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.
6 Saturdays, March 1 – April 4, 9:30 am – noon in Bothell
Superconscious Living is designed for people who seek spiritual growth and fulfillment in the midst of their daily responsibilities. Join Krysta Gibson to learn practical techniques to convert challenges such as marriage, relationships, child-raising, money, and career into priceless opportunities for spiritual realization. Identify blocks, reprogram the subconscious and raise your energy level.
March 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am in Living Wisdom School, 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 explore how to raise compassionate, balanced and happier children, how to nurture your child’s unique gifts and how to be a more conscious parent.
3 Thursdays April 10, 17 & 24 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in Bothell.
The journey continues as we gather to consider the lives and spiritual treasure,of those who live with God.What a boost of encouragement and inspiration we receive from the saints-coming from all walks of life and overcoming delusion to blaze a path of light for us.Let us keep the company of Julian of Norwich, Milarepa, Kabir and Guru Nanak. Taught by Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin.
Saturday April 19, 9:30 am – noon in Bothell.
What relevance does the life and teachings of Jesus Christ have for us today? For those of who are “spiritual but not religious?” Paramhansa Yogananda called his mission in America “The Second Coming.” We will look at topics such as: was Jesus a mere mortal? The son of God? Is the story of Easter a myth? Did Jesus believe in reincarnation? Did Jesus have a guru? Did Jesus meditate? What happened in his life between the ages of 12 and 30? ..and more!
6 Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 in Bothell.
This six week class is designed for those who would like to learn more about the core precepts of Ananda, and about the history and many expressions of Ananda’s work, both locally and worldwide. No one class, service or event among the many that are offered here at Ananda, embraces this “big picture.” All are welcome.
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!
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.