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.
Kashi Nivas Services
Kashi Nivas Events
The Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Center will be closed for six weeks starting on January 15th - February 26th, 2018. There will not be a First Wednesday Kirtan in February but the Monthly Ann Arbor Kirtans will continue as scheduled. Regular events will resume starting with the Guru Gita Program on Saturday, March 3rd, Hatha Yoga with Kashi on Monday, March 5th, the weekly Drop-In Meditation program will resume on Tuesday, March 6th, and the March First Wednesday Kirtan will be held on Wednesday, March 7th.
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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.