Inner Renewal Week Online

  • Mar 22 – 26, 2021

THE YOGIC LIFESTYLE: FROM THE TEACHINGS OF PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA

Join us in March for an inspiring 5-day spiritual community online

The spiritual path leads us home to our own true Self. During our annual Inner Renewal Week, devotees from Ananda Village and around the world join together to dive more deeply into the spirit and practices of Yogananda’s teachings that will renew and deepen our inner life.

Inner Renewal Week was created by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi to help us all refocus and enliven our quest for God. The week features five powerful morning classes offering inspiration and tools for living, as well as some live, guided sadhanas on several mornings, and two guided, informal afternoon gatherings. The week closes with Kriya initiation for those eligible.

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What is the Yogic Lifestyle?

This year, our week's topics will allow for a deeper exploration of key aspects of living the yogic lifestyle. Centering around five books representing Yogananda’s teachings we will explore the following aspects of living a spiritual life:

What is a “yogic lifestyle"? “Yoga” means union on every level: Union of the small self and the Great Self, internal harmony, unity of purpose, lessening of internal friction from negative emotions or toxic living habits. In his Gita commentaries, Yogananda said that all suffering stems from “separation.” During this week, we will focus especially on spiritual tools to create a deeper sense of internal harmony and attunement to one's higher Self.

Attunement through Satsang: On the spiritual path, our goal is to love other people not just because of similarity of interests or personality but from experiencing our oneness in God. One of the most helpful things you can do to experience that oneness is to come together with other devotees. Ananda online is proving that virtual Satsang does allow us to co-join our uplifted energies with one another.

Right attitude: Yogananda said: “It is not the technique of meditation alone that will bring you freedom; your character must be strong and pure. Your whole life and behavior must be in harmony with the laws of truth.”

We invite you to consider this week as you would a retreat or reflective seclusion. Let our online energy support you to cooperate actively with the inner workings of subtle energy and consciousness to help re-calibrate your attitude.

Service to others: “The science of transcendental knowledge has been imparted to you, O Arjuna. No effort ever goes to waste in selfless service, and there is no adverse effect. There is always an opportunity to serve, and there is always time.” –Bhagavad Gita

The week’s daily guided meditations and talks will help you renew your energy to serve others.

Meditation: “Kriya Yoga is universal in its benefits: it doesn’t depend on anything outside itself.” — Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography by Swami Kriyananda

 

Some of the benefits of Inner Renewal Week:

  • Find answers to your deep spiritual questions and needs
  • Be inspired to discard limiting habits and manifest your dreams
  • Spend time online with people from around the world who share your aspirations
  • Feel blessed by a tangible divine presence

 

Live Events Schedule

Monday, March 22: A Closer Look at Autobiography of a Yogi: Master’s Life and Mission

10:00am to 12:00pm PST
with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide

Autobiography of a Yogi has brought millions to the spiritual path. What guidance do we find in this beloved book to enliven our own path to God?

Monday Sadhana:

    2-hour meditation with Dhyan and Arati from 6:30 – 8:30am

Tuesday, March 23: Autobiography of a Yogi: The Art of Kriya Yoga

10:00am to 12:00pm PST
with Nayaswamis Jaya, Pranaba, and Anandi

How do we draw more from the great gift of Kriya Yoga?  This is a lifelong quest for Kriyabans. The class will also offer motivation and deep inspiration to those contemplating the path of Kriya Yoga.

Tuesday interactive session:

    Afternoon chat group

Wednesday, March 24: In Conversation with Yogananda

10:00am to 12:00pm PST
with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda took notes whenever Yogananda spoke on any topic. These treasured gems are collected in Conversations with Yogananda, which offers wide-ranging instruction on many facets of life.

Wednesday Sadhanas:

    Live Kriyaban meditation with Devalila from 5:30 – 7:30am
    Live morning sadhana with Karen from 6:30 – 8:30am

4 pm Wednesday  Q&A with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Send in your questions and receive deeply inspiring answers.

Thursday, March 25: Building World Brotherhood Colonies: How and Why

10:00am to 12:00pm PST
with a panel of speakers

The current world crisis highlights for us the importance of working closely and harmoniously with others, whether in an intentional community, or an informal community of friends.

Thursday interactive session:

    Afternoon chat group

Friday, March 26: Living the Bhagavad Gita

10:00am to 12:00pm PST
with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

When Yogananda completed his Bhagavad Gita Commentaries, he said, “Millions will find God through this book.” This is a guidebook for spiritual living – on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.

Evening Kriya Ceremony



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