Welcome to yoga classes at Dhyanyoga Centers

We welcome you! The Center is here to support your efforts to attain a state of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Why yoga?

Turn your attention inward…

Life seems to be coming at us faster and harder, doesn’t it? We are constantly bombarded with external stimuli – the TV, the cellphone, the internet… It’s so easy to be pulled into the many dramas that bubble up on a daily basis, not to mention the unnerving chatter coming from our own minds!

Yoga is not about learning how to become a human pretzel. It IS about learning how to turn our focus inward and away from all of the drama so that we can finally, finally find a peaceful place to rest. It’s about releasing our tightly wound muscles and ligaments as well as our rigid thought patterns and fears a little bit at a time. It is about remembering how we were meant to breath – deeply, slowly, peacefully… And it’s about quieting the internal chatter so that we can gain some clarity and peace of mind.

Benefits of yoga

Reduces stress
Improves quality of sleep
Heightens mind/body awareness
Enhances the quality of breathing
Improves balance
Helps to normalize blood pressure
Promotes clear thinking
Increases sense of well-being
Supports recovery from addictions
Rejuvenates the body
Reduces chronic pain
Helps in overcoming the effects of trauma
Increases compassion
Quiets the mind

Our philosophy

The Beauty of Yoga

The Sanskrit word, yoga, is derived from the root word, yuk, meaning to yoke or to join. Hence, the familiar meaning of yoga is union. The classical or traditional approach to yoga unites eight limbs or aspects. The first two limbs of yoga are the yamas and niyamas; these are the “shall nots” and “shalls” which form universal and individual practices of right living. Since children generally learn yamas and niyamas from their parents, many yoga studios begin their instruction with the third limb of yoga; the physical postures called asanas. Along with asanas, most students learn the fourth limb, pranayama, which is the practice of expanding and controlling the breath. Limb five is pratyahara, learning to control the senses; limb six is dharana, the practice of one-pointed concentration; and limb seven is dhyana, also known as meditation. With complete mastery of these aspects—behavior, body, breath and the mind—the practitioner finally reaches the eighth limb and the ultimate goal of yoga; the union known as samadhi or liberation.

Many students receive asana and pranayama instruction through the practice called Hatha Yoga. This practice is named for the union of the energies of the sun (Ha) and moon (Tha). The asanas taught in hatha yoga classes are based upon the resting poses of various beings in creation. These poses were revealed in ancient times to the seers in India, in their deepest states of meditation. They found that being in these poses brings comfort to the body and peace to the mind. Pranayama, the control of the breath, is an integral part of asana practice. The sun energy, Ha, flows on the right side of the body connected to the breath of the right nostril. The moon energy, Tha, flows on the left side through the breath of the left nostril. At the basic level, the practice of asana and pranayama impacts the physical body through stretches, pressure changes, expansion, and contraction, bringing balance in movement, in stillness, and in thought.

On a more subtle level, by balancing the sun and moon energies in the body, the energy flow is brought through the center of the body; the spine. This union results in an internal transformative energy of fire that burns away negativity, revealing a healthy, purified self that is able to give, receive, and be Love. When yoga is practiced at this deeper or more subtle level, the individual soul finds its own resting pose within the One from which we originate.

The practice of Yoga is a science. Whatever method a true teacher or instructor presents will definitely yield positive results. That is, with sound instruction and proper repetition, the practice of Yoga will strengthen the body and enhance the will of the mind. Good health, a strong pure body, and a positive determined mind are the best tools of life. One can then enjoy a fruitful long life and accomplish all goals.

The practice of Yoga leads the individual to become a true master of body and mind, not a slave to either. Through that mastery, we come to realize the answer to the eternal question, “Who am I?”

About Dhyanyoga Centers

Experience the gentle silence of inner space

Shri Anandi Ma has said, “Reach your own source. Know your Self, go within and find your internal truth.” The practice of yoga leads us to become true masters of body and mind, not a slave to either.  And through that mastery, we come to realize the answer to the eternal question, Who am I?

About the Center

Dhyanyoga Centers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring you the purest form of yoga to help you go within and know yourself, reach your source, and ultimately find your internal truth. The Sanskrit word “dhyan” means meditation. Meditation and yoga are the foundation and focus of all that is offered at the Center.

We offer a serene and healing environment for the body, mind and spirit.

Yoga classes for the beginning and intermediate student integrate postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and yoga philosophy.

The Introduction to Meditation classes offer instruction in concentration, deep relaxation, healthy yogic breath, witness consciousness, being present in the moment, and exploring the nature of the self.

Our curriculum is often enriched by guest teachers specializing in the science of yoga, various healing modalities, healthy living, and creativity as a path to knowing the Self.

The Center hosts a variety workshops on such topics as:

The science of yoga
Yoga for healthy aging
Restorative yoga
Psychology & Spirituality series
Cooking for the sattvic soul
Ayurveda treatments and lifestyle
Healing herbs
Vegetarian cooking

The Dhyanyoga Centers Kirtan Group, Suranand, offers free and blissful kirtan concerts on a regular basis. Please check the kirtan page for current schedule.  The Center also has hosted such kirtan masters as Jai Uttal, Mangalananda, Bhagavan Das and Wah!.

