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.
Creativity is needed in our spiritual quest to help us remain inwardly devoted and uplifted in our practices and daily lives. In this three week series we will explore how creativity can spiritualize your life; access superconciousness through art!
This workshop takes the Sharing exercises to a higher level and offers adults a transformative guide for healing and well-being. In this workshop we will practice these simple techniques in nature that will immerse you in the natural world and open your heart to all creation.
Looking at the lives of three deeply inspired artists can help us appreciate that there are many ways to herald the presence of spirit in the material world. We can read in their work messages from the soul. In the hands of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Claude Monet, the vision and deep feeling informing it, translates to us clearly many decades later.
Would you like to experience the peace and joy that diving into the silence can give? How about realizing you can meditate longer and enjoy it more; also, making time for reading spiritual books and articles you can’t seem to get to? Most importantly Paramhansa Yogananda counseled, “Seclusion is the price to greatness,” and most religions worldwide indicate that seclusion is a key practice in the lives of the saints and seekers. Add seclusion to your spiritual practices must do list!
Have you ever wanted to learn the secret of cooking your own homemade pie? The holidays are a joyful season celebrating family ancestral traditions and sharing recipes. Join Chandi Holliman for a playful workshop as she shares her favorite secrets on how to create holiday pies with delicious flakey piecrusts.
This workshop takes you through understanding your brain, mind, and different levels of consciousness through tools that help you raise your level of consciousness to reach your highest potential. The workshop includes affirmation, music, group activities and experiential learning.
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.