Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training Level 2
Registered with Yoga Alliance at 500 hours

Advanced Teacher Training

Level 2 certification explores the deeper aspects of Ananda Yoga®, with a focus on meditation, yoga philosophy, pranayama, asana, refinement of teaching skills, and personal spiritual growth. It involves 300 hours of coursework beyond the 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training Level 1.

Level 2 is modular in format, and the course modules are spread out over a span of time. It has three components:

  1. Coursework
  2. Teaching experience at home
  3. Final Teaching Practicum

See below for more info. There is no time limit for completing Level 2.


Any Yoga Alliance RYT may transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 certification via the Bridge to Ananda Yoga course.

Level 2 Courses

  1. Advanced Pranayama

    7 days in person

    Advanced yogic breathing techniques (practice and teaching), how to teach Energization, and more depth on the astral body.

  2. Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training 1

    10 weeks online

    Training includes the basic technique taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, a variety of supplemental techniques, teaching methodology, and practice teaching. Graduates can join the Network of Ananda Meditation teachers (free).

  3. Ananda Yoga® Assistantship

    13 days in person; online version coming soon

    Extensive experience in adapting asanas for students’ individual needs, whether those needs are due to injuries, inflexibility, or trauma.

  4. Living the Yoga Sutras
    The Bhagavad Gita: Bring Its Power into Daily Living (Online)

    Each course is 6 weeks online

    Explore yoga’s most profound—yet totally practical—wisdom in these two in-depth courses. They spotlight the highway to Self-realization.

  5. Asana Intensive for Yoga Teachers

    7 days in person

    Explore the biomechanics, practice, teaching, and modification of Ananda Yoga asanas beyond those covered in Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training. These are the asanas formerly covered in the in-person versions of the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras courses. Some asanas are more advanced, while others are simply different.

  6. Spiritual Counseling Training

    6 weeks online

    Learn to counsel from a deeper, intuitive, spiritual perspective, whether your counseling is informal and only occasional, or part of your professional service.

Elective Courses

Credit hours shown are approximate

Note: For those who graduated from Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 or later—and for those entering Level 2 Ananda YTT via the Bridge to Ananda Yoga—the above courses are required for Level 2 certification; none of the elective courses below are needed. Those who graduated before 2011 have the option to substitute any of the following elective courses for Spiritual Counseling Training, provided the total course hours add up to at least 25 hours.

  1. Meditation Solutions (web page coming soon)

    2 weeks online (20 hours)

    Deepen your practice and develop more teaching skills.

  2. Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

    3 days in person (15+ hrs); 5 weeks online (30 hours)

    Learn Ananda’s unique approach to this valuable practice.

Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 Programs Scheduled

Teaching Experience at Home

You need at least 100 hours of experience as a lead teacher (not an assistant) after having completed Level 1 Ananda YTT or Bridge to Ananda Yoga.

Final Teaching Practicum

Once you complete the Level 2 coursework, your last step is to satisfactorily complete a final 3-hour teaching exercise:

  • Yogananda’s Energization Exercises (one hour)
  • Ananda-style asana and pranayama practice (one hour)
  • Ananda-style meditation (one hour)

The practicum is done by videoing your own teaching at home. As you approach the end of your Level 2 coursework, please contact the director of Ananda Yoga for a detailed description of the practicum. By the time you video your practicum, you should already have teaching experience in all three of the above areas.

Registration with Yoga Alliance

Ananda’s Level 1 and Level 2 Yoga Teacher Trainings are registered with Yoga Alliance at 200 and 500 hours, respectively. Graduates are eligible to become Registered Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance.

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