Yoga, both physical and mental (meditation), is not a religion. Yoga is a practical science that awakens intuitive intelligence and creativity. This latent intelligence, when awakened, benefits all aspects of our life from our mental attitude, to health and vitality, and creativity. These attributes in turn infuse daily life — our relationships, sports, arts, parenting, education, and career — with the vitality that leads to success and true happiness. Cooking, dieting, starting a new business or career, and overcoming illness are activities that are demonstrably benefited by the power of yoga.
The fundamental purpose of yoga is to help people find an ever expanding horizon of happiness, and, to learn how to cope and then transcend what we normally define as suffering. No part of our lives is too small or insignificant to apply the universal principles of yoga to achieve success and fulfillment. The “proof of the pudding” is the transformed lives of its practitioners.
The classes below are just a sampling of the subjects we offer. Some are offered regularly, others occasionally.
A spiritual relationship is one of true friendship. While initially sparked by various forms of attraction, the higher goal of all relationships is rooted in mutual service, respect, and shared ideals. Service is the keynote of true friendship even as judgment is its undoing.
In this workshop, we will explore and share with you aspects of
Don’t we all want to lead happier and more meaningful lives; to experience more inner peace and expansive joy; and to have an indispensable, proven guide for our spiritual journey?
This class, based on the book – “Awaken to Superconsciousness” by J. Donald Walters – uses teachings and time-tested techniques that provide clear guidance to beginners on their spiritual journey, while also giving experienced meditators tools to break through blocks to deeper levels of understanding and meditation.
8 Saturdays between March & June, 2016; 9:30 am to 4:45 pm.
Specific class dates: Mar 5 & 19, April 2, 16, & 30, May 14 & 28, June 4
Whether you train to teach meditation, or simply to deepen your understanding and experience of meditation, this power-packed course is for you! This in-depth study of the stages of meditation, the techniques and attitudes for focusing the mind, relaxing the body and calming the emotions, will give you valuable tools to assist others with their meditation.
Living a balanced life means different things to different people, as balance literally means a state in which different things have an equal or proper amount of importance.
In this workshop we will use the techniques of asanas (postures), prananyama (breath control), and affirmation (working with the mind) to explore the balancing of strength and flexibility and of effort and relaxation, while being aware of alignment and practicing from our center. Our session will culminate with a meditation practice that will integrate the teachings in a way that can help bring balance to your life on various levels: physically, emotionally, energetically, and mentally.
Jesus Christ was a world teacher and a great yogi. Paramhansa Yogananda lamented that “Jesus was crucified once but his teachings have been crucified daily ever since!” “Churchianity” was his way of describing the ossification and dilution of Jesus’ universal and deep teachings by those without “ears to hear.” In fact, Yogananda said he was sent by Jesus (through Babaji) to resurrect the universality of Jesus’ teachings and the hidden practices of inner communion (meditation and prayer) that Jesus himself taught to his close disciples
6 Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 from 9:30 am to noon at Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Superconscious Living is designed for people who seek spiritual growth and fulfillment in the midst of their daily responsibilities. This class shows that challenges such as marriage, relationships, child-raising, money, and career actually provide priceless opportunities for spiritual realization. Learn practical techniques for releasing energy blocks & establishing new habits of willingness and creativity. Discover how to live a healthy, dynamic life, bringing to you a sense of well-being and spiritual growth.
Our relationships with other people form a complex karmic web. We expect so much from them. How can we ever understand what is really going on? Discover that “place” from which we can better see the patterns and purposes of our life experiences.
In each class we will consider different aspects of this journey
Class 1 Love with Confidence: Know Thyself
Class 2 Love without Attachment: Support
Class 3 Loving the Journey: Forgiveness
Look for these classes offered through the year.
Superconscious Living Presented by Krysta Gibson or Michelle Marshall. This foundational course shows us the practical value of positive attitudes. It is “hands-on” and provides weekly exercises in the “art of living” by which we can test and accelerate our progress toward true happiness. Learn how to transform challenges in marriage, home, parenting, relationships, money or career into priceless opportunities for self-understanding and expansion of sympathy to find a greater and lasting satisfaction.
Love Without Fear: How to Have Healthy Relationships Presented by Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin. Relationships are a source of high expectation, but all too often end in crushing disappointment. What is going on? We will explore the spiritual meaning of relationships of all kinds. Discover the principles of courageous engagement, and understand the inner changes that bring deep fulfillment and joy.
Practicing the Presence of God Separating our meditation practice from our daily life simply doesn’t work! All of the joy that we have ever sought lies in our souls. Why should we ignore it during a large slice of our waking lives? That inner connection needs to be consciously nourished and strengthened. Join Nayaswamis Jamuna and Susan as we find inspiration in the example of the Great Ones, and discover time-tested ways to nurture a dynamic inner connection with God.
Looking to the Saints Swami Kriyananda says, “The true custodians of religion are the saints.” The saints are those who have walked much farther on the path to ultimate fulfillment than most. Thus, they alone – not books or dogmas – can show us how to change our lives and uplift our consciousness into ever-greater happiness and success. The saints draw our attention to God. We will walk with St. John of the Cross (spiritual director of Teresa of Avila), Brother Lawrence (author of the spiritual classic, Practicing the Presence of God), Clare of Assisi (“spiritual sister” of St. Francis), Giri Bala (the “non-eating saint” whose life is described in Autobiography of a Yogi), and Master Mahasaya (a disciple of the great 19th-century saint Sri Ramakrishna, chronicled in the Autobiography).
Spiritual Parenting Presented by Nayaswami Padma McGilloway & Tyagi Chandi Holliman.We all want our children to be happy and successful. Education for life, as taught in the Ananda Living Wisdom Schools, employs proven methods that help children achieve these goals. You will discover proven applications for using these skills as a parent. We’ll encourage discussion to tailor the information to each participant’s needs.
Scriptures of East and West From time to time, we offer classes in the yoga teachings of the Bible, and on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras (of Patanjali). Taught by Nayaswami Hriman, these may be offered at either location: East West Bookshop, or, Ananda Meditation Temple.