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

 

Link to all Holiday events   •    4-month calendar (PDF)

DECEMBER                          

Eight-Hour Meditation
Saturday, December 20, 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 here for the schedule of times when you may enter or leave. Here is a .PDF file you may download that gives the same information.

 

carollers

Christmas Caroling Party at Ananda Community
Sunday, December 21, 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.

 

Mary & baby    shepherd

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Wednesday, December 24
Meditation 5-7 pm
Worship Service 7:30 pm
    Watch live stream here
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

 

little shepherds

Christmas Day Family Worship Service & Banquet
Thursday, December 25
Family Worship Service, noon-1 pm, free    Watch live stream here
Banquet, 1:30 pm
$15 at the door, $7 children (under 6 free)
  Pay/Reserve
king

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.
Storytelling by Asha

 

Women's Spirituality Group
12/28, 1/25, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

fire ceremonyNew Year’s Eve Service
Wednesday, December 31
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Vows Ceremony for Renunciate Order,* 6 pm
Worship Service, 7:30 pm
 
Watch live stream here

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 us. 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.


Webinars with Asha

The Essence of Self-Realization series, Ananda Online
12/5   How to Pray Effectively

Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and 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.

 

JANUARY

Family Worship Service
Saturday, January 3, 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.

 

YOGANANDA'S BIRTHDAY

Yogananda’s Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 5
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Celebration, 7:30 pm

Watch live stream here

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

 

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, January 6-27 (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class    Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, they stretch much farther back in time to ancient yogis who first discovered these principles. The texts are noted for their brevity, and have been interpreted extensively by saints and mystics ever since. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear Yogananda’s teaching on this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, recently published in 2013.

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

 

The Art & Science of Raja YogaRaja Yoga    Register
Wednesdays, January 7-March 25, 6-9 pm   
plus two Saturdays,
January 31 & March 14, 9 am to noon

Cost: $350 includes all materials and the 450 page book,
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda

One of our most popular classes is this 12-week immersion, offered once each year. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the physical postures 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 are Raja Yoga are compatible with the core teachings of all the great world religions, and devoted members of other faiths are also an active part of Ananda.

Each class begins at 6 pm with an hour of gentle hatha yoga postures tailored to meet the needs of the group, and a brief meditation. The remaining class time is devoted to discussion of Raja Yoga, and especially these areas of study:

Philosophy: Karma, chakras, Self-realization, kundalini, guru, attunement, astral worlds, the Yugas, astrology, devotion, and selfless service.

Hatha: Postures as a preparation for deep meditation.

Pranayama: Control the breath to harmonize, increase, and direct energy in the body. Learn how to reduce fatigue, depression, lack of mental clarity, and other stress-related illnesses through the practice of pranayama.

Meditation: Experience meditation as a powerful spiritual practice—a way to make God real in your life. Devotion, an understanding of our chakras, and the role of the guru are a part of that exploration.

Healing: Learn yoga practices to help relieve many conditions, including chronic pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, nervous disorders, weight problems, digestion, heart ailments, and stress.

Diet: Learn how food affects consciousness, and what types of food benefit your health and your spiritual life.
Main Instructors: Nayaswami Chidambar, Saranya LaCosse, Stephen Manus; plus several of Ananda’s best yoga teachers

 

at the feet of Swamiji

Lessons From the Life of Swami Kriyananda
At the Feet of a Great Teacher

Thursdays, January 8-29, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
No one currently at Ananda has spent time with Yogananda, as he passed away in 1952. Yet, through hearing Swami Kriyananda tell of the Master's life through personal stories and teachings he experienced, many have come to feel that they, themselves, knew him. 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. Come hear never-before heard stories of Swami and let us together unpackage them, each a tiny gift of understanding and inspiration. Between them, Nayaswami Lahari and David G. have some 60 years of experience with Swami Kriyananda, observing him working closely with others, guiding Ananda's development, and especially, helping the people around him to develop spiritually. This will be an informal, relaxed evening of sharing and inspiration.
with David G and Nayaswami Lahari

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, January 8-29, 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: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, January 8-29, 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
1st and 3rd Fridays, 7:30 pm, free
(note new schedule - no longer every Friday)
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.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, January 10, 10 am, $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: Steven Manus

