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through January, 2017

SEPTEMBER

Conversations with YoganandaConversations 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 online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

harmonium class

Chanting with the Harmonium
Wednesdays, September 7-28, 7:30, $60  Register Class is full.

“Chanting is half the battle.”
—Yogananda

This hands-on class will help beginners and others learn or improve their playing of the harmonium, chanting on their own or leading others. (No previous singing or musical experience is necessary.) It doesn't take long to get familiar and comfortable with a harmonium keyboard and reading simple music. Many people find they can play by ear surprisingly quickly. You'll experience everything you need to make chanting a life-long pleasure and a powerful tool for developing devotion and depth in your spiritual life. Tandava, one of our longtime chant leaders and a lifelong musician, will help you explore this joyful practice.

Note: Loaner harmoniums are available to borrow during class for those who don't own one. And if you have one, bring it along.
Instructor: Tandava Waldon

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, September 24, 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 centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

patanjaliThe Yoga Sutras:
Backbone of Your Spiritual Life

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

“The journey to God was defined by the ancient sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. Yogananda made it clear, that what Patanjali described was the path everyone must follow to God; it is essential for every seeker. “
—Swami Kriyananda

Writing over 2000 years ago, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras explained yoga so succinctly, yet comprehensively, that they are unquestionably accepted as the scripture of yoga. These 196 aphorisms inform not only the path of yoga, but the nature of the mind and the entire human condition. They are the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. The Sutras come from revealed knowledge and serve as the fundamental road map for those who would explore the realm of Self-realization.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

raghuAutumnal Equinox Kirtan
with Raghu

An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Saturday, September 24, 7 pm, free
Ananda Scotts Valley, 221-A Mount Hermon Road, Directions 
Join us in an evening of sacred chanting at this auspicious time of year. The autumnal equinox symbolizes the inner preparation for spiritual enlightenment. Retreat, introspection, seclusion characterize this precious time of year. 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.
Guided by Raghu Clark and a host of fellow kirtan musicians

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered last Wednesday of the 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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Family ServiceOCTOBER

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

 

workday

Rajarsi Day Workday
Saturday, October 1, 9:30 am-2 pm, free
This is an opportunity to help with all sorts of much-needed projects at the church building and teaching center. Painting, cleaning, gardening, preparing and serving (and eating!) refreshments are likely tasks. The fun of the day is in joining together in joyful service, inspired by the ideal of karma yoga (selfless service, or action without desire for the fruit of the action). The day is named in honor of Yogananda’s most advanced disciple, Rajarsi Janakananda.

 

Meditation Teacher Training Open House
Sunday, October 2, 12:30-2 pm, Location: Ananda Palo Alto
Saturday, October 15, 12-1:30 pm, Location: Ananda Scotts Valley • Directions

Learn about the new training program for becoming a certified Ananda Meditation Teacher. The spectrum of techniques we share during the training are based on the highest ancient yogic practices of India. Meditation helps develop calmness, concentration, a balanced perspective on life, inner happiness, and spiritual magnetism. With in-person training to post-graduate support, we give you the tools to become a skilled, confident meditation teacher.
Meditation Teacher Training Directors, Doug Andrews and Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Conversations with YoganandaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, October 4 (and ongoing), 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 online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Saints Who Walked With God
Wednesdays, October 5-26, 7:30 pm
$60 for 4 classes Register, or $15/class Register, drop-ins welcome
The saints are sources of inspiration and truth for all who are on a spiritual path. Each one is uniquely guided by the divine, with an extraordinary work and expression of God’s love to the world. In these four weeks we will examine the lives of five saints: St. Padre Pio, Fra Angelico, Ramakrishna, Rajarsi Janakananda, and Sister Gynamata. Come & be uplifted by their stories of discipleship and selfless service to God.
Instructors: David G, Helen Purcell, Rammurti Reed, Shanti Rubenstone

Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio
Wednesday, 10/5, 7:30 pm, $15 Register
A Capuchin monk and mystic of the 20th century, his life was marked with miracles and extraordinary challenges. His personal power overwhelmed many. His compassion reached thousands through the hospital he spent a lifetime building. He could suddenly appear at the side of those in need, thousands of miles from his tiny room. He read the deepest secrets in the hearts of those who came to confession. A stirring and remarkable spiritual life.
Instructor: David G

