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MAY                                    June  |   July  |   Aug


New to Ananda? Any of these are great places to jump in  

New to Ananda? Welcome Tue last Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm
Learn to meditate Wed 5/2-23 7:30-9 pm
  Sat 5/26 10 am-1 pm
Sunday Service Sun every Sunday 10-11:30 am
Family & Children’s Service Sat 1st Sat monthly 10-11 am
Drop-in meditations Tue-Fri learn more
Drop-in yoga postures Mon-Sat learn more  

 

Special events

Experiencing the Divine through Deep Nature Play Sat 5/26 9:30 am-3 pm, Farm

 

All events in May

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, May 2-23, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
or Saturday, May 26, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register

required course text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak, $14.95
RamdasMeditation 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 for 4-week series: Rose Atwell
Instructor for Saturday class: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Using Yogananda’s Energy Principles for Success
Wednesdays, May 2-23, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
Paramhansa Yogananda brought to the West a revolutionary approach to spirituality. At its core was an emphasis on “energy awareness,” and a guiding set of energetic principles. As he said, “you must be practical in your idealism.” This four-week series will offer clear explanation of these universal energy principles through a combination of discussion, easy-to-digest segments of information, and guided practice sessions. Each class will focus on a different area: health, relationships, work, and spiritual life, offering a full spectrum of practical applications.
Instructors: Steven Manus and team
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind the Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Introducción a Los Chakras
Los miércoles de mayo de 7:30 pm a 8:45 pm, $30   Register    
Para más información llama al (650) 503-4417 o escribir Eloisa.
Instructores: Eloisa Fuentes, Esther Cortona, and team
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

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

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Walking Meditation, Ananda Community
Learn more...

 

meditationKriya Preparation 1:
Energize Your Life,
Deepen Your Devotion

Thursdays, May 3-June 7
7-9 pm, $150  Register

Prerequisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate) or the Raja Yoga Series
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able to generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. In this series, you will learn Yogananda’s Energization Exercises to develop concentration, will, clarity of mind and calmness. In addition, we will learn to experience meditation as a means of awakening the heart and developing a devotional, inner relationship with God. This, Yogananda calls the “divine romance.” We will explore discipleship as an intimate relationship, not blind or passive, but requiring courage and dynamic will.
Instructor: David Praver
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

nature gamesExperiencing the Divine through Deep Nature Play
Saturday, May 26, 9:30 am-3 pm, $30    Register
With beautiful expanses of green in all directions, we will experience “Sharing Nature” games in the serene setting of Ananda Valley Farm, located in Half Moon Bay. We will expand our awareness through the orchard, gardens, hills, and beyond. The tools for exploring nature are based on Bharat (Joseph) Cornell’s renown books of games and nature communion. Come and expand your consciousness with adults and children, family and friends (new and old). The depth to which these activities can take us never fail to surprise; and the joy we cultivate in nature lingers in our memories long after the experience is done. Navashen has personally studied with Bharat Cornell, author of one of the world’s most popular nature awareness activity guidebooks, Sharing Nature with Children. Please bring a bag lunch to enjoy outdoors.
Instructor: Navashen Jones
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, May 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

Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 pm, free   
(offered the last Tuesday 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

 


JUNE                                               July  |   Aug


New to Ananda? Any of these are great places to jump in  

New to Ananda? Welcome Tue last Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm
Learn to meditate Wed 6/6-27 7:30-9 pm
  Sat 6/16 10 am-1 pm
Sunday Service Sun every Sunday 10-11:30 am
Family & Children’s Service Sat 1st Sat monthly 10-11 am
Drop-in meditations Tue-Fri learn more
Drop-in yoga postures Mon-Sat learn more  

 

Special events

Retreat with Jyotish & Devi Fri 6/1 7 am-3 pm
YoganandaFest, Mitchell Park Palo Alto Sat 6/2 7 am-3 pm
Sunday Service, Jyotish & Devi Fri 6/3 7 am-3 pm
Finding Happiness Film, Aquarius Theater Wed 6/13 7:30 pm
Summer Solstice Kirtan, Ananda Community Sun 6/17 7 pm

 

Jyotish & Devi

livestreamJoyful Service: A Direct Path to Finding God
Friday, June 1, 7 am- 3 pm, $60*    Register
Talks will be live-streamed

7-10 am Meditation
10-10:45 Break
10:45-noon Jyotish and Devi talk
12 to 1 Lunch break (bring your own bag lunch)
1 pm Q&A

For many people, there is little distinction between work and service. For those searching to connect with the Divine, all work becomes service (seva) when it done with the thought of serving God alone. Seva is our love for God, the purest love of our hearts, expressed through all activity. It is love in action. Join Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi for a day of deep meditation, satsang over brunch, then a talk and Q&A based on Jyotish’s soon to be published book, Ananda Seva.

