July 2013 Newsletter

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We've been asked recently "What will happen to Ananda now that Swami Kriyananda has died?" The answer is that this powerful ray of Paramhansa Yogananda will shine on!

Nayaswamis Jyotish & Devi Novak have been the Spiritual Directors for about 20 years. Jyotish is Swamiji's spiritual successor, and now Ananda's Dharmacharya. As Jyotish said in a recent interview: "Kriyananda set things up in such a way that Ananda is already a very solid worldwide organization, and there are already a lot of leaders in place that have been there for a number of years. So Ananda's future will not only be stable but very expansive."

As described in Devi's book "Faith Is My Armor," Swami shared these guiding thoughts: "Emphasis principles. Win people on the strength of their needs. We need to talk in terms of solutions to those needs, not just of the needs themselves. In short, we need to stress positive values: inner happiness, peace of mind, love of high ideals, cooperation, and kindness - in fact, all the good things we've learned from Master. We are part of a great tide of living, joyful energy that wants to give and give as long as people are happy to receive it."

Swami Kriyananda was an extraordinary teacher and leader. His efforts were not to promote himself, but to share what Yogananda taught and build an environment where they could thrive. That environment IS Ananda Worldwide.

It seems to me that those suggestions from Swami serve anyone and everyone at any time. They are indeed, words to live by.

Timothy Hickey


Ananda Music

Ananda Choir in the Yogananda Amphitheatre

The most recent Ananda Music recording I've been listening to over and over is the Swami Kriyananda Memorial Concert, recorded live in the Yogananda Amphitheater on May 18th. It's really wonderfully performed by musicians and singers. After the concert I asked a few of the musicians: "Was it just me, or was that concert really exceptional?" They all reported that yes indeed, they thought the music had never been better performed. Listen to Emerald Isle for a sample.

To get your copy of this deeply joyful recording, email music@ananda.org. The CDs are $15 and downloads are $10.

First-Timers' Week

Lady in pink meditating

Don't you think it's time you did this? Explore spiritual principles to help you improve your quality of life.

"Thank you Anandi, and all the other extraordinary teachers and beams of God's light. Our hearts are touched and we will never be quite the same. My friend said that her time in Ananda/The Expanding Light was the best present she has ever had in her life! I guess that says it all... me too! We love you all and truly miss you! At 10 am I wanted to head over to our classroom for another fascinating, laughter-filled, and inspiring class."
- Pam, Redding, CA

Inspiration from Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him - book cover

This story from Kent B is among many great ones in this book: Those with medical experience took turns staying with Swamiji after his hip replacement surgery. Around midnight of the day Swamiji had his operation, I was with him. I was nervous about starting my new chiropractic practice. Swamiji sensed this and spoke to me: "Think of your work as your way of serving Divine Mother. She is in the suffering bodies you serve. When you relieve that suffering, you are helping Her. Serve joyfully, with complete faith in what you are doing, and you will have plenty of energy.""

He asked me to stand next to his bed. He was weak and in pain from the surgery, but he lifted his hand and blessed me. I had come to help him, but it was Swamiji who helped me.

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
Apply the Wisdom of Patanjali for Spiritual Success

July 28 - August 3, 2013
Don't delay!


This is a certification program, but you do not have to be working on yoga continuing education credits to participate.

Strongly recommended if you want to go deeper. Spend a very special week gaining a truer understanding of one of the world's greatest scriptures. This is your chance.
Patanjali, the great ancient exponent of yoga, described the stages of spiritual development for all seekers - that includes you!

Inspiration from Yogananda

The Essence of Self-Realization - book cover

“Union with the Cosmic Beloved is the most enjoyable experience possible. It is dream after dream, joy after joy; a thousand million divine romances in one, ever thrilling your heart. In every point of space you behold searchlights of His love, shining like a million suns. As often as you think you have exhausted His love, again and again, like a rolling surf, it crashes anew upon the shores of your mind.”

“That is ecstasy!”

from The Essence of Self-Realization

Spiritualize Your Yoga Practice

 Sahaja Sims

August 9 - 11, 2013
Led by Sahaja Sims

You will experience:

  • A tremendously effective technique to help you concentrate in meditation
  • Keys to feeling and working with subtle energy in the chakras
  • How to use the power of your mind in your yoga postures
  • How to bring more heart quality into your yoga postures and meditation.

Ananda Yoga Vacation in Costa Rica

December 1 - 8, 2013
with Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha

Trip to Costa Rica with The Expanding Light Retreat

Join us for a relaxing and healing retreat on Costa Rica's beautiful Pacific Coast. Stay in a modern resort located right on a secluded beach. A tropical setting, inspirational teachers, good food and great company. Pure Paradise... Priced Right.
Standard double room with garden view is $1095 if you book early..


See Calendar for
complete listings.


Learn How to Meditate
July 12 – 14  &  August 16 - 18

Kriya Yoga Prep at
Spiritual Renewal Week

August 18 – 25

Special Events      

Natural Building with Spirit
August 11 – 17

Ananda Velo

Spiritual Renewal Week Annual Bicycle Ride
August 17

Spiritual Renewal Week
August 18 – 25

Certification Trainings  

Meditation Teacher Training
July 5 – 14, 2013

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
July 14 – August 11, 2013

Bridge to Ananda Yoga
July 14 – 22, 2013

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
July 28 – August 3, 2013


Dharmadas and Nirmala Schuppe The Healing Power of Music
2 – 4

Spiritual Growth    

First-Timers' Weekend
July 12 – 14

How to Pray
July 19 – 21

First-Timers' Week
Aug 11 – 16


Spiritualize Your Yoga Practice
August 9 – 11

Spiritual Travel

Pilgrimage to Italy
October 7 – 21, 2013

Ananda Yoga vacation to Costa Rica
December 1 – 8, 2013

There's more!
See Calendar for
complete listings.

Personal Retreat
with guided activities or not,
is available almost all the time.

The Karma Yoga Program
provides a unique opportunity to live in a spiritual environment and ashram setting.

Recipe for July

From Vegetarian Cooking
for Health and Vitality

Ginger Juice

This is a cooling and refreshing drink on a hot day. Both watermelon and strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. The ginger adds a little zest and helps stimulate digestion.

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