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If you aren't quite sure where to begin, try Suggestions for Newcomers. There's no right way to get started. Yogananda’s teachings encompass so many aspects of life, it’s easy to find something that you might enjoy, or that will be meaningful to you. You may also enjoy reading this general introduction to Ananda, its offerings, and approach to spirituality: Ananda: A Place of Awakening (PDF)

Holidays & special events   •    New 4-month calendar (PDF) (Oc-Jan '16)

 

SEPTEMBER

Asha teachingConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, September 1-29 (and ongoing), 7:30, $15/class  Register
Swami Kriyananda was often present when Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples, when he received visitors and answered their questions, and when he was dictating and discussing his writings. Yogananda placed Kriyananda, at the age of 22, in charge of the monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. Swami meditated deeply on these experiences over the course of his nearly 65 years as a disciple.

Conversations with YoganandaHis book, Conversations with Yogananda, shares many of these gems from Yogananda, allowing us, too, to receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and be transformed by his love.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deep into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online at Nayaswami Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes to explore the wisdom flowing from these great sources of inspiration for the coming age. Each week stands alone, so you may drop in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

AkashAKASH: Ancient Keys for Attaining Success and Happiness
Wednesdays, September 2-30 and October 7, 6-9 pm, $15/each class  Register
6-week series; drop-ins welcome
AKASH is a unique, six class series written by Swami Kriyananda, offering time-proven techniques for making positive, lasting changes in your life. Swami, who was trained in these principles and techniques by his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, wrote and recorded these lessons to give people the essential tools they will need for the challenging times ahead. Learn:

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD & several guest teachers

 

meditationMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, September 3-24, 7:30 pm
$60  Register

Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Vinny Jones

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, September 3-24, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate (Meditation 1)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in "Learn to Meditate".

Instructor: David Praver

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
1st and 3rd Fridays, September 4* & 18, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

Krishna

Krishna Kirtan (Janmashtami) * special kirtan on September 4th
Friday, September 4, 7:30 pm, freeRaghu Clark will be leading
Ananda Temple
Honor Krishna by coming to this special kirtan. Join in singing or meditating to many chants devoted to one of the most beloved saints of India. King, warrior, peacemaker, great lover of God — Krishna is worshipped and understood to be an incarnation of the Divine, much like Jesus is in the West. His remarkable life and teachings are captured in the epic Mahabharata, of which a small part is the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most beloved scriptures of the East.

 

family worship

Family Worship Service
Saturday, September 5 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

Magnetism: How to Acquire and Strengthen It
Saturday, September 5, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
It’s a scientific fact that a strong flow of energy generates a strong magnetic field. It is also common knowledge that certain people emit powerful magnetism—some of them in an uplifting way; some negatively. The right kind of magnetic power has expanding, uplifting, and spiritual qualities. Just being in the presence of a positively magnetic person can inspire us and expand our consciousness. This is the sort of magnetic power that we all want. In this class you will learn techniques to strengthen this positive magnetic energy in yourself and how to project it outward into the world to attract to yourself whatever good you seek in life.
Instructors: Rammurti and Sita Reed

 

ChakrasKundalini and the Astral Body
Saturday, September 12, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Spiritual awakening takes place when kundalini energy rises up to the third eye. It doesn’t matter whether we believe in kundalini or not. Kundalini is the subtle energy flowing through the spine. Every positive life experience is the result of upward moving kundalini. Depressing and contractive experiences result when the kundalini is blocked or pulled down. But what does that mean and how does that work? This class will show you how to recognize the flow of kundalini, how to control it to increase your will power and self-control, and how to direct it to expand your heart and intuition. Using these techniques, you can gain a greater sense of personal security, increase your calmness and inner peace and experience true and lasting spiritual transformation.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, September 12 (and ongoing, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12)
(offered the second Saturday of each month)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)  Register

This monthly class series explores the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series combines lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Monthly Workday at Ananda Valley Farm
in Half Moon Bay    Directions
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 am-1:30 pm 
Enjoy the warmth of summer still at the farm. Savor a visit to the fields and work with the fresh, rich soil. Spend some time in the beautiful Seva House kitchen preparing lunch, put your hands to a simple fix-it job, tend the chickens, or help with new landscaping projects. No special skills necessary. Come for an old-fashioned country workday with other joyful souls.

