Ananda Yoga®- Experience the Spiritual Essence of Yoga

Yoga pose by Lotus

What Is Ananda Yoga?

Ananda Yoga is a holistic approach that brings yoga back to its original spiritual essence.
Above all, Ananda Yoga helps you:

  • Achieve inner peace by using the power of the mind to harmonize the body and spirit.
  • Experience uplifted consciousness, release, and relaxation in each yoga pose.
  • Discover bodily balance and stillness, which helps deepen your meditations.
  • Discover a direct experience of who and what you really are! More...

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

This residential yoga teacher training in California is much more than techniques. You'll be a full-time part of Ananda Village, one of the leading ashrams in the U.S. As you explore creative new ways to live your yoga, you'll be supported by the magnetism of an entire community of long-time yogis. More...

Ananda Yoga Therapy Training

At Ananda, we view physical, psychological, and spiritual wellness as inseparable. We therefore train you to apply therapeutic tools that work on all three levels. More...

Find an Ananda Yoga® teacher

Find an Ananda Yoga® Teaching Center or a Certified Ananda Yoga® Teacher near you. More...

Ananda Yoga Resources

These resources will help you explore the many facets of Ananda Yoga. More...

See our upcoming yoga programs

Morning Yoga in The meadow at The Expanding Light Retreat

Our Roots

Autobiography of a Yogi

Ananda Yoga comes from the renowned Raja Yoga / Kriya Yoga tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home in the West. Ananda Yoga arose from his teachings and was developed into a definite system of practice by his close, direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda.

Swami Kriyananda on yoga

Ananda Yoga
Registered Yoga School for 200 and 300 hours

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2016 September

Yoga Therapy Training: Ayurveda

  ceu credits Tuesday, Sep 27 – Saturday, Oct 1

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

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

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Tuesday, Oct 4 – Sunday, Oct 9

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

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

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

December

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

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

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

2017 January

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

February

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

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

March

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 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

April

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

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

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

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

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

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

September

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

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

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

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Ananda Yoga® Retreats

Morning Yoga at The Expanding Light Retreat

You will experience yoga’s original spiritual essence, and its many scientifically proven physical and psychological benefits.

Ananda Yoga is gentle, yet powerful in its healing impact. It’s an invaluable aid for deeper meditation and higher consciousness.

Whatever your age or body type, we can guide you into poses to help you feel relaxed, revitalized, and uplifted. (For more, see What is Ananda Yoga?)

“Wow! Powerful yoga sessions. I finally understood the spirituality behind hatha yoga-I also feel ready to start a regular practice of yoga and meditation.”

“Exceeded my expectations once again! The atmosphere in class was supportive, encouraging, and gentle. I have no soreness, and feel loose, open, and grounded.”

– Cheryl, Colfax, CA

Learn more about Ananda Yoga® Retreats...

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.


Gyandev assisting a yoga student

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...

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...

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...

Learn More about Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training...

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.

Learn More about Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training...

Free Yoga Videos and Articles

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These resources and more will help you explore the many facets of Ananda Yoga

Yoga Blog

Get the latest articles in the Expanding Light Yoga Blog.

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A Restorative Yoga Pose for the Summer

My Healing Experience with Ananda Yoga Therapy

Returning to Yoga after a Back Injury

Motherhood and Meditation

Yoga Articles

Gyandev McCord

New Twists on Energization
Free the Sacred Dogs!

It’s common for some personal—often unintentional—variations to creep into one’s practice....
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Lisa Powers

Overcoming the Fear of Cancer Through Yoga

“Meditation was my refuge, the place where I could experience that I am not my body, and that my body’s troubles are separate from who and what I really am.”

Gyandev McCord

Overcoming Insomnia and Inertia

“When a person is not sleeping well, some level of his or her being – body, subtle energy, mind – is out of harmony with the sleep state. If it were otherwise, sleep would be easy.”

Coleman Salgado

Ananda Yoga For Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

A research study at The Expanding Light was recently published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Registered Yoga School for 200 and 300 hours

How to Choose a Yoga Teacher Training Program

“If you’re thinking of becoming a yoga teacher, here are some important questions you should ask about any teacher training school you’re considering.”

Find an Ananda Yoga® teacher

Find an Ananda Yoga® Teaching Center or a Certified Ananda Yoga® Teacher near you.

Yoga Products

Our on-line store has selected items for your upliftment or as gifts for your family and friends. Items include yoga and meditation supplies and we specialize in books related to our teacher training programs and weekend retreats.

All authors are graduates of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.

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