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MARCH

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, March 10 & 24, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. 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.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

AshaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm
$15/class, drop-ins welcome  Register
(ongoing)

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: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



Suzanne with herbsWild Foods Foraging
& Cooking

Saturday, March 25
10 am-2 pm, $65*  Register

Bring in the glorious spring season learning about local wild foods known as “weeds,” abundant in our fields and orchard. Learn to identify and gather an array of delicate wild greens and edible flowers. With our bounty we will then prepare a delicious gourmet lunch to enjoy together.

Suzanne ElliottSample Menu
Creamy Nettle Soup
Wild Greens Frittata
Floral Studded Salad
Confetti Butter with Bread

Class attendees should bring (wear):
· Gloves
· Long Pants
· Long sleeved shirt
· Sturdy shoes that can get muddy (no sandals)
· Pen & notebook or pad and if they wish a camera to record photos in the field

Instructor: Suzanne Elliott
Master Herbalist and Health Educator

Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation
for Newcomers

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

(offered the last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

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




 

Jyotish * Devi

SPECIAL EVENTS WITH NAYASWAMIS JYOTISH & DEVI

Meditations
Friday, March 31, 7-10 am - Chela Bhavan, Ananda Community, Mountain View
Saturday, April 1, 7-10 am - Ananda Temple, Palo Alto

A 3-hour morning meditation with Ananda’s spiritual directors and long-time disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. Please feel free to quietly enter or leave as your time permits.

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livestreamKriya Yoga: Gateway to Self-Realization
Friday, March 31, 7 pm, free
Ananda Temple, Palo Alto

“After the mind has been cleared by Kriya Yoga of sensory obstacles, meditation furnishes a twofold proof of God. Ever-new joy is evidence of His existence, convincing to our very atoms. Also, in meditation one finds His constant guidance, His adequate response to every difficulty.”
—Sri Yukteswar, from Autobiography of a Yogi

Babaji declared that Kriya should be given to “all who humbly ask for help.” 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” in the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

The Kriya technique is given only through initiation. Tonight’s program, however, is open to everyone, and is an inspirational evening for people on any path, exploring this inner pathway to soul freedom that is at the heart of all the mystic religious traditions.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

APRIL

EVENTS WITH NAYASWAMIS JYOTISH & DEVI     (continued)       

Meditation
Saturday, April 1, 7-10 am
Ananda Temple, Palo Alto         
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions        


Advance Tickets Required for this Public Event

Jyotish & DeviFinding Happiness:
How to Live a Life Fulfilled

Saturday, April 1, 7 pm, free
Cañada College Theater, Redwood City

Seating is limited
Reserve free tickets now

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“Happiness blooms naturally in the hearts of those who are inwardly free.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

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What is the nature of happiness? Is it possible for us to achieve lasting states of happiness? Explore Yogananda's writing and teachings on the nature of the human mind, emotional self-mastery, and the true experience of happiness. 

With wisdom and delightful humor, Jyotish and Devi take us on an exploration of this most sought-after inner state. They are remarkable public speakers — connecting deeply with their audiences, and sharing from a long, rich lifetime of inner spiritual work.

This is the only program that doesn't take place at Ananda in Palo Alto. Advance tickets are suggested, as the event is likely to fill early. Obtain free tickets here, soon.

Jyotish and Devi are two of Ananda's founding members—warm, deep, remarkable disciples who have dedicated more than 50 years to serving and teachings others. Jyotish is spiritual successor to Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda for over 60 years. He and Devi serve as directors for Ananda worldwide, sharing inspiration and insight gained from a lifetime of dedication on the spiritual path. 

This is their only visit to the Bay Area this year, as they travel extensively, teaching to Ananda friends and students of Yogananda's teachings in India, Europe, and many parts of the United States.

 

Sunday Service with Jyotish & Devi
Sunday, April 2, 10 am
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

 


 

Swamiji class in Hermitage

Lessons from Life with Swami Kriyananda:
At the Feet of a Great Teacher

Wednesdays, April 5-26 7:30 pm, $60  Register
drop-ins welcome, $15  Register

None of us currently at Ananda has spent time with Yogananda, as he passed away in 1952. Yet, through hearing Swami Kriyananda tell of his life with Master and lessons learned, we have come to feel close to our Guru. Swami Kriyananda said that every word and every glance of Yogananda's was filled with meaning, much of which he did not understand fully until years later.

