ONLINE COURSE: Sutras of Self-realization - Lesson 1 (in English)

Code: KC0006415
Duration: 2 ore
Teacher: Shivani
Focus on Practical Wisdom - LIVE with Shivani from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

While thousands of volumes of spiritual philosophy have been written over the centuries, the most useful advice is often expressed in concise expressions of truth that encompass the "what," "why," and "how" of the spiritual journey. These sutras are keys that open doors, bridges to overcome obstacles, spiritual "dynamite" that can crumble the ego. Studying them with Shivani is a unique opportunity!


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Have you ever heard of haiku? It is a very short Japanese poem and its strong point is its brevity, the ability to express deep thoughts in just three lines.

The spiritual teachings concentrate their pure essence in sutras (in Sanskrit) or aphorisms. We find an example in Jesus' words: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you".

In this first lesson we will consider the practical aspects of Yogananda's two best known sutras: "Circumstances are always neutral" and "There are no obstacles, only opportunities" and we will be inspired by the phrase of Sri Gyanamata, his beloved disciple, "Change no circumstance of my life, change me".

The course is LIVE, so you can ask questions and interact freely.

"Objective conditions are always neutral. It is the way you react to them that makes them appear sad or happy".

Paramhansa Yogananda

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Your teacher:

Shivani Lucki, founder of the Ananda Raja Yoga European School, is one of Ananda's founding members. She studied with Swami Kriyananda for many years, becomimg a yoga and meditation teacher in 1973, Ananda Minister in 1982, Yogacharya in 1993 and Kriyacharya in 2005.

In 1979, she began yoga training programs in the Expanding Light guest retreat at Ananda World Brotherhood Colony in California, and was the coordinator of Ananda teachers and ministers in the United States. Since her arrival in Italy, she has been responsible for creating guest courses at Ananda Assisi and training meditation teachers throughout Europe. She often travels around the world giving lectures and seminars on Self-realization and Kriya Yoga.

She is the executive producer of the film "Finding Happiness", released in 2014 in the United States, Europe and India.

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The program will have the following schedule

From 18:30 to 20:30

For this online course we use the video-call platform Zoom that gives us the opportunity to interact at a distance. When you register for the course you will receive an email with detailed instructions and explanation.

* If you don’t receive the email with the link to access the course within 30 minutes of payment write to or

** In the email you will find a video showing you how to download zoom and access the course (if you try before the start of the course you will get to a screen with the words "Wait for the host to start this meeting”)

*** If you have never used Zoom and want technical assistance, write to us at within 4 hours of the beginning of the course, after which time we cannot guarantee to receive technical assistance.



Membership Fee

To utilize our services, it is necessary to purchase an Association membership, which costs 18 euros. This membership card is not included in the price of the course and is valid for a year from the date it is issued. You can use it to access our online courses and also when you come to Ananda. We hope to see you soon here!

Ananda Associazione is an Amateur Sports Non-Profit Association (affiliated with CO.N.A.C.R.E.I.S and C.S.E.N.) dedicated to promoting social welfare through the practices of yoga, meditation and Self-realisation. According to Italian law, Ananda’s programmes and hospitality can be offered only to 'association members'.

Anyone who supports the ideals of Self-realisation, world brotherhood, and physical, mental and spiritual harmony through meditation, yoga and service is welcome. Members pay an annual membership fee of 18 euro, valid 12 months from the application date. The income from Ananda activities is used exclusively to promote the association’s legally-recognised goals.


Accommodation: information and prices

To facilitate your booking, you can calculate the price of board and lodging with this simple calculator.
To get the total price (with the course price included) you can go to the edition of the course that interests you.

Cost table

Attention: During the Covid-19 period the prices below are no longer applicable. The correct all-inclusive price for each course can be found on its individual page.


Single room with bathroom € 72.00
Single without bathroom € 61.00
Double room with bathroom €  56.00
Double without bathroom €  48.00
Triple room with bathroom €  48.00
Triple without bathroom €  41.00
Dormitory (4-5 beds) €  36.00

Note: To the price of lodging and food, you have to add the price of the seminar, that includes all activities: Energization Exercises Lessons, yoga and meditation and evening activities (on most evenings).

Payments can be made in cash, by Eurocheck, credit card (MasterCard and Visa), Bancomat. We can’t accept cash over 1000.00 euros.


Next time you come to Ananda, sign up for the program Yoga in Action to get a taste of community service and receive a discount on the cost of the course. You can choose the option Yoga in Action for any course where this program is available and you can continue with this option as long as you wish. Your service project might change each day.

When we learn to serve with the right attitude, this is a spiritual practice and is called Karma Yoga. The daily practice of Karma Yoga is a joyful and practical spiritual discipline that will benefit every aspect of your life.

At Ananda, there are two levels of the Yoga in Action option:

Yoga in Action Level 1

75€/course of 5 days

With Level 1, you will serve for a period of one and a half hours. This experience gives you a chance to contribute to the beautiful atmosphere of Ananda.

Yoga in Action Level 2

35€/course of 5 days

Yoga in Action Level 2 is only available if you have had prior experience of the Yoga in Action Level 1 option, or any of the Community Living Programs. With Level 2, you will serve for a period of three hours, split into two periods of daily service.

How to Register for This Program

In the page of the course you want to participate to, you will find, if available, the special price of the course with Yoga in action level 1 and 2. When you sign-up on the website or call or write us to book the course, just indicate that you wish to participate to the Yoga in Action Level 1 or 2 program. It’s that easy. Once you arrive at Ananda you will need also to complete a Yoga in Action Form and return it to our reception office.

How to book

You may make your reservation directly here on the website or by phone (+39 0742 813620) or email ( Your booking needs to be confirmed by our reception office. For courses held online, there is no need to indicate the details of your stay (date of arrival, departure…).

For courses held at our center in Assisi, please indicate your arrival and departure dates and times, the program you wish to attend, your preferred accommodation, your address, phone and email. If you need to modify your reservation, please inform us at least one week in advance.

Our reception office is open from:
Monday to Saturday 9:30-1:30pm, 2:30-5:30pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30am, 2:30-5:30pm

For on-site courses, the programmes start on the evening of the day indicated.
If you cannot arrive during office hours, please let us know in advance.

Please contact us to check what translations are available. Courses, both on-site and online, may be cancelled if there are fewer than five participants.

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