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!
We invite you to join us in this Peace and Harmony Initiative for the world as suggested by Ananda Worldwide spiritual directors, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak. All are invited for this new year to take up a prayer-affirmation practice as a way for us to stand up for peace in a world troubled by uncertainty, violence, and disharmony.
When Ananda members and friends from Seattle went on pilgrimage to India in 2013, we were entranced and enamored of our inspired yet restful experience at the seashore temple city of Puri in the State of Orissa, India. Not only is Puri one of the great spiritual centers in India but it is home to the hermitage of Swami Sri Yukteswar and is the site of his burial (in lotus pose) in 1936.
For this 2017 pilgrimage we decided to reduce the amount of intra-India travel (plane, train, bus) and, instead, to hold a week long retreat in Puri where we can dive more deeply into Ananda yoga, the beach at sunrise, have daily meditations, a kirtan, classes and workshops on Ananda yoga, meditation, and the rich spiritual teachings of India. We will also have outings to visit Sri Yukteswar’s ashram and other sacred places, as well as optional treatments at a highly regarded local Ayurveda spa/clinic.
The main trip will be 14 nights and the Babaji’s Cave option an additional 4 nights.
We hope to share this blessed pilgrimage experience with you!
Ananda’s most popular and comprehensive course!
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.
12 weeks offered both at the Ananda Bothell Temple and at East West Bookshop in Seattle.
11 Weekends Beginning September in Bothell:
We will learn the classic Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) with a focus on the subtler aspects such as breath awareness (pranayama), prana (energy) in the spine and chakras, affirmations, safe yoga practice, individual modifications, 8-Fold Path & yoga sutras, spiritual awakening, anatomy, and much more!
This course is designed to be accredited with the Yoga Alliance for 55 hours in Level 2. But all are welcome to take this course, and it can be taken not-for-credit as well. This course is valuable for all who seek a deeper understanding of their human nature, and how to integrate our inner lives with the world around us. Whether you find yourself needing to assist friends, students, co-workers, family members or clients (if you are a therapist), this course will provide you with tools and techniques to bringing one’s physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual natures into balance.
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 and take advantage of the early registration special by July 31!
This weekend in-joy activities such as:
- Meditation periods each day
- Yoga posture sessions
- Chanting, mantra, and “kirtan”
- Walks in nature including the expansive Puget Sound
- Inspirational talks
- Reading, reflection, journaling
- Sacred ceremony and devotions
- Vegetarian meals
Accomodations at Captain Whidbey Inn are charming and comfortable. A few rooms have garden or sound views and bathrooms down the hallway – European Inn Style. Most rooms have views of water: Puget Sound or lovely Lagoon. Most rooms have one queen bed to accommodate single occupancy or a couple. There are a limited amount of double-bedded
rooms for double occupancy on a first come, first served basis! Meals are provided by the Inn’s chef.
The retreat begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. This is a “silent” retreat. Retreatants are asked to remain in silence whether in group activities or in their rooms, during meals, and on the grounds from the end of the Friday night orientation until lunch on Sunday.
Classes & Events Coming Soon
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.
Again this summer, Ananda Farm Camano Island offers a series of delightful farm suppers. Enjoy several courses, all made with food grown on the farm and freshly harvested. Before dessert, Zach and Hailey will take you on a personally guided tour of the natural permaculture farm.
Yogic teachings – and science – tell us that we are more than merely a physical body. We are also beings of energy and consciousness. As we become more aware of these other aspects of who we are, and learn to live from that awareness, our sense of wellbeing, health and happiness grows. The techniques of Ananda Yoga teach us to do that.
In this workshop, you will experience how to apply the power of your mind, combined with your physical movement, to identify and awaken inner sources of energy and make it available for your use.
Do you want to get off the merry-go-round of emotional highs and lows? Do you sometimes feel you are an actor in a reality TV show called “Today’s Drama”? Have you been plagued by despondency, melancholia, or even depression? In this workshop we will explore how happiness can become a conscious and determined choice: a way of life that is formed from good habits and responses to life’s circumstances.
The Northwest Yoga Conference aims to celebrate and promote the benefits of yoga while cultivating a unified yoga community through learning, sharing, and growing together. We strive to offer an affordable, inspiring and educational experience that welcomes everyone.
The conference features workshops for beginners, advanced students, teachers and studio owners.
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“… without your assistance, the work cannot go on… All of you who wish to offer much-needed help, now or in the future, I bless.” – Paramhansa Yogananda