Chinmayam Activities

Bala Vihar

The Bala Vihar program offeres weekly spiritual classes for children in their formative school years(Pre K to 12). The classes are organized by age groups, start and end with Sanskrit prayers and include chanting, bhajans, stories of devotion and morals, interactive discussions and creative games. They are approximately 90 minutes duration including the common Assembly time and are based on specially designed syllabi.

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Language Class

Chinmaya Mission programs are for family participation. Family extends beyond the people who dwell under one roof. Family includes grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins both here in the US and in India. Language classes are offerred at the Chinmaya Chinmayam chapter for children enrolled in the Bala Vihar program.

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Performing Arts

While classical dances follow specific techniques, folk dances are spontaneous expressions of the spirit of  people. They spring from the basic instinct for rhythm, imagination and artistic expression. They relate to daily activities of work, play and worship as well as people relationships with nature and with each other. Whether to mark religious festival or to give thanks for a successful harvest.

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Spiritual Class

On a weekly basis, while the children are attending Bala Vihar classes, a Chinmaya Mission trained Acharya will conduct pravachanams (lectures) on the Bhagavad Gita for adults. The Acharya will cover the 18 chapters of this ageless scripture comprehensively discussing in detail two to three verses in each class. The purpose is to inspire the novice spiritual aspirant to sincerely and diligently pursue Vedantic studies and contemplation.

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Yoga Class

Hatha Yoga is a preparatory activity to bring the mind and body into alignment, synchronization and developing strength and flexibility, to enable you to sit in meditation. Regular practice will help you in developing the discipline and self control required for jnana YOGA. Yoga classes are taught every Sunday afternoon at Chinmayam.

Study Group

Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center is blessed with 5 Acharyas, which is a blessing for the devotees in this area, which other centers do not have. We do hear from them daily or weekly basis, the knowledge of the Vedanta. Apart from this, we also have other visiting Acharyas from other countries occassionally.

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Shloka Class

Shloka is a Sanskrit word which means a prayerful verse written according to certain grammatical rules. Stotrams are shlokas of multiple verses, with varying degree of complexity in the words and meter and set to various tunes. Stotrams are sung in praise of various Gods and Goddesses that are manifestations of the Supreme Reality.

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Daily Activities

We request your participation in the variety of Daily, Evening Programs currently being offerred Monday through Friday starting at 7:00 pm at Chinmayam. We will begin each evening with Arathi at 7:00 pm, accompanied by chanting of Vedic Arati and Sri Ganga Stotram. This will be followed by variety of programs.


Service to the needy is Service rendered to our Lord. Seva is not merely an act of charity. It is service to God in the form of man. Simply put, Seva is the very essence of devotion. To help the needy is our duty and privilege. Every Sunday morning we gather together with our children and make a pledge to – “live honestly the noble life of sacrifice and service.”

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