So too with Swami Kriyananda. Come enjoy seldom-before-heard stories of Swami—each a tiny gift of understanding and inspiration. Most of the presenters knew and worked with Swami Kriyananda for more than 30 years, observing him guide Ananda's development, interacting closely with others, and especially, helping each individual to develop spiritually. This will be an informal, relaxed evening of personal sharing and inspiration.
Presenters: many who lived or worked with Swami Kriyananda
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

 

meditation

Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, April 5-26, $60  Register
Required course text: How to Meditate (book), 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.

Instructors: Biraj & Saiganesh
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

 

Meditation 2: Deepen & Strengthen Your Practice
Wednesdays, April 5-26, $60   Register
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate (Med 1)
Required text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak

It's relatively easy to learn the basics of meditation in our introductory class: Learn to Meditate. Even the newest students of meditation can begin to feel peace and calmness early in their practice.  

But there is more to discover. Meditation is a path to spiritual awakening, given to us by saints and mystics of many traditions. Within each of us lies a portable paradise of peace, 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: Nayaswami Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, April 7 (no kirtan 4/21), 7:30 pm, free
(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
 

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, April 7, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. 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.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

pranayamaSubtle Energy
Four Saturdays: April 8 & 22, May 6, June 3
(This series includes three classes and a retreat, drop-ins welcome)

Take the first step to an incredible journey within. Most exercises stimulate only the muscles, not the subtle body. Learn to concentrate your life energy and willpower to experience your subtle spiritual nature. In this Subtle Energy Series you will explore the inner world of your own hidden resources, learn yogic techniques of energy control and experience the bubbling spring of joy and peace that result. Each class is stand-alone though taking the entire series will yield maximum benefit.

Subtle Energy #1: Energization, Pranayama, Bandhas
Saturday, April 8, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
With careful attention to proper form in Energization, deep breath work and muscle control, Bhajana guides you into ever-increasing awareness of your own limitless subtle energy supply.
Instructor: Bhajana MacDow
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple)
2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Como Integrar la Meditación en tu Vida Diaria
How to Integrate Meditation into your Daily Life
Taller en Español (workshop in Spanish)
Saturday, April 8, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Enrolamiento

¿Te gustaría tener más claridad y paz mental para tomar decisiones? ¿Tener más armonía en las relaciones con amigos y familiares? ¿Menos estrés? Es importante llevar los beneficios de la meditación a la vida diaria. ¿Pero cómo?

El taller “Como Integrar la Meditación en tu Vida Diaria” te mostrará como hacerlo. El mundo de hoy ofrece un sinfín de distracciones. Sin embargo, el éxito en cualquier cosa, desde la escuela, a los negocios, a las relaciones exige una capacidad de estar presente en el momento, y estar totalmente comprometidos con lo que se está haciendo. La meditación te ayudará a ganar claridad y fuerza.
Profesora: Amintha Petersen
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Yoga Therapy Workshop
Unveil Your True Balanced Self:
Yoga Therapy for Stress, Anxiety & Insomnia

April 8, 2-4:30 pm      Register at MindBody
Cost: $85 for a required personal consultation & first class
$50 each additional class

Yoga Therapy uses yogic principles and techniques to address our unique, individual reactions to stress. Join us in monthly workshops aimed at bringing you back to physical, mental and emotional balance. Reduce stress and anxiety; improve your diet and sleep patterns. No previous experience necessary. Each monthly workshop includes a FREE one-on-one, personal Yoga Therapy consultation.
Instructor: Adriana Buenaventura, RYT 200
Ananda Yoga Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

easter

EASTER WEEK AT ANANDA

livestreamPalm Sunday
Sunday, April 9, Worship Service, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am
Commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem—the beginning also of his final days on earth. Music and readings help draw you into his spirit of courage and transcendence.
Guided by Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

 

ConversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays (except 4/4)
7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
drop-ins welcome

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: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

 

JesusGood Friday
Friday, April 14, Meditation, 5-7 pm
Service, 7:30 pm, free

We reflect on the courage of Christ’s surrender to God’s will—the ultimate sacrifice. And we ask ourselves how we may open ourselves to that most profound of spiritual acts: openness to God’s will for us. Asha leads this inward evening of storytelling and music, evoking the mystery and power of Christ’s last days on earth.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

 

Easter all-sing

jesusEaster Saturday
Retreat and All-Sing
Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio: Christ Lives!