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, January 10, 10 am-1 pm, $30     Register
This monthly class series will explore the underlying principle for each of the 12 Steps and will look at how the teachings of yoga support living these principles in daily life. In January we will explore Step One: "We admitted we were powerless", where the emphasis is on the spiritual principle of surrender. Combining lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice, we will look at actions and attitudes that support spiritual growth and lead to inner freedom.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Eight aspects

Exploring the Eight Aspects of Divine Manifestation
Saturday, January 17, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
The eight attributes of God: love, peace, joy, power, wisdom, calmness, light and sound, emanate from Cosmic Vibration. They are Superconsciousness itself made manifest in the physical world. Our goal in life is to realize these aspects of the Divine within until our soul expands to become all of them. Join us and find ways to experience each of them within your own self.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Restorative Yoga Workshop 
Saturday, January 17, 2-4 pm, $30  
Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
This workshop is designed for those who want to feel more relaxed, have more energy and reduce stress. Restorative Yoga enables one to release the physical, mental, and emotional layers of tensions held in the body. 
Relieve the effects of chronic stress that may manifest as body tension, anxiety, disease, and disharmony
Become aware of the dynamic relationship between the chakras and healing of body, mind and spirit
Instructor: Divya Love

 

workdayMonthly Farm Workday
Saturday, January 17, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch

Bask in the fresh air as you serve alongside others in the great outdoors at the Farm. Or, join a project inside Seva House or one of the old barns. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and ends with bag lunches around a big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

Meeting The Mastermeeting the master
An original play
by Kristy Norfleet-Andrews
Saturday, January 17, 7 pm, free

Poster to share with friends

Meeting The Master” is a one-act play that brings to life the stories of the early disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. Based on their actual words, relive the treasured moments of Dr. & Mrs. Lewis, Kamala, Durga Mata, Gyanamata, Rajarsi and Swami Kriyananda. Experience the Master’s unique and loving relationship with each disciple as their inspiring monologues transport you back in time.

Actors:
Durga Mata: Kristy Norfleet-Andrews
Gyanamata: Asha Praver
Kriyananda: Rammurti Reed
Kamala: Erica Kellogg
Dr. Lewis: Marcel Hernandez
Mrs. Lewis: Anandaprem
Rajarsi: Steven Manus

 

outdoors with Vidura

Spirit and Nature Dancing Together
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 am-4 pm, $30 including lunch    Register
Ananda Valley Farm

“Peace, like a weightless waterfall, cleanses the mind
of all anxiety and care, bestowing heavenly relief.”
— Paramhansa Yogananda

There are eight ways God can be experienced in this world: Light, Sound, Peace, Calmness, Love, Joy, Wisdom, and Power. Peace is an early meditative experience. Explore attitudes and practices that will help us attain a sense of deep, abiding inner peace on our spiritual journey.

Join Shanti & Vidura, a founding member of Ananda worldwide, for this unique coming together of talks, movement, and experiences in nature to help us understand and experience how to find inner peace — spirit and nature dancing together.
Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD and Nayaswami Vidura

 

Potluck & Kirtan
Saturday, January 24
5 pm potluck, 6-9 pm kirtan at the Farm

with kirtan leaders extraordinaire from Ananda Village,
Tim & Lisa Clark
Lisa and Tim are long time Ananda members who have lived, served, and played music in many of our Ananda colonies around the world. Music remains a main love of theirs, and it is obvious in their kirtans. These evenings with them are  fun, uplifting, and deeply moving. Join Lisa and Tim at the farm for a three hour kirtan that promises to raise our consciousness and leave us feeling joyFULL.

 

Vidura Durga

Sunday Service with
Nayaswamis Durga & Vidura, visiting ministers

Sunday, January 25, 10 am (9 am meditation & fire ceremony)
The warm-hearted friendship of Durga and Vidura have made them beloved around the world. Wherever they live, wherever they visit, they immediately create a sense of divine family that nourishes all those who come into contact with them. They are founding members of Ananda Village and have lived in our Colonies in Portland and Los Angeles, and also India. It was the foursome of Durga, Vidura, David, and Asha that started and led Ananda Pilgrimages to India, going about ten times. They are hosts and managers of the Ananda Meditation Retreat, a place of seclusion and the place where Ananda first began in 1968.