Fra Angelica
Blessed Fra Angelico

Wednesday, 10/12, 7:30 pm, $15 Register
Fra Angelico (“Angelic Brother”), born around 1395, led the devout and ascetic life of a Dominican friar, and never rose above that rank; he followed the dictates of the order in caring for the poor and was always good-humored. All of his many exquisitely rendered paintings were of divine subjects. It is said he never handled a brush without fervent prayer and wept when he painted a Crucifixion. The divine beauty of the images he created earned him the name “Angelic.” Join Helen, storyteller extraordinaire, for a look at the humble life of a simple devotee of Christ whose work has continued to inspire all these centuries later.
Instructor: Helen Purcell

RamakrishnaRamakrishna
Wednesday, 10/19, 7:30 pm, $15 Register
Ramakrishna was born in 1836 to a poor Brahmin family. From the age of 6 he had ecstatic experiences of the divine. He became a priest at the Dakshineswar temple in Calcutta but practiced several religions, including Islam and Christianity, and taught that in spite of differences, all religions are valid and true and they lead to the same ultimate goal—God. Learn more of the inspiring life of this Indian mystic and yogi.
Instructor: Rammurti Reed

Rajarsi and Gyanamata
Saints Who Walked With God:
Rajarsi Janakananda & Sister Gyanamata

Wednesday, 10/26, 7:30 pm, $15  Register
The two foremost disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda, Rajarsi Janakananda & Sister Gyanamata led lives of polar opposites: Rajarsi, a business tycoon and Gyanamata, a reclusive widow. Yet, once they gave themselves in total service to their Guru, they were able to achieve soaring states of consciousness. Immerse yourself in inspiring stories of these two contemporary American saints.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Thursdays, October 6-27, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

Meditation 3: Devotion
Thursdays, October 6-27, 7:30 pm, $60 Register
Prerequisite: Energy (Meditation 2)   Learn more...

Meditation 6: Chakras and Preparation for Kriya Initiation
Thursdays, October 6-27, 7:30 pm, $60 Register
Prerequisite: Expanding Your Awareness (Meditation 5)    Learn more...
Instructor: Nayaswami Chidambar & Amara Fiesterman

 

Webinar with Asha
Live More in the Consciousness of Energy
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, October 7, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda

Swami Kriyananda writes, “Don’t think of yourself as a physical body, merely. Think of the body itself as a vehicle for the expression of your energy.” Two characteristics are common to successful people: 1) an abundance of energy, and 2) a greater-than-usual degree of awareness. Join Asha online or in person to learn how to live with dynamic energy and greater awareness. The more you absorb these principles, the more you'll be amazed at their power to revolutionize your life.

 

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, October 7 & 21, 7:30 pm, free (offered most 1st & 3rd Fridays)
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

harvestingMAJOR Farm Workday
Saturday, October 8, 9:30 am-noon    DirectionsLearn more
noon meditation
12:30 pm Bring a bag lunch
1:30 pm Take a hike, play with the chickens, play with your kids, or jump into a new workday project

If you can only come once or twice this year, this is the time. It's a great way to help and enjoy the beauty of the farm, in the company of many other friends of the farm. Plan on bringing a bag lunch. Bask in the fresh air as you serve alongside others in the great outdoors at the Farm. Or, join a project inside Seva House or one of the old barns. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and eating your bag lunch around a big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

bibleMystical Teachings of the Bible
Saturday, October 8, 10 am–1 pm, $30 Register
The Bible is filled with teachings that parallel or are the same as yogic teachings. Many of the mystical teachings clearly taught in Eastern religions are in the Bible but thinly disguised. Learn how these scriptures are often misunderstood or incomplete in traditional Bible study. Discover how great yogic masters interpret many of the scriptures and Bible stories we all know. Gain greater familiarity with the Bible and develop a broader foundation for your own understanding, exploration and inspiration.
Instructor: Rammurti Reed

 

