About Us

Know ThySelf East West Bookshop is a resource center for conscious living, offering you a wide selection of books, products and programs representing spiritual traditions and new insights into mind, body and spirit from around the world.

Our Purpose - We are here to support your search for the joy, love and wisdom that are the essence of the true Self. We believe that global harmony begins with each of us – with our individual efforts to achieve and to share healing and harmony of mind, body and spirit. We strive to foster a spirit of cooperation, respect and community among all truthseekers, spiritual paths, and peoples.

Our Heritage- Know ThySelf - East West Bookshop is a nonprofit organization established by members of Ananda. Ananda is a worldwide family of communities, retreat centers, churches and meditation groups founded by Swami Kriyananda  (J. Donald Walters) and based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. We offer classes in meditation, yoga postures, the art of spiritual living and the science of raja yoga, and also have the Living Wisdom School for children and an intentional, spiritual community in the Seattle area.

Meet The Staff!


Rick Johnston, Co-Manager

Bhima Breckenridge, Co-Manager & Bookbuyer

Catalina Danila, Events & Consultations Coordinator 

Shae Windsong, Buyer, Online Media Manager


Cindy Gottfried, Book Ordering

Devaki Soupios, Buyer & Customer Service

Sue Stickney, Customer Service

Kathleen Spaulding, Receiving & Customer Service

Don Bould, Customer Service

Sidney Goodman, Customer Service