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Sunday Service with Ananda Ministers
Sunday mornings, 10:30am-11:30am


Truth is one and eternal. Realize oneness with it in your deathless Self within.

Sunday Service is inspired by the meditation tradition of the East and the ancient teachings of mystical Christianity, with inspirational readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes prayer, music, group chanting, meditation, affirmations, and an inspirational talk.



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The Spiritual Warrior, Living an Authentic Life with Darshana Wall
Sunday evenings, 7:00pm-8:00pm, February 27-October 23, 2022

An online training course in how to dynamically and successfully live the life of discipleship. Appropriate for those who have discipleship and/or kriya through Ananda.

This year-long course is an in-depth study of recorded talks given by Asha Nayaswami. It is based on Swami Kriyananda’s compiled notes from 1949-1962 when he was in charge of the monks at Self Realization Fellowship. This course provides the necessary tools and solid foundation to navigate life’s challenges with right consciousness, and in the most practical way.

Topics covered in the course include:

· Right Attitude

· Necessities for Success

· Serving Others

· The Guru-Disciple Relationship

· How to Live in the Company of God

· Renunciation

· How a Master Works with His Disciples

· Titiksha – Endurance, Physical Hardiness, Making Yourself Strong

· Austerity and Non-attachment

· Chastity – Sexual Energy and How to Work with It

· Overcoming Tests and Temptation

Each week you will receive Swami Kriyananda’s notes and a recorded talk by Asha Nayaswami. Please review the materials before each class and come prepared for an in-depth discussion.

This course study will be run in two parts over the next year: Part 1: February 27 – October 23, 2022; Part 2: January 29 – April 30, 2023.

Please register by Sunday, February 20 with Darshana Wall to receive materials and zoom link: darshanawall108@gmail.com. Suggested monthly donations of $20 would be appreciated.

Asha Nayaswami weaves spiritual teaching into daily, ordinary life with warmth and wisdom. A life-long disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, she studied and worked closely with Swami Kriyananda for 45 years. She is a master teacher, considered by many to be one of the most nuanced and clear teachers of Yoga in the world today.

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Group Meditation with Mike & Martha Limauro
Monday evenings, 7:30pm-8:30pm


This session is designed for beginners and advanced meditators. We begin with a prayer to invoke the grace of God. We practice simple pranayama techniques to relax our bodies and still our minds. We chant to awaken our hearts and deepen our devotion. We invite participants to use whatever meditation techniques they have learned for 15 minutes followed by an inspirational reading. We encourage participants to meditate for another 15 minutes without techniques to feel the divine presence as peace, joy, or some other attribute of God. The meditation ends with an affirmation and a prayer.

This group meditation is offered on Zoom using the link below.

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Morning Meditation with Mary Thomas
Tuesday mornings, 8:00am-8:45am

Affirmation, prayer, chant and meditation to fill the world with God’s light. Morning meditation sets a positive tone for your day, aiding with focus, an increase in productivity, uplifted energy, and sense of well-being. Regular daily meditation is also known to reduce stress, promote physical healing, develop mental and emotional clarity, will power and intuition. The highest purpose of meditation, however, is spiritual awakening – to discover your Highest Self. Guided and silent meditation.

“Everyone who makes a sincere effort on the spiritual path will surely reach his goal.” — The Essence of Self- Realization, Paramhansa Yogananda

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Spiritual Book Study with Dr. Wendy Page-Echols
Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm-7:45pm


Our next book will be God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita – Royal Science of God-Realization by
Paramahansa Yogananda.

Join this enriching spiritual study and fellowship at any time. All are welcome!

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Deepening Your Understanding of the Yoga Postures with Martha Limauro

8 Week Course
Tuesday evenings, 7:00pm-8:00pm
April 19 through June 7, 2022

Many people think of yoga primarily in terms of physical postures and exercises (Hatha Yoga). Yoga postures (asanas) are about energy (prana), and people often underestimate their true power and deep healing. You will develop and build your asana practice from the ground up. By understanding first the correct form and technique of each posture, you will be guided from the physical to the energetic, emotional, and psychological aspects of each posture. You will move beyond the physical to part of your consciousness that allows you to witness, understand, and release limiting beliefs.

This course is designed so that each posture is demonstrated pointing out the common mistakes and pitfalls of each one. Then you will practice the posture as it is narrated to you step by step, and layer upon layer. At the end of this course, you will have in-depth knowledge of over 40 postures. This course will benefit people who are beginners as well as experienced yogis who want to deepen their understanding and healing benefits of the postures. Even those with physical limitations will benefit from this course.