Swami gift to MasterDiscipleship as a Way of Life
Saturday, October 15, 10 am, $30 Register
Discipleship is at the heart of our spiritual path. Being initiated as a disciple is just the first step to becoming a disciple. You set your intention, you make your commitment, then you have to figure out what it means and how to do it. Learning and practicing Guru-reminding attitudes and behaviors can fill one’s life with uplifting joy-filled moments. Spiritual friendship is the ideal relationship between disciple and master. How can one carry on and deepen that friendship using it to power spiritual growth, especially if one’s Guru has left the body? How does the devotee stay attuned to the Guru’s will. What will help us to want to follow the Guru’s direction? The class will be free-flowing, allowing us to talk frankly and deeply about the real-life challenges of living up to the commitment we have made.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Webinar with Asha
Meditate Regularly
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, October 21, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)

To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Regular meditation can raise one’s consciousness into what psychologists have described as superconsciousness, the polar opposite of subconsciousness. Join Asha online or in person to explore the benefits of this higher-than-conscious level of awareness. The more you absorb these principles, the more you'll be amazed at their power to revolutionize your life.

 

Heart of the Bhagavad Gita : A Guided Walking Meditation
Saturday, October 22, 10 am-1 pm, $30 Register
The Gita is scripture for more than one billion of the world's people. But few in the West are aware of the mystic, esoteric meaning of the text. It is a beacon of light and a guide back to our true home in the Divine. The Gita also offers encouragement and counsel for living harmoniously in a challenging world. Whether your interest is mystic awareness or practical advice, this exploration of the Gita through guided, walking meditation will help you access insights and understanding you might never have discovered on your own. With humor and wisdom Biraj shares insights from his process of studying the Bhagavad Gita over an 8 year period while on many long plane commutes between California and India.
Instructor: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(usually offered the last Wednesday of the month except Nov and Dec)

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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, October 29, 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 centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Navashen Jones

 

The Spiritual Entrepreneur
Saturday, October 29, 10 am-1 pm, $30 Register
We’re living in a time of transition for all. As our spiritual aspirations expand, we may find ourselves conflicted about the goals of our work or business. How can we make them more service oriented? Is it spiritual to want to make more money, to want to grow a business? You may be surprised to learn how important money and business are on the spiritual path. Learn how the great Masters deal with these issues, and find out how to spiritualize these vital aspects of our lives.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Yoga Workshop: Wise Choices
Tools to Transform Anxiety & Depression and Create a Joyful Life

Saturday, October 29, 2-5 pm   Register
Location: Yoga Center

Don’t let anxiety and depression keep you from enjoying life. Dare to try something new. Explore the subtle, yet dynamic tools of yoga: postures, breathing, movement and meditation to relax the body, refresh the mind, and calm the emotions. With special focus on gentle methods to engage core strength, and heal from injury and trauma, Shantika assists each individual in the process of regaining health and balance. In her private practice in Los Altos, Shantika specializes in Trauma Therapy and Relational Somatic Psychotherapy.
Instructor: Shantika Bernard, PhD, CMT, RYT 200

 

NOVEMBER

Conversations with YoganandaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays (except 11/29)
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 online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

wellness

The Art & Practice of Being Truly Well
Wednesdays, November 2-16, 6-9 pm, $45 Register, (drop-ins welcome,
$15 Register)

Bring something to share for a vegetarian potluck dinner 
How can we become truly well? Join us for an immersion in wellness & healing. Each week we will participate in self-healing activities, share a light vegetarian potluck meal, then move into a lively practice and discussion of the essentials of vibrant health and well-being:

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Rammurti & Sita Reed

 

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

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, November 3-17 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45 Register
Prerequisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate)
This training includes the complete set of Yogananda’s Energization Exercises and more. Learn more here...

Meditation 5: Expanding Your Awareness
Thursdays, November 3-17 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45 Register
Prerequisite: Meditation 3 & 4       Learn more

 

Webinar with Asha
Make Transcendence Your “Ulterior Motive” in Everything You Do
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, November 4, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)

To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Swami Kriyananda said, “Never let yourself stagnate in lesser victories. Keep ever climbing up the mountain toward the highest that is in you. Realize that that highest embraces not merely physical and mental accomplishments, but spiritual ones above all. There is a longing deep within every soul for perfect peace, absolute love, and infinite joy.” Join Asha online or in person to learn how to make transcendence your “ulterior motive” in everything you do.

