Teaching Staff
Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

Your Ananda Holistic Health Retreat teaching staff represent some of Anandas finest teachers and counselors in the realm of health and personal change.

Maitri Jones

Maitri Jones

Maitri's name means “Friend” in Sanskrit and well describes her kind and supportive nature. She is a calm, high-energy person who approaches her many interests with enthusiasm and talent.

Maitri was drawn to doing yoga postures and living a yogic lifestyle early in life, which led her to attend Ananda High School in the early 70s. Since then she has served in various aspects of Anandas work including leading yoga at the meditation retreat, vegetarian cook, teacher in the Living Wisdom Schools, singer and flutist in Anandas musical group.

She is now also a registered nurse with experience in hospitals, home health, hospice and ambulatory care. As a certified Meditation Teacher and a Level 2 Yoga Teacher, she has a special interest in using yoga as therapy for body, mind, and spirit. She has shared yoga postures and philosophy through many classes at The Expanding Light, the local community college, private yoga sessions, and leading yoga stretch breaks on Ananda's Internet Radio.

With another nurse, Maitri created and pioneered the very successful MS Study at The Expanding Light, for which she created a video of Energization Exercises and yoga postures for Multiple Sclerosis. She is now on the staff of Anandas Yoga Teacher Training Course, where she continues to teach and do personal counseling.

Mangala (Sue) Loper-Powers

Mangala (Sue)

Mangala brings to the Ananda Holistic Health Retreat an impressive background in the healing field and in yoga training and teaching. She has a Master's in Nursing and has won awards as Nurse Practitioner of the Year, and for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching when she was a lecturer at The University of Washington School of Nursing (1987).

She has also trained as a Biofeedback Therapist, was a Clinical Specialist in Stress Management, and is a certified Massage Therapist and Polarity Therapist. For many years she has been a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Nevada City.

She was certified as an Ayurvedic practitioner by Dr. Vasant Lad, in addition to her previous certificates as from the California College of Ayurveda and from Dr. David Frawley's Correspondence Course.

She was is a certified Ananda Yoga® Teacher, and has taught yoga and Ayurveda in Europe, India, and America.

In addition to this impressive list of training and qualifications, Mangala is, quite simply, an excellent teacher, who listens sensitively and shares with her students compassion and wisdom. She is gifted in communicating how to make spiritual teachings a practical part of your life, and in working one-on-one to help people make real changes in their lives.

From a student:

I wanted to say a BIG thank YOU!  I got so much valuable information from your recent course at The Expanding Light. I have read and re-read your handouts and have been able to implement many changes into my life. I have been eating better, feeling better (less stress), and even sleeping better!  You are such a wealth of information: answering quite a variety of questions, offering specific instructions, making recommendations and really listening to each student with their particular needs and concerns. My life keeps improving, and I sincerely thank you for your extraordinary contributions!
– C.P.

Anandi Cornell

Anandi Cornell

Anandi Cornell is a key member of The Expanding Light staff where she teaches, counsels, and writes for the web—and contributes greatly to the wisdom, clarity, and grace that make this place so special.

An Ananda member since its earliest years, and an Ananda Minister, Anandi has served in many ways in the community over the years—from gardening, to running small businesses, to teaching. She and her husband were founding ministers of Ananda’s Palo Alto community.  One of her great joys over the years has been sharing Yogananda’s techniques of meditation with, by now, hundreds of people.

Anandi helped to create and for many years direct Ananda’s inspirational training program for new members.

In her job as an editor for Crystal Clarity Publishers, she has created four volumes of original writings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

As the wife of Joseph Cornell, world-renowned nature educator and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, she has helped edit his books—including the inspirational classic, Listening to Nature.  Anandi and Joseph have traveled around the world sharing Ananda’s teachings.

“I met with Anandi for spiritual counseling. She listened to my concerns with great sensitivity, kindness, skill, and intuition. During the time we talked, I was able to find profound meaning in a life circumstance that was deeply challenging.  I was led to see Divine Love and Intelligence at work, and I was relieved of questions and blocks that I had had for years. I can’t say enough about the value of this counseling.”
— S.J., Rancho Cordova, CA

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Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat - Teaching Staff starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. It's ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of guided yoga postures and meditation, which begins at 4:45. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is after dinner. Please see:

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