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through January, 2015
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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)

 

OCTOBER

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga (Level II)
Wednesdays, October 1-29 & November 5 (6-week series)
6-9 pm, $108
  Register
(Prerequisites: The Art and Science of Raja Yoga course or long-term membership in Ananda. Drop-ins welcome)
Building upon the 12 week overview offered in our annual Raja Yoga course, this series will focus on ways to use the teachings daily in our lives.  We will expand upon 5 fundamental concepts and practices, with instructor-led breakout sessions offering a hands-on approach to becoming, as Yogananda put it “practical in our idealism”. 
Instructors: Nayaswami Chidambar, Steven Manus, Saranya LaCosse, and some of Ananda’s best hatha yoga teachers

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, 7:30 pm, free (no kirtan 10/17)
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.

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, October 9-23, 7:30 pm, $45    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 3: Devotion
Thursdays, October 9, 16 & 30 (three-week series, no class 10/23)
7:30 pm, $45
    Register
Pre-requisite: Energy (Meditation 2)
Explore meditation as a means of inner communion, the awakening of the heart, and the beginning of what Yogananda calls the “divine romance”. We'll explore the more subtle nuances of meditation practice involving breathing and increasing the flow of energy, into and throughout the body.

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

Meditation 6: Chakras and Preparation for Kriya Initiation
Thursdays, October 9-30, 7:30-9 pm, $60    Register
Pre-requisite: Expanding Your Awareness (Meditation 5)
Babaji declared that Kriya should be given to “all who humbly ask for help.” Some preparation is necessary, to make the body and mind ready to receive the power created by the practice of this technique. At Babaji’s request, Yogananda brought the Kriya meditation technique to the West as “an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened.” Yogananda wrote that Kriya is “the most effective device of salvation through self-effort ever to be evolved in man’s search for the Infinite.” Yogananda writes more about this technique in “The Science of Kriya Yoga” in his Autobiography of a Yogi.

Instructor: Nayaswami Chidambar

 

blue sunset

Realize Optimal Vitality
Through Yogic Principles & Practices

Tuesdays, October 14–28 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45         Register
Uplift your energy and promote healing in yourself and others by drawing on the unlimited power of the universe, using techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Understand how limiting thoughts and negative behaviors can undermine your health and vitality, and how to change those patterns. Enjoy the sense of well being that results from following universal laws of healing. In this 4-week series, we’ll explore how to:

Instructors: Connie Hernadez, N.D., Nayaswami Lahari, and Amara Fiesterman

 

hikers Marin

Spirit & Nature Hike
Saturday, October 18, 9 am, free
Bring a bag lunch, water, snacks

Meet at Ananda Community entrance to carpool       Directions
Join fellow enthusiastic hikers for a moderate hike in the area (location to be shared when we get together). Plan on returning to the community by about 3 pm after enjoying the spectacular fall weather here in the Bay Area. These hikes have been popular — a wonderful way to connect easily with others, and explore the area with friends new and old. We often play a nature game or two drawn from the work of interationally-known naturalist Joseph Cornell (a long-time Ananda member), and have a midday meditation before lunch.
Guides: Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Brahmachari Saiganesh, and Vinny Jones

 

AkashAKASH
Ancient Keys for Attaining Success and Happiness

Saturday, October 25, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
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:

Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Enchanted Tea Fundraiser
for Ananda Valley Farm

postponed till 4/11/14, due to impressive Pumpkin-month traffic to Half Moon Bay - stay tuned...

 

Women's Spirituality Group
10/26, 11/23, 12/28, 1/25, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

Yoga for Arthritis
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10/28-11/20, 6-7:15 pm (no drop-ins)   Cost: $120
Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
Do you have arthritis or know someone who does? Learn how to utilize the benefits of yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques) and deep relaxation for chronic pain relief, improved flexibility and range of motion, improved sleep habits and increased sense of well-being.
Instructor:Divya Love

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 pm, free
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 offered the last Wednesday of each month. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

Webinars with Asha

Asha is teaching in New Zealand all of October. Her schedule

The Bhagavad Gita webinar resumes 11/10/14

The Essence of Self-Realization series resumes 11/7/14
Register here at Ananda Online. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

NOVEMBER

Family Worship Service
Saturday, November 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.

