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AUGUST


Joy of chanting

The Joy of Chanting
Wednesdays, August 2, 16 and 23, 7:30 pm
(3-week series) $45  Register
 
If you've made a resolution to deepen your enjoyment or practice, now's your chants! This hands-on class is designed to give you everything you need to begin your own chanting (for beginners), chant better (for those with some experience), or chant more confidently and blissfully (for long-timers). If you want to learn about using chants in your sadhana or about different types of chanting, or just want to sing, this series is for you. (Or even if you don’t think you can sing, but have a song in your heart.) Feel free to bring your own harmonium, guitar or other instrument, but instruments aren't required.
Instructor: Saranya LaCosse, Tandava, Janice Fairlee and team
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, August 4   (no kirtan 8/18)
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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Drop-In Meditations
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm, free    
    Learn more...
Wednesday, 7:30 pm, free

Ananda Teaching Center ( orange building behind Temple) 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesday, Aug 15-29, 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 on Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

 

Rachel meditatingLearn to Meditate
Wednesdays, August 16-30 (3-week series)
7:30 pm, $45  Register
or a single Saturday class, August 26, 10 am-1 pm, $30
 Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. Learn more...
Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions



KrishnaKrishna Kirtan (Janmashtami)
Outdoors on the Ananda Community Green
Friday, August 18, 7 pm, free

Honor Krishna by coming to this special kirtan. Join in singing or meditating to many chants devoted to one of the most beloved saints of India. King, warrior, peacemaker, great lover of God — Krishna is worshipped and understood to be an incarnation of the Divine, much like Jesus is in the West. His remarkable life and teachings are captured in the epic Mahabharata, of which a small part is the Bhagavad Gita—a sacred scripture of the East. The kirtan will be led by Raghu Clark and fellow kirtan musicians.
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

chakrasChakras: Doorways to Your Karmic Matrix
Saturday, August 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Your chakras hold the key to who you are and how you think, feel, and react to the world. Chakras are the integrated storehouses of your karma—complex, fascinating, and the key to understanding your personal spiritual journey.
We’ll explore:

Instructor: Nayaswami Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

choir and flute

A Summer Concert
Sunday, August 20, 12:15 pm, free (donations gratefully accepted)

“Swami Vivekananda said that the first thing that you notice about people who practice yoga is that their voices become sweet.”
—Swami Kriyananda

Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music by Swami Kriyananda — including many rarely heard gems. Solos, small ensembles, choir, and instrumentalists will share a wide variety of music and moods: Rumanian memories, pieces in Italian, songs set to the exquisite lyrics of Shakespeare, humorous music, and the heart of Swamiji’s music: sacred pieces that stir the soul.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, August 25, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. Our study is based on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. There is ample time during the webinars for questions. Watch Asha’s webinar online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, August 26, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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. Learn more...

Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, August 27, 11:45 am, free
the last Sunday of the month
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation for Newcomers

Wednesday, August 30, 7:30 pm
free    Directions
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

(last Wednesday of each month)
Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way, including:

We look forward to meeting you.
Hosted by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 


 

SEPTEMBER

kirtan

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, September 1 & 15, 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, September 2, (1st Saturday each month), 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesday, September 5 & 19, 7:30 pm, $15/class, drop-ins welcome  Register
Note: these are the last classes in 2017; we'll resume again in 2018
What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time. People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life. (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found on Asha's YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Asha Nayaswami
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Kriya Preparation 3:
Attuning to the Masters of Kriya Yoga

Tuesdays, September 5-November 28 (12-week series)
7 pm (note unusual start time), $145  Register

Prerequisite: Kriya Preparation 1 & 2

“God’s grace flows into us, the more we open ourselves to Him. It doesn't come to us from outside. It is the operation, from within, of our own higher reality. Grace comes, the more we live in soul-consciousness, and the less we live centered in the ego.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda, The Essence of Self-Realization

