Rise In Soul Freedom

With Swamis Jyotish & Devi
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Yogananda Fest is an inspiring day-long festival celebrating and sharing the teachings of the great Master, Paramhansa Yogananda, who brought Yoga to the West.

This year our theme is: RISE IN SOUL FREEDOM.

Join us Sat, June 18, 2022 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM CDT for a series of inspiring classes, guided meditations, yoga, vegetarian food, devotional music, spiritual community, and special keynote speakers, Swamis Jyotish and Devi on how to Rise In Soul Freedom. The festival will include:


  • All Day Yoga
  • Guided Meditations
  • Classes on The Path of Kriya Yoga
  • Devotional Chanting
  • Satsang (good company) through Spiritual community
  • Yummy Vegetarian Food
  • Handmade Jewelry and Other Crafts
  • Divine Will Healing
  • Scientific Healing Affirmations
  • & more!

If you would like to join us for this uplifting event, please register to attend!

Are you a vendor? We would love to have you. Please visit our vendor page for me information.

COVID Policy

***** This year all of our daytime talks will be outdoors. Because of the nature of the activities, the yoga classes and healing zone will still be indoors. Masks are optional and will be provided if needed.

Autobiography of a Yogi book cover

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

Rise In Soul Freedom with Swamis Jyotish & Devi

(6:30pm - 8:00pm)

Are you ready to take serious steps to discover the hidden resources of divine joy, love, and freedom within you? Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-loved spiritual teachers of modern times, offers step-by-step guidance to help our soul rise in freedoml. You will discover that lying dormant within you is untold power. Through practical daily steps you will learn how to live life with greater joy and meaning.

Swamis Jyotish and Devi - Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide

Jyotish and Devi were named the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide by Swami Kriyananda, the founder of the Ananda Communities, and a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Jyotish and Devi have been disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda for nearly fifty years and the light of their discipleship shines as an example to all who meet them.

Below, watch a short introductory video on Jyotish and Devi.

Discover The Path of Kriya Yoga

Kriya is a technique of energy control, or pranayama, but the path of Kriya Yoga is much more than a technique. It is a comprehensive spiritual path, which includes additional meditation practices, right living, and a personal link to the enlightened Masters mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya, controlling the mind directly through the life force, is the easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue of approach to the Infinite. In contrast to the slow, uncertain “bullock cart” theological path to God, Kriya may justly be called the “airplane” route.

—Paramhansa Yogananda

Speakers

Padma McGilloway

Nayaswami Padma is the co-spiritual director and a kriyacharya of Ananda Sangha and Community in the greater Seattle area. Padma offers classes in spiritual counseling,inspired parenting, habits, and other relevant subjects to the spiritual journey. Her leadership and teaching skills were honed in her many years of working with Swami Kriyananda in the publishing and foreign rights licensing of his nearly 150 books. Padma is the lead teacher for the very successful seven month kriya training program which she established many years ago. Padma has organized and directed the weekly kriya study groups for over twenty years. These groups have grown to include upward one hundred participants. She also oversees the activities of the Sangha (events, personnel, and counseling), Ananda’s East West Bookshop, Living Wisdom School, and Thrift store. Prior to accepting Swami Kriyananda’s invitation in 1993 to move to Seattle to guide the work there, Hriman and Padma were residents of Ananda Village in California since the 1970’s where they raised their two children.

Hriman McGilloway

Hriman has taught Ananda Seattle’s most popular course, the Raja Yoga Intensive, for over twenty years. His specialty has been scripture classes such as the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and the Yoga of the Bible. Hands-on classes in leadership, community, non-violence, and advanced meditation classes in pranayam and kriya techniques are among just a few of Hriman’s wide ranging class topics. In his leadership roles, Hriman oversees the Ananda Community, Ananda Farms and the class planning for both Ananda Sangha and the Institute of Living Yoga, as its founder and director. Recently Hriman established a lending organization to raise private funds to finance the construction of a combined fellowship hall and yoga studio on the grounds of the meditation temple in Bothell. As director of the Institute of Living Yoga located at the Meditation Temple in Bothell, Hriman guides its teacher certification programs and is the lead instructor for the meditation teacher training program. The Institute specializes in the “spokes of the wheel” classes in how-to-live the yogic way of life.