 

Sweami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda’s Discipleship Anniversary
Saturday, September 12, free
5-7 pm, meditation
7:30 pm, service

Sixty-seven years ago, J. Donald Walters met Yogananda for the first time. In that first meeting, he offered himself utterly to the search for God. “I want to be your disciple.” he told the Master. His life was transformed in that moment, and in the many years since then, countless others have been touched in turn. Tonight, we’ll honor Swami’s life-long example of discipleship in story and song, looking for gems that will help us, individually, deepen our commitment to the spiritual life—wherever we may be in our spiritual development. All are welcome.
Guided by Rammurti and Sita Reed

 

Webinar with Asha
Don't Merely Wish for a Broader Awareness, Embrace It

Friday, September 18, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

wellnessHow To Be Truly Well
Saturday, September 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
With fascinating stories and compelling examples, Shanti will explore the vital interplay of intention, right-mindedness, and spirituality in achieving and maintaining a state of optimum health and wellness. Shanti is a Stanford-trained MD now practicing Integrative and Transformational medicine.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Swami praying IndiaSwami Kriyananda’s 10 Ways
to Develop Devotion

Saturday, September 19
9:30 am through lunch, $35
(includes lunch)  Register

Ananda Valley Farm, Half Moon Bay
Devotion is the first “necessity” on the spiritual path. Learn new ways to deepen your experience of Divine Love. Bring out the devotion hidden within your own heart. Learn to:

Feel free to enjoy the afternoon in Half Moon Bay Area (beach, hiking, etc), and return at 5:30 pm for a potluck and kirtan (see below)
Instructor: Nayaswami Lahari
*Farm program cost applies to everyone, including tithing members

Autumnal Equinox Kirtan and Potluck
Saturday, September 19, free
Ananda Valley Farm, Half Moon Bay  Directions
Vegetarian potluck 5:30 pm
Kirtan 7 pm

 

Patriji

Special guest
Brahmrishi Patriji
visiting Palo Alto
Monday, September 21, 6 pm
Chela Bhavan in Ananda Palo Alto Community
PatrijiWe are pleased to host a special guest and yoga master on a rare visit here from India. Brahmarshi Sri Subash Patri's mission is to create awareness about the science of meditation and its benefits in providing physical, mental and intellectual health. Parmahansa Yogananda’s teachings are integral to Patriji's philosophy; the Autobiography of a Yogi is one of his ‘must read’ books. Patriji has authored many books and spoken around the world on this topic. Patriji is also a flutist and singer and has devised techniques combining music with meditation for deep meditative experiences.
www.pssmovement.org

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, September 26, 10 am, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Hiking

Spirit and Nature: Hike the Bay Area
Saturday, September 26, 8:30 am, free
Meet at Ananda Community entrance at 8:30 to set-up carpools. We’ll leave from the community at 9 am. Bring water, a bag lunch, and dress in layers of clothing.
Join Saiganesh and other fellow enthusiastic hikers for a walk in the Bay Area, one of the most beautiful regions in the country for experiencing an extraordinary range of ecosystems. Location will be announced closer to the date, taking weather into account. Walks are usually about 5 miles and moderate in degree of difficulty. It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy good company in the great outdoors.
Guide: Saiganesh

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

OCTOBER

meditationMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, October 1-15 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Shanti Reubenstone

 

Meditation 3: Devotion
Thursdays, October 1-22, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Energy (Meditation 2)
Explore meditation as a means of inner communion, the awakening of the heart, and the beginning of what Yogananda calls the “divine romance”. We'll explore the more subtle nuances of meditation practice involving breathing and increasing the flow of energy, into and throughout the body
How to know what spiritual path is right for you
Discipleship—not a blind, passive relationship, but one requiring courage and dynamic will
How to deepen your inner connection with God
Instructor: David Praver

 

Meditation 6: Chakras and Preparation for Kriya Initiation
Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 29, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Expanding Your Awareness (Meditation 5)
Babaji declared that Kriya should be given to “all who humbly ask for help.” Some preparation is necessary, to make the body and mind ready to receive the power created by the practice of this technique. At Babaji’s request, Yogananda brought the Kriya meditation technique to the West as “an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened.” Yogananda wrote that Kriya is “the most effective device of salvation through self-effort ever to be evolved in man’s search for the Infinite.” Yogananda writes more about this technique in “The Science of Kriya Yoga” chapter in his Autobiography of a Yogi.