 

Women's Spirituality Group
1/25, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, January 28, 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:

 

happiness

Finding Happiness Workshop
Saturday, January 31, 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 happineshappiness movies 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. We’ll explore what that means and how to achieve it in this workshop, inspired by the movie Finding Happiness (a Hollywood-made docudrama just released that offers an in-depth look inside the Ananda spiritual community). (This new movie is also available to stream on Amazon and Hulu Plus)
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Webinars with Asha

The Essence of Self-Realization series, Ananda Online
Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and 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.

 

FEBRUARY

 

patanjaliDemystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, February 3-24 (and ongoing)
7:30 pm, $15/class
  Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras stretch 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 the Master’s gems of wisdom in this book.

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

 

 

The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
began on January 7th; sorry, no drop-ins. Offered again in January, 2016
This is one of the few classes we offer where it’s not easy to drop in part-way through. If you are eager to join this year, contact us to ask permission. Otherwise, mark your calendar to take part next January, when it starts up again. Learn more...

 


Nature meditation

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, February 5-26, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Rammurti and Sita Reed

 

 

Meditation 3: Devotion
Thursdays, February 5-26, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
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, February 5-26, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
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 and Amara Fiesterman

 

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, February 6 & 20, 7:30 pm, free
Also this month: a kirtan celebrating Shivaratri on Friday, 2/27
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 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.

 

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, February 7, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Vinny Jones

 

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, February 7 (and ongoing, 3/14, 4/18, 5/9)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)
  Register
This monthly class series will explore the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series will combine lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

 

farm work

Workday at the Farm
Saturday, February 7, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Join with friends (old and new) for the first Farm Workday of the new season. There’s something for everyone to do: create new garden beds, add compost to enrich the soil, sow seeds for the new crops, lead a chant, meditate, help make lunch for our workmates, join in kitchen clean-up, and other fun opportunities to serve together in joy.

 

 

Kriya Initiation and Renewal
Saturday, February 14
This sacred evening is invitational: for those who have received Kriya through Ananda, or are preparing and have permission from someone here. Please speak with one of the staff or call (650) 323-3363 if you are interested in participating this year, or in the future.


candelight

Members’ Candlelight Tea
Saturday, February 21, 5:30 pm (invitational - for all members)
Mingle and enjoy this beautiful annual, evening celebration for members—a gala event. It's a time to get to know others better, be delightfully entertained, enjoy tasty morsels, and be inspired by the blessings of spiritual family. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more here or talk to an Ananda friend or staffer.

 

 

 

Women's Spirituality Group
Sunday, February 22, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)

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. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

shiva

Special Kirtan Celebrating Shivaratri
Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm
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. Come and join in singing chants of celebration and chants of longing in the Indian Hindu tradition. This will go later than usual, but not all night.

 

jagadeesh and Shanta

Join us for a full day of yoga/movement/inspiration at Ananda Valley Farm
Gayatri Movement: A Guided Healing Movement Workshop
Saturday, February 28, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, $30*   Register
This workshop uses gentle movement and sacred mantra as a bridge to the inner experience of meditation. It is not dance, but rather uses mudra to immediately allow us to transcend the mind using universal principles of the spiritual path: concentration, awareness, right attitude, listening, and self-effort. Each movement becomes a gesture of prayer and the sequence of movements serve as an instrument to purify the subtle levels of our consciousness. In the process we develop an attitude of self-offering. Each session will be supported by live tamboura and HAPI drum background music, as well as mantra recordings by Swami Kriyananda.

“This work is pure inspiration in motion. It is beautiful,
it is calming, it is deep, it is transforming.”

—Shanti Rubenstone, MD

The flow of the day:

Instructors: Shanta & Jagadeesh Franklin from Ananda Village
*Farm program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members


Upcoming webinars with Asha
Friday, February 13, 6-7 pm     register here at AnandaOnline
The Essence of Self-Realization, Chapter 20
This is the final webinar on this book, central to understanding Yogananda's teachings.

26 Keys to Greater Awareness (new series)
Friday, February 20, 6-7 pm   register here at AnandaOnline
Also: March 13 & 27, April 10 & 17, and May 29
Alternating Fridays, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)

unless Asha is on the road teaching
Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register here. 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.

 

MARCH

 

Jewel

Acting in the Name of God
Sundays, March 1-22, 4-7 pm, $100
Enrollment limited to 10 students (regrets, this course now filled; contact us if you wish to be on a mailing list for when it's next offered)
This an intensive, personalized, four-week class focusing on developing skills that enhance our everyday expression of all we know to be true in our hearts, minds,and souls. Through a series of acting exercises and presentations, and using passages from the words of Yogananda and Swamiji, this class will focus on:

Instructors: Marcel Hernandez and Kristy Norfleet-Andrews


 

patanjaliDemystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, March 3-31 (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class   Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras stretch 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 the Master’s gems of wisdom in this book.

