December 2012 Newsletter

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It's not easy to get past that immediate response we have to happenings around us: “What's gonna happen to me!?” It's pretty hard-wired in most of us to wonder what the impact on us individually will be of whatever is going on. Our egos are strong and tenacious.

The exercise of trying to stop our self-centered reactions can support our spiritual growth tremendously. A dispassionate look at what goes on makes events large and small easier to accept. If instead of “Is this going to hurt me?” we can think “How can I grow from this,” or “How can I help someone else impacted by this,” we'll feel much more calm and at peace ourselves - and be able to love others more.

In a recent letter, Swami Kriyananda wrote: “If my body suffers, I don't suffer at all, because I know I am not my body. If others disagree with me, I feel no need to convince them otherwise. I give everyone the freedom simply to be himself. Desires have simply evaporated. They are meaningless to me.” Imagine not being hurt by pain, anger or desire.

If we start by not wishing things were different, and not trying to change everything - the chances of our growing increases greatly. My New Year resolution is to react less - and respond more.

May your New Year be filled with joyful challenges and tremendous spiritual growth.



Join us this Christmas & New Year season. Experience deep joy, and peace.

Christmas Retreat:
Christmas the way it's supposed to be

6 days of joyous community and fellowship,
December 20 - 26

 Christmas at the Expanding Light Retreat

Share deep joy with a group of like-minded souls. Surround yourself with loving energy in a supportive, spiritual environment. Get in touch with the Christ consciousness within.

You are welcome to participate in several of the Village's uplifting Christmas traditions.

On December 21, the Solstice, join in a special program to hold our energy high on this auspicious day.

Come for all or just part!

Holiday Yoga Getaway

December 26- 28, 2012

 Surana, teacher at the Expanding Light Retreat

~ Asanas with the body supported by pillows and blankets, and all you do is relax deeply. Ideal for erasing all traces of holiday fatigue.

~ Guidance in a practical and inspiring technique of meditation given by Yogananda. An important way to maintain your peace of mind in 2013.

~ A personalized yoga postures session to help you get more from your yoga practice.

~ Through all the classes: how to use the breath for deeper calmness and centering.

~ A free afternoon to enjoy a healing massage.

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus -
A New Year's Retreat

December 29 - January 2, 2013

Gyandev and Diksha McCord, teachers at The Expanding Light Retreat

~ Guided introspection to get the most out of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) lessons of 2012.

~ Guided goal-setting for 2013. Experience a unique approach to New Year's resolutions that will really work for you.

~ Uplifting New Year's Eve Ceremony, including purification practices, meditation, prayers for world peace, and chanting a powerful ancient mantra 108 times.

~ Light-hearted entertainment in Ananda's very special way.

~ Plenty of meditation and yoga postures sessions to help you start the New Year healthy, joyful and inspired.


The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda, Volume 6

How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality - book cover

‘Human life can be likened to a house fitted with the three windows of body, mind, and soul. Through these openings come pouring the three different rays responsible for man‘s physical health, mental equanimity, and soul-enlightenment. Man has the independence and free will to live in the house of life with its three windows open or closed. When man closes the windows of life, he shuts out the three divine rays and finds himself living in the darkness of physical disease, mental disquietude, or abysmal soul-ignorance.

Most people have had one or more of their windows of life jammed shut for years. As a result, they suffer from chronic maladies. Their remedy lies in discovering how to open those windows themselves and bask once more in the all-healing rays of the Divine.’

NEW! In person class based on the book:
How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality

Avital Miller, teacher at The Expanding Light Retreat

January 25 - 27, 2012

Who doesn‘t want more energy and joy?

This weekend will be packed with easy-to-follow healing techniques for the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels - with Avital Miller.

Learn How to Meditate:
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

December 14 - 16, 2012

Maitri, teacher at The Expanding Light Retreat

Learn how to meditate for the first time, or, if you already meditatate, learn and practice meditation with more concentration and upliftment.

The welcoming and relaxed atmosphere here, the humor and joy of the staff, and the wonderful fellow students - all will help you to relax and experience deep inner peace.


See Calendar for
complete listings.

The Karma Yoga Program gives you a unique opportunity to live in a spiritual environment and ashram setting.
and for a limited number of people:
Karma Yoga in the kitchen

Special Events      

Dec 20 – 26
A Christmas Retreat for Peace and Joy

Dec 29 – Jan 2
New Year Renewal:
Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Holistic Health      

Dec 14 – 16
Take Care of Yourself

Jan 4 – 6
Restorative Yoga for Women

Jan 25 – 27
NEW ~ How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality

Certification Trainings  

Mar 29 – Apr 7, 2013
Meditation Teacher Training

Apr 7 – May 5, 2013
Ananda Yoga® Teacher


Dec 14 – 16
Learn How to Meditate

Mar 6 – 10
Kriya Yoga Preparation

Mar 7 – 9
Kriya Yoga Initiation

Spiritual Growth    

Jan 11 – 13
First-Timers' Weekend

Jan 11 – 13
Developing Intuition Retreat

Ananda Yoga

Dec 26 – 28
Holiday Yoga Getaway

Jan 17 – 21  40% off
The Deeper Practice of Yoga


Feb 7 – 14 or 19, 2013
Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga
Retreat In Kerala, India

Mar 10 – 17, 2013
Ananda Vacation in Hawaii

See Calendar for
complete listings.

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Recipe for December

Vegetarian Cooking
for Health and Vitality

A year-long, online subscription program

Meals to Nourish
Body, Mind and Soul.

Baked Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe

A new Christmas tradition!


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