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For thousands of years, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras have been one of the most central scriptures in the subject of yoga and meditation, describing the soul’s pathway to God. But the sutras themselves can be hard to understand. Although many other books have been written on these ancient words, confusion still exists about the meaning. In this morning retreat, Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati will discuss Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on the sutras, as explained by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Pranaba has been an Ananda member and acharya for almost 30 years. During this time he and his wife, Nayaswami Parvati, have served in many Ananda colonies in the U.S., and in Assisi, Italy.

Pranaba has directed the membership training program at Ananda Village and has coordinated Ananda’s Meditation Centers and Groups. He now manages Ananda Sangha Worldwide, Ananda’s outreach Sangha. He also travels frequently, bringing Yogananda’s teachings and inspiration to Ananda devotees nationwide.


Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati is one of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced acharyas. With her husband, Nayaswami Pranaba, she helped to create and direct Ananda centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy.

Parvati currently lives at Ananda Village and administers the Janaka Foundation.