Programs

You can enjoy a variety of programs to help you to feel the calmness and wholeness within you and to express those qualities more beautifully in all parts of your life. Our calendar is continually growing as we add new programs. Please check again later for more offerings.


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2016 September

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Sep 5 – Monday, Nov 14

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Reno/Truckee-Tahoe Basin Area Special Weekend Retreat

Friday, Sep 30 – Sunday, Oct 2

Reno/Truckee-Tahoe Basin Area Special Weekend Retreat

A special getaway for those coming from the Reno/Truckee-Tahoe Basin Area area.
Nayaswami Premdas

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

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Oct 5 – Sunday, Oct 9

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

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

Meditation Solutions

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 9 – Sunday, Oct 16

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

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Oct 14 – Sunday, Oct 16

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

Spiritual Counseling Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 18 – Sunday, Oct 23

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

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 23

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

In this retreat, you'll learn more about what the chakras do, and you'll be guided through experiences of them on progressively deeper levels.
Nayaswami Maria

Developing Intuition Retreat: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 23

Developing Intuition Retreat: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Taught by Mukti and Krishna Das

Intuition is a human faculty deeper than thought – the clear inner knowing of what is true. It is a skill that can be learned and developed.
Nayaswami Mukti

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 23 – Sunday, Nov 20

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

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Oct 23 – Friday, Oct 28

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Anandi

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

  ceu credits Friday, Oct 28 – Sunday, Oct 30

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
Self-Transformation through Superconsciousness

New information on the brain, shared by Dr. Peter Van Houten, helps us engage our brain’s infinite capacity for change and adaptation, for happiness and success.
Dr. Peter Van Houten

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Friday, Oct 28 – Sunday, Oct 30

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Gain important tools and insights for understanding yourself more deeply, to better cooperate with the flow of your life. Learn how to move in a direction that is positive, growthful, and spiritually uplifting.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

November

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life

Friday, Nov 11 – Sunday, Nov 13

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life
How to Eliminate Self-Defeating Patterns and Attract True Success

By developing the right kind of magnetism, you can learn new skills, attract inspiration when needed, succeed at work, find true friends, and attract a compatible life partner.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Nov 11 – Sunday, Nov 13

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body

Friday, Nov 18 – Sunday, Nov 20

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body
Yogananda's Revolutionary Approach to Health

Joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will! Experience a profound healing of mind and body using simple tools to awaken receptivity to this subtle power.
Nayaswami Mukti

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Nov 18 – Sunday, Nov 20

Living from the Inside Out Retreat
Find Solutions to Life's Challenges

This course shares powerful laws of Spirit to help you discover your highest potential and find positive approaches to life.
Nayaswami Anandi

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Wednesday, Nov 23 – Sunday, Nov 27

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Celebrate one of America's favorite and most important holidays, and leave refreshed, seeing life and yourself in a new and more positive light.
Nayaswami Anandi

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Nov 30 – Sunday, Dec 4

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

December

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 4

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

Friday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 4

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

Learn to cultivate new and effective habits to attract success on every level. Identify the temporary blocks that stand in your way.
Sabari Lester

Yoga for Stronger Bones

  ceu credits Friday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 4

Yoga for Stronger Bones

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

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Dec 4 – Tuesday, Dec 6

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

  ceu credits Wednesday, Dec 7 – Saturday, Dec 10

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

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your Hong Sau Practice to the Next Level

If your meditation practice needs recharging or restarting, this weekend retreat will re-inspire you. Deepening your experience of meditation will open doors to inner freedom.
Nayaswami Mukti

Life, Death, and Beyond

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

Life, Death, and Beyond

Remove fear and sadness from your perspective of death, and gain insight into how you can live a purposeful and fulfilling life.
Nayaswami Anandi

Spiritual Yoga

Friday, Dec 16 – Sunday, Dec 18

Spiritual Yoga
Awaken to Your True Essence

Experience the spiritual aspect of your yoga practice- the inner harmony and soul expansion that can be part of your daily practice of yoga.
Jitendra Guindon

A Christmas of Inner Awakening

Thursday, Dec 22 – Monday, Dec 26

A Christmas of Inner Awakening
Divine Stillness, Joy, and Spiritual Community

Spiritualize this Christmas. Touch the consciousness of Christ within yourself and be renewed and strengthened in your inner life.
Catherine Kairavi

