Teacher Training at the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation

Where Yoga and Meditation Live

Learn to practice and teach a broad spectrum of techniques that address all levels of being: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Our trainings are based in the renowned tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Immerse Yourself in the Yogic Way of Life

At the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation we don’t just teach yoga and meditation—we live it, and so will you. Every aspect of your experience is designed to support your training, practice, and spiritual life. You’ll be a full-time part of Ananda Village, one of the world’s leading spiritual communities.

Experience Matters

We’ve been training teachers for more than 35 years. Our faculty are professional, knowledgeable, and inspiring. We’ll support you in every way we can to help you be the best—and most successful—teacher and counselor you can possibly be.

Receive Post-Graduate Support

We care about our graduates. In addition to periodic informational emails, we have a teacher support website, we keep you connected with other graduates, and our staff are always available for consultation.

Our professional teacher trainings are:

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training

Level 1: 200 hour 4 week ashram stay

  • Mar 26 – Apr 23, 2017
  • Jul 9 – Aug 6, 2017
  • Oct 22 – Nov 19, 2017

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

  • Jun 14 – 17, 2017
  • Sep 27 – 30, 2017

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

  • Oct 3 – 8, 2017

Level 2: 500 hour modular format

See listings for all level 2 programs

Bridge to Ananda Yoga®

  • Mar 26 – Apr 3, 2017
  • Jul 9 – 17, 2017
  • Oct 22 – 30, 2017

Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training

See listings for all Yoga Therapy Training programs

Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

In person at The Expanding Light

  • Mar 16 – 26, 2017
  • Jun 29 – Jul 9, 2017

Online

  • Mar 6 – May 15, 2017
  • Sep 4 – Nov 13, 2017

Meditation Teacher Training Level 2

  • Oct 8 – 15, 2017

Spiritual Counseling Training

  • Oct 17 – 22, 2017

2017 March

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

  ceu credits Monday, Mar 6 – Monday, May 15

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation teachers are in great demand, especially those who (like our graduates) can teach it to people from any background and interest, from secular to spiritual. Catch the wave, and share your passion and knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Yoga Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal 2

Wednesday, Mar 8 – Monday, Mar 13

Yoga Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal 2

Builds upon the knowledge gained in Musculoskeletal I and their assigned practicum experiences. Anatomy and physiology are reviewed in the context of working with clients and communicating with health care providers.
Nicole DeAvilla

Yoga Therapy Training: Health Challenges 2

Monday, Mar 13 – Friday, Mar 17

Yoga Therapy Training: Health Challenges 2

Yoga therapy for many chronic health conditions, such as Obesity, Diabetes, Coronary bypass surgery, common Cardiac Arythmias, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Headaches (Tension & Migraine), Asthma, and COPD.
Maitri Jones and Nayaswami Mangala

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Mar 16 – Sunday, Mar 26

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Sunday, Mar 26 – Sunday, Apr 23

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

A dynamic program built over 30yrs. Experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies. A founding member of Yoga Alliance. It's a life-changing journey!
Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha, Barbara Bingham, Annapurna Lacour and Satyana Willard

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

Sunday, Mar 26 – Saturday, Apr 8

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

This Level 2 program is offered on a space-available basis to Yoga Teacher Training graduates (prerequisites apply).. You will get personal coaching in adapting poses for individual needs, plus hands-on experience.
Maitri Jones

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

  ceu credits Sunday, Mar 26 – Monday, Apr 3

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 and depth of Ananda Yoga.
Nayaswami Mangala, Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

June

Yoga Therapy Training: Principles

  ceu credits Sunday, Jun 4 – Sunday, Jun 11

Yoga Therapy Training: Principles

This in-depth 7-day program is the first module of Ananda’s Yoga Therapy Training. Giving you practical foundatiol skills for a safe and effective yoga therapy practice coming from the ancient sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Nayaswami Mangala, Maitri Jones and Barbara Bingham

