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The Expanding Light Retreat

Nevada City, United States

Since 1969 sharing the yoga & meditation teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. 700 acre spiritual community. 120 retreats, trainings, travels. Vegetarian. JOY!

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4 days / 3 nights

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29 days / 28 nights

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6 days / 5 nights

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4 days / 3 nights

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5 Day New Years Retreat in California

December 28-January 1 | December 27-31, 2018–2019

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5 days / 4 nights

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7 days / 6 nights

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9 days / 8 nights

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11 days / 10 nights

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3 Days Chakra Awareness Yoga Retreat in Nevada City with Badri

Mar 9-11 | May 25-27 | Aug 31-Sep 2 , 2018

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3 Days Learn How to Meditate Yoga Retreat California

Feb | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | More…

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Instructors 10

Nayaswami Mangala

Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice. She holds a master in nursing and has won awards as nurse practitioner of the year in 1982, and for outstanding achievement in teaching when she was a lecturer at The University of Washington School of Nursing in 1987.

Maitri Jones

Maitri’s name means “Friend” in Sanskrit and well describes her kind and supportive nature. She is a calm, high-energy person who approaches her many interests with enthusiasm and talent. Maitri was drawn to doing yoga postures and living a yogic lifestyle in the early 70’s. A certified Meditation Teacher, Yoga Teacher and AIYT Certified Yoga Therapy teacher. Maitri's special interest is Yoga Therapy for body,mind and spirit. With another nurse, Maitri created the successful MS Study at The Expanding Light, for which she created a video of Energization Exercises and yoga postures for MS.

Barbara Bingham

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. Barbara teaches the anatomy and physiology classes of the Ananda yoga teacher training and can show clients and students how to adjust yoga movements to their particular limitations, whatever those might be. Known for her playful, approachable style, Barbara also brings compassion and sensitive awareness to her yoga teaching.

Nayaswami Krishnadas

Nayaswami Krishnadas lead this inspiring pilgrimage many times. He lived in Los Angeles where he and his wife were leaders of Ananda LA. Krishnadas. They know and love the shrines of Yogananda (and knows the best places to eat). He will also lead this inspiring and fun trip with support staffs and in coordination with Narayan and Dharmadevi Romano, spiritual directors of Ananda L.A.

Gyandev McCord

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

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.

Diksha McCord

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

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.

Badri Matlock

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

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.

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.

Melody Hanson

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Restorative Yoga)

Melody has been living the teachings of yoga from a very young age. She became a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation Teacher in 2006. One of the main instructors for the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program, Melody is registered at the highest level through Yoga Alliance, and also teaches Restorative and Prenatal Yoga. Melody is also a dancer who finds great joy in practicing the movement of yoga, and guiding beginning through advanced students into the stillness of meditation that follows yoga. Melody’s loving nature shines through her ability to take care of all of her.

Reviews 33

  • Mahsa Nouri United States

    January 2018, BookYogaRetreats

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

  • Megan Morgan United States

    December 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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 United States

    November 2017, BookYogaRