Ananda Yoga®- Experience the Spiritual Essence of Yoga

Ananda yoga is much more than just physical yoga postures, it’s about transformation. Transformation physically, yes, but also psychologically and above all spiritually. It’s about moving toward a direct experience of who and what you really are!

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What Is Ananda Yoga?

Above all, Ananda Yoga seeks to raise your level of consciousness by reinforcing the natural effects the yoga postures. With this, it is also designed to harmonize your body, mind, and soul. Ananda Yoga includes asana, pranayama, yogic meditation techniques, and applied yoga philosophy. More...

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

This residential yoga teacher training in California is much more than techniques. You'll be a full-time part of Ananda Village, one of the leading ashrams in the U.S. As you explore creative new ways to live your yoga, you'll be supported by the magnetism of an entire community of long-time yogis. More...

Ananda Yoga Therapy Training

At Ananda, we view physical, psychological, and spiritual wellness as inseparable. We therefore train you to apply therapeutic tools that work on all three levels. More...

Find an Ananda Yoga® teacher

Find an Ananda Yoga® Teaching Center or a Certified Ananda Yoga® Teacher near you. More...

Ananda Yoga Resources

These resources will help you explore the many facets of Ananda Yoga. More...

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Our Roots

Autobiography of    a Yogi

Ananda Yoga comes from the renowned Raja Yoga / Kriya Yoga tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home in the West. Ananda Yoga arose from his teachings and was developed into a definite system of practice by his close, direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda.

Swami Kriyananda on yoga

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2016 March

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

Friday, Mar 4 – Sunday, Mar 6

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

Learn the use of yogic tools and techniques for a positive pregnancy, labor, and birth experience.
Melody Hansen

Pranayama for Deeper Meditation

Thursday, Mar 10 – Sunday, Mar 13

Pranayama for Deeper Meditation
Keys to a Quiet, Powerful Mind

Are you ready to take your meditations to the next level? In this weekend, you'll do exactly that. You'll explore a variety of classical pranayama techniques specially tailored to help you control your mind and charge your meditations with power.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Sunday, Mar 20 – Sunday, Apr 17

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

Go beyond physical exercise into the deeper realms of yoga. It's a life-changing journey - for you and your students - as you experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies for spiritual growth and wellness on all levels.
Badri Matlock , Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha and Barbara Bingham

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

Sunday, Mar 20 – Saturday, Apr 2

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

This Level 2 teacher training program is offered on a space-available basis to Ananda Yoga Teacher Training graduates who have at least 100 hours or one year of yoga teaching experience after completing Level 1 or Bridge to Ananda Yoga (Parts 1 and 2). Patricipants will get personal coaching in adapting poses for individual needs, plus hands-on experience as an Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program assistant.
Maitri Jones

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

  ceu credits Sunday, Mar 20 – Monday, Mar 28

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

Teachers of other styles of yoga often want to transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training or Yoga Therapy Training after they’ve experienced the gentle power of Ananda Yoga.
Nayaswami Mangala, Badri Matlock , Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

April

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

Friday, Apr 1 – Sunday, Apr 3

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

The soul has everything it needs to meet every test of life. As you live in tune with the power of your soul, your life will be completely transformed.
Nayaswami Diksha

How to Achieve Glowing Health

Friday, Apr 22 – Sunday, Apr 24

How to Achieve Glowing Health

Who doesn’t want more happiness, energy, and joy? This comprehensive program, includes practical and rejuvenating tools for optimal health and inner well being.
Maitri Jones

May

Practical Steps for Painfree Living

Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8

Practical Steps for Painfree Living
Yoga Techniques for Health and Relaxation

Do everyday activities seem to trigger unwanted stiffness or pain in your body? During this rejuvenating weekend, you will be invited to release physical tension, find correct balance, and relax the whole body. You will leave with a yoga routine designed to help you take your restorative practice home.
Satyana Willard

Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate

Restorative yoga is currently the most popular style of yoga in the United States - with good reason. Restorative yoga is safe, nurturing, and systematic, and helps you relax and release deep tension with no effort.
Melody Hansen

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Sunday, May 22 – Saturday, May 28

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Powerful, Practical Keys to Spiritual Growth

Take your spiritual life into an entirely new dimension as you unlock the secrets of this powerful scripture.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

Yoga Getaway for Memorial Day

Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30

Yoga Getaway for Memorial Day
Find Balance, Harmony, and Strength

Take a weekend getaway that will leave you feeling physically rejuvenated and mentally 'awake and ready' for the coming of summer. There's no better vacation than one that helps you change your pace and refresh your inner resources.
Badri Matlock

Advanced Pranayama

Sunday, May 29 – Sunday, Jun 5

Advanced Pranayama

Pranayama is the key to a deep experience of yoga postures and meditation.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

June

Integrating Yoga and Meditation

Friday, Jun 3 – Sunday, Jun 5

Integrating Yoga and Meditation

Use yoga to help you become more relaxed and centered for deeper meditations. And use the intuition gained in meditation to help you attune to the deeper effects of yoga postures.
Annapurna Lacour

