February 2014 Newsletter

Get monthly news, tips for yoga and meditation, and stay up-to-date on our upcoming programs. Click here to subscribe.


It is common to hear people speak of strong feelings and emotions as though they were the same thing. But they can have separate meanings, and it's useful to think of them separately.

Paramhansa Yogananda wrote and spoke frequently about strong feelings as being necessary for growth. It seems strong feelings can provide the fuel for will power. Anger, hatred and other disruptive emotions however, won't help us. They stand in the way of growth.

When Swami Kriyananda as a young man loudly proclaimed “Get Out!” to clear himself of what he considered intellectual arrogance, I don't think he was driven by anger. Rather he had a powerful feeling about what he needed to do to grow. He was using that feeling to power his will to change himself.

Emotions usually drive us, but we can drive feelings. To illustrate, I feel strongly that acceptance and gratitude are key to spiritual growth. My being emotional about that wouldn't move me along the path.

Timothy Hickey


Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need

February 14 - 16, 2014
July 25 - 27, 2014

There is a subtle power in the universe that you can plug into, like an electric plug into a socket. This generates a magnetic field that can attract what it is you need.

Take this course to learn specific techniques for tangible results.

Led by Nayaswami Naidruva

Inspiration from Yogananda

Conversations with Yogananda book cover

Don't be like a straw fire in your devotion. Enthusiasm is good, but keep it under control. Otherwise, you will merely scatter its power.

If you explode dynamite high in the air it will only make a loud noise. If you bury it in the ground, however, its explosion may make possible the building of highways, or the construction of tall buildings. Enthusiasm, similarly, is wonderful, but learn to be enthusiastic about the right things, in the right way. Feeling should be calmly focused. Don't burn away its intensity in a straw fire.

To demolish the mountain of delusion before you, he continued, inwardness is necessary. Devotion must be kept under control. It should be a secret between you and your Beloved

From Conversations with Yogananda, Crystal Clarity Publishing.

Therapeutic Yoga Retreat

February 28 - March 2, 2014

Yoga therapy can ease symptoms, prevent illness, and contribute to an improved sense of well-being. Yoga therapy works at deeper levels of being, where health challenges originate.

You will leave with a yoga routine designed to help you take your next step toward increased health and well-being.

Led by Maitri Jones

Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda

Sadhu, Beware!

Watch your heart: That is where attitude reveals itself for what it is. A right attitude will lift your energy from the heart toward the spiritual eye. A wrong attitude will depress the heart's energy and pull it down towards the base of the spine. When a wrong attitude intrudes itself, you may actually feel the energy draining downward from the brain, first, and then downward from the heart. Right attitude will bring you inner harmony, peace and contentment. Wrong attitude, on the contrary, will bring you disharmony and an inner sense of heaviness.

Attitude is the most important thing on the spiritual path. When your attitude is good, you'll be able to sail through every test - often without even realizing that it was a test. When your attitude is wrong, on the other hand, everything will seem to be a test. You can find in even kindly smiles some cause for irritation.

From Sadhu, Beware!: A New Approach to Renunciation Crystal Clarity Publishing.

Inner Renewal Week
Renew Your Spiritual Life!

7 days: March 2 - 9, 2014

Jyotish and Devi

This precious jewel of a week should not be missed!
The week's programs can permanently transform and deepen your spiritual life. The spiritual directors of Ananda, Nayaswami Jyotish - the successor of Swami Kriyananda - and Nayaswami Devi lead the week. They share beautiful and useful spiritual teachings with magnetic joy, humor, humility, and personal experience.

The "happiness retreat" pic of the month

Students in class at the Expanding Light retreat

Having way too much fun in Gyandev's class...

Be An Angel!

Be An Angel!

we need your help!

See website calendar
for full listing.


Learn How to Meditate
February 21 – 23
March 14 – 16

Kriya Yoga Preparation
March 5 – 8
May 29 – June 1

Kriya Yoga Initiation
March 6 – 8
May 30 – June 1


Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need
February 14 – 16

Spiritualize Your Marriage
February 14 – 16

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility
February 23 – 28 - 5 day program

Finding Happiness Retreat
March 14 – 16

Creativity & Growth

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
February 21 – 23

Your Voice: Another Window for the Soul
March 14 – 16

You Can Achieve Greater Effectiveness
March 20 – 23

Ananda School of    
Yoga and Meditation

Principles of Yoga Therapy
March 9 – 16

Yoga Therapy Training for Seniors and Osteoporosis
March 16 – 19

Meditation Teacher Training
March 21 – 30

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
April 13 – May 11


Therapeutic Yoga Retreat
February 28 – March 2

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat
March 30 – April 4

Spiritual Growth    

First-Timers' Week - priced low!
February 9 – 14
April 13 – 18

Experiments in Self-Realization
February 16 – 21

First-Timers' Weekend
March 28 – 30


Therapeutic Yoga Retreat
February 28 – March 2

Spiritual Travel

Walking with William the Conqueror, France and UK
June 22 – 29, or July 3, 2014

A Pilgrimage to India- PRICES NOW AVAILABLE!
September 28 – October 16 or 19

Spain & Portugal Sacred Sites
Fall 2015

The Holy Land

There's more!
See Calendar for
complete listings.

I have a Dream!
A blog by Anandi Cornell

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

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

Recipe for February

From Vegetarian Cooking
for Health and Vitality

Moroccan Stew
A delight for the taste buds!

Healthy Cooking Tip

Eat with the seasons!
During the winter, when it's cold and windy, the body is more vulnerable and needs to be nourished. It's important to keep the body warm and stable. By eating grounding and warming foods, you can help your body stay healthy and full of vitality.

Online Boutique

Boutique button

For the best selection of yoga + meditation gear, gifts, sacred art, books, music, and jewelry.

Receive monthly news, inspiration, and recipes,
and stay up-to-date.
Joy to you.

Joy Symbol

14618 Tyler Foote Rd,   Nevada City, California, 95959     800-346-5350   530-478-7518     Contact Us

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


14618 Tyler Foote Rd
Nevada City, California 95959
Toll free 800-346-5350
Outside US 530-478-7518

Contact Us

Donate to our non-profit


Receive uplifting emails with inspirational content and news about our retreat programs, travels, and trainings.

Sign up for free

The Expanding Lighr Retreat facebook YouTube
The Expanding Lighr Retreat facebook YouTube