Sunday Noon Meditation and Afternoon Lectures

Rest from the pressures of the world and experience the inspiration of spiritual warmth and wisdom.

At our weekly, non-denominational Sunday Noon Meditations and Afternoon Lectures, Goswami Kriyananda or one of the other Temple speakers will share an uplifting message on self-improvement and living a positive lifestyle. Learn to find inner quiet, wisdom and the spiritual key that unlocks the Truth to deeper personal happiness and enlightenment.

Music and silent meditation begin at 11:30 AM, followed by the Noon Meditation. Please join us for tea and fellowship following the Noon Meditation.

Temple Speakers

Swami Janakananda (William Hunt)

was ordained a Swami at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 1978 and graduated from the Hatha Yoga teacher training program in 1976. He was the director of the in-house Teacher Training Program at the Temple from 1995-2005. Since that time, he has been teaching yoga and meditation privately and in various yoga centers in the Chicagoland area. His other current work is teaching English to international students at Dominican University. Teaching is William's passion and he is delighted to be able to offer his services to the Temple.

Swami Abhinanda (John Jones)

works as a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Champaign, Illinois. He has been a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda and a swami of the Temple for nearly 3 decades. He has a keen interest in integrating the mystical science of Kriya Yoga and the wisdom of the Kriya Lineage, with the Western art and science of psychotherapy, in particular, the theory and approach influenced by the work of C.G. Jung.

Tom Mula

is an actor, director, playwright, novelist, and professor at Columbia College Chicago. He played Scrooge at the Goodman for a number of seasons; his books include Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol and the recently published Hackers of Oz. Tom has been studying at the Temple of Kriya Yoga for nearly 30 years, and has been a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda since 1987.

Swami Nadananda, Mahaswami

has been a seeker of truth for most of her life, finding wisdom and guidance in teachings from many sources. She finds great enjoyment and meaning in learning, teaching and engaging in dialogue with others in the dance of life. She is a long time disciple of Goswami Kriyananda and an ordained swami of the Temple of Kriya Yoga. She is certified as a teacher of yoga and a practitioner of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and is currently working towards certification in the field of music-thanatology.

Sylvia Ewing

is a teacher, non-profit executive, and award-winning journalist committed to offering her life skills to help others find self-awareness and success. Sylvia is a Disciple of Goswami Kriyananda and a Temple trained certified meditation teacher. She was is the co-host and producer of the Temple’s web series The Path: Kriya Yoga with Goswami Kriyananda. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, teaching courses on Leadership and Management and has produced and directed for WTTW Channel 11, WBEZ and Steppenwolf Theater.

Swami Ambikananda

In 1993 Dawn began formal training of mediation and eastern philosophy. She trained with many teachers and systems of yoga but credit GoSwami Kriyananda with breaking all limiting thought patterns that may have held about her own physical and spiritual being. After attending Ball State University for neuropsychology and Coastal Carolina University pursuing both business and the arts she experienced a paradigm shift and entered the Kriya Yoga Seminary her senior year and went on to be ordained as Swami Ambikanada.

Swami K. Adinadananda (Marcia Sacks)

Marcia is a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda and graduated from the Kriya Yoga Seminary 1978. She is a professional astrologer and a graduate of the Temple's Professional Astrology Program. She has given classes on meditation, metaphysics and astrology throughout the Chicago area. Whether working or being a wife, mother and grandmother, Marcia's life has always been guided by Kriyananda's teaching that the everyday life and the spiritual life are one and the same.

Caren Prentice

Caren has spent many years exploring different techniques, traditions, on her path to transformation. In 2009 she completed the Meditation Teacher Training Program offered by the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Since then, she has taught over a thousand meditation classes to hundreds of students and businesses in the Portland, Oregon area where she currently lives. She delights in sharing the meditation techniques and teachings she has learned over the years to help others transform and find more joy and happiness in their lives.

