Who Is Yogananda?

Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India who lived and taught in the West. Yogananda took the U.S. by storm. In the 1920s, enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America to hear him speak. His initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting influence is greater still. He was a spiritual revolutionary – a messenger of Joy. His spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi continues to inspire truth-seekers everywhere:

  • He was an early catalyst for the now widespread interest in yoga and meditation
  • He championed the practice of a universal, yet personal, non-sectarian science of religion
  • He introduced in the West the timeless technique of Kriya Yoga
  • He showed that science and religion are not in conflict
  • He made the experience of authentic, transformative Joy accessible to everyone by bringing ancient teachings out of the monastery and into the home
  • He showed how to use the inward awareness of Joy to bring high energy, creativity, success, and love into all of life’s pursuits