Explore classes & events by date
now through December, 2017

 

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. 

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
(Every 1st & 3rd Friday)

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


 
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.
Ananda Teaching Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

healingCenter Everywhere,
Circumference Nowhere
An Evening of Healing

Friday, October 27, 7:30 pm, free
Come enjoy a time of opening up to The Divine Presence within you, freeing up a flow of healing for yourself and others. You will be guided in affirmation enjoined with flowing arm movements, interspersed with healing AUM chanting to one another. A meditative evening, helping to dissolve separation from Infinite Spirit.
Guided by Rita
Ananda Temple, 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 the 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

 

tandava and baby at harmoniumFamily 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   Regrets; canceled

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

tandava and baby at harmonium

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

livestreamSacred 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

 

 

chantingKirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm, free
usually 1st & 3rd Fridays, no kirtan 12/1

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

 

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

livestreamAnnunciation

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

livestreamChristmas 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 yearlivestreamNew 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.