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

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JULY

joy of singing

The Joy of Singing:
Singing as a Spiritual Practice

open to everyone (don't be shy)
Wednesdays, July 1-29, 7:30 pm, $75  Register     drop-ins also welcome

"Music consists essentially of sound vibrations condensed from the music of Creation. Without music, life itself would cease to be...Of all the musical instruments, the voice is the most perfect because it most instantly and clearly expresses the feelings and consciousness behind it."—Swami Kriyananda

Have you been moved by the music at Ananda, and wanted to experience it more deeply for yourself? Perhaps you haven't had time or skills to join the choir? This class is open to all regardless of musical background. Let's sing, sing, sing!

We'll explore together:
• singing Swami's songs (classes will be mostly experiential and singing)
• the story behind the music
• how music influences consciousness
• songs as "remedies" for emotional and spiritual healing

We'll explore songs rarely heard as well as favorites. Singing Swamiji’s music and experiencing what happens to us as we do forms the heart of the class. Enjoy the science experiment, and see what you discover. "If you want to know me, listen to my music," said Swami once, in an interview with a journalist. The more we explore this idea, the more we can experience a window to expanded awareness and understanding. Guided by Karen, Ananda Palo Alto's choir director and a lifelong musician.
Instructor: Karen G and fellow musicians

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
1st and 3rd Fridays, July 3 & 17, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

July 4th Afternoon
Picnic and Games

Saturday, July 4th
Ananda Community
240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View    Directions

1 pm  Swimming and relaxing with friends
2 pm  Organized games
4:30 pm  Early potluck dinner: bring a salad, side dish or dessert Veggie Burgers and Dogs provided

There's nothing quite like the small-town feeling of an old-fashioned 4th of July. Enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon with great vegetarian food, laughter, loads of games for young and old, and a serious dose of silly fun. The community provides basics for veggie dogs and burgers from the grill. Salads, munchies and desserts are potluck. (Plenty of parking in unnumbered spots in the community, or anywhere on Monroe Drive)

July 4th

 

 

Conversations with YoganandaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, July 7-28 (and ongoing), 7:30, $15/class  Register
Swami Kriyananda was often present when Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples, when he received visitors and answered their questions, and when he was dictating and discussing his writings. Yogananda placed Kriyananda, at the age of 22, in charge of the monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. Swami meditated deeply on these experiences over the course of his nearly 65 years as a disciple.

His book, Conversations with Yogananda, shares many of these gems from Yogananda, allowing us, too, to receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and be transformed by his love.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deep into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online. Search for "Nayaswami Asha YouTube Channel"). What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes to explore the wisdom flowing from these great sources of inspiration for the coming age. Each week stands alone, so you may drop in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, July 9-23, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Meditation 5: Expanding Your Awareness
Thursdays, July 9-30, 7:30 pm, $60    Register
Pre-requisite: Devotion (Meditation 4: Discipleship)
Meditation has often been called “the listening part of prayer.” After we have done our share of talking, meditation leaves an opening for the Divine to respond. Learn how to expand your awareness to embrace more than you thought possible, with techniques especially designed to cultivate devotion and heart qualities.

Instructor: Tandava Waldon

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, July 11 (and ongoing, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10)
(offered the second Saturday of each month)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)  Register

This monthly class series explores the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series combines lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn


love my job

Finding Joy in the Workplace
Saturday, July 11, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Do you sometimes feel your work-life is separate from your spiritual life? Do you feel more integrated with yourself when you’re not on the job? This class will help you learn how to experience work and daily activities as a dynamic expression of your inner life, and open the door to greater joy in your work and in your everyday activities.
Instructor: Santosh Lamarche

 

Ananda Bay Area Group Leaders Retreat
Saturday, July 11, 9:30 am-5 pm, Ananda Valley Farm
by invitation

A rare opportunity to spend time together, share notes, and explore ways to support the people we serve through Ananda centers and meditation groups throughout the region. If you would like to know more, or may be interested in starting an Ananda group in your area, please contact Lahari.
Guided by Asha

 

Kirtan with Raghu Clark
& Potluck Dinner

Ananda Valley Farm, Half Moon Bay   Directions
Saturday, July 11, free

Vegatarian potluck, 5:30 pm
Kirtan, 7 pm

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, July 16-30 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate (Meditation 1)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in "Learn to Meditate".

Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Discipleship as a Way of Life
Saturday, July 18, 10 am, $30  Register
Discipleship is at the heart of our spiritual Path. Being initiated as a disciple is just the first step to becoming a disciple. You set your intention, you make your commitment, then you have to figure out what it means and how to do it. Learning and practicing Guru-reminding attitudes and behaviors can fill one’s life with uplifting joy-filled moments. Spiritual friendship is the ideal relationship between disciple and master. How can one carry on and deepen that friendship using it to power spiritual growth, especially if one’s Guru has left the body? How does the devotee stay attuned to the Guru’s will. What will help us to want to follow the Guru’s direction? The class will be free-flowing, allowing us to talk frankly and deeply about the real-life challenges of living up to the commitment we have made.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

workday

Monthly Workday at Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 am-1:30 pm   Directions
The farm is vibrant and lovely in July—the peak of our CSA season. Come on over for a refreshing time with Mother Nature’s fertile earth. Add your energy to the land in tending the plants and fruit trees, making a simple group lunch in the Seva House kitchen, harvesting-harvesting-harvesting, and giving our group farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.

 

farm adventures camp for children 7-12, summer 2015 farm adventures Summer Camp for children ages 7-12
Nature games, organic farming, & new friendships

Farm Adventure Days
Five-day camp offered
July 20-24
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm
Ananda Valley Farm, Half Moon Bay

Cost: $385 for 5-day camp
    Register 
includes optional pick-up/drop-off in Palo Alto

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

Instructors: Erica Kellogg, Katelyn La-Pine, Vinny Jones, Lilavati Aguilar, Tara Caughlan, Rose Atwell. We are fortunate to have an extraordinary staff of professional educators from Bay Area schools. They are awake and loving guides, much beloved by children of all ages.

 

Sanjan Master

The Art and Spirit of Pilgrimage
Saturday, July 25, 10 am-1 pm, $30 Register  Register 
Though all life is, in a sense, a pilgrimage, and everything in existence a holy shrine where resides the Divine, we can also go on outward pilgrimages to reinforce and deepen our attunement with God. Recently returned from leading a pilgrimage to Saint Francis’ sites in Italy, Shanti will share methods and practices by which we can turn a travel experience into a life altering spiritual transformation.

Swami Kriyananda writes, “When visiting holy places, we should tune in sensitively to their vibrations, and maintain a deeply prayerful attitude. Our hearts’ feelings must be stilled to receive divine blessings. Thus we may in fact gain lasting benefits from pilgrimage.” Join this class and begin your practice of pilgrimage now.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

Note: There will be a Fall pilgrimage to Yogananda’s shrines in Los Angeles and Encinitas. Please contact Shanti if you are interested in learning more.

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, July 25, 10 am, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Vinny Jones

 

notes

Kristy singingA Mid-Summer Night's Concert
by Ananda Choir and soloists

Saturday, July 25, 7 pm, free (donations gratefully accepted)

“Of all the musical instruments, the voice is the most perfect because it most instantly and clearly expresses the feelings and consciousness behind it.”

Enjoy an evening of beautiful music by Swami Kriyananda — including many rarely heard gems — pieces that we don’t normally hear at Sunday Service or special events. The evening features a wide variety of soloists and moods: Rumanian memories, Egyptian pieces, songs set to the exquisite lyrics of Shakespeare, humorous music, and sacred pieces that stir our souls.

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)
There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Webinars with Asha this month

Develop a Preference for Foods
that are High in Energy and Nutrients

Friday, July 10, 6-7 pm register at OnlineWithAnanda

Faith is a Vitally Important Principle
Friday, July 31, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, often two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

AUGUST

Family Worship Service
Saturday, August 1, 10 am
(1st Saturday each month)

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

 

guru retreat

Guru Retreat with Asha
An Evening of Storytelling and Pilgrimage
Saturday, August 1, 6-10 pm, free
Ananda Community, 240 Monroe Dr, Mountain View
Guru DayThis 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. In tonight’s retreat Asha guides us 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 Christ. 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. It’s like being on a mini-pilgrimage without the long flight to India.
Chairs are provided, or you can bring your own meditation seating. Bring a blanket and dress in layers, in case the evening becomes cool.
Park in any uncovered spot in the community or on Monroe Drive.

Guided by Nayaswami Asha

 

Conversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, August 4-25 (no class 8/11)
7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
drop-ins welcome; this class is ongoing

Swami Kriyananda was often present when Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples, when he received visitors and answered their questions, and when he was dictating and discussing his writings. Yogananda placed Kriyananda, at the age of 22, in charge of the monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. Swami meditated deeply on these experiences over the course of his nearly 65 years as a disciple.

