group meditations

Group meditations

Please join us whenever you wish, dropping in for meditations before work, or during your lunch break. We have meditations nearly every day of the week, at various times to suit your schedule. Ananda meditations start as Yogananda did, with a prayer and chanting and end with a few moments of healing prayers. The meditation itself is silent, and once the meditation begins, people are encouraged not to enter and leave. Both beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs are provided. There are often some pillows and meditation benches you may use. If you have your own favorite meditation seating, you are very welcome to bring it along. For more information, please call us at (650) 323-3363, or just drop by.


Group meditations at Ananda Temple

Tuesday-Friday, noon–12:30 pm
2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto   Directions
Meet in the Teaching Center, the orange building behind the Temple
A refreshing mid-day meditation during your lunch hour. The meditation is guided by an experienced, long-time meditator, with a prayer, a short chant, and 20-25 minutes of sitting in silence. We’ll end with guided healing prayers. Everyone is welcome. Late comers: enter quietly if the meditation has already begun.

Wednesdays, 7:30–9 pm
Deepen your meditations with the support of a group. Wednesday evening meditation includes energization, prayer, chanting, meditation, and ends with healing prayers. The meditation is one hour; you may leave earlier if necessary. Come even if you have not learned Yogananda's Energization Exercises, and a staff member will support you and answer your questions. All levels of experience are welcome.

Sunday, 9–9:45 am
This meditation is accompanied by a fire ceremony, so it is only partially in silence. But you are welcome to come and meditate throughout, or participate as you wish.

Group Meditations at Ananda's Small Community Temple      
240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View     Directions
You may also meditate here on your own, at any time.

Monday & Thursday: 6-8 am
Wednesday: 6-7:30 am
Friday: 6-7 am 

Bhakti Walk and Meditation
Thursdays, 7-8 pm  
Walking naturally opens the heart, calms the mind and activates energy in the spine. Practicing some select, time-honored yogic techniques while walking, creates a meditation that can uplift one into peaceful, invigorated joy. It increases ones intuition and creativity while also helping one deepen their sitting meditation practice.

7 pm Brief introduction for newcomers (no charge).
7:15 pm Walking meditation along local residential streets.
7:45 pm Sitting meditation in the community Temple

Hosted by Eric Munro, who has been practicing these walking meditations for over 8 years.
Yogananda’s Shrine, Ananda Community, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View   Directions


Ananda Centers & Meditation Groups in the Bay Area

Perhaps you live closer to one of these Ananda meditation centers. You’ll find a full schedule of activities and group meditations here, as well. Contact them directly for more information:

Ananda Scotts Valley   (Ananda of the Redwoods)

Ananda Berkeley

Ananda Santa Rosa

Half Moon Bay (650) 726-0199

“Group meditation is like a castle which protects spiritual novices as well as veteran meditators against the besieging armies of delusion. Meditating together increases the Self-realization of each member of the group, by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of spiritual magnetism.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda



Ananda worldwide

If you are outside the Bay Area, there may be meditation and spiritual resources close to you. Visit here for more information about Ananda activities and centers worldwide.