Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training Level 2
Registered with Yoga Alliance at 500 hours
Advanced Teacher Training
Level 2 certification explores the deeper aspects of Ananda Yoga®, with a focus on meditation, yoga philosophy, pranayama, asana, refinement of teaching skills, and personal spiritual growth. It involves 300 hours of coursework beyond the 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training Level 1.
Level 2 is modular in format, and the course modules are spread out over a span of time. It has three components:
- Teaching experience at home
- Final Teaching Practicum
See below for more info. There is no time limit for completing Level 2.
Level 2 Courses
Advanced techniques (practice and teaching), how to teach Energization, and more depth on the astral body.
Training in a variety of meditation techniques, teaching and counseling methodology, and student teaching.
Personal coaching in adapting poses for individual needs, plus hands-on experience as an AYTT program assistant.
Each course is 6 days
Explore yoga’s most profound wisdom in these two intensives.
You'll also learn to practice and teach advanced asanas.
Learn to yoga psychology to spiritual counseling situations with students, clients, friends, or family.
Credit hours shown are approximate
Note: For those who graduated from Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 or later, the above courses are required for Level 2 certification; none of the elective courses below are needed. Those who graduated before 2011 have the option to substitute any of the following elective courses for Spiritual Counselor Training, provided the total course hours add up to at least 25 hours.
6 days; 30+ hrs
It's all about depth, focusing on longer practice sessions of some of the most powerful techniques in Ananda Yoga.
6 days; 30+ hrs
Deepen your practice and develop more teaching skills.
2 days; 8+ hrs
Learn and practice advanced techniques for experiencing more deeply the sacred sound underlying all creation.
5 days; 25+ hrs
Explore the asana / chakra connection in depth.
4 days; 20+ hrs
Builds a foundation for initiation into Kriya Yoga, the highest of all meditation techniques.
3 days; 15+ hrs
Learn Ananda’s unique approach to this helpful practice.
7 days: 13 hours — or — 12 days: 24 hours
During the retreat, you'll have special sadhanas with emphasis on yoga for the specific doshas, and classes on Ayurveda and healing.
Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 Courses Scheduled:
|16 – 22||The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
|22 – 30||Musculoskeletal Yoga Therapy
|23 – 30||Advanced Pranayama
|5 – 14||Meditation Teacher Training
|14 – 27||Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Assistantship
|28 – Aug 3||The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
|18 – 25||Kriya Yoga Preparation
Spiritual Renewal Week
|7 – 11||Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy
|10 – 13||Kriya Yoga Preparation
|18 – 27||Meditation Teacher Training
|4 – 7||Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
|7 – 19||Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India
Teaching Experience at Home
You need at least 100 hours of experience as a lead teacher (not an assistant) after having completed Level 1 Ananda YTT or Bridge to Ananda Yoga.
Final Teaching Practicum
Once you complete the Level 2 coursework, your last step is to satisfactorily complete a final 3-hour teaching exercise:
- Yogananda’s Energization Exercises (one hour)
- Ananda-style asana and pranayama practice (one hour)
- Ananda-style meditation (one hour)
The practicum is done by videoing your own teaching at home. As you approach the end of your Level 2 coursework, please contact the director of Ananda Yoga for a detailed description of the practicum. By the time you video your practicum, you should already have teaching experience in all three of the above areas.
Registration with Yoga Alliance
Ananda’s Level 1 and Level 2 Yoga Teacher Trainings are registered with Yoga Alliance at 200 and 500 hours, respectively. Graduates are eligible to become Registered Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance.
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Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training
- Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, Level 2
- Bridge to Ananda Yoga
- The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
- Musculoskeletal Yoga Therapy
- Advanced Pranayama
- Meditation Teacher Training
- Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Assistantship
- The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
- Kriya Yoga Preparation
- Meditation Teacher Training Level 2
- Spiritual Counselor Training
- Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy
- Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
- Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India
- Yoga Alliance RYT‘s and E-RYT‘s Continuing Education Credit
- Yoga Therapy Training
Nursing CEU Eligible: 100 hours
“This was the best month of my life – truly a life-transforming experience…”
– C. S., Fresno, California
“My 4 weeks of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training was one of the most fulfilling and spiritually transforming periods in my life. All of the instructors, along with the entire Ananda community, were very supportive and nurturing.”
– R. F., Lake Bluff, Illinois