About our Authors

About our Authors

Our  Authors,  Presenters,  and  Artists
Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda

was the first yoga master of India to permanently live and teach in the West. Yogananda, born in 1893 in Gorakhpur, India, arrived in America in 1920, and traveled throughout the United States on what he called his 'spiritual campaigns'. His enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America. Hundreds of thousands turned out to see the yogi...  Read More >

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Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world. His best-selling book The Path: My Life with Yogananda...  Read More >

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George Beinhorn

George Beinhorn

While researching his book The Joyful Athlete, George Beinhorn performed 45 years of "road research," running distances from 100 yards to 100 kilometers (62.2 miles).

He started running on the advice of a senior monk who counseled him, "The thought occurs that you might not be getting enough exercise." It was typical of the spiritual teacher's advice - George had...   Read More >

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Derek Bell

Derek Bell

Derek Bell (1935-2002) was the legendary harpist and orchestral arranger for the five-time Grammy award winning group the Chieftains. The classically trained Bell joined The Chieftains in 1972, after a career as harpist with the Northern Ireland BBC Orchestra. Bell has several solo albums to his credit, in addition to the more than thirty recordings of the The Chieftains. He...   Read More >

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Barbara Bingham

Barbara Bingham

is the exceptional photographer and editor of the The Crystal Hermitage Gardens, and also contributed an extensive number of photographs to Space, Light & Harmony: The Story of the Crystal Hermitage  Read More >

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Satyaki Kraig Brockschmidt

Satyaki Kraig Brockschmidt

is the author of The Harmonium Handbook. He offers his musical and technical experience with the Indian harmonium, its history, and details on how to play and care for the instrument. A former design engineer, in his nearly nine years at Microsoft Corporation, he was highly respected throughout the software industry as a bestselling author.  Read More >

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Elana Joan Cara

Elana Joan Cara

Elana Joan Cara has been a devotee of Paramhansa Yogananda for more than thirty years, and studied closely with Rev. John Laurence from 1978 until his death in 2003.  Read More >

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Sue Cooper

Sue Cooper

Inspired by teachings Paramhansa Yogananda, and the writings of several of his disciples including Swami Kriyananda, Sue Cooper began chronicling her own spiritual experiences in the form of poetry. Touching Soul is her first book.  Read More >

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Anandi Cornell

Anandi Cornell

is a wonderful teacher and a loving and insightful counselor who has been sharing the teachings of meditation for the last 30 years. An Ananda minister since 1980, Anandi has directed and taught in many of Ananda's guest and outreach programs, including the Palo Alto Ananda Community, Ananda's membership training program, and The Expanding Light.  Read More >

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Joseph Bharat Cornell

Joseph Bharat Cornell

the well-respected nature educator and author of the best-selling Sharing Nature book series  Read More >

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Nischala Cryer

Nischala Cryer

graduated with honors from Pacific University with a B.A. in Mass Communication, English, and Art, and did post graduate training in Journalism, Graphic Arts, and Creative Writing at San Diego State University. She is co-founder of the Ananda Institute and co-director of the Ananda Meditation Retreat.  Read More >

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Michael Nitai Deranja

Michael Nitai Deranja

Michael Nitai Deranja is the founder and overall director of the Living Wisdom Schools, now with campuses in California, Oregon, Washington, India, and Italy. He founded the first Living Wisdom School in 1972 and presently teaches at the Ananda Institute of Alternative Living in Nevada City, California.

He...   Read More >

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Lila Devi

Lila Devi

founded Spirit-in-Nature Essences in 1977. Her love of the outdoors and an innate belief that nature cradles an untold wealth of healing secrets inspired her, along with the support of J. Donald Walters, to develop this line of essences.  Read More >

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David Eby

David Eby

has performed around the world with orchestras, ensembles, a musical storytelling troupe called Tales & Scales, and with the internationally known band Pink Martini. He joined Ananda in 1996, and has dedicated his musical abilities to working with Ananda's music in the form of playing, singing, teaching, and conducting.  Read More >

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Gyandevi Fuller

Gyandevi Fuller

has been a member of Ananda Sangha for the past twenty-four years. She found the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda after many years of spiritual search (while she pursued a career in experimental education in a number of different U.S.A locations)  Read More >

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James and Colleen Heater

James and Colleen Heater

James and Colleen Heater have combined their interest in the lives of the saints and their love of travel to create a unique series of spiritual travel guides.  Read More >

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Catherine Kairavi

Catherine Kairavi

is a yogi, minister, and was the Director of Fundraising for Ananda Sangha for nearly 20 years. For the past 10 years, she has done intensive, groundbreaking research into the lives and past lives of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.  Read More >

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Lorna Ann Knox

Lorna Ann Knox

Lorna Ann Knox, BSN, teaches education workshops for educators and parents and is the director of the Ananda Sunday School in Portland, OR. She has lived in Europe, Asia, and many parts of the United States. She is married to a former teacher and home-schools their three children. Prior to working in the education field, Lorna was a registered nurse and health educator for 15...   Read More >

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Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

has served for many years on the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry, including extensive counseling, writing, teaching, and energy healing. Her experience has served to deepen her natural, intuitive understanding of spiritual healing, and her ability to guide others in taking their own powerful steps in self-healing.  Read More >

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John Laurence

John Laurence

John Laurence met Paramhansa Yogananda, the great master of yoga. That meeting stimulated John to embrace more fully his inner search for God  Read More >

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Nancy Mair

Nancy Mair

Nancy Mair is an accomplished cooking instructor and professional caterer with more than twenty-five years experience. She co-wrote the renowned cookbook, Simply Vegetarian!, is author of The Intimate Vegatarian and penned a cooking column in Clarity Magazine for three years.

