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SEPTEMBER                              Oct   |   Nov  |   Dec


 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays (ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class, drop-ins welcome  Register
What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life. (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found on Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Drop-In Meditations, free
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm
Wednesday, 7:30 pm

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Bhakti Walk & Meditation, Ananda Community
Learn more...

 

Grupo de Meditación Semanal
los miércoles de septiembre a noviembre de 7:30 pm a 8:45 pm, gratis
Learn more...  

 

Kriya Preparation 3: Attuning to the Masters of Kriya Yoga
Tuesdays, September 4-October 9 & Thursdays, October 18-November 29,
(No class 11/22), 7-9 pm, $145  Register

Prerequisite: Kriya Preparation 1 & 2
Regrets, No drop-ins after the 2nd week without permission from the instructor
In continued preparation for your kriya yoga initiation, this course offers the opportunity to attune yourself more deeply to the teachings and consciousness of Yogananda, his disciple Kriyananda and the others in our line of gurus. Kriya Prep 3 includes an in-depth study of the books Autobiography of a Yogi and The New Path. It also provides continuing support for your sadhana through group meditations and opportunities for Q&A. 
Instructors: Brahmachari Tandava and Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

RamdasMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, September 5 & 19 (2-week series), 7:30 pm, $30  Register
or Saturday, September 22, $30  Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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 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.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. Learn more...
Instructor for 2-Wednesday series: Steven Manus
Instructor for Saturday class: Sharmila Hoffman
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

harmoniumHarmonium 101-B
Wednesdays, September 5-26
7:30 pm, $45 (no class 9/12)
 Register
Do you know the basics of playing the harmonium but want to learn more? This class will build on your beginner skills, expand your repertoire of chants, and explore different ways to play the harmonium. Join us in taking advantage of this opportunity to improve your harmonium skills and experience the joy of chanting more deeply.
Instructor: Saranya La Cosse
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Raja Yoga by Swami KriyanandaTwice each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 14-session immersion   Learn more...
Thursdays, Aug 23-Nov 15, 6-9 pm
(and optional meditation 9-9:30 pm)

Regrets, no dropins after 9/13
Cost: $495  Register 

6 pm Gentle hatha yoga session
6:45 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
7:15 Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:45 Discussion of Raja Yoga
9-9:30 Guided practice session (optional)

One of our most popular offerings is this 14-class immersion. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the yoga asanas 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. Learn more / next series starts in January

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone MD, Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, guest instructors, and a team of yoga teachers from the Ananda Yoga Center
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, September 7, 7:30 pm, free
no kirtan 9/21   (usually 1st & 3rd Fridays)

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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Mondays, September 10-December 10, 6-9 pm
$895 (13 week course)   Register

Regrets; no 10% discount for online registration
Ideal for anyone looking to dive more deeply into the teachings and practices of yoga in daily life, and yoga teachers interested in expanding their skills for working with those in recovery. Each week focuses on a spiritual principle and the opportunity for healing and transformation it offers. Paired with the tools and teachings of yoga, we learn how to welcome and integrate these powerful gifts into daily life. A combination of lecture, group discussion, gentle yoga postures and silent reflection, this class weaves together the time-tested teachings of yoga with the spiritual foundation of the 12 Steps and provides practical tools for building a strong and resilient inner life. Those pursuing Level II Yoga Teacher Training will receive 32.5 hrs credit with the Ananda Bay Area School of Yoga & Meditation.
Instructors: Douglas Andrews and Vivikadevi Noh-Kuhn
Ananda Yoga Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

gitaWebinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, September 14 & 28, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual treasure in-depth and at an unhurried pace. The Gita is a subtle guide to the inner life, expressed as spiritual guidance by Krishna to Arjuna on the eve of a great battle. Deeply symbolic, this guide to inner spiritual awakening has been interpreted by many over the ages. Our study is based on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Watch Asha’s webinar online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.
Instructor: Asha

Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

tribe

Finding Your Tribe:
The Importance of Spiritual Community

Saturday, September 22, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Yogananda said that “evironment is stronger than willpower.” Our surroundings and especially the people with whom we keep company have tremendous effect on our lives. Just as a budding artist should spend time with other artists, and engineering students spend time with other engineers, aspiring saints thrive in the company of like-minded souls. How can you find and recognize your spiritual family? And what does it mean to be part of a spiritual community?
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Fall Equinox Kirtan
Saturday, September 22, 7-9 pm
free (donations gratefully accepted)
Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Dr, Mountain View

The fall Equinox is considered a spiritually auspicious time. Join us in an evening of sacred chanting to attune to the changing of seasons. 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. Park in any uncovered spot in the apartment complex or on Monroe Drive.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers

Tuesday, September 25
7:30 pm, free 
(offered the last Tuesday of each month)
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

Come hear a little about Ananda's teaching, offerings, and roots in a causal setting. All questions welcome. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

We look forward to meeting you.
Hosted by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Operation Golden Palace
Saturday, September 29, 3-5:30 pm, free
High Tea on the Green at Ananda Community

Join us for a celebration and fundraising event in honor of our Community. Years ago, Swamiji mentioned that Babaji supported this community for Ananda. Now is the time for us to step up with our energy and enthusiasm and, bit by bit, make it ours! “Operation Golden Palace” means realizing that Babaji manifested a golden palace for Lahiri Mahasaya, we know He can do the same for us. Come and help make our palace a reality.
Ananda Community courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, September 30, 11:45 am, free
(the last Sunday of the month)
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



OCTOBER                                           Nov  |   Dec


 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays (and ongoing) - except Oct 2
7:30 pm, $15/class, drop-ins welcome  Register

What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life. (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found on Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Drop-In Meditations, free
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm
Wednesday, 7:30 pm

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Bhakti Walk & Meditation, Ananda Community
Learn more...

 

Grupo de Meditación Semanal
los miércoles de octubre a noviembre de 7:30 pm a 8:45 pm, gratis
Learn more...

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, October 3-24, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
or Saturday, Oct 13 & 20, 10 am-1 pm, $45   Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
Rachel meditatingMeditation 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 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.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. Learn more...
Instructor for 4-week series: Rose
Instructors for the 2 Saturday classes: Saranya
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

The Saints: Those Who Walked With God
Wednesdays, October 3-24, 7:30, $60, drop-ins welcome  Register
The saints are sources of inspiration and truth for all. Each saint is uniquely guided by the divine, with a particular work and expression of God’s love to the world. In these four weeks we will examine the lives of saints who have dedicated their lives to God. As we move toward the season of gratitude and celebration of God on earth, it’s a great time to be uplifted by the saints’ stories of seeking, discipleship and selfless service to God. 
Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, Lakshmi LaPine, and others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Direction

Whispers from Eternity play

Special event: an original play
Whispers from Eternity
Friday October 5 & Saturday October 6, 7:30 pm
The Palo Alto Players
Experience the soul’s journey home to the Divine. This original play uses Yogananda’s Whispers from Eternity as its script, and portrays our gradual awakening through theater, dance, and music. An unusual production, this is also a sacred evening of worship for the audience, including participation in some of the music. This is the Palo Alto Players latest production by Marcel Hernandez and a remarkable team of skilled Ananda theater folks.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, October 6, (1st Saturday each month), 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

pranayamaPranayam and Astral Energy (3)
Saturday, October 6, 10 am-1 pm $30*  Register
Pranayama is the key to a deep experience of yoga and meditation. Explore the breath on both the physical and subtle levels and practice energy control techniques: bandhas, mudras, and Yogananda’s unique contribution to the science of yoga, the Energization Exercises. Practicing ways to deepen inner introspection and awareness, go deeper into understanding how the astral body, especially the chakras, relate to energy control and journey to Self-realization.
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana

Ananda Teaching Center ( behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, October 12, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View

Asha explores this spiritual treasure in-depth and at an unhurried pace. The Gita is a subtle guide to the inner life, expressed as spiritual guidance by Krishna to Arjuna on the eve of a great battle. Deeply symbolic, this guide to inner spiritual awakening has been interpreted by many over the ages. Our study is based on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Watch Asha’s webinar online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

rubaiyatThe Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Saturday, October 13, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
When writing his interpretations of this great scripture, Yogananda shares that “I suddenly beheld the walls of its outer meaning crumbling away. The vast inner fortress of golden spiritual treasures stood open to my gaze.” Explore the treasures of this deeply spiritual allegory couched in poetry that moves the heart and soul.

Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in the Sky,
I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry,
“Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup
Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.”

Instructor: Brahmachari Tandava
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

hike

Point Reyes Hike
Saturday, October 13, 7 am-7 pm, FREE  Register
Join us for a joyful hiking experience and nature retreat! Together we will hike at Point Reyes Seashore, passing gorgeous ocean views and green meadows. Experience deep nature play, yoga postures, meditation, and inspired music. Morning pastries and light snacks provided. Bring a bag lunch.
For more details, contact Rose.
Meet at Ananda Community entrance, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm, free (offered most 1st & 3rd Fridays)
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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

forgiveness

How to Forgive Yourself and Others
Saturday, October 20, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Disappointment, pain, unwelcome change—everyone has suffered and the heart bears the battle scars. But once wounded, what will you do? Become softer, kinder, more open, or hardened and walled-in? Will past defeats define your future as well? Learn about forgiveness, letting go, learning the lesson and moving on.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto Directions  

 

Cómo Tomar Las Riendas Del Estrés con Yoga Terapia
Saturday, October 20, 10 am-1 pm, $45  Register
See all of our offerings in Spanish
El estrés siempre está en nuestras vidas, pero su exceso puede alejarnos de nuestro equilibrio interior. Cuando el estrés está exceso experimentamos insomnio, tension muscular, ansiedad, irritabilidad y nos sentimos sin vitalidad, entre otros síntomas. El yoga terapia es una terapia milenaria que aplica de manera efectiva diversas técnicas para disminuir el estrés. Este taller, es una combinación de posturas de yoga, ejercicios de respiración, visualización e introspección, donde aprenderás técnicas y herramientas efectivas, para tomar las riendas del estrés y mejorar tu salud. Se requiere que los participantes usen ropa cómoda que facilite la relajación.
Adriana Buenaventura
Ananda Yoga Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Joseph Cornell

Deep Nature Play
How Contact with Nature Inspires Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Profound Learning
Friday, October 26, 7 pm, freeSeating is limited; sign up here
This is a rare opportunity to learn from Joseph Cornell, a world-renowned author, educator, and naturalist. In this experiential talk, learn how nature play can enhance our open-mindedness, eagerness to learn, and ability to connect and empathize with others. Based on Cornell’s new book, Deep Nature Play.
Instructor: Joseph Bharat Cornell
Lucie Stern Community Center • Palo Alto • directions provided upon registration

 

deep nature playThe Sky and Earth Touched Me:
Deep Nature Play
   
Saturday, October 27, 10 am-2 pm, $90  Register
Huddart Park, Woodside
In intense aliveness, life is a thrilling symphony playing within and all around us. The more we feel alive, the more nature becomes alive. Join world-renowned naturalist Joseph Cornell in an experiential workshop to deepen your sensitivity and commune with the myriad expressions of nature. As one who pioneered a playful and experienced approach to nature education in the 1970s, Cornell’s workshops help us commune with nature in a state of pure perceptions with childlike openness and innocence, creating space for a deeply transforming experience.
Instructor: Joseph Bharat Cornell
Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members.
Huddart Park • Woodside • directions provided upon registration

 

Guest Ministers Anandi and Bharat Cornell
Sunday, October 28, 10 am
Founding members of Ananda, Anandi and Bharat have guided programs for new Ananda members for 40 years. Ananda is warm, deeply present, loving, and wise. Bharat is enthusiastic, and playful, and a meditation enthusiast. He writes a regular blog on meditation.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, October 28 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45 am, free
Perhaps you or someone you know is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. All are welcome. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each individual. These techniques help us overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties including serious illnesses. He taught that we should use our God-given powers to heal ourselves and others, but not think of them as our own. 
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers

Tuesday, October 30
7:30 pm, free 

(offered the last Tuesday of each month)
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
Come hear a little about Ananda's teaching, offerings, and roots in a causal setting. All questions welcome. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way. We look forward to meeting you.