Conversations with YoganandaHis book, Conversations with Yogananda, shares many of these gems from Yogananda, allowing us, too, to receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and be transformed by his love.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deep into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online. Search for "Nayaswami Asha YouTube Channel"). What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes to explore the wisdom flowing from these great sources of inspiration for the coming age. Each week stands alone, so you may drop in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, August 6, 20, 27 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
(note: no class on 8/13)

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

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
1st and 3rd Fridays, August 7 & 21, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, August 8 (and ongoing, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14)
(usually offered the second Saturday of each month)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)  Register

This monthly class series explores the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series combines lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Spiritual Renewal Week
Sunday, August 9–Sunday, August 16 Learn more or Register here
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 more than 40 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.

 

Sharmila cookingThe Joy of Seva
Service as a Pathway to the Divine

Potluck Vegetarian Dinner, Practice & Class
Wednesdays, August 19 & 26 (2-class series), 6-9 pm, $30  Register

Bring something to share for the potluck
Join Shanti in a joy-filled, rollicking exploration of the love of service and the Divine grace that follows service in love. Seva (service or karma yoga) is considered a pathway to the Divine.

The spirit in which we serve is as important as the service itself. By serving with our consciousness raised, we also become progressively more aware that God is the Doer, not us. We'll learn about the fundamentals of seva (generosity, joy, expansion, gratitude) then we'll have hands-on time to deepen our experience of how it feels to give to and do for others. Guided by a physician and minister who has joyfully devoted her life to this practice.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Attunement: The Foundation of the Path
Saturday, August 22, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
For millennia, the method for achieving spiritual growth has been through discipleship and deep attunement to a guru. Yogananda wrote, “The most important reason for having a guru is stated in the Bible itself: ‘But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.’ (John 1:12) The guru gives his disciple not only teaching and guidance, he also transmits to him spiritual power. As Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, so the guru raises the disciple inwardly to the life of the Spirit. The Lord Himself, through the guru, awakens the devotee from his age-old sleep of delusion.” Topics include:

Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

workday

Monthly Workday at Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, August 22, 9:30 am-1:30 pm   Directions
“Non-attachment to the fruits of our labors” is one of the essential attitudes a yogi is encouraged to develop on the road to inner freedom and unconditional joy. Here is an opportunity to experience the joys of selfless service and spiritual community. Join with friends, new and old, in harvesting organic vegetables grown with love for Ananda Farm’s CSA movement.

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, August 26, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered the last Wednesday of each month)

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:
A chance to meet other newcomers
Discussion about programs available that can help you meet your spiritual goals
Ananda’s spiritual roots
A tour of classrooms, temple, and grounds
An opportunity to ask questions, or to share what might be helpful to you on your spiritual journey

 

courage

Take Charge of Your Life
How to Develop Courage and Confidence

Saturday, August 29, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
What worries you most? Lack, success, loneliness, intimacy, your future or past—perhaps even yourself? Facing our fears with a clear head and perceptive vision is the best and often the only way to releasing them. However, most of us lack the skills necessary to do so. Asha will help provide you with the tools you need to transcend your fears, and live your life in greater harmony with yourself and the Divine.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, August 29, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Santosh LaMarche

 

Webinars with Asha
Don't Merely Wish for a Broader Awareness, Embrace It
Friday, August 21, 6-7 pm register at OnlineWithAnanda

Say 'Yes!' to Life!
Friday, August 28, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Asha teachingConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, September 1-29 (and ongoing), 7:30, $15/class  Register
Swami Kriyananda was often present when Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples, when he received visitors and answered their questions, and when he was dictating and discussing his writings. Yogananda placed Kriyananda, at the age of 22, in charge of the monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. Swami meditated deeply on these experiences over the course of his nearly 65 years as a disciple.

Conversations with YoganandaHis book, Conversations with Yogananda, shares many of these gems from Yogananda, allowing us, too, to receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and be transformed by his love.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deep into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online. Search for "Nayaswami Asha YouTube Channel"). What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes to explore the wisdom flowing from these great sources of inspiration for the coming age. Each week stands alone, so you may drop in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

AkashAKASH: Ancient Keys for Attaining Success and Happiness
Wednesdays, September 2-30 and October 7, 6-9 pm, $15/each class  Register
6-week series; drop-ins welcome
AKASH is a unique, six class series written by Swami Kriyananda, offering time-proven techniques for making positive, lasting changes in your life. Swami, who was trained in these principles and techniques by his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, wrote and recorded these lessons to give people the essential tools they will need for the challenging times ahead. Learn:

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD & several guest teachers

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, September 3-24, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Vinny Jones

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, September 3-24, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Learn to Meditate (Meditation 1)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in "Learn to Meditate".

Instructor: David Praver

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
1st and 3rd Fridays, September 4* & 18, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

Krishna

Krishna Kirtan (Janmashtami) * special kirtan on September 4th
Friday, September 4, 7:30 pm, freeRaghu Clark will be leading
Ananda Temple
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, one of the most beloved scriptures of the East.