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras

Sunday, Jun 5 – Saturday, Jun 11

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
Apply the Wisdom of Patanjali for Spiritual Success

Patanjali, the great ancient exponent of yoga, described the stages of spiritual development for all seekers. These principles of yoga are based not on dogma, but on how we are made.
Pranaba and Parvati Hansen

Yoga for Stronger Bones

  ceu credits Friday, Jun 10 – Sunday, Jun 12

Yoga for Stronger Bones

Enjoy a weekend of Therapeutic Ananda Yoga to strengthen your bones and muscles.
Maitri Jones

Yoga Therapy Training: Principles

  ceu credits Sunday, Jun 19 – Sunday, Jun 26

Yoga Therapy Training: Principles

This in-depth 7-day program is the first module of Ananda’s Yoga Therapy Training. It will give you many practical foundational skills necessary for a safe and effective yoga therapy practice. You will also gain an understanding of the foundations of yoga therapy, which come from the ancient sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Nayaswami Mangala, Maitri Jones and Barbara Bingham

Yoga Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal 1

  ceu credits Sunday, Jun 26 – Wednesday, Jul 6

Yoga Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal 1

This course will explore problems of the back, knee, hip, shoulder, and more, in great depth and detail. You’ll learn to evaluate, communicate, and teach yoga safely to help with pain relief and pain management—from the simplest situations to the more complex.
Nicole DeAvilla

July

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Sunday, Jul 10 – Sunday, Aug 7

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

Go beyond physical exercise into the deeper realms of yoga. It's a life-changing journey - for you and your students - as you experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies for spiritual growth and wellness on all levels.
Badri Matlock , Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha and Barbara Bingham

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

Sunday, Jul 10 – Saturday, Jul 23

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

This Level 2 teacher training program is offered on a space-available basis to Ananda Yoga Teacher Training graduates who have at least 100 hours or one year of yoga teaching experience after completing Level 1 or Bridge to Ananda Yoga (Parts 1 and 2). Patricipants will get personal coaching in adapting poses for individual needs, plus hands-on experience as an Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program assistant.
Maitri Jones

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

  ceu credits Sunday, Jul 10 – Monday, Jul 18

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

Teachers of other styles of yoga often want to transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training or Yoga Therapy Training after they’ve experienced the gentle power of Ananda Yoga.
Nayaswami Mangala, Badri Matlock , Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

Yoga for Chakra Awareness

Friday, Jul 29 – Sunday, Jul 31

Yoga for Chakra Awareness
Awaken the Energy of Your Spiritual Spine

During this special weekend course, you will enjoy a deep and focused practice of Ananda Yoga postures to help you tune into and awaken the energy in the chakras
Annapurna Lacour

August

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

  ceu credits Wednesday, Aug 17 – Sunday, Aug 21

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

Understanding your Ayurvedic constitution and how to work with it can help you feel your best on every level. You can have stronger, more consistent energy and health… more calmness and mental clarity… more happiness and well-being.
Nayaswami Mangala

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Wednesday, Aug 31 – Saturday, Sep 3

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Restorative yoga is a popular way for beginning through advanced yoga students to experience true relaxation - often the most difficult skill to master.
Melody Hansen

September

Yoga Getaway for Labor Day

Friday, Sep 2 – Monday, Sep 5

Yoga Getaway for Labor Day

Give yourself a marvelous gift at the end of your busy summer: Take a weekend getaway that will leave you feeling physically rejuvenated and mentally ' awake and ready' for the coming change of seasons.
Badri Matlock

Yoga Therapy Training: Seniors and Bone Strength

  ceu credits Sunday, Sep 4 – Wednesday, Sep 7

Yoga Therapy Training: Seniors and Bone Strength
Formerly: Seniors and Osteoporosis

Yoga teachers and yoga therapists have an opportunity to provide a much-needed service by learning to help older people and those with bone strength issues.
Maitri Jones, Barbara Bingham and Nayaswami Mangala

Yoga Therapy Training: Psychology and Mental Health

  ceu credits Wednesday, Sep 7 – Monday, Sep 12

Yoga Therapy Training: Psychology and Mental Health
Exploring Yogic, Ayurvedic, and Western Perspectives

Nayaswami Mangala, Nayaswami Mantradevi and Therese Smith

Yoga Therapy Training: Ayurveda

  ceu credits Tuesday, Sep 27 – Saturday, Oct 1

Yoga Therapy Training: Ayurveda

Learn a powerful approach to guiding clients to optimal health. The principles of Ayurveda, India's ancient healing science, will help you tailor yoga techniques to each client's unique needs.
Nayaswami Mangala

October

Yoga Therapy Training: Health Challenges I

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 2 – Sunday, Oct 9

Yoga Therapy Training: Health Challenges I
Formerly: Specialties 1

Yoga therapy has proved extremely helpful for such common health conditions as Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Neurological/Neuromuscular disorders, and Cancer
Maitri Jones, Nayaswami Mangala and Barbara Bingham

