Meditation, Yoga, Bringing Spirit to Life
The Ananda Meditation Temple is a sanctuary of inner peace, where “yoga” comes “to life!” Here you will find
- Meditation: Learn it, teach it.
- Yoga: Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga. Find the inner dimension of yoga.
- Spiritual Living Classes, Retreats and Seminars, including Sunday Service
If you are one who steps apart from the crowd, who cherishes truth and high ideals and quiet time for the more important things of life, we think you’ll feel right at home here, at Ananda. Families, couples, singles–all are welcome! Come and find like-minded people. Most of all come and find inner joy!
At the Raja Yoga Intensive, you’ll learn how to meditate, and how to practice the yoga postures in the way they were originally intended: as a priceless aid to inner unfoldment. You’ll thrill to discover how the inspired wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita integrates with the a deeper understanding of the Judao-Christian heritage, and how the science of yoga comes to us through the timeless psycho-spiritual insights of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (wherein is found the Eight-Fold Path known as Ashtanga Yoga).
Let the sound of silence in the trees and the calm waters, as well as the voice of silence in your own soul bring peace, wisdom, and refreshment to body, mind and spirit! Space is limited on this popular annual retreat, so register soon!
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In this class you will learn:
The history of kriya yoga.
How the kriya technique accelerates working out of karma.
How the four core techniques of the kriya path work together.
The importance and role of a disciple and of the guru.
Why breath control leads to energy control.
The importance of the astral body and chakras for enlightement.
The eight stages of spiritual awakening taught in the Yoga Sutras.
The secret behind the science of astrology.
What classes are part of the training course for kriya yoga.
At the end of the year, as nights grow longer and the holiday season looms, many people find it more difficult to cope with the stresses of daily life. Join Ananda meditation teacher Lynne Steele for one or all of these classes, and to stay positive and uplifted in the face of any challenge.
December 2 – Overcoming Moods. Discover how to focus and raise your energy to meet all circumstances ; how to let go of daily drama and get off the emotional roller-coaster; consider the importance of healthy environment and good friends; drawing on a Higher Power to expand beyond ego demands.
December 9 – Developing Good Habits. Let go of self-limitations to become your best self; change your perspective with positive affirmations; choose to be healthy and happy!
December 16 – Creating Spiritual Relationships. Explore positive techniques and attitudes to bring the peace of meditation into harmonious relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
Chronic stress is widespread and either causes or exacerbates several conditions, including: insomnia, hypertension, diabetes, joint disorders, chronic fatigue, impaired digestion, metabolic disorders, and endocrine dysfunction. The practice of Yoga and meditation has been proven to reduce chronic stress and reverse its effects on the body.
In this workshop, we will explore the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system, and how chronic stress reduces the parasympathetic tone – aka “relaxation response”. We will then practice specific asanas, pranayams and locks which awaken the relaxation response in the body and help counteract effects of stress. Special attention is given to the effects of basic meditation techniques such as Hong Sau.
This workshop will include:
A brief discussion of the topic
An asana and pranayama routine, designed specifically to explore the topic with our bodies
A meditation session
At the end of each workshop, we will provide a suggested Yoga routine which you can practice at home to continue your exploration.
Children, bring your parents to join the fun at the annual Ananda Children’s Christmas Party at the Ananda Community in Lynnwood. You’re never sure what to expect, but the fun usually includes games, activities, fun and dinner!
Meditation on the Chakras deepens your meditation and brings you deeper into the awareness of spinal energies.
Join BUDDY WILSON at the East West Bookshop for an evening of meditation and chanting and awakening the chakras.
Open your heart and still your mind to the Divine presence through devotional chanting! We use Indian harmoniums, guitars, drums, kirtals (bells), gong, and sometimes even harp! Chants by Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and mantras from India. We follow the chanting by going inwards and meditation for about 45 minutes.
You, the real YOU, is not your body, your thoughts, the voices in your head, or the roles you play. The real you is your higher onsciousness,
the silent witness, which is wise, peaceful and loving at all times. And, you can learn to relate to the world from this higher perspective and silence the chatter in your mind. Presented by NAYASWAMI HRIMAN MCGILLOWAY.
The tradition of a day of meditation on Christ (both in form and formless) was begun by Paramhansa Yogananda many decades ago. Schedules are published the week before and you may come for all or part of the day. There are chanting breaks, a mid-day snack break, and a musical interlude towards the end of the day. This is the heart of the Ananda spiritual Christmas activities.
Bring the whole family for this festive, joyful and inspired Ananda tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus and the promise of our own immortality in the universal Christ consciousness of our soul. Awaken the sleeping Christ child which is our own true Self within. Children “of all ages” will participate in this annual pageantry which is followed by the annual Christmas party to which all are welcome.
All are invited to sing Christmas carols, including “Silent Night” in many languages, as we celebrate the Christmas spirit together as a family and enjoy delicious savories and sweets.
Christmas Eve enfolds us in the sacred glow and promise of the rebirth of divine love and joy in our hearts. This popular Festival of Light Service brings out the sacredness and inwardness of our soul’s eternal longing for peace.
Free – all are welcome! Please join us for this “moment” of silence and candlelight to welcome Christmas day.
Celebrate Christmas Day the right way: go within to find the universal Christ! In honor of the joy of Christmas, we will have periods of meditation alternating with (recorded) traditional Christmas music selections and selections from the Ananda music library. Your minister and host is Devaki Soupios.
All are invited to this annual planned potluck banquet at Ananda Community in Lynnwood. Call ahead to let us know you are coming and to select a vegetarian dish from the planned menu to bring, 425-806-3700.
On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2015: 10 pm to midnight, you are invited to a program of New Year’s Renewal that combines celebration with meditation.
This evening let’s put behind us the year 2015. Reviewing the past year, we will claim our victories and look ahead to ever new horizons. Whatever disappointments we may have had, let us see as but temporary setbacks as we re-dedicate ourselves to live by our ideals.
This evening we will combine meditation with music, chanting, affirmations, readings and brief talks by Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma McGilloway, spiritual directors of Ananda Washington. Meditation time estimated at one hour.
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