Hosted by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



NOVEMBER                                              Dec


 

kirtan

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, November 2 & 16, 7:30 pm, free (1st & 3rd Fridays)
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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, November 3, (1st Saturday each month), 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

RelationshipHow to Grow Your Spiritual Relationship
Saturday, November 3, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
We all yearn for a relationship that is deeply fulfilling. Yogananda said not to imagine that you can win God’s love if you can’t win the love of another. We all know the pitfalls along the path to truth love, and the challenge is all the greater when your goal is to seek soul-progress together. This seminar is about exploring the ways to build a love that soars. Learn to:

Instructor: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

ConversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class, drop-ins welcome  Register
What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life. (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found on Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Drop-In Meditations, free
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm
Wednesday, 7:30 pm

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Bhakti Walk & Meditation, Ananda Community
Learn more...

 

Grupo de Meditación Semanal
los miércoles de octubre a noviembre de 7:30 pm a 8:45 pm, gratis
Learn more...

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Wednesdays, November 7-28, 7:30 pm, $45  Register
no class on 11/21
or Saturday, November 17, 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 sense of 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.
Wednesday series instructor: Sharmila
Saturday instructor: Saiganesh
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Meditation 2: Deepening and Strengthening Your Practice
Wednesdays, November 7-28, 7:30 pm, (3-class series), $45  Register
Note: no class on 11/21
Required Text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate

You’ve learned the basics of meditation and are beginning to feel more peaceful and calm. But there is more to discover: within each of us lies a portable paradise of divine love and expansive joy. A quiet mind helps us to live a more intuitive, heart-centered way of life. 

Whether Ananda becomes your spiritual home, or you follow another spiritual tradition, meditation can help you connect with a greater reality, however you may define it. You'll learn how to:

Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Gita with AshaWebinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Fridays, November 9 & 23, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
Asha explores this spiritual treasure in-depth and at an unhurried pace. The Gita is a subtle guide to the inner life, expressed as spiritual guidance by Krishna to Arjuna on the eve of a great battle. Deeply symbolic, this guide to inner spiritual awakening has been interpreted by many over the ages. Our study is based on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. There is ample time during the webinars for questions. Watch Asha’s webinar online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.
Chela Bhavan, Ananda Community, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

heart healingIn the Temple of My Heart
An Evening of Healing

Friday, November 9, 7 pm, free
Rediscover your Divine Presence within as we open to a flow of healing energy for yourself and others. Relax into guided, devotional movement enjoined with spiritualized affirmations. This inward practice will be interspersed with healing prayers for others. Join us for a meditative evening helping to dissolve separation from Infinite Spirit.
Instructor: Rita Deierlein
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

KriyaBringing Kriya Into Everyday Life
A Morning Retreat for Kriyabans
Saturday, November 10, 9 am-1 pm, $30 (For Kriyabans only)  Register
Join us for an in-depth experience of the power of kriya yoga in everyday life. The day will begin with a two hour meditation, followed by a short break (bring a snack!) then an interactive discussion focused on understanding how to bring the practice of kriya yoga more fully into our lives, making it a way of life and a joyful remembrance, rather than solely a technique we practice in meditation.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

PranayamPranayam and Astral Energy (4)
Saturday, November 17, 10 am-1 pm $30*  Register
Pranayama is the key to a deep experience of yoga and meditation. Explore the breath on both the physical and subtle levels and practice energy control techniques: bandhas, mudras, and Yogananda’s unique contribution to the science of yoga, the Energization Exercises. Practicing ways to deepen inner introspection and awareness, go deeper into understanding how the astral body, especially the chakras, relate to energy control and journey to Self-realization.
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

craft fairAnanda's Annual Crafts Fair
Sunday, November 18, 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.

