Tyagis Narayani & Shurjo
Spiritual Directors at Ananda Mumbai
Tyagis Narayani and Shurjo are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Mumbai since 2018. They are the main Acharyas for Ananda Mumbai. As part of their activities they conduct Classes on the Path of Kriya Yoga, Corporate workshops, Spiritual Counselling, Discipleship ceremony, Satsangs, Book study of Autobiography of a Yogi, Bhagavad Gita.
They bring with them vast experience in living the teachings for more than a decade. They have lived with and served Swami Kriyananda very closely during final years of Swamiji’s earthly life.
They have extensively travelled across USA, Europe and India as part of sharing the teachings around the world.
Born Ana Maria, in a small town in Spain, Narayani was introduced to the path when she was 20. After reading the book, Autobiography of a Yogi, her life changed forever, and thus began her journey towards Self-realization.
Soon after, Narayani encountered a major health karma, in the form of cancer, which gave her greater courage and deepened her faith in the path. She had a miraculous healing through Swami Kriyananda’s music.
While visiting Ananda India in 2005, Swami Kriyananda invited her to move to India and join the work here. Without any doubt, she left her life in Spain and moved to India, not even knowing the language! But her faith was strong. Her dedication towards her Guru, Yogananda, was unconditional. She helped establish the first few years of Ananda Sangha India. She took her monastic vows and soon after, she was asked to become Swami Kriyananda’s personal assistance, taking care of him and traveling wherever he went. Over the years in India, Narayani has learnt English and is now a fluent speaker.
At Ananda’s Pune ashram, she met her life-partner, Shurjo, who was also a brahmachari at the time. Their marriage was blessed by Swami Kriyananda himself. He said, “It will help the work.”
Before Swami Kriyananda’s passing, he requested Narayani to write a book about her personal experiences with him. And so she authored the book, “My Heart Remembers Swami Kriyananda”
Born into a military family, Shurjo, grew up all over India. His father, a Major General (retd.) in the Infantry division, raised him to be an atheist. At the age of 16, however, he began to question life and its purpose. Unsatisfied by the conveyor-belt-life that society had drawn up for him, his search for the ultimate truth began. It wasn’t until he turned 18, while studying at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kolkata, that his search led him to the path of Self-Realisation; through the book Autobiography of a Yogi. That book cemented his desire to search for God, and to accept Paramhansa Yogananda as his Guru. In 2009, at the age of 21, the very day his college ended, he joined Ananda Sangha as a brahmachari of their monastic order.
In 2012, with the blessing of his spiritual teacher Swami Kriyananda (direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, and founder of Ananda Sangha) he married Narayani, a fellow disciple and monastic from Spain. After which they took the householder monastic vows of Tyagi. Narayani was Swami Kriyananda’s personal assistant, and so after their marriage, Shurjo served Swamiji in the same capacity until the latter’s passing in 2013.
Tyagi Shurjo has lived and served in Ananda ashrams in Pune, Delhi, Assisi (Italy) and Nevada City (California, US). He travels extensively to share the teachings of Kriya Yoga and Sanatan Dharma, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, in cities across the world.
In 2018, he was asked to move to Mumbai to expand Ananda’s work there, and currently, along with his wife, serves as the Spiritual Co-Director of Ananda Sangha Mumbai.
Apart from classes on Kriya Yoga & Meditation, Tyagi Shurjo has led several corporate workshops for State Bank of India, Standard Chartered Bank, ESSAR Group, ALSTOM, The Indian Army, WeWork, among others. In 2020, he was invited to give a talk on the TEDx platform. In addition he has (and continues to) curated several wellness-based modules for ThinkRight.Me, FitPage and RoundGlass.