Art of Living Classes
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.
6 Tuesdays starting April 22, 7:30 – 9 pm at East West Bookshop in Seattle
Take all 6 classes or pick and choose your course! Designed especially for graduates of the Raja Yoga Intensive but open to everyone, you will journey through yoga’s origins in the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and even discover yoga precepts in the Bible.
Karma & Reincarnation April 22 & 29
Chakras: the Inner Zodiac of Your Soul’s Knowing! May 6
Reincarnation, Chakras & Kundalini in the Bible? May 13
Apocalypse Now, or, New Age of Energy? May 20 & 27
4 Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 24, May 1, 8, (Skip 15) & 22 in Bothell.
This six week class is designed for those who would like to learn more about the core precepts of Ananda, and about the history and many expressions of Ananda’s work, both locally and worldwide. No one class, service or event among the many that are offered here at Ananda, embraces this “big picture.” All are welcome.
At this workshop, you will learn simple, sustainable, and effective ways to manage stress. First, we will introduce some basic principles of these systems of energy medicine, sharing with you time-tested and dependable ways to attain balance and harmony. We will explore the main five elements in nature (earth, water, fire, air and ether) and how each can support health and wellness.
4 Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 7:30 to 9 pm at East West Bookshop, Seattle
Learn the secrets of meditative concentration and introspection inspired by the precepts and practices of the 8-Fold Path as taught by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. We will practice techniques such as chanting, visualization, mantra, and breath control as steps toward higher, superconscious awareness
4 Tuesdays June 5,12, 19 & 26, 7 -8:45 pm in Bothell
Explore the science behind yoga and meditation. Find out why meditation brings so many health benefits. What does science have to say about the remarkable efficacy of Yoga to reduce stress? Does standing on your head really improve digestion (and why)? What is the secret sauce which turns these simple stretches into holistic system of health management? Presented by Murali Venaktrao, Director of Yoga Teacher Training, Ananda Institute of Living Yoga.
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Saturday June 14, 11 am – 1 pm in Bothell.
Swami Kriyananda once put it: “I love others because I am happier loving than not loving.” How is it possible to love all? Come explore this topic, so essential to our happiness. Presented by Jamuna Snitkin. She brings to this class a lifetime of discipleship, loving and sharing.
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4 Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m in Seattle
Learn to use your conscious will to engage health as more than an absence of illness. Generate vitality, and creative engagement with life.
Rejuvenate the body and mind, increase your magnetism, relax more consciously and deeply
Learn the vibrations of foods, principles of cleansing and yogic techniques taught by Paramhansa Yogananda
Presented by Rashmi Dave, Ananda Yoga teacher with special interest in health and healing.
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2 Tuesdays, July 29 and August 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m in Seattle
We all have a source of truth within ourselves which knows what is going on for us. Advice from someone else is not as effective as when I find the answers within myself.Learn how to hold the intuitive, answering space for others so that they can learn and grow spiritually with confidence. Presented by Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin, teacher and friend.
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Sunday mornings are the best time to visit Ananda and see “who” we are! Each Sunday, one of the Lightbearers (ordained ministers) gives a keynote talk, blending timeless wisdom with practical insights and offered with humor and personal reflections. A weekly reading, inspired by the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, sets the theme for the talk. Each week we conduct the inspiring, poetic, musical, and ceremonial Festival of Light which recounts ancient themes of creation, the purpose of life, and the way to soul freedom. 10 a.m. each Sunday!
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.