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JULY                                              Aug   |   back to top


 

conversationsConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays (except July 31), 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

 

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

 

Drop-In Meditations, free
Tuesday-Friday, 12-12:30 pm (except July 30-Aug 2)
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

 

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

 

 

New to Ananda?
Welcome & Orientation
for Newcomers

(offered the last Tuesday of each month)    

Regrets; we aren't meeting this month, very unusually. There are some repairs taking place at the Temple this week and we'll be closed for a few days. Please come by again the last Tuesday in August.

 

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

 

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

 

gitaThe Heart of the Bhagavad Gita
Wednesdays, August 15-29, 7:30 pm, $45    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

 

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 AltoDirection

 

Raja Yoga by Swami KriyanandaTwice each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 14-session immersion   Learn more...

Thursdays, Aug 23-Nov 15, 2018, 6-9 pm
(and optional meditation 9-9:30 pm)

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 14-class immersion. 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: Steven Manus & Rita Deierlein
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.