- Where are you located?
- What kind of Yoga do you offer?
- What are the accommodations like?
- What are your prices?
- What is a typical day like?
- What kind of food do you serve? Can you accommodate special diets?
- Are healing and massage services available?
- What kind of clothes should I bring?
- Do you allow pets?
- How many people are in a program?
- How many guests can you accommodate?
- Are the bathrooms private?
- Do you have internet access for guests?
- What is the difference between The Meditation Retreat and The Expanding Light?
- I’ve never done yoga before. Will that be a problem?
- Do any of your programs offer Continuing Education Credits?
- Do you have laundry facilities?
- Can mobility-challenged people visit your facility?
We are located in Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, we are approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe. See our transportation and directions and map pages for more.
We practice Ananda Yoga®, which was created by our founder Swami Kriyananda based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Yoga is distinct from many other forms of hatha yoga in that it is first and foremost a spiritual practice rather than an exercise regimen. In keeping with the ancient roots and original purpose of hatha yoga, Ananda Yoga® is a powerful yet gentle practice designed to prepare the body and mind for deep meditation. As such, it is a perfect blend of spiritual upliftment and physical energization suitable for everyone - all ages, all body types.
Ananda Yoga is also a pioneer in the world of yoga and one of the founders of Yoga Alliance, the international organization which sets the standards for yoga certification.
You may choose from two types of accommodations: indoor or outdoor. For indoor accommodations we offer both standard and deluxe rooms housed in three different buildings and four one-room cabins. For outdoor accommodations RV camping is available year-round and tent camping is available from April through October.
“Your prices are an extraordinary bargain in light of what the participants receive.”
— L.B., Tiburon, CA
Please see our Daily Schedule page.
Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of our dishes contain eggs and dairy. We use organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown Fair Trade coffee. We have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.
We can accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices. If you have other dietary needs, it may be that we will not be able to accommodate them.
A small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House Lounge and a full size refrigerator outside our kitchen are available for storing special foods guests might need during their stay. There is a Market in the Ananda Village if you’d like to buy special items.
Yes, they are. Just across the meadow from The Expanding Light Retreat is The Center for Radiant Health.
The Center offers massage, body and energy work; Ayurvedic healing; Emotional Freedom Technique; career coaching; and astrology consultations. It is an independent cooperative of qualified Ananda health practitioners, available by prior appointment 7 days a week.
The atmosphere at The Expanding Light is casual. For yoga postures and meditation, bring loose-fitting casual attire like sweat clothes, comfortable pants, and T-shirts. If you plan to attend Sunday Service, it’s ideal to bring something a bit less casual.
We suggest a good pair of walking shoes so you can enjoy our nearly 700 acres of beautiful grounds. You also might want to bring a bathing suit in summer to be able to enjoy the beautiful Yuba River (just a 20-minute drive from The Expanding Light).
We remove our shoes when entering the Temple and also the living quarters, so slip-on shoes are nice to have. In cold weather you might also enjoy having a pair of slippers for your bedroom.
Our elevation is 2500 feet, and while snow is rare, it can be chilly and rainy in the winter. We suggest you bring layers so you can be comfortable in a variety of temperatures.
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Sorry, we are unable to accommodate pets at this time.
The numbers vary depending on the program. The average is 8 to 12 people. Some special programs have larger numbers, like the Yoga Teacher Training that is averaging 20 students.
We can house about 50 people. This number does not include campers.
A shared room is usually two per room.
Our deluxe accommodations in Harmony House have rooms with private bathrooms.
Serenity House and Friendship House residents use shared bathrooms located in the hallways. Each hall bathroom has a shower, toilet, and sink, with a locking door to insure privacy. Cabin and tent residents use a shower house (one for men and one for women). The shower houses feature plenty of hot water, electric heat, and toilet and shower stalls for privacy. Our accommodations page has more information.
Yes. We have an internet room off the dining room with computers in it available exclusively to guests. We also have two internet access cables into which guests can plug their laptops. In addition, we offer wireless service in both Harmony House and Serenity House rooms.
The Meditation Retreat is 6 miles from The Expanding Light. It is a beautiful place for going more deeply inward and enjoying your own silent retreat. It is also the home of the new Ananda Institute for Alternative Living.
You can rent a cabin for any number of days you choose. Accommodations at the Meditation Retreat range from small, rustic cabins to simple houses with kitchens. All buildings are heated and lighted by propane. The Meditation Retreat was managed by The Expanding Light for a few years. Now, while still owned by Ananda, it is privately run by two Ananda members.
Prior experience isn‘t necessary for most of our programs; our instructors will be able to adapt the poses for your own body. If you have serious physical limitations (heart disease, history of stroke, glaucoma, even very high blood pressure), please speak with one of our instructors when you arrive to determine how you should participate in the yoga postures.
Yes, many of our programs offer Continuing Education Credits for nurses through the California Board of Registered Nursing (we are Provider #10747). Look for the logo on our Calendar page or on the individual course pages. Most of our meditation programs qualify, as do some of our workshops. Call 800-346-5350 for specifics.
We have a coin-operated washer and dryer available for guest use.
Because The Expanding Light has several buildings at some distance from one another, it is difficult for those with mobility challenges. A guest must be able to walk 400' over uneven ground and to climb 6 steps. Please phone us if you'd like to ask more about this.
Please do not hesitate to call us at 800-346-5350 for any other questions you may have.
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We’re located at a 2500-foot elevation in the foothills, not the mountains. We sometimes get a little snow, but winters are generally mild. In January it’s common to have high temperatures in the 60s. We can't promise particular weather when you visit, but it is very rare for snow to cause travel problems.
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