 

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, November 4 & 18, 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.


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

 

PathwayThe Spirit and Art of Pilgrimage
Saturday, November 5, 10 am–1 pm, $30 Register

Though all life is, in a sense, a pilgrimage and everything in existence a holy shrine wherein resides the Divine, we can also go on outward pilgrimage to reinforce and deepen our attunement with God. A veteran of many pilgrimages to India, Italy and other sacred places, Shanti will share ideas and practices to turn your travel experience into a life altering spiritual journey. If you are joining the Southern California Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Paramhansa Yogananda, November 10-13, or planning for any Ananda pilgrimage in the future, this gathering will help prepare you for an enjoyable and transformative experience.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

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

Saturday, November 5, December 3, January 21 (3-class series), 2-4:30 pm
First workshop & personal evaluation $85, additional workshops $50 each
All three workshops & personal evaluation $145   Register
Location: Ananda Yoga Center

Yoga Therapy uses yogic principles and techniques to address your 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 to help you evaluate how you are progressing.
Instructor: Adriana Buenaventura, RYT 200

 

Divine Mother Kirtan
with Acharya Mangalananda (disciple of Anandamayi Ma)
Saturday, November 5, 7-9 pm
$15 suggested donation (no one will be turned away)

Join Acharya Mangalananda and his musicians in an evening of traditional chanting, inspired by his blissful devotion to the Divine Mother, Anandamayi Ma. Mangalananda has been a dedicated disciple of Sri Ma for over 40 years, and is an Acharya (an appointed Spiritual Teacher) of the Ma Sharanam Ashram in Omkareshwar, India. After his meetings and conversations with Ma, Yogananda remarked in his autobiography that, “I marveled to see that whether amidst a crowd, on a train, feasting, or sitting in silence, her eyes never looked away from God.” She in turn, stated “Behold, now and always one with the Eternal, I am ever the same.”

Mangalananda brings to life the mantras and stories of kirtan from the rural villages of India, and of the sweetness of his time with Ma, playing in the traditional ragas, and using call and response vocals to allow us a taste of that Divine Joy.

 

Joy mountain

Devotion: Finding Joy in God
Saturday, November 12, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Look at any young child and you see that joy is our natural state. Yet joy can be lost in the forest of life’s challenges. The simple practice of devotion can bring our minds and hearts back to gratitude and joy even in the midst of difficulties. Learn techniques and attitudes that give you mastery over negative emotional responses and allow you to express the joyful, devotional nature that lies within you.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(meets the last Wednesday of the month - except in Nov & Dec)

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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

AYWebinar with Asha
Autobiography of a Yogi Satsang
Friday, November 18, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
This is not an ordinary book. It is a spiritual treasure. Only rarely does a sage of Paramhansa Yogananda's stature write a firsthand account of his life. Followers of many religious traditions have come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. It is full of gentle humor, lively stories, practical common sense and most importantly it contains a message of hope to all truth seekers that we, too, can have a direct, personal relationship with the Divine. Moving through the book in a free flowing discussion, Asha will explore insights, connections and perceptions gleaned from a lifetime of living as a disciple of Yogananda and talk about how to form a living, loving, moment-to-moment relationship with God and Guru.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, November 19, 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 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: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari

 

Craft FairAnanda's Annual Holiday Crafts Fair
Sunday, November 20, 11:30 am (after Sunday service)
Beautiful handcrafted jewelry, clothing, woodwork, and homemade foods for the holidays will be on display in the Yoga Center (right near the Temple). This is a perfect opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays, and support Ananda artists. If you are an artist who would like to offer items, contact contact Amara at (650) 941-9507.

 

thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Meditation & Service
Thursday, November 24, 10 am-noon, free
Thanksgiving Banquet at noon, $15, children $5, under age 6 free
“I give thanks to the giver behind each gift, and to the one Giver behind all that I receive,” writes Swami Kriyananda. Reflect on everything that has come into your life this year and its Divine Source in this special holiday service. You and your family members or friends are warmly invited to join in a vegetarian banquet afterwards.

