With warmth and wisdom, Asha helps us see how spiritual teaching can be woven into daily, ordinary life. She offers practical, real-life examples to guide us, encouragement and support for the journey of life. Her teachings are non-sectarian — sharing the truths that unite the great religions; her Sunday Services are based on texts from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita.
Asha is a lifelong disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, and has studied for more than 40 years with Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. She has devoted her life to bringing spiritual understanding to others through teaching, counseling, and writing.
Nayaswami Asha has been a spiritual seeker since she was a young girl. In 1969 at Stanford University, she heard Swami Kriyananda speak for the first time. Instantly, she recognized him as her spiritual teacher. “I knew the moment he walked into the room that he possessed the consciousness I had long been seeking.”
She soon became a founding member of the new community Swami Kriyananda was starting near Nevada City, California, called Ananda Village, based on Yogananda’s dream of world brotherhood colonies for “simple living and high thinking.”
Inspirational Quote- All time is wasted that is not spent seeking God
Alternative Practice- Raja Yoga which comprises of 4 paths namely Karma Yoga, Meditative Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga.
Health Tip- Drink 8 glasses of water a day. We are very subject to our physical bodies and when our physical bodies are toxic, our thoughts become confused. The synapses of the brain take place in the medium of water and because most people are dehydrated, they can’t think properly. Drinking pure water improves both our heath and thinking.
Major Life Lesson- Don’t quit. Don’t worry about how feeble your efforts appear to you, just don’t quit.
Life Purpose- Yes. I found my calling when I met Swami Kriyananda when I was 22. It is to grow close to God and to do my best to inspire others to make that same effort.
Best Advice- Whenever your ego gets involved, you make terrible decisions.
Personal Habit- Spend time in silence, meditate and communicate with the infinite intelligence even if it is for just 5 minutes each morning and evening.
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