Ananda has been training teachers for almost 40 years. We don’t just teach meditation—we live it, and so will you. You’ll love the uplifting energy and profound peace of Ananda Village in Northern California, one of the worlds’ most respected spiritual communities. 

You'll learn and discuss:

  • What meditation is and what it is not;
  • How to sit for the most effective, comfortable meditation practice;
  • How to teach any student, whether s/he wants only stress relief, or the highest that meditation can offer, or anything in-between.
  • Using the breath to calm the body and mind;
  • Concentration techniques to overcome mental restlessness;
  • How to use affirmations, visualization, and walking meditations;
  • How to open the heart and develop your feeling nature;
  • Music as an aid to meditation;
  • Effective presentation skills and how to overcome stage fright;
  • Becoming a truly dynamic teacher;
  • How to organize and market your classes.
Meditation Teacher Training Video

Nursing CEU Eligible: 65 hours CEU

Experience Ananda Meditation

Ananda Meditation Video with Diksha McCord

Join Diksha in this guided meditation video

Ananda Meditation helps one calm the mind, sharpen concentration, stay centered amidst challenges, and cultivate unshakeable happiness and spiritual magnetism. Everything that you’ll learn to teach—the central technique as well as its many supporting techniques—is based on the highest ancient yogic practices of India. The well-rounded curriculum prepares you to teach meditation skills to anyone, whether he or she seeks stress reduction, greater effectiveness, better health, or spiritual growth.

Meditation class session at The Expanding Light Retreat

In addition to enjoying classes offered by some of Ananda’s finest instructors, you’ll practice and teach Ananda Meditation extensively during the training, with ample guidance and feedback from instructors. You’ll also receive a comprehensive, 180-page teaching manual, as well as access to a variety of audio and video resources.

Graduates become certified Ananda Meditation® teachers. Those who are also graduates of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training receive credit toward Level 2 Ananda Yoga Teacher certification.

Continuing Support

From in-person training to post-graduation support, we help you in every way to become the teacher you truly want to be. We are especially proud to be able to offer our graduates membership in the new Network of Ananda Meditation Teachers, an online community through which they can enjoy discussion forums, take advantage of teaching and practice resources, ask questions of our faculty, and participate in free graduates-only webinars.

Gyandev and Diksha meditation instructorsCourse Directors

Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha, bring more than 50 combined years of experience in teaching meditation and related subjects. They teach not only at The Expanding Light, but also in various locations around the U.S., in India, and online.

More Information

This course is open to all meditators. Please contact us for a program application or fill out our online application. We ask that you apply and complete your registration at least 2 days before the start of the program.

This course is also part of Ananda's Yoga Therapy Training. In this Course Syllabus, certain parts apply only to those seeking certification as an Ananda Yoga Therapist.

Yoga Alliance RYT's and E-RYT's: This course offers up to 46 hours of continuing education credit. Ask your instructor for documentation.

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Reflections by a Meditation Teacher Training GraduateListen to what our graduate Robin has to say

 

“My meditation teacher training has most definitely been beneficial, not only to me but to hundreds of people who work at UC Davis.”

~ Beth A. Cohen, Ph.D.,
Director, Academic & Staff Assistance Program, University of California, Davis

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"This is an excellent program designed to help you become a competent and confident meditation teacher. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I'm ready to share this joy with the world."
—Rev. Lisa Hamilton

"This course will change you even if you are an experienced meditator. It will take your practice inward and upward to infinity." —Kim G., Nevada

"Come with no agenda other than to immerse yourself into the program. I'd definitely recommend this program. It will give you a very rich experience on many different levels."—Natalie, Russia

"This training really prepares the new teacher to be able to relate to their students and teach with confidence and ease. The program balances perfectly the heart qualities of meditation with the practical application aspects. This course opened my heart, taught me how to successfully teach meditation, and truly changed my life."
—Hannah Isaacson

"You are the best team of teachers I've experienced. You all, Expanding Light, Ananda, its people - will live in my heart forever!" —Darcy S.

"All of the teachers are EXCELLENT! Ananda trainings are of the highest caliber because the teachers are so knowledgeable, compassionate, and committed."—Amani, Texas

"I was very impressed with how competent and professional the instructors are. They were practical, inspiring, and harmonious with each other, setting perfect examples and guidance as teachers." —Stephanie, Israel

"MTT helped me revitalize my own practice of meditation. I feel enthusiastic and prepared to share meditation with all whom I meet." —Cate, Nevada City, CA

"I cannot actually imagine taking meditation from another place. Ananda has been a spiritual community since Day One. The level of instruction is of the highest quality and the vibration felt at Ananda would be very hard to replace." —Susan K.

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Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Minister, Counselor, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, E-RYT-500, Director of Ananda Meditation Teacher Training  
What is a nayaswami?

A popular Expanding Light teacher since 1997, Diksha McCord is the Director of the Meditation Teacher Training program. Nayaswami Diksha, a native Israeli who came to the U.S. in 1990, is a powerful and dynamic woman who has shared yoga postures and yogic teachings across the United States, in Canada and Europe.

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Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Co-Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training ®, Director of Ananda Yoga®, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, Raja Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Travel Host, Writer and Lecturer, Ananda Minister
What is a nayaswami?

Combining a fun-loving spirit, keen insight into the spiritual life, and genuine warmth, Nayaswami Gyandev makes the inner quest seem both natural and doable. Since 1983 he has taught Ananda Yoga to thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers around the world, often forging deep and lasting bonds of friendship and inspiration.

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Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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