*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members. Scholarships available upon request.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Yogananda FestYogananda Fest: Change Yourself to Change the World
A day-long festival in a family friendly park
with events and activities for all ages

Saturday, June 2, 10 am-9 pm, free • Reserve free tickets now
Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto •
Directions

Paramhansa Yogananda brought enormous change to the West through the teachings of yoga. In celebration, join us for a day of festivities including free yoga and meditation classes, music and chanting, vegetarian snacks, healing arts, and inspirational talks by spiritual and social-thought leaders.

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak, Spiritual Directors of Ananda World-wide, will share in this celebration of peace, joy, and self-transformation, along with Reverend Ellen Grace O'Brien, founder and Spiritual Director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE), Nayaswami Asha, Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, and Puru Selbie, among others. Learn more at yoganandafest.com. Or register now for your free ticket.
Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Jyotish & Devi Novak
Guest Ministers for Sunday Service
Sunday, June 3, 10-11:30 am
Jyotish & Devi are founding members of Ananda — warm, deep, remarkable disciples who each have dedicated nearly 50 years to serving and teaching others. Jyotish is spiritual successor to Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda for over 60 years. Jyotish and Devi serve as directors for Ananda Sangha Worldwide, sharing inspiration and insight gained from a lifetime of dedication on the spiritual path. This is their only visit to the Bay Area this year.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, June 6-27, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
or Saturday, June 16, 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 for 4-week series: Nayaswami Sharmila
Instructors for the Saturday class: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

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

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Walking Meditation, Ananda Community
Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

chakras

How to Use Your Chakras in Everyday Life
Wednesdays, June 6-27, 7:30 pm, $60 (drop-ins welcome)   Register
Explore the inner universe of the chakras with Shanti Rubenstone, medical doctor, minister, and teacher. The chakras contain the energy patterns of our past lives and the karmic tendencies we carry into this life. Understanding them gives us the power to change our thoughts and attitudes, and to change our lives.
Instructor: Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD & team
Ananda Teaching Center (orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Grupo de Meditación Semanal
Los miércoles de junio de 7:30 pm a 8:45 pm, gratis
Ananda Palo Alto patrocina un grupo de meditación en español. El objetivo del grupo es brindar apoyo a todos los que buscan desarrollar una práctica constante de meditación. Las sesiones son gratis. Nos reunimos los miércoles de 7:30 pm a 8:45 pm en Ananda Palo Alto, 2171 El Camino Real Palo Alto, California 94306.  Te invitamos a que te unas al grupo.  Para más información llama al (650) 503-4417 o escribir Eloisa.
Instructores: Eloisa Fuentes, Esther Cortona, and team
Ananda Teaching Center (orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Graduation Ceremony & Celebration
Living Wisdom School (K-8)

Friday, June 8, 9 am
Every student speaks at the graduation ceremony, even the very youngest. It's remarkable to see the poise and self-confidence as these children develop. There is no better place to see the fruits of this remarkable school’s approach to education. Children here are deeply understood by their teachers, recognized for their unique strengths, and held to the highest standards of academic excellence, but in an environment of support. Living Wisdom Schools: celebrating more than 45 years of graduating successful, thriving students. Learn more at Living Wisdom School.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Family WorshipFamily Worship Service
Saturday, June 9, 10-11 am
normally 1st Saturday each month except this month; Yogananda Fest on June 2
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

 

 

finding happiness

Finding Happiness Movie Screening
Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St Palo Alto, CA
Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 pm, $13  Purchase Tickets
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“Finding Happiness is a treasure — a beautiful film about
heaven on earth. Very inspiring and so relevant.”
— Christiane Northrup, M.D. & author of the New York Times bestseller, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom


Finding Happiness is a professional filmmaker's look inside the Ananda community, starring Elisabeth Rohm as a jaded, skeptical journalist (Rohm is best-known for her work in Law & Order and American Hustle). Filmed on location in California, India, and Italy, this is a true story of real people who are living sustainable, harmonious lives, based on ideals that can help us find happiness as well, wherever we may live. Finalist Moondance Film Festival
Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto Directions

 

 

expanding awarenessKriya Preparation 2
Expanding Your Awareness

Thursdays, June 14-July 5
7-9 pm, $100   Register

Prerequisite: Kriya Preparation 1
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 perceive this Divine response as you continue your preparation for Kriya Yoga. This class includes:

Instructor: Brahmachari Tandava
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Sadhaka Retreat at Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, June 16, 9 am- 5 pm, $30    Register
(Note: changed from June 9)
Come for a day of communion with God and gurus at Ananda Valley Farm. Through meditation, discussion, experience, and prayer we will deepen our attunement and strengthen our spiritual connection. This promises to be a day of beauty, growth, and stillness that will open our hearts and expand our inner bliss. For Sadhakas and Sevakas.
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

chanters

Summer Solstice Outdoor Kirtan
An Evening of Devotional Chanting

Ananda Community, Courtyard Lawn

Sunday, June 17, 7 pm, free 
Join us in an evening of sacred chanting at this auspicious time of year. The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness that dwells within us all. The sun at the peak of its annual journey symbolizes the awakening of that consciousness into enlightenment. 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. All are welcome.
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions


lavenderCrafting and Cooking
with Lavender
at Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, June 23, 10 am-2 pm
$75  Register
 

“I invite you to share my deep love and respect for nature, and my passion for everything herbal. I delight in teaching the ancient art and science of herbalism to create awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and the rich connection between plants and people.”
—Suzanne Elliott

Enjoy an uplifting day on the farm experiencing the “scentual" beauty of lavender and it’s many uses. We’ll explore in-depth, three varieties, English, French, and Spanish. Discover how each lavender species is special and unique. We will then collect lavender blossoms on the farm to make a lovely balm to take home.

A light lunch will be served, and you’ll be able to take these recipes home with you: Herbes de Provence Quiche • Lavender Lemonade • Three Lavenders Shortbread.
Instructor: Master Herbalist Suzanne Elliott
Ananda Valley Farm, 1050 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay • Directions

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, June 24, 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

Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 pm, free   
(offered the last Tuesday 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

 

transfiguration'How to Receive Power
from Your Spiritual Teacher

Saturday, June 30, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
For millennia, the methods for developing spiritual power have been transmitted from teacher to disciple. Yogananda explained this as the meaning of “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” (John 1:12) The teacher extends not only teaching and guidance; he also transmits spiritual power. As Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, so the guru raises the disciple inwardly to the life and power of Spirit. Learn how to apply the practice of receiving spiritual power to your daily life. (image: Transfiguration of Jesus, Fra Angelico)
Instructor: Asha Nayaswami
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto Directions



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conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, July 3-31 (and ongoing), 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: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions


pool throws

Larry & July 4July 4th Pool Party and Potluck
Potluck ~ Laughter ~ Swimming ~ Relaxation with Friends
Wednesday, July 4, Ananda Community 
3-5 pm Pool party 
5-6:30 pm Vegetarian pot-luck dinner and fun
Bring a main dish, side dish, or dessert to share. We'll provide drinks and ice cream. Enjoy relaxed time with your spiritual family, splashing in the pool, ping pong, and croquet on the green. Friends and family are most welcome to this casual Ananda style pot-luck. (Plenty of parking in uncovered spots in the community, or anywhere on Monroe Drive.)
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, July 6 & 20, 7:30 pm, free
(1st & 3rd Fridays)

Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

family prayingFamily Worship Service
Saturday, July 7, 10-11 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.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Let’s Memorize Samadhi Together (Part 2 - drop-ins welcome)
Saturday, July 7, 10 am-1 pm, $15 (Part 1: May 5)   Register

Vanished the veils of light and shade,
Lifted every vapor of sorrow,
Sailed away all dawns of fleeting joy. . . .

Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Memorize my poem Samadhi and recite it every day.” Study the words, the poetry, and finally the deep mystical meanings of this scared scripture, while exploring several techniques for memorizing it in manageable and meaningful proportions. Students will support one another until, by the end of the class, all can all inwardly and confidently recite the poem during deep meditations.
Instructor: Chris Thorman
Ananda Teaching Center (orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

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

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Walking Meditation, Ananda Community
Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

RamdasMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, July 11-25 (3-week series)
7:30 pm, $45  Register

or Saturday, July 28, $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 for 4-week series: Navashen
Instructor for Saturday class: Steven Manus
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Deepening and Strengthening Your Practice (Meditation 2)
Wednesdays, July 11-25, 7:30 pm, $45   Register
Required Text: How to Meditate, by Jyotish Novak
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate

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

 

how to be happy all the timeThe Wisdom of Yogananda:
How to Be Happy All the Time

Wednesdays, July 11-25, 7:30 pm, $45   Register
The human drive for happiness is one of our most far-reaching and fundamental of needs. But according to a recent Gallup Poll, only a minority of North Americans describe themselves as very happy. Few of us have truly unlocked the secrets of lasting joy and inner peace. Dive deeply into the text of How to be Happy all the Time from The Wisdom of Yogananda series. In this book, Paramhansa Yogananda playfully and powerfully shares virtually everything needed to lead a happier, more fulfilling life. Explore the teachings of this beloved saint in greater depth. Topics include:

Instructors: Brahmachari Saiganesh, Brahmachari Tandava and team
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Enhancing Energy Flow from Health and Happiness
Saturday, July 14, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
We are energy; everything in the universe is energy! Swami Kriyananda writes, “Don’t think of yourself as a physical body, merely. Think of the body itself as a vehicle for the expression of your energy.” Paramhansa Yogananda revolutionized the teaching of yoga through a focus on energy. Cosmic Energy is within and around you, available to recharge the body at all times with vitality. You can call on that eternal supply to make the body fit in every respect. Learn how to live in full health, radiating vitality and happiness.
Instructor: Steven Manus
Ananda Teaching Center (orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda

OPEN HOUSE
for new 2018-19 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)

Sunday, July 15, 1-2 pm, Ananda Yoga Center, Palo Alto • Directions
Sunday, July 22, 12:30-1:30 pm, Ananda Scotts Valley • Directions

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. This 200 hour Level 1 training enables you to register upon graduation with Yoga Alliance, and teach yoga professionally. Our 2016 and 2017 YTT students have loved this immersion experience. It takes you deep into new relationships, healing, and self-discovery. Join the next class starting September 8.

Detailed info about the new year-long series, including all meeting dates.

 

subconscious mindThe Amazing Subconscious Mind: Friend or Foe?
Saturday, July 21, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
Nothing escapes your subconscious mind. It records and retains everything about you… forever! Even your past-life tendencies and traits are stored in its deep recesses, ready to re-deploy as habit allows. Your subconscious mind can lead you to repeat the same wearisome mistakes. Or, with awareness and effort, you can re-train it to serve you wisely and well. You made it what it is, and you can change it, not by force, but with loving care. Join Asha for insightful, inspiring ways to turn this frequent foe into a friend for life.
Instructor: Asha Nayaswami
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

EkavirNew to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation
for Newcomers

Tuesday, July 24, 7:30 pm, free
(offered the last Tuesday of each month)    
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

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

 

gitaThe Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, July 27, 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

 

guru day offering

Guru Day Retreat:
Guru RetreatAn Evening of Storytelling and Pilgrimage

Saturday, July 28, 6-10 pm, free
Takes place outdoors at the Ananda Community*
This is one of the most sacred events of our year. Guru is Sanskrit, meaning “to lead out of darkness.” India has had a long tradition of passing spiritual truths from teacher to student, from guru to disciple.

Immerse in an evening of inspiring stories and music celebrating the life and teachings of the gurus particular to Ananda. Learn about Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-known spiritual teachers of the past century, as well as his own lineage of teachers: Swami Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, Babaji, and Jesus. If you have read Autobiography of a Yogi and thrilled to the stories of these saints’ lives, you will have the opportunity to feel their presence and spirit in this special evening of stories, chanting, and meditating outdoors in the community courtyard, visiting shrines dedicated to each of the gurus.
*you’ll appreciate a jacket and some layers as the evening gradually cools
Guided by Asha and others
Ananda Community Courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Healing Prayers
Sunday, July 29 (usually the last Sunday of the month), about 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