Attune yourself more deeply to Yogananda, his disciple Kriyananda and the other Masters in Yogananda’s line of gurus: Jesus, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Yukteswar. We’ll dive deeply into the study of these two books: Autobiography of a Yogi, by Yogananda and The New Path, by Swami Kriyananda. This 12-week immersion provides continuing support for your sadhana through group meditations and opportunities for Q & A. 
Instructors: Brahmachari Tandava, Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

meditation

Learn to Meditate
Choose from:
4 Wednesdays, 9/6-27, 7:30 pm,
$60  Register

or 2 Saturdays, 9/23 & 30, 10 am-1 pm $45  Register

Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This training 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 how to:

Techniques taught in this class include simple stretches and exercises, breathing exercises, watching the breath, affirmations, chanting and creative visualization. Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all. There are no prerequisites.
4 Wednesdays - instructors: Biraj, Lahari, & Rose
2 Saturdays - instructor: Navashen
Ananda Temple or Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Raja YogaThe Art & Science of Raja Yoga
a 16-class immersion     Learn more...
Thursdays, September 7-December 14
6-9:30 pm (9-9:30, optional)
plus two Saturdays
10/28 & 11/11, 9 am-12 pm

Cost: $445  Register
includes these course texts:
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, by Swami Kriyananda and How to Meditate, by John (Jyotish) Novak
Note: auditors from previous classes are welcome • Cost $50  Register

One of our most popular offerings is this 4-month immersion course. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the yoga asanas well-known in the West. Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others. Ultimately, it is a well-explored pathway, walked by countless yogis and mystics, to union with God. Learn more...

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6 pm Gentle hatha yoga session
6:45 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
7:15 Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:45 Discussion of Raja Yoga
9:00 Guided practice session (optional)

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, Rammurti Reed, Sita Reed, plus a number of guest teachers; Heidi Noh-Kuhn and others of Ananda’s best hatha yoga teachers
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, September 8, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
Asha explores this spiritual classic, in-depth and at an unhurried pace, allowing the transforming power of these teachings to penetrate our lives in the most profound way. Our study is based on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. There is ample time during the webinars for questions. Watch Asha’s webinar online, or if you wish, sit in on the live filming. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Heidi & Doug

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)
New year-long training starts soon      Learn more...
September 9, 2017– June 2, 2018
with Heidi Noh-Kuhn and Doug Andrews

* Regrets: this class is now full *

Contact Heidi or Doug to be on the waiting list
or to be informed when YTC is offered next

YTT 2017 “An extraordinary immersion in a world of healing and higher consciousness. This is a life-changing program for aspiring yoga teachers, and for the countless lives your teaching will touch in the years to come.”
—Shanti Rubenstone, MD

200 hours, Level 1       

Uplift and heal others by becoming a certified Ananda Yoga instructor. It’s a great joy to be part of the global movement of professional yoga teachers — helping the stressed masses, yearning to breathe free.

Our 2016 YTT students loved this immersion experience. It was much more than we expected, taking us deep into new relationships and self-discovery. Many found it personally healing.

P.S. You don’t need to become a teacher to participate in this training. You may attend even if your goal is to deepen your own practice.

Contact Heidi or Doug to ask questions, request an application or to set up a required in-person interview.

Instructors: Doug Andrews, E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
Heidi Noh-Kuhn, RYT 500 Yoga Allianc
e

 

farm workdayMonthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   

Saturday, September 9
9:30 am-1:30 pm
(2nd Saturdays)
Bring a bag lunch
The farm is awash in sunshine and overflowing fields as we move into the warm fall days often characteristic in Half Moon Bay. You can harvest in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and ends with eating your bag lunch around the big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

Yogananda’s Flower Essences for Perfect Well-Being
Saturday workshop, September 9, 10 am-1 pm, $45*  Register 
Private consultations Saturday afternoon, 2-6:30 pm 
Contact Lila Devi directly to schedule: 1 hour, $125, 30 min, $65, 15 min, $35

“Your essences are gentle, effective healers from the life energy of Nature’s wisdom. Personally, I’ve felt an immediate release of stress and a more centered sense of well-being. My clients also report feeling greater relaxation and ease.”
—Brent Matthieu, Naturopathic Physician, Boise, ID

Do you want to change yourself but feel you don’t have the time or energy to invest in self-care? Are you tired of being stuck in old patterns and ways of being that no longer serve you? This entertaining workshop features vibrational remedies to help you find your own, unique “perfect well-being,” and to help flowersothers do the same.