Saturday, April 15, 10 am–2 pm
Come join in singing the story of Jesus, from His birth to His resurrection. Absolutely no previous musical experience or training required. In a quiet retreat atmosphere, we’ll sing the Oratorio, “Christ Lives” and reflect on the meaning of Christ’s life. Asha introduces each section of the music, relating the events of Jesus’ life, their context, meaning and present-day relevance. The retreat is half music and half storytelling, with brief interludes of meditation. Ananda singers help lead the music and everyone joins in; words and music are provided. This is our favorite “performance,” since we are singing only for ourselves and for God. Many people say this retreat is one of the most inspiring events of their year.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions
 

 

jesus arisen

livestreamEaster Sunday
Sunday Service, April 16, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am

One of the spiritual highlights of the year—join in a music-filled, joyful celebration of Christ’s triumph over all earthly limitations, and awaken within yourself the all-conquering power of Spirit.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  

girl with eggs

Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 16
Easter Egg Hunt, noon
Brunch, 12:30 pm

Adults/$15, $5 children (under 6 free)
Ananda Community in Mountain View, weather permitting, and otherwise in the Ananda Temple.

Easter would not be complete without this lovely family brunch in a beautiful, relaxing, out-door setting. Reservations appreciated, but not required; all are welcome.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Swamiji praying

livestreamSwami Kriyananda's Moksha Day
Friday, April 21
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Evening program, 7:30 pm, free

Join us for a two-hour meditation and an evening program celebrating the life of this great teacher who guided so many truthseekers, devotees, and disciples on the spiritual path. The evening will include a brief meditation, and a talk by Asha. It will end with an opportunity to make a personal spiritual offering to Swami.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions  


Learn to Meditate
for inner peace, health, and as a profound spiritual practice

Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
You may buy at the class, or bring your own copy
Two Saturdays, April 22 & 29, 10 am-1 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 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. Learn more... 
Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chakras

Subtle Energy #2: Kundalini, Chakras
Saturday, April 22, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Become aware of the vast reservoir of energy which resides in the astral body and learn how to awaken the energy centers of your subtle spine.

Learn to concentrate your life energy and willpower to experience your subtle spiritual nature. Explore the inner world of your own hidden resources, learn yogic techniques of energy control and experience the bubbling springs of joy and peace that result. Each class is stand-alone, though taking the entire series will yield maximum benefit.
Instructor: Bhajana MacDow
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

 

Boy and branchPlaying with Nature Through the Seasons: Part 1 - Springtime Saturday on Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 10 am-noon, free  
(changed from 3-5 pm)

Meet in Ananda Community courtyard
With beautiful expanses of green in all directions, let’s begin “Sharing Nature” games in the courtyard of Ananda's Mountain View Community. We will expand to the prolific, slightly wild permaculture orchard, and then to the garden, and perhaps beyond. The tools for exploring nature are based on Bharat Joseph Cornell’s renowned books of games and nature communion. Come and expand your consciousness with adults and children, family and friends (new and old) on Earth Day. The depth to which these activities take us never fail to surprise, and linger joyfully in our memories. Ramani has personally studied with Bharat Cornell, author of one of the world’s most popular nature awareness activity guidebooks, Sharing Nature with Children.
Facilitator: Ramani Peterson
Ananda Community, Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers

Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm, free   Directions
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

(offered the last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

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

 

malaKriya Initiation and Renewal Ceremony
Saturday, April 29, 5:15 pm
Sacred ceremony, by invitation only

Each year those who have received the sacred technique of Kriya from Ananda are invited to renew their vows in this beautiful evening ceremony in the sanctuary. This is also an initiation for those receiving Kriya for the first time who have been studying through Ananda Palo Alto’s class series. If you would like to learn more about Kriya through Ananda, please contact Nayaswami Chidambar.
Guided by Nayaswami Asha and Shanti Rubenstone

 

MAY

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

Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

AshaConversations with Yogananda
Every Tuesday, 7:30 pm (except 5/23)
$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: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Freeing Your ChakrasFreeing the Power of Your Chakras
For Use in Everyday Life

Wednesdays, May 3-24, 6-9 pm, $60 Register
(drop-ins welcome at $15/class) $15 Register

