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.
The Bhagavad Gita is India’s most beloved and oft quoted scripture. Explore with us its beauty, its simplicity, its timelessness and its timeliness for our lives and our culture today.
The keys to success go beyond business school methods and include divine magnetism, creativity, confidence, and joyful expansiveness. Presented by Andrew Solan and Buddy Wilson, both committed meditators and successful in their careers
Paramhansa Yogananda taught a powerful method of using affirmations for self-healing.Christy Johnston, and Lynne Steele team up to share with you their years of experience helping others make important changes using affirmations and other techniques.
Our dreams speak a universal language that comes to us in the service of health and wholeness.
We will discuss the history and spiritual tradition of dreams, and different levels of the subconscious, as explained by Yogananda. You will have the opportunity to process a dream you have through the association method, and if desired, through a group process.
Are you a caregiver in need of some stress relief? If so, this class will teach you some basic stress relieving breathing techniques and some ways to integrate stress relief into your daily routine, providing a calming effect to the environment which allows you and your loved one or client some space in which to be nourished, and the courage to be able to cope with the path that lies ahead.
The Yoga Sutras, written by the great yogi, Patanjali in the B.C. era, are a distillation of wisdom from a higher age which, even then, was distant in time. Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway, co-spiritual director of Ananda in the Seattle area, will deftly guide us through the blueprint of the universal 8-Fold Path of expanding consciousness.
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?
Come and get all your questions answered in this free introductory class. Please register and let us know you are coming.
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.