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.
At the end of the year, as nights grow longer and the holiday season looms, many people find it more difficult to cope with the stresses of daily life. Join Ananda meditation teacher Lynne Steele for one or all of these classes, and to stay positive and uplifted in the face of any challenge.
December 2 – Overcoming Moods. Discover how to focus and raise your energy to meet all circumstances ; how to let go of daily drama and get off the emotional roller-coaster; consider the importance of healthy environment and good friends; drawing on a Higher Power to expand beyond ego demands.
December 9 – Developing Good Habits. Let go of self-limitations to become your best self; change your perspective with positive affirmations; choose to be healthy and happy!
December 16 – Creating Spiritual Relationships. Explore positive techniques and attitudes to bring the peace of meditation into harmonious relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
Chronic stress is widespread and either causes or exacerbates several conditions, including: insomnia, hypertension, diabetes, joint disorders, chronic fatigue, impaired digestion, metabolic disorders, and endocrine dysfunction. The practice of Yoga and meditation has been proven to reduce chronic stress and reverse its effects on the body.
In this workshop, we will explore the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system, and how chronic stress reduces the parasympathetic tone – aka “relaxation response”. We will then practice specific asanas, pranayams and locks which awaken the relaxation response in the body and help counteract effects of stress. Special attention is given to the effects of basic meditation techniques such as Hong Sau.
This workshop will include:
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.
You, the real YOU, is not your body, your thoughts, the voices in your head, or the roles you play. The real you is your higher onsciousness,
the silent witness, which is wise, peaceful and loving at all times. And, you can learn to relate to the world from this higher perspective and silence the chatter in your mind.
Ananda’s most popular, in-depth class, the Raja Yoga Intensive, begins in Seattle at East West on Tuesday, January 26. In tonight’s free sampler class, Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway, teacher of the Raja Yoga Intensive for over twenty years, will explain, share, and give a “taste of the Intensive,” including a sample guided meditation. “Raja” means royal for it includes all aspects of yoga: yoga postures, philosophy, health, and meditation. Techniques include chanting, mantra, chakras, visualization, and much more.
What is this “Kriya Yoga” that one hears so much about? Is it a meditation technique or is it something more? How does it work and why would I want to undergo the training in preparation for learning it? What commitment, if any, is required of me? What will I learn during the training and how will kriya yoga benefit my life?
At the Raja Yoga Intensive, you’ll learn how to meditate, and how to practice the yoga postures in the way they were originally intended: as a priceless aid to inner unfoldment. You’ll thrill to discover how the inspired wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita integrates with the a deeper understanding of the Judao-Christian heritage, and how the science of yoga comes to us through the timeless psycho-spiritual insights of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (wherein is found the Eight-Fold Path known as Ashtanga Yoga).
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.