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Tuesday, Oct 4 – Sunday, Oct 9

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training will leave you feeling confident and well prepared with knowledge and the ability to safely and lovingly work with prenatal yoga students.
Nicole DeAvilla

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

Friday, Oct 7 – Sunday, Oct 9

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

Learn the use of yogic tools and techniques for a positive pregnancy, labor, and birth experience.
Melody Hansen

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 23 – Sunday, Nov 20

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

Go beyond physical exercise into the deeper realms of yoga. It's a life-changing journey - for you and your students - as you experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies for spiritual growth and wellness on all levels.
Badri Matlock , Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha and Barbara Bingham

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

Sunday, Oct 23 – Saturday, Nov 5

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

This Level 2 teacher training program is offered on a space-available basis to Ananda Yoga Teacher Training graduates who have at least 100 hours or one year of yoga teaching experience after completing Level 1 or Bridge to Ananda Yoga (Parts 1 and 2). Patricipants will get personal coaching in adapting poses for individual needs, plus hands-on experience as an Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program assistant.
Maitri Jones

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 23 – Monday, Oct 31

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

Teachers of other styles of yoga often want to transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training or Yoga Therapy Training after they’ve experienced the gentle power of Ananda Yoga.
Nayaswami Mangala, Badri Matlock , Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

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Ananda Yoga® Retreats

You will experience yoga’s original spiritual essence, and its many scientifically proven physical and psychological benefits.

Ananda Yoga is gentle, yet powerful in its healing impact. It’s an invaluable aid for deeper meditation and higher consciousness.

Whatever your age or body type, we can guide you into poses to help you feel relaxed, revitalized, and uplifted. (For more, see What is Ananda Yoga?)

“Wow! Powerful yoga sessions. I finally understood the spirituality behind hatha yoga-I also feel ready to start a regular practice of yoga and meditation.”

“Exceeded my expectations once again! The atmosphere in class was supportive, encouraging, and gentle. I have no soreness, and feel loose, open, and grounded.”

– Cheryl, Colfax, CA

Learn more about Ananda Yoga® Retreats...

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

Go beyond physical exercise into the deeper realms of Yoga. It's a life-changing experience—for both you and your students—as you experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies for spiritual growth and wellness on all levels.


Gyandev assisting a yoga student

Level 1: 200-hour Yoga Certification

Learn about yoga’s spiritual dimension, as well as its physical dimension, with this life-changing immersion in the science of yoga.  more...



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Level 2: 500-hour Yoga Certification

Level 2 explores the deeper aspects of Ananda Yoga®, with a focus on meditation, yoga philosophy, pranayama, asana, refinement of teaching skills, and personal spiritual growth.  more...

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

Many teachers of other styles want to transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 certification track— once they experience the power of Ananda Yoga. If you are a Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), you may do that.  more...

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Restorative yoga is becoming increasingly popular as way for beginning through advanced yoga students to experience true relaxation – often the most difficult skill to master.  more...

Learn More about Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training...

Ananda Yoga Therapy Training

Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training
Certification Training to become a Yoga Therapist


IAYT Accredited

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.  9 programs from the US, and 3 international programs were accredited.   Read more...

What Is Yoga Therapy?

Ananda Yoga Therapy Training

Yoga therapy is about helping individuals with specific health challenges through the application of yoga techniques and principles (including guidelines for a healthier lifestyle). Yoga therapy can be used for prevention, easing of symptoms, and an improved sense of well-being. Even more important, it works at deeper levels of being, where health challenges originate. It is individual and specific, applied in private sessions or with small groups who share a particular challenge.

Learn More about Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training...

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Yoga Blog

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Yoga Articles

Gyandev McCord

New Twists on Energization
Free the Sacred Dogs!

It’s common for some personal—often unintentional—variations to creep into one’s practice....
More…

Lisa Powers

Overcoming the Fear of Cancer Through Yoga

“Meditation was my refuge, the place where I could experience that I am not my body, and that my body’s troubles are separate from who and what I really am.”

Gyandev McCord

Overcoming Insomnia and Inertia

“When a person is not sleeping well, some level of his or her being – body, subtle energy, mind – is out of harmony with the sleep state. If it were otherwise, sleep would be easy.”

Coleman Salgado

Ananda Yoga For Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

A research study at The Expanding Light was recently published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Registered Yoga School for 200 and 300 hours

How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program

“If you’re thinking of becoming a yoga teacher, here are some important questions you should ask about any teacher training school you’re considering.”

Find an Ananda Yoga® teacher

Find an Ananda Yoga® Teaching Center or a Certified Ananda Yoga® Teacher near you.

Yoga Products

Our on-line store has selected items for your upliftment or as gifts for your family and friends. Items include yoga and meditation supplies and we specialize in books related to our teacher training programs and weekend retreats.

All authors are graduates of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.

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