Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
A Spiritual Approach to Yoga

Next: Oct 22 – Nov 19, 2017

A dynamic program built over 30yrs. Experience Ananda's unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body's subtle energies. It's a life-changing journey!

Registered with Yoga Alliance at 200 Hours

Registered with
Yoga Alliance at
200 & 300 Hours

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 spiritual growth and wellness on all levels.

Immerse Yourself in Yoga as a Way of Life

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.

Nursing CEU Eligible: 86 hours CEU

200-hr certification in one month

You can split the course into 2 two-week segments

Yoga-to-awaken-the-chakrasYou'll learn to teach—and practice more effectively—a broad spectrum of yoga techniques, including:

  • 30 asanas, including how to draw their spiritual benefits
  • Specific affirmations for each asana
  • Asana mechanics, safety cautions, and how to adapt asanas for student limitations
  • How to work directly with the body's subtle energy, including the chakras and kundalini
  • Classical pranayama (yoga breathing techniques)

In addition, you'll learn and practice traditional yoga meditation techniques and Yogananda's renowned Energization Exercises. As in any ashram environment, you'll also have the option to participate regularly in chanting and prayer.

A Spiritually Dynamic Certificate Training

For more than 40 years, Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation® has been training teachers in the full range of the yoga tradition as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda—from asana, pranayama, and meditation, to health and yoga philoosophy. This course experience is a dynamic blend of professional training and personal growth.

Go Beyond Techniques

This comprehensive curriculum includes:Barbara Bingham teaching Yoga Anantomy

  • Yoga philosophy, including Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and more
  • Yoga lifestyle, including yogic diet and magnetic living
  • Anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers

Become a Magnetic Teacher

  • Practice teaching for groups and one-to-one
  • How to assist and adjust students in the asanas
  • Guidance on how to refine your teaching, including a video recording session and personal teaching reviews
  • How to plan a class: structure and sequence; your own teaching style; marketing

“At my first class after the yoga teacher training retreat, one of my students said, ‘You are different. I want what you have.’ To me that is the best testimonial of my Ananda experience.”

– C. S., Fresno, California

Additional Personal Benefits

  • Create a new direction in your life
  • Become much more personally empowered
  • Connect with your own highest self
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  • Newsletters, question and answer forum, student referrals, discounts on courses for 500-hour yoga teacher certification, and more

Register with Yoga Alliance

Graduates of this yoga teacher training in California can become Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) with Yoga Alliance, the national yoga teacher certification standard in the United States.

This designation will enhance your credibility as a teacher.

“My experience at The Expanding Light Retreat was ecstatic.… My personal practice has deepened, and I can confidently share my knowledge, feelings and practices with my students. ”

– L. J., Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

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Maitri Jones

Maitri Jones

Certified Yoga Therapist, 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 brings great wisdom and experience to her many Yoga Therapy programs. Maitri is a certified Ananda Meditation and Yoga Teacher, as well as a registered nurse.

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Melody Hansen

Melody Hansen

Director of Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training, Director of Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Level 2 Ananda Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500, Ananda Meditation® Teacher

Melody is an extraordinary yoga teacher, who conveys her great knowledge of yoga asanas—from physical mechanics to spiritual upliftment—with a blend of graciousness, authority, and fun. One of Melody's greatest strengths is the purity of her transmission of Yoga. She has very little egotism to block the clear flow of inspiration she shares. Her inner life is committed and deep, and she's able to help students experience that depth in their yoga practice.

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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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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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Barbara Bingham

Barbara Bingham

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

Barbara is a Hatha Yoga teacher, a Registered Physical Therapist and a former gymnast. She brings all of her training together in her yoga teaching and helps people enjoy using their bodies in the healthiest way possible.

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Annapurna DeLyle

Annapurna DeLyle

Ananda Yoga® Instructor, E-RYT 200, Ananda Meditation® Teacher

Annapurna DeLyle graduated from Ananda Institute of Living Yoga, in Bothell, Washington, and has been teaching yoga since 2007. She has been a student of Ayurveda since 1990, and continues her education with Kerala Ayurveda School in Wellness Counseling.

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Satyana Hall

Satyana Hall

Ananda Yoga®Teacher Trainer, Program Assistant – Ananda Yoga®Therapy Training

Satyana brings lighthearted joy and energy to her teaching of yoga and meditation. She is loving, caring, and accepting, and enjoys helping people discover their highest potential, whether that be in body, mind, or spirit.

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Yes, you can split the course into 2 two-week segments

Costs (YTT)
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Yoga Alliance RYTs and E-RYTs receive a 10% discount on the total cost for Ananda Yoga® Teacher 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® 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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