 

DECEMBER

meditationLearn to Meditate
Thursdays, December 1-15 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest 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: Steven Manus

 

AYWebinar with Asha
Autobiography of a Yogi Satsang
Friday, December 2, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
This is not an ordinary book. It is a spiritual treasure. Only rarely does a sage of Paramhansa Yogananda's stature write a firsthand account of his life. Followers of many religious traditions have come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. It is full of gentle humor, lively stories, practical common sense and most importantly it contains a message of hope to all truth seekers that we, too, can have a direct, personal relationship with the Divine. Moving through the book in a free flowing discussion, Asha will explore insights, connections and perceptions gleaned from a lifetime of living as a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and talk about how to form a living, loving, moment-to-moment relationship with God and Guru.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm, free (no kirtan 12/15)
(Except for holidays, like this month, kirtans are 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.

 

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

 

ChakrasWorking with the Chakras
Saturday, December 3, 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 storehouses of your karma—complex, fascinating, and the key to understanding your personal spiritual journey.
We’ll explore:

Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

singing

Sacred Music with Ananda Choir
Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 4, 12:15 pm, free
(for those attending the concert, lunch provided at 11:30 am)

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

 

Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(meets the 4th Wednesday of the month, except in Nov and Dec)

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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, December 10, 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 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: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari

 

Jesus

The Christ Consciousness
Saturday, December 10, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
The Christmas season is a time when we can make great spiritual progress. Christ and the other Masters are drawn very close by the devotional spirit of the whole planet. Bathe in the spirit of Christ, and renew your inner connection to Him, through chanting, music, readings, and meditation.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

eight hour meditation

Eight-Hour Meditation
Saturday, December 17, 10 am-6 pm
This tradition was begun by Yogananda and has become the heart of Ananda’s Christmas season. It’s a day dedicated to communion with Christ Consciousness—a profound opportunity for an inner experience of the Divine. Though it may seem intimidating, you may be surprised at how easily the soul welcomes long periods of deep quiet. The group energy carries everyone deep into meditation. There are periods of chanting, music, and inspiration throughout the day. Come early enough to be in place by 10 am. You may bring your own meditation gear and sit on the floor, or use our chairs. Bring a blanket or sweater. If you are unable to participate for the full day, check our website for the schedule of times when you may enter or leave.

 

sai caroling hat

Christmas Caroling Party at Ananda Community
Sunday, December 18, 6 pm, free
Meet at Chela Bhavan, the large home at the far end of the courtyard
Bring a sweet or savory for a potluck afterwards
Stroll the streets near the Ananda Community in Mountain view, singing to the neighbors who delight in this old-fashioned holiday tradition—a magical evening. Afterwards, we’ll gather back at Chela Bhavan for refreshments and potluck sweets/savories. Children are welcome. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Words to the carols are provided.

 

christmas eve

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Saturday, December 24
shepherdMeditation 5-7 pm
Worship Service 7:30 pm

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

 

Christmas angels

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

JANUARY

AshaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, January 3 (and ongoing), 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 online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

meditatingLearn to Meditate
NEW: 8-week series

Wednesdays, January 4-February 22, 7:30 pm, $95  Register
Meditation will benefit all aspects of your life: your health, your mental clarity, your sense of well-being, and much more. From stress-reduction to Self-realization, the techniques taught in this course can improve the quality of your life.

We will share and practice a version of the universal and popular technique of watching the breath. This approach to meditation is used throughout the world and has been taught down through the ages for the simple reason that, with proper instruction and practice, it works.

Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This 8-session course includes in-class practice, tips on establishing your practice at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, unlimited (no-charge) re-take policy, and ongoing support in-person or online.

In this class you will learn:

Techniques taught in this class include simple stretches and exercises, breathing exercises, watching the breath, affirmations, chanting and creative visualization.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all. There are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated meditators, each with more than 30 years of practice.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

YoganandaYogananda’s Birthday Celebration
Thursday, January 5
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Celebration, 7:30 pm

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

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, January 6 & 20, 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.