 

Cómo Controlar Las Emociones
Sábado, 17 de noviembre, 10 am-1 pm, $45    Register
See all of our offerings in Spanish
Si hubiera un sistema que te ayudará a controlar tus emociones, ¿estarías interesado en conocerlo? El taller presencial “Cómo Controlar Las Emociones” te ayudará a:

El curso será impartido por Bhaktimarg (Marga) Domínguez-Goering y Gloria Ramirez, profesoras del Ananda Instituto Internacional de Meditación y Yoga.
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Meditation and Service
Thursday, November 22, 10 am-noon, free
Thanksgiving Banquet, 12:30 pm, $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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Seva: Joyful Service as True Gratitude
Saturday, November 24, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
“Gratitude is a way of returning energy for energy received.” With this reciprocal flow in full force after Thanksgiving, let’s explore together how best to use our energies in service to the Divine. With the right approach and attitude, everything we do—from our career, to volunteer work, to caring for our families—can be transformed into experiencing God’s presence and energy flowing through us.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, November 25 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45 am, free
Perhaps you or someone you know is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. All are welcome. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each individual. These techniques help us overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties including serious illnesses. He taught that we should use our God-given powers to heal ourselves and others, but not think of them as our own. 
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda? Welcome & Orientation
Tuesday, November 27, 7:30 pm, free (last Tuesday of the month)
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
Come hear a little about Ananda's teaching, offerings, and roots in a causal setting. All questions welcome. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

Instructor: David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



DECEMBER                                       


Family Service

Family Worship Service
Saturday, December 1, 10-11 am
(1st Saturday each month)

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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Whispers from EternityWhispers from Eternity
Meditations on the Christ Consciousness

Saturday, December 1, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
Paramhansa Yogananda's book of answered prayers is an especially precious resource during the Christmas season. As the season unfolds, deep blessings can be more easily felt through attunement to the Master's guidance. This class will offer the opportunity to “Resurrect mere words from the sepulcher of dry, intellectual concepts by the Christ-command of your own deepest perception.” We will use our group energy as a springboard to deeper perception through affirmation, movement, and meditation, to experience the Divine presence of Christ within.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Wednesdays, December 5-19, 7:30 pm, $45  Register
or Saturday, December 1, 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 sense of 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.
Wednesdays series instructor: Saiganesh Sairaman
Saturday instructor: Lakshmi LaPine
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

singing

Sacred Music with Ananda Choir
Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 2, 12:15 pm, free
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.’
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantingKirtan:
An Evening of Devotional Chanting

Fridays, December 7 & 21, 7:30 pm, free (1st & 3rd Fridays)
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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

KriyaKriya Initiation and Renewal Ceremony
Saturday, December 8
Sacred ceremony, by invitation only

This evening is for those who have received Kriya through Ananda, or have completed initiation preparation and have permission to attend. Speak with one of the staff or call (650) 323-3363 if you are interested in participating this year, or in the future.
Guided by Asha and Shanti
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

sai caroling hat

Christmas Caroling Party
Sunday, December 9, 6 pm, free
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.
Meet at Chela Bhavan, the large home at the end of the courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View Directions

 

eight hour meditation

Eight-Hour Meditation
Saturday, December 22, 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

Annunciation

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Monday, December 24
Meditation 5-7 pm
shepherdWorship 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.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Christmas angels

Christmas Day Family Worship Service & Banquet
Tuesday, December 25, noon-1 pm, free
Banquet at 1:30 pm, $15 at the door, $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.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

New to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation

no meeting this month, due to the holidays. Meets again the last Tuesday of each month, starting in January
(last Tuesday of the month, except this one, due to holidays)

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, December 30 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45, free
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

new yearNew Year’s Eve Service
Monday, December 31
5-7 pm Meditation
6-7 pm Vows Ceremony for the
Renunciate Order*
7:30 pm Celebration/Talk by Asha

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 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.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

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.