 

Finding True and Lasting Peace
Saturday, November 1, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, $30    Register

“Peace is like a weightless waterfall, washing away all worries,
and bestowing a new, glad sense of confidence.”
—Swami Kriyananda, Affirmations for Self-Healing

peaceful waterPeace is an early spiritual experience for many — often our first taste of something that hints at greater states of awareness. Peace is one of the eight manifestations of the Divine. You can feel it in moments of quiet, after labors well done, or in moments of deep self-acceptance. In this class we will look at attitudes and practices that will help us attain a sense of deep, abiding inner peace on our spiritual journey.
Instructor: Santosh LaMarche

workday

Monthly Farm Workday
Saturday, November 1, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, free
Bring a bag lunch
Bask in the fresh air as you serve alongside others in the great outdoors at the Farm. Or join a project inside Seva House or one of the old barns. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and ends with bag lunches around a big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, November 6-20 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45    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 2: Energy
Thursdays, November 6-20 (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: Nayaswami David

 

Meditation 5: Expanding Your Awareness
Thursdays, November 6-20, 7:30 pm, $45    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: Brahmachari Tandava Waldon

 

kirtan

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, 7:30 pm, free
(no kirtan 11/28)

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.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, November 8, 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.
Instructors: Vinny Jones

 

material planeRules of the Game:
How to Make the Material Plane Your Friend

Saturday, November 8
10 am-1 pm, $30
    Register
Whether you are trying to make a living, running a household, taking care of "stuff", or handling finances, the material plane often seems uncooperative. At its worst, it feels intimidating and threatening. Why is it sometimes so hard?

We can think of navigating the material plane as a game. If we do, it changes our experience, sometimes dramatically. All games have rules. It's what gives them shape and makes them fun. The rules of the material plane (and especially money) are often not well understood. In this class we will explore how to make the material plane your friend and ally. Learn to identify the things that block you from material success, and how to change them.

David has started several small businesses, engineered several successful business turn-arounds, and been immersed in the financial world for over 40 years.
Instructor: David G

 

Restorative Yoga Workshop 
Saturday, November 8, 2-4 pm, $30
Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal   

This workshop is designed for those who want to feel more relaxed, have more energy and reduce stress. Restorative Yoga enables one to release the physical, mental, and emotional layers of tensions held in the body. 

Instructor: Adriana Buenaventura

 

Satsang with Asha
Saturday, November 8, 7 pm
Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community
      Directions
Asha returns from a 6-week speaking tour of New Zealand, and shares her experiences of the people and the country. This is Ananda’s first-ever visit to this beautiful island country.

 

jewel in the lotus

The Jewel in the Lotus
Dinner Theatre with the Ananda Palo Alto Players

Sunday, November 9
5:30 pm mocktails and 6 pm dinner, $30 ($20 before Nov 2)  Reserve/pay now
7 pm The Jewel in the Lotus play, donation

The Ananda Palo Alto Players proudly announces their inaugural offering: a dinner theater presentation of Swami Kriyananda’s one act play, The Jewel in the Lotus.    

The story follows the evening journey of a family debating the merits of a spiritual vs a more worldly life. Along the way, they meet a wanderer who shares stories of his own life — from high points to deep regrets. The family is touched by this encounter, each in his own way. Swami develops the characters with a mixture of humor, interpersonal drama and profound inspiration. The play is set in an Indian village high in the Himalayas, and features many Ananda friends as actors.

The Ananda Palo Alto Players are a new creative group directed by Marcel Hernandez and Kristy Norfleet, both from professional show business and theater backgrounds. 