Bring something to share for a vegetarian potluck dinner 
   6-7 pm     Class and practice
   7-7:45      Potluck: bring a vegetarian dish to share
   7:45-9      Class and discussion
Spend 4 weeks exploring the inner universe of the chakras with Bhajana MacDow, longtime and worldwide teacher of yoga, and Shanti Rubenstone, medical doctor, minister, and teacher. The chakras contain the energy patterns of our past lives and the karmic tendencies we carry into this life. Understanding them gives us the power to change our thoughts and attitudes, and to change our lives. Bhajana has taught for years at Ananda Assisi's retreat, a major spiritual center for visitors from throughout Europe and in training programs throughout India. 
Instructors: Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD & Nayaswami Bhajana
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

meditationKriya Preparation 1:
Energize Your Life,
Deepen Your Devotion

Thursdays, May 4-June 8
6-9:30 pm, $90  Register

Prerequisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate) or the Raja Yoga Series
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. In this series, you will learn Yogananda’s Energization Exercises to develop concentration, will, clarity of mind and calmness. In addition, we will learn to experience meditation as a means of awakening the heart and developing a devotional, inner relationship with God. This, Yogananda calls the “divine romance.” We will explore discipleship as an intimate relationship, not blind or passive, but requiring courage and dynamic will.
Instructor: David Praver
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Living Wisdom School (K-8)
Spring Concert & Art Exhibit

Friday, May 5, 7 pm
Enjoy strolling through the art exhibits by the children before and after the concert. Children will perform a variety of music, including some solos and instrumentals. And we'll have the opportunity to hear their instructors; gifted musicians and artists themselves. A moving and beautiful evening.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

family prayingFamily Worship Service
Saturday, May 6, 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

 

Subtle Energy #3: Kundalini & Chakras
Saturday, May 6, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
This series includes three classes and a retreat. You may drop in on any of the 3 classes, but for the retreat, all three classes are prerequisite
Embark on a journey of self-discovery and renewal as we discover the subtle energy centers of the astral spine and the kundalini energy which resides at the base of the spine. We will practice techniques for heightening our awareness and controlling our energy to experience the power of kundalini. Tuning into this subtle energy system expands our consciousness and induces a deep sense of well-being and joy when directed God-ward by devotion.

Nayaswami Bhajana travels the Ananda worldwide communities teaching hatha yoga, pranayama, chakras, mudra, mantra and other subtle yogic techniques with an emphasis on silence and seclusion. She participates in the training of teachers in Europe, India and the US. She has been practicing and teaching Ananda yoga and meditation for over 25 years.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Living Wisdom School (K-8)
Science Fair

Saturday, May 6, 1-3 pm at the school campus

456 College Avenue, Palo Alto — just east of Ananda Temple, on College
Connect with budding scientists about their research, and have the opportunity to tour the school. Exhibits will be displayed throughout the campus. You are invited to an ice cream social at the conclusion.

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, May 10-31 (4-week series)
7:30 pm, $60  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 4-week series: Steven Manus
Instructor for Saturday class: Brahmachari Saiganesh
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, May 12, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. 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.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

girl with chickenMonthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   
Saturday, May 13, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch
2nd Saturday of the month
The farm is teeming with life and bountiful organic produce. There are bountiful seva (service) projects, too. You can help in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and eating your bag lunch around the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

Yogananda & Swamiji

Swami Kriyananda’s Birthday Celebration
Friday, May 19
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Evening program, 7:30 pm, free

Everything you see at Ananda is the result of one disciple’s deep receptivity to his guru, and his unceasing willingness to help others. Whether a disciple or a seeker, one can appreciate the openness and generosity that is expressed in Swami’s life, and which can serve as a model for our own. We’ll honor Swami Kriyananda with music, chanting, and a talk by Asha about his life and teachings. Everyone is invited to participate in this devotional evening. Celebrates the birthday of a great disciple and a tireless teacher who has guided so many in their spiritual lives, whatever path they may walk.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

heart & mindBalancing the Heart
& the Rational Mind

Saturday, May 27
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Balancing the rational mind with the heart’s desires is an ongoing battle. Everyone feels out of balance at times. The best solution is to change the way you experience the world. Even small changes can have profound effects, if you know where to start. Learn simple ways to use your body, mind and spirit to make yourself happier, more peaceful and less stressed. Attitude, energy, attunement, devotion—these are some keys that make the difference between feeling overwhelmed by life, or feeling a sense of mastery and calm amidst whatever is happening.
Instructor: Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Lisa sewing

The Land of Golden Sunshine — An Evening of Live Theater
An Allegory of Soul-Yearning by Swami Kriyananda
Friday & Saturday, May 26 & 27, 7 pm
Adults: $12 adults • Under 16: $5

“…all people who sincerely seek truth must sooner or later hear in their souls the call to a higher life. How, if you hear the call, will you respond?”

