If you love to chant or want to learn, come for a relaxed afternoon of Kirtan (mantra chanting) and good company. Practice the traditional call-and-response Sivananda daily chants, experiment with rhythm, become confident to lead chants, learn new ones. It’s easy, and uplifting.
Mantra chanting is the most joyful when done in a group. The awakening energy develops devotion and selfless love, a wonderful complement to your hatha yoga practice.
New Year Resolves Workshop with Swami Sivasankariananda
Swami Sivasankariananda, director of the Los Angeles Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, served as director of the San Francisco Center from February of 2015 to September 2019. She returns to LA where she lived for 20+ years. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. Swamiji has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She took sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist.
“May you become a true Jyoti (light) to lead humanity towards peace, light and immortality. May you all become true messengers of Master.” —Swami Vishnudevananda
9:45pm Mantra Chanting
10:15pm Guru Puja
11:30pm Peace Mantra Chanting into the New Year
12:15am Prasad and refreshments
Welcome the New Year with a Guru Puja to honor Swami Vishnudevananda’s birthday and his Mission of World Peace
Program includes Guru Puja, group meditation and chanting of Peace Mantra to bring in the New Year.
Together we will pray for inner peace and well-being for all; offering up our impurities to receive Divine blessings and start blissfully anew.
You are welcome to bring your own offerings of flowers and prasad.
This course will meet for 5 straight weeks from 6-7:30 pm on Friday night.
If you haven’t considered the power of thought, think again!
We will cover theory of the mind which will enable you to develop a positive attitude toward life, gain mastery over negative habits and increase self-esteem and confidence. Achieve what you really want through Yoga and mind-control techniques.
This course offers many practical tools for empowering yourself, improving everyday life and achieving what you really want.
- What is thought? Thought power
- 4 paths of yoga for positive thinking
- Planting the tree of positivity
Beginners are welcome.
Positive Thinking manual
Positive Thinking – Level 1 is offered as a 5-week course meeting once per week for 90 minutes.
Listen to your body, boost your energy, bring positive challenge to your yoga practice. Following the structure of a classic Sivananda yoga class, variations will be woven in as options for deeper practice. This class is not meant for complete beginners, however, you do not have to consider yourself an advanced practitioner to participate.
Meditation is the key to achieving peace of mind in a stressful and competitive world, filled with endless temptations and “weapons of mass distraction.” Experience the benefits of meditation in just five sessions. Dynamic practical instructions are given in mind control, concentration, and classical meditation techniques. Regular practice will enhance mental, physical, and spiritual well being. This course gives numerous practical tools for empowering you and improving everyday life.
- The power of thoughts, secrets of the subconscious mind
- How to develop concentration and willpower
- How to establish a personal meditation practice
Introduction to Meditation
This 5-session course meets once per week; 90 minutes each session.
Attendance at Positive Thinking Level 1 is recommended
Prana is the universal principle of energy or force. “Whatever moves or works or has life, is but an expression or manifestation of prana.” Breath is the external manifestation of prana. With the regular practice of pranayama—or controlling prana—you can store this energy in your brain and nerve plexi. You need an abundance of prana to be healthy and strong. Hatha Yoga has developed this to a science.
In this 5-session course, we will introduce and practice kapalabhati and anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing), in addition to sun salutations and relaxation.
- Learn a safe practice you can do daily,
- building up the number of rounds over the course of the five weeks at your own pace.
- Balance and calm the mind.
- Tone your body, internal organs and digestion.
- We will look at classic sitting positions, kriyas and anatomy of breathing.
- Build your awareness of energy, while consciously building, storing, purifying and chanelling prana.
Swami Sivananda says, “A Pranayama practitioner will have a light body free from disease, very fair complexion, a sweet melodious voice, and pleasant smell from his body. He will have good appetite, cheerfulness, a handsome figure, good strength, courage, enthusiasm, a high standard of health, vigour and vitality, and good concentration of mind.”
The practice is easy and the benefits immediate. Cultivate the discipline, with the encouragement of the group practice.
The course meets 5 consecutive Sunday mornings. (A weeknight course can be scheduled on request.)