 

Asha

PatanjaliDemystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, November 11-25 (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class   Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, they stretch much farther back in time to ancient yogis who first discovered these principles. The texts are noted for their brevity, and have been interpreted extensively by saints and mystics ever since. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear Yogananda’s teaching on this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, recently published in 2013.

People from around the world are watching Asha’s classes on these ancient Yoga Sutras (see her YouTube Channel). What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes and explore the inmost working of the meditator’s spiritual life. Each week stands alone, so you may come in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

saints

The Saints: Those Who Walked With God
Wednesdays, November 12-26 (3-week series), 7:30, $45   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 expression of God’s love to the world. In these three weeks we will examine the lives of three saints: St. Francis, St. Theresa, and Anandamayi Ma. In and around the holy days is a great time to come & be uplifted by their stories of discipleship and selfless service to God. 
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Sun & Moon Workshop
Saturday, November 15, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, $30
Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
Hatha Yoga may be thought of as a physical practice that naturally tends to balance our lunar and solar energies. But our asana practice often tends to reflect a bias for the solar. This special Ananda Yoga workshop will offer a balanced practice to first awaken the solar energy through flowing repetitions of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Then we will pay homage to the lunar energy that is an equal part of our Nature as we practice, Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations) and remind ourselves that we are all reflections of the Divine Light.
Instructor: Doug Andrews, E-RYT 500

 

craft fairAnanda's Annual Crafts Fair
Sunday, November 16, 11:30 am (after Sunday service)
Beautiful handcrafted jewelry, clothing, woodwork, and homemade foods for the holidays will be on display in the Yoga Center (right near the Temple). This is a perfect opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays, and support Ananda artists. If you are an artist who would like to offer items, contact Amara.

 

Also, for Christmas gift giving, please stop by East West Bookshop, Ananda's premier gift and bookstore — one of the largest metaphysical bookstores in the country, right nearby in downtown Mountain View. West West Bookshop is winner of “Best Gifts in Mountain View” nearly every year for MANY years in the annual reader's Mountain View Voice competition.

East West Bookshop
324 Castro Street
Mountain View


Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 pm, free
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. 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:

 

How to Work with Your Emotions
Saturday, November 22, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
To be repressed and out of touch with our feelings is not healthy. But to express them often to people around us does not bring happiness or harmony either. We have all seen how too much attachment or too much negativity can take a relationship down. Learn how to find the right balance between self-control and self-expression, to understand the difference between the needs of the ego and the needs of the soul, and how to direct your energy positively, without diminishing or suppressing it.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

fireplants

Earth Living Skills Weekend
An Introduction to Wilderness Training

Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23  9:30 am-5 pm, $50 per day* includes two meals    Register for both days    Register for one day
Learn the skills to immerse yourself into Nature. Feel comfortable with the knowledge that you are a part of Nature, and that it is your home. This is an introduction to survival skills in nature, as well as an immersion in the philosophy of living with the Earth. These skills can awaken a deeper awareness of our connection to the world around us, and enhance our gratitude for all of creation. Skills taught:

The weekend may also include:

Guided by Miriam Grace
* Farm program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

 

Potluck & Kirtan at the Farm
Saturday, November 22
5:30 pm Potluck
7 pm Kirtan

Whether or not you are able to attend Miriam’s workshop, a potluck and kirtan are the perfect way to end the day.

 

Women's Spirituality Group
11/23, 12/28, 1/25, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

thanksgiving gourds

Thanksgiving Meditation & Service
Thursday, November 27, 10 am-noon, free
Banquet at noon, $15, children $5 (under age 6 free)
  Reserve a spot
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.

