Advisors and Trustees
|Nayaswami Jyotish & Devi, Spiritual Directors, Ananda Sangha, WorldWide
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are spiritual teachers, writers, and counselors. They travel and lecture extensively throughout the world on the topics of yoga, meditation, family, and living the spiritual life. They are disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, and have served together as spiritual directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide since 1984. They are also members of the Nayaswami Order founded by Swami Kriyananda, the founder also of Ananda Sangha Worldwide.
|Nayaswami Dhyana, Co-Spiritual Director, Ananda Sangha, India
Nayaswami Dhyana, is co- spiritual director of Ananda Sangha. She started to study the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda in 1978 and met Swami Kriyananda in 1980. She has shared the teachings of Yogananda in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and India and helped in the founding of several of Ananda communities and centers.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Berkeley, California and worked in social service before moving to Ananda Village in California in 1980. One of her earlier jobs was Director of Big Sisters of America.
She’s been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga. She teaches locally and travels around India offering training in meditation and Raja Yoga.
|Nayaswami Jaya, Co-Spiritual Director, Ananda Sangha, India
Nayaswami Jaya Helin, born in Los Angeles, became a student of Swami Kriyananda soon after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. Upon learning of Swamiji’s interest in spiritual communities, “Jayaji” joined him as a founding member of Ananda Village, now one of the most successful such communities in the world. There he served as Village planner, property manager, and resident acharya for many years with his wife Nayaswami Sadhana Devi. They shifted to New England in 2002 to guide Ananda’s work on the East Coast of the United States and, at Swami Kriyananda’s request, they shifted again to India in 2006, serving first in Gurgaon and then in Pune. Nayaswami Jaya has been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga and he travels widely as an Ananda “Kriyacharya,” sharing the teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda with audiences throughout India, America and elsewhere.
|Mrs. Pia Singh
Pia is the Chairperson at DLF Retail Developers Ltd. Pia is the daughter of Mr. K.P. Singh, Chairman and sister of Mr. Rajiv Singh, Vice Chairman of DLF Group. She has an undergraduate Degree from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US, with a major in Finance. Also a six week film-making course from New York University. Previously worked at the risk underwriting department in GE Capital; building DLF Golf and Country Club; running Digital Talkies. She is married to Mr. Timmy Sarna, a very successful entrepreneur. Currently she heads the DLF entertainment venture DT Cinema and the Retail Business of the Group as Chairman, DLF Retail Developers Ltd. Ms Singh is currently focusing on to reinforce and strengthen DLF Retail’s national presence across the country in various stages of operation, execution, and development. To spearhead the retail revolution in the country by developing top-of-the-line Malls across all segments which deliver superior value to the best of national and international brands. Pia is committed to developing a robust organization to address current socio-economic problems and facilitate a sustainable change. She is also the Vice Chairperson at The Skills Academy, a large social enterprise in the skills development and employment sector. And an active promotor of CSR initiatives with the DLF group.
|Mr Dhiraj Sarna
Dhiraj is the Managing Director & C.E.O of DLF Brands Ltd. Dhiraj Sarna has two decades of entrepreneurial experience during which he has dabbled in both Exports and Retail sectors. His first stint was that of an exporter of furniture, home décor products and other accessories for leading international brands like Pottery Barn, Sia Home Fashion, Crate & Barrel and later diversified the business into restoration of hardware amongst others. Starting 2008, he started his foray in modern retail by starting DLF Brands Limited which has since then This facilitated the entry of some of the marque international names – Boggi Milano, Sia Home Fashion, Alcott, DKNY, Sunglass Hut, Mothercare, Claire’s & KIKO Milano apart from entering into separate JVs with Mango & Forever 21 in India, which had already established retail business. He provides management insights into organizing the trusts programs and intervention strategies.
|Mr Daljit Singh
Daljit Singh is the President-Fortis Healthcare Limited, Chairman-Malar Hospitals, and a Director on the Board of Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, Dion Global Solutions Limited and HealthFore Technologies Limited. Mr Singh is an acknowledged expert and thought leader in the domain of Healthcare. He was on the World Economic Forum’s Advisory Board on “The Economic Burden of Non Communicable Diseases in India” and is currently on the Global Agenda Council on Ageing. He has spoken on panels and presented to Indian and International audiences on themes related to Healthcare. A certified Life and Executive Coach, he works with Senior Management to enhance personal performance and fulfillment. He also leads and facilitates workshops on Strategy, Business Planning & Leadership. He has mentored and coached several leaders across sectors. He has supported, guided and worked with high performers and leaders in ICI, Mercedes Benz, E&Y, Sapient, Ricoh, WNS, Carrier Midea, PwC, SI group, Schneider, M&M and Fortis.
A graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Mr. Singh was a Commonwealth Scholar to the Senior Management Programme at the Manchester Business School. With an outstanding track record in the field of athletics, his current interests include athletics, high altitude trekking, adventure sports, spirituality, music and reading. Mr Singh provides leadership support in developing organizational systems and procedures for the trust.
|Mr Vivek Sharma
Vivek is from a business background, has been trained since 2005 under the personal spiritual guidance of Swami Kriyananda -direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda- and is co-founder of the Ananda India Healing Sangha, devoted to share and actively practice Paramhansa Yogananda’s Healing Teachings and Techniques in India, which he also shares in Italy and the United States with individuals, Families, Groups and Companies .
|Mr Manjunath Kini
Manjunath is a Health and Development professional with more than 25 years of experience in the social development sector. He has worked with the UN body and several national and international health and development agencies such as FHI 360*, DFID, and the Agha Khan Network. His core skill sets is in the domain of Development Program Management including Grant Writing, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training and Capacity Building. He follows the path of Kriya Yoga and is a kriyaban and has been an active teaching staff at Ananda Sangha since 2007. He has received Meditation Teacher Training and Yoga Teacher Training from senior teachers from Ananda Worldwide and India. He has served as an active community member and staff at the Ananda Spiritual Community in Pune. He is passionate about mentoring and support to groom leadership at grass root level and implementing community-based care and support programs for health, livelihood, skill and employment generation. Manjunath is engaged in overall management of the trust, planning its overall strategic focus and planning and implementing its flagship projects.