Nayaswamis Daiva and Gangamata

Nayaswami Daiva has spent his adult life studying, practicing and sharing the timeless teachings of Self-realization, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. He has lived within an Ananda community since 1985, enjoying the friendship, support and inspiration found through living with other like-minded individuals. Daiva has spent the years exploring the application of deep spiritual experience and understanding to daily life.

 Nayaswami Gangamata is joyful and inspired in all that she does. In sharing the teachings of Self-realization, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, she offers a blend of philosophy and personal experience based in her decades of living at Ananda, and daily practice and exploration into the spiritual life. Practical and grounded, she shares wisdom naturally in all she does.
Trained by Swami Kriyananda, Nayaswamis Daiva and Gangamata have been serving as the spiritual directors for Ananda Portland since 2004, and together they founded Ananda Center at Laurelwood as a retreat center and spiritual community to provide haven for anyone seeking respite, renewal, discovery and support for inner growth.

Events with Nayaswamis Daiva and Gangamata

Laurelwood Investors and Supporters Weekend
October 26, 2017

Realizing on the Potential – Next Steps Dear Supporters, Investors and Friends of Ananda Laurelwood, We invite you to this special weekend designed to help you discover the beauty and refinement of the Center and Community that has already happened, and to look into the future with us – exploring…

International Day of Yoga Retreat
November 29, 2017

Join us in the planning of International Day of Yoga 2018. By Invitation Only.     Please email if interested in attending. We are the Directors of Ananda in the Portland area. Our lifelong commitment is to helping people have a deeper experience of themselves, uplifting consciousness and the planet through…

Art & Science of Raja Yoga - Weeklong Intensive 2018
January 21, 2018

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga All wealth is contained within the moments of our lives. How we spend those moments gives us our fulfillment or disappointment. Understanding how to find fulfillment is key to making the moments count. The Art and Science of Raja Yoga is our flagship course, in…

Introduction to Raja Yoga - Part 1 of Raja Yoga Series
February 2, 2018

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga:  An Introduction All we have ever have is contained within the moments of our lives. How we spend those moments gives us our fulfillment or disappointment. Understanding how to find fulfillment is key to making the moments count. The Art and Science of Raja Yoga…

Patanjali's Astanga Yoga and Aphorisms - Part 2 of the Raja Yoga Series
March 2, 2018

The Eightfold Path and Yamas/Niyamas:  Guidelines for Growing Happiness and Joy Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga    Learn the steps of spiritual development that everyone must take on the path to enlightenment, including right action, concentration, and absorption in the infinite Self. Yama    Explore the meaning of self-control. How can we…

Kriya Yoga Weekend Retreat
March 9, 2018

A weekend of practice, instruction, inspiration and joy – immersed in the blessings of Kriya Yoga. Guided by Ananda Kriyacharyas: Nayaswamis Gangamata and Daiva We invite all those who have been initiated into Kriya Yoga through Ananda (or have prepared themselves for the initiation) to join in this special weekend.…

Finding Joy in the Midst of Daily Life - Part 3 of the Raja Yoga Series
April 13, 2018

Understanding how to meet life’s demands – includes an introduction to the Bhagavad Gita and Mahabharata. Life often feels like a battlefield, where our desires and wants run up against the actual circumstances. Great scriptures give us guidance on what to expect from life, and how to engage to experience increasing…

Affirmations Retreat: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life and the World - Part 4 of the Raja Yoga Series
May 6, 2018

“If you always think what you always thought, you’ll always get what you always got.” This bit of doggerel holds profound wisdom. Yogananda noted that “Thoughts are universally, and not individually, rooted.” Our minds are like radios that can tune into any station. The “long-playing loop tape” in the subconscious…

Energy and Magnetism - Part 5 of the Raja Yoga Series
July 6, 2018

The desire for success is universal – we all seek the fulfillment of our efforts. There are basic governing rules underlying success in any endeavor, which we will explore in this vitalizing retreat. In addition In addition, we look at the underlying yearnings of our hearts and souls to be…

Exploring Self-Realization and the Path of Kriya Yoga - Part 6 of the Raja Yoga Series
July 22, 2018

“Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is…

Working with our Chakras and Spiritual Anatomy - Part 7 of the Raja Yoga Series
August 19, 2018

Just as understanding our bodies can lead to a more fulfilling life, so too can understanding our subtle anatomy. There are underlying realities that influence our daily lives, which we can encourage or work against. Those who learn how to cooperate with these energies quickly feel uplifted, more clear, healthier…

Intuition: Direct Knowledge and Understanding - Part 8 of the Raja Yoga Series
September 7, 2018

Intuition is a natural, and universally available, way of knowing things directly. However, just as with any talent, it must be developed and cultivated if we wish to draw on it with any effectiveness. This retreat explores an understanding of true intuition, the soul’s knowing, and how to open the…

Healing: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing - Part 9 of the Raja Yoga Series
October 12, 2018

There are universal, and timeless, guidelines for living a healthy and wholesome life. Far more than just diet and exercise, though these are important, vitality and wellbeing come from a wide range of influences which we, ourselves choose. Yoga philosophy offers many tools for increasing the vitality of our lives,…

Yoga as a Lifestyle - Part 10 of the Raja Yoga Series
October 21, 2018

When asked what powers he had gained from nearly 50 years of practicing Kriya Yoga, one friend replied that he did not know of any power he had gained. Reflecting, he changed his answer – “I have gained the power to be happy at will,” he said. “However, I acknowledge…

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