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Ananda Yoga Sadhana
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Ananda Yoga Sadhana @ Ananda Dallas Meditation and Yoga Center | Addison | Texas | United States

A wonderful way to begin or keep up your spiritual practice, this 90-minute sadhana includes the Energization Exercises, pranayama, yoga poses, Chanting, and meditation.

The Energization Exercises were created for the purpose of activating the body cells at the same time balancing the excess energy within us, thus relaxing the body and mind. This unique series of exercises can be done during the day to energize oneself, and at the end of the day for centering and relaxation.

Pranayama is a technique to control the breath. In our day to day lives we often forget to breathe evenly, therefore practicing pranayama helps expel any accumulated carbon dioxide in the body and intake higher amounts of oxygen. Pranayama also helps us harness the flow of prana, life force energy, which enhances our health and mood.

Hatha Yoga is not only a physical exercise but also a union of body, mind and soul. Using breath control while smoothly going in and gradually coming out of yoga poses keeps the mind connected to the physical body. During this time the observer within the body is naturally awakened and if you focus completely you can almost feel the body, the mind, and the soul as separate yet one. As you continue the practice you will eventually feel the separateness dissolve.

Chanting of a mantra or kirtan is a nice way to let go of thoughts in the mind and feel peace. All mantras are made up of sounds that have a higher vibration. One single chanting can stay with you all day.

You will be gently guided into meditation after the chanting. Your mind may or may not come to complete stillness but the beauty of meditation is to accept whatever is and to be in the moment. Allowing your mind and breath to be as is in your meditation; you will find yourself rested, calm and peaceful at the end of the session.

Drop in or pre-register for the 5 class series!

Energization Exercises for Chronic Pain
Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Energization Exercises for Chronic Pain @ Ananda Dallas Meditation Center | Addison | Texas | United States

The Energization Exercises were created for the purpose of activating the body cells at the same time balancing the excess energy within us, thus relaxing the body and mind. This unique series of exercises can be done during the day to energize oneself, and at the end of the day for centering and relaxation.

You will be gently guided into meditation after the Energization. Your mind may or may not come to complete stillness but the beauty of meditation is to accept whatever is and to be in the moment. Allowing your mind and breath to be as is in your meditation; you will find yourself rested, calm and peaceful at the end of the session.

 

Learn to Meditate 3 wk series
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Learn to Meditate 3 wk series @ Ananda Dallas Meditation and Yoga Center | Addison | Texas | United States

This three-class series takes you step-by-step through the practice of meditation using ancient yogic techniques. Learn to sit comfortably with calm attention while using breath awareness to draw the energy inward.

You will be able to practice what you learn at home and return to class and discuss questions, while gradually taking steps to a deep and regular meditation practice that will touch every part of your life.

Inner peace and clarity are only some of the benefits of meditation. But don’t take our word for it – come try for yourself!

Share meditation with a friend. Bring a Friend for Free!

Online Satsang with Ananda Teachers and Leaders
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Online Satsang with Ananda Teachers and Leaders @ online - your location

Online Satsang every month, on the second Wednesday. Enjoy inspirational talk, chanting and meditation with Ananda Leaders and Teachers.

Just log in, put the headset on and enjoy online satsang from the comfort of your home. Save the environment by not driving. Get in tune with the Ananda Leaders and Teachers.

To Join via Phone:

US:  +1 929 436 2866  OR   +1 669 900 6833

Enter Meeting ID:  233 646 931

 

-or-

 

Click this Link:  https://zoom.us/j/233646931

 

 

 

Jun
14
Thu
Ananda Yoga
Jun 14 @ 6:20 pm – 7:20 pm
Ananda Yoga @ Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center | Addison | Texas | United States

Ananda Yoga is a gentle and meditative approach to Hatha Yoga with emphasis on the physical, mental and spiritual benefits.  Learn more about Ananda Yoga here.

Our approach emphasizes dynamic relaxation through the various postures, combined with breathing techniques, affirmations and mental focus. Postures are adapted for individual needs and abilities and we encourage awareness and relaxation rather than physical strain. The result is physical rejuvenation, mental clarity and a deeper sense of inner peace.

Classes are suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing. Please come a bit early for your first class, to meet the instructor and answer questions. Mats and blankets are provided, but you may bring your own gear. 

*Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Drop-ins are welcome.