AUGUST                                              back to top


 

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

Thursdays, 7-8 pm, Walking Meditation, Ananda Community
Learn more...
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

gitaThe Heart of the Bhagavad Gita
Wednesdays, August 1-29 (no class 8/8), 7:30 pm, $60    Register
The Gita is scripture for more than a billion of the world's people; but few in the West are aware of the mystical, esoteric meaning of the text. It is a beacon of light and a guide back to our true home in the Divine. The Gita also offers encouragement and counsel for living harmoniously in a challenging world. Whether your interest is mystical awareness or practical advice, this exploration of the Gita will help you access insights and understanding you might not have discovered on you own.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj and Lahari
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

chantinKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, August 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 WorshipFamily Worship Service
Saturday, August 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

 

SRW Expanding LightSpiritual Renewal Week
Sunday, August 5–Sunday, August 12     Learn more or Register
Ananda Village Nevada City, CA
This is the spiritual highlight of the year at Ananda Village. It’s also a wonderful time of renewal in the peaceful, rural surroundings of one of the largest intentional communities in the country. Enjoy seven days of inspiration and spiritual transformation (or as many days as you can come), through daily yoga and meditation, devotional chanting, music and theater, fellowship with like-minded seekers, and daily morning classes outdoors overlooking Lotus Lake, with remarkable speakers who have been living these teachings, many of them for more than 30 years. Ananda Village is where Ananda began nearly 50 years ago, and is located just outside of Nevada City, CA, about 4 hours northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. Call soon for housing as accommodations are likely to fill quickly: The Expanding Light Retreat, (800) 346-5350.

Note: On Thursday evening, August 9, Ananda Palo Alto Players will present a play inspired by Whispers from Eternity in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater overlooking a lake. It’s an unforgettable venue for evening theater.
Expanding Light Retreat, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA • Directions

Note: In Palo Alto, Sunday Service will be offered as usual, without interruption, but otherwise, there are no classes or events during this special week.

 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, August 14-28 (and ongoing), 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: Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Rachel meditatingMeditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays, August 15-29, 7:30 pm, $45   Register
or Saturday, August 25, 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 for 4-week series: Navashen
Instructors for the Saturday class: Rose Atwell
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

pranayamaPranayama and Astral Energy
Saturday, August 18, 10 am-1 pm, $30*   Register
Pranayama is the key to a deep experience of yoga and meditation. 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, the 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.
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members.
Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo AltoDirections

 

Raja Yoga by Swami KriyanandaTwice each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 16-session immersion   Learn more...

Thursdays, Aug 23-Nov 15, 2018, 6-9 pm
(and optional meditation 9-9:30 pm)
plus one Saturday, Sept 15, 9 am-noon  

Cost: $495  Register 

Cost includes course texts, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Swami Kriyananda, How to Meditate, John (Jyotish) Novak, and a syllabus.    

6 pm Gentle hatha yoga session
6:45 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
7:15 Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:45 Discussion of Raja Yoga
9-9:30 Guided practice session (optional)

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.

The teachings of 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.

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

* Previous students: If you've attended and wish to attend again as an auditor, please register here, We'll allow auditors in the order of their registrations, but only after new students are enrolled. The cost is $50. Register

 

gitaThe Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Friday, August 24, 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

 

healingStill Your Mind: An Evening of Healing
Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm, free

Open to the Divine Presence within you by freeing a flow of healing energy for yourself and others. Combining devotional movement with spirit-filled affirmations, you will find yourself uplifted and centered. This inward practice will be interspersed with healing prayers for one another. A meditative evening, helping to dissolve separation from Infinite Spirit.
Instructor: Rita Deierlein
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

How to Cultivate Bliss Through Yogic Principles
Saturday, August 25, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
Everyone is seeking happiness, yet there is so much more than mere happiness that awaits us in our souls. Bliss is our natural condition in relationship to God. Too often our sense of joy can be obscured by our responses to life’s challenges. But joy is not merely a passive response on our part; it can be cultivated and enhanced. It is possible for us to live in bliss. Learn how to open to inner bliss through the teachings of yoga and the principles that guide a yogic lifestyle.
Instructor: Asha Nayaswami
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

prayerHealing Prayers
Sunday, August 26, 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

Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 pm
free    Directions
(offered the last Tuesday of each month)
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

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

 

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.