Happiness Retreat Getaway

Monday, Dec 26 – Wednesday, Dec 28

Happiness Retreat Getaway

Happiness is a natural quality of the soul. Yet in our busy lives, this lightness of spirit can get lost. Learn skills and tools to restore your inner balance and bring happiness into your daily life.
Nayaswami Anandi

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Thursday, Dec 29 – Monday, Jan 2

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
A New Year's Retreat

Make 2017 richer and more fulfilling by examining the lessons of 2016 and setting goals for 2017. Enjoy a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and a powerfully uplifting ceremony on New Year's Eve—you will feel truly refreshed and motivated for the coming year.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

2017 January

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Jan 6 – Sunday, Jan 8

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

Pranayama for Meditators

Friday, Jan 13 – Monday, Jan 16

Pranayama for Meditators
Keys to a Quiet, Powerful Mind

Are you ready to take your meditations to the next level? This weekend 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

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

Friday, Jan 13 – Sunday, Jan 15

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

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

Recreate Yourself

Friday, Jan 20 – Sunday, Jan 22

Recreate Yourself

Take this opportunity to learn how to become "the best yet" version of yourself. Discover how to bring out your inner creative potential and open the door to deeper fulfillment.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, Jan 22 – Friday, Jan 27

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

Inner Renewal Week

Sunday, Jan 29 – Sunday, Feb 5

Inner Renewal Week
Going Deeper into God

This week can permanently transform and deepen your spiritual life. It is led by the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide and offered to serious spiritual seekers.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

February

Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India

  ceu credits Friday, Feb 3 – Wednesday, Feb 15

Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India
Relax • Release• Renew

The perfect vacation: deep relaxation and daily Ayurvedic healing treatments, combined with yoga and meditation guided by Gyandev and Diksha McCord, plus Indian cultural experiences – at Kerala’s finest Ayurvedic retreat.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

Yoga Therapy Training: Principles

  ceu credits Sunday, Feb 5 – Sunday, Feb 12

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

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Feb 10 – Sunday, Feb 12

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Spiritualize Your Marriage

Friday, Feb 10 – Sunday, Feb 12

Spiritualize Your Marriage

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by renewing the spiritual bond in your marriage and exploring your divine purpose for being together.
Nayaswami Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mantradevi

Yoga Therapy Training: Seniors and Bone Strength

  ceu credits Sunday, Feb 12 – Wednesday, Feb 15

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, Feb 15 – Saturday, Feb 18

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

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

Friday, Feb 24 – Sunday, Feb 26

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence
Taught by Mantradevi and Diksha

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 Mantradevi

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Feb 24 – Sunday, Feb 26

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat
Attitudes for Everyday Joy and Success

Do you find the idea of blending a deep spiritual awareness with your job, family, and daily activities attractive? You will learn simple tools to experience the hidden meaning, success and joy in everyday moments.
Nayaswami Mukti

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Feb 26 – Friday, Mar 3

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Anandi

March

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Mar 3 – Sunday, Mar 5

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your Hong Sau Practice to the Next Level

If your meditation practice needs recharging or restarting, this weekend retreat will re-inspire you. Deepening your experience of meditation will open doors to inner freedom.
Nayaswami Mukti

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Mar 6 – Monday, May 15

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your 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 on the material and practices learned in Musculoskeletal 1.
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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Mar 17 – Sunday, Mar 19

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, Mar 24 – Sunday, Mar 26

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

In this retreat, you'll learn more about what the chakras do, and you'll be guided through experiences of them on progressively deeper levels.
Nayaswami Maria

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Mar 24 – Sunday, Mar 26

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Mar 24 – Sunday, Mar 26

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

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!
Badri Matlock , Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha and Barbara Bingham

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, Badri Matlock , Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Mar 31 – Sunday, Apr 2

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

April

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

Sunday, Apr 2 – Sunday, Apr 9

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

A week of intensive meditation and exploration of Yogananda's techniques and teachings to prepare you for a life of deep Kriya practice..
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Therapeutic Yoga Retreat

Friday, Apr 21 – Sunday, Apr 23

Therapeutic Yoga Retreat

Learn techniques of yoga to improve your health in body, mind, and spirit. Discover the healing power of posture, movement, energy flows, breath, self-talk, and focus.
Maitri Jones