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

 

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, March 5-26, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Vinny Jones

 

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, March 5-26, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate)
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 series. As well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in Meditation 1, you will learn to:

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

 

Meditation 5: Expanding Your Awareness
Thursdays, March 5-26, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 3 & 4
Meditation has often been called “the listening part of prayer.” After we have done our share of talking, meditation leaves an opening for the Divine to respond. Learn how to expand your awareness to embrace more than you thought possible, with techniques especially designed to cultivate devotion and heart qualities.

Instructor: Tandava Waldon

 

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, March 6, 7:30 pm, free (no kirtan on 3/20)
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.

 

 

kids day

Kids’ Day at the Farm! (for ages 7 – 11)
Saturday March 7
9 am-5 pm, Cost: $95*
  Register
Ananda Valley Farm, Half Moon Bay  Directions
*includes optional dropoff/pickup in Palo Alto

    
Give your child an enriching experience in nature, and the chance to see where our food comes from. Children will be guided in nature games and farm activities throughout the day, with time to play among fields of beautiful organic food, unusually friendly chickens, and gorgeous walks. Give your children a joyful Saturday, free of electrical outlets!

Your child will have the opportunity to:

Guided by Vinny Jones and Rose Atwell, coordinators and staffers of Living Wisdom School's after-school program. Vinny is a skilled athletics manager, formerly Director of Operations at Facebook’s corporate fitness center, and gifted at working with children. Rose has been teaching young children in Living Wisdom School for years (she is now "famous" for her appearance in the Finding Happiness movie with the very young ones), and also directs the school's choir. Vinny and Rose are kind, awake, and loving guides for children, and are well-loved by their students.
* Farm program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

 

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, March 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.

 

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, March 7, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

 

walk with God

Walk with God: A Meditation on the Heart and Breath
Saturday, March 7, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Come take a walk with God. Join us and learn techniques to help enter into a deeply devotional state while walking. Walking provides benefits that can deepen one’s devotion and help establish a loving relationship with the Divine. Each class will be part instruction and part practice. These are slow walks to exercise the soul without challenging the body. 
Instructor: Eric Munro

 

 

Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda's Mahasamadhi*
Saturday, 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.

 

 

Creativity

Creativity and the Spiritual Path
Saturday, March 14, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
In his book, Art as a Hidden Message, Swami Kriyananda shows the importance of seeing oneself and all things as aspects of a greater reality, of seeking to enter into conscious attunement with that reality, and of seeing all things as channels for the expression of that reality. We may or may not become creative artists, but we all must master the art of living creatively to flourish spiritually. We'll explore the importance of communication, clarity of mind, and how to establish the right consciousness for receiving creative inspiration in any endeavor, from the arts to cooking, from writing to arranging flowers.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, March 14 (and ongoing, 4/18, 5/9)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)
  Register
This monthly class series will explore the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series will combine lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Tea

Enchanted Tea Fundraiser for the Farm
Saturday, March 14, 4-6:30 pm, free
Step into a magical setting. Experience the farm transform from hay and compost to high tea and twinkle lights. Let’s enjoy each other’s company as we eat, drink, and reminisce. You won’t believe who your waiters and waitresses will be!

 

 

George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver
From Slave to Scientist to Saint

Living Wisdom School Play
Wed & Thu, March 18 & 19, 10 am
Fri & Sat, March 20 & 21, 7 pm
Tickets: $12 adults, $7 children • performed in Ananda’s Temple

George Washington Carver overcame being born into slavery, orphaned at an early age, serious health problems, and blatant racism to become a world-renowned scientist famous for his work with peanuts. But there is MUCH more to this man’s life than the humble peanut. Every morning before dawn he would commune with nature and ask God his will for that day. Through his unorthodox approach to scientific discovery, he discovered over 300 uses of the peanut in his laboratory, which he aptly called “God’s Little Workshop.” A remarkable story of an unusual American saint. Please obtain tickets early; it’s easier to find seats during the daytime performances. For tickets or info, call (650) 462-8150.