 

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, October 2 & 16, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, October 3 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love. Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit.

 

Harmonium for Beginners
Tuesdays, October 6-20 (3-week series), 7:30, $45  Register

“Chanting is half the battle.”
—Yogananda

This hands-on class will help beginners learn to play harmonium and chant on their own or with others. (No previous singing or musical experience is necessary.) It doesn't take long to get familiar and comfortable with a harmonium keyboard and reading simple music, and many people find they can play by ear surprisingly quickly. You'll learn everything you need to make chanting a life-long pleasure and a powerful tool for developing devotion and depth in your spiritual life. Tandava, one of our longtime chant leaders and a lifelong musician, will help us explore this joyful practice.
Note: Loaner harmoniums are available to borrow during class for those who don't own one. And if you have one, bring it along.
Instructor: Tandava Waldon

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturdays, October 10 (also 11/14, 12/12)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)  Register

This monthly class series explores the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series combines lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

How to Be a True Channel
Saturday, October 10, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
If you've ever wanted to serve as a channel for higher inspiration, know that you can do it. We're always channeling something. We can learn to tune our "inner radio" to the higher stations, and consciously bring light, joy, and wisdom into this world. The highest form of channeling is that which is found in the lives of great saints. Following the pathway described by Swami Kriyananda in his book of the same title, we can learn to develop our own intuition and gain insight into this little-understood practice.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Workday at Ananda Valley Farm
in Half Moon Bay    Directions
Saturday, October 10, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch

Bask in the fresh air as you serve alongside others in the great outdoors at the Farm. Or, join a project inside Seva House or one of the old barns. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and ends with bag lunches around a big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

abundance

Creating an Abundant Life
Wednesdays, October 14-28 (3-week series), 6-9:30 pm, $45  Register
Our abundance — or lack — is a product of our magnetic consciousness. Thoughts, attitudes, emotions — all the influences to which we open ourselves affect our ability to draw what we need in life. You too, can develop magnetism to draw what you need in life, when you need it. Learn yogic techniques of how to gain influence over the material plane by attunement to the spiritual plane. In this class we will explore the power of affirmation on the mind, how to attune to subtle energy, how to calm the body, focus the mind and direct the will to create an abundant life.

Each class begins at 6 pm with an hour of practical application of these teachings, including hatha yoga postures and a brief meditation tailored to meet the goals of the class. We will all share in a vegetarian potluck dinner following the practicum.
Instructors: Rammurti Reed, Sita Reed, Saranya LaCosse


Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, October 14 & 28, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered 2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Affirmation: Key to Transformation
Saturday, October 17, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Most people have no idea how much power there is in their own thoughts. Casually we move through our day, never realizing the extent to which our success or failure is being determined right within our own minds.

An affirmation is a statement of a higher truth. Practicing affirmations is a way of transforming thoughts and habits that are buried in our subconscious mind, holding us back from that which we know will bring us true joy. In using affirmations correctly, in thought, words, or to music, we concentrate on positive qualities which are the solutions to our diseases and perceived imperfections. This workshop will be highly participatory and lots of fun, as we discover new ways of bringing life-changing techniques into our daily routine.

Instructors: Rammurti Reed, Sita Reed

 

spiritual teacher power

How to Receive Spiritual Power
from Your Teacher

Saturday, October 24
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

For millennia, the methods for developing spiritual power have been transmitted from teacher to disciple. Yogananda explained this as the meaning of “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” (John 1:12) The teacher extends not only teaching and guidance; he also transmits spiritual power. As Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, so the guru raises the disciple inwardly to the life and power of Spirit. Learn how to apply the practice of receiving spiritual power to your daily life.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Conversations with YoganandaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, October 27 (and ongoing)
7:30, $15/class
 Register
Swami Kriyananda was often present when Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples, when he received visitors and answered their questions, and when he was dictating and discussing his writings. Yogananda placed Kriyananda, at the age of 22, in charge of the monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. Swami meditated deeply on these experiences over the course of his nearly 65 years as a disciple.

