January 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friend,

I think you’ll find the following letter as interesting as I did.  Thank you, Mark, for sharing it.

"I have a family history of high blood pressure, which I have controlled for many years by diet and daily meditation. But for the past month (before coming to Ananda) my blood pressure had been rising slowly every day from approximately 110/70 to approximately 160/100. I had no explanation for this. I’m 95% vegetarian, exercise regularly, meditate twice a day (Kriya Yoga), and have little stress. I’ve asked God “Why” many times over that period, because I could see no change in habits.

Our meditation class at Ananda began with a talk about the superconscious, conscious, and subconscious, and how they are experienced in meditation. I asked about lying down to meditate. The instructor, Anandi, suggested that when we lie down to meditate, the mind tends to drift and to be more subconscious.

I immediately realized that for the past month, out of laziness, I have been lying down to meditate. And I quickly understood that this class came as the answer to my prayer. That night and the following morning I meditated upright, and for the first time in several weeks, my blood pressure registered 128/84. Thank you, God!

After I returned to Los Angeles, my blood pressure continued at a perfect normal of 118/80, despite the fact that there were a few stressful things to handle on my return. My meditations have continued to be more superconscious than subconscious, and I have resolved some emotions, and have cleared the space around me.  

I feel I was led to Ananda to get a "tune up" on my spiritual path".

— Mark, Los Angeles, CA          

While visiting The Expanding Light may help bring down your blood pressure, too, the remarkable thing is how effective the teachings of Yogananda are for every aspect of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

For an interesting related article by Ananda’s Dr. Peter Van Houten, see The Brain.

To your health!



Ananda Kirtan

Kirtan Weekend
at Gaia House

2-day weekend  
Jan 14 - 16

Join with others who love to sing, and dive deeply into enriching the devotional aspect of your life. Kirtan—devotional chanting—is a way to open the heart, and deepen one’s love for God through singing to Him. Yogananda used to say, “Chanting is half the battle.” In other words, chanting helps us develop the love for God necessary to find Him.

Your weekend will be hosted by Panduranga and Gitabai Heater at The Expanding Light’s new Gaia House. Gaia House—spacious, uplifting, and at the same time warm and inviting—lends itself to creating a relaxed and familial atmosphere.

gopal sims

Courage, Calmness and Confidence
Yoga and Martial Arts for a More
Powerful You

We are delighted to offer this new program led by long-time Ananda member, Gopal Sims. Those here who have taken classes led by Gopal have just loved them.  He is wonderful teacher, and his experience includes 3 decades of teaching Ananda yoga. This program is appropriate to women and men of all ages...more

2-day weekend
Jan 21 - 23
Apr 1 - 3
  5-day program
May 15 - 20

Yogananda - gaze

Inspiration from Yogananda

“Graphs of my delicate apparatus have proved that trees possess a circulatory system; their sap movements correspond to the blood pressure of animal bodies. The ascent of sap is not explicable on the mechanical grounds ordinarily advanced, such as capillary attraction. The phenomenon has been solved through the crescograph as the activity of living cells. Peristaltic waves issue from a cylindrical tube which extends down a tree and serves as an actual heart!

The more deeply we perceive, the more striking becomes the evidence that a uniform plan links every form in manifold nature.”

Quoted from J.C. Bose  

meditating in Kerala

Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat In Kerala, India

Feb 10-17 or Feb 10-22, 2011

Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity, give yourself a truly life transforming experience. You deserve it. This may be the last chance!

the Yugas Book

The Yugas
Keys to Understanding Our Hidden Past, Emerging Energy Age,
and Enlightened Future

by Joseph Selbie & David Steinmetz

This is a brand-new, fascinating book about the Cycles of Time. It explores and expands on the Yugas as explained by Sri Yuteshwar in his book in the late 1800’s. In The Yugas, Joseph (Puru) and David (Byasa) present substantial and intriguing evidence from the findings of historians and scientists demonstrating the truth of Yukteswar and Yogananda’s revelations.

These concepts provide a context that makes what is going on in our world and our individual lives simply easier to understand. This is a fascinating, entertaining and informative read.

Gaia House - An exciting new group retreat experience

Gaia House

Gaia is now available for you to bring your group for your own program – or to one of ours. Beautiful big home sleeps up to 12.

Call Pranavati to explore the possibilities: 800-346-5350

You’re Invited to our Open House on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Swami Kriyananda

Inspiration from Kriyananda


I behold the world with eyes of calmness and of faith. For I know that, as I view others, so will I myself become.

From Affirmations for Self-Healing
by Swami Kriyananda

share the light

Help the Expanding Light grow - to better serve more souls !

It would be a real blessing to have your help at this time.


Upcoming Programs

See Calendar for complete program listing

Special Events      

Jan 14 – 16  
Kirtan Weekend
at Gaia House

Feb 6 – 13  
Inner Renewal Week


Jan 21 – 23
Courage, Calmness, Confidence
Yoga and Martial Arts

Feb 25 – 27
Learn Ananda Yoga Retreat


Feb 18 – 20
Learn How to Meditate

Mar 13 – 18
Make Meditation a Life Skill

On The Road  

Jan 28 – 30
Make Your Spirituality

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Holistic Health      

Jan 28 – 30
How to Live with More Energy

Jan 28 – 30
Take Care of Yourself

Feb 4 – 6
Relax and Renew Retreat

Spiritual Growth      

Jan 14 – 16
Mar 4 – 6
First-Timers’ Weekend

Feb 4 – 6
Apr 22 – 24
How to Be Happy All the Time

Teacher Training    

Mar 18 – 27
Meditation Teacher Training

Jan 9 – Feb 6 - Low Cost
Mar 27 – Apr 24
Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training


Feb 10 – 22
Ayurvedic Retreat in Kerela, India
- Last Chance!

how to meditate girl

Radiant Health Tip
for January

The secret of radiant health and well-being is daily, deep meditation.

Sit upright with a straight spine, and feel that your strength emanates from your spine rather more

What a blessing to start the New Year with inspired cooking! Like many, you may be trying to simplify your life or spend less money on daily living. Try a 'meal in one dish' with our Barley Vegetable Soup. Add the warm Seasoned Spinach Salad (with pine nuts or sunflower seeds) and you have a wonderful, low cost meal in very little time.

Master's Kitchen

Barley Vegetable Soup
A rich soup with a satisfying texture.

Seasoned Spinach Salad
Simple but delicious.

Blessings Jyoti,
and many thanks.

Joy Symbol

Ananda is a worldwide movement to help you realize the joy of your own higher Self. It is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and was founded by his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda in 1968.
Learn More...

Joy is within you


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