Yogacharya Ananda (Ananda Raj Poudel) , founder of Harmony yogashala, was born in Chitwan, Nepal. From his earliest youth he was attracted by yogis, spiritual masters and by their simplicity and purity of their lives. While at the college he spent his spare time reading books on yoga and spirituality. He received the Bachelor degree in computer from the Pokhara University, in 2005. In 2006, he joined in IT company as a software developer cum programmer. Due to his keen interest in yoga he is not satisfied with computer programming. He decided to shift him from the computer programming to programming of mind (yoga science). He left his job and traveled the different places of India to find out spiritual masters and yogis. Later on he joined Master in science in Yoga and Consciousness studies, in 2009, in swami Vivekananda Yoga University, Bangalore and completed in 2011.
His specialization areas are; integrated approach of yoga therapy for psychosomatic diseases, yogic psychotherapy based on Bhagavadgita and Patanjali YogaSutra, and Yogic stress management techniques.
Since august 2012, he has been with the Department of swastha vritta, Institute of Medicine , Ayurveda Campus, Tribhuvan University ,Kathmandu, Nepal, as a Yoga teacher / Lecturer. His current research interests include yoga therapy, psychological aspects of yoga, Vedanta and consciousness studies, yoga for stress management, yogic lifestyle management, vedic psychology, parapsychology and paranormal powers explained in yoga . He is a Central member of National Association for master in yoga studies (NAMIS), Nepal. He is also served as a yoga teacher at Kathmandu Engineering College.
He has presented two papers in international conference , Published few articles in journals and newspapers. Published one book in yoga (FUNDAMENTALS OF YOGA ) in press. Yoga for computer users (Underpublication).