May

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Gain important tools and insights for understanding yourself more deeply, to better cooperate with the flow of your life. Learn how to move in a direction that is positive, growthful, and spiritually uplifting.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, May 7 – Friday, May 12

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat
Achieving Glowing Health and Vitality

Immerse yourself in an environment that supports you in every way - diet, exercise, meditation, changing habits, living a balanced life.
Maitri Jones, Nayaswami Mangala and Nayaswami Anandi

Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate

Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14

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

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

For Kriyabans worldwide to come together to energize and inspire our practice of Yogananda's Kriya Yoga practice.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

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

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 4 – Saturday, Jun 10

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda
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

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Jun 9 – Sunday, Jun 11

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

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

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, Jun 11 – Friday, Jun 16

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

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

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Jun 21 – Sunday, Jun 25

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Jun 25 – Tuesday, Jun 27

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Jun 30 – Sunday, Jul 2

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

Friday, Jun 30 – Sunday, Jul 2

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

An entertaining and inspiring weekend with stories of the early beginnings of Ananda from the people helped build the community. This year we'll cover the expansion of Ananda after the fire - the years from 1979 to the early 1980s.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

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!
Badri Matlock , Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha and Barbara Bingham

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, Badri Matlock , Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Jul 16 – Friday, Jul 21

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Anandi

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

Friday, Jul 28 – Sunday, Jul 30

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 Mantradevi

August

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Sunday, Aug 6 – Sunday, Aug 13

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Join the Ananda Community in our annual week of Spiritual Renewal, the highlight of Ananda's summer for over 40 years.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Kriya Yoga Initiation

Friday, Aug 11

Kriya Yoga Initiation

This program is for those who have completed Kriya Yoga Preparation, or equivalent course. Receive Kriya Yoga Initiation at a formal ceremony, a Kriya technique review, personal instruction, guidance with your practice, and continued support.

September

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Sep 4 – Monday, Nov 13

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your 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

Yoga Therapy for Back and Joint Pain

Friday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 17

Yoga Therapy for Back and Joint Pain

You will work with Yoga Therapist Nicole DeAvilla and experienced yoga teachers from the Ananda Yoga Therapist Training Program. They will evaluate you and assist you in developing a personalized Yoga Therapy program for you to take home.
Nicole DeAvilla

Yoga Therapy Training: Psychology and Mental Health

  ceu credits Wednesday, Sep 20 – Monday, Sep 25

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

Nayaswami Mangala, Nayaswami Mantradevi and Therese Smith

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Sep 24 – Friday, Sep 29

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Anandi

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

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Oct 6 – Sunday, Oct 8

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

A week of intensive meditation and exploration of Yogananda's techniques and teachings to prepare you for a life of deep Kriya practice..
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Meditation Solutions

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

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

Spiritual Counseling Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 22

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!
Badri Matlock , Maitri Jones, Melody Hansen, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha and Barbara Bingham

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, Badri Matlock , Dayavati Barsic and Maitri Jones

A Pilgrimage to the India of Yogananda

Monday, Oct 23 – Monday, Nov 13

A Pilgrimage to the India of Yogananda
In the Footsteps of the Autobiography of a Yogi

The blessings of pilgrimage, and power of being in places blessed by saints, will change and deepen you, lasting a lifetime. The memories of sweet experiences making God's presence an ever deepening living reality within.
Nayaswami Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mantradevi

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 29 – Friday, Nov 3

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

November

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Thursday, Nov 23 – Monday, Nov 27

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Celebrate one of America's favorite and most important holidays, and leave refreshed, seeing life and yourself in a new and more positive light.
Nayaswami Anandi

Costa Rica Ananda Yoga Vacation

Sunday, Nov 26 – Sunday, Dec 3

Costa Rica Ananda Yoga Vacation

Come join us for a relaxing, healing retreat on the blue waters of Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Nov 29 – Sunday, Dec 3

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

December

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Dec 3 – Tuesday, Dec 5

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

2018 May

Pilgrimage to Spain & Italy: Sacred Sites in Southern Europe

Saturday, May 19 – Saturday, Jun 9

Pilgrimage to Spain & Italy: Sacred Sites in Southern Europe
Experience Historical and Holy Sites, and Walk Where Saints Walked

Experience the deep vibrations of early monasteries, ancient convents, museums, opulent palaces and antique castles; places of spiritual, historical, and artful inspiration.
Nayaswami Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mantradevi

Personal Retreat

Combine personal quiet time with choices of classes and activities. More...