Spirit-in-Nature Essences work by stimulating our positive qualities, and are inspired by the great Indian master, Paramhansa Yogananda. They allow us to live in our center and express our deep joy. Prepared from the blossoms of 20 different fruit trees and vegetable plants, they are based on 40 years of research, analysis, case histories, and testimonials. Learn:

Instructor: Lila Devi
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Swami and Master

Swami Kriyananda’s Discipleship Anniversary
Tuesday, September 12, free
5-7 pm, meditation
7:30 pm, service

Sixty-nine years ago, J. Donald Walters met Yogananda for the first time. In that first meeting, he offered himself utterly to the search for God. “I want to be your disciple.” he told the Master. His life was transformed in that moment, and in the many years since then, countless others have been touched in turn. Tonight, we’ll honor Swami’s life-long example of discipleship in story and song, looking for gems that will help us, individually, deepen our commitment to the spiritual life — wherever we may be in our spiritual development. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

john Muir

 

John Muir: Into the Heart of the Wild
Friday, September 15, 7:30 pm
Free, but call to reserve a seat: (650) 988-9800

100 years after John Muir camped in the Sierras with President Theodore Roosevelt, Muir has become an environmental icon. Spend an evening with a master storyteller as he recreates Muir remarkable childhood escapades, and hair-raising mountain adventures. Celebrate Muir’s dedication as he guides presidents and the nation to preserve our wild lands, creating the National Parks system. An amazing journey of laughter, learning and inspiration.
Performer: Garth G
East West Bookshop • 324 Castro Street • Mountain View • Directions

 

storeytellerHow to Move People with Really Great Storytelling
Saturday, September 16, 10 am-1 pm, $30*  Register
Human minds and hearts respond keenly to stories, especially well-told stories. We are story creatures, with brains highly tuned and programmed to narrative. Good ideas or interesting information can make an exponentially more powerful impact when clothed in carefully stories. 
 
Bring to your daily life the renewing joy of sharing a well-told memory or story. If you are a presenter. bring to your teaching or your preaching newly refined tools of quality storytelling. Learn ways to enhance your anecdotes with more effectiveness and to make your stories delight your listeners. Garth is a long-time professional storyteller and a gifted environmental educator, inspiring thousands around the world.
Presenter: Garth G
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Be the Change!
Saturday, September 23, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Many people are upset with the way things are in the world right now. In politics, as well as in cultural clashes worldwide, people are increasingly reactive to one another. Don’t we all yearn to do something to make a positive impact?

•  Find out how we can be the change that we want to see in the world 
•  Experience a powerful tool for social action in our society
•  Learn how we can help others be part of that change, too
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Temple or Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Autumn Equinox Kirtan
An Evening of Devotional Chanting on Ananda Community Green
Saturday, September 23, 7 pm, free
Join us in an evening of sacred chanting at this auspicious time of year. The autumnal equinox symbolizes the inner preparation for spiritual enlightenment. Retreat, introspection, seclusion characterize this precious time of year. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily even if it is your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants. 
Guided by Raghu and a team of chanters
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, September 24 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45, free
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda? Welcome & Orientation
Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(usually offered the last Wednesday of the month)

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

We look forward to meeting you.
Guided by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Kriya Yoga in Daily Life
Saturday, September 30, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
The Kriya technique of meditation is given only through initiation. This program, how- ever, is open to everyone. Learn about the inner pathway to soul freedom at the heart of all mystic religious traditions. Explore the ways that the Kriya Yoga key can help you unlock the door to:

Instructors: Narayan & Dharmadevi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Los Angeles
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 


October

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
4 Wednesdays, 10/4-25
7:30 pm, $60  Register

or 2 Saturdays, 10/14 & 21
10 am-1 pm, $45  Register

Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This training 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 how to:

