• Enrollment in the Ananda Yoga® Therapist Training
  • As many of the other Ananda Yoga Therapy Training Courses as possible. This should be one of the last courses that the Ananda Yoga Therapist Trainee takes in the curriculum, as it draws on skills from all the previous modules.

Please NOTE:  This course starts at 4:30 PM on Sunday (Not at 7:30 PM), and it ends at 3:30 PM on Friday.  This course is the Teacher Training version of Ananda Holistic Health Retreat, which is open to all.

In many ways, the Ananda Holistic Health program most captures the whole of Ananda Yoga Therapy—incorporating the most important healing modalities of Ananda Yoga Therapy in a Holistic Health framework.

The course includes:

  • Daily guided practices of Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation
  • Daily vigorous affirmation walks
  • Guided yoga techniques for greater energy
  • Therapeutic and restorative yoga
  • Instruction in a meditation technique
  • A comprehensive reference manual for holistic radiant health
  • 3 delicious and healthy vegetarian meals daily
  • Menus and recipes for healthy meals
  • Individual coaching/counseling to help you create a plan for healthy changes in your lifestyle

Yoga Therapy Trainees participate as teaching/coaching assistants in this guest program that has been offered at The Expanding Light since 2009. Therapist trainees receive mentoring by faculty in how to coach clients to help them make lifestyle changes.

Trainees also attend classes on meditation, affirmation/visualization, brain plasticity, positive attitudes, diet, purification and toxin free living with clients, followed by separate meetings with faculty to learn how to set up these classes as part of their own therapeutic yoga offerings. Working with the same clients going through a transformational experience during a 5-day residential training offers many unique learning opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of the course, students will:

  • Demonstrate practical client assessment skills (including structural and functional assessment, basic Ayurvedic constitution assessment)
  • Demonstrate ability to take a client history, create, document, and evaluate individualized therapeutic plans
  • Learn how to design individualized yoga therapy regimes
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of the power of the mind and the use of affirmations, visualizations, and mantra.
  • Understand how to establish therapeutic relationships with clients, how to set clear boundaries; what are professional and ethical boundaries; listening and communication skills.

Course Completion Requirements

Attendance at all lectures, participation in all discussions, case studies and practicums. Completion of required reading assignments, including the whole Ananda Holistic Health Manual. Understanding of material covered as demonstrated by satisfactory performance on in-class quizzes and reviewed practicum assignments.

For more information, see Course Syllabus.

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodationsmeals, classes or activities, and course materials. You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

See Transportation and Directions whether you are coming by plane, car, bus or train. Our Frequent Questions page answers many of the questions you might have about How to Go on Retreat.

Maitri Jones

Maitri Jones

AnandaYoga®Therapist,Certified with International Association of Yoga Therapy, C-IAYT

Level 2 Ananda Yoga®Teacher, E-RYT-500,

Ananda Minister, Counselor

Maitri’s name means “Friend” in Sanskrit and well describes her extraordinarily kind and supportive nature. She directs our Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training Assistantship program, where she helps YTT grads take their teaching to the next level. She also helped pioneer our Ananda Yoga Therapy Training and is one of the primary instructors in that program. Maitri, brings great wisdom and experience to her many programs. Maitri is a certified Ananda Meditation and Yoga Teacher, as well as a registered nurse.

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Nayaswami Mangala

Nayaswami Mangala

Director, Ananda Yoga®Therapy Training

Certified Yoga Therapist, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Level 2 Ananda Yoga®Teacher, E-RYT-500

Director, Ananda Yoga Therapist Training

Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice.

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Costs (TXRH)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Jun 2 – 7, 2019
  • May 3 – 8, 2020
$660 $855 $1175 $1080 $1510

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

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Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Holistic Health Therapist Training starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

Pick up & drop off at Sacramento Airport. Click links for details.

Yoga Alliance RYTs and E-RYTs receive a 10% discount on the total cost for Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Holistic Health Therapist Training. To receive the discount, please tell us when you register: your name as it appears in the Yoga Alliance registry, and your city/state/country.

You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Holistic Health Therapist 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.

See Transportation and Directions whether you are coming by plane, car, bus or train. Our Frequent Questions page answers many of the questions you might have about How to Go on Retreat.

The yoga therapy components of these courses are based on our accreditation by IAYT, not derived from our status as an RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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