Ananda's Karma Yoga Ashram Program
Serve, learn, grow, and deepen your inner life

Gain the confidence and tools necessary to build a strong spiritual practice, and learn how to bring inspiration into all aspects of daily living.

Our low-priced program includes a balance of selfless service (karma yoga), daily class/ discussions, opportunities to learn and practice yoga and meditation more deeply, and spiritual fellowship with like-minded friends. Our extended-stay, ashram program is based on the spiritual teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, the well-loved author Autobiography of a Yogi.

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Our karma yoga program will help you:

  • Learn to meditate or to deepen your meditation through classes and daily practice of techniques brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.
  • Experience greater strength, health, and soul connection with the option of twice-daily Ananda Yoga® classes.
  • Study the practical teachings of Raja Yoga, and practice them as you serve—to help you feel more centered, calm, and happy in all parts of life.
  • Explore the steps to the ancient, liberating technique of Kriya Yoga.
  • Build your relationship with God through chanting, prayer, and inner communion

About Kriya Yoga Meditation

Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth. It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that directs one’s life force inward and upward for God-realization, a technique of pranayama or energy control. It is also a comprehensive spiritual path that includes four specific techniques, two of which are taught to you during your stay at The Expanding Light, as well as right living and attunement to Yogananda and our line of enlightened Masters. During your stay you can ask to learn the steps involved in preparing for Kriya Yoga initiation.

About Raja Yoga

Yoga literally means “union”—everything from self-integration to union of the soul and God. Raja Yoga, the “royal” yoga, takes the meditator to the central river to enlightenment, the pathway of the spine. It combines meditation along with Bhakti, Karma, and Gyana Yogas. Hatha yoga is an aspect of Raja Yoga.

About Spiritual Community

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Yogananda used to say, “Environment is stronger than will power.” This statement is an important encouragement to a seeker to find others of like mind, who will support you in your upward journey, and will inspire you by their examples.

 

Learn and Grow in an Ashram Environment

We offer the depth of nonsectarian Eastern spiritual teachings applied to practical, energetic living. You are invited to join in the Sunday Services and other uplifting spiritual events with members of Ananda Village. As a thriving spiritual community for almost 50 years, Ananda has much to share.

“The Karma Yoga Program has been a pivotal point in my life. Working with people who are here to serve God and the collective whole is truly inspirational. It has given me the opportunity to feel the flow of this amazing community. I'm indebted to this place.”

– Michelle M., Eugene, OR

Experiential Internships

We are now able to offer Karma Yoga Internships in the summer to those who complete four weeks of Karma Yoga and wish to serve in various creative ways in the larger Ananda community—in permaculture, animal husbandry, gardening, and much more. More information...

A Day in the Karma Yoga Program

As a Karma Yogi you serve 5 or 6 hours a day, 5 1/2 days a week and become an important part in the day-to-day functions of The Expanding Light Retreat.

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Service includes kitchen and dining room cleanup, dishwashing, housekeeping, and other projects—giving you the opportunity, as well as the guidance in how to maintain your spiritual practice in the activity of daily life.

Participants in our Karma Yoga program contribute to the positive energy at our Retreat. The Karma Yoga schedule allows you to attend most of the sadhanas (morning and afternoon periods of guided Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation). Karma Yogis generally serve one or two of the karma yoga shifts every day (11 shifts per week), and have time free for other activities, such as reading, exploring the property's 700 acres of scenic beauty, visiting the historic Yuba River or Nevada City, or enjoying yummy treats at “downtown” Ananda’s little whole foods store, Master's Market.

Here is sample Karma Yoga schedule:

6:30 - 8:30 am Daily Sadhana* in EL Temple
8:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast in silence
9:10am Inspirational discussion and scheduling for the day
9:45 - 12 noon Karma Yoga or Free Time
12:00 - 12:30 Meditation
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 4:15 pm Karma Yoga or Free Time
3:30 - 4:30 pm Class for Karma Yogis on Tuesdays and Thursdays
(we study Raja Yoga principles)
4:45 - 6:30 pm Sadhana* in EL Temple
6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 - 10:00 pm   Karma Yoga or Free Time

*Sadhana consists of Energization Exercises, yoga postures, chanting, and meditation, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.