His book, Conversations with Yogananda, shares many of these gems from Yogananda, allowing us, too, to receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and be transformed by his love.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deep into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online, on Nayaswami Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes to explore the wisdom flowing from these great sources of inspiration for the coming age. Each week stands alone, so you may drop in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

wedding handsSpiritual Marriage
Saturday, October 31, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
A perfect romantic partnership: so many long for it yet so few seem to have it. We all have the same need to love and be loved, you would think it would be easier to work out! Usually, much inner work has to be done before we can attract, and hold, the great love of our life. Learn how we can give and receive love in ways that are fulfilling and spiritually supportive. Experience techniques and teachings to open the heart, conquer fear and doubt, and to find contentment in true love.
Instructor: Nayaswami Lahari

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, October 31, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Vinny Jones

 

NOVEMBER

Asha teachingConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, November 3-24 (and ongoing)
7:30, $15/class
 Register
Swami Kriyananda was often present when Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples, when he received visitors and answered their questions, and when he was dictating and discussing his writings. Yogananda placed Kriyananda, at the age of 22, in charge of the monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. Swami meditated deeply on these experiences over the course of his nearly 65 years as a disciple.

Conversations with YoganandaHis book, Conversations with Yogananda, shares many of these gems from Yogananda, allowing us, too, to receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and be transformed by his love.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deep into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online, on Nayaswami Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes to explore the wisdom flowing from these great sources of inspiration for the coming age. Each week stands alone, so you may drop in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

saints

The Saints: Those Who Walked With God
Wednesdays, November 4-18 (3-week series), 7:30, $45  Register
The saints are sources of inspiration and truth for all who are on a spiritual path. Each one is uniquely guided by the divine, with an extraordinary work and expression of God’s love to the world. In these three weeks we will examine the lives of three saints: St. Francis, St. Theresa, and Anandamayi Ma. In and around the holy days is a great time to come & be uplifted by their stories of discipleship and selfless service to God. 
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, November 5-19 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Rammurti & Sita Reed

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, November 5-19 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this series. As well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in Meditation 1, you will learn to:

Instructor: David Praver

 

Meditation 5: Expanding Your Awareness
Thursdays, November 5-19 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 3 & 4
Meditation has often been called “the listening part of prayer.” After we have done our share of talking, meditation leaves an opening for the Divine to respond. Learn how to expand your awareness to embrace more than you thought possible, with techniques especially designed to cultivate devotion and heart qualities.

Instructor: Tandava Waldon

 

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, November 6 & 20, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Webinar with Asha
Don’t Merely Wish for a Broader Awareness, Embrace It
Friday, November 6, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

Workday at Ananda Valley Farm
in Half Moon Bay    Directions
Saturday, November 7, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

Bring a bag lunch  
Bask in the fresh air as you serve alongside others in the great outdoors at the Farm. Or, join a project inside Seva House or one of the old barns. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and ends with bag lunches around a big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, November 7 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love. Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit.

 

death & grief as spiritual journeyDeath and Grief as a Spiritual Journey
Saturday, November 7
10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
  
How do you help yourself and others in the process of dying, and with the event of death itself? Together we will look at the physical process of dying and discuss what happens to the soul after death. We will also discuss grief or loss as a result of the passing of a loved one. This course will help reconcile the sense of loss with our spiritual understanding.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Webinar with Asha
Say Yes! to Life

Friday, November 13, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, November 14 (and 12/12 - last class of the year)
(usually offered the second Saturday of each month)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome) Register

This monthly class series explores the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series combines lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

MangalanandaGuest Kirtan
Celebration of the Divine Names

with Acharya Mangalananda
(disciple of Anandamayi Ma)

Saturday, November 14, 7 pm-9 pm
$15 suggested donation
(no one will be turned away)
Proceeds will benefit the Ma Sharanam Ashram & School in Omkareshwar, India
An evening of ecstatic chanting in the traditional kirtan call and response style of the rural villages of India. Mangalananda has been a devoted disciple of Sri Anandamayi Ma for over 40 years, and is an Acharya (an appointed Spiritual Teacher) of the Ma Sharanam Ashram in Omkareshwar. He works tirelessly to provide food, shelter and education to children in need on the banks of the Narmada River in India. Mangalananda has toured extensively throughout India, Europe and the U.S. www.mangalananda.org

 