  • No classes on Dec 26, 28 or Jan 2

 

The Path of Kriya Yoga
Jun 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

“You can be in a room twenty years, trying to get out through the walls, the ceiling, the floor. It is when you finally discover the door that you find your way out. That’s how it is with the soul. The average devotee may struggle his whole life trying to escape the bodily limitations by unscientific means, and by the paths only of devotion or discrimination. Kriya Yoga takes one to God by the universal highway: the spine.”
– Paramhansa Yogananda, from Conversations with Yogananda

All yoga techniques work with this energy, usually indirectly. Yoga postures, for example, can help open up the spinal channels, and balance the energy in the spine. Yoga breathing exercises can also help to awaken that energy.

The Kriya technique is much more direct. It helps the practitioner to control the life force by mentally drawing it up and down the spine, with awareness and will. According to Yogananda, one Kriya, which takes about a half-minute, is equivalent to one year of natural spiritual growth. Kriya Yoga is a powerful and sacred technique taught through initiation and has several prerequisite steps.

This 4 class series is specifically for those who want to explore and also deepen their understanding of this specific path of Self-realization as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. It will meet every other week for 8 weeks.

We will use Autobiography of a Yogi as the foundational text for discussion but this is an interactive and experiential series which will include pranayam practice as well as the first two (out of 4) of those required steps/practices leading up to Kriya initiation by a qualified Kriyacharya.

Led by Supriya Chadwick, Maitri Smithhisler and Mark Smithhisler

Thursday Group Meditation
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday Group Meditation @ Ananda Dallas Meditation & Yoga Center | Addison | Texas | United States

Join us for our Thursday evening group meditation from 7:30–8 pm.

*No meditation on Oct 19

These are open to all. Join in the powerful dynamic of group meditations. This is a wonderful way to decompress from your day at work and to finish the rest of your week with focused and dynamic energy.

We invite all to come for part of or for the entire hour. We understand that people have different availability. Bring your gear, or borrow a chair. Come and add your light to the group.

Cost:

Donation basis

Jun
15
Fri
Friday Group Meditation
Jun 15 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

MeditationRetreat_400Drop in for a lunch time refresher! Friday can become a day of inner calmness and joy with a short group meditation at the Ananda Center  12:15 – 12:45.

These are open to all. Join in the powerful dynamic of group meditations and connect with your inner fountain of dynamic energy, spiritual connection and peace.

Come when you can. We understand that people have different availability. Bring your gear, or borrow a chair. Come and add your light to the group.

Cost:

Donation basis

Ananda Book Club
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ananda Book Club @ See description below

Join us for the Ananda Bookclub satsang. We will be studying books by Yogananda and Kriyananda, Our current selection is from the Wisdom of Yogananda Series: How to Awaken your True Potential.

We will be meeting twice a month, on the first and third Fridays, at a community member’s home. Right now we are meeting at Bo Hale’s home: 

Address:

Bo Hale
6615 Shell Flower ln
Dallas, TX 75252 US

Future meetings may take place at different locations. Contact familyministry@anandadallas.org for directions and location. 

FREE – and open to everyone including families. (Kids will play together in another area) Come at any break time (see below). 

First Friday is Ladies’ Night

Third Friday Everyone Welcome!

Format:

6- 6:45 meditate

6:45-7:30 potluck dinner

7:30-8:30 book club

 

Jun
16
Sat
Saturday Morning Yoga
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Yoga @ Ananda Dallas Meditation Center | Addison | Texas | United States

This class is a blend of relaxing, calm stretching and vigorous, strength building standing poses   

Classes usually begin with a simple 1-2 minute seated meditation followed by at least 15-20 minutes of stretching warm-ups before engaging in more strenuous sequences of sun salutations and warrior poses.  The most vigorous, portion is usually followed by balancing poses for a calming and cooling down and then back to the floor and ending with a 5-10 minute savasana. 

Warm up stretches are often geared toward a certain pose or body area that will be focused on during the class.  With the use of props such as blocks and straps the class is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced.   

Newer students are encouraged to find their own personal “edge,” not to push beyond their capacity and usually find, over time and with practice, their capacity increases and they can perform the more advanced versions of the pose. 

Yoga is not competitive nor is it about self judgment, it is about linking the body and the mind through the breath thereby finding that calm, quiet place where you are totally in tune and at oneness in body, mind and spirit.

 

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