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Welcome to The Expanding Light, America’s Premiere Yoga and Community Retreat, and Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation, an integral part of the dynamic movement of Ananda Worldwide. Drawing from the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the famous Autobiography of a Yogi, your visit will give you a taste and experience of practical spirituality, spiritual community, divine friendship, and how to find peace and joy in your life. Through our retreat programs, experienced teachers and staff, personalized activities and services, our goal is to provide the setting and tools to help you relax your mind and body, access inner peace, and deepen your spiritual life, in whatever way is best for you.

Ananda was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. His life was dedicated to fulfilling Yogananda’s vision of establishing spiritual communities.

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Nevada City, California 95959
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