Learn To Meditate Workshop

Experience the benefits of meditation in your life—increasing inner peace, superior health, and spiritual awakening. Ananda is one of America’s oldest and largest centers for meditation classes and training.

The Learn to Meditate workshop is a short but intensive 3-hour immersion into some easy-to-learn techniques. It will help you establish a daily practice, providing you with increased calmness, greater focus and energy, and a solution-conscious approach to life.

Our instructors are certified and experienced in the techniques of kriya yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. Each instructor has a personal practice of meditation and many years of experience in sharing these teachings with others.

This month’s teacher: Joy Andreakis



It’s A New Year of Being In the Moment

I am realizing how great it is to start over. It’s a new year thing, right?!
Of course one of my favorite things to do at the beginning of the year is the annual choosing of the new calendar. Spending 10 minutes trying to decide on which one, landscapes or flowers, well, more like 2 hours. A fresh calendar without any markings! Think of all the possibilities.
It feels as though there are many of these types of decisions to make in January. So many of them appearing to be time/schedule sensitive, or related to. Interesting.


As humans we are so bound by time. And to push back, we are constantly trying to manipulate it. If I could just get in one more errand. Have to be there by… Oh just a few more minutes…
[Ever notice how nothing stops time like a good snow storm! Especially if the power goes out. That quiet calm that seems to blanket the world. Creating a fairyland.]


Doesn’t it feel like time works against us more often then not? As last year truly slipped away with barely a trace. And at 48 years, it’s making me start to wonder, where have they all gone?
There is so much to entertain us in this world. And then some! Pulling us further out. (Trust me, I love a good movie…speaking of which…Star Wars, oh boy!)

Be In The Moment

Living in the moment takes practice. It seems as though it should be easy, and yet, our attention is geared or pushed toward maya. Thus missing an opportunity for a life lesson, or a gift of grace from the Divine.
These lives we have are very much worth living, connected, consciously. Being in the moment is just that, really, living consciously. Using our divinely guided intuitive knowing.
This year feels as though it’s less about pushing one’s self and more about being. Less and less people are making resolutions and exclaiming more about “being easy” or gentle with themselves this year.
And maybe that’s a good thing. Slow down a bit. Take that moment to enjoy the light reflected in the ice. The twinkle diamonds on those leaves. Feel the sunlight on your cheeks. Appreciate the smile of a friend. Offer that smile to a passerby. Time to be.

Be in the moment.

5 Tips to Finding God at the DMV

My hubby described it best. “It’s like being at an Adventure theme park! You spend two hours sitting (or standing), waiting your turn to get to the front of the line. When you finally do, you about jumping up and down with excitement. The “ride,” however, takes no longer then about 2 minutes. Then it’s over. Time to go home.”

That was our adventure at the DMV. Waiting till they called #53. And you guessed it, when we walked in they were only at #18.

So what is one to do when waiting? And waiting? And waiting? Losing patience?

I think that this is the perfect opportunity to practice our path of Self-realization! That’s right, find God!

So 5 tips for finding God at the DMV

1. Relax and feel. It seems that we are almost always “tensing our will,” especially at the DMV! So in this instance I would remind everyone to “relax and feel.” They’re going to get to your number…when they get to your number. Relaxing will allow you a more pleasant state of mind to deal with your DMV issue. It will allow you to feel peace and clarity while waiting for your number to be called.

2. Meditative Silence. Even at the DMV, you can hear AUM! All the sounds and noises can be muffled together to become AUM. Try pulling your consciousness inward and focusing at the Spiritual Eye. Allow the sounds to drift in and out. AUM. It’s possible. Give it a try!

3. People are more important than things. It seems that everyone who goes to the DMV is in a hurry to get it all done. Fast. I think there’s an unwritten rule that “no wait at the DMV shall be less than one-hour, and no more than two!” It happens every time I go. So instead of trying to get it done fast, pushing energy at everyone, getting more frustrated as 15 more minutes go by, try to see all the many human-beings—souls—that are being served at the DMV. They all need their time with the attendants. Practice seeing them, their needs, as being equally as important. Practice surrounding them with Divine Light, enabling them too, to have a good DMV experience.

4. Centering and calming. Getting your buttons pushed is a must at the DMV! It seems like things are clipping along, and then sure enough they are stuck at #51 for like 3-hours! UGH! But remember the rule…no longer then two-hours shall one wait. Taking deep calming yogic breaths into your center is the right thing to do. Feeling that open channel to the Divine that is flowing like a river through you. And all of those around you.

5. Gratitude: Yup! Remember, God gives all thing to us, and situations too. So even that long wait that you have to endure at the DMV is God-given! So offer some gratitude to the people around you, the attendants calling out the numbers and helping those before you.

Use these steps the next time you’re at the DMV. You just might find God while you are sitting waiting. Hey, it’s always worth a try!