Welcome to Kashi Nivas
Kashi Nivas is the name affectionately given to the Ann Arbor Shiva Meditation Ashram. The literal Sanskrit translation of "Kashi Nivas" is "shining seat". Kashi is an epithet of the Hindu God Shiva and another interpretation of Nivas is abode or "The Abode of Shiva".
Kashi Nivas, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is as a gathering place for the practice of yoga and other events that include chanting, meditation, and programs that support a spiritual lifestyle, interfaith dialog, and community service.
Kashi Nivas Programs
All of our community service programs are open to the public. Sometimes programs occur outside of Kashi Nivas. Please check the Kashi Nivas Events Calendar for the most up to date locations and cancellations.
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Guru Gita Program
The Guru Gita is a devotional chant sung in Sanskrit, an ancient, energy-filled language and is a marvelous text on the esoteric significance of the guru and the guru-disciple relationship. The chant and the meditation that follows last about one hour and is held at 10:00 AM every Saturday morning at Kashi Nivas.
Yoga with Kashi
Join us on Friday, July 27, at the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram on Guru Purnima for the inauguration of our newly installed outdoor Havan Kund and Mandap. The festivities begin with recitation of the Guru Gita and a ribbon cutting ceremony, then continue with a Guru Havan (fire ritual) with intention setting, offerings, and mantra recitation. Learn more...
First Wednesday Kirtan
Share in the healing space that is created by chanting the holy names. The First Wednesday Kirtan is free and offers a slightly more intimate setting than our regular monthly kirtan. The evening will begin with introductory mantras, the lights will be dimmed, and there will be fewer but longer chants to help fully immerse us in the practice. Join us on Wednesday, July 4th, from 7pm-9pm. Learn more...