Swamini Akhilananda first met Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda at a Chinmaya Mission spiritual camp in Canada. Inspired by His life and teachings, she continued to seek His presence whenever chance permitted. With his blessings, she joined Chinmaya Mission's intensive, two-year Vedanta Course at the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya ashram in Mumbai, India in 1993. She was initiated as Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya in August 1995. On Mahashivaratri Day in March 2013, she received sannyasa diksha from Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda (Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide) and was initiated into the monastic order as Swamini Akhilananda.
Swaminiji has lived and studied in the US most of her life. She has been conducting Vedanta classes, camps, and workshops under the CM banner for over 20 years. She also serves as the editor of CMW News, CMW's bimonthly newsletter.