Techniques taught in this class include simple stretches and exercises, breathing exercises, watching the breath, affirmations, chanting and creative visualization. Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all. There are no prerequisites.
4 Wednesdays -instructor: Navashen Jones
2 Saturdays - instructor: Brahmachari Saiganesh

 


The Saints: Those Who Walked With God
Wednesdays, October 4-25 (4-week series), 7:30 pm, $60  Register
drop-ins welcome, each class stands alone
, $15/class  Register
The saints are sources of inspiration and truth for all who are on a spiritual path. Each one is uniquely guided by the divine, with an extraordinary work and profound expression of God’s love to the world. As we move toward the season of gratitude and celebration of God on earth, it’s a perfect time to be uplifted by stories of the saints, their discipleship, and selfless service to God. 

st. francis & st. claire

St. Francis and St. Claire
Wednesday, October 4, 7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
St. Francis is one of the most well-known saints in the world. His simplicity, love of poverty, and spiritual power inspired many thousands of people to devote themselves to the spiritual life. Many became poor friars and lived as much as possible as Jesus did, sharing freely with all, not possessing anything for themselves. St. Claire was among those who left a life of wealth to join his work and begin a cloister for women. Their transparent joy and freedom have been a light to millions since, and their spiritual home of Assisi, Italy draws millions of pilgrims a year. (Ananda has a spiritual retreat center just outside of Assisi, as do many spiritual groups; such remains the spiritual power of this area.)
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

St. AnthonySt. Anthony
Wednesdays, October 11, 7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
St. Anthony’s spoken words were so clear and inspiring that anyone, whether lowly or educated, found themselves transported by his talks about God. St. Francis placed Anthony in charge of training the friars. One day, a novice stole Anthony’s invaluable book of psalms with all of his teaching notes. Anthony prayed earnestly for its recovery. The thief returned it, and humbly rejoined the order. To this day, St. Anthony is venerated both as a saint and as the patron saint of those who wish to find lost articles. When his body was exhumed some 336 years after his death, his tongue, having been used in nothing but holy pursuits, was incorrupt and untouched by the centuries. Instructor: David G

 

Sister Gyanamata
Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
gyanamataGyanamata was a close disciple of Yogananda who is perhaps best-known because of God Alone: The Life and Letters of a Saint. From that book: “I was thinking of something that was coming into my life that filled me with apprehension. I knew that it was not the will of God that I should be saved from the experience. Even at that moment it was moving towards me. Suddenly God told me the prayer He would listen to, and I said quickly: ‘Change no circumstances of my life. Change me.’”
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone & Lakshmi LaPine

 

ramakrishnaRamakrishna
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
Born in 1836 to a poor Brahmin family, Ramakrishna had ecstatic experiences of the Divine from the age of 6. He became a priest at the Dakshineswar temple in Calcutta but practiced several religions, including Islam and Christianity, and taught that in spite of differences, all religions are valid and true and lead to the same ultimate goal—God. Learn more of the life of this Indian mystic and yogi. (For those who attended last year, this year’s evening will include many new stories)
Instructor: Rammurti
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, October 6 & 20, 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, October 7, (1st Saturday each month), 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

heart chakrHow to Activate Your Heart Chakra
Saturday, October 7
10 am-1 pm, $30*  Register

Ever feel like a victim, stuck, fearful, jealous or codependent? Don’t worry, your heart chakra just needs a tune up. Perfectly situated in the middle of your body, balancing the world of smatter (lower three chakras) with the world of spirit (upper three chakras), the heart chakra is the key to a joyful life and spiritual progress. When the heart chakra is balanced we are able to love ourselves and others, have compassion and empathy for all beings, forgive and accept change, gain insight and wisdom, and appreciate the beauty in all. Join us as we learn how to activate our heart chakras and experience the harmonious flow of joyful energy that is all around us.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

girl with eggs

Monthly Farm Workday
Ananda Valley Farm   
Saturday, October 14, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
(our last workday of the year)
9:30 am-1:30 pm

