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


AUGUST

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, 7:30 pm, free
(donations gratefully accepted)

Join us in 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.

“Because man himself is an expression of the Creative Word,
sound has the most potent and immediate effect on him,
offering a way to remembrance of his divine origin.”

—Paramhansa Yogananda

 

family worshipFamily Worship Service
Saturday, August 2, 10 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.

 

Swami and Yogananda

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, August 5-26, (except 8/19) 7:30 pm
(continuing course) $15/class
    Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, they stretch much farther back in time to ancient yogis who first discovered these principles. The texts are noted for their brevity, and have been interpreted extensively by saints and mystics ever since. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear Yogananda’s teaching on this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, recently published in 2013.

People from around the world are watching Asha’s classes on these ancient Yoga Sutras. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes and explore the inmost working of the meditator’s spiritual life. Each week stands alone, so you may come in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, August 7, 14 & 28, (three sessions) 7:30 pm, $45    Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Brahmachari Tandava

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, August 9, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Nirmoha Vargas-Gladen

 

Restorative Yoga
Saturday, August 9th, 1-3 pm
Register through Yoga Center

Complete yoga postures calendar
Restorative Yoga is active relaxation. Props are used to allow students to stay in the asana for longer periods of time, promoting deep, healing relaxation. It is in the deep relaxation phase where true physical flexibility and range of motion are developed. Affirmations, spiritual (uplifting) music, and visualizations are used to influence both the subconscious and conscious minds.
Instructor: Adriana Buenaventura

 

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Special Events at Farm (our 1 year anniversary already!)
Monthly Workday
and Afternoon Satsang with Pranaba and Parvati

Saturday, August 9, 9 am-5 pm
Ananda Valley Farm
9 am Experience the joy of harvesting vegetables grown with love. At the same time, enjoy the harvest of blessings and inner growth brought by service to God, and to God in one another.

P&P

1 pm “Bringing Spirituality into Everyday Life” class with longtime Ananda ministers, Parvati & Pranaba, visiting this weekend from Ananda Village

3 pm Q & A with Pranaba and Parvati.

Sunday, August 10
10 am Sunday Service with Pranaba and Parvati.

 

Spirit in Nature Day at the Farm
Saturday, August 16, 9:30 am-5 pm, $25 (lunch included)    Register
Connect with the Earth in gratitude for the gift of life and the body, the instrument through which we seek and know God. Spend time communing with God in the silence of nature, and work on projects around the farm. Part of the day will include guided nature experiences, to help awaken a deeper realization of our oneness with all that is.

krishna

Krishna Kirtan at the Farm
Saturday, August 16 (note change of location from past years)
5:30 pm potluck
7-9:30 pm kirtan
Ananda Valley Farm

This popular annual event will be hosted for the first time at Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay. Come and experience an evening in honor of Krishna, an incarnation of love, who also served as a noble king. Don your Indian garb, if you wish, and enter into a mini-pilgrimage to India.

 

Crisis and Crossroads
Saturday, August 16, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Whether welcome, or painful, global or personal, change is the only constant in life. All of us face times when cherished beliefs, values, accomplishments and possessions are threatened. Difficult decisions have to be made. A willow tree does not fear the wind because it knows how to bend. A rock has a different strength, steadfast, unmoving. Both are needed. Sometimes the lesson is to stand against the tide, sometimes to go with the flow. Learn to understand, and have the courage to face what God is asking of you.
Instructor: Nirmoha Vargas-Gladen

 

srw

Spiritual Renewal Week
Sunday, August 17–Sunday, August 24
Ananda Village Nevada City, CA       Learn more or register
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 more than 40 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.

Schedule:

(Note: There will be Sunday Service in Palo Alto on both Sundays and a Sadhaka meeting on Monday eve. But otherwise, there are no classes here from August 18-23)

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 pm, free
Teaching Center (the building just behind the Temple)

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around. You are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. Anyone may drop in to this brief, informal gathering to learn more about the teachings offered here. All questions welcomed.

 

Webinars with Asha

The Bhagavad Gita: Yogananda’s Interpretations
Monday mornings (and ongoing), 7 am PST, free    Watch here
(donations welcome)

Watch a live webinar with Asha every Monday morning. At the request of devotees in India, she is broadcasting at this unusual time here, but you may find it the perfect way to start your work week, too. Explore Hinduism’s most beloved scripture—a guide to the great battle within ourselves between the forces that take us closer to God, and those that draw us away.

The Essence of Self-Realization series
Alternating Fridays, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
Aug 1, Grace vs. Self-Effort (Chapter 11)
Aug 29, The Need for Yoga (Chapter 12)

Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register register here at Ananda Online. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

SEPTEMBER

Swami and Yogananda

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, September 2-16 (and then no classes until early November)
7:30 pm, $15/class
ongoing class, drop-ins welcome
    Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, they stretch much farther back in time to ancient yogis who first discovered these principles. The texts are noted for their brevity, and have been interpreted extensively by saints and mystics ever since. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear Yogananda’s teaching on this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, recently published in 2013.