Swami Jnanamudrananda

is a lifelong seeker into the inner workings of life and its many spiritual traditions. He also participates in the basic study of astrophysics. The basis is to help understand the correlation of our lives with the universe as a whole. He is an ordained swami currently spending most of his time living abroad. Staying mainly Israel, studying and observing the spiritual history and cultures of the region. He enjoys reading, writing and mediation. Sharing in meditation with individuals and small workshops. He performs most of the spiritual services of a swami. With a special heartfelt emphasis on pastoral care for end of life patients.

Swami Pujananda

Swami Pujananda is a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda. He has been a student and instructor of Yoga, Meditation, Astrology and Sanskrit Chanting for over 40 years.

Sharon Steffensen

Swami Tapasananda (Sharon Steffensen) began studying at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 1968. She is a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda, an ordained swami, and has graduated from the Hatha yoga teacher training as well as the advanced teacher training. Sharon is the editor and publisher of Yoga Chicago magazine, which she started in 1994.

Swami Rakshananda (Gary Wager)

is a disciple of and an ordained Swami in Goswami Kriyananda's Yoga lineage for nearly 2 decades as well as a graduate of both the Meditation and Hatha teacher programs. He currently teaches Meditation at the Temple and has been teaching hatha yoga, meditation and astrology privately and in various yoga centers in the Chicagoland area as well as other mystical traditions. He enjoys the challenge of integrating the teachings into all areas of life. He currently works as a detective with the Chicago police department and has a commercial real estate appraisal business.

Swami Mahashastrananda

is an ordained priest of the Temple of Kriya Yoga and Disciple of Sri Goswami Kriyananda. He has been studying and actively teaching at the Temple since 1980. He is actively involved in the Temple of Kriya Yoga Seminary Program, and is a member of the Seminary Committee. He also conducts church services, including funerals, weddings, baptisms and other spiritual services.

Swami Pharananda

has studied, practiced and taught hatha yoga and meditation in the Kriya tradition since the 1970's. Blending eastern disciplines with householdership responsibilities and a career in communications and design, she teaches the practical application of Kriya Yoga in a western lifestyle while adding the anandic melodies of woodwinds to the teachings.

Swami Jyothi Pranananda

began her yogic studies and practice in the late 1970's and has been a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda's for over 30 years. She is an ordained swami and lineage holder in Goswami's Kriya Yoga lineage. Pranananda is responsible for leading the Meditation Teacher Training and Seminary programs at the Temple. She finds the practical application of the teachings to be of great value and has applied them throughout her work in several multi-national corporations. She has been married for 35 years to her husband Mark, and resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Swami Satpatyananda

supports children and teens of all abilities through adaptive, goal centered yoga practices. She also teaches meditation at a local children's hospital. Satpatyananda is a Temple Musician and leads seekers in mantra and meditation. She enjoys painting and poetry. Utilizing her certificate in art therapy, she often integrates creative expression into her teaching and work as a Yoga Therapist.

Swami Smrityananda

is an ordained swami at the Temple of Kriya Yoga, a spiritual seeker and a student of life. She is also a certified yoga teacher, currently residing and teaching in the San Diego area in California. She enjoys integrating the mystical teachings of yoga and their practical application into her teaching and everyday life.

Swami Tejasananda (Eric Klein)

is the co-founder of Wisdom Heart, a dharma doodler, and best-selling leadership author. He's worked with over 25,000 leaders and hundreds of organizations. His book, You are the Leader You've Been Waiting For, won the Nautilus Award as a world changing book in the conscious leadership/business category.

Swami Vidyananda (Gracia Gimse McKinley)

has been studying Kriya Yoga through the Temple's home study programs for 12 years. She is the founder and guiding teacher of My Spirit Community for Sacred Study in Northfield, Minnesota. Her motto for teaching and life in general is "Keep It Simple, Make It Fun." (Goswami Kriyananda)

Swami Modananda (Devi Bliss Klein)

has taught meditation, dream work and Sacred Circles for Women for over 25 years.