Bring a bag lunch

The farm is teeming with life and bountiful organic produce. There are bountiful seva (service) projects, too. You can help in fields, prepare food for CSA boxes, or join an indoor project. There are projects for all levels of skill and capacity, including for children. 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. Come for an old-fashioned country workday down on the Farm with other joyful souls. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

 

pranayamaAdvanced Pranayama for Spiritual Transformation: An All-Day Retreat
Saturday, October 14, 10 am-5 pm, $65*  Register
Pranayama is the key to a deep experience of yoga and meditation. We will
explore the breath on both the physical and subtle levels and practice energy control techniques: bandhas, mudras, and Yogananda’s unique contribution to the science of yoga: Energization Exercises. Practicing ways to deepen inner introspection and awareness, we will go deeper into understanding
how the astral body, especially the chakras, relate to energy control and journey to Self-realization. A light lunch will be served.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana
Location will be in the Palo Alto area; registrants will receive map.
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members.

 

two souls four livesReincarnation: Two Souls, Four Lives
Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm
Free, but call to reserve a seat: (650) 988-9800

Is it possible that two of the greatest men of the Norman Conquest—William the Conqueror and his son, Henry I of England—have recently reincarnated as Paramhansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi) and one of his close disciples, Swami Kriyananda? If so, what are the subtle connections between the Norman Conquest of England and modern times? The Conquest was one of the pivotal moments in world history, a series of events that affects us today. How might these past lives be affecting the world we live in, and perhaps influencing our future?

The author of the revealing book, Two Souls, Four Lives, shares insights into one of Yogananda’s most documented incarnations and helps us to understand why such a great soul would choose to return as a major historical figure who is largely reviled by historians. She shows William to have been a deeply spiritual man, blessed with a difficult but distinctly spiritual mission. She also sheds light on the question of what aspects of character remain consistent when a soul reincarnates.
Instructor: Catherine Kairavi
East West Bookshop • 324 Castro Street • Mountain View • Directions


 
Normans Battle of Hasting 1066
A depiction from The Battle of Hastings, 1066

How an Avatar Works in the World:
Paramhansa Yogananda as William the Conqueror

Saturday, October 21, 10 am-1 pm, $30*  Register

“Oh, I will come again and again! Crossing a million crags of suffering, with bleeding feet, I will come, if need be, a trillion timess, so long as I know one stray brother is left behind. I want Thee, O God, that I may give Thee to all. I want salvation, that I may give it to all.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

Why would an avatar spend a life on earth in the coarsest of circumstances, undertaking the grimmest of tasks? And why—as a soul who remembers every past lifetime—did Yogananda repeatedly choose to "go public," on many occasions, emphasizing his life as William, the Conqueror? William was born as the world was just coming out of the Dark Ages. What was life like for a fully realized soul placed in a time of violence and base values? What was his mission as seen from the perspective of his life as Yogananda? How are we to understand his roles of “Conqueror” and guru as they influence our spiritual journey?
Instructor: Catherine Kairavi
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Further Revelations
Working with Swami Kriyananda on Two Souls/Four Lives

Sunday, October 22, 7 pm, free
Catherine will share revelations of the many players that Master specifically named who were with him as William. Learn of Swamiji's realizations and intuitions about how many of Yogananda’s closest disciples were working out karma serving William and then Master. Learn about Catherine’s challenges and rewards working directly with Swamiji on one of his major lifetime interests. 
Satsang with Catherine Kairavi
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

welcomeNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(usually offered the last Wednesday of the month)

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

We look forward to meeting you.
Guided by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

sunriseAttunement:
In Harmony with the Divine

Saturday, October 28
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Attuning oneself with the Divine is surest way to make spiritual progress. Easily said, more challenging to accomplish! Developing intuition and following inner guidance is a central key to attunement. The clearer the soul’s awareness of higher guidance, the greater its freedom from the dictates of karma. As we learn to contact joy in meditation, we gradually attune ourselves to God’s will and rise into the freedom of Spirit.
Instructor: Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, October 29 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45, free
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 


November

meditationLearn to Meditate
Choose from:
3 Wednesdays, November 1-15, 7:30 pm, $45  Register
or 1 Saturday, November 18, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95

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. Learn more...