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Trimurti Motyka

Trimurti Motyka

Ananda Minister, Director of Karma Yoga & Co-Director of Ananda's Residency Training Program
What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswami Trimurti is a Minister, the Director of the Karma Yoga Program at the Expanding Light and Co-Director of Ananda's Residency Training Program. Trimurti is ideally suited to lead a program in Karma Yoga (which means finding divine union through selfless action). By nature, he is an energetic, multi-talented, and generous person who delights in serving others.

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Nayaswami Mukti

Nayaswami Mukti

Ananda Minister and Counselor, Ananda Meditation Teacher

What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswami Mukti  is a certified Ananda Meditation teacher and has worked for years in Ananda's ministry, teaching a variety of classes in Ananda meditation groups and in programs at The Expanding Light. Her warm and caring nature, her lively sense of humor, and her clear-minded and practical approach to  applying the spiritual teachings in one's own life win her retreat weekends rave reviews.

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The Karma Yoga Program fee is $500 for a two-week to one-month stay. (This fee includes the cost of Lessons in Meditation by Jyotish Novak and The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda, both used as study guides during the program, and yours to keep.) Additional time in the program – up to three months – is possible upon approval at an additional $500 per month.

We request a $100 deposit to make your reservation. (This is included in the $500 program cost.)

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Cancellations: If you cancel or reschedule at least 7 days before your scheduled arrival, half of your deposit remains as a credit for one year and half is forfeited. If you cancel or reschedule with shorter notice, the entire deposit is forfeited.

The Karma Yoga program is not able to accommodate families with children. Families who wish to explore being at Ananda Village are welcome to attend our annual summer Family Camp or to stay at the Ananda Meditation Retreat at selected times.

If you have questions please contact us online or call 800-346-5350 or 530-478-7518 ext. 7090.

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“[The Karma Yoga Program] has allowed me to open my heart to all that I meet and everything I do. The people I have met, the teachings I have come to understand, and the love that has grown within me are truly blessings from above.”

– Past attendee

“The Karma Yoga Program has been a pivotal point in my life. Working with people who are here to serve God and the collective whole is truly inspirational. It has given me the opportunity to feel the flow of this amazing community. I'm indebted to this place.”

– Michelle M., Eugene, OR

“I can’t begin to express in words how grateful I am for the past three months with you blessed souls. Although I’ve always been drawn to spiritual matters, for the first time in my life I feel that I have truly found myself. I am no longer alone, and I know what I am seeking. Now I have people to share this joyful journey with and help me along the way. This is certainly the greatest blessing, and I can’t thank you enough.”

– Shana S., Verona, NJ

“The Karma Yoga Program at Ananda's Expanding Light was one of the most positive, life-changing experiences of my life. I never expected the transformation to be as powerful and to affect me on so many levels, in so many ways. Learning how to incorporate and apply ancient spiritual teachings into my daily life in a practical and integrated way has been invaluable. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an inspiring spiritual community-and now family.”

– Rachel, Los Angeles, CA

I had a wonderful experience at the Expanding Light Retreat's Karma Yoga Program. I feel that I have found a true spiritual home and I will return again and again.

—Avril

Before joining the Karma Yoga program, I had participated in the Yoga Teacher Training as well as Meditation Teacher Training here at The Expanding Light. Both YTT and MTT were amazing and transformational. Yet, in my experience, nothing has positively transformed my consciousness as much as the Karma Yoga program has. It has influenced me in two ways. First, getting in the flow of Karma Yoga shifts has helped me to become more aware and present in the moment, which has allowed me to be out of the thinking mode and in a state of joy more often throughout my days. Secondly, by being in a position of serving others through simple tasks, Karma Yoga has been a great tool for me to release the hold of ego on me. In the past, as well as during the teacher trainings here, I've concentrated too much on succeeding and standing out. Karma Yoga shifts have made it easy for me to shift my focus more on being in the divine flow of unity and merging with the group, rather than standing out. This feeling has intensified my happiness. Spiritually, I feel that I've grown tremendously through this process.
Outside of the shifts, the various activities and classes on the teachings of yoga that we have are fun, uplifting, and invaluable for spiritual growth. I enjoy the variety of teachers and the types of content that we have. The twice daily sadhanas, i.e., energization exercises, yoga postures, and meditation, are a great way to refresh and reconnect, to stay motivated, and to develop a long-term habit of daily spiritual practice. At the end of the day, it is the great people, both the staff and other Karma Yogis, as well as the high vibrations of Ananda Village, that make this experience truly special and unique.

—Hesam, Los Angeles, CA

 

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