A vegetarian for more than twenty years,...   Read More >

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Diksha McCord

Diksha McCord

Diksha McCord (Blanche Agassy McCord) was the head chef at The Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat for seven years, where she now teaches vegetarian cooking classes. She also teaches meditation, yoga, and spiritual living classes. She grew up in Israel where she learned Kosher cooking. She also lived in Japan for...   Read More >

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Gyandev McCord

Gyandev McCord

Nayaswami Gyandev (Gyandev Rich McCord, Phd) is the worldwide Director of Ananda Yoga and the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training programs at The Expanding Light Yoga & Meditation Retreat. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Applied Mathematics and has taught internationally on the subjects of yoga, meditation and...   Read More >

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Avital Miller

Avital Miller

Marketing Director for Crystal Clarity Publishers, Avital teaches on the road to help promote Crystal Clarity's books.  Read More >

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Devi Mukherjee

Devi Mukherjee

a disciple of the great yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952) - spent many years in spiritual retreat, walking through India's spiritual richness preserved in forest ashrams, mountain caves, and in holy places and shrines. Throughout his years of travel, Devi meditated with some of India's great souls and felt their transforming spiritual power.  Read More >

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Eric Munro

Eric Munro

Eric Munro worked in the electronics industry for over 20 years in Silicon Valley. He received a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Currently, he spends his time volunteering at Living Wisdom School Palo Alto, helping raise his two teenage sons, and starting a nonprofit business, WisdomScenes, which commissions...   Read More >

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Bhagavati Nani

Bhagavati Nani

Bhagavati (Sharon Brooks) Nani received her Master of Music in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For many years she performed and recorded with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the greater Bay Area, including the San Francisco Opera and The Women’s Philharmonic.  Read More >

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Ramesha Nani

Ramesha Nani

Bhagavati and Ramesha headed up the Ananda LA music ministry and expanded their music outreach as members of The Joy Singers. They are now helping lead Ananda Music Worldwide. Ramesha is in demand as a vocal instructor; in addition to in-person lessons, he teaches online to students throughout the world.  Read More >

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Devi Novak

Devi Novak

Devi Novak is one of the founding members of Ananda having lived at Ananda Village and several of its branch communities since 1969. She has served in various functions of community life, including being a community correspondent and a teacher at Ananda's Expanding Light retreat.

She is...   Read More >

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Jyotish Novak

Jyotish Novak

Jyotish (John) Novak has studied, practiced and taught meditation around the world for over 40 years. He came onto the spiritual path when he met Swami Kriyananda in 1966. Jyotish was a founding member of Ananda Village in Nevada City, California in 1968.

For its first ten years Jyotish served as General Manager of Ananda Village. ...   Read More >

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Jon R. Parsons

Jon R. Parsons

Mr. Parsons has extensive experience advising both charitable and for-profit organizations, and has represented many religious entities in the U.S. and overseas. Mr. Parsons, a Mensa member, spearheaded Ananda's defense in court against Self-Realization Fellowship.  Read More >

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Lisa Powers

Lisa Powers

Lisa Powers is a certified Ananda Yoga Teacher and has taught yoga, meditation, and chanting seminars for over 18 years to professional organizations and private groups. She is also a teacher for the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat. She has a BA in Television and Film...   Read More >

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Asha Praver

Asha Praver

Sometimes the course of a lifetime is determined by a single moment. For Asha Praver, it was her first meeting with Swami Kriyananda in November 1969 at a lecture he gave at Stanford University. Soon after, she moved to the fledging Ananda community in Northern California where Swami Kriyananda lived, to study with him full-time.

Working closely with Swami Kriyananda...   Read More >

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Richard Salva

Richard Salva

is a 35-year expert on reincarnation and yoga philosophy, and has lectured in the United States and in Europe. He has appeared on television and NPR, Clear Channel, and CBS radio.  Read More >

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Joseph Selbie

Joseph Selbie

is a founding member of Ananda Village, as well as a Lightbearer, teacher, and writer. He has taught and lectured for over 35 years in America and Europe and is a co-author of The Yugas: Keys to Understanding Our Hidden Past, Emerging Energy Age, and Enlightened Future.  Read More >

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Kamala Silva

Kamala Silva

As a teenager, Kamala Silva met and attended lectures given by the great spiritual master and world teacher, Paramhansa Yogananda. For twenty-seven years Kamala continued her close association with her Guru, receiving a great deal of personal instruction, serving often in Yogananda's headquarters, and eventually becoming a minister of Self-Realization Fellowship, the...   Read More >

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Savitri Simpson

Savitri Simpson

Savitri Simpson has taught classes and workshops on the chakras for nearly 25 years. She has served as a counselor, minister, and teacher at The Expanding Light Retreat Center where she also served as the director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program and is presently the director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher...   Read More >

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David Steinmetz

David Steinmetz

background includes 40 years of scientific work, including astronomy at the University of Arizona and optics at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Currently, he teaches about the yugas, ancient world cultures, astronomy, and physics at the Ananda College of Living Wisdom.  Read More >

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Dr. Peter van Houten, MD

Dr. Peter van Houten, MD

Dr. Peter van Houten, known by his friends and patients as "Dr. Peter," was trained in medicine at UC San Francisco, which is considered one of the top medical schools in the US.

He founded, as a family practice, the Sierra Family Medical Clinic in 1982, a rural community medical clinic in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Northern California, which also serves a...   Read More >

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