Paul (Nakula) Cryer

Paul (Nakula) Cryer has been an entrepreneur and successful business manager for most of his adult life.  He studied Architecture at the University of Illinois, and later worked in design and construction with Meridian Construction, National Car Rental, and Dulles Airport in the Washington, D.C. area.  He founded and ran the first organic dairy at Ananda Village, and also ran an organic granola business that served 35 health food stores throughout California.  He founded and ran his own construction company and was contractor for the Lodge at Skylonda in Woodside, CA,  as well as many residential and commercial properties in Northern California.   While managing a successful construction company he also helped found the Ananda University and was Co-Director with his wife of the Ananda Meditation Retreat.  At the university he taught a full Building with Spirit course that included an overview of construction combined with Material Success Through Yoga Principles.  He has taught Sustainable Living, The Small Communities Solution, Cooperative Spiritual Living and co-led the annual Study Abroad trips to India, Egypt, Europe and Peru.  He has a background in alternative design and building, solar, rammed earth, cob building, and affordable and sustainable community living.  Since 1970 he has been a founding member of the Ananda Community, an intentional yoga community based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952), author of Autobiography of a Yogi, who is credited with establishing yoga in America.  Paul served as CFO of Ananda University until a management shift in 2013. From 2014 to 2015 he served as project manager of a unique Moksha Mandir temple created at the Crystal Hermitage, completing the building ahead of schedule, and successfully managing the project on budget.  A 7-minute video of the project is available here