 

 

abundance

Creating an Abundant Life
Saturday, March 21, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Our abundance — or lack — is a product of our magnetic consciousness. Thoughts, attitudes, emotions — all the influences to which we open ourselves affect our ability to draw what we need in life. You too, can develop magnetism to draw what you need in life, when you need it. Learn yogic techniques of how to gain influence over the material plane by attunement to the spiritual plane. In this class we will explore the power of affirmation on the mind, how to attune to subtle energy, how to calm the body, focus the mind and direct the will to create an abundant life.
Instructor: Rammurti Reed

 

 

Women's Spirituality Group
Sunday, March 22, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)

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. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

 

hike

Spirit and Nature: Hike the Bay Area
Saturday, March 28, 9 am, free
Meet at Ananda Community entrance to carpool; we'll depart at 9 am
Bring water, a bag lunch, and layers of clothing

Join Shanti and other fellow enthusiastic hikers for a walk in the Bay Area. Location will be announced closer to the date taking weather and wildflowers into account. Walks are usually about 5 miles and moderate.
Great satsang in the great outdoors!
Guide: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

 

Workday at the Farm
Saturday, March 28, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Enjoy the first buddings of springtime at the farm. Savor a visit to the fields and work with the fresh, rich soil. Spend some time in the beautiful Seva House kitchen preparing lunch, put your hands to a simple fix-it job, tend the chickens, or help with new landscaping projects. No special skills necessary. Come for an old-fashioned country workday with other joyful souls.

 

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, March 28, 9:30 am
(usually 1st Saturday each month except in April, due to holidays)

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.

 

 

Palm

Palm Sunday
March 29, Sunday 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.

 

 

Easter SeaConcertson Concert
Sunday, March 29, 12:15 pm, free
(donations gratefully accepted)
A lunch will be provided at 11:30 am
for those attending the concert

This powerful time of year has inspired countless extraordinary pieces of music, as an expression of awe and humility before the remarkable story of Christ’s final days. We’ll share exquisite pieces composed by Swami Kriyananda in this holiday concert, as well as some classical gems. Let the vibrations of sacred music lift and renew your spirits, in joyful anticipation of Jesus’ resurrection — and the happy promise of our own spiritual rebirth.

 

 

Upcoming webinars with Asha

26 Keys to Greater Awareness (new series)
March 13 & 27, April 10 & 17, and May 29   register here at AnandaOnline
Alternating Fridays, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)

unless Asha is on the road teaching
Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register here. 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.

 


APRIL

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, April 2-23, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

 

Good Friday
April 3
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.

 

 

Asha EasterEaster Saturday Retreat
& singalong of Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio

Saturday, April 4, 10 am–2 pm, donation
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 Nayaswami Asha

(Note: Family Service is 3/28 instead of 4/4 due to Easter holidays)

 

 

touch me not
“Noli me Tangere” (Touch me not)
painted by Fra Angelico (1430)

Easter Sunday
Purification and Meditation Ceremony
9–9:45 am
Sunday Service, April 5, 10 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.

 

eggs
Easter Egg Hunt, 12:30 pm
Brunch, 1 pm
Adults/$15, $5 children (under 6 free)   Reservations
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. The Easter Egg hunt is great family fun, starting at 12:30 before the banquet.

 

 

 

Patanjali class

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, April 7 & 14 (and ongoing, beginning again May 26)
7:30 pm, $15/class
  Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, the Yoga Sutras stretch 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 the Master’s gems of wisdom in this book.

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

 

 

pray

How to Pray so God Will Listen
Wednesdays, April 8-April 29
6-9 pm, $60
  Register
The flow of the evening: dinner, practice, class
Bring something to share for a vegetarian potluck dinner

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: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

 

Death and Dying as A Spiritual Journey
Saturday, April 11, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
From a spiritual point of view, all of life is a preparation for dying. One’s true beliefs, “Who am I? What is real?” are put to the final test when the body, and with it the whole life and personality, begin to slip away. Yogananda described in great detail the process of death and the astral worlds beyond. Explore how to face our own and loved ones’ deaths, and how to work with the natural grieving process.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

 

Diving Deep into Spirit
through Nature and Inspired Writing

Friday, April 10, 5:30-9 pm
Saturday 9:30 am-9 pm
Sunday April 12, 8 am-noon, Cost: $50*
  Register
If one knows how to experience the wild sensitively and deeply, nature offers frequent openings into the multifaceted experience of Spirit, and into our own essential connection with the heart of Life.

