Fullness Meditation Series

Cost: $20 for a single class or $60 prepaid for all four.

Free retake policy! Ananda offers free retakes for life for meditation students. If you have taken the “Learn to Meditate” class series in the past, you may take any or all of the Fullness Meditation classes as many times as you’d like at no additional cost.  Students who take one or more of the Fullness Meditation classes may likewise repeat those classes at any time. Students who have taken one or more Fullness Meditation classes may also attend any of our 2.5 hour Saturday workshops for only the additional cost over what they have already paid for meditation classes.

Choose the One (or more) that Suits You Best. Register below.

Week 1 – Mind Fullness Meditation:

Studies have repeatedly shown that meditation can effectively help you deal successfully with managing stress, overcoming compulsive behavior, and reducing the threat of fears and anxieties to overwhelm good judgment. By learning proven mindfulness meditation methods to observing your reactions to circumstances and your response to your own thoughts, you can decide the best course of action in daily life.

  • Clear the mind using simple breath control techniques
  • Learn the double breath technique
  • Learn diaphragmatic breathing
  • Learn how to sit for meditation
  • Practice observing the breath using an affirmation
  • Clear the mind with simple imagery
  • 3 states of consciousness: subconscious, conscious & superconscious
  • Two separate practice sessions will be given during this class

 

Week 2 – Health Fullness Meditation:

Optimum health can be improved when good posture enables the even distribution of energy to the body; when proper breathing oxygenates the cells efficiently, and when the mind is aware of the energy and vitality latent or flowing in the body. In this meditation course, you will experience how to improve posture, breathing, and self-awareness with proven techniques.

  • How to sit with a straight spine
  • How to stand with a straight spine
  • How to breathe naturally using the diaphragm
  • Gain awareness & control of the life energy within you to stimulate vitality & health 
  • Learn simple tension exercises (done while standing)
  • Learn the double breath & even count breath techniques
  • Learn to create simple flow-imagery for meditation
  • Two separate practice sessions will be given during this class

 

Week 3: Peace Fullness Meditation:

Meditation can help us cope with grief, loss, moods, negative emotions, and anxiety by relaxing the body and calming the mind. Meditation can be a healing process that gradually and naturally transforms emotion into an intuitive feeling of our innate well-being, security, comfort and confidence. This process includes acknowledging present realities and then, using proven body-breath-heart-&-mind techniques, learning to access higher states of being where alone safety, security, healing and peace perpetually reside.

Learn the basics of meditation: sitting, breathing, and focusing

  • Expel negative emotions using tension exercises and breath control
  • Relax the body: relax the emotions;
  • Stabilize your breath: focus the mind
  • Imagery to expand the heart
  • Affirmations to affirm peace, love, and joy
  • Overcome the eight “meannesses” of the heart!
  • How to send out positive thoughts and intentions
  • How to receive inspiration and intuition
  • Dissolve pain with breath awareness

 

Week 4: Soul Fullness Meditation:

Traditional meditation is the most direct and time-honored means of establishing a personal perception or experience of transcendent realities, whether approached devotionally (as God, Father, Mother, etc.), metaphysically (as Infinite Consciousness) or energetically (as love, power, peace, sound or light, etc.). In this class we share the core concentration meditation technique taught by Paramhansa Yogananda who came to America in 1920 and who is known throughout the world for his now classic story, “Autobiography of a Yogi.” This course is open to anyone regardless of affiliation, belief, or membership at Ananda. All truth seekers and devotees will benefit.

  • 3 stages of meditation: relaxation, concentration and communion
  • Basic chair sitting position and simple standing exercises before meditation
  • Diaphragmatic breathing and proper posture
  • Simple breath control techniques: double breath & even count
  • Hong Sau mantra
  • Universal and highest technique of breath awareness
  • Prayer, chanting, and affirmation
  • Power of visualization : 8 aspects of superconsciousness
  • Where to concentrate and why: the spiritual eye, doorway to higher states of consciousness
  • What are advanced meditation techniques and why they can help you

Our Instructors have years of practice and all are graduates from the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga’s Meditation Teacher Training program. These classes are open to all. There are no prerequisites.

“The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with Spirit lies its greatest joy.” —Yogananda

The book How to Meditate by Jyotish Novak is suggested as a text for the class series. You may buy the book at either class location.

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Deepen Your Meditation Series

Choose the One (or more) that Suits You Best.

