Gyandev McCord, Director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation (USA)

Richard K. McCord, Director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, and Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation (USA).  

Podcast

Overview

The Brand Called You podcast brings you a Yoga Teacher, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda Ji, Richard K. McCord, Director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, and Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation (USA). 

Gyandev Ji starts off by sharing the Key teachings of his guru Paramahansa Yogananda Ji. He tells us how his guru made everyone believe in themselves by constantly reminding them, “you can do this.” 

Gyandev Ji’s life was perfect, he had the perfect job, perfect salary, a good home, but he was not happy. His search for happiness brought him across his guru and he has never looked back. He has been living in the ashram for the past 3 decades and has devoted all his life to yoga and meditation. He is now a teacher himself. He shares the traditional meaning of Yoga, which is not just postures but to attain consciousness through meditation and kriya yoga. He shares in detail the meaning of Kriya Yoga and Meditation and shares why Yoga is never talked about in its full depth in today’s world. People are more outward-focused, hence Yoga has also become a body-related thing in today’s world, but the main focus of yoga should be looking inside yourself. 

Gyandev Ji shares his wisdom on how yoga helps one in discovering themselves, attaining everlasting happiness, and raising consciousness. It helps clear the focus of one’s mind. He then shares a few things about Nayaswami Order and who can get ordained in it. 

Tune in and listen to some amazing insights into how one can raise their consciousness through yoga!

Profile

Outward Qualifications Summary
• More than 30 years of experience teaching classes, workshops and retreats on personal improvement and yoga in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and India
• E-RYT 500, YACEP (Continuing Education Provider) with Yoga Alliance
• Experience as a manager of two businesses and as a management consultant
• Experience as a member of two nonprofit boards
• Invited presenter for various professional and community organizations, including International Association of Yoga Therapists and Federation of Ontario Yoga Teachers
• Author of four books, numerous articles, and more than 50 yoga videos (see publications below)
Inward Qualifications Summary
• Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi) since 1982
• Ordained minister and Kriyacharya (teacher of Kriya Yoga) with Ananda Sangha
• Member of the Nayaswami Order
Professional Experience
1998–Present….Director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, and Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation; co-director of Ananda Meditation Teacher Training—all headquartered at The Expanding Light Retreat at Ananda Village (Nevada City, CA)
1992–2002 ……..General Manager of, The Expanding Light Retreat
1989–Present….Teacher, Teacher Trainer (yoga and meditation), spiritual counselor, pilgrimage leader at The Expanding Light Retreat
1987–1989 ……..Co-Manager of The Expanding Light Retreat
1986–87 …………Manager of Ananda Publications (now Crystal Clarity, Publishers) at Ananda Village (Nevada City, CA)
1985–86 …………Marketing Specialist at Ananda Publications
1983–Present….Teacher of Ananda Yoga, Ananda Meditation, and yoga philosophy
1980–1984 ……..Decision Analyst, Applied Decision Analysis, Inc., Menlo Park, CA
1978–1980 ……..Staff Scientist, Science Applications, Inc., La Jolla, CA
Additional Experience
2003–Present….Member of Board of Directors, Ananda Church of Self-Realization of Nevada
County (California)
1999–2017 ……..Founding Member of Board of Directors of Yoga Alliance; also Chair of
Standards Committee
Publications
• Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness, Crystal Clarity, Publishers
• Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief, with Dr. Peter Van Houten, Crystal Clarity, Publishers
• Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia, with Dr. Peter Van Houten, Crystal Clarity, Publishers
• Guide to the Mahabharata and Life of Sri Krishna, Ways to Freedom
• Yoga videos (all through Crystal Clarity, Publishers) include Yoga to Awaken the Chakras, Yoga for Busy People, Experience Deep Calmness, Live in Vibrant Joy, and the 48 videos of The Ananda Yoga Series
• Audios include Ease into Sleep, Magnetize Your Life, Pranayama for Deeper Meditation, Dance of Divinity, Connect with Spirit
• More than 30 magazine articles in, e.g., Clarity, Yoga for Everybody, LA Yoga, and Awake & Ready
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