This weekend we will explore: 

For overnight accommodation options, contact lahari@anandaindia.org
(Ron: hide the email address)

Instructor: Garth Gilchrist

 

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, April 11, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, $30   Register
(note different start time than usual)

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

 

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm, free
(usually 1st and 3rd Friday, but no kirtan 4/3 due to Easter weekend events)

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.

 

 

Overcoming Fear
Saturday, April 18, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Nearly everyone has fears, though the vast majority of people tend to avoid facing them. These days you can add financial security to the usual list of worries: relationships, work, health, inner struggles, what the future will bring. But fear is one of the tests that God lovingly places before us, to help us grow in strength and faith. Inwardly, we know what the lesson is: to be like the willow that bends but does not break, or the rock that is steadfast and strong. But it is not always easy to do what we know is right. In this class we will talk about the difference between facing and avoiding fears, and how to develop courage, even in the face of fear.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, April 18 (and ongoing once a month; next class is 5/9)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)
  Register
This monthly class series will explore the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series will combine lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

 

Swami,praying in India

Anniversary of Swami Kriyananda’s Passing
Friday, 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 of us on our spiritual paths. The evening program 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 more about Swami Kriyananda

 


How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Saturday, April 25, 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

 

 

Workday at the Farm
Saturday, April 25, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
The farm is lovely in April. Come on over for a refreshing time with Mother Nature’s fertile earth. Add your energy to the land in tending the plants and fruit trees, landscape beautification, making a simple group lunch in the Seva House kitchen, and giving our group farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.

 

 

Women's Spirituality Group
Sunday, April 26, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)

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. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Webinars with Asha

26 Keys to Greater Awareness
Fridays, April 10 & 17, and May 29      register here at AnandaOnline
(donations welcome)

Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register here. 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.

 

 

MAY

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, May 1 & 15, 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.

 

 

Guided Seclusion Retreat Weekend at the Farm
Friday, May 1, 5:30 pm-Sunday, May 3, noon
at the unusually low cost of $40*
  Register
(day rate includes meals; overnight additional)

Leave the daily stress and busy-ness of life behind. Drive over the hill, into the world of nature—where ocean, sky, and valley call you to relax, renew and remember the peace of your soul. You will be guided in longer, deeper group meditations and yoga postures and invited to participate in an ancient ceremony around our fire pit to explore new depths of inner joy.
Instructors: Nayaswami Lahari and Shanti Rubenstone, MD

Note: This exceptionally low cost for a weekend stay is to introduce you to the rare joy of secluding at the Farm. To make overnight arrangements (additional cost), contact lahari@anandaindia.org. (Ron: hide the email address)
*Farm program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

 

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, May 2, 10 am (1st Saturday each month)
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

 

Pranaba and Parvati

Visiting guest ministers
Pranaba and Parvati Hanson
Sunday, May 3, 10 am, Sunday Service
Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati are two of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers. They helped to create and direct Ananda centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. Together they have been sharing Yogananda’s teachings for almost 60 years. Pranaba has been Director of the Yoga Teacher Training program and Manager of The Expanding Light as well as Ananda’s Retreat in Assisi, Italy. Pranaba has directed the membership training program at Ananda Village and has coordinated Ananda’s Meditation Centers and Groups. He now manages Ananda Sangha Worldwide, Ananda’s outreach ministry. An excellent teacher, he is known for his unfailing kindness and gentle approach. Parvati currently administers the Janaka Foundation at Ananda. She is a beautiful expression of wisdom and deep calmness, along with a keen sense of humor.


Annual Appeal Satsang
Sunday, May 3, noon-1 pm
Once a year, we hear tales from Ananda’s service projects around the world, and hae a chance to donate to the annual appeal. It’s amazing how much happens with a pretty tiny annual budget, from Kriya initiations in every corner of the globe to a huge number of teachers traveling hither and yon to share Yogananda’s teachings.
Shared by Pranaba and Parvati Hanson, Gita McGilloway

 

 

Chakras

The Power of the Chakras in Everyday Life
Wednesdays, May 6-June 10, 6-9 pm
$90 for 6 weeks, or $18/class (drop-ins welcome)
  Register
The flow of the evening: dinner, practice, class
Bring something to share for a vegetarian potluck dinner

Spend 6 weeks exploring the inner universe of the chakras with two lifelong medical professionals and healers who have seen firsthand the power of our thoughts and our attitudes to transform our lives — for better or for worse. The chakras contain the energy patterns of our past lives and the karmic tendencies we carry into this life.