In this spiritual parable, a young girl (Lisa) is asked to choose between two eternally contrasting worlds: the material and the spiritual. Her life in a bleak factory brings her no joy. But the decision is much harder than she realizes. Shrinking back into the familiar is far easier than stepping into the unknown. She slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something transcendent. Her gradual awakening is deeply affecting. The Ananda Palo Alto Players share this original adaptation of a much loved story by Swami Kriyananda with live music, dance, pageantry, interpretive costuming and set-design, acting, and narration.
The Ananda Palo Alto Players
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday class, May 27, 10 am-1 pm, $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. Learn more...

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

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, May 28, 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

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation
for Newcomers

Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 pm, free   
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

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

 

JUNE

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, June 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 prayingFamily Worship Service
Saturday, June 3, 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

 

Subtle Energy Retreat: A Day of Silent Practice
Saturday, June 3, 10 am-5 pm, $65 (lunch included)  Register
Menlo Park Retreat House, location will be provided to participants

Prerequisite: three Subtle Energy classes (April 8, 22, & May 6)
Silence frees creative energy for spiritual expansion. Experience the joy and power of a day of silence and seclusion with other like-minded souls. On this guided day of inner awareness. we will immerse ourselves the techniques from the 3 previous Subtle Energy classes and strengthen our practice to take it with us into our everyday lives. Our quest for self-mastery will bring new levels of joy and well-being as we uplift our consciousness and deepen our awareness of our creative spiritual potential.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana

 

Satyavati half spial twist

Yoga Teacher Training
Informational Open House

Sunday, June 4, 12-2 pm, Ananda Palo Alto Yoga Center   Directions
Sunday, June 11, 12-2 pm, Ananda Scotts Valley    Directions

Ananda Palo Alto Yoga Center

Learn about this rich training program for becoming a certified Ananda Yoga Teacher. The year-long training begins on September 9, 2017 and takes place only on weekends. You may attend even if your goal is to deepen only your own practice. Becoming a certified instructor provides the opportunity to uplift and heal others. Experience the great joy of being a part of the global movement of professional yoga teachers helping to relieve the stress and anxiety of so many people, providing them a path to calmness, hope and joy.

This comprehensive training will give you an extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience in the art and science of hatha yoga, physiology, yoga as a preparation for meditation, working with students’ physical limitations, teaching practicums, and the philosophy of Yoga which underlies the physical poses. The spectrum of techniques we share during the training is based on classic asanas and the yogic teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.

With in-person training to post-graduate support, we help you in every way to become the yoga teacher you truly want to be. Learn more...
Presenters: Yoga Teacher Training Directors, Doug Andrews and Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

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

Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Every Tuesday, 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: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, June 7-28, 7:30 pm, $60   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 4-week series: Nayaswami Sharmila
Instructors for the Saturday class: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Eight Manifestations of God

Eight Manifestations of God:
Exploring Qualities of the Divine

Wednesdays, June 7-28, 6 pm, $60  Register
Bring something to share for a vegetarian potluck dinner 
   6-7 pm     Experiential practices and application
   7-7:45      Potluck: bring a vegetarian dish to share
   7:45-9      Class and discussion
The eight qualities of the Divine—love, peace, joy, power, wisdom, calmness, light and sound—are not just pious sentiments. Rather, these are the tangible ways in which Superconsciousness manifests itself into the physical world. The spiritual path involves opening ourselves to the possibility of these traits becoming real in our everyday lives. Join us and find ways to experience each of these manifestations within your own self.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



Graduation Ceremony & Celebration
Living Wisdom School (K-8)

Friday, June 9, 9 am
Every student speaks at the graduation ceremony, even the very youngest. It's remarkable to see the poise and self-confidence as these children develop. There is no better place to see the fruits of this remarkable school’s approach to education. Children here are deeply understood by their teachers, recognized for their unique strengths, and held to the highest standards of academic excellence, but in an environment of support. Living Wisdom Schools: celebrating more than 45 years of graduating successful, thriving students. Learn more at Living Wisdom School.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, June 9 & 23, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. 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.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

