Nayaswamis Narayan & Dharmadevi

Nayaswamis Narayan & Dharmadevi are disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. At Swami Kriyananda’s request, they moved to Los Angeles and became the spiritual directors of Ananda LA in 2010.
Prior to that, they lived at Ananda Village in Northern California. There, Narayan helped manage the publishing arm of Ananda, Crystal Clarity and Dharmadevi started Ananda Online Classes (now called Online With Ananda) and the Ananda Virtual Community.Narayan and Dharmadevi were made Ananda ministers, Lightbearers, and Kriyacharyas by Nayaswamis Jyotish & Devi. They are both long-time meditators and Kriyabans, as well as certified Ananda Meditation & Yoga Instructors. It is their joy to be of service and they are available to meet in person or talk over the phone.

Jennifer Duke

It is Jennifer’s great joy to be of service leading the Ananda Thousand Oaks center. She is an Ananda Minister, a certified Ananda Meditation Instructor, a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and a Kriyaban. Jennifer enjoys sharing the teachings of Self-realization, leading classes at the center in the path of Kriya Yoga, meditation, satsangs, and more. She has been married for thirty three years and is mom to two adult children. She offers a loving heart to anyone seeking support in their spiritual path.

Claudia Soto

Claudia is an Intuitive Healer, Holistic Therapist, Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Spiritual Counselor, and Life Coach. She retired from the medical field at a young age to become a Holistic Ayurvedic Natural Therapies Advocate. She became a disciple and Kriyaban of Paramhansa Yogananda. She helps people overcome health challenges by simply aligning Body Mind & Soul by creating positive habits: Healthy Eating, Yoga, Energization Exercises, Meditation, Energy Healing & Fitness. She dedicates her life to serving others through playing music (flute) & organizing fitness fundraising events to help low income seniors and children with disabilities. Her bubbly and caring personality brings happiness, love and hope “to the forgotten”. Today she continues her life of service offering Courses in Healing and Spirituality as well as private Healing Sessions Worldwide, serving and teaching at Ananda LA.



Born a Muslim in Iran, Kimia experienced the fragrance of Sufi poems and literature. Always curious about the nature of reality and her role in it, she sought answers, but her heart’s desire remained elusive. As a teen, Kimia spent several months in India studying yoga. Her deep connection to Paramhansa Yogananda drew her back to California where she continued her spiritual studies through Ananda Sangha. In Yogananda’s teachings she found the answers she sought. Kimia’s heart is fulfilled through meditating, and through sharing yoga and meditation at Ananda Thousand Oaks and Ananda Los Angeles.