May 2011 Newsletter

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 “If I identify myself with my body, I will also see another person as a body and the two bodies cannot be one - they are always different.  If I identify myself with my mind, nobody can have a mind exactly like mine. No two individuals have the same body or mind, even twins....  But behind all these differences, in the Self, we never differ.  That means behind all these ever-changing phenomena is a never-changing One. .... So by changing your mind you change everything.”

This is from Sri Swami Satchidananda’s The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, in his commentary on Sutra 4 in Book One.

What a phenomenal statement:  “By changing your mind you change everything.”

Work to change your mind.  Deny the old habits that hold us in delusion.  Refuse the old routines that keep us from Joy.  That person at work (at the store, on the street, in your family) IS an expression of God - made by God, returning to God.  Just love her. Just love him.


Blessings on your path,

Swami Kriyananda smiling

Swami Kriyananda’s 85th Birthday Celebration

May 20 - 22

Join Swami Kriyananda and Ananda as we celebrate Swamiji’s birthday.

Autobiography of a Yogi Book Cover

Inspiration from Yogananda

My body became immovably rooted; breath was drawn out of my lungs as if by some huge magnet. Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage, and streamed out like a fluid piercing light from my every pore. The flesh was as though dead, yet in my intense awareness I knew that never before had I been fully alive. My sense of identity was no longer narrowly confined to a body, but embraced the circumambient atoms. People on distant streets seemed to be moving gently over my own remote periphery. The roots of plants and trees appeared through a dim transparency of the soil; I discerned the inward flow of their sap.

from Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda

New Vegetarian Programs at Gaia House

Alive with Raw Foods    May 13 - 15

Devadasi and Tyler

A most delicious adventure in the kitchen, with living foods education and fun. You will enjoy a variety of vibrant meals as well as a bounty of knowledge, recipes, and creative techniques that will spice up your relationship with food and the Creator of food.
This gently balanced integration of raw cuisine will bring a refreshing and inspiring change to your lifestyle.

Food for Health and Vitality    June 3 - 5

Diksha McCord

Revolutionize your energy level and your health with guidance and tips for easy vegetarian cooking. Diksha McCord, the author of The Global Kitchen and Vegetarian Cooking for Starters, will share recipes and tips for food that is delicious, satisfying and filled with life force and nutrients

children sharing stories

Radiant Health Tip for May

The secret of radiant health and well-being is sharing

True happiness is found not in possessions, but in sharing  more...


Recharge Your Meditation Practice

Meditation brings more consistent happiness throughout the day, the strength to rise above moods and negative emotions, and greater harmony in relationships.
This program is dedicated to those who haven’t been able to keep a practice going.
Beginners who want a rousing start to their
practice are also welcome.

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

We could use help in covering the costs for us to sponsor the Meditation Dome at the Wanderlust Festival in Tahoe this summer.
Thank you!


Sample Upcoming Programs

See Calendar
for complete program listing.

Special Events      

May 27 – 30
Yoga Getaway for Memorial Day

May 20 – 22
Swami Kriyananda’s Birthday Weekend


April 29 – May 1
Learn How to Meditate

May 29 – June 3
Recharge Your Meditation Practice

June 1 – 5
Kriya Yoga Preparation

Spiritual Growth    

May 27 – 29
Women's Creativity Retreat

June 3 – 5
The Heart of Yogananda

May 13 - 15  – 2 days
June 12- 17  – 5 days

First-Timers' Week and Weekend

July 15 – 17
How to Be Happy All the Time

Yoga Therapy  

May 12 – 15
Bridge to Ananda Yoga

May 12 – 15
Principles of Yoga Therapy

June 19 – 26
Musculoskeletal Yoga Therapy

June 19 – 26
Advanced Pranayama


May 12 – 15
The Deeper Practice of Yoga

May 22 – 28
Experience the Higher Teachings of Yoga:
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

May 27 – 30
Yoga Getaway for Memorial Day

June 8 – 12
Yoga Teacher Renewal

Holistic Health      

May 8 – 14
How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality

May 13 – 15
Alive with Raw Foods

June 3 – 5
Food for Health and Vitality

June 3 – 5
Sierra Cycling
With a Twist of Yoga

July 10 – 15
Take Care of Yourself

Teacher Training  

July 8 – 17
Meditation Teacher Training

July 17 – Aug 14
Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training

June 26 – July 1
Education for Life
Teacher Training

Please download the 2011 full calendar to see the great program options through December.

Greek Spinach Frittata

Traditionally used for picnic fare. Excellent served warm or cold.

Crispy Herbed Tofu

This is one of the Expanding Light's most requested recipes.


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