PrayerPray and God Will Answer
Saturday, June 10, 10 am-1 pm  $30  Register 
What is the best way to pray? What form of God attracts you—Mother, Father, guru, angel, saint? What if there is no response? How do you know God is listening? Certain attitudes bring you closer to God, others hold God at a distance. Learn to overcome doubt and mistrust, to pray with the power of a saint and the faith of a child.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

girl with strawberryMonthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   
Saturday, June 10, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch

2nd Saturday of the month
The farm is teeming with life and bountiful organic produce. There are bountiful seva (service) projects, too. You can help in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and eating your bag lunch around the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

expanding awarenessKriya Preparation 2
Expanding Your Awareness

Thursdays, June 15-July 6 (4-week series), 6-9 pm, $60  Register
Prerequisite: Kriya Preparation 1
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.

6 pm  Postures
6:30 pm  Sadhana
7 pm  Vegetarian pot-luck dinner
7:30-9  Class

Instructor: Brahmachari Tandava
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

say yesSay Yes to Life!
Saturday, June 17
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

In everyone, two voices compete. The one is life affirming; the other, life negating.   The first takes us into a harmonious flow with the world around us, the second encourages us to contract back into ourselves. Hundreds of times each day, we can see how we are doing spiritually, simply by watching this pattern of expansion vs. contraction.

There is a simple, surprisingly powerful technique for becoming much happier and more alive. Swami Kriyananda described described it as saying "Yes" to life.  You’ll learn this technique’s meaning and how to apply it creatively in your own life. We'll explore how to stay in balance by also saying "no" when appropriate. We’ll explore the metaphysics behind this technique—how you can tap into a greater intelligence beyond the limited mind that will guide you as you cooperate with it.
Instructor: Steven Manus

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

 

triangle pose Ananda Yoga class

International Day of Yoga
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 am-8:45 pm, free
In honor of International Day of Yoga, Ananda Yoga Center in Palo Alto is offering FREE yoga and meditation classes all day. Classes start at 7:30 am and will be offered every 90 minutes. Plan to drop by for as many yoga workouts as you wish, and pop into a free meditation class before or after. All levels welcome, from beginners to advanced; no experience necessary. Come join the fun!
Instructors: Certified Ananda yoga and meditation teachers
Ananda Yoga Center and Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, June 24, 10 am-1 pm, $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. Learn more...

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


lavenderCrafting and Cooking
with Lavender
at Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, June 24, 10 am-2 pm, $65  Register 

“I invite you to share my deep love and respect for nature, and my passion for everything herbal. I delight in teaching the ancient art and science of herbalism to create awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and the rich connection between plants and people.”
—Suzanne Elliott

Join this master herbalist in an exploration of the wild foliage of Ananda Farm. As you experience the local flora, you will learn to recognize and collect local lavender. We will make a lavender balm, and create herbes de provence quiche (containing lavender) and lavender lemonade. Enjoy lavender shortbread cookies to pass around. Recipes are provided.
Instructor: Master Herbalist Suzanne Elliott
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

chanters

Summer Solstice Outdoor Kirtan
An Evening of Devotional Chanting

Ananda Community, Courtyard Lawn

Saturday, June 24, 7 pm, free 
Join us in an evening of sacred chanting at this auspicious time of year. The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness that dwells within us all. The sun at the peak of its annual journey symbolizes the awakening of that consciousness into enlightenment. 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 even if it is your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants. All are welcome.
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, June 25, 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

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers

Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 pm, free  
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

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


JULY

family prayingFamily Worship Service
Saturday, July 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

 

inner guidance

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Saturday, July 1, 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
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

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

Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

pool throws

Larry & July 4July 4th Pool Party and Potluck
Potluck ~ Laughter ~ Swimming ~ Relaxation with Friends
Tuesday, July 4th Ananda Community 
3-5 pm Pool party 
5-6:30 pm Vegetarian pot-luck dinner and fun
Bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert to share. (Community will provide drinks and ice cream.) Enjoy relaxed time with your spiritual family, splashing in the pool, ping pong, and croquet on the green. Friends and family are most welcome to this casual Ananda style pot-luck. (Plenty of parking in unnumbered spots in the community, or anywhere on Monroe Drive.)
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, July 5-26 (4-week series)
7:30 pm, $60  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 4-week series: Nayaswami Biraj
Instructor for Saturday class: Brahmachari Saiganesh
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

death & dying

Death, Dying, Karma and Reincarnation
Wednesdays, July 5-26, 6 pm, $60  Register

6-7 pm: Conversation, ceremony, celebration, release...
Share your story, and listen as others share theirs
7 pm: Snack time: bring a vegetarian dish to share
7:30-9 pm: Class and discussion

