Our Classes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not holding classes at any physical location at the present time.

If you are looking for information, we invite you to contact us if you are interested in our ongoing virtual classes. For privacy reasons, we are not publishing the details of our virtual classes to this website.

Class Timings

Weekly Class timings for each of our classes are as follows:

  • Main Balavihar Class: Sundays 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Kindergarden to Grade 8
  • High-school Students Class: Saturdays 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Adult Study Group: Thursdays 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

All of the above classes only take place during the regular school year as per Halton’s school schedule. Please refer to our schedule for a complete list of dates for the present year

As all of our classes are currently virtual due to COVID-19, we ask that you please contact us for more details if you are interested in classes.

What is Balavihar?

“Our children are our joy.  No amount of effort put in or time given to them can be considered enough.   Our efforts, however, ought to be in the right direction and the time given must be quality time.   It is found children reluctantly respond to formal schooling and traditional methods of learning, whereas, they are ever ready for games and sports.”

Recognizing this, Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda initiated Balavihar classes.  Its objectives can be summed up in the following statement:

To help children learn values with fun; to delight like the moon and shine like the sun! ‘

Chinmaya worldwide has been conducting Balavihar classes for many years.  Balavihar is…

  • A group where children meet for 90 minutes each week to learn about the Hindu culture, traditions and stories,
  • A place where children learn high ideals and stories from Hindu scriptures taught in the form of stories, arts and crafts and drama,
  • Where children and teenagers from ages 4 – 18 years learn chanting of Bhagawad Geeta and Upanishads,
  • A group that have special outings to celebrate India’s great festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi and Deepavali, and
  • Where plain fun is all about learning Santana Dharma.

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Curriculum: Kindergarten to Grade 3

Radhika Krishnakumar made a series of books when she taught Balavihar. This series of books makes a child blossom with the Values of Life through stories, arts and crafts and thinking skills.

Some of the values these stories touch on include honesty, manners, love of home life, love of school life, and kindness to the world.

Curriculum: Grades 4 through 6

Children are learning virtually about Hindu customs such as why we do Pooja or why we touch the feet of our elders, to name a few. Through stories, discussions and interactive online games, the values are discussed with the group.

Curriculum: Grades 7 and 8

This is from the Mahabharata. The children virtually learn stories of this great epic and discuss the theme of Dharma.

Curriculum: Grades 9 through 12 (Highschool)

This is a story of the Life of Gautama Buddha through the eyes of a buffalo shepherd called Svasti

There are many teachings that the youth can take from this book in the form of a story of Buddha’s during his 80 years.

Curriculum: Adult Study Group

CHinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) is comprised of university students and young professionals who are pursuing a life of self-study and self-growth with weekly gatherings outside of the main Balavihar sessions.

In these sessions, the group first listens to Swami Chinmayananda expound on verses from the Bhagavad Geeta for one hour, and then spend the rest of the time discussing what was seen and heard.