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.

Upcoming Classes

East Meets West: The Sacred Science of Yoga

3 Tuesdays, May 3, 10, & 17 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at East West Bookshop

In 1894 in Serampore, near Calcutta, a quiet revolution began when a little known swami – in fact, an intellectual giant and renowned astronomer and astrologer – completed a small book, written in English at the behest of a (then) unknown Himalayan yogi (with no name other than the common appellation, “Babaji”). In this book, Swami Sri Yukteswar (who was to become the guru of the now famous Paramhansa Yogananda whose life story, “Autobiography of a Yogi” is a worldwide classic) writes with erudition a distillation of India’s ancient Sankhya, Vedanta and Yoga philosophies with comparisons to the Christian Bible. His mission was to show that the teachings of the rishi’s of India and those of the Bible point to the same universal truths. This small book (The Holy Science) is nothing less than a scripture for a new age. It may take generations for society at large to grasp these concepts and to realize their implications, but you need not wait. For the first time presented at East West Bookshop, Ananda teacher Suryadas Holliman brings clarity and inspiration to these revolutionary precepts which, otherwise as written, might seem abstruse to many.

Here are just some of the topics Suryadas will cover in this 3  -week class:

* How did Spirit become the creation?
* What is the nature of God?
* What is the cosmic vibration
* What is consciousness
* How can man rise above the illusion of creation and experience ultimate truth
* How the science of yoga (control of body, emotions and mind) can reveal the secrets of creation
* The importance of a pure heart in the search for truth
* Stages of creation in both the macrocosm and microcosm (of the human body)
* Why vegetarianism is the natural diet of humanity
* How to increase your life span
* How diet affects sexual impulses
* The planetary cycle of human consciousness based on the precession of the Equinox

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Yugas Cycles: A New View of History from the Ancients

2 Thursdays, May 5 & 12 from 7:30 - 9 pm

An ancient belief has returned full circle to modern times to turn our view of human history “on its ear.” All great ancient civilizations taught that human consciousness is on a wheel of ascending and descending awareness. Just over 100 years ago a startling revelation and prediction was made that explains both the astro-mechanics AND the very nature of a 24,000 year cycle which is related to the precession of the equinox. It explains why knowledge is expanding at an exponential pace and whether it leads to destruction or survival and harmony.

Not a year passes that anomalous discoveries continue to seriously challenge the view that we only “recently” were ignorant cave dwellers. The pattern of human history suddenly is revealed as having a context and a direction of evolution: at times downward and more recently upward in awareness and intelligence.

We will learn:

Why literacy or cities aren’t necessarily progressive
Why art and knowledge began to degrade during history
Why the Renaissance looked back in history for knowledge
Why we now look forward to greater progress
Why humans are struggling and fighting so much today
What other civilizations taught about their past and our future

This two-week course is based on the groundbreaking book, “The Yugas,” by authors David Steinmetz and Joseph Selbie. Inspired by the introduction in a little known and abstruse tome,
“The Holy Science,” by Swami Sri Yukteswar (guru of Paramhansa Yogananda), this new (yet ancient) world view will turn your head around!

Nayaswami Hriman and a team of Ananda teachers will lead this presentation.

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Yogasana Intensive #8: Yoga for Higher Awareness

Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm in Bothell

The primary purpose of Ananda Yoga is to raise consciousness; hence it’s full name: Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness.

Join us in this workshop as we discuss and practice techniques of pranayama, asana, affirmation, and meditation to magnetically draw prana (life force) up the spine to the brain.

Through practice of these techniques, we become aware of the movement of prana within the body and are able to take this awareness deeper by performing the postures in such a way as to bring energy from the periphery of the body into the spine, and up the spine to the brain. The more we are able to do this, the more we experience states of peace, joy and harmony.

The Yogasana Intensives are a series of 9 workshops designed to explore the physical, astral, and causal aspects of yoga postures. Designed for all levels and for students considering Yoga Teacher Training, each workshop picks up the thread of Hatha Yoga from a specific topic and typically consists of:

  • 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.

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Harmonium Chanting for Beginners

Sunday, May 22 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm at the East West Bookshop

Harmonium Chanting for Beginners is designed for non-musicians, but open to all. This fun 2.5 hour workshop taught by Krishnapriya will teach you a selection of mantric chants. Instruction will focus on how to play melody and chordal accompaniment. Ability to read music is not a pre-requisite.