3 Wednesdays - instructor: Sharmila
1 Saturday - instructor: Brahmachari Saiganesh
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Meditation 2: Deepening and Strengthening Your Practice
Wednesdays, November 1-15, 7:30 pm, (3-class series), $45  Register
required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate class
You’ve learned the basics of meditation and are beginning to feel more peaceful and calm. But there is more to discover: within each of us lies a portable paradise of divine love and expansive joy. A quiet mind helps us to live a more intuitive, heart-centered way of life. Whether Ananda becomes your spiritual home, or you follow another spiritual tradition, meditation can help you connect with a greater reality, however you may define it. Learn how to:

Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions


wellnessWellness for Yogis
Wednesdays, November 1-15, 6-9 pm, (3-week series), $45  Register
flow of the evening: a healing activity, vegetarian potluck, discussion
Join us as we explore how to achieve true wellness and optimum health. Each week we will participate in self-healing activities, share a light vegetarian potluck meal, then move into a lively discussion of the essentials of vibrant health and well-being:
• Yogananda’s Daily Diet Recommendations and the Nine-Day Cleanse
• Energy heals: the use of intention and right-mindedness
• The chakras & the healing power of AUM
• Spiritual practices: prayer, chanting, meditation
Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Connie Hernandez, ND, Rammurti Reed, Sita Reed
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantingKirtan:
An Evening of Devotional Chanting

Fridays, November 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, November 4, (1st Saturday each month), 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

The Power of Sadhana, Service & Community
How to Change the World & Uplift Consciousness
Saturday, November 4, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
Though meditation is often thought of as a solitary activity, one of its benefits is greater awareness, not only of own consciousness, but of the realities and needs of others. Meditation, service, and community can become pathways for making a difference beyond that which we make in ourselves. If you would like to help change the world (wouldn't we all?), join these guest speakers, directors of Ananda Portland, as they explore a topic dear to their hearts, and foundational to the work they do in the Portland area.
Nayaswamis Daiva & Gangamata, guest speakers, Ananda Portland

 

pathAccepting Limitation
on the Road to Perfection

Saturday, November 11, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
How do we make real spiritual progress when we so often seem to stumble and have blind spots in our climb toward spiritual realization? Our limitations are a product of our small self. The perfection we seek is accessible through our greater Self. Moments of clarity enable us to see our highest potential, and have confidence that what we seek is not only attainable, but also our actual birthright. Over time, we gain a broader perspective, knowing that the Divine qualities of love, joy, wisdom, and calmness are within us already. In this class, we'll explore the practices and attitudes that help us gain and maintain footholds on the pathway to Self-Realization.
Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

relationshipHow to Grow a Spiritual Relationship
Saturday, November 18
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

We all yearn for a relationship that is deeply fulfilling. And we all know the pitfalls along the way to true love. The challenge is all the greater when your goal is to seek soul-progress together. This seminar is about exploring ways to build lasting relationships that work. You’ll learn:

Instructors: Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 


Prashad harp

A Harp Concert featuring Prashad
and vocal soloists and instrumentalists
Saturday, November 18, 3 pm, donations cheerfully accepted

“Come join me in singing of that emerald isle,
Of flowers that like jewels, besprinkle the lea...”

