The Expanding Light - Retreat center in Northern California One of the world’s most respected retreat centers for meditation and yoga, The Expanding Light is an ideal setting for personal healing and rejuvenation. Experience how to transform your life.

Upcoming Programs

Yoga of Food & Diet for Health & Wellness
Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3

Deepen Your Yoga Practice
Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10

Natural Building with Spirit
Sunday, August 10 – Saturday, August 16

Yoga Therapy Training: Ayurveda
Tuesday, August 12 – Saturday, August 16   ceu credits

The Dancer as a Channel
Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17

Creating Community Wherever You Are
Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17

Spiritual Renewal Week
Sunday, August 17 – Sunday, August 24

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Recent Blog Posts

Postpartum Meditation: Does It Exist?

Teaching Yoga to Seniors & People with Osteoporosis

Prenatal Yoga Tips on Meditation


Teaching Meditation in the Hospital

How to Teach Meditation to Children

Happiness is Within – The Himalayan Musk Deer

Superconscious Living

Does Everyone at Ananda Get Along?

Starring Role

Feeding Desires

The Healing Power of Nature

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Breaking News:  The Ananda Yoga Therapy Training program has been Accredited by the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)!  We are among the first ever programs to receive accreditation.  This was a very rigorous process that required our meeting a high level of professional standards for educating Yoga Therapists. Read more...


Our Roots

Yogananda and Kriyananda

Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and founded in 1968 by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, The Expanding Light is a retreat center in Northern California welcoming seekers from all backgrounds.

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The Expanding Light Retreat • 14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, California 95959 • 800-346-5350 or 530-478-7518  © 2014