Here are the dates and descriptions for each class:

April 19, 2022 Week 1: An introduction to the koshas, chakras, chakra cycles, prana vayus, playing the edge on the mat, managing fear, the doshas, the bandhas, diaphragmatic breathing, and ujjayi pranayam.

April 26, 2022 Week 2: Standing and Stabilizing Postures (mountain, table/cat/cow, sunbird, supine hand to toe, chair, downward dog, and goddess)

May 3, 2022 Week 3: Hip Opening Postures (knee to chest, hero/reclining hero, wide-leg forward fold, warrior II, seated butterfly, pigeon, and happy baby)

May 10, 2022 Week 4: Core and Spine Strengthening and Lateral Postures (seated boat, seated/supine twist, rotated head to knee, lateral side angle, locust, half moon, and side arm balance)

May 17, 2022 Week 5: Backbends and Heart Opening Postures (bridge, warrior I, cobra, bow, triangle, seated forward fold, and cows head)

May 24, 2022 Week 6: Forward Fold and Inversion Postures (rotated wide-leg forward fold, single-leg forward fold, lateral gate, fish, camel, shoulder stand, and plow)

May 31, 2022 Week 7: Balancing Postures (tree, dancer, eagle, warrior III, balancing half moon, crow, and knee to chest)

June 7, 2022 Week 8: Restorative Poses and Overview Discussion (easy pose, rabbit, child, corpse, and yoga nidra)

This 8 week course is being offered only on Zoom. The cost for the entire course is $80. Payment is due no later than April 18, 2022. Please use the link below to pay for and register for this course:

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If you have any difficulty registering using the Square link, you can also register and pay using PayPal through Martha’s email address at stillbutterflyyoga@gmail.com. Whichever way you register, please enter your email address so that Martha can send you the Zoom Link. There is a lot of information on each posture, so Martha will also email you the materials for each class a week in advance. Please review the materials before each class so you can absorb and experience more during the class.

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Lessons in Meditation
Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm-9:00pm
January 11 and January 18, 2022

This 2 week series provides in-depth instruction in scientific meditation techniques that bring more peace, deeper relaxation, and focused concentration to every area of your life. Whether you are a beginner or already have a meditation practice established, this program will enhance your ability to access inner peace, calmness and joy regardless of outer conditions. There are many benefits of a consistent meditation practice, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved health, greater intuition, compassion, awareness, and focus. 

In this two week series, you will learn the Hong Sau technique of meditation. Hong Sau is designed to increase powers of concentration and introspection while helping to still the mind and calm the heart. The course also offers many tips on how to meditate effectively, establish a daily meditation routine, and how to integrate the benefits of meditation into daily life.

Lessons in Meditation is step one on the Path of Kriya Yoga. There are four steps leading to Kriya Yoga initiation. Kriya Yoga became widely known through Paramhansa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. It is a spiritual path that includes advanced meditation techniques that quickly accelerate one’s spiritual growth. Kriya Yoga works by giving the practitioner pranayama, or control of the life force. Through life force control, the yogi is able to overcome all of the obstacles preventing union with the Divine.

Paramhansa Yogananda taught Kriya Yoga as part of a spiritual path that includes other yoga practices. The Kriya technique itself is given after about one year of study and practice of the other techniques that are part of the Path of Kriya Yoga. Ananda Michigan offers Kriya Yoga initiation once a year in the fall. In preparation for taking the initiation, one must complete four levels of classes starting with Lessons in Meditation.

These classes are offered in person at the Still Butterfly Yoga Studio, 344 N. Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813 and on Zoom.

The cost for this course is $20. Payment is due before the first class on January 11. Payments can be made via PayPal through mike@limauro.com. Please provide your email address with your payment, so that Mike can send you the handout for the first class and the Zoom link if you won’t be attending in person.

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Raja Yoga 10 Week Course
Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm-9:30pm
February 8 through April 12, 2022

Though many people think of yoga primarily in terms of physical postures and exercises (hatha yoga), the term “yoga” properly refers to a comprehensive system of meditation and balanced spiritual living intended to unite the individual soul with the Infinite Spirit. Raja Yoga, which is also known as Royal Yoga, is a system of philosophy, meditation, yoga postures, breathing, healing, and diet. This course shows the interdependence of these seemingly separate areas and how all of them, when correctly approached, promote physical, mental, and emotional health and further our spiritual progress.

Raja Yoga, consistently practiced, awakens us to our deepest reality of oneness with the Infinite and the experience of divine joy. As a spiritual art and science, Raja Yoga is unique in that it encourages us to test the truth of its principles, not simply to believe them. Using the many tools Raja Yoga gives us, we can determine first hand whether it lives up to its promise. 