Krishnapriya, your instructor, is a well-known musician, playing keyboard, harmonium and Indian vina (like a sitar). She’s also a professional music teacher. Krishnapriya offers this fun-for-everyone experience of the harmonium that will inspire and teach you how to play your very own chants. We can provide you with one of our harmoniums to practice on if you preregister at least two days in advance! You will learn several simple chants during this class. We will have on hand for you, chant and harmonium books for sale, as well as the harmoniums, themselves, if you are so inspired to take one home!

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Bhagavad Gita & Advanced Asanas

See Below for exact dates

Bhagavad Gita:

8 Thursdays May 26- July 14 7:00pm-9:00pm
exact dates: May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14

Nayaswami Hriman presents an in-depth course on the most beloved text of India, which Swami Kriyananda called “the world’s greatest scripture.” TheBhagavad Gita contains timeless insights into right action, right attitude, meditation, yoga, and the underlying reality of creation.  The “Gita’s” connection to the practice of hatha yoga, while indirect, sheds a ray of light as to the deeper significance of asana practice and the states of consciousness towards which asanas lead.

Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway has been teaching the precepts of theBhagavad Gita for many years for Ananda based on the commentaries by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda. In this course we explore these themes taken from the stanzas of the Gita:

We will use as our text the (bound-to-be a classic) book, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, written by Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda.

The Bhagavad Gita class may be taken separately. Click here for details

Advanced Asanas:

7 Sundays May 22 – July 10 1:00pm-5:30pm
exact dates: May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10,

Murali leads the study of 12 Level 2 asanas, including: Bakasana, Karnapidasana, Simhasana, Yoga Mudra, and several others. Also included are advanced variations of level 1 asanas, including: Prasarita Padottanasana, Marichyasana I, Viparita Karani, Parsva Konasana, and a few others.

Practice teaching sessions will help students internalize the techniques and variations associated with each of these asanas.

Michael Dennis will teach several advanced topics in yoga anatomy that are relevant to fascia, forward bends, and inversions.

Required Reading Materials:

  • “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” by Swami Kriyananda
  • “Yogabody” by Judith Hansen Lasater
  • “Spiritual Yoga – Awakening to Higher Awareness” by Gyandev McCord
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Wisdom of Paramhasa Yogananda: How to Achieve Glowing Health & Vitality

Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm in Bothell

Learn the art of conscious relaxation and conscious creativity. Say “Yes” to life and unleash energy and joy! Learn about a revitalizing 9-day cleansing and vitalizing diet and use the Ananda tension exercises to recharge the body at will. Discover how to “feed” not only the body but the mind and the soul!

  • Draw conscious energy into the body at will
  • Fundamentals of a balanced diet
  • Importance of conscious exercise
  • Go on a “worry fast”
  • Be a “smile millionaire” and create your own “sun break”
  • Relaxation: Rest the body and mind at will
  • Characteristics of the subconscious, conscious & superconscious mind.
  • Healing Through Vibration
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Ancient Keys for Achieving Sucess and Happiness

6 Tuesdays, June 6 – July 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Bothell

Are you happy with your job?
Is it giving you all that you had hoped it would?
Are you happy with yourself?
Why is success in life and work eluding you?
Based on the class text written by Swami Kriyananda ,this 6 week series provides an opportunity to explore the regaining of inner joy and the unleashing of your full potential. We will consider:

What is true success?
How to become aware of your personal energy, attitudes, and habits in order to change them for positive results
Why people are more important than things
How to be supportive
Friendship: it’s importance in life and career
Come join Jamuna Snitkin , minister, teacher, artist and former manager of Ananda’s first East West Bookshop in California, and Tara Silicio, successful and experienced Seattle realtor as we share ideas, exercises, affirmations, meditations from this guidebook for the spiritual path of self- mastery. Many colorful stories will emerge.

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Using Our Dreams as a Spiritual Practice

Four Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Bothell

Paramahansa Yogananda emphasizes that advancing on the spiritual path toward Self-realization requires self-introspection of our strong and weak qualities. He also says that our nightly dreams hint of our spiritual progress and of the “call of God.” In the first class, you will learn about the spiritual tradition of dreams, different levels of the subconscious from which dreams come, the purpose and function of dreams in our lives, and techniques to use in remembering our dreams.