 

Monthly Farm Workday
November 29, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, free
Bring a bag lunch
Bask in the fresh air as you serve alongside others in the great outdoors at the Farm. Or join a project inside Seva House or one of the old barns. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and ends with bag lunches around a big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

Webinars with Asha
The Bhagavad Gita: Yogananda’s Interpretations      Watch here
Starting Nov 10, Monday mornings, 6 am PST (note new time)
free (donations welcome)

Watch a live webinar with Asha every Monday morning, via AnandaIndia.org. At the request of devotees in India, she is broadcasting at this unusual time here, but you may find it the perfect way to start your work week, too. Explore Hinduism’s most beloved scripture—a guide to the great battle within ourselves between the forces that take us closer to God, and those that draw us away.

The Essence of Self-Realization series, Ananda Online
Nov 10, The Disciple’s Part
Nov 21, Ways in Which God Can Be Worshiped
Alternating Fridays, 6-7 pm, free (donations welcome)

Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register here at Ananda Online. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.


Coming up: Dec 15, How to Pray Effectively

 

DECEMBER

EW party

PARTY! Ananda & Friends Celebrate East West Bookshop
1st Annual Appreciation Night

Tuesday, December 2, 7:30 pm, free
324 Castro Street, Mountain View
Light refreshments served
What fun! We're hosting a party for East West on this special evening, to celebrate and appreciate this beautiful store and its service to the broader community. Hear Asha, Tandava, and Santosh share more about the history of this Bay Area icon, and the role East West plays today in serving not only the Bay Area, but customers from around the world who consider it a Bay Area pilgrimage spot.

Remember the first time you read a book that felt like a doorway to truth — something that changed your life? East West has been giving that experience to thousands over many years. Many people have come to Master through the store, or found other great teachings, healing, or guidance. Come celebrate the magic that is East West, and especially the staffers who make it all happen. (And while this isn't the motivation for this party, it is a splendid moment to get in some Christmas gift shopping. What better way to appreciate the store?)

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, December 4-18 (three-week series) 7:30 pm, $45    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: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Kirtan – An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, December 5 & 12, 7:30 pm, free
(no kirtan 12/19 & 26)

Join us in 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.

 

family worship

Family Worship Service
Saturday, December 6, 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.

 

Devotion and the Guru/Disciple Relationship
Saturday, December 6, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
For millennia, the method for achieving spiritual growth has been through discipleship 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 Sprit. The Lord Himself, through the guru, awakens the devotee from his age-old sleep of delusion.” Topics include:

Instructor: Steven Manus

 

christ child

choir sliceSacred Music with Ananda Choir
Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 7, 12:15 pm, free
(11:30 am lunch provided for those attending the concert)
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 by Bach, Mendelssohn, 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 the 11:30 potluck, which follows right after our regular Sunday Service.

 

PatanjaliDemystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, December 9 & 16 (and ongoing in January),
7:30 pm, $15/class
  Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, they stretch much farther back in time to ancient yogis who first discovered these principles. The texts are noted for their brevity, and have been interpreted extensively by saints and mystics ever since. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear Yogananda’s teaching on this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, recently published in 2013.

People from around the world are watching Asha’s classes on these ancient Yoga Sutras (see her YouTube Channel). What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes and explore the inmost working of the meditator’s spiritual life. Each week stands alone, so you may come in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, December 13, 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: Nayaswami Biraj

 

The Amazing Subconscious Mind: Friend or Foe?
Saturday, December 13, 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: Nayaswami Asha

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, free
(usually the last Wednesday each month, except Nov & Dec due to holidays)
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. 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:

 

Eight-Hour Meditation
Saturday, December 20, 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 here for the schedule of times when you may enter or leave.

 

carollers

Christmas Caroling Party at Ananda Community
Sunday, December 21, 6 pm, free
Meet at Chela Bhavan, the large home at the far end of the courtyard
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.

