Paramhansa Yogananda’s Keys for Peace and Happiness


Yogananda Fest is an annual yoga, meditation, and spiritual-living festival.

Join us for an all-day program celebrating and sharing the teachings of the great yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda!

Invitation from Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, and Keynote speakers at Yogananda Fest 2024

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Help us share the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda through this program.

Featured Speakers 


Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi are dynamic emissaries of Paramhansa Yogananda and Global Peace Ambassadors.

Nayaswami Jyotish met Swami Kriyananda in 1966, working closely with him to build Ananda’s work around the world. Nayaswami Devi arrived at Ananda in 1969 and joined the efforts. Jyotish was named by Swami Kriyananda as his spiritual successor. Both Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi were named kriyacharyas and the Ananda spiritual directors by Swami Kriyananda years prior to his transition. They disseminate the liberating and ancient Kriya Yoga technique of Paramhansa Yogananda’s lineage.

Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi travel throughout the United States, India, and Europe, speaking on spiritualizing daily life and the practice of Kriya Yoga meditation.

As Spiritual Directors of Ananda and living examples of spiritual values in action, Jyotish and Devi travel the world, sharing Yogananda’s teachings and blessing people with the practical and heart-opening path of Kriya Yoga, and are authors of several books on meditation and related subjects.


Erin Vinaccois an Ananda Lightbearer Minister and has lived and served at Ananda Village since 2017. She was first connected with Ananda at our center in Rhode Island and has spent time serving in our Ananda Portland and Seattle communities as well. As a life-long educator and certified Education for Life teacher, Erin has spent many years working with parents, families and children. Erin serves as Director of Fundraising for Ananda Worldwide and enjoys applying her creativity and enthusiasm to supporting Ananda's Outreach Ministries, which help to share the light and joy of Paramhansa Yogananda with people around the world.


Lakshmi is an Ananda minister and one of the co-managers of Ananda Palo Alto. She also serves as an English teacher and a mediator at a local high school, dedicated to merging mindfulness and academics in a professional setting. She is a thoughtful and delightfully engaging teacher at Ananda, as well. Lakshmi serves Ananda Palo Alto in many ways, with a rare gift for organizing major projects with ease.


Ever since Dhyan was a child, he always felt there was more to life. More to the endless striving - forever hoping to find what one is looking for in the people, places, and things of this world. Through the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and the practices of Kriya Yoga, Dhyan finally found the mystic key that unlocks true understanding, true and lasting joy. Deeply dedicated to the inner search of meditation, and to sharing the joy of spirituality with others, Dhyan became a disciple of Yogananda in 2010. He now lives and serves as community manager in Ananda Village - an intentional cooperative spiritual community in Northern California. An Ananda Lightbearer Minister, Dhyan strives to see all life’s experiences pointing in a single, upward direction: towards ever-greater spiritual growth.

Paintings for sale

   By Jyotish


Click on images to the right to browse 36 paintings by Nayaswami Jyotish. 16" x 20" canvas prints are available for sale. Place your order by March 7, 2024 and you may pick up your print at Yogananda Fest on March 23, 2024.


You may place your order in person at Yogananda Fest, and a your canvas print will be shipped to you within 7 business days. (Shipping charges apply)


Highlights of the day

 Keynote Speakers


 Yoga, Healing, and more


Saturday, March 23, 2024

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.




Torrance Cultural Arts Center


3330 Civic Center Drv

Torrance, CA 90505

Previous Years

Yogananda Fest is supported by the Ananda Janaka Foundation: Supporting the future of Ananda through estate gift planning.