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.
Learn to teach others the joys of meditation! This interactive training will provide the instruction and tools for you to begin!
Fri, Oct 12 – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sat, Oct 13 – 9:30am – 3:30pm
Sun, Oct 14 – 1:00 – 4:00pm
Sun, Oct 21 – 1:00 – 4:00pm
14 hours total
Teaching can be a doorway to deeper understanding for your own spiritual practices, and helping others to discover meditation is a wonderful gift to yourself and to society.
Why take this course?
“The land of healing lies within, radiant with that happiness blindly sought in a thousand misdirections.” – Paramhansa Yogananda
Never has there been, in modern society, a greater need for individuals to learn to rely more on inner than on outer resources. Burn out, depression and stress are but symptoms of a widespread and vital need to build an inner, spiritual life based on the solid foundation of personal experience.
If you are a yoga teacher, a social worker, a student or in any other way interested in inspiring yourself and others with the practice of the ancient science and art of meditation, then this teacher training course is for you.
Testimonials from students:
“I would recommend this training as great for beginner teachers to help you open to the process of teaching… the instructors made you feel like you could really do this! YW
“A very professions and heart centered introduction to teacher training which gives a solid foundation” CW
“Really enjoyed the energy of the teachers and the knowledge and wisdom they so freely shared in a beautiful serene setting” SF
“I would recommend this training The teachers were extremely intelligent and loving…you could feel the honesty and openness” Anonymous
“I would highly recommend the Meditation Teacher training for all-new and seasoned- who are seeking not only to learn new techniques or advance in what they have, but also for those seeking connection” LM
“An amazing training! Definitely beneficial!” Anonymous
What basic techniques will you learn?
To the ancient teachings of Self-Realization that he adapted to Western needs, Yogananda contributed with a unique method to increase the awareness of the subtle energies in body and mind, the mastery of which constitutes a core ingredient for meditation.
In this course you will receive knowledge on which this method is built plus exercises that your students can take home to prepare their bodies and minds for meditation.
The core concentration technique you will learn to teach is known as hong sau, a mantra that, when associated with the in-and-outgoing breath, calms the nervous system and the heart beat, freeing the mind for meditation and higher, super-conscious perceptions of peace, calmness, bliss and other higher realities.
Ample time will be given to each participant to gain actual experience by guiding the group in exercises, meditations and visualizations. Through shared, collective feedback and group discussions we will gain a deeper understanding of the skills needed to be a good meditation teacher.
Credits and certificate requirements
Participants receive 14 CEU hours with Yoga Alliance along with certificate of attendance: Course attendance must be complete (all 14 hours; see dates and times above) and the answers to a written exam, sent to the participants via email after the end of the course, must be approved by the trainers.
Other features of this course
-Aspects of consciousness: mind, intellect, ego and feeling, and how they relate to meditation
Nayaswami Supriya Chadwick: Supriya is the Spiritual Director of Ananda Dallas. A minister and lightbearer, she has been on the path of Self-Realization for over 24 years. Trained as an Ananda Yoga® instructor, meditation teacher and Raja Yoga instructor, Supriya has taught yoga and meditation at Ananda Dallas for over 20 years.
Maitri Smithhisler: Maitri has been part of Ananda since 1987. She came to Ananda Dallas in 1996 after living at Ananda Village in California for 8 years. She serves Ananda as a minister, leading Sunday Services, our special Family Services, and events year round. She has taught yoga and meditation for over 20 years and loves to lead chanting (Kirtan).
This transformative four-week program will teach you to mindful and examine your internal and external environment. More than just a clean eating and healthy living workshop, as a part of the Nourish Program you will have the opportunity to build community, practice yoga asana, and learn to express self-love in a safe space.
FREE Introductory Session on Sunday, Sept 30, 11:30 at the Ananda Center.
New Participants Special: first three new participants will receive the book Clean by Alejandro Junger for free!
Come begin your week with this balancing yoga class! A combination guided relaxation, affirmations, and postures come together in a nurturing environment where you can explore movement and express your unique asana practice in a safe place.
*This class meets on Monday evenings. Please check the calendar for dates.
NO CLASS on these Mondays:
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
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.
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.
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 camraderie 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 email@example.com for more info.
Session 1: Aug 29, Sept 5, 12, 19
Session 2: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
Session 3: Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 28 (no class on Nov 21)
*No classes in Dec
“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.