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.
There are many types of smiles, ranging from insincere to sincere to the smile of the soul! Paramhansa Yogananda liked to encourage students to “Be a Smile Millionaire” — blessing all whom you meet with the smile of your soul’s eternal joy! Presented by Tyagis Omprakash & Prem-Shanti Rider, Ananda ministers and teachers whose smiles are infectious!
Thursday Aug 28, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Ananda Temple in Bothell
Kriya Yoga can transform your life! Brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda and described in his now classic and popular life story, “Autobiography of a Yogi,” people all over the world have been drawn to learn and receive the blessings of the masters through Kriya Yoga. In this free talk you will learn about the fascinating history of Kriya Yoga, its underlying psycho-physiological effects, and how you can learn Kriya and its related techniques. Presented by Nayaswamis Hriman & Padma McGilloway
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Would you like to be joyful and energetic? Would you like to have energy at your fingertips, whenever you need it? Learn the secret to energy and will power in the set of 39 tension exercises which are called Energization Exercises. Though normally taught as part of yoga or meditation, we are offering these life transforming exercises for the first time on their own!
Is your life stressed out? In crises or transition? All conditions are neutral. Our responses depend on our energy level and consciousness. 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.
This four-part class series uses the 8-Fold Path described by Patanjali in his famous “Yoga Sutras” to teach meditation not only as a daily practice but as a way of life. This class includes:
● How meditation can help you achieve superconsciousness ● Tools for greater self-awareness and understanding ● Relationship of feeling and reason ● Progressive stages of higher consciousness ● Energy awareness
Energy healing is the true source of all healing. Even prescription drugs can only help stimulate the flow of life force in the body for healing. Energy healing is not a substitute for allopathic, naturopathic chiropractic, or other means of healing but it goes to the source of our body’s own healing capacity and thus can aid in promoting healing and vitality. Paramhansa Yogananda distilled the essence of India’s ancient metaphysical healing techniques and in this workshop we will explore some of them.
What is happiness? Is it a passing mood based on a fulfilled desire? Or, is it something deeper and more lasting? Who is the happiest person you know? What qualities lead to happiness? Or, to unhappiness? In this new series (inspired by the movie of the same name) we will explore how to be happy. Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin, assisted by Lynn Warschauer, will host this dynamic, joyful and energizing new series.
Is success in your life’s work eluding you? Have you had a string of unfulfilling jobs? Would like to enjoy your work AND be successful? It has been truly said that “success is a state of mind!” But this is more than mere affirmation. Success is a level of consciousness, energy, and magnetism.
The Bible, like scriptures in other traditions, contains stories whose interpretation is matter of wisdom and consciousness. A true scripture will offer guidance for daily life, for introspection and self-awareness, and for revealing the nature of God and of our souls. Together we will explore famous Biblical passages through the eyes of the metaphysician and yogi using the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.
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.
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.