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.
In this hour-long class, we will explore how to develop intuition by:
• Exercising common sense;
• Daily introspection and analysis;
• Depth of thought and concentrated activity;
• Calmness, and:
• Holding onto the calm aftereffects of meditation.
Learn how to:
- Identify what may be blocking energy flows and concentration
- Reprogram the subconscious while working more with the conscious and superconscious minds
- Raise your energy level and increase your will power
- Become more centered and attuned to higher levels of awareness
In this experiential course, each week will include a presentation of new material and practical techniques, individual and group exercises, time to share experiences, and a brief period of gentle movement and meditation.
Come explore with us the deeper aspects of this relationship. Topics will include:
* Jesus Christ: man or God?
* Jesus Christ: “only-begotten son of God?”
* Did Jesus forgive sins?
* Hellfire and heaven: for real?
* Did Jesus suffer on the cross? If so, why?
* Was the resurrection merely symbolic? Literally true?
* Yogananda: reincarnation of Jesus?
* The meaning of the resurrection of Jesus
Our stress response keeps us alive; our physical response to a real threat helps save us from danger. More often though, stress is a reaction to perceived rather than real danger. When this perception is so pervasive that we are constantly poised to avert danger, the stress response becomes chronic. Many health practitioners agree that this state of chronic stress causes over 90% of disease. Yoga can intervene to bring us out of chronic stress and back to a normal stress response and a life of health and peace.
In this workshop we will experience the effects of yoga on calming the central nervous system. We will gain techniques for altering our reactive patterns, shifting from chronic stress with sporadic periods of peace toward a life grounded in peace and calmness with a healthy response to real threats.
Why is this happening to me? What is this life of which we are a part? Join Nayaswami Jamuna to explore the unseen patterns of our individual lives and the many chances we get to make things right as we climb the ladder of spiritual evolution.
The ability to concentrate inner energy is central to success in meditation. In this workshop we will explore Ananda yoga techniques that help us overcome major obstacles to concentration: physical or mental tensions that block our energy; lack of awareness and control of energy; and energy that is dissipated by outward attachments, thoughts and emotions.
Our practice will include Yogananda’s Energization Exercises and yoga postures with emphasis on releasing energy blockages and relaxing body and mind. We will practice various pranayama (breathing exercises) to heighten awareness of energy and to concentrate it inwardly as further preparation for our ending meditation.
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.