Superconscious Attitudes for Success
Saturday, November 21, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
What does it mean to be successful in life? Why does it seem so futile, so fleeting at times? Real success is felt on the inside, understood intuitively. Here are the keys: know our own inclinations, heighten our awareness, and improve our attitudes. As we progress, we find lasting happiness, deeper fulfillment and inner joy. Using the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, we will learn a clear and concise formula for successful living.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, November 21, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Santosh LaMarche

 

craft fairAnanda's Annual Crafts Fair
Sunday, November 22, 11:30 am (after Sunday service)
Beautiful handcrafted jewelry, clothing, woodwork, and homemade foods for the holidays will be on display in the Yoga Center (right near the Temple). This is a perfect opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays, and support Ananda artists. If you are an artist who would like to offer items, contact contact Amara at (650) 941-9507.



thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Meditation & Service
Thursday, November 26, 10 am-noon, free
Banquet at noon, $15, children $5 (under age 6 free)

I give thanks to the giver behind each gift, and to the one Giver behind all that I receive,” writes Swami Kriyananda. Reflect on everything that has come into your life this year and its Divine Source, in this special holiday service. You and your family members or friends are warmly invited to join in a vegetarian banquet afterwards.
Guided by Shanti Rubenstone

 

DECEMBER

 

East West party

A PARTY! Celebrating East West Bookshop
2nd Annual Appreciation Night

Tuesday, December 1, 7:30 pm, free
324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Light refreshments served

What fun! Ananda and East West friends are hosting a party to celebrate and appreciate this beautiful store and its service to the broader community. Hear Asha, Tandava, and Santosh share more about the history of this Bay Area icon, and the role East West plays today in serving not only the Bay Area, but customers from around the world who consider it a Bay Area pilgrimage spot.

Remember the first time you read a book that felt like a doorway to truth — something that changed your life? East West has been giving that experience to thousands over many years. Many people have come to Master through the store, or found other great teachings, healing, or guidance. Come celebrate the magic that is East West, and especially the staffers who make it all happen. (And while this isn't the motivation for this party, it is a splendid moment to get in some Christmas gift shopping. What better way to appreciate the store?)

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, December 3-17 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45    Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, December 4, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Webinar with Asha
Be Solution Oriented

Friday, December 4, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
register at OnlineWithAnanda

Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, December 5 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am

Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love. Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit.

 

Relationships & the Chakras
Saturday, December 5, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
Each chakra represents an essential skill or attitude required for success and happiness in relationships. Looking at it this way gives you a way of understanding yourself, accessing, and changing even deep-seated patterns that may be blocking the love your heart desires. A powerful integration of inner and outer experience.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

singing

Sacred Music with Ananda Choir
Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 6, 12:15 pm, free
(for those attending the concert, lunch provided at 11:30)

Let the joyous sounds of the holiday warm your spirit, bring a smile to your heart, and prepare us for the sacred season of Christ’s birth. Choir, small groups and soloists will perform a beautiful selection of Christmas favorites, including traditional carols, classical gems, and music by Swami Kriyananda. Celebrate Christmas in song and in spirit, as we ‘make a joyful noise unto the Lord.’ Enjoy connecting with others at Ananda during lunch, which follows right after our regular Sunday Service.

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, December 12, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Nayaswami Biraj

 

The Top 50 Sanskrit Words
Saturday, December 12, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
You don't have to know any Sanskrit to be a yogi. However, we encounter more than a few Sanskrit words in the Yoga tradition. Let's get together and explore a few of them. Chris will lead a lively group discussion of “Top 40” Sanskrit words one might hear at Ananda, and what they mean for spiritual seekers. A handout will be provided.  We will end by singing 2 or 3 simple, familiar Sanskrit chants with renewed appreciation of their meaning. This is the first time this class has been offered, so come and be the first on your block to understand in depth what all thiose words actually mean.
Instructor: Chris Thorman

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, December 12 (final class this year)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)   Register
Note: In 2016 this program will be offered in
4 retreats at Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay

This monthly class series explores the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series combines lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

eight hour meditation

Eight-Hour Meditation
Saturday, December 19, 10 am-6 pm
This tradition was begun by Yogananda and has become the heart of Ananda’s Christmas season. It’s a day dedicated to communion with Christ Consciousness—a profound opportunity for an inner experience of the Divine. Though it may seem intimidating, you may be surprised at how easily the soul welcomes long periods of deep quiet. The group energy carries everyone deep into meditation. There are periods of chanting, music, and inspiration throughout the day. Come early enough to be in place by 10 am. You may bring your own meditation gear and sit on the floor, or use our chairs. Bring a blanket or sweater. If you are unable to participate for the full day, check our website for the schedule of times when you may enter or leave.

