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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Brick Donation

Donate bricks for the Havan Kund (ceremonial fire pit) at the Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram. Each brick you donate will have the effect of making an offering at all future fire ceremonies, and promotes good fortune for you and your loved ones. Learn more...

Drop-In Meditation

We invite you to share in the collective synergy of the drop-in meditation program that is held weekly on Tuesday nights at Kashi Nivas. The space is open for meditators from all backgrounds. The program usually consists of sacred chanting, 20 minutes of silent group meditation, japa, or contemplative prayer, and an inspiring group process and contemplation.
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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.
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Yoga with Kashi

Kashi Walters is teaching hatha yoga classes at Kashi Nivas on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM. Kashi also teaches restorative yoga classes on Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Contact her in advance if you are interested in taking a class. Learn more...

First Wednesday Diwali 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 a 1 hour havan fire ceremony to celebrate Diwali, then will continue with introductory mantras and kirtan. 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, November 7th, from 6pm - 9pm. Learn more...

Ann Arbor Kirtan

Ann Arbor Kirtan hosts free monthly kirtan programs of strictly call and response yogic chanting creating a healing space conducive to calming the mind, meditation, and community spirit. Join us on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Friends Meeting House. Learn more...

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"If you never searched for truth come with us and you will become a seeker. If you were never a musician come with us and you will find your voice. You may possess immense wealth come with us and you will become love's beggar. You may think yourself a master come with us and love will turn you into a slave. If you've lost your spirit, come with us take off your silk coverings, put on our rough cloak and we will bring you back to life. Come in. The Beloved is here. We are all drunk. No one notices who enters or leaves. Don't sit outside the door in the dark wondering." ~ Jalal al-Din Rumi 

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