Explore classes & events by date
through April, 2017

 

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

 

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.

 

livestreamchristmas 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

livestreamChristmas Day Family Worship Service
Sunday, December 25, Noon-1 pm, free
Banquet at 1:30 pm, $15 adults, $7

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 canlivestreamlearn 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
Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95 (buy, or bring your copy)
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. Learn more...
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

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

livestreamWe 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

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, January 7 & 14, (2 Saturday-series) 10 am-1 pm, $45 Register
Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95 (buy, or bring your copy)
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. Learn more...
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Improv for Joy, Courage & Enthusiasm!
Saturdays, January 7, 21 & 28, 5:30-6:45
Suggested donation $30 for series Register
Optional dinner out with class after each session

Laughter is the best medicine and joyful playing is something we should do our whole lives, not just as children. Improv is a wonderful way to move your energy, express the Divine within, awaken your courage and just have fun. In this beginning improv class we will do a variety of group exercises, movement and games. Be prepared to experience everything from the ridiculous to the sublime. Share with us in this joyous group satsang.
Facilitators: Rose Atwell & Michael Olivier


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 ($15), Jyotish Novak

Register online for a 10% discount   Register

6 pm Gentle yoga session, meditation
7:15 Vegetarian pot-luck, meditation
7:45 Study and discussion
9 Optional guided practice

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.

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 the varied aspects 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

 

Ananda Palo Alto Meditation Teacher TrainingMeditation Teacher
Training Program

January 14-May 13, 2017
(meets two Saturdays each month)        Learn more...
9 am-6 pm
, $995
no discount for online registration

Register with MindBody
(go to Teacher Training tab)

Become a certified meditation teacher and learn how to help others reach their highest potential. Meditation is well-known for its many benefits, and classes in meditation are now commonly found in many workplaces and medical settings. Meditation is increasingly used to help those with PTSD. Increasing numbers of schools offer meditation to help reduce stress and enhance student performance. You don't need to become a teacher to enroll; you are welcome to attend to enrich and deepen your personal practice.
Instructors: Doug Andrews & Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Divine romance

Consciously Coping with Stress
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: Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

 

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

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, January 13 & 27, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Watch it online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming at Chela Bhavan (Ananda Community in Mountain View). Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

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

January 21, February 11, March 4, 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

 

Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 pm, free (last Wednesday of the month)
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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

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

 

Como Meditar (Learn to Meditate in Spanish)
Taller en Español
Saturday, January 28, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Enrolamiento
¿Te imaginas cambiar estrés por relajación! ansiedad por plenitud! miedo por confianza! tristeza por alegría? El taller “Como Meditar” te enseñará como hacerlo. La meditación no sólo calma la mente y abre el corazón, sino que nos da una perspectiva mucho más amplia, positiva y generosa de la vida. Nos transforma eliminando lo que no nos sirve y dejando brillar nuestro potencial interior!
Profesora: Amintha Petersen

 

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

Saturday, January 28, 2-5 pm, $45
Ananda Yoga Center    Register at MindBody

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

 

FEBRUARY

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, February 3 & 17, 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.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, February 4 (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.

 

The Art of Successful & Supportive Leadership
Saturday, February 4, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Leadership can be confusing because we think it is about ourselves and what we want, rather than about others and what is needed. Join in an exchange of ideas on how best to support others to achieve your goals—and theirs.

Leadership is:

David Praver has been one of the steady hands leading Ananda Palo Alto since 1987. Under his leadership, Ananda has grown in many areas, expanding East West Bookshop, developing the Living Wisdom School, acquiring a large residential community (Ananda Community in Mountain View), and most recently, magnetizing the rather miraculous Ananda Valley Farm that is giving so much joy (and food!) to so many. He has been meditating for over 35 years; he specializes in teaching advanced meditation and Yogananda’s Energization Exercises.
Instructor: David Praver

 

Conversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, February 7 (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. Search for "Nayaswami Asha YouTube Channel”.) What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, February 10 & 24, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Or you may watch in person at Chela Bhavan. Please come 10 minutes early, and remain quiet during the filming.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, February 11 & 18 (2 Saturday-series), 10 am-1 pm, $45  Register
Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95 (buy, or bring your copy)
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. Learn more...
Instructor: Navashen Jones

 

