Yoga Instructors for Level 1
Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
Director of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
Gyandev McCord is the Director of Ananda Yoga Worldwide and Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.
He is also a founding board member of Yoga Alliance, the organization that has developed standards for yoga teachers nationally.
Gyandev is the author of Spiritual Yoga: Higher Awareness Through Ananda Yoga (to be published Summer 2013), and he has coauthored these books:
… and has also produced two videos:
“Through [Gyandev’s] dedication and commitment, many souls will be touched by true yoga.
“I have been touched – I am filled by my last experience and will come as soon as I am able for the next!”
– J.M., Cincinnati, Ohio
Ananda Meditation Teacher and Ananda Yoga Teacher
From her students:
“Everyone loves Melody’s sweet yet strong presence. Her clear understanding of the deeper aspects of Yoga goes well with her relaxed humility. Her students learn not only with their bodies and minds, but also with their hearts. We all agree, ‘Melody is a true yogi!’”
Instructor in Asana, Director of Ananda YTT Assistantship
“I had heard the name ‘Maitri’ before I spoke with Maitri for the first time on the phone. It is a Sanskrit name, which I had read means ‘loving kindness.’ That is exactly who Maitri Jones is, in my experience of her—the embodiment of loving kindness. When I took Ananda’s Radiant Health Training, Maitri became my personal coach, and taught me who I really was—not my ego self, but a child of God with unlimited possibilities for happiness, good health, and peace in a challenging world. She gently nudged me in the direction that has brought me peace of mind and gratitude. I will always be grateful to have Maitri in my life—she has helped to forever change my life, teaching me loving kindness toward myself and everyone else.”
—K.C., Chico, CA
“I had heard many wonderful recommendations about the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program, but it was my initial meeting with Maitri Jones that made me decide to take it. She graciously and generously spent time answering my questions and explaining the program. Our personal connection continued throughout the course as she encouraged each one of us, took time to individually assist us in the poses, shared her experiences, and helped us to stay on track. I truly appreciated her medical background, as it helped clarify our questions with actual experiences.”
—R.C., Granite Bay, CA
Instructor in Yoga Philosophy and Asana
Diksha is a Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher and one of our most popular teachers. A powerful and dynamic woman, she teaches a wide variety of courses at The Expanding Light, and directs Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training and Spiritual Counselor Training courses.
Diksha is also an outstanding chef and very knowledgeable about the yogic diet and Ayurveda, an Indian system of natural health and healing, and is the author of:
You can also look for Diksha's Online Vegetarian Cooking Course.
Each year, Diksha and Gyandev lead a yogic healing vacation to an five star Ayurvedic clinic in India as well as Ananda vacations in Costa Rica, Hawaii, and other locations.
“Diksha’s knowledge and conviction are inspirational. She is a master teacher and human being.
”I feel that I have a clearer path ahead of me. I can only thank her for who she is and all that she gave me.”
– J.G., Templeton, CA
Instructor in Anatomy & Physiology and Modifying Asanas
Barbara brings all of her training together in her yoga teaching and helps people enjoy using their bodies in the healthiest way possible.
Known for her playful, approachable style, Barbara finds the greatest joy in making yoga accessible to everyone.
Barbara is the producer of the video, Yoga for Menopause (watch a free excerpt), and is working on a book of the same title. She has also produced two other videos: Sadhana and The Energization Exercises.
“Barbara made the program. Her background in Western medicine made what she taught logical and believable.
”Her knowledge of each movement will allow me to take home a newfound confidence in knowing the limits of my body and its potential.”
– C.S., Pomona, CA
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