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.
Are you happy with your job?
Is it giving you all that you had hoped it would?
Are you happy with yourself?
Why is success in life and work eluding you?
Based on the class text written by Swami Kriyananda ,this 6 week series provides an opportunity to explore the regaining of inner joy and the unleashing of your full potential. We will consider:
What is true success?
How to become aware of your personal energy, attitudes, and habits in order to change them for positive results
Why people are more important than things
How to be supportive
Friendship: it’s importance in life and career
Come join Jamuna Snitkin , minister, teacher, artist and former manager of Ananda’s first East West Bookshop in California, and Tara Silicio, successful and experienced Seattle realtor as we share ideas, exercises, affirmations, meditations from this guidebook for the spiritual path of self- mastery. Many colorful stories will emerge.
Paramahansa Yogananda emphasizes that advancing on the spiritual path toward Self-realization requires self-introspection of our strong and weak qualities. He also says that our nightly dreams hint of our spiritual progress and of the “call of God.” In the first class, you will learn about the spiritual tradition of dreams, different levels of the subconscious from which dreams come, the purpose and function of dreams in our lives, and techniques to use in remembering our dreams.
In the last three classes you will learn specific ways to work with your dreams (with a focus on the superconscious type) that include guided imagery, dream weaving, journaling, dream collaging, and group dream processing.
Shubatani Geri Grubbs, Ph.D., is a practicing Jungian psychotherapist, a devotee of Paramhansa Yogananda, teacher, lecturer, and author. She has worked extensively with dreams both personally and professionally for the past 30 yrs.
Harmonium Playing for Beginners is designed for non-musicians, but open to all. This fun 2.5 hour workshop taught by Krishnapriya will teach you a selection of mantric chants. Instruction will focus on how to play melody and chordal accompaniment. Ability to read music is not a pre-requisite.
Krishnapriya, your instructor, is a well-known musician, playing keyboard, harmonium and Indian vina (like a sitar). She’s also a professional music teacher. Krishnapriya offers this fun-for-everyone experience of the harmonium that will inspire and teach you how to play your very own chants. We can provide you with one of our harmoniums to practice on if you preregister at least two days in advance! You will learn several simple chants during this class. We will have on hand for you, chant and harmonium books for sale, as well as the harmoniums, themselves, if you are so inspired to take one home!
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.