Different from previous years, each week will be devoted to an aspect of how the chakras play a central role in our lives, such as chakras & relationships, chakras & physical health/well being, and much more.
Instructors: Drs. Shanti Rubenstone & Connie Hernandez

 

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, May 7-28, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Rammurti and Sita Reed

 

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, May 7-28, 7:30 pm, $60
  Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
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 series. As well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in Meditation 1, you will learn to:

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

 

How to Be a True Channel
Saturday, May 9, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
If you've ever wanted to serve as a channel for higher inspiration, know that you can do it. We're always channeling something. We can learn to tune our "inner radio" to the higher stations, and consciously bring light, joy, and wisdom into this world. The highest form of channeling is that which is found in the lives of great saints. Following the pathway described by Swami Kriyananda in his book of the same title, we can learn to develop our own intuition and gain insight into this little-understood practice.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

 

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

 

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, May 9 (and ongoing, once a month)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)
  Register
This monthly class series will explore the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series will combine lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

 

Workday at the Farm
Saturday, May 9, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Experience the fullness of the season’s first harvests as we gather organic vegetables and prepare them for deliveries to our friends in the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program and beyond. At the farm we say there are “blessings in every bite” of the vegetables. Many of those blessings come from you, as you bring the ripened produce from the field into the boxes for the enjoyment of many.

 

 

Mandir

Dedication of Swami Kriyananda’s resting place
(Moksha Mandir) at Ananda Village
Weekend, May 15-17    (artist's rendition, above)
Details about the weekend    •    Blog posts & photos

The small jewel-like building that serves as Swami’s resting place will be complete by this weekend, when many from around the world gather for its dedication. Swami passed away in the spring of 2013, and it is customary in yoga tradition to preserve the body of a revered spiritual teacher rather than to cremate. This small mandir (temple) will become a pilgrimage spot, available to spiritual aspirants at any time for meditation and prayer. More about Swami

 

Swami Birthday

Swami Kriyananda’s Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, May 19
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Celebration, 7:30 pm, free

Everything you see at Ananda is the result of one disciple’s deep receptivity to his guru, and his unceasing willingness to help others. Whether a disciple or a seeker, one can appreciate the openness and generosity that is expressed in Swami’s life, and which can serve as a model for our own. We’ll honor Kriyananda with music, chanting, and a talk by Asha about his life and teachings. Everyone is invited to participate in this devotional evening. Celebrates the birthday of a great disciple and a tireless teacher who has guided so many in their spiritual lives, whatever path they may walk.

 

 

The Yugas : Ancient History and Future Consciousness
Saturday, May 23, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
What is the future for mankind? For this planet? Is there a larger pattern to human history? Sri Yukteswar, guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, presented a fascinating description of distinct ages (yugas) that our planet cycles through every 24,000 years. Each of the four yugas profoundly affects man’s consciousness, from the highest spiritual age to the lowest material age. The matter-bound civilizations of recent history were preceded by higher ages of the ancient past, that left behind such anomalies as the Great Pyramid. Studying the yugas helps explain our current age of energy awareness and rapid change. We get a glimpse of a profoundly hopeful future, in which greater spirituality and intuition will be gifts not only of a few, but many more people around the earth.
Instructor: Rammurti Reed

 

 

Women's Spirituality Group
Sunday, May 24, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

 

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesday, May 26 (and ongoing, usually each Tuesday unless Asha is traveling)
7:30 pm, $15/class
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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, the Yoga Sutras stretch 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 the Master’s gems of wisdom in this book.

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

 

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(the last Wednesday of each month)

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. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

 

Finding Joy in God
Saturday, May 30, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Joy is our natural state. Yet often, this joy can be obscured by our responses to life’s challenges. Joy is not merely a passive response on our part; it can be cultivated and enhanced until we find it possible to live in joy even in the midst of difficulties. Learn techniques and attitudes that give us greater mastery over our emotional responses. Learn how to feel and express the natural, joyful, devotional nature that lies within you.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Webinar with Asha

26 Keys to Greater Awareness
Friday, May 29, 6-7 pm      register here at AnandaOnline
(donations welcome)

Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register here. 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.