 

Mary & baby    shepherd

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Wednesday, December 24
Meditation 5-7 pm
Worship 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

 

little shepherds

Christmas Day Family Worship Service & Banquet
Thursday, December 25
Family Worship Service, noon-1 pm, free
Banquet, 1:30 pm, $15 at the door, $5 children (under 6 free)
  Reserve
kingChildren, 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.
Storytelling by Asha

 

Women's Spirituality Group
12/28, 1/25, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

fire ceremonyNew Year’s Eve Service
Wednesday, December 31
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Vows Ceremony for Renunciate Order,* 6 pm
Worship Service, 7:30 pm

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 us. 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.


Webinars with Asha
The Bhagavad Gita: Yogananda’s Interpretations      Watch here
Monday mornings except 12/29, 6 am PST (note new time)
free (donations welcome)

Watch a live webinar with Asha every Monday morning, via AnandaIndia.org. At the request of devotees in India, she is broadcasting at this unusual time here, but you may find it the perfect way to start your work week, too. Explore Hinduism’s most beloved scripture—a guide to the great battle within ourselves between the forces that take us closer to God, and those that draw us away.

The Essence of Self-Realization series, Ananda Online
12/5   How to Pray Effectively

Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register here at Ananda Online. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

JANUARY

Family Worship Service
Saturday, January 3, 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.

 

YOGANANDA'S BIRTHDAY

Yogananda’s Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 5
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Celebration, 7:30 pm

We honor Yogananda on his birthday with a talk about his life and teachings by Asha, music, chanting, and meditation. Everyone is invited, if they wish, to come to the altar to offer an affirmation or vow as a “birthday gift” to the great yoga master. Newcomers and truthseekers who are not disciples of Yogananda may come up first to place a flower on the altar (bring a favorite flower, or offer one provided by us), followed by disciples and students who have made pledges to Yogananda and his teachings. A moving and devotional evening.
Guided by Asha

 

Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras
Tuesdays, January 6-27 (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class    Register
Patanjali’s writings are considered the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. First codified by Patanjali, they stretch much farther back in time to ancient yogis who first discovered these principles. The texts are noted for their brevity, and have been interpreted extensively by saints and mystics ever since. Swami Kriyananda was privileged to hear Yogananda’s teaching on this scripture, and captures his gems of wisdom in this book, recently published in 2013.

People from around the world are watching Asha’s classes on these ancient Yoga Sutras. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person. Drop in on any of these classes and explore the inmost working of the meditator’s spiritual life. Each week stands alone, so you may come in at any point.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

The Art & Science of Raja YogaRaja Yoga    Register
Wednesdays, January 7-March 25, 6-9 pm   
plus two Saturdays,
January 24 & March 14, 9 am to noon

Cost: $350 includes all materials and the 450 page book,
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda

One of our most popular classes is this 12-week immersion, offered once each year. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the physical postures 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 are 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.

Each class begins at 6 pm with an hour of gentle hatha yoga postures tailored to meet the needs of the group, and a brief meditation. The remaining class time is devoted to discussion of Raja Yoga, and especially these areas of study:

Philosophy: Karma, chakras, Self-realization, kundalini, guru, attunement, astral worlds, the Yugas, astrology, devotion, and selfless service.

Hatha: Postures as a preparation for deep meditation.

Pranayama: Control the breath to harmonize, increase, and direct energy in the body. Learn how to reduce fatigue, depression, lack of mental clarity, and other stress-related illnesses through the practice of pranayama.

Meditation: Experience meditation as a powerful spiritual practice—a way to make God real in your life. Devotion, an understanding of our chakras, and the role of the guru are a part of that exploration.

Healing: Learn yoga practices to help relieve many conditions, including chronic pain, insomnia, high blood pressure, nervous disorders, weight problems, digestion, heart ailments, and stress.

Diet: Learn how food affects consciousness, and what types of food benefit your health and your spiritual life.
Main Instructors: Nayaswami Chidambar, Saranya LaCosse, Stephen Manus; plus several of Ananda’s best yoga teachers

 

at the feet of Swamiji

Lessons From the Life of Swami Kriyananda
At the Feet of a Great Teacher

Thursdays, January 8-29, 7:30 pm, $60   Register
No one currently at Ananda has spent time with Yogananda, as he passed away in 1952. Yet, through hearing Swami Kriyananda tell of the Master's life through personal stories and teachings he experienced, many have come to feel that they, themselves, knew him. Swami Kriyananda said that every word and every glance of Yogananda's was filled with meaning, much of which he did not understand fully until years later.

