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through September, 2014
or explore classes by topic (see links at left)

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


AUGUST

chanting

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

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

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

—Paramhansa Yogananda

 

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

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


Webinars with Asha

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

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

 

SEPTEMBER

Swami and Yogananda

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, September 2-16 (and then no classes until November 11)
7:30 pm, $15/class
ongoing class, drop-ins welcome
    Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, they stretch much farther back in time to ancient yogis who first discovered these principles. The texts are noted for their brevity, and have been interpreted extensively by saints and mystics ever since. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear Yogananda’s teaching on this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, recently published in 2013.

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

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

 

Realize Optimal Vitality
Through Yogic Principles & Practices

changed from Wednesdays in September to
Tuesdays, October 14–28, 7:30 pm, $60           more info...  

 

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

 

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

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

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

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

 

family worshipFamily Worship Service
Saturday, September 6, 10 am
(1st Saturday each month)

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

palette

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

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

 

Explore Your Body Type with Ayurveda
Saturday, September 6, canceled 


Swami

Swami Kriyananda’s Discipleship Anniversary
Friday, September 12, 7:30 pm
Tonight, we will honor Swami’s life-long example of discipleship in story and song, looking for gems that will help us deepen our commitment to the spiritual life — wherever we may be on our spiritual journey. The evening closes with an In memorium video that evokes Swamiji's loving presence (bring kleenex), Just recently created by Bryan McSweeney and Rachel Egbi of Ananda Village. Everyone welcome.

 

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Saturday, September 13, 10 am-1 pm, $30     Register
Beyond wishful thinking, imagination, or channeling, true inner guidance is calm, centered knowing. But sometimes fears and conflicting desires obscure the truth. Learn to still your mind and open your heart to the whispers of guidance that are freely available to you. Learn specific, proven techniques for drawing inner guidance, and testing its validity in your life. Discover who you really are, and all you are meant to become Topics include:

Instructor: David G

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

prayer

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

 

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

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

 

farm workday

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

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

 

Webinars with Asha

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

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

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

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

 

OCTOBER

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga (Level II)
Wednesdays, October 1-29 & November 5 (6-week series), 6-9 pm, $108
(Prerequisites: The Art and Science of Raja Yoga course or long-term membership in Ananda. Drop-ins welcome)
Building upon the 12 week overview offered in our annual Raja Yoga course, this series will focus on ways to use the teachings daily in our lives.  We will expand upon 5 fundamental concepts and practices, with instructor-led breakout sessions offering a hands-on approach to becoming, as Yogananda put it “practical in our idealism”. 
Instructors: Nayaswami Chidambar, Steven Manus, Saranya LaCosse, and some of Ananda’s best hatha yoga teachers

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, 7:30 pm, free
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, October 4, 10 am (1st Saturday each month)
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

harvest

Harvest Festival at Ananda Valley Farm
A day of games, celebration and song
Saturday, October 4, 2-9 pm
$12* includes dinner; children $6

Down-home family farm fun! Come and experience Ananda’s farm at its light-hearted best. Games, apple bobbing, hay rides, frog hunting contest, gunny sack races, egg races, watermelon feed, horseshoe toss, kayaking contest. We’ll end the evening with an old-fashioned hoedown and contradance in our Gratitude Greenhouse. No experience necessary - the caller will teach all the dances as we go. Visiting contradance maestro, Larry Rider (Omprakash), makes a special guest appearance from Seattle. A few very unexpected Ananda musicians will be fiddling and playing in Larry’s band.
* Farm program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

 

Sun & Moon Workshop
Saturday, October 4, 2-4 pm, $30
Ananda Yoga Center

Hatha Yoga may be thought of as a physical practice that naturally tends to balance our lunar and solar energies. But our asana practice often tends to reflect a bias for the solar. This special Ananda Yoga workshop will offer a balanced practice to first awaken the solar energy through flowing repetitions of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Then we will pay homage to the lunar energy that is an equal part of our Nature as we practice, Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations) and remind ourselves that we are all reflections of the Divine Light.
Instructor: Doug Andrews

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, October 9-30, 7:30 pm, $60
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Meditation 3: Devotion
Thursdays, October 9, 16 & 30 (three-week series)
7:30 pm, $45

Pre-requisite: Energy (Meditation 2)
Explore meditation as a means of inner communion, the awakening of the heart, and the beginning of what Yogananda calls the “divine romance”. We'll explore the more subtle nuances of meditation practice involving breathing and increasing the flow of energy, into and throughout the body.

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

Meditation 6: Chakras and Preparation for Kriya Initiation
Thursdays, October 9-30, 7:30-9 pm, $60
Pre-requisite: Expanding Your Awareness (Meditation 5)
Babaji declared that Kriya should be given to “all who humbly ask for help.” Some preparation is necessary, to make the body and mind ready to receive the power created by the practice of this technique. 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 his Autobiography of a Yogi.

Instructor: Nayaswami Chidambar

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, $30
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Santosh LaMarche

 

11th Step Workshop
Deepening your Conscious Contact with God
Saturday, October 11, 10 am-1 pm, $30
Explore the promise and purpose of cultivating a spiritual life, and learn powerful tools of yoga for experiencing inner communion with God. This class is open to truth seekers on any path. No 12 Step membership or affiliation is required, though background in the 12 Steps is a plus. The class includes lecture, group discussion, silent reflection and gentle yoga postures to support relaxation and opening of the heart.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

blue sunset

Realize Optimal Vitality
Through Yogic Principles & Practices

Tuesdays, October 14–28, 7:30 pm, $60         Register
Uplift your energy and promote healing in yourself and others by drawing on the unlimited power of the universe, using techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Understand how limiting thoughts and negative behaviors can undermine your health and vitality, and how to change those patterns. Enjoy the sense of well being that results from following universal laws of healing. In this 4-week series, we’ll explore how to:

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

 

hikers Marin

Spirit and Nature
Mount Tamapais Hike in Marin
Saturday, October 18, 8:30 am, $15 for food (hike is free)
Meet at Ananda Community entrance to carpool       Directions
Join fellow enthusiastic hikers for a day on Mt Tamalpais in Marin County. Visible from San Francisco, Mt. Tam is part of one of the largest preserved parks near a major city in the U.S. The hike will be moderate to strenuous, taking us through an unusually wide range of microclimates, forests, and plant life along the way. We will leave early, enjoy great satsang, a midday meditation, catered lunch, more hiking, then head to Marin for dinner together. (dinner is additional; will be inexpensive)
Guides: Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Saiganesh Sairaman, and Vinny Jones

 

Akash

AKASH
Ancient Keys for Attaining Success and Happiness

Saturday, October 25, 10 am-1 pm, $30
AKASH is a unique, six class series written by Swami Kriyananda, offering time-proven techniques for making positive, lasting changes in your life. Swami, who was trained in these principles and techniques by his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, wrote and recorded these lessons to give people the essential tools they will need for the challenging times ahead. Learn:

Instructor: Steven Manus

 

tea

Enchanted Tea
Fundraiser for Ananda Valley Farm

October 25, 4-6:30 pm, $20
Step into a magical setting as the farm transforms from hay and compost to high tea and twinkle lights. Enjoy each other’s company as we eat, drink, and share the blessings of the Farm’s sacred spaces. (Special surprise: you won’t believe who your waiters and waitresses will be!)

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 pm, free
There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers offered the last Wednesday of each month. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Webinars with Asha

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

How to find us

Directions

Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.

Occasionally, a class or event takes place at Ananda Community, just a few miles south of the Temple and Teaching Center. You'll see a special mention of it in the description, along with directions.