In the last three classes you will learn specific ways to work with your dreams (with a focus on the superconscious type) that include guided imagery, dream weaving, journaling, dream collaging, and group dream processing.

Shubatani Geri Grubbs, Ph.D., is a practicing Jungian psychotherapist, a devotee of Paramhansa Yogananda, teacher, lecturer, and author. She has worked extensively with dreams both personally and professionally for the past 30 yrs.

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Harmonium Chanting for Beginners

Saturday, June 11 from 11am - 1 pm

Harmonium Playing for Beginners is designed for non-musicians, but open to all. This fun 2.5 hour workshop taught by Krishnapriya will teach you a selection of mantric chants. Instruction will focus on how to play melody and chordal accompaniment. Ability to read music is not a pre-requisite.

Krishnapriya, your instructor, is a well-known musician, playing keyboard, harmonium and Indian vina (like a sitar). She’s also a professional music teacher. Krishnapriya offers this fun-for-everyone experience of the harmonium that will inspire and teach you how to play your very own chants. We can provide you with one of our harmoniums to practice on if you preregister at least two days in advance! You will learn several simple chants during this class. We will have on hand for you, chant and harmonium books for sale, as well as the harmoniums, themselves, if you are so inspired to take one home!

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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.

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IN BOTHELL:

Ananda Meditation Temple
23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy
Bothell, WA 98021
425-806-3700
10-6 Tues- Fri | Sat & Sun mornings

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East West Bookshop of Seattle
6407 12th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-523-3726

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Upcoming Events

May
5
Thu
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:50 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall | Bothell | Washington | United States
Ananda Yoga classes emphasize safety and correct alignment, relaxation amidst effort, and working with the body’s energy for harmony and balance. A typical Ananda Yoga class uses the poses to refine self-awareness and experience inner[...]
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
This half an hour meditation starts with a chant and a prayer reading leading to a silent meditation. No need to register – just come and meditate!
6:00 pm Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:20 pm
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall | Bothell | Washington | United States
Ananda Yoga classes emphasize safety and correct alignment, relaxation amidst effort, and working with the body’s energy for harmony and balance. A typical Ananda Yoga class uses the poses to refine self-awareness and experience inner[...]
7:30 pm Yugas Cycles: A New View of Hist... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Yugas Cycles: A New View of Hist... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Yugas Cycles: A New View of History from the Ancients @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
  2 Thursdays, May 5 and 12th, 7:30 to 9 p.m. An ancient belief has returned full circle to modern times to turn our view of human history “on its ear.” All great ancient civilizations[...]
10:30 pm Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
May 5 @ 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle | Seattle | Washington | United States
Ananda Yoga offers classic asanas with affirmations and energizing pranayam movements that will bestow physical strength and relaxation, inspiration and inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individualistic style makes Ananda Yoga suitable[...]
May
6
Fri
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall
May 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:50 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Yoga Hall | Bothell | Washington | United States
Ananda Yoga classes emphasize safety and correct alignment, relaxation amidst effort, and working with the body’s energy for harmony and balance. A typical Ananda Yoga class uses the poses to refine self-awareness and experience inner[...]
11:00 am Circle of Joy: A Positive Place ... @ East West Bookshop
Circle of Joy: A Positive Place ... @ East West Bookshop
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Circle of Joy: A Positive Place to Relax and Renew @ East West Bookshop | Seattle | Washington | United States
A place for reflection and renewal Our lives are a daily journey toward lasting happiness. Keeping in touch with other’s joy and wisdom helps to keep us moving in the right direction. Come join the[...]
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
This half an hour meditation starts with a chant and a prayer reading leading to a silent meditation. No need to register – just come and meditate!
May
7
Sat
9:00 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell | Bothell | Washington | United States
Ananda Yoga offers classic asanas with affirmations and energizing pranayam movements that will bestow physical strength and relaxation, inspiration and inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individualistic style makes Ananda Yoga suitable[...]
9:30 am Superconscious Living – The Self... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Superconscious Living – The Self... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
May 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Superconscious Living - The Self You Were Born to Be! @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
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[...]

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