Asha Nayaswami

Asha is a lifelong disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a Kriya Yogi. She studied personally with Swami Kriyananda for more than 40 years, a close direct disciple of Yogananda himself since 1948. She is a spiritual director of Ananda Sangha of Palo Alto, serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Peninsula, Silicon Valley, San Jose, and students around the world who receive inspiration and support from her talks online, which are posted freely.

Shanti Rubenstone

Shanti is a lifelong devotee and is now a co spiritual director at Ananda Palo Alto. She teaches, councils and still maintains a practice of medicine through her coaching practice of “Transformational Medicine.” Her talks are rich with stories from her life as a physician and her many years on the path. With her warmth and wisdom, she is a much-loved counselor and teacher.

Nayaswami Jyotish & Nayaswami Devi

With the passing of Swami Kriyananda in 2013, Nayaswami Jyotish was named by Kriyananda as his spiritual successor. Jyotishji met Swami Kriyananda in 1966, working closely with him and his wife, Devi (who came to Ananda in 1969), to build Ananda’s work around the world. Both Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi were named kriyacharyas by Swami Kriyananda, and can now 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.

Nayaswami Narayan

An answer to prayer, Nayaswami Narayan found the Autobiography of a Yogi while on a business trip. Soon afterward he met Swami Kriyananda and became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Narayan helped found the Ananda New York City and Ananda Rhode Island communities. While living at Ananda Village he served at Crystal Clarity Publishers, The Expanding Light retreat, and Online with Ananda. At Swami Kriyananda’s request he now serves as co-spiritual director of Ananda Los Angeles with his wife, Nayaswami Dharmadevi. As a Lightbearer, part of his service includes Kriya Yoga preparation and initiation for people in Southern California. He lives with Dharmadevi at the Ananda LA community in mid-city.

Nayaswami Dharmadevi

Nayaswami Dharmadevi first started her spiritual journey through Reiki and the healing arts. She founded an online international healing school sharing Reiki with thousands of people around the world. Through her healing journey she discovered Ananda and met Swami Kriyananda in India where she received Kriya Yoga initiation. While living at Ananda village, Dharmadevi started Online with Ananda and Ananda’s Virtual Community – online platforms sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. At Swami Kriyananda’s request she now serves as co-spiritual director and Lightbearer of Ananda Los Angeles with her husband, Nayaswami Narayan. She also serves as a kriyacharya through Ananda preparing and initiating souls on the path of Self-realization.

Michel Pascal

Author of 20 Books: 19 Published in French and 1 in English Before moving to the US, Michel Pascal called the Kopan Monastery in the Himalayas, home. To this day he cherishes his close relationship and dedicated study of 15 years with his mentor, the late Buddhist master Chepa Dorje Rinpoche, the last descendant of Marpa. Additionally, Michel is the disciple of Theologian Psychologist Jean-Yves Leloup. Pascal is currently advised by and works closely with neuroscientists Dr. Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., who holds the title as one of the top one-hundred most important pioneers in science of the 21st century. He is also honored to work with Dr. Natalie Trent, Ph.D., author and professor at Harvard University, as well as Dr. Gary Schwartz, Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.

Spiritual Community

Enthusiastically promoted by Yogananda, spiritual community offers a way of living that supports one’s spiritual life. Spiritual community is when like minded people come together in the spirit of cooperation and friendship, dedicated toward a common goal. They invite spirituality into all areas of daily life, whether at school, work, or in the home. At the core of spiritual community are central spiritual practices like yoga and meditation, as well as dedication to high-minded values such as kindness, respect, and simple living.

Devotional Music

Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Chanting is half the battle.” Through awakening the natural love of our own hearts and directing it upwards in aspiration, we can find ourselves magnetically drawn closer to spirit.

Spiritual chanting is heartfelt prayer, deepened by the dimension of music and by the building power of repetition. - Swami Kriyananda.