—Emerald Isle, Swami Kriyananda

Among all of his musical works, Swami Kriyananda composed several beautiful and mystically enchanting pieces for the harp. Please join us for an afternoon of musical delight and divine inspiration, featuring these gems. Our concert will include selections from The Mystic Harp, Christ Lives: An Oratorio, and adaptations of sacred music by Paramhansa Yogananda. Guest musician Brahmachari Prashad from Ananda Village (formerly Ananda Palo Alto) will perform on pedal harp, alongside our gifted singers and instrumentalists.
Performed by Prashad and many other Ananda musicians

 

craft fairArts & Crafts Fair
Sunday, November 19, 11:30 am, free
Once a year, Ananda artists and craftspeople offer their creations on display and for sale. Stop by the Yoga Center after service to find unique and beautiful holiday gifts. Past fairs have offered hand-painted scarves, imported fabrics, jewelry, hand-carved altars, fragrances and soaps, floral art, homemade jams and handcrafted plant items from Ananda Valley Farm.
Ananda Yoga Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Meditation and Service
Thursday, November 23, 10 am, free
Thanksgiving Banquet, noon, $15, children $5, under age 6 free

“I give thanks to the giver behind each gift, and to the one Giver behind all that I receive,” writes Swami Kriyananda. Reflect on everything that has come into your life this year and its Divine Source in this special holiday service. You and your family members or friends are warmly invited to join in a vegetarian banquet afterwards.
Guided by Shanti
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, November 26 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45, free
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation

Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(usually offered the last Wednesday of the month)

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

We look forward to meeting you.
Guided by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 


December

 

chantingKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, December 1 & 15, 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, December 2, (1st Saturday each month), 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

meditationLearn to Meditate
Choose from:
1
Saturday class, December 2
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

or 3 Wednesdays, December 6-20
7:30 pm, $45  Register

required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
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.

Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. Learn more...
Saturday instructor: Steven Manus
Wednesday series instructor: Brahmachari Saiganesh
Ananda Temple or Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

christmas eveCradling the Christ Child: Nurturing the Divine
Saturday, December 2
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
2000 years ago, a baby was born in a sleepy village, five miles from Jerusalem. He was weak and helpless as any other baby. But shepherds and wise men came with gifts and with hearts brimming with wonder and love to be in his presence. With vibrant freshness, listen to Asha describe how, especially at Christmas time, tuning into this “tiny babe in a manger laid” still has the power to open our hearts and lead us home to the Divine.
Instructor: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

singing

Sacred Music with Ananda Choir
Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 3, 12:15 pm, free
(for those attending the concert, lunch provided at 11:30 am)

Let the joyous sounds of the holiday warm your spirit, bring a smile to your heart, and prepare us for the sacred season of Christ’s birth. Choir, small groups and soloists will perform a beautiful selection of Christmas favorites, including traditional carols, classical gems, and music by Swami Kriyananda. Celebrate Christmas in song and in spirit, as we ‘make a joyful noise unto the Lord.’ Enjoy connecting with others at Ananda during lunch, which follows right after our regular Sunday Service.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

KriyaKriya Initiation and Renewal Ceremony
Saturday, December 9, 5:30 pm (Invitational)
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 us.
Guided by Asha and Shanti
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

sai caroling hat

Christmas Caroling Party
Sunday, December 10, 6 pm, free
Bring a sweet or savory for a potluck afterwards

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

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation

Wednesday, December 13
7:30 pm, free

Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(last Wednesday of the month, except this one, due to holidays)

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.
Guided by David G or others
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

eight hour meditation

Eight-Hour Meditation
Saturday, December 23, 10 am-6 pm
This tradition was begun by Yogananda and has become the heart of Ananda’s Christmas season. It’s a day dedicated to communion with Christ Consciousness—a profound opportunity for an inner experience of the Divine. Though it may seem intimidating, you may be surprised at how easily the soul welcomes long periods of deep quiet. The group energy carries everyone deep into meditation. There are periods of chanting, music, and inspiration throughout the day. Come early enough to be in place by 10 am. You may bring your own meditation gear and sit on the floor, or use our chairs. Bring a blanket or sweater. If you are unable to participate for the full day, check our website for the schedule of times when you may enter or leave.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

Annunciation

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

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

 

Christmas angels

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

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

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, December 31 (last Sunday of the month), 11:45, free
Perhaps you, or someone you know, is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know so we can pray on your behalf, or join us in this monthly healing prayer circle for guided healing prayers. Paramhansa Yogananda, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each of us, and sending healing energy even to those at a distance. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

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

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

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

 

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.