Bridge to Ananda Yoga®
- Mar 26 – Apr 3, 2017
- Jul 9 – 17, 2017
- Oct 22 – 30, 2017
The cut off date for enrolling in the Bridge to Ananda Yoga training is 2 weeks prior to the start of each offering.
Nursing CEU Eligible: 30 hours
Ananda Yoga Welcomes All Yoga Teachers!
The Expanding Light Retreat welcomes yoga teachers of all traditions. Although Ananda Yoga follows a very specific system of yoga, our school and training programs recognize that all yoga teachers share the common interest of wanting to help others. Yoga can and should help people to feel healthier, uplifted, and ultimately happier. Thank you for choosing to serve the world in this way.
Bridge Your Skills
While some paths focus primarily on asana alignment, safety, and calisthenics, Ananda Yoga uses several techniques in addition to the asanas to raise one’s level of energy and awareness so that body, mind, and soul are harmonized. Ananda Yoga has proven itself to be a practical and effective way to grow spiritually. Ananda Yoga practices include:
Ananda Yoga Postures (Training in Level 1 & 2)
Asana modifications to suit individual needs
Energization Exercises developed by Paramhansa Yogananda
Yoga philosophy and study
Therapeutic Yoga (Training in Level 1 & 2)
Transfer to Ananda Yoga
If you’re looking for something deeper in your own practice and would like to offer more than just a physical experience to your students, transferring to Ananda Yoga may be the right step for you.
Yoga teachers of other styles and paths often want to transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training or YTX/Yoga Therapy Training after they’ve experienced the gentle power of Ananda Yoga. If you are a Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), you may transfer into these programs once you’ve completed Bridge to Ananda Yoga, which will give you a strong foundation in the practice and teaching of Ananda Yoga.
Bridge to Ananda Yoga consists of the first 8 days of a Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (Sunday evening through Monday morning of the 8th day), during which you will also enjoy several special classes designed specifically for Bridge students. The Bridge course is currently offered three times a year. See Sample Schedule & Course Requirements.
Another option is to take the first 2 weeks of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, plus the Bridge Home Practice assignment. For more information on this option, contact Badri Matlock at the link to the right of his photo, below.
In addition to attending the Bridge classes, you will have 5 at-home assignments with due dates spread over the 2 1/2 months after the on-site portion of your program. See Details.
Please note: Your first Ananda certification comes with completing the Level 2 YTT or Level 1 Yoga Therapy Training. Bridge to Ananda Yoga does not result in certification, nor does it enable you to advertise that you are teaching Ananda Yoga.
A Continuing Education Certificate (suitable for Yoga Alliance) will be sent to you once you have satisfactorily completed all requirements.
Partial scholarships may be available—please contact us for an application. If you have questions, or wish to apply for Bridge to Ananda Yoga, please contact the course administrator, Melody Hansen, for more information.
Our Ideal Location
Once you’re enrolled in our Level 2 classes and/or Yoga Therapy Training, you’ll be returning to The Expanding Light several times to complete your on-going classes. Our students always rave about the idyllic setting we have at The Expanding Light because the beautiful ashram environment supports one’s personal growth, reflection, and study.
Guests often feel the uplifting vibrations of our Retreat as soon as they come onto the property. We are uniquely located in the Ananda Village spiritual community of more than 180 yogis who meditate daily. Our serene grounds are surrounded by peaceful forests filled with deer. The energy at our retreat is light-hearted, nurturing, and fun. We also host guests who come on personal retreat or for our Karma Yoga program. During your stay you’ll be sharing the grounds and Temple with other meditators and yogis.
Bridge to Ananda Yoga Costs
Mar 26 – Apr 3, 2017
Jul 9 – 17, 2017
Oct 22 – 30, 2017
The Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation is
recognized by Yoga Alliance as a RYS.
Ananda YTxT (830 hours)
Level 2 Ananda Yoga Teacher
* Starred courses may be taken before you officially enroll in the Ananda Yoga Therapy Training program if you meet their separate prerequisites.
Ananda Yoga Therapist (830 hours)
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.
or e-mail or call us at 1-800-346-5350
- Yoga Teacher Training Level 2
- Ananda Meditation Teacher Training
- Ananda Yoga Assistantship
- The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda
- Yoga to Awaken the Chakras
- Advanced Pranayama
- The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda
- Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
- Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training
- Yoga Alliance RYT‘s and E-RYT‘s Continuing Education Credit
- Yoga Therapy Training
“This was the best month of my life – truly a life-transforming experience…”
– C. S., Fresno, California