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.
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.
Presented by Nayaswami Hriman who has been teaching the Raja Yoga Intensive for over twenty years.
Our main topics in this class will be:
- Birth, Death, Karma & Reincarnation
- Chakras: the Inner Zodiac of Your Soul’s Knowing!
- Apocalypse Now, or, New Age of Energy?
Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway presents this in-depth course on the famous Yoga Sutras for those wishing to deepen their experience and understanding of meditation and states of higher awareness. For those practicing or teaching hatha yoga (postures), the Sutras offer guidelines of attitude, consciousness and techniques through which to understand the higher purpose of asana practice.
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.
This detailed walk through of the full set of 39 exercises will provide an opportunity to learn or practice this remarkable system as well as to understand its benefits to our physical health, mental attitudes and habits, and spiritual practices.
Join Nancy Callan, Ananda Yoga Teacher, as we explore Paramhansa Yogananda’s axiom, “The greater the will, the greater the flow of energy.”
The teaching of reincarnation is the single-most important doctrine underlying the teachings of the east. It brings comfort, hope, and understanding to humankind. It has been validated by great saints and rishis down through the ages — including Jesus Christ!
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.
How do we develop intuition? How does it differ from common sense? How can we make sense of our intuition? How do we know our inspiration is coming from intuition or from desires? Find out these answers and more in this 3 week class.
Learn How To:
- Locate Your Center
- Where to Concentrate
- Why is Energy the Missing Link?
- Importance of Magnetism and How to Increase It.
- Interiorizing the Mind & the Higher Stages
- Tuning Into Intuitive Guidance
Required Text: Awaken to Superconsciousness by J. Donald Walters
Join artist Jamuna Snitkin for another experience in the series “Art and Inspiration” at Ananda Lynnwood. We will explore the sometimes surprising interaction between images and words. Let us take you on an intuitive and inspiring journey to the source of creativity within yourself. We will do art and lunch. Please bring something for the potluck. Pre-registration is appreciated.
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.