How to Love and Be Loved

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with Nayaswami Narayan and Nayaswami Dharmadevi

How to Love Be Loved

"If you want to be loved, start loving others who need your love. If you want others to sympathize with you, start showing sympathy to those around you. If you want to be respected, you must learn to be respectful to everyone, both young and old. Remember, whatever you want others to be toward you, first be that yourself, then you will find others responding in like manner to you."   — Paramhansa Yogananda


How Do you Love and Receive Love in Return?

Love is the very essence of your being, the quality of your own soul. Would you like to deepen your experience of this truth?

Join this uniquely inspiring and practical retreat. With talks, discussion, guided introspection, and other activities, you will explore some of the common problems to giving and receiving love, and explore workable solutions to obstacles that keep you from being a fully loving person.

You Will Learn Techniques for:

  • Good communication
  • Keeping your center
  • Stronger marriages, friendships and partnerships
  • Greater kindness in all relationships

Along with discussion and guided introspection, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Healing visualizations
  • Yoga postures to open the heart
  • Meditation echniques to calm agitated emotions

This retreat will also explore how to develop a relationship with your Highest Self, with the Divine. As God becomes your divine Friend, a greater sweetness comes into your heart. You feel nurtured from within, and all relationships flow more smoothly.

You Will Gain The Ability to:

  • Heal negative or challenging relationships
  • Communicate more sensitively and truthfully
  • Use your attunement with your higher Self to heal disharmonies.
  • Make changes and move forward.

This weekend retreat will be based on the book "How to Love and Be Loved," from the "Wisdom of Yogananda" book series. 


What Guests are Saying:

"I was surprised how much I have learned while here. The tools for daily practice are tools I will take with me for the rest of my life." —Melissa, Murrieta, CA

"I came to find myself after raising a family and taking care of my parents. I not only found who I am, I found God. As a result, I found love for myself, others, and God." —S.O., Oregon

"Life changing, soul opening. I learned more about myself and how I deal with relationships. This course will be a catalyst for amazing changes in myself and my relationships with others...It was a comfortable and safe environment to share and open one's self."     —Steve, Portland, OR

"I most appreciated how caring and loving both of my teachers were and how willing and vigilant they were to make sure we each got what we came here for."  —Laura, Salt Lake City, UT

"This program brought me back to myself and connected me with God in a way I've never connected before. ..."     —Jessica

“I cannot recommend this class and retreat center enough. It truly is the most accepting, loving place I’ve been."    —VP, California


"I have been truly blessed with my time at The Expanding Light and will return. Thank you so much for your acceptance, guidance and support. My life has changed for the better after my visit."—Melissa, California
"I came a little cautiously—I felt How to Love and Be Loved couldn't be as good as my experience during my first visit here, and I'm not in a relationship. But this was even better than my first experience. The emphasis that you have to work on yourself and feel centered before you can make healthy changes in a relationship was ideal. I think I received a whole new way of looking at myself. Plus, many of the specific affirmations and tools were very helpful. And being with such a diverse group of people who were all open and receptive to this material was a life-changing experience. It met my needs, and was much more than my expectations."   —Laura, Graeagle, CA

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Nayaswami Narayan

Nayaswami Narayan

Nayaswami Narayan and his wife, Nayaswami Dharmadevi, are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda LA. Prior to that he lived at Ananda Village, where he helped manage the publishing arm of Ananda, Crystal Clarity. He is an engaging, humorous teacher, deeply touching people with his heartfelt stories, illustrating the teachings in down-to-earth and practical ways.

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Nayaswami Dharmadevi

Nayaswami Dharmadevi

Ananda Minister, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Registered Reiki Master/Teacher (RMT).

Nayaswami Dharmadevi and her husband, Nayaswami Narayan, serve as spiritual directors for Ananda LA. She is a Certified Meditation and Yoga Teacher and was part of the core group that started Ananda Los Angeles in 2007.
She has been practicing and teaching energy and holistic healing modalities since 2000, and especially enjoys sharing Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on health and healing.

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No dates scheduled for How to Love and Be Loved at this time.

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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How to Love and Be Loved starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date listed. Check-in is anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at our Front Desk. Your room will be available by 3:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30. The first gathering of your group is after dinner.
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You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

How to Love and Be Loved starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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