These classes have been specially designed for those who have taken one or more of the Fullness series of meditation classes. However, they are open to anyone with meditation experience and training. Our experienced Ananda meditation teachers will work with you and tailor the class to meet your needs and interests in deepening your experience of meditation.

Cost: $20 for a single class or $60 prepaid for all four. For each Fullness Meditation class that you have attended in the past, you can take $5 off one of these Deepening classes.

 

Week 1 – Deepening Your Meditation Through Breath.

Observing or controlling the breath with focused awareness is the most popular and effective form of meditation throughout the world and down through the ages. In this class, we will take the techniques learned in one or more of the Fullness Meditation classes and refine our experience and understanding of several of the basic breath techniques. The basic breath techniques which we will be reviewed and refined may include:

  • The tense and relax double breath used either in a standing exercise and/or a sitting breath technique.
  • Simple diaphragmatic breathing in a variety of formats from even-count to extended breath held in (or out).
  • Alternate nostril breathing using the Vishnu (hand) mudra.
  • Observing the flow of breath using an affirmation or the Hong Sau bij mantra.
  • We will have at least two periods of meditation practice in this class.
  • Instructor may include other practices such as affirmation, imagery or chanting.
  • There will be time for discussion.

Week 2 – Deepening Your Meditation Through Concentration.

One of the most common challenges in meditation is staying focused! Our meditation instructor will guide you through preliminary techniques to help gain awareness and control over your thoughts. Some of these may include:

  • Practice moving from controlled breathing to non-controlled breathing
  • Use counting with breath control to focus the mind
  • Counting between thoughts to extend the length of mental stillness
  • Observing the flow of breath with eyes open
  • Dividing the Hong Sau technique into specific stages of deepening awareness
  • Observing the breath from the medulla or forehead
  • Using imagery and feeling to sooth and quiet the mind
  • Training the mind to be your meditation guide
  • Instructor may include other practices such as affirmation, imagery or chanting.
  • There will be time for discussion.

Week 3 – Deepening Your Meditation Through Calm Feeling.

The secret to deep meditation lies not in the mind but in the heart. There, resting at the calm center of deep and refined feeling, is the key to inner peace and joy. In this class we will share with you a variety of heart-opening techniques such as:

  • Simple chants, either or both in English and Sanskrit
  • Calming and expansive imagery taken from archetypal symbols in nature or devotional imagery or symbols.
  • How to pray in the language of your own heart. Prayer and poetry from the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda might be shared as examples or resources.
  • How to bring feeling into the basic breath control and observation techniques.
  • How to use simple movements expressed with feeling as inspirational warm-ups for sitting in meditation.
  • How to awaken enthusiasm with affirmations used in movement and in sitting.

Week 4 – Deepening Your Meditation Through Superconsciousness.

Meditation has been described as an “upward relaxation into Superconsciousness!” We can think of Superconsciousness as the realm of intuition from which come answers, guidance, inspiration and the elemental soul qualities of joy, love, vitality, peace, calmness and the inner experiences of astral light and sound. We can approach this state of consciousness metaphysically, energetically, or devotionally according to our own temperament. True meditation begins when the practice of meditation techniques end! In this class we will focus on how to enter into inner stillness which allows the invisible, weightless waterfall of intuition and Superconsciousness to flow into our life.

  • How to infuse your meditation techniques with stillness
  • The importance of going beyond techniques
  • What is intuition?
  • What does it mean to “Be still and know that I AM!”
  • What are the eight basic aspects of Superconsciousness
  • How to attune our mind and conscious vibration to Superconscious states
  • For future training: advanced techniques of meditation such as chakra meditations and kriya yoga. 8-Fold Path to higher awareness.

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How to Meditate Condensed Workshop

The workshop includes htmin-class practice, tips on establishing your practice at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, unlimited (no-charge) re-take policy, and ongoing support in-person or online.

In this workshop you will learn about the three phases of meditation: relaxation, interiorization and expansion. You’ll learn proven techniques that will help you to release mental and physical tension, and to concentrate deeply on the subtle inner realities, thereby, experiencing an expanded sense of of self.

Here are some of the topics covered in this class:

        • How to release tension and relax the body
        • How to quiet and concentrate the mind.
        • How to experience calmness, inner peace, self-acceptance, unselfish love and inner joy.
        • How to be enthusiastic, open and positive towards meditation and self-transformation
        • Techniques taught in this class include:
        • Simple stretches & exercises
        • Breath control exercises
        • Watching the breath
        • Affirmations
        • Chanting
        • Creative visualization
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      • Book sold separately at both locations. 
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