Ministers & Teachers
Nayaswami Dharmadevi & Nayaswami Narayan
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.
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.
Rammurti and Sita
Sita Reed first studied yoga while living in Japan in the mid-seventies after reading the Autobiography of a Yogi while traveling through India.
She joined Ananda Village in 1977, has served as kitchen manager and head chef in Ananda kitchens at the Village, Palo Alto and in India. She was co-owner of BookBuyers in Mountain View for 24 years and co-managed East-West Bookshop, Palo Alto, in the late nineties. She wrote and edited copy for Ananda Sangha Publications while living at the Gurgaon, India ashram.
Sita is a long-time Lightbearer with Ananda and has been active in a variety of roles focused on natural healing, nutrition, pranayama, yoga postures and Yogananda’s healing techniques. She co-taught the first Palo Alto Yoga Teacher Training Course in 1993. She is a teacher, counselor, and offers a loving heart to all who meet her.
In addition to teaching, he started and managed a variety of businesses, including four retail book outlets and the online component of his brainchild BookBuyers, one of the largest bookstores in California, which he ran for 24 years. He was also president and CEO of ComputerWare, the first all-Apple computer retail chain. His fascination with other cultures led him to travel throughout Asia and live for extended periods of time in Japan and India.
Rammurti came to Ananda in 1977 and has been a minister since 1983. While living at Ananda Village he served as cook, gardener, high school teacher, theatrical and choir director, singer and manager of Ananda Recordings. In 2005, he was called to Gurgaon, India by Swami Kriyananda where he ran Ananda Sangha Publications.
Currently, he serves as Lightbearer and minister for Ananda Los Angeles.
Padma Haldar and Arnab Chatterjee
Arnab and Padma are grateful to have the opportunity to serve together as the spiritual leaders of Ananda South Bay center in Los Angeles. They are both disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda and found their Guru 25,000 miles away from their home city of Kolkata through Swami Kriyananda and Ananda in the US. They have two girls, now 18 and 22, who have been going to Ananda Village since they were babies.
They were made ministers by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Padma is a Lightbearer as well). While Arnab is a Senior IT manager and Padma a Physics teacher, they try to balance family, work and service and share the teachings of Guruji and Swamiji the best they can. They both teach classes and perform sunday service at the South Bay center. It is their joy to serve God and Guru and to connect with their spiritual brothers and sisters everywhere.
Paul is an Ananda Minister and a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation Instructor. Paul has offered yoga classes weekly for over twelve years at the Ananda South Bay and has been serving as an instructor and meditation group leader at Ananda Los Angeles since its inception in 2007. Paul’s classes and workshops combine practical wisdom, storytelling, spiritually focused asana, and meditation.