it will finally be built.

The journey to this moment has been a long and winding one.

Read more about Swami Kriyananda’s vision for the Temple of Light here. Groundbreaking will occur on August 12, 2017 as a part of Spiritual Renewal Week.  

Learn more and soar through the Temple of Light on a virtual tour below!


February Events at Ananda Tucson


Learn to Meditate

Four Class Series in February:  February 2, 9, 16 and 23 – 5:30 – 6:30 PM 
Cost: $20
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. Whether you are interested in managing stress or in exploring the spiritual side of meditation, you will feel at home in an Ananda Meditation class. Join our January Meditation Workshop to learn skills that will help you make meditation a life-long, rewarding practice.

Learn more about Ananda Meditation here.

Contact us for more information.

Reserve your place in any of our 4 Class Series Meditation classes.  

Reserve your place in any of our 1-time Meditation Workshops.  


Current Book Study: Man’s Eternal Quest

Mondays – 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Every Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 from now through April, join Rebecca and Harlan as they lead us through a discussion of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Man’s Eternal Quest. This collection of inspiring talks speaks to anyone searching for encouragement, insight and truth. Each week we cover 2 chapters, discussing how to apply these timeless teachings to our daily lives.

See this month’s reading schedule here.


View the Play “Meeting the Master”

Friday, February 24 – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Enjoy watching this dramatic presentation with your fellow gurubais and become acquainted with six of Yogananda’s early disciples. You will feel you know these disciples after the two hour presentation.   There will also be an intermission with a delicious dessert to enjoy!


Ongoing Activities at the Center

First Saturday of every month – Long Meditation – 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
First and Third Sundays – Sunday Service – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Every Wednesday – Energization, Yoga and Meditation – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


Coming in March and Beyond


Beautification Day at the Center

Saturday, March 4 – 10:45 AM -1:15 PM

Learn to Meditate Workshop

Saturday, March 11 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kriya Weekend Activities

Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19

See a complete schedule of Kriya Weekend activities on our Events page.


Kirtan at Ananda Center of Tucson

Friday, March 24 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.
Sacred music lifts the soul while chanting awakens devotion in the heart. Yogananda said that chanting is half the battle on the spiritual path. Join us for our next evening of Kirtan, where Elizabeth and Mary will lead us through a selection of devotional chants.

Classes and Workshops Coming Throughout the Year…

The following is a list of potential classes and workshops to be offered this year. Watch for details to come.

  • Plant-Based SOS-Free (Salt, Oil, Sugar Free) Cooking
  • Introduction to the Chakras
  • Forgiveness and Gratitude
  • Living Fearlessly
  • Living and Aging with Consciousness
  • The Yugas
  • Growing a Desert Vegetable Garden
  • How to Be Happy All the Time
  • The Art of Supportive Leadership
  • Healing Prayer
  • Material Success Through Yoga Principles
  • Autobiography of a Yogi
  • Demystifying Patanjali

If any of these classes is of interest — let us know! Express your interest by sending us a note — and please let us know if there’s a class you’re interested in that you don’t see here.