“He who made us must surely also love us. His reason for ordaining death as the final act of life must, therefore, be somehow connected with His love.”
—Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained by Swami Kriyananda

Birth, death, and reincarnation seem to us fragmented realities. We have little memory of what came before, and no knowledge of what is to come. In fact, these apparently separate experiences are one continuous flow of expanding consciousness. Reincarnation is the highway, karma is the roadmap, astral and physical birth and death are the vehicles in which we travel.
Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Connie Hernandez, ND, & Nayaswami Lahiri
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, July 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

 

picking cauliflowerMonthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch

2nd Saturday of the month
Soak in The Farm’s verdant life as we approach the peak of summer. You can help in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and eating your bag lunch around the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

change your magnetismChange your Magnetism,
Change Your Life
An All-Day Seminar

Saturday, July 8, 10 am-4 pm, $60  Register
Attract what you truly need by activating the powerful laws of magnetism. Success or failure in any area of life depends on the strength and quality of your magnetism. Will power, concentration and enthusiasm are key to releasing the enormous energy within and directing it one-pointedly toward whatever you want to achieve. An unshakably positive attitude, solution consciousness and non-attachment are just some of the qualities that determine the outcome of any endeavor. Paramhansa Yogananda described spiritual magnetism as the “power of all powers,” and often counseled people to concentrate first on developing spiritual magnetism. He said: “Develop power to attract the highest naidhruvathing, then you can easily attract all lesser things.”

Nayaswami Naidhruva Rush brings great depth to her teaching and writing as an expert in the precepts of Paramhansa Yogananda. For nearly forty years she has been living these principles and sharing them as managing editor of Clarity Magazine, a publication devoted to Yogananda and Kriyananda’s teachings and their application in daily life.

She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1964, worked in the civil rights movement as a staff attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and later served as the Director of Community Law Offices in New York City. Currently she is Director of the Board of Advisors to an award-winning non-profit clinic. She is author or editor of four books: the recently published Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life; In Divine Friendship (Swami Kriyananda’s Letters), Swami Kriyananda: A Life in God, and The Ananda Cookbook. She lives at Ananda Village.
Instructor: Nayaswami Naidhruva

Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

AshaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm (except 7/4)
$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: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, July 14 & 28, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. 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.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

guru day offering

Guru Day Retreat:
Guru RetreatAn Evening of Storytelling and Pilgrimage

Saturday, July 15, 6-10 pm, free
Takes place outdoors at the Ananda Community*
This is one of the most sacred events of our year. Guru is Sanskrit, meaning “to lead out of darkness.” India has had a long tradition of passing spiritual truths from teacher to student, from guru to disciple.

Asha guides us in an evening of inspiring stories and music celebrating the life and teachings of the gurus particular to Ananda. Learn about Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-known spiritual teachers of the past century, as well as his own lineage of teachers: Swami Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, Babaji, and Jesus. If you have read Autobiography of a Yogi and thrilled to the stories of these saints’ lives, you will have the opportunity to feel their presence and spirit in this special evening of stories, chanting, and meditating outdoors in the community courtyard, visiting shrines dedicated to each of the gurus.
*you’ll appreciate a jacket and some layers as the evening gradually cools
Guided by Nayaswami Asha

Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

meditation malaWhy Become a Kriya Yogi?
Saturday, July 22
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Kriya means inner action. When you practice it as intended, you are working beyond the body and beyond the mind to experience an expanded understanding and consciousness. By learning and practicing Kriya yoga faithfully and with discipline, you become the master of your destiny: the storms and travails of life have little effect and the joys and appreciation of life increase. Asha, a Kriya meditator for over 45 years, shares the profound importance of having Kriya Yoga in your life.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation
for Newcomers

Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 pm, free   
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

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

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, July 29, 10 am-1 pm, $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. Learn more...