 

sai caroling hat

Christmas Caroling Party
at Ananda Community

Sunday, December 20, 6 pm, free
Meet at Chela Bhavan, the large home at the far end of the courtyard
Bring a sweet or savory for a potluck afterwards

Stroll the streets near the Ananda Community in Mountain view, singing to the neighbors who delight in this old-fashioned holiday tradition—a magical evening. Afterwards, we’ll gather back at Chela Bhavan for refreshments and potluck sweets/savories. Children are welcome. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Words to the carols are provided.

 

christmas eve

shepherdChristmas Eve Meditation & Service
Wednesday, December 24
Meditation 5-7 pm
Worship Service 7:30 pm

Join us for one of the most beautiful and devotional evenings of the year. The coming of the baby Jesus is thrilling in itself, but also a profound symbol of the awakening Christ Consciousness within each of us. This magical evening includes sacred music, a talk by Asha guiding us deep into the spirit of Christ, and a beautiful live creation of Jesus’ birth with costumes kings and shepherds (creche). Everyone participates at the close in a beautiful devotional candlelight ceremony at the feet of the baby Jesus.

 

Christmas angels

Christmas Day Family Worship Service & Banquet
Thursday, December 25
Noon-1 pm, free
Banquet at 1:30 pm, $15, $5 children (under 6 free)

Children, like all of us, are hungry for a deeper level of meaning. The Christmas story is a perfect way to reach them. Even the subtle inner meanings of the coming of Jesus can be understood by children if they are presented, as we do at this service, with clarity, imagination, beauty, and joy. A cast of children and adults illustrates the story as Asha narrates, bringing Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem magically to life. Many adults say this is one of their favorite events of the year. Each child should bring a small gift for the Christ child.

 

New Year

New Year’s Eve Service
Wednesday, December 31
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Vows Ceremony for Renunciate Order,* 6 pm
Worship Service, 7:30 pm

What pattern do you want to set in the coming year? What are your hopes and aspirations? Join the strong, uplifting flow of energy created in this service. The evening includes a talk by Asha, chanting, meditation, affirmation, and a fire ceremony in which you can burn up and release the energy of the past, and give strength to your positive resolutions.

*If you are interested in taking vows in the Renunciate Order that Swami Kriyananda has established, please contact Nayaswami Asha. Anyone may take these vows, which are to God only, and not affiliated with any organization (this order is independent of Ananda). You can learn more about the new Renunicate Order here.

 

JANUARY

Family Worship Service
Saturday, January 2 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love. Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit.

 

MasterYogananda’s Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, January 5
Meditation, 5:30-7 pm
Celebration, 7:30 pm

We honor Yogananda on his birthday with a talk about his life and teachings by Asha, music, chanting, and meditation. Everyone is invited, if they wish, to come to the altar to offer an affirmation or vow as a “birthday gift” to the great yoga master. Newcomers and truthseekers who are not disciples of Yogananda may come up first to place a flower on the altar (bring a favorite flower, or offer one provided by us), followed by disciples and students who have made pledges to Yogananda and his teachings. A moving and devotional evening.
Guided by Asha

 

raja yogaThe Art & Science of Raja Yoga
Wednesdays, January 6-March 31, 6-9 pm
plus one Saturday, March 5, 9 am to noon   Register
Cost: $350 includes all materials and the 450 page book,
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda
One of our most popular classes is this 12-week immersion, offered once each year. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the physical postures well-known in the West. Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others. Ultimately, it is a well-explored pathway, walked by countless yogis and mystics, to union with God.
Instructors: Nayaswami Chidambar, Saranya LaCosse, Steven Manus, Sita Reed, and some of Ananda’s best yoga postures teachers

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Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, January 7-28, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, January 7-28, 7:30 pm, $60    Register
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate (Meditation 1)

The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able to generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this 4-week series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in "Learn to Meditate".