This course is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, and focuses on all aspects of Raja Yoga except the yoga postures and diet, which can be studied in separate classes offered through Ananda. In this 10 week course, you will learn how to deepen your meditation. You will discover how the inspired wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita integrates with a deeper understanding of Judeo-Christian beliefs. You will be introduced to the famous Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and his Eight-Fold Path, also known as Ashtanga Yoga. This course will benefit people who are new to yoga as well as experienced yogis who want to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga.

All classes begin at 7:30pm and end at 9:30pm. Here are the dates and descriptions for each class:

February 8, 2022 Week 1: Yoga Paths of Devotion, Action, Wisdom, and Meditation

February 15, 2022 Week 2: The Eight-Fold Path to Self-Realization

February 22, 2022 Week 3: Yamas and Niyamas: Donʼts and Doʼs on the Yoga Path

March 1, 2022 Week 4: Hong Sau Technique of Meditation

March 8, 2022 Week 5: Review of the first four weeks

March 15, 2022 Week 6: Affirmations: The Power of Thought and Mantra

March 22, 2022 Week 7: Tapping the Infinite Source of Energy and Magnetism

March 29, 2022 Week 8: Guru-Discipleship

April 5, 2022 Week 9: Pranayama and the Power of Kundalini

April 12, 2022 Week 10: Review of weeks 6 through 9 and discussion about the next steps on the Path of Kriya Yoga 

This 10 week course is being offered only on Zoom using the link that Mike will email you upon enrollment.

The cost for this course is $100. Payment is due no later than February 1, 2022. Please send your payment via PayPal through Mike’s email address at mike@limauro.com and email Mike to confirm enrollment in this course.

These classes are intended to be interactive, so Mike will email you the materials for each class a week in advance. Please review the materials before each class and come prepared for an in-depth discussion.

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Guided and Silent Meditation with Mary Thomas
Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Meditation begins with an opening prayer and simple devotional chants to still the mind and quiet the heart. Chants are followed by periods of guided and silent meditation. We conclude with an Affirmation for Self-Healing and prayer.

“Everyone who makes a sincere effort on the spiritual path will surely reach his goal. You cannot say that of worldly ambition. Not everyone can become a famous pianist, no matter how hard he tries. For in every field there is room at the top for very few. All men, however, can claim their sonship equally with the Heavenly Father.” — Paramhansa Yogananda

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Monthly Kriyaban Satsang
1st Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm-9:00pm

This satsang is intended to strengthen our sense of community as Yogananda’s disciples and kriyabans by supporting each other through our journey home to God. We have an opportunity to be one of the “small harmonious groups” that Master spoke of in 1945 as a model of peace and harmony to the world. Before we can inspire the world, we need to inspire ourselves and each other.

We will begin with a prayer to invoke the grace of God, pranayama to relax our bodies and quiet our minds, and chanting to awaken our hearts and deepen our devotion. We may share information intended to help deepen our kriya practice followed by a guided kriya yoga meditation. The host will be happy to answer any questions following our kriya practice.

Kriyabans, contact mike@limauro.com if interested in participating. The Zoom link will be sent individually.

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Morning Meditation with Mary Thomas
Thursday mornings, 8:00am-8:45am

Morning meditation sets a positive tone for your day, aiding with focus, an increase in productivity, uplifted energy, and sense of well-being. Regular daily meditation is also known to reduce stress, promote physical healing, develop mental and emotional clarity, will power and intuition. The highest purpose of meditation, however, is spiritual awakening – to discover your Highest Self.

Guided and silent meditation.

The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. — Paramhansa Yogananda

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Wisdom Satsang with Mike Limauro
Thursday evenings, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Please join us for a weekly discussion of the wisdom teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the most important spiritual teachers of our time and author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. We will begin each session with a short prayer and meditation to tune into divine guidance. Everyone will be invited to share topics they feel guided to discuss during our time together. 

We will mindfully bring Yogananda’s teachings to bear on our discussions with an understanding that his teachings bring us a vision of true happiness based on the understanding that it is found within ourselves. He shows us that everyone can be courageous, calm, and confident to effectively deal with any difficulty life sends, because these are qualities of the soul. His teachings guide us to a new and brighter future, filled with inner freedom, purpose, and the realization of our own highest potential. His wonderful vision of life will inspire us to examine the divine potential of all our relationships. Always realistic, practical, and entertaining, Yogananda expresses the challenges we face and shares clear and powerful solutions. He emphasizes that success in life does not depend only upon natural ability. It also depends upon our determination to grasp the opportunity that is presented to us knowing that opportunities in life come by creation, not by chance.

