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.
Have you wanted to explore transforming your kitchen into a sacred space, and increasing your knowledge of vegetarian cooking, and nutrition? Learn the keys to adding the most importuned ingredient of all to your meals: higher awareness and intention. It is a transforming joyful experience that will uplift your as well as your whole family.
Join Chandi Holliman and our guest chefs for our Ananda’s series based on the new book: “The Healing Kitchen” by Diksha McCord. Each week we will focus on different cooking techniques, and spiritual teachings from Paramhansa Yogananda. The classes will include lectures, hands on cooking in our new yoga hall kitchen, recipes, and sampling many of the delicacies made in class .
August 7th: Introductions to Vegetarian Cooking, fast and easy dinners at home using; grains, legumes, vegetables, sauces, and dressings
August 14th: Indian Cooking and the cooling summer Ayurveda diet, with Chef Nilanjana Krishnan, Chandi Holliman assisting
August 21st: Summer Soups from the garden and homemade breads
August 28th: Canning your summer fruits with guest Chef Lynne Steele, Chandi Holliman assisting.
Samplings available on Sundays (July 30 and August 7th) to promote the class!
We will explore the lives of Brother Lawrence, Frank Laubach and Swami Ramdas (from India, not the American). Coming from vastly different backgrounds and religions these three great souls show us the way to nurture our relationship with the divine in our daily lives.
Come for the 6:30 dinner at the Ananda Community dining room and stay for the satsang on the saints!
Weather permitting, we will gather outside in the courtyard. Bring a sweater or wrap.
Presented by Ananda Meditation teacher, Suryadas Holliman.
All are welcome.
Ananda’s most popular, in-depth class, the Raja Yoga Intensive, begins in Seattle at East West on Tuesday, September 6, and also in Bothell at Ananda on Thursday, September 8. In these two free sampler class, Ananda teachers, Bhima and Bhakti Breckenridge (at East West), and Zach and Hailey Abbey (at Ananda Temple) will explain 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.
The Raja Yoga Intensive is a stand alone course, open to all and beneficial to anyone interested in the universal and nonsectarian practice of yoga of all types. It is, however, also the foundation course for students considering either training in kriya yoga, or, teacher certification in meditation and/or yoga in the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga.
The following week, Tuesday, September 30 at East West, and Thursday, September 1, Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma will offer an introductory class on the Path of Kriya Yoga.
Included in the Introduction to Raja Yoga class will be:
* 8 Fold Path : states of universal awakening
* 3 Stages of Meditation
* What are the Yoga Sutras?
* Value of creative visualization
* Purpose of mantra and chanting
* Chakras: doorways to the “karmic matrix”
* Meditation: doorway to creativity
* How meditation can release karmic blocks
* How to use yoga postures for meditation
The Art and Science of Spiritual Counseling (AYYT level 2 accredited 55 hour course):
Who should take this course?
This course is designed to be accredited with the Yoga Alliance for 55 hours in Level 2. It is also a certification course in the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga. This course is valuable for all who seek a deeper understanding of their human nature, and how to integrate our inner lives with the world around us. Whether you find yourself needing to assist friends, students, co-workers, family members or clients (if you are a therapist), this course will provide you with tools and techniques to bringing one’s physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual natures into balance.
What is Spiritual Counseling?
Spiritual counselors are not therapists. In this course we will learn to distinguish people and situations that require professional therapists’ assistance. As spiritual counselors we serve individuals and/or groups of people by offering insights and wisdom from the great wealth of the teachings of meditation and yoga as it relates to the inner life. We will learn to apply these insights to situations and relationships in life, in order to be the most helpful spiritually to those we interact with, as well as to ourselves.
In helping others, we discover that we, too, grow in self-awareness. A personal commitment to self-awareness through meditation is the only prerequisite, so to speak, to this course and to this enlightened method of counseling.
This course is open to everyone (see prerequisite below) but all students must enroll in the Institute of Living Yoga either for the purposes of receiving a certificate of completion, or, for qualification as a Yoga teacher who is seeking Level 2 accreditation by Yoga Alliance.
Dates: (all are Saturdays) Sept 17, 24, Oct 8, 15 Nov 5, 19 Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day
- By Swami Kriyananda: Intuition for Starters, Affirmations for Self-Healing, In Divine Friendship
- By Paramhansa Yogananda: How to Have Courage, Confidence and Calmness
- Course Manual
Instructors: Nayaswami Padma will lead this course, joined by Nayaswami Hriman, Murali Venkatrao, Nayaswami Jamuna, Zach and Hailey Abbey, Samara Spitzer and Shubatani Grubbs, Ph.D.
