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.
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.
4 classes for only $20 during June and July
No previous yoga experience is needed to enjoy the benefits of this nurturing practice.
In this “Bubble Bath of Yoga” workshop, you will:
- Let go of chronic stress in the body
- Still the mind and experience Calmness
- Access Inner Peace
- Listen to your soul’s Inner Guidance
Through the use of supporting blankets, bolsters and pillows, the body can more fully relax into each posture while laying on the floor, thus relaxing muscles more than ever before. Inspirational music and guided visualizations help the mind to stay focused, enjoy calmness and be restored ~ the soul qualities of your Highest Self are awakened.
Why is meditation gaining popularity and acclaim across the world? The simple answer is that it is the perfect tool for us to reclaim balance, inner peace and connection to our true nature. In a time when hyperstimulation and increasing complexity pulls our energy ever outward, meditation helps us rediscover what lies within.
You will be led through fundamental meditation techniques to calm the breath, quiet the mind, release tension and experience a deep inner peace. Our teachers are experienced and are here to help you discover how meditation can help in every aspect of life.
All are welcome! No registration required.
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.