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Monthly Divine Will Healing with Mary Thomas
1st and 3rd Saturday mornings, 9:00am-10:15am

Our Divine Will Healing techniques originate from articles on yogic healing by Paramhansa Yogananda. Divine will is omnipresent, residing in every unit of Cosmic Energy or Universal Prana. An opening prayer, affirmation and simple devotional chant are followed by a short meditation. In this way, the heart and mind are prepared to offer individual and world prayers. 

Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, taught specific techniques for awakening healing energy within each individual. These techniques have been found to overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties including serious illnesses. He emphasized that we should use our God-given powers to heal ourselves and others, but not think of them as our own powers. He stated that darkness cannot remain where the Light is present. Attuning ourselves to God’s Light (that which is present in every atom of creation) through meditation, prayer, affirmation, and other means can drive away the darkness of disease in a person’s body, mind and soul. 

“The instrument is blessed by that which flows through it.” — Paramhansa Yogananda

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Monthly Meditation & Satsang with Suman & Muneesh Tewari
2nd Saturday mornings, 10:30am-12:30pm

This satsang includes some chanting, meditating together, and sharing of our individual reflections. We try to tune into divine guidance as much as possible to guide what we do during our time together.

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Kirtan: Yoga of the Heart
3rd Saturday evenings, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Music heals and uplifts our state of consciousness. Please join us for an evening of devotional chanting to attune ourselves to the highest vibration of the heart.

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Passcode: 503734

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Ananda Spiritual Family Reunion
Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10:00am-8:00pm

Brighton Recreation Area, 5210 Bishop Lake Road, Brighton, MI 48116.

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Good Friends, Delicious Food, Fun Activities!

Potluck from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Please bring a dish to pass.

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Living in Hope in These Challenging Times, A Special Workshop by Nayaswami Pranaba
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 1:00am-12:30pm

With all that is going on in the world around us during these times, it is too often the case that we feel that we are being drawn into negative currents. But this doesn’t have to be true. We can actually, at this time, be more dynamic instruments for positive qualities. Each of us can open up to our own individual growth, but also be more clear channels for those around us, and for the world at large.

This workshop will help to give you the hope that is needed, and also tools that you can implement in your daily life. Come and explore in the adventure!

Nayaswami Pranaba is the Director of Ananda Sangha Worldwide and one of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers, having meditated for over 48 years and offering classes and workshops in meditation and yoga for the past 43 years. He has helped to create and direct Ananda Centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. Pranaba has been Director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program, and Manager of The Expanding Light Retreat in California, as well as Ananda’s Retreat in Assisi, Italy. He has directed the Living Discipleship Course, Ananda’s membership training program, and now works with Ananda’s outreach ministry.

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Suggested Donation: $25.00

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Christmas Caroling Hosted by Ananda Michigan Ministers
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 6:30pm-7:45pm

With all that is going on in the world around us during these times, it is too often the case that we feel that we are being drawn into negative currents. But this doesn’t have to be true. We can actually, at this time, be more dynamic instruments for positive qualities. Each of us can open up to our own individual growth, but also be more clear channels for those around us, and for the world at large.

Christmas Carols Printout

NOTE: Cookies and hot chocolate optional, but highly recommended.

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Christmas Meditation Hosted by Ananda Michigan Ministers
Saturday, December 18, 2021, 9:45am-6:00pm

You’ll never think of Christmas the same way after you’ve experienced one of these “inner celebrations” of Christmas. Paramhansa Yogananda first began them for his disciples in the 1930s. Now, thousands around the world celebrate the season by meditating this way before Christmas.

Eight hours of meditation, chant, music and inspirational readings. The day is both deeply restful and the best possible way to get the most out of your devotional practice.

If you can only come for half the day, we break at 2:00 p.m. and start again at 2:30. So, come for the morning and stay through 2:00; or come for the afternoon and stay through 6:00. Better yet, come for the whole day and experience a full measure of Christ’s bliss.

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December 25th, 11:00am – 11:45am
Christmas Morning Service with Mary Thomas and Hriday Ericson

Celebrate the real meaning of Christmas as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda to his disciples. Select Bible passages, meditation, prayer and song.

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New Year’s Eve Meditation Hosted by Dr. Will and Dr. Wendy Page-Echols
Saturday, December 31, 2021, 10:00pm-12:00am

Bring in the New Year with Deep Meditation and Chanting
in the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the great spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Meeting ID: 826 8315 3536 Password: 152272

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