For students seeking Yoga Alliance accreditation for Level 2, each Saturday will begin with Ananda Yoga with Murali Venkatrao. This is then followed, for all students, by a 45 minute meditation. The late afternoon will include Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises with Samara Spitzer. Two breaks and a lunch are built into the day. Two videos will be shown (Dr. Peter Van Houten on the brain and Swami Kriyananda on Spiritual Counseling). There will be theory on the subjects listed below, as well as case studies and ‘practice’ counseling. Homework will be assigned based on the course texts and manual, as well as in-class information.
Prerequisite: All students must successfully complete (whether previously or simultaneously) the Raja Yoga course for credit in the Institute, and have a regular meditation practice. [Note: for those who are not Yoga teachers seeking Yoga Alliance accreditation, you must at least take the raja segment of the Raja Yoga Intensive for credit in the Institute.) The Raja Intensive begins the week of Labor Day so if you haven’t taken this for credit, enroll right away! Costs and text for the Raja Intensive can be found http://www.anandawashington.org/classes/raja/
Cost: For AYTT level 2 for credit the cost is $750.00. For credit in the Institute (alone), the course cost is $695.00. (These costs do NOT include the cost of the Raja Yoga Intensive [prerequistie] or its text.)
Registration: To register, please contact Ananda Washington, 23305 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021, tel: 425-806-3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You must also complete a registration form and enrollment with the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga (if you have not already done so with prior Institute Teacher Training courses). There is a $50 nonrefundable, lifetime enrollment fee for all students.
Do you want to get off the merry-go-round of emotional highs and lows? Do you sometimes feel you are an actor in a reality TV show called “Today’s Drama”? Have you been plagued by despondency, melancholia, or even depression? In this workshop we will explore how happiness can become a conscious and determined choice: a way of life that is formed from good habits and responses to life’s circumstances. In this course we will explore:
- Where is happiness to be found? In things? In people? Or..?
- How happiness is a choice
- Avoiding the happiness “thieves”
- How right behavior leads to happiness
- High ideals and simplicity of living
- Sharing is one of the secrets to happiness
- Joy is within you
- God within, God alone, God in all: fountain of joy
Our text is the book, How to be Happy all the Time, by Paramhansa Yogananda from the series, The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda. Presented by Ananda teachers, Robyn Mattis and Jamuna Snitkin.
The life we call ours is lived from inside: our reactions, perceptions, emotions, desires, impulses and will power. All that we experience as “I” spring from the life matrix centered in our central, astral nervous system which interacts with the physical body and senses through the channels, or doorways, known as the chakras.
Just as medicine works silently and unobtrusively in our body, so this internal “programming” functions largely without our conscious control and awareness. We can’t just reach in and reprogram the complex software we’ve developed over countless past lives and the current life.
This matrix is not a “thing,” it consists of energy patterns guided by a silent intelligence. It is with energy and intelligence that we can begin to change these patterns. But first we must become aware of them and then we can learn the specific energy techniques that can release the more problematical ones into a higher octave of (and more happiness inducing) functionality.
This class series will alternate analysis with specific techniques. It is designed for experienced meditators but open to all.
Topics and techniques to be explored include:
- Psychological attributes, both positive & negative, of each of the 7 chakras
- Triad healing relationship betwwn specific chakras
- How to “open” each chakra using:
- Visualizations of colors, sounds, or shapes
- Where to direct the energy of each chakra
- Toning at the chakras to energize them
- Adding chakra meditation to your daily routine
- Chakras and Kriya Yoga
- Lower 3 chakras vs. Upper 3 chakras!
- Planetary (astrological) relationship to each chakra
- Sun sign (astrological) relationship to each chakra
Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway has been the primary teacher of chakra meditation techniques for over twenty years at Ananda in Seattle.
Is your life stressed out? In crises or transition? All conditions are neutral. Our responses depend on our energy level and consciousness. Discover that there is a difference between your response and the behavior of other people or the facts of outer circumstances. Learn simple techniques to help you calmly face challenging situations, and summon forth the courage to rise to the occasion with confidence. We will use the energy centers of the chakras to help stimulate the qualities we need.
Learn simple breath techniques for getting calm instantly
Focus on the heart to awaken courage and devotion to lift us above ourselves
Expand the throat center for calmness and confidence
Focus the will at the navel center and unite self-will with the divine will at the point between the eyebrows
how_to_have_courage_medEnergize the earth center (coccyx center) to release attachment to the way things are
Energize the water element (sacral center) to release anger or resentment, flowing with the grace and wisdom to rise to new solutions
Learn to look for the grace and the lessons that lie hidden in the disciplining hand of life’s unwelcomed or unexpected challenges
Overcome life’s great obstacles: worry, fear, nervousness and anger
Use affirmations to access strength and divine courage
Our text is the popular book by Paramhansa Yogananda, How to Have Courage, Calmness and Confidence.
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.