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.
Presented by Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin.
Saturday, December 14, 9:30 am – Noon, Bothell
Come to Christmas with an attitude of gratitude and find the Spirit alive. Let us take a moment to prepare the cradle of our hearts for the blessings of this holy season—true inspiration, deep joy, and the spirit of giving & friendship. Nayaswami Jamuna will share inspiration and practical suggestions that will make your Christmas celebrations more meaningful. We will consider:
*The birth of Jesus-an avatar: why then and why there?
*What are the gifts of “the Christ”?
*Looking at the many symbols and reflecting on their deeper meaning
*Preparing your mental orientation with a new focus for these “Holy Days”
Bringing in the New Year!
Presented by Christy Johnston
3 Thursdays: January 2, 9 & 16, 7:30 – 9:00 pm in Bothell
What are you looking for in the new year? Radiant health? The courage to face a challenge? More Happiness? A balanced lifestyle?
Learn to foster and support your intentions through the use of affirmations.
In this 3 week class, we’ll:
- study and practice the techniques from Paramhansa Yogananda’s popular book, Scientific Healing Affirmations
- individually choose and use the affirmations that resonate with our needs and goals, and begin to feel their subtle power
- integrate affirmations into our daily lives, for balance, strength, and joy!
2 Tuesdays – January 7 & 14, 2014 $20
God showers us with gifts all the time, and is always with us, but how often we forget Him (Her). Join us for these two classes, and an inspiring week in between, in which we will offer a variety of creative activities for staying connected to God during the busy days. Click here to register or for more information…
3 Tuesdays, January 7, 14 & 21, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at East West Bookshop in Seattle
Continuing an exploration of relationships following the popular Love Without Fear class in March 2013, Jamuna Snitkin will encourage you to consider the strengthening dimensions of forgiveness and support. Developing the maturity that leads to growth rather than stopping at hurt & frustration, you will be able to enjoy a living relationship that spiritually expands and nurtures both of you. Join Jamuna for all or one of these sessions
- Love with Confidence: Know Thyself
- Love without Attachment: Support
- Loving the Journey: Forgiveness
Presented by Nayaswami Padma McGilloway and Tyagi Chandi Holliman
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014, 10-11:30 am, Living Wisdom School in Shoreline
We want our children to be happy and successful adults. Education for life, as taught in our Living Wisdom Schools, offers insights and proven techniques for helping children to achieve this. We will present basic concepts, proven applications and encourage discussion to tailor information to participants’ needs. Read more / Register…
Sunday mornings are the best time to visit Ananda and see “who” we are! Each Sunday, one of the Lightbearers (ordained ministers) gives a keynote talk, blending timeless wisdom with practical insights and offered with humor and personal reflections. A weekly reading, inspired by the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, sets the theme for the talk. Each week we conduct the inspiring, poetic, musical, and ceremonial Festival of Light which recounts ancient themes of creation, the purpose of life, and the way to soul freedom. 10 a.m. each Sunday!
Courses that are offered from time to time:
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.