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.
Living Wisdom Yoga Day Camp- Summer Fun in an uplifting & harmonious environment! July 18-22 and July 25-29
Where: Ananda Community, 20715 Larch Way in Lynnwood
Our popular and long-time Yoga Day Camp is held in the peaceful setting of the Ananda Community in Lynnwood on five acres of land with a large organic garden, a swimming pool, a yoga studio, a large kitchen and dining area, 2 acres of woods and trails, play fields, a courtyard and stage area. Yoga, Swimming, Nature Activities, Outdoor Games, Art & Crafts and special projects provide a fun and uplifting experience that children love! Children are grouped by age: 5 – 7 year olds and the 8 – 11 year olds.
Our enthusiastic teachers are involved with the Living Wisdom School and are all adults experienced with teaching children. We also have adult assistants, as well as camp counselors: specially invited older children who have attended as campers in years past.
The camp takes place July 18-22 and July 25-29. Download and print the application for Summer 2016:
To most of us, Hinduism and the esoteric practices of yoga are impossibly complex, mysterious, and wrapped in unfamiliar symbolism and characterized by strange rituals and disciplines. Are these things “idol worship” as condemned by the Bible? Are some of the practices “of the devil” or, at best, dangerous?
Based on his own research and the enlightening text, “The Hindu Way,” by Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda, Murali Venkatrao, born and raised in the Vedic traditions of Brahminism. will bring to us
* illuminating stories from the Puranas of India
* a summary of the history and lineages of yoga
* the core revelations and precepts of Hinduism
* the keys to unlock the meaning of common symbols of Hindu deities
* an explanation of the interrelationship of India’s greatest scriptures: the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras
* background on key figures such as Shiva, Vishnu, Kali, Krishna and Hanuman.
Murali is a distinguished teacher of the precepts of Self-Realization, of Ananda Yoga, Raja Yoga and the Director of the Yoga Teacher Training for the Institute of Living Yoga.
Specific topics include:
· Who is the founder of Hinduism?
· What is Sanaatan Dharma?
· What are the sources of Yoga and what is its lineage?
· What is the equivalent of Father, Son and Holy Ghost on the Yogic Path?
· Symbolism of the Bhagavad Gita
· Yuga cycle
· Karma and Reincarnation
· And MORE!
Optional text: Hindu Way by Swami Kriyananda.
Have you wanted to explore transforming your kitchen into a sacred space, and increasing your knowledge of vegetarian cooking, and nutrition? Learn the keys to adding the most importuned ingredient of all to your meals: higher awareness and intention. It is a transforming joyful experience that will uplift your as well as your whole family.
Join Chandi Holliman and our guest chefs for our Ananda’s series based on the new book: “The Healing Kitchen” by Diksha McCord. Each week we will focus on different cooking techniques, and spiritual teachings from Paramhansa Yogananda. The classes will include lectures, hands on cooking in our new yoga hall kitchen, recipes, and sampling many of the delicacies made in class .
August 7th: Introductions to Vegetarian Cooking, fast and easy dinners at home using; grains, legumes, vegetables, sauces, and dressings
August 14th: Indian Cooking and the cooling summer Ayurveda diet, with Chef Nilanjana Krishnan, Chandi Holliman assisting
August 21st: Summer Soups from the garden and homemade breads
August 28th: Canning your summer fruits with guest Chef Lynne Steele, Chandi Holliman assisting.
Samplings available on Sundays (July 30 and August 7th) to promote the class!
We will explore the lives of Brother Lawrence, Frank Laubach and Swami Ramdas (from India, not the American). Coming from vastly different backgrounds and religions these three great souls show us the way to nurture our relationship with the divine in our daily lives.
Come for the 6:30 dinner at the Ananda Community dining room and stay for the satsang on the saints!
Weather permitting, we will gather outside in the courtyard. Bring a sweater or wrap.
Presented by Ananda Meditation teacher, Suryadas Holliman.
All are welcome.
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.