 

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


Finding Happiness movieFinding Happiness, The Movie:
The Meaning and the Making

Saturday, January 7, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Life is like a marionette. If you pick it up from the wrong string, it's a jumble, impossible to direct. Pick it up by the right string and everything falls into place. How often we seek pleasure and happiness in the world around us — through career, relationships, money, or reputation. How often we find, the hard way, that the world doesn’t fill that hunger for long. One can chase after happiness forever and never quite reach it. The way to lasting happiness is surprising. As you cultivate an inner habit of being happy, regardless of circumstance, you will find that everything else in your life falls into place.

Finding Happiness is a Hollywood-made docudrama that offers an in-depth look inside the Ananda spiritual community. We’ll watch the movie together and then explore what that means and how to achieve it in this workshop, inspired by).
Instructor: Asha


Our most popular class

raja yogaThe Art & Science of Raja Yoga

Thursdays, January 12-April 27
16-week immersion, 6-9 pm 
Cost: $395 plus two course texts:
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga ($27), Swami Kriyananda
and How to Meditate ($12), Jyotish Novak

Register online for a 10% discount   Register

6 pm Gentle hatha yoga session
7 pm Vegetarian pot-luck, meditation
8 pm Study and discussion

Energize your life! Immerse yourself in an experience of the Art and Science of Yoga. Raja (Royal) Yoga is a comprehensive approach to life that develops personal character, inner strength and calmness, as well as physical well-being.

Together we’ll explore the ancient wisdom of Yoga and how to apply it to your own life, using practical techniques like meditation, yoga postures, affirmation, and energy control. You will experience the power of breath work to alleviate tension, discover the secrets of success and personal magnetism, and learn how to spiritualize all of your life.

Based on the philosophy of the Eight-Fold Path taught by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, this course does not ask you to accept a dogma, nor are any affiliations with Ananda required or expected.

Learn more...

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone MD, Rammurti Reed, Sita Reed, Steven Manus, Saranya LaCosse, and a team of yoga teachers from the Ananda Yoga Center

 

Divine romance

True Love: The Divine Romance
Saturday, January 14, 10 am-1 pm, $30 Register
True love is an aspect of God. In Swami Kriyananda’s words, “not personal love, but Love infinite … all absorbing and infinitely comforting. It is utterly untainted by selfish desire”. This class will focus on ways of seeking and finding that place in us where true love reigns; where fears are calmed, thoughts are focused, the heart opens, and healing happens.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

 

J&D relationshipFinding Your Soulmate
or Your Life Partner

Saturday, January 21
10 am-1 pm, $30    Register

We all seek to satisfy the heart’s longing for perfect love. Explore Yogananda’s teachings on the subject of soul mates (everyone has one). Learn the difference between a soul mate and a life partner, and practice specific techniques to both attract your ideal relationship and to keep your relationship growing towards God.

Explore this fascinating topic with Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari, two devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda who sought and found their life’s partner through these sacred Indian teachings.

Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari

 

Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(usually offered the last Wednesday of the 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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, January 28, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This 3 hour-session includes in-class practice, tips on establishing your practice at home, written instructions, unlimited (no-charge) re-take policy, and ongoing support in-person or online.
In this class you will learn:

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all. There are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated meditators each with more than 30 years of practice.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari

 

opening the heartWisdom of the Heart
Saturday, January 28, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Pain, disappointment and unwelcome change are part of the human journey. Everyone has suffered, and the heart bears the scars. But once wounded, how do you respond? Do you harden your heart and wall yourself in? Or do you accept, forgive, let go, and move on? Learn how to free the heart of negative emotions, with honesty and genuine forgiveness.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Yoga Workshop
Wise Choices: A Retreat for Women in Times of Transition

Saturday, January 28, 2-5 pm, $45, LOCATION: Yoga Center Register
Come and explore the physical, emotional and spiritual needs that occur during challenging times of change. Learn to meet these changes through the gentle, yet energizing practice of Ananda Yoga. We will also use meditation, affirmations and the healing powers of nutrition, herbal medicine and essential oils. Each participant will receive a small gift bottle of essential oil of her choice. Bring a journal and pen, a small snack item to share, and a warm soft blanket or shawl for meditation and contemplation. In her private practice in Los Altos, Shantika specializes in Trauma Therapy and Relational Somatic Psychotherapy.
Instructor: Shantika Bernard, PhD, CMT, RYT 200

 

 

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.