For those seeking a deeper spiritual experience, Shri Anandi Ma, a meditation master of the ancient yogic lineage of Kundalini Maha Yoga, offers meditation programs, workshops and retreats when in residence. For more information about Anandi Ma and the lineage, visit the Dhyanyoga Centers main site.

The Center supports the local community through regular food drives for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano and discounted class fees for seniors and students.

Dhyanyoga Centers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Shri Anandi Ma

The successor to Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji, Shri Anandi Ma has picked up the torch to lead the teaching and discipleship of a new generation of Kundalini Maha Yoga practitioners.

Today, Anandi Ma travels extensively in India, the United States and Europe, conducting meditation programs and yoga retreats. She provides spiritual guidance and Shaktipat initiation to sincere seekers.

As part of her role as Dhyanyogi’s spiritual heir, Anandi Ma has also assumed the responsibility for continuing the humanitarian works begun during Dhyanyogi’s lifetime. These include operating a hospital, sponsoring eye surgery camps, and providing food for the poor. In all these works, she continues to spread the love and light of her lineage and of her beloved sadguru, Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji.

Visit Dhyanyoga Centers main website for more information about Anandi Ma and the lineage.

About this yoga lineage

Kundalini Maha Yoga

Kundalini Maha Yoga is an ancient spiritual science based on the principle that in every human being, there is a source of divine energy. The Sanskrit word for this energy is kundalini.

When the kundalini is dormant, we lead incomplete, unfulfilled lives. Our understanding of the universe is restricted, and we perceive and interpret everything according to our limited capacity. But when this energy is active, our progress on the path of spiritual evolution is accelerated. We move towards realizing inner peace and harmony and ultimately experience the sublime truth of unity in diversity – the fact that all life is one and is bound by that divine power called love.

The purpose of Kundalini Maha Yoga is to awaken this source of energy if it is dormant, or to boost its activity if it is already awakened. It is a direct method for spiritual evolution. ​

Visit Dhyanyoga Centers main website for more information about Anandi Ma and the lineage.

Serenity & healing

Antioch Center

Center Amenities

Serene environment

Reverse osmosis water cooler

Yoga store

Plentiful parking

Class Prices

Classes are currently by donation. Please see FAQ (at bottom of home page) for more information.

Class Descriptions

Welcome back to Antioch Center! We are so happy to be re-opening by offering classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, taught by two DYC Antioch instructors you know and love: Wes Linch and Pam DeLeone. See home page for more info.

Office Hours and Contact

Hours

Monday – Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday – Saturday 11:30am – 4:00pm
Closed on Sundays
For yoga store hours, see separate tab

Contact

Jan Handel, Center Administrator
email: jayshree@dyc.org
phone: (925) 779-9660

Linda Fisher, Store Manager
email: kripa@dyc.org
phone: (925) 779-9660

Map and Directions

Address

3306 Contra Loma Blvd. Antioch, CA 94509

From 680 North

Take Hwy 4 East toward Pittsburg/Stockton · Take the L Street/Contra Loma exit in Antioch and turn right onto Contra Loma Blvd. Dhyanyoga Centers – Antioch is on the right, a couple of blocks beyond the Save Mart shopping center and across the street from St. Ignatious Church.

From Lone Tree Way in Antioch

Turn onto James Donlon Blvd (across from Sutter Delta Medical Center). Turn right onto Contra Loma Blvd. The Center is on your left, across from St. Ignatious Church. Click here for Google Map

Yoga Store

 

Until the Center re-opens, our store is closed but you may still shop our online store

Location

Dhyanyoga Centers
3369 Contra Loma Blvd.
Antioch, CA

Store Hours

(Please call in advance until the Center has re-opened)

Monday – Wednesday
10:00am – 6:00pm

Thursday – Saturday
11:30am – 4:00pm

Sunday
2pm-4:30pm


Featuring

  • Meditation supports and asans
  • Incense and incense burners
  • Spiritual Books and CDs
  • Ayurvedic herbs, oils and body care products
  • Spiritually inspired jewelry
  • Scarves and clothing
  • Shawls and Throws
  • Altar cloths and offering items
  • Malas

All proceeds go to support the spiritual and charitable works of Dhyanyoga Centers.

Linda Fisher, Store Manager
email: kripa@dyc.org
phone: (925) 779-9660

For new students | Welcome!

Studio Etiquette and Helpful Hints

Please remove your shoes before entering the building and tent. You may place them on one of the shoe racks by the door.

Please arrive on time for class so as not to distract.

It is best not to eat a full meal within two hours of the start of class. A snack is fine.

Wear clothing that is comfortable and does not restrict range of motion. The center has spacious restrooms. There is plenty of room to change your clothes if you so desire. (Due to Covid guidelines, only two people at time in restroom, please.)

Please silence your cell phone before class begins.

If you are pregnant, your instructor can provide guidance on safe and recommended postures.

Please bring your own mat. Due to health regulations, the Center can no longer provide use of mats and props.

It is recommended that women in their menstrual cycle avoid inverted postures. Your instructor may suggest alternative poses.