So too with Swami. Come hear never-before heard stories of Swami and let us together unpackage them, each a tiny gift of understanding and inspiration. Between them, Nayaswami Lahari and David G. have some 60 years of experience with Swami Kriyananda, observing him working closely with others, guiding Ananda's development, and especially, helping the people around him to develop spiritually. This will be an informal, relaxed evening of sharing and inspiration.
with David G and Nayaswami Lahari

 

Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, January 8-29, 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: Vinny Jones

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, January 8-29, 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 4-week series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in “Learn to Meditate”.

Instructor: Nayaswami David

 

Kirtan – An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, January 9-30, 7:30 pm, free (no kirtan 1/2)
Join us in 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.

 

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, January 10, 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

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, January 10, 10 am-1 pm, $30     Register
This monthly class series will explore the underlying principle for each of the 12 Steps and will look at how the teachings of yoga support living these principles in daily life. In January we will explore Step One: "We admitted we were powerless", where the emphasis is on the spiritual principle of surrender. Combining lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice, we will look at actions and attitudes that support spiritual growth and lead to inner freedom.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn

 

Eight aspects

Exploring the Eight Aspects of Divine Manifestation
Saturday, January 17, 10 am-1 pm, $30    Register
The eight attributes of God: love, peace, joy, power, wisdom, calmness, light and sound, emanate from Cosmic Vibration. They are Superconsciousness itself made manifest in the physical world. Our goal in life is to realize these aspects of the Divine within until our soul expands to become all of them. Join us and find ways to experience each of them within your own self.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Restorative Yoga Workshop 
Saturday, January 17, 2-4 pm, $30  
Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
This workshop is designed for those who want to feel more relaxed, have more energy and reduce stress. Restorative Yoga enables one to release the physical, mental, and emotional layers of tensions held in the body. 
Relieve the effects of chronic stress that may manifest as body tension, anxiety, disease, and disharmony
Become aware of the dynamic relationship between the chakras and healing of body, mind and spirit
Instructor: Divya Love

 

workdayMonthly Farm Workday
Saturday, January 17, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Bring a bag lunch

Bask in the fresh air as you serve alongside others in the great outdoors at the Farm. Or, join a project inside Seva House or one of the old barns. The day starts with a prayer, includes a mid-day meditation, and ends with bag lunches around a big table, sharing in the joys of friendship. “Service is Joy,” is one of Ananda’s mottos. Come and experience it for yourself.

 

Meeting The Mastermeeting the master
An original play
by Kristy Norfleet-Andrews
Saturday, January 17, 7 pm, free

Poster to share with friends

Meeting The Master” is a one-act play that brings to life the stories of the early disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. Based on their actual words, relive the treasured moments of Dr. & Mrs. Lewis, Kamala, Durga Mata, Gyanamata, Rajarsi and Swami Kriyananda. Experience the Master’s unique and loving relationship with each disciple as their inspiring monologues transport you back in time.

Actors:
Durga Mata: Kristy Norfleet-Andrews
Gyanamata: Asha Praver
Kriyananda: Rammurti Reed
Kamala: Erica Kellogg
Dr. Lewis: Marcel Hernandez
Mrs. Lewis: Anandaprem
Rajarsi: Steven Manus

 

outdoors with Vidura

Spirit and Nature Dancing Together
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 am-4 pm, $30 including lunch    Register
Ananda Valley Farm

“Peace, like a weightless waterfall, cleanses the mind
of all anxiety and care, bestowing heavenly relief.”
— Paramhansa Yogananda

There are eight ways God can be experienced in this world: Light, Sound, Peace, Calmness, Love, Joy, Wisdom, and Power. Peace is an early meditative experience. Explore attitudes and practices that will help us attain a sense of deep, abiding inner peace on our spiritual journey.