Finding and Following Your Authentic Spiritual Path
Saturday, February 11, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
No one path is right for everyone so God kindly created many religions and practices, taking into account the different temperaments and needs of each individual. Finding and staying on a spiritual path can be challenging. Sometimes the greatest problem is that we make the path far harder than it actually is. Living with God at the center of our lives is a joy. Explore how to clear the obstacles, including our own ideas about how the spiritual life should be, and let the Divine express more fully in our lives.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

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

February 11, March 4, 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

 

Art, Rebirth and Transformation
A 3-Day Inspirational Multi-Media Retreat

Friday-Sunday, February 17-19
Friday 7-9 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 2-6 pm
Cost: $215 plus $20 for materials
Early bird discount: $175 until 1/10/17
Location pending depending on number of registrants;
will be in the Palo Alto area

“Dana is uniquely gifted not only as an artist in her own right, but in her ability to communicate and awaken in others their own creativity.  Totally fun! Unexpected. Deep. Profound. Delightful. Highly recommended for—well—everyone! Creativity is a pathway to soul awakening. Dana has the roadmap. ‘Take me to my creative center.’ And she does.”  
—Asha, Spiritual Director of Ananda Palo Alto

As spring blossoms burst forth from barren branches, our souls rejoice in the miracle of rebirth and transformation. Working with soul visioning collage, intuitive flow chalk pastel drawing, sacred music & spontaneous movement you will discover a vibrant new life waiting to blossom in your own heart. Enduring spiritual principles help guide the new energies that are ripe and ready to emerge in your life right now.
Instructor: Dana Lynne Andersen


Como Integrar la Meditación en tu Vida Diaria
How to Integrate Meditation into your Daily Life
Taller en Español (a workshop in Spanish)

Saturday, February 18, 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

 

Special Kirtan Celebrating Shivaratri
with Raghu and kirtan musicians

Saturday, February 18, 7 pm
Location: Ananda Scotts Valley

Yogananda didn’t come to bring Hinduism to America. But we can’t resist celebrating some of India’s beloved holidays. Tonight’s kirtan is in honor of Lord Shiva, symbolic of the destructive force in creation, sometimes feared, but also needed to clear away the old and make room for new beginnings. Shivaratri is the night when Shiva is said to have performed the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. Invoke Shiva’s supreme power through meditation, chanting, storytelling. This will go later than usual, but not all night. The kirtan will be led by Raghu Clark and a host of fellow kirtan musicians.



Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, February 22, 7:30 pm, free (last Wednesday of the month)
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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Finding Calmness in a Chaotic World
Saturday, February 25, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
When we find ourselves blindsided by life, we may wonder whether we brought it on ourselves, whether our name has been plucked out of the phone book, or even whether we were born under a bad astrological sign. No matter what the cause, we can find a way to come back to our place of calmness within, to what Paramhansa Yogananda called a “portable paradise.” This is not a way of avoiding our responsibilities. It is, in fact, the most beneficial response we can learn, to enable us to discover solutions within, and find joy in riding the waves life sends our way.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

livestreamA Winter Afternoon’s Concert
Flute, Piano, and Vocal Solos from the music of Swami Kriyananda

Saturday, February, 25, 3 pm, free (donations welcome)
An intimate concert of music by Swamiji—this is a solo-oriented concert, with some beautiful flute pieces by Todd, and vocal solos by Karen and Saiganesh. We rarely do a program like this, but there is so much of Swamiji's music that we rarely hear, this is a splendid way to immerse in an afternoon of live music—with people who have devoted themselves to sharing this sacred music.
Performers: Todd Billingsley, Karen, & Saiganesh


MARCH

Learn to Meditate     8-Week Series
Wednesdays, March 1-April 19, 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. Learn more...
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, March 3, 7:30 pm, free (no kirtan 3/17 due to the school play)
(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.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, March 4 (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.

 

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

March 4, 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

 

livestreamParamhansa Yogananda's Mahasamadhi*
Tuesday, March 7
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Service, 7:30 pm, free

*Mahasamadhi: a great yogi's final, conscious exit from the body.
Since Yogananda’s passing on March 7 in 1952, this day has become a sacred occasion for his students. Millions of people around the world have been touched by the life of Yogananda, and inspired by his Autobiography of a Yogi. We’ll gather tonight to hear stories of his life, chant and meditate, listen to recordings of his voice, and receive his inward blessing. All are welcome to this devotional, beautiful evening.

