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DECEMBER                                       


 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Wednesdays, December 5-19, 7:30 pm, $45  Register
or Saturday, December 1, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing sense of inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Wednesdays series instructor: Saiganesh Sairaman
Saturday instructor: Lakshmi LaPine
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

KriyaKriya Initiation and Renewal Ceremony
Saturday, December 8, 10 am-5 pm
Sacred ceremony, by invitation only

This daylong initiation/retreat is for those who are Kriyabans and disciples of Yogananda, or have completed initiation preparation and have permission to attend. If you would like to participate and haven't yet received an invitation, please call us at (650) 323-3363.
Guided by Asha and Shanti
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

sai caroling hat

Christmas Caroling Party
Sunday, December 9, 6 pm, free
Bring a sweet or savory for a potluck afterwards

Stroll the streets near the Ananda Community in Mountain view, singing to the neighbors who delight in this old-fashioned holiday tradition—a magical evening. Afterwards, we’ll gather back at Chela Bhavan for refreshments and potluck sweets/savories. Children are welcome. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Words to the carols are provided.
Meet at Chela Bhavan, the large home at the end of the courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View Directions

 

chantingKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, December 21, 7:30 pm, free
no kirtan on Dec 7
(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

 

eight hour meditation

Eight-Hour Meditation
Saturday, December 22, 10 am-6 pm
This tradition was begun by Yogananda and has become the heart of Ananda’s Christmas season. It’s a day dedicated to communion with Christ Consciousness—a profound opportunity for an inner experience of the Divine. Though it may seem intimidating, you may be surprised at how easily the soul welcomes long periods of deep quiet. The group energy carries everyone deep into meditation. There are periods of chanting, music, and inspiration throughout the day. Come early enough to be in place by 10 am. You may bring your own meditation gear and sit on the floor, or use our chairs. Bring a blanket or sweater. If you are unable to participate for the full day, check our website for the schedule of times when you may enter or leave.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

Annunciation

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Monday, December 24
Meditation 5-7 pm
shepherdWorship Service 7:30 pm

Join us for one of the most beautiful and devotional evenings of the year. The coming of the baby Jesus is thrilling in itself, but also a profound symbol of the awakening Christ Consciousness within each of us. This magical evening includes sacred music, a talk by Asha guiding us deep into the spirit of Christ, and a beautiful live creation of Jesus’ birth with costumes kings and shepherds (creche). Everyone participates at the close in a beautiful devotional candlelight ceremony at the feet of the baby Jesus.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Christmas angels

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

Children, like all of us, are hungry for a deeper level of meaning. The Christmas story is a perfect way to reach them. Even the subtle inner meanings of the coming of Jesus can be understood by children if they are presented, as we do at this service, with clarity, imagination, beauty, and joy. A cast of children and adults illustrates the story as Asha narrates, bringing Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem magically to life. Many adults say this is one of their favorite events of the year. Each child should bring a small gift for the Christ child.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

New to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation

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

 

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

 

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

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

*If you are interested in taking vows in the Renunciate Order that Swami Kriyananda has established, please contact Asha. Anyone may take these vows, which are to God only, and not affiliated with any organization (this order is independent of Ananda). You can learn more about the new Renunicate Order here.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



JANUARY, 2019                                     


chantingKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, January 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.

 

Yogananda“To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your dutiful activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

Yogananda's Birthday: Meditation, Music, & Readings
Saturday, January 5, 7-10 am, free
Today, as we celebrate the birthday of this great yogi-avatar, join in this 3-hour morning meditative program, including music, periods of meditation, excerpts from Yogananda’s talks and more.


Family Worship Service
Saturday, January 5, (1st Saturday each month), 10:30 am
Note: we usually start at 10 am, but will start at 10:30 this month, only
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 all ages, in a joyful atmosphere with music, storytelling, and love.

 

The Answer movieThe Answer
Film Launch in the U.S

Saturday, January 5, 7 pmAnanda Temple
$10 • Register

This new film features Indian film star, Victor Banerjee, as Yogananda, and is the true story of a young man on a spiritual quest. It's beautifully filmed depiction of Swami Kriyananda from his early youthful longings and idealism, to his first meeting with Master, and his years as a disciple and monk living with Yogananda. Banerjee’s depiction of Master brings India’s yogi-saint to life in a way we have never seen before.

