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

Writing to Tap Intuition

3 Tuesdays, March 3, 10 & 17, 7:30 to 9 pm in Bothell

This three-week class presented by Rebecca Davis, a college-level writing teacher, is for those who would like to learn how to use writing to apply intuition to real-life challenges. We will practice a variety of exercises designed to put us in contact with true intuitive guidance.

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Dharma is Joy! Turning “Duty” into “Beauty”

3 Wednesdays, March 4, 11 & 18, 7:30 to 9 pm in Bothell

The path of right action may seem unpleasant to the comfort-seeking ego, but once embraced with creativity and joy, duty flowers into the beauty of joy and inner freedom. Be a spiritual Alchemist and learn that the cup of life can be more than half-full.

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Energization for Everyday Living

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 to 9 pm in Bothell

We all have energy. But how can we use it more effectively? More joyfully? More creatively?

In this class, we will practice the Energization Exercises and explore the link of energy and will that exists between our mind and body.

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Harmonium Chanting for Beginners

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 am to noon in Bothell

Learn the basics of how to play the harmonium. Bring your harmonium or learn on one of ours. Pre-registration will ensure that we will have an instrument for you to use. Join us for this fun and inspiring class.

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The Art of Spiritual Counseling

3 Wednesdays April 1, 8 &15, 7:30 to 9 pm in Bothell

Spiritual counseling is not a process of “giving advice.” It has its roots in intuition: the art of listening!

Nayaswami Padma McGilloway and Melissa Yaden, combining wisdom with stories, will explore this topic with you.

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Superconscious Living

6 Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 & 16, 9:30 am to noon 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.

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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

IN SEATTLE:

East West Bookshop of Seattle
6500 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-523-3726

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Upcoming Events

Mar
5
Thu
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Mar 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!
Mar
6
Fri
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Mar 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!
Mar
7
Sat
9:00 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Mar 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell | Bothell | Washington | United States
Taught by Murali Venkatrao 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[...]
3:00 pm Mahasamadhi – Celebrating Yoga f... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Mahasamadhi – Celebrating Yoga f... @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Mar 7 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mahasamadhi – Celebrating Yoga for Everyone! @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
“Mahasamadhi” can refer to the soul’s permanent realization of its eternal and formless spirit. While it was on this date in 1952 that Paramhansa Yogananda left this earth with conscious awareness, today we celebrate the[...]
Mar
8
Sun
9:00 am Group Meditation at East West @ East West Bookshop
Group Meditation at East West @ East West Bookshop
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Group Meditation at East West @ East West Bookshop | Seattle | Washington | United States
Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin Join us for Sunday Morning Meditation in Seattle with  Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin  March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, May 10 & 31, June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26,[...]
9:00 am Purification Ceremony & Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Purification Ceremony & Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Purification Ceremony & Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell | Bothell | Washington | United States
Purification Ceremony, 9 – 9:15 am The Purification Ceremony is an opportunity for you to individually pray for purification and invoke God’s grace and power through the masters.  Instructions are available in the foyer or[...]
10:00 am Sunday Service in Bothell @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Sunday Service in Bothell @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
(Starting time may vary on holidays.) Sundays at Ananda Meditation Temple are the highlight of the week and are an excellent occasion for your first visit. Sunday Service is drawn from the ancient meditation tradition[...]
Mar
9
Mon
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Mar 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle | Seattle | Washington | United States
Taught by Lynne Steele 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[...]
6:00 pm Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop | 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[...]
Mar
10
Tue
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Mar 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Meditation Temple | 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[...]

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