Instructor: David Praver

 

sound waves

The Healing Power of Sound
Saturday, January 9
10 am–1 pm, $30    Register

Untapped healing energy lies within us all. Certain specific sound vibrations can unlock that energy and direct it wherever needed. We’ll attune ourselves to particular sound vibrations, learning how to focus their special qualities to uplift our state of being, and how to infuse our environments with energy for healing and spiritual growth. Discover the ability to recognize and align with the body’s subtle inner sounds, relaxing into their constant flow.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Monthly Workday at Ananda Valley Farm
in Half Moon Bay    Directions
Saturday, January 9, 9:30 am-1:30 pm 
Enjoy the warmth of summer still at the farm. Savor a visit to the fields and work with the fresh, rich soil. Spend some time in the beautiful Seva House kitchen preparing lunch, put your hands to a simple fix-it job, tend the chickens, or help with new landscaping projects. No special skills necessary. Come for an old-fashioned country workday with other joyful souls.

 

Asha teachingConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, January 12-26 (and ongoing), 7:30, $15/class  Register
Swami Kriyananda was often present when Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples, when he received visitors and answered their questions, and when he was dictating and discussing his writings. Yogananda placed Kriyananda, at the age of 22, in charge of the monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. Swami meditated deeply on these experiences over the course of his nearly 65 years as a disciple.

Conversations with YoganandaHis book, Conversations with Yogananda, shares many of these gems from Yogananda, allowing us, too, to receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and be transformed by his love.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deep into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online at Nayaswami Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes to explore the wisdom flowing from these great sources of inspiration for the coming age. Each week stands alone, so you may drop in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, January 13 & 27, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered 2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, January 15, 7:30 pm, free
(usually 1st and 3rd Fridays - no kirtan on Jan 1 due to holidays)

Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Seclusion: The Quickest Way to God
Saturday, January 16, 10 am–1 pm, $30    Register
Yogananda said, “Seclusion is the price of greatness”, and he was not the only teacher to recommend this practice. Seclusion and spiritual retreat have been key practices in the lives of saints and seekers of most religions worldwide throughout history.  “Taking a seclusion” means carving a chunk of time out of your (probably) very busy life to be alone and in silence and then dedicating that time to deepening your spiritual life.

Whether it has been a while since your last seclusion or you are looking forward to your first seclusion, this class can bring inspiration and guidance for this practice as we explore ways to overcome resistance and dive deep into the peace and calm that await us in silence and inner communion with the divine.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

guidance

How to Know and Trust
Your Inner Guidance

Saturday, January 23
10 am-1 pm, $30    Register

Beyond wishful thinking, imagination, or channeling, true inner guidance is calm, centered knowing. But sometimes fears and conflicting desires obscure the truth. Learn to still your mind and open your heart to the whispers of guidance that are freely available to you. Learn specific, proven techniques for drawing inner guidance, and testing its validity in your life. Discover who you really are, and all you are meant to become. Topics include:

Instructor: David G

 

healing retreat

Ananda Healing Retreat at the Farm
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10 am-4:30 pm, $45 (includes lunch)
Preregistration is necessary
    Register
Would you like to feel God’s healing presence flowing through your hands and heart? Whether you are a healing practitioner, working on healing yourself, or just want to help your family and friends, the Ananda Healing techniques will increase your magnetism and effectiveness. This class will teach you how to enhance your personal vitality, develop the power of will and harness cosmic energy to heal yourself and others. Practicing these yogic healing methods will also deepen your connection with God and transform your life in the process.

Join us in an expansive round yurt, set in a cozy meadow, surrounded by green hills, to practice Ananda Healing techniques, share a meal with friends, and have fun with nature. These healing principles and techniques are based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Lahari and Ramani, Dr. Connie Hernandez, and other special guests

 

bible

Mystical Teachings of the Bible
Saturday, January 30, 10 am–1 pm, $30    Register
The Holy Bible is filled with teachings that parallel or are the same as yogic teachings. Many of the mystical teachings clearly taught in Eastern religions are in the Bible but thinly disguised. Learn how these scriptures are often misunderstood or incomplete in traditional Bible study. Discover how great yogic masters interpret many of the scriptures and Bible stories we all know. Gain greater familiarity with the Bible and develop a broader foundation for your own understanding, exploration and inspiration.
Instructors: Rammurti & Sita

 

How to find us

Directions

Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.

Occasionally, a class or event takes place at Ananda Community, just a few miles south of the Temple and Teaching Center. You'll see a special mention of it in the description, along with directions.