Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are dynamic emissaries of Paramhansa Yogananda., and Global Peace Ambassadors.

As Spiritual Directors of Ananda, and living examples of spiritual values in action, Jyotish & Devi travel the world, sharing Yogananda’s teachings, and blessing people with the practical and heart-opening path of Kriya Yoga.

“Jyotish and Devi’s deep humility and discipleship, profound wisdom, and universal love for all enable them to transmit the highest teachings of yoga through Touch of Joy.” —Joseph Bharat Cornell, Founder Sharing Nature Worldwide


John E. Novak (Nayaswami Jyotish) met Swami Kriyananda in 1966, when he was only 20 years old in San Francisco, California. Swami Kriyananda and he worked closely for many years together.

In 1968 he became one of the founding members of Ananda Village located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The community officially opened its doors on July 4, 1969. For nearly a decade he served as the community’s General Manager.

In 1979, he and his wife, Nayaswami Devi started the first city ashram for Ananda in San Francisco. Nayaswami Jyotish has travelled to and taught in Ananda communities worldwide, and has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, Russia, and India. Nayaswami Jyotish holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He has over 50 years of experience in teaching meditation to a global audience.

Nayaswami Jyotish is also an author of several books on meditation, career and marriage. This includes Lessons in Meditation, Thirty Day Essentials for Career, Thirty Day Essentials for Marriage, and Touch of Light series, based on their weekly blog.

Jyotish is a Kriyacharya (one who has been allowed by Swami Kriyananda to initiate and teach Kriya Yoga technique of Paramhansa Yogananda’s lineage) and in 2013 he was also named the spiritual successor of Swami Kriyananda.


After graduating from college, Nayaswami Devi met Swami Kriyananda in 1969 and dedicated her life to God and Guru. She was trained and mentored by Swami Kriyananda to teach and held the position of Community Correspondent.

She and Jyotish were married in 1975 and were blessed with a baby boy in June 1976. In 1984, Swami Kriyananda named them as Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide. Nayaswami Devi is also a Kriyacharya.

Apart from being a founding member of the Ananda Village, Nayaswami Devi is also involved in other organizations associated with Ananda. She is on the board of directors of the Education for Life Foundation, the Janaka Foundation, and The Ananda Institute of Alternative Living.

Nayaswami Devi is a published author and has written books such as Faith is My Armor: The Life of Swami Kriyananda; she has been the editor of The Light of Superconsciousness and Intuition for Starters, both by Swami Kriyananda.

Nayaswami Jyotish and Devi are co-authors of the book “A Touch of Light: Living the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda”, which is a compilation of their weekly blog. The fourth book in the series, Touch of Peace was released recently.

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, are designated as the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide and are at the heart of the Ananda Worldwide community’s spiritual activities. They have dedicated their lives to inspiring and guiding people to God, by living the spiritual teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Masters of his spiritual lineage.