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
“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
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.
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.
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:
6615 Shell Flower ln
Dallas, TX 75252 US
Future meetings may take place at different locations. Contact email@example.com 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!
6- 6:45 meditate
6:45-7:30 potluck dinner
7:30-8:30 book club
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.
Unable to do a 4-week learn to meditate series? In need of a refresher? Then this 2-Hour intensive workshop may be right for you. You will receive all the information and tools you need to support your inner journey
You will learn:
- Ancient yogic breath-based meditation techniques.
- How to rejuvenate yourself through daily meditation.
- How to relax the body while directing energy with concentration and awareness.
- How to support your existing practice or begin a new one.
Bring a friend for FREE!
Child Centered Spiritual Activities are offered every Sunday in our center classroom during our Festival of Light service that is held in the adjoining temple space. The children are led in games, stories, crafts and simple yoga and meditation that uplift the consciousness and reminds them of their spiritual identity. Please contact us for more information.
The Sunday worship service at Ananda is inspired by the meditation tradition of the East and the ancient teachings of mystical Christianity, with inspirational readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes music, group chanting and meditation, an inspirational talk drawn from the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and a unique blessing ceremony called the Festival of Light.
Before service begins at 10 am, you are welcome to a period of silent meditation from 9 to 9:45 am. Those who wish can also participate in a ceremony of individual prayer for freedom or clarity about a personal challenge, called the Purification Ceremony. You may offer that prayer at the altar.
Our hearts and our sanctuary are open to people of all faiths, races, orientations, truth-seekers, people exploring meditation for the first time, and anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of life.
After Service, you are invited to meet the ministers and others in the congregation over snacks in the foyer.
Come join us for Postnatal Moms and Babies. It’s a chance for mom to start to tone her body through yoga specifically targeted for strengthening the core and to de-stress from the challenges of motherhood. You’ll also enjoy the camaraderie of other moms and the joy of doing yoga with baby.
Bring your mat and any baby accoutrements for a fun-filled, relaxing hour! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Session 1: 4 classes, June 4, 11, 18, 25
Session 2: 4 classes, July 9, 16, Aug 13, 20
Session 3: 4 classes, Aug 27, Sep 10, 17, 24
“Great class and highly Recommended! We’ve been going there since my baby was about 4 months. She’s now 2 years old so she graduated to the toddler yoga class and we’re enjoying every bit of it!” S. Murad
Maitri Smithhisler, E-RYT 500, has been teaching prenatal yoga for over 16 years around the Metroplex, postnatal yoga at Medical Center of Plano since 2006, and toddler yoga since 2014. She loves working with moms and kiddos, and has been facilitating the Ananda Dallas Kid’s Yoga camp for the past 4 years.