‘Happy All The Time’ is an independent documentary film about the Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. In 1920, Yogananda became one of the first yogi’s to travel from India to the United States to share practical, scientific techniques for reaching enlightenment. The teachings are based on the principles of meditation, kriya yoga, and living in community. Yogananda taught that through these practices, it is possible to realize an inner state of un-conditional Happiness, one not dependent on any circumstances in the ever-changing outer world. In 1969, Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda, founded this community as a “living laboratory” of these principles. The Ananda Village is situated in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California on 900 acres of land, and has about 250 residents. Ananda (sanskrit-”Bliss”) has grown to become a worldwide movement. This documentary takes an in-depth look at the people following these teachings, and their journey.
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