The Answer received strong reviews in the Indian press earlier this year where it opened; one of India’s leading celebrities, Rajinikanth, praised the film and encouraged everyone to see it. The Answer premieres in the U.S. in several locations, including the Bay Area, on the anniversary of Yogananda’s birth.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Kriya Prep 1
Tuesdays, January 8-February 12, 7 pm, $150
Register via PayPal: 10% discount • Register

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, we 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

 

 

meditationAprende posturas de Yoga y Meditación
(Curso de Meditación Nivel 1)

Enero 8, 15, 22 y 29 del 2019, 7-8:45 pm, $100
Register via PayPal: 10% discount • Register
(cupo limitado, descuento del 10% si te registras online)

¿Te gustaría tener más vigor, enfoque y compasión en tu vida? En este curso experimentarás el poder de la meditación y posturas de yoga para aliviar la tensión en el cuerpo, calmar y concentrar la mente, y despertar la compasión por los demás. Comenzaremos la clase con posturas de yoga, por lo tanto se recomienda que los participantes usen ropa cómoda que facilite el estiramiento y la relajación del cuerpo. No se requiere ninguna experiencia previa de posturas de yoga o meditación. Costo $100 por este curso. Registrate online y recibirás un descuento del 10%. Cupo limitado. Para más información puedes llamar al 650-503- 4417 o escribir a PaloAltoAnandaEspanol@gmail.com.
Instructoras: Adriana Buenaventura, Eloisa Fuentes y equipo

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Wednesdays, January 9-30, 7:30 pm, $60
Register via PayPal: 10% discount •
Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing sense of inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Saiganesh Sairaman

 

Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda

Twice each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 4-month immersion   Learn more...
Thursdays, Jan 10-April 25, 2019, 6-9 pm
(optional meditation 9-9:30 pm)

Cost: $525 • Register 

One of our most popular offerings, Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the yoga asanas well-known in the West. Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others. Ultimately, it is a well-explored pathway, walked by countless yogis and mystics, to union with God.

The teachings of Raja Yoga are compatible with the core teachings of all the great world religions; devoted members of other faiths are also an active part of Ananda.

Instructors: Shanti Rubentone MD, Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, Brahmachari Tandava, Lakshmi LaPine, and a team of yoga teachers from the Ananda Yoga Center
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

* Previous students: If you've attended and wish to attend again as an auditor, please register here. Auditors are welcome, space permitting. Cost: $50. Register

 

danceConscious Movement for Inner Freedom and Joy!
Friday, January 11, 7:30 pm, $15
Register via PayPal: 10% discount • Register
Would you like to move with the freedom and joy that Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda did? You can! It’s just a matter of practice. Swami Kriyananda was very supportive of devotees practicing the art of movement for the spiritual benefit that it brings. Learn about the connection between movement and our inner state of being; discover how to use movement to instantly shift your consciousness. Master said that we should do one new thing every day, and that we should do what we think we cannot do. Use this opportunity to call on your courage, and come fill your quota of new experiences through the joy of Conscious Movement. 
Instructor: Kamaladevi Beswick

 

Altar

Temple Beautification Workshop Series
Saturday, January 12, 2-5 pm • Register
Thursday, January 31, 9 am-noon
Register via PayPal: 10% discount • Register
Saturdays, February 2, March 16, April 6, 2-5 pm

$30/class, drop-ins welcome
Beautification enthusiasts: would you like to learn to design with flowers, beautify with fabrics, create altars, decorate for special events, or provide vital support to our temple’s weekly altar beautification team? Now is your chance! In this new workshop series, you are invited to share in the joy that comes from engaging in this devotional and transformative seva (service). Whether you envision yourself as a designer, an altar assistant, a worker bee, or a curious participant seeking creative ways to serve spiritually, discover the joy of being in the creative flow in this warm and welcoming setting. No experience is required—only an affinity for creating, and a desire to serve.

Workshop 1: Bouquet Design
Explore the fun you can have creating with flowers. Learn techniques and strategies for working with color, shape, size and texture, explore different bouquet personalities, and practice tuning into divine guidance and joy as you engage in a creative flow. Each participant will make several unique bouquet designs. Optional homework: Create a bouquet for your home, photograph it, & bring to class to share your experience.
Instructors: Atmajyoti and Kamaladevi

Intuitive Counseling Training

Practical skills for guiding others in their personal,
professional, and spiritual life

17 Sundays, Jan 13-Nov 17, 2019, 1:30-5:30 pm •  Learn more
& 1 Saturday day-long retreat, Aug 24 (location pending) 

This 9-month program weaves together yogic teachings, coaching tools and spiritual counseling practices for supporting others in their life journey. It's ideal for those in leadership roles—teachers, mentors, supervisors, managers— who would like to develop their interpersonal skills, and learn how to draw out the best in others. Bi-monthly sessions include lecture, group discussion, class exercises, and home practices for applying the materials personally and professionally. Contact Vivekadevi or Doug with questions.