 

family worship

Family Worship Service
Saturday, September 5 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

Magnetism: How to Acquire and Strengthen It
Saturday, September 5, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
It’s a scientific fact that a strong flow of energy generates a strong magnetic field. It is also common knowledge that certain people emit powerful magnetism—some of them in an uplifting way; some negatively. The right kind of magnetic power has expanding, uplifting, and spiritual qualities. Just being in the presence of a positively magnetic person can inspire us and expand our consciousness. This is the sort of magnetic power that we all want. In this class you will learn techniques to strengthen this positive magnetic energy in yourself and how to project it outward into the world to attract to yourself whatever good you seek in life.
Instructors: Rammurti and Sita Reed

 

ChakrasKundalini and the Astral Body
Saturday, September 12, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Spiritual awakening takes place when kundalini energy rises up to the third eye. It doesn’t matter whether we believe in kundalini or not. Kundalini is the subtle energy flowing through the spine. Every positive life experience is the result of upward moving kundalini. Depressing and contractive experiences result when the kundalini is blocked or pulled down. But what does that mean and how does that work? This class will show you how to recognize the flow of kundalini, how to control it to increase your will power and self-control, and how to direct it to expand your heart and intuition. Using these techniques, you can gain a greater sense of personal security, increase your calmness and inner peace and experience true and lasting spiritual transformation.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, September 12 (and ongoing, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12)
(offered the second Saturday of each month)
10 am-1 pm, $30 (drop-ins welcome)  Register

This monthly class series explores the underlying spiritual principle for each of the twelve steps, and will look at how the teachings and practices of Yoga support living these principles in everyday life. This series combines lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice. This class is open to all truth seekers. Heidi is the Ananda Yoga Center Director, and a gifted teacher with many years of experience and expertise in 12 Step recovery.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Monthly Workday at the Farm
Saturday, September 12, 9:30 am-1:30 pm  Directions
Enjoy the warmth of summer still at the farm. Savor a visit to the fields and work with the fresh, rich soil. Spend some time in the beautiful Seva House kitchen preparing lunch, put your hands to a simple fix-it job, tend the chickens, or help with new landscaping projects. No special skills necessary. Come for an old-fashioned country workday with other joyful souls.

 

Sweami Kriyananda

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

Sixty-seven 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.
Guided by Rammurti and Sita Reed

 

wellness

How To Be Truly Well
Saturday, September 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
With fascinating stories and compelling examples, Shanti will explore the vital interplay of intention, right-mindedness, and spirituality in achieving and maintaining a state of optimum health and wellness. Shanti is a Stanford-trained MD now practicing Integrative and Transformational medicine.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Swami praying IndiaSwami Kriyananda’s 10 Ways
to Develop Devotion

Saturday, September 19, 9:30 am-5 pm, $30, includes lunch  Register
Ananda Valley Farm, Half Moon Bay
Devotion is the first “necessity” on the spiritual path. Learn new ways to deepen your experience of Divine Love. Bring out the devotion hidden within your own heart. Learn to:

Instructor: Nayaswami Lahari
*Farm program cost applies to everyone, including tithing members

 

Autumnal Equinox Kirtan and Potluck
Saturday, September 19, free
Ananda Valley Farm, Half Moon Bay  Directions
Vegetarian potluck 5:30 pm
Kirtan 7 pm

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, September 26, 10 am, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past forty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Hiking

Spirit and Nature: Hike the Bay Area
Saturday, September 26, 8:30 am, free
Meet at Ananda Community entrance at 8:30 to set-up carpools. We’ll leave from the community at 9 am. Bring water, a bag lunch, and dress in layers of clothing.
Join Saiganesh and other fellow enthusiastic hikers for a walk in the Bay Area, one of the most beautiful regions in the country for experiencing an extraordinary range of ecosystems. Location will be announced closer to the date, taking weather into account. Walks are usually about 5 miles and moderate in degree of difficulty. It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy good company in the great outdoors.
Guide: Saiganesh

 

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

There is so much happening at Ananda, it can sometimes take a little time for new folks to find their way around, and discover all the opportunities available. You are welcome to explore at your own pace, or you are warmly invited to this orientation for newcomers. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Webinars with Asha

Key 9: Don't Merely Wish for a Broader Awareness, Embrace It
Friday, September 18, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

 

How to find us

Directions

Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.

Occasionally, a class or event takes place at Ananda Community, just a few miles south of the Temple and Teaching Center. You'll see a special mention of it in the description, along with directions.