People from around the world are watching Asha’s classes on these ancient Yoga Sutras. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes and explore the inmost working of the meditator’s spiritual life. Each week stands alone, so you may come in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

Note: Asha will resume this class in November; she is teaching in
New Zealand in the interim. Her travel schedule, including live stream events will be posted here.

 

blue sunset

Realize Optimal Vitality
Through Yogic Principles & Practices

Wednesdays, September 3-24, 7:30 pm, $60    Register
Uplift your energy and promote healing in yourself and others by drawing on the unlimited power of the universe, using techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Understand how limiting thoughts and negative behaviors can undermine your health and vitality, and how to change those patterns. Enjoy the sense of well being that results from following universal laws of healing. In this 4-week series, we’ll explore how to:

Instructors: Connie Hernadez, N.D., Nayaswami Lahari, and Amara Fiesterman

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, September 4-25, 7:30 pm, $60    Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Vinny Jones

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, September 4-25, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate (Meditation 1)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this 4-week series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in “Learn to Meditate.”

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, 7:30 pm, free
(donations gratefully accepted)

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

 

family worshipFamily Worship Service
Saturday, September 6, 10 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.

palette

Sacred Art Experience
Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, September 6, 9:30 am-1 pm,
Non-members: $30 for class and art supplies  Register
Members only: $15 for art supplies  Register

Come and discover the artist within you. Be guided through an experience of creativity designed to take you on an inward journey. Explore that place where creativity and spirituality are one. No previous experience is necessary. This workshop will be followed by an optional afternoon of great fun serving at the farm, which includes a lunch (provided).
Guided by Brahmachari Dhananjaya

 

Explore Your Body Type with Ayurveda
Saturday, September 6, Class Cancelled 10 am-12:30 pm    Register
Would you like to learn how to design your own daily routine according to your body type? Learn Ayurvedic fundamentals on how to balance your body through diet, yoga, and spiritual practices for your body type (dosha), according to Ayurvedic principles. We will discuss and learn yoga poses and pranyam (breathing techniques) to help you tune into your own body on a deeper, more intimate level. There will be an Ayurvedic constitutional test on bodily structure and appearance to help you understand Ayurveda and your own dosha more deeply.
Instructor: Annapurna Delyle

 

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Saturday, September 13, 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

 

Celebrate Ananda
Saturday, September 13, 5-9 pm, free
Dinner included; Takes place outdoors at the Ananda Community
Come to a birthday and anniversary party in which everyone is the guest of honor. This is the 25th anniversary of the Ananda residential community in Mountain View — a time to look back in gratitude for challenges met and blessings received. Ananda friends will share their experiences on the path, hear beautiful music, and share a lovely evening program of inspiration. Children are welcome. Wear layers as a warm September afternoon may give way to a cooler evening.

 

Autumnal Equinox Kirtan
Saturday, September 20
5:30 pm potluck
7-9 pm kirtan
Ananda Valley Farm

Yogananda’s guru, Sri Yukteswar, was among many things, an astrologer. Realizing that the evenings of the two Equinoxes and Solstices were auspicious for spiritual blessings, Yukteswar guided the devotees in celebrations, singing together to God. What better place to tune into these celestial blessings than surrounded by nature at Ananda’s Farm in Half Moon Bay? Join us as we welcome the expansive season of autumn and, “whip up our devotion,” to open our hearts and increase our receptivity to God’s love and joy.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, September 20, 10-1, $30   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Santosh LaMarche

 

prayer

How to Pray so God Will Listen
Saturday, September 20, 10-1, $30    Register
What is the best way to pray? What if there is no response? How do you know God is listening? Certain attitudes bring us closer to God, while others hold God at a distance. Sometimes it’s our idea of God that keeps us separate. Learn to overcome doubt and mistrust, to pray with the power of a saint and the faith of a child.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 pm, free
Teaching Center (the building just behind the Temple)

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around. You are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. Anyone may drop in to this brief, informal gathering to learn more about the teachings offered here. All questions welcomed.

 

farm workday

Monthly Workday at the Farm
Saturday, September 27, 9:30 am – 1 pm
Ananda Valley Farm

“Non-attachment to the fruits of our labors” is one of the essential attitudes a yogi is encouraged to develop on the road to inner freedom and unconditional joy. Here is an opportunity to experience the joys of selfless service and spiritual community. Join with friends new and old in harvesting organic vegetables grown with love for Ananda Farm’s CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) movement.

 

Webinars with Asha

The Bhagavad Gita: Yogananda’s Interpretations
Monday mornings (and ongoing), 7 am PST, free    Watch here
(donations welcome)

Watch a live webinar with Asha every Monday morning. At the request of devotees in India, she is broadcasting at this unusual time here, but you may find it the perfect way to start your work week, too. Explore Hinduism’s most beloved scripture—a guide to the great battle within ourselves between the forces that take us closer to God, and those that draw us away.

The Essence of Self-Realization series
Alternating Fridays, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
9/5 The Highway to the Infinite (Chapter 13)
9/19 The Need for the Guru (Chapter 14)

Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register register here at Ananda Online. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

 

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.