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Chinmaya Program Information:

We are very excited to start another year of Chinmaya Balavihar (and the many associated programs). Our session runs every year from September to May. The next session will start on Sunday, September 8, 2019. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW FOR 2019-20. Sessions will be held at the following 3 centers

Monroeville: Chinmaya Sanjeevani, 3817 Northern Pike, Monroeville PA 15146

South Hills: Upper St. Clair Hihg School , 1825 McLaughlin Run Rd, Upper St Clair, PA

North Hills: Ingomar Middle School 1521 Ingomar Heights Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15237

We hope that you and your children will enjoy the experience of Balavihar and the family that is Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh.

We started with 25 students in 2008 at one site. Last year, we had 500 registered students across 3 centers. Our exponential growth has been possible by the grace of the Almighty Lord, the blessings of our Gurus, and steadfast support from Chinmaya Family members like YOU.

Chinmaya Program Offerings

Balavihar Classes

The Balavihar classes at all 3 centers will be held at the same time - 10:15 am to 12 pm, every Sunday. Our Assembly, which is for the entire family, will run from 10:15 to 11 am. We will devote 15 minutes for Guided Meditation for all. The children's classes will run from 11 am to 12 pm. When the kids are in their classes, parents can participate in the Parent Satsanga.

Parent Satsanga:

We believe that Spiritual growth is for the entire family and not just for the children. With that thought, we would like to make Sunday Balavihar a family affair. As in the past, we will be having a Satsanga for all the parents during the Balavihar class time - 11 am to 12 pm.

The Parent Satsanga will consist of discourses on Bhagvad Gita, one of the great texts of world religion

Lunch Program:

The lunch program from 12 pm to 1 pm is an excellent method to mingle and socialize with other parents/teachers/volunteers/ children. All three centers will be offering lunch.

Language Classes:

We will be offering language classes at all 3 centers, prior to the start of Balavihar classes every Sunday. The timings are tentatively set from 9 am to 10 am. However, some language teachers may choose to have a later start time (e.g. 9:15 or 9:30 am) at a particular center. The one exception to this plan is that Monroeville Sanskrit class will be held from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

SAT (Math and English):

We have also identified SAT teachers at all 3 centers. Classes will run from 9 am to 10:00 am.

Please note: Because language classes and SAT run at the same time, any given student can only sign up for either a single language or SAT. Unfortunately, it is not possible to choose multiple languages or a language and SAT.

Yogasana for Parents:

In order to make good use of the parents' time when the kids are in SAT & language classes, we will be having a Yogasana session.

Swaranjali (Bhajan singing)

We are also pleased to announce that we will be continuing with Swaranjali (Bhajan singing) at all 3 centers for the children. This will be between 10:00 am to 10:15 am and will be led by our Swaranjali volunteers.

Volunteer Help:

If you wish to offer your seva and volunteer in any capacity, please feel free to mention that on the first day to your Balavihar coordinators. You can sign up to volunteer at the respective centers.

Summary of the Schedule

9 am to 10 am - Language Classes for kids AND interested adults

9 am to 10:15 am - SAT Classes for kids

9 am to 10 am - Yoga for adults

10:00 am to 10:15 am - Swaranjali for EVERYONE

10:15 am to 11 am - Assembly for EVERYONE, including guided meditation

11 am to 12 pm - Balavihar Classes for kids

11 am to 12 pm - Satsang for adults

12 pm to 1 pm - Lunch for EVERYONE

Gurudakshina (donation)

Our program is possible only because of the generous support of member families. Everyone at Chinmaya Mission of Pittsburgh is a volunteer, and no one receives any salary. However, we have to pay for rent, utilities, and supplies, to name a few expenses.

The minimum donation for families to participate in CMP programs is $200 per year. This amounts to approximately $5/class. The donation is tax deductible. Many families in the past have generously donated significantly more, and we humbly encourage them to continue to do so. Enrolled families can participate in Balavihar, SAT, Language classes, Swaranjali (bhajan singing), Yoga class, and the Parent Satsang without any additional charge. The SAT class no longer has a separate fee.

CMP is committed to the teaching of Vedantic value to all families, regardless of financial means. Therefore, the minimum donation will be reduced or waived for ANY family that makes a request on the basis of financial constraints. Please email waiver@chinmayamissionpittsburgh.org or contact your local administrative coordinator (Monroeville: muluk@usa.net; North Hills: suresh_mulukutla@hotmail.com; South Hills: ganeshk76@yahoo.com)

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