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!

March 2017

Present, past, future, no more for me,
But ever-present, all-flowing I, I, everywhere.Paramhansa Yogananda

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.


A Moment of Inspiration

Have just a couple of minutes?  Need a quick dose of inspiration?  In this short video (under 3 minutes), listen as Nayaswami Parvati shares a compelling story with a powerful bottom line:  You are loved.


March Events at Ananda Tucson


Beautification Day at the Center

Saturday, March 4 – 10:45 AM -1:15 PM

Bring your gardening tools and a joyful spirit! Our annual spring day of service at the Center will spruce things up inside and out. Those interested in helping launch the Ananda Tucson vegetable garden will stay on to add a raised bed (giving us 4 raised beds in total), fill and prep all beds for planting and put down early spring seeds.


Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi Event

Tuesday, March 7 – 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Join disciples and those inspired by Paramhansa Yogananda in celebration of this Master’s “Great Samadhi” or final exit from the body.  We will chant, hear a recitation of Yogananda’s famous mystical poem, Samadhi, and meditate.  

Eternity and I, one united ray.
A tiny bubble of laughter, I
Am become the Sea of Mirth Itself.Paramhansa Yogananda

Learn to Meditate

Workshop –  March 11 – 9:00 AM – Noon
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.  


Kriya Weekend Activities

Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19
Nayaswami Parvati Hansen will join us at the Center to give Kriya initiation, and to participate in a weekend full of events.  

View a complete list of activities on our events page.


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.

For a list of March readings, see the 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.


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 April and Beyond


Learn to Meditate Classes

4 Class Series, Thursdays in April, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

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.