Spiritual Growth

Discover a center of calmness within yourself and learn to apply that creatively to any aspect of your life.

Spiritual Travel

Trips led by Expanding Light staff include pilgrimages as well as travel and vacations with a spiritual component. More...

Karma Yoga

Spiritualize Your Life. Have the life-changing experience of living at a spiritual retreat center for 2 weeks to 3 months. More...

Karma Yoga Internships

Join us at Ananda Village for spiritual internships and programs for living a deeper spiritual daily life. More...

Ananda's Karma Yoga Ashram Program
Spiritualize Your Daily Life. Service is Joy

Karma Yoga is working with the thought that it is God within us, serving God within all.

Learn to spiritualize your daily life in an ashram environment, with a community of like-minded individuals practicing meditation and living a spiritual life. Our karma yoga ashram program is held at Ananda’s spiritual retreat, The Expanding Light, nestled among 700 acres of the Sierra Nevada Foothills of northern California.

Autobiography of a Yogi

Transform your consciousness and awaken your infinite potential.
Our program includes a balance of selfless service or karma yoga, fun, and lessons in meditation and Raja Yoga, based on the spiritual teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda is well-known and loved worldwide, for his best-selling spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

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On-line Learning with the Expanding Light

We have many exciting and informative courses available for you to take in the comfort of your own home. We are partnering with Online with Ananda to be able to bring you a variety of programs and subscription options that are very affordable.

Learn more about On-line Learning with the Expanding Light...

Nursing CE Contact Hours Eligible Courses
(Continuing Education Contact Hours)

Nurses can receive nursing continuing education credit by taking many of our courses. Look for the CEU logo on our Calendar page or on the individual course pages.

Learn more about Nursing CE Contact Hours and eligible courses...


Join us for meaningful, spiritual holiday programs.

During the winter months it’s easier to explore the more inward part of ourselves. November, December, and January are beautiful months at The Expanding Light. The facilities are cozy and festively decorated. It’s a perfect time to enjoy yoga, meditation, and quiet reflection.

Holiday Retreats scheduled



Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India

Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India.

Feb 3 – 15, 2017

Imagine: two weeks of deep relaxation and Ayurvedic healing treatments, combined with yoga and meditation guided by Gyandev and Diksha McCord, plus a variety of delightful Indian cultural experiences - all at Kerala’s finest seaside Ayurvedic retreat.



Upcoming Special Events

2016 November

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Wednesday, Nov 23 – Sunday, Nov 27

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Celebrate one of America's favorite and most important holidays, and leave refreshed, seeing life and yourself in a new and more positive light.
Nayaswami Anandi

December

A Christmas of Inner Awakening

Thursday, Dec 22 – Monday, Dec 26

A Christmas of Inner Awakening
Divine Stillness, Joy, and Spiritual Community

Spiritualize this Christmas. Touch the consciousness of Christ within yourself and be renewed and strengthened in your inner life.
Catherine Kairavi

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Thursday, Dec 29 – Monday, Jan 2

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
A New Year's Retreat

Make 2017 richer and more fulfilling by examining the lessons of 2016 and setting goals for 2017. Enjoy a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and a powerfully uplifting ceremony on New Year's Eve—you will feel truly refreshed and motivated for the coming year.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

2017 January

Inner Renewal Week

Sunday, Jan 29 – Sunday, Feb 5

Inner Renewal Week
Going Deeper into God

This week can permanently transform and deepen your spiritual life. It is led by the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide and offered to serious spiritual seekers.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

May

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

For Kriyabans worldwide to come together to energize and inspire our practice of Yogananda's Kriya Yoga practice.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

June

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

Friday, Jun 30 – Sunday, Jul 2

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

An entertaining and inspiring weekend with stories of the early beginnings of Ananda from the people helped build the community. This year we'll cover the expansion of Ananda after the fire - the years from 1979 to the early 1980s.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

August

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Sunday, Aug 6 – Sunday, Aug 13

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Join the Ananda Community in our annual week of Spiritual Renewal, the highlight of Ananda's summer for over 40 years.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

November

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Thursday, Nov 23 – Monday, Nov 27

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Celebrate one of America's favorite and most important holidays, and leave refreshed, seeing life and yourself in a new and more positive light.
Nayaswami Anandi