Cost (training, materials): $2,300 • Register
Early-bird (thru 12/16/18): $2,000 • Register
Regrets; no 10% discount for this immersion

Jan 13 & 27 June 2
Feb 10 & 24 Sat, August 24   (day-long retreat)
Mar 10 & 24 Sept 8 & 22
April 7 & 28 Oct 6 & 20
May 12 & 19 Nov 3 & 17

Instructors: Doug Andrews (E-RYT 500) 
Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn (RYT 500)

Ananda Yoga Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Cómo Atraer Más Prosperidad
Sábado 19 de enero de 2019, 10 am-1 pm, $45
descuento del 10% si te registras online • Register

El taller "Cómo Atraer más Prosperidad" te ayudará a expandir tu consciencia de prosperidad de forma que puedas atraer más abundancia a todos los aspectos de tu vida. También te dará herramientas y prácticas que te ayudarán a tener una actitud positiva hacia el dinero y a sentirte merecedor de la abundancia del universo. Para más información puedes llamar al 650-503- 4417 o escribir a PaloAltoAnandaEspanol@gmail.com.
Instructora: Gloria Ramirez

 

Chanting to Bring Spiritual Depth
Saturday, January 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30
Register via PayPal: 10% discount •
Register
Chanting has the power to bring all who practice it with deep attention a feeling of divine response. Singing, Yogananda said, is a divine art; and devotional chanting is the highest form of this art because it leads to attunement with the Cosmic vibration. In devotional chanting you learn to attune the “receiving station” of your heart to pick up the channel of communion with God through sound. Join Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari for a morning of exploration into the heart and soul of chanting to the Divine.
Instructor: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Saturday, January 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 sense of inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Sharmila Hoffman

 

Informal Concert
Saturday, January 19, 7-8:30 pm, free
Hear rarely heard songs, and some rarely heard singers in this relaxed, informal evening house concert at Chela Bhavan. Soloists who are just spreading their wings will perform, as well as more exerienced singers. This is a fun evening and rare party-time for choir (choir will potluck together at 5:30 pm). You welcome to join the music fun starting at 7 pm.

 

gitaWebinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, January 25, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual treasure in-depth and at an unhurried pace. The Gita is a subtle guide to the inner life, expressed as spiritual guidance by Krishna to Arjuna on the eve of a great battle. Deeply symbolic, this guide to inner spiritual awakening has been interpreted by many over the ages. Our study is based on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Watch Asha’s webinar online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming at Chela Bhavan, in Ananda Community. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.
Instructor: Asha

 

Guidance Through Song
Friday, January 25, 7:30 pm, free (donations accepted)
Join us for a purely experiential evening—listening, meditating, writing, moving—the goal of which is to inspire, guide you and give you tangible tools for upliftment in everyday life. We will dive into the music and lyrics of Swami Kriyananda, absorbing the deep message there for each of us. This music is surprisingly powerful; enjoy the opportunity to feel it deeply, and experience what can happen.
Instructor: Rita Deierlein

Sharing Nature

Deepening Your Attunement with the Divine
A Sharing Nature Retreat Day
Saturday, January 26, 10 am-2 pm, Ananda Valley Farm, $45
Register via PayPal: 10% discount • Register
We turn to nature for solace, inspiration, beauty and mystery. We came from nature, and to nature we return. Yet how well do we truly know her? Join Navashen Jones for a day of depth and fun, connecting with nature through elements of play, communication, meditation and joy. Taking place at Ananda Valley Farm, a picturesque location nestled within the hills of Half Moon Bay, this day promises to be both deep and inspiring. Please pack a picnic lunch.
Instructor: Navashen Jones

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, January 27 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45 am, free
Perhaps you or someone you know is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. All are welcome. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each individual. These techniques help us overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties including serious illnesses. He taught that we should use our God-given powers to heal ourselves and others, but not think of them as our own.

 

ConversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class, drop-ins welcome
Register via PayPal: 10% discount • Register
What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

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

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation

Thursday, January 31, 7:30 pm, free
(last Thursday of the month)

Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
Come hear a little about Ananda's teaching, offerings, and roots in a causal setting. All questions welcome. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way. We look forward to meeting you.
The unity behind all paths, and how to find one that’s right for you
Ananda’s spiritual roots, ideals, and approach to the spiritual life
A tour of classrooms, temple, and grounds
Instructor: David G or others

 

Temple Beautification Workshop Series
Workshop 2: Trip to the Flower Mart
Thursday, January 31, 9 am-noon
$30/class, drop-ins welcome
Register via PayPal: 10% discount • Register

Discover Mt. Eden Floral Company in San Jose, where many of the flowers for our altars and events are purchased. Learn how to select flowers and greenery for an altar or event, how to work within a budget, and how to gauge the quantity of flowers you will need. Bring warm clothes, as we’ll be in a refrigerated space. On Saturday, Feb 2, participants will create bouquets to decorate the temple for Sunday Service.
Instructors: Atmajyoti and Kamaladevi

Temple Beautification Workshops coming up:
Saturdays, February 2, March 16, April 6, 2-5 pm


 

Directions to Ananda

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.