 

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
Or you may watch in person at Chela Bhavan. Please come 10 minutes early, and remain quiet during the filming.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Major Farm Workday
Saturday, March 11, 9:30 am
(2nd Saturday each month, now through November)
Bring a bag lunch

Enjoy the first buddings of springtime at the farm. 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 the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. No special skills necessary. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm in our sacred valley with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

Como Meditar (Learn to Meditate)
Taller en Español (workshop in Spanish)
Saturday, March 11, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Enrolamiento
¿Te imaginas cambiar estrés por relajación! ansiedad por plenitud! miedo por confianza! tristeza por alegría? El taller “Como Meditar” te enseñará como hacerlo.
La meditación no sólo calma la mente y abre el corazón, sino que nos da una perspectiva mucho más amplia, positiva y generosa de la vida. Nos transforma eliminando lo que no nos sirve y dejando brillar nuestro potencial interior!
Instructor: Amintha Petersen

 

Conversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, (and ongoing, no class 3/7 and 4/4), 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. Search for "Nayaswami Asha YouTube Channel”.) What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Living Wisdom School’s annual Theater Magic Production
Joy! Joy! Joy! The Life of Paramhansa Yogananda:
 A Parable for Our Times

Wednesday, March 15, 10 am
Friday, March 17, 7 pm
Saturday, March 18, 7 pm

Admission is free for students and their teachers on Wednesday morning*
Yogananda brought yoga to America in 1920, sparking a revolution in spirituality. A dynamic speaker, writer and poet, he worked tirelessly to show the underlying truths common to all religions. His legacy includes world brotherhood communities and Education for Life schools. Today, hundreds of thousands of seekers around the world consider themselves to be his disciples.

Each year, Living Wisdom School presents a play based on the life of a spiritually great man or woman. Past years’ plays: St Bernadette of Lourdes, Dalai Lama, Buddha, St. Francis, Jesus, Joan of Arc, and Martin Luther King. Every student, from kindergarten through 8th grade, is involved. This is a full-scale production, far exceeding in quality and complexity anything you would expect in a “school play.” There are three performances from which to choose. Friday and Saturday performances usually sell out; please get your tickets early. It’s easier to find seats for the Wednesday performance.
* Free admission for school classes and senior groups for daytime performances only. For tickets or info, call (650) 462-8150.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, March 18 & 25 (2 Saturday-series), 10 am-1 pm, $45  Register

Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95 (buy, or bring your copy)
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. Learn more...
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

Balancing the Divine Feminine and Masculine
Saturday, March 18, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
We’re living in a time of breaking through old, obsolete forms. Now, in an age of unlimited potential, new ways are just beginning to take hold. Our concept of the Divine presence is also changing.  Our sensibilities are shifting, toward the softer, more flowing embodiment of the Divine Mother. Yet, this too, remains incomplete. As humans, we become whole only by embracing all aspects of Divinity. Steven Manus offers a new insight into balancing these energies, with a fuller understanding of the Divine Masculine – the sun as counterpart to the moon, equally valued. 
Instructors: Steven Manus

 

Suzanne with herbsWild Foods Foraging
& Cooking

Saturday, March 25
10 am-2 pm, $45*  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

Instructor: Suzanne Elliott,
Master Herbalist and Health Educator

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

 

Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 pm, free  (last Wednesday of the month)
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. We look forward to meeting you.


 

 

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.

 

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.

 

APRIL

EVENTS WITH NAYASWAMIS JYOTISH & DEVI

Meditation
Saturday, April 1, 7-10 am
Ananda Temple, Palo Alto


Finding Happiness: How to Live a Life Fulfilled
Saturday, April 1, 7 pm, free
Cañada College Theater, Redwood City

Seating is limited; reserve free tickets in advance now

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

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.

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

 


 

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

 

Kirtan: 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.

 

Webinar with Asha
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, April 7, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Or you may watch in person at Chela Bhavan. Please come 10 minutes early, and remain quiet during the filming.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Subtle 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Conversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, April 11 (and ongoing, no class 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.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

livestreamGood 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

 

Easter Saturday
Retreat and All-Sing of 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

 

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

 

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.

 

livestreamSwami Kriyananda's Moksha Day
Thursday, 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.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, April 22 & 29 (2 Saturday-series), 10 am-1 pm, $45  Register
Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95 (buy, or bring your copy)
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. Learn more...
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

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.
Instructor: Bhajana MacDow

 

Playing with Nature Through the Seasons
Springtime Saturday on Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 3-5 pm, free
With beautiful expanses of green in all directions, let’s being “Sharing Nature”
games in the courtyard of Ananda 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 renown 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

 

Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm, free (last Wednesday of the month)
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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Kriya 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

 

 

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.