The Expanding Light Retreat

The Expanding Light Retreat is a 700-acre spiritual and vegetarian community that shares yoga and meditation teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda since 1969.

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Instructors 6

Krishnadas Lo Cicero

An exceptionally knowledgeable and gifted meditation teacher, Nayaswami Krishnadas shares his passion for meditation with dynamic enthusiasm. Over three decades he has taught thousands of people, from all over the world. His classes are filled with information and valuable meditation techniques. In a down-to-earth and humorous way, he emphasizes helping you understand the basics. He has a vibrant zest for life that comes out in a warm, personable nature and serviceful disposition. He has the ability to deeply inspire and motivate people to pursue a life-long meditation practice.

Gyandev McCord

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. Gyandev’s devotion to sharing wisdom shows through the many resources he develops, like online newspapers and forums, videos, and new courses to help students deepen their experience of yoga, and give teachers more tools, and insights for their own classes.

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

Diksha McCord

Nayaswami Diksha has been a popular Expanding Light teacher since 1997 as well as the director of the meditation teacher training program. She is a native Israeli who came to the U.S. in 1990 and is a powerful and dynamic woman who has shared yoga postures and yogic teachings across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She teaches many different courses at The Expanding Light. Diksha is also an outstanding chef and very knowledgeable about the yogic diet and Ayurveda, an Indian system of natural health and healing.

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

Badri Matlock

Badri Matlock is a dynamic young teacher and program leader. His dedicated practice of yoga and meditation began at age 17, and he has lived and taught at Ananda since 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State Long Beach. Badri serves as director of the level one Ananda Yoga Teacher Training. While dedication to the spiritual life is his greatest passion, he loves family, community, music, surfing, and sports. He is known for his energetic presence and his love of service and having fun. He lives at Ananda Village with his wife, and two children.

Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

Mukti Deranja

Nayaswami Mukti, or also known as Mukti Deranja, moved to Ananda Village in 1992 and has been a key member of the Ananda Music Ministry since then - including singing in the choir, performing Swami Kriyananda's piano solos and music ensemble, and accompanying him on the piano. She often teaches chanting workshops and performs in kirtan groups. She has used chanting as an integral part of her spiritual practice as a powerful tool for personal transformation.

multiple hosts

All of our teachers/hosts are yoga and/or meditation teacher certified coming from diverse backgrounds and are devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Reviews 30

Hannah Landau

from United States, September 2018

-Reasonably priced and cute shop

-Friendly

-Energy based yoga

-Beautiful

-Close to river

Shelby Avann

from Canada, June 2018

"Very particular teachings"

Amy Bohorquez

from United States, June 2018

"Wonderful Experience!"

The center is beautiful. Melody is a wonderful, caring instructor and has put together a helpful binder with a lot of information. The format was also excellent. I learned a great deal in a short time.

Allie Walz

from Japan, May 2018

Very peaceful, great way to get away from the world for a few days and recharge!

Emily Montan

from United States, May 2018

"Short But Satisfying "

The property was beautiful and the entire staff was wonderful. The Village is self-contained with everything you would need or want. There are more affordable options than booking a room. You can plan a day experience or visit the tourist places there.

Elide Pantoli

from United States, April 2018

"Great"

The people were awesome, a great energy and everyone was so kind, caring and lovely. They make it difficult to go back to the "normal world" outside Ananda!

April Hughes

from United States, March 2018

"Beautiful place "

Excellent location, great food, great experience

Elizabeth Denison

from United States, February 2018

"This is the real thing!"

The instructor was knowledgeable relaxed positive and grounded in the truth values of yoga.

Mahsa Nouri

from United States, January 2018

"Wonderful experience "

The energy, the people/staff, the site, the activities, the food

Megan Morgan

from United States, December 2017

"A great place to reconnect with your own light"

The personal retreat was a great experience. The staff provides as much structure and activity as you like and there is also plenty of time to reconnect with nature. It is a beautiful place filled with great energy for healing and centering.

Stacy Lewis

from United States, November 2017

"Not a Yoga Retreat "

The people who work there and people who were staying at the commune were very nice and helpful.

Antonio Manso

from Brazil, July 2017

"Perfect opportunity to connect in an amazing place "

Food was very tasty, and prepared with care and creativity. Everything organic and healthy was a plus.

Double room was nicely decorated, towels and sheets were clean and well arranged.

During meals it was great to meet other people, also some employees who shared their experience at Ananda. The place and scenery was fantastic and the overall energy really inviting to dive into a meaningfull and profound experience.

Anonymous

from United States, July 2017

"Beginner's Week"

The sehedule, the teachers and the wonderful attitude that permeated.

Monica Morong

from United States, June 2017

"Perfect"

The entire experience was life-changing. The schedule was lovely, the people were lovely, the village is on sacred ground and you could feel the peaceful energy, the food was outstanding, the classes were mind-altering... the experience was lasting and I am excited to go back again!

Kay Paden

from United States, June 2017

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