Join Shanti & Vidura, a founding member of Ananda worldwide, for this unique coming together of talks, movement, and experiences in nature to help us understand and experience how to find inner peace — spirit and nature dancing together.
Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD and Nayaswami Vidura

 

Potluck & Kirtan
Saturday, January 24
5 pm potluck, 6-9 pm kirtan at the Farm

with kirtan leaders extraordinaire from Ananda Village,
Tim & Lisa Clark
Lisa and Tim are long time Ananda members who have lived, served, and played music in many of our Ananda colonies around the world. Music remains a main love of theirs, and it is obvious in their kirtans. These evenings with them are  fun, uplifting, and deeply moving. Join Lisa and Tim at the farm for a three hour kirtan that promises to raise our consciousness and leave us feeling joyFULL.

 

Vidura Durga

Sunday Service with
Nayaswamis Durga & Vidura, visiting ministers

Sunday, January 25, 10 am (9 am meditation & fire ceremony)
The warm-hearted friendship of Durga and Vidura have made them beloved around the world. Wherever they live, wherever they visit, they immediately create a sense of divine family that nourishes all those who come into contact with them. They are founding members of Ananda Village and have lived in our Colonies in Portland and Los Angeles, and also India. It was the foursome of Durga, Vidura, David, and Asha that started and led Ananda Pilgrimages to India, going about ten times. They are hosts and managers of the Ananda Meditation Retreat, a place of seclusion and the place where Ananda first began in 1968.

 

Women's Spirituality Group
1/25, 11:45 am-1 pm, free
Meets 4th Sunday of each month soon after service ends
Upstairs classroom in the Teaching Center

The Women's Spirituality Group welcomes all Ananda women, new or not so new, young or older. We focus our discussion on either the affirmation for the day, or some aspect of the lesson and sermon. It's a wonderful way to go a bit deeper, get to know other women at Ananda, and carry away some spiritual nuggets for the week to come. This is a free drop-in group, and your participation is welcome, whenever you can come.
Hosted by Sharmila Hoffman and Saveena Kohli

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesday, January 28, 7:30 pm, free
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 offered the last Wednesday of each month. This informal gathering is designed to meet the needs of those present, and may include:

 

happiness

Finding Happiness Workshop
Saturday, January 31, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Life is like a marionette. If you pick it up from the wrong string, it's a jumble, impossible to direct. Pick it up by the right string and everything falls into place. How often we seek pleasure and happiness in the world around us — through career, relationships, money, or reputation. How often we find, the hard way, that the world doesn’t fill that hunger for long. One can chase after happiness forever and never quite reach it. The way to lasting happineshappiness movies is surprising. As you cultivate an inner habit of being happy, regardless of circumstance, you will find that everything else in your life falls into place. We’ll explore what that means and how to achieve it in this workshop, inspired by the movie Finding Happiness (a Hollywood-made docudrama just released that offers an in-depth look inside the Ananda spiritual community). (This new movie is also available to stream on Amazon and Hulu Plus)
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Webinars with Asha
The Bhagavad Gita: Yogananda’s Interpretations      Watch here
Monday mornings except 12/29, 6 am PST
free (donations welcome)

Watch a live webinar with Asha every Monday morning, via AnandaIndia.org. At the request of devotees in India, she is broadcasting at this unusual time here, but you may find it the perfect way to start your work week, too. Explore Hinduism’s most beloved scripture—a guide to the great battle within ourselves between the forces that take us closer to God, and those that draw us away.

The Essence of Self-Realization series, Ananda Online
Asha teaches an interactive webinar on a variety of topics throughout the year. Explore the fascinating range of topics and register here at Ananda Online. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan. 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.