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.
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 16 and 19, 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.
Eleanor received her yoga teaching certifications through The Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation, Nevada City, CA and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as a RYT Level 1 instructor. She is eligible to receive certification as a Level 2 yoga instructor (having completed the 300 hours of course work) and will soon submit her final exam. Her training also includes 250 hours of study achieving accreditation through the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and is register a, Level 1 Yoga Therapist. Currently training is continuing and she is hopeful to obtain Level Two Yoga Therapy accreditation.
With over 25 years of exposure to various yogic disciplines, she was drawn to the spiritual practice of the Ananda style Hatha Yoga. Common to her classes is the focus on body, breath awareness, spiritual affirmations with an enhanced awareness and understanding of posture and movement. She is a devoted disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and considers her yoga classes to be a spiritual experience.
At our South Bay Ananda Center, Eleanor also teaches the 12-week course on, “The Art & Science of Raja Yoga” which includes Philosophy & asana instruction. She teaches several courses we offer including, “A.K.A.S.H” (The Ancient Keys to Attain Success & Happiness), and in 2019 will conduct the “Discipleship” & “Preparation for Kriya Yoga”. You may find her occasionally on Sunday afternoon filling in for our Spiritual leaders at our regularly schedule community “satsung” of chanting and meditation.
She lives in Redondo Beach with her husband, Dudley, Lilly (the dog) and Katious (the cat). When not involved with yoga, she has a Long-Arm Quilting Machine service (aka. The Quilting Yogi) where she completes quilt tops, for her various clients. She has been active member of the Neighborhood Church in PVE for over 24 years. She has been teaching a mat & chair yoga class there weekly for over 4 years.
Nectar was raised in Syria in an Armenian Family. Became a naturalized citizen in 1988. She joined Ananda South Bay Center in 2009 thanks to the big MEDITATION banner that was hung for many years on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Hawthorne Boulevard, just around the corner from the original South Bay Ananda Meditation Center. She found Swami Kriyananda’s teachings based on his Guru Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings very inspiring and spiritually uplifting. It is with great joy to be of service to the Center that brought so much Joy, Peace, and spiritual friendship to her heart.