Advanced Pranayama

Sunday, Jun 11 – Sunday, Jun 18

Advanced Pranayama

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

Yoga Therapy Training: Seniors and Bone Strength

  ceu credits Sunday, Jun 11 – Wednesday, Jun 14

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

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

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Wednesday, Jun 14 – Saturday, Jun 17

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

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Jun 29 – Sunday, Jul 9

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

July

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Sunday, Jul 9 – Sunday, Aug 6

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

A dynamic program built over 30yrs. Experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies. A founding member of Yoga Alliance. It's a life-changing journey!
Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha, Barbara Bingham, Annapurna Lacour and Satyana Willard

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

Sunday, Jul 9 – Saturday, Jul 22

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

This Level 2 program is offered on a space-available basis to Yoga Teacher Training graduates (prerequisites apply).. You will get personal coaching in adapting poses for individual needs, plus hands-on experience.
Maitri Jones

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

  ceu credits Sunday, Jul 9 – Monday, Jul 17

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 and depth of Ananda Yoga.
Nayaswami Mangala, Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

Yoga Therapy Training: Psychology and Mental Health

  ceu credits Wednesday, Jul 26 – Monday, Jul 31

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

Explore similarities and differences in how Western Psychology, Ayurvedic Psychology, and Yogic Psychology view the mind and emotions.
Nayaswami Mangala, Nayaswami Mantradevi and Therese Smith

September

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

  ceu credits Monday, Sep 4 – Monday, Nov 13

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation teachers are in great demand, especially those who (like our graduates) can teach it to people from any background and interest, from secular to spiritual. Catch the wave, and share your passion and knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Yoga Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal 1

  ceu credits Friday, Sep 8 – Monday, Sep 18

Yoga Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal 1

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

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat

Sunday, Sep 24 – Friday, Sep 29

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat
A Nature-Based Wellness Retreat

Learn techniques to give children and adults a dynamic and inspiring experience of nature.
Sundara Traymar and Bharat Cornell

Yoga Therapy Training: Ayurveda

  ceu credits Tuesday, Sep 26 – Saturday, Sep 30

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

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Wednesday, Sep 27 – Saturday, Sep 30

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

October

Yoga Therapy Training: Health Challenges I

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 1 – Sunday, Oct 8

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 3 – Sunday, Oct 8

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

Ananda Meditation Solutions™

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

Ananda Meditation Solutions™
Meditation Teacher Training Level 2

Deepen your personal spiritual life and intensify your daily meditation practices. You'll also learn new teaching skills and polish the ones you are already using.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 22

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

Do you often find yourself listening to someone talk to you about their problems? Would you like to feel more confident about how to respond?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 22 – Sunday, Nov 19

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

A dynamic program built over 30yrs. Experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies. A founding member of Yoga Alliance. It's a life-changing journey!
Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha, Barbara Bingham, Annapurna Lacour and Satyana Willard

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

Sunday, Oct 22 – Saturday, Nov 4

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

This Level 2 program is offered on a space-available basis to Yoga Teacher Training graduates (prerequisites apply).. You will get personal coaching in adapting poses for individual needs, plus hands-on experience.
Maitri Jones

Bridge to Ananda Yoga

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 22 – Monday, Oct 30

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 and depth of Ananda Yoga.
Nayaswami Mangala, Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

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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.


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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...


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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...


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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...


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Become A
Meditation Teacher

Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

Ananda has been training teachers for almost 40 years. We don’t just teach yoga and meditation—we live it, and so will you. You’ll thrive in the uplifting energy and profound peace of Ananda Village in Northern California, one of the worlds’ most successful spiritual communities. From in-person training to post-graduate support, we help you in every way to become the teacher you truly want to be.


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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.

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Spiritual Counseling Training

Spiritual counseling is an art, and yet there are tools that can be learned and techniques you can practice. You will learn how to develop your own intuitive abilities so that you can listen to others in the right way. What are their underlying feelings? What questions can you ask to help lead them to their own solutions?


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