Hesam Samimi (Sam)

Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Blogger, Computer Science and Programming Teacher and Developer

Profile: Bio, Blog, Instagram, Soundcloud, Thumbtack, Yoga Alliance


I received my PhD in Computer Science from UCLA, with a focus on programming languages. After a few years of academic research in this area, a personal loss pushed me to look at the bigger questions in life. Why am I here? What's the purpose of this? That's when I stumbled upon a bigger soul-passion: spirituality and the path to realizing the Self. Reading the Autobiography of a Yogi book, I soon fou nd myself among the devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda, the yoga master who brought yoga to the Wes t in the 20s. Once becoming a disciple, and with the leap from the mind to the heart, I experienced a fresh creative flow. I started writing poetry and blogs related to the spiritual life and teachings, to reach many like-minded souls who are ready for awakening. Soon I paused my career to make more room for the spiritual life and creative endeavor. Now a yoga and meditation teacher and a spiritual blogger, I live in the spiritual community of Ananda, in the foothills of Northern California, among other followers of my guru. More recently I returned to my career in programming, where I share my technical background online as well as in high schools. I also develop apps related to uplifting consciousness and am working on creating a software training institute with a focus on bringing mindfulness and yoga teachings to the field of computer programming.


The Love of My Life: A Head to Heart Journey

Why are love stories so intriguing? Why all of us so desperately want to experience true romance? I don't blame us. Swami Kriyananda said that "Human love is a part of divine love!" Behind this ceaseless seeking, be it not consciously, there lies a longing for an experience a million times grander, a distant soul-memory, to want to merge back into God.

I've sprinkled spiritual and yoga teachings on a real exciting love story of my own life, written in the retrospective style. A computer geek and never having had a love-relationship until the age of 31, my first and only love came into my life, then left it two years later. What came next was a spiritual awakening, bringing me to a life of devotion in yoga and spirituality. In this sincere, uncensored, and true story, I recount my most intimate moments, of pleasure, of laughter, and of tears and pain, before, during, and after my only love of life. It is a journey from the head to the heart, and a story of coming out of the other end of a lost relationship victorious and back in love, only larger.

Autobiography of a Yogi (Persian Translation)

Work in progress. Translating the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi book by Paramhansa Yogananda the yoga master who had brought yoga to the West in the 20s.

Spiritual Poetry

Devotional spiritual poetry which flowed during 2015-2016.




Ananda Meditation App Page

Peace & Harmony Prayer App Page, iOS App, Android App

Who Wants to Be a Jivan Mukta (game show)