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

 

prayerTen Ways to Develop Devotion
Saturday, July 29 10 am-1 pm
$30  Register

“In the quest for God, the unfolding of the heart’s natural love, in the form of deep devotion, is the prime requisite for success.”
— Swami Kriyananda

 
Saints and sages from many traditions encourage spiritual growth through the practice of devotion. What is devotion? Are we born with it? Can it be developed? How can it help me advance in my spiritual life? Come and explore this important aspect of the spiritual path with enthusiastic souls who have experienced the power of devotion. They will share their successes and guide you in practices to awaken and develop this essential quality in your own heart. You will learn and practice how to:

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

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, July 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

 

AUGUST

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

Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm (except 8/8)
$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: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Joy of chanting

The Joy of Chanting
Wednesdays, August 2, 16 and 23, 7:30 pm
(3-week series) $45  Register
 
If you've made a resolution to deepen your enjoyment or practice, now's your chants! This hands-on class is designed to give you everything you need to begin your own chanting (for beginners), chant better (for those with some experience), or chant more confidently and blissfully (for long-timers). If you want to learn about using chants in your sadhana or about different types of chanting, or just want to sing, this series is for you. (Or even if you don’t think you can sing, but have a song in your heart.) Feel free to bring your own harmonium, guitar or other instrument, but it's not required.
Instructor: Saranya LaCosse, Tandava, Janice Fairlee and team
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, August 4   (no kirtan 8/18)
7:30 pm, free (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

 


family prayingFamily Worship Service

Saturday, August 5, 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

 

girl with chickenMonthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   
Saturday, August 5
9:30 am-1:30 pm
(1st Saturday this month;
usually 2nd Saturday of the month)

Bring a bag lunch

The farm is teeming with life and bountiful organic produce. There are bountiful seva (service) projects, too. You can help in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and eating your bag lunch around the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

SRW Expanding LightSpiritual Renewal Week
Sunday, August 6–Sunday, August 13     Learn more or Register
Ananda Village Nevada City, CA
This is the spiritual highlight of the year at Ananda Village. It’s also a wonderful time of renewal in the peaceful, rural surroundings of one of the largest intentional communities in the country. Enjoy seven days of inspiration and spiritual transformation (or as many days as you can come), through daily yoga and meditation, devotional chanting, music and theater, fellowship with like-minded seekers, and daily morning classes outdoors overlooking Lotus Lake, with remarkable speakers who have been living these teachings, many of them for more than 30 years. Ananda Village is where Ananda began nearly 50 years ago, and is located just outside of Nevada City, CA, about 4 hours northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. Call soon for housing as accommodations are likely to fill quickly: The Expanding Light Retreat, (800) 346-5350.

Note: On Thursday evening, August 10, Ananda Palo Alto Players will present the play, The Land of Golden Sunshine in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater overlooking a lake. It’s an unforgettable venue for evening theater.

Note: In Palo Alto, Sunday Service will be offered as usual, without interruption, but otherwise, there are no classes or events during this special week.

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, August 16-30 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
or a single Saturday class, August 26, 10 am-1 pm, $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: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chakrasChakras: Doorways to Your Karmic Matrix
Saturday, August 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Your chakras hold the key to who you are and how you think, feel, and react to the world. Chakras are the integrated storehouses of your karma—complex, fascinating, and the key to understanding your personal spiritual journey.
We’ll explore:

Instructor: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



KrishnaKrishna Kirtan (Janmashtami)
Outdoors on the Ananda Community Green
Friday, August 18, 7 pm, free

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—a sacred scripture of the East. The kirtan will be led by Raghu Clark and fellow kirtan musicians.
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

choir and flute

A Summer Concert
Sunday, August 20, 12:15 pm, free (donations gratefully accepted)

“Swami Vivekananda said that the first thing that you notice about people who practice yoga is that their voices become sweet.”
—Swami Kriyananda

Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music by Swami Kriyananda — including many rarely heard gems. Solos, small ensembles, choir, and instrumentalists will share a wide variety of music and moods: Rumanian memories, pieces in Italian, songs set to the exquisite lyrics of Shakespeare, humorous music, and the heart of Swamiji’s music: sacred pieces that stir the soul.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, August 25, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. 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.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, August 26, 10 am-1 pm, $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. Learn more...

Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, August 27, 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

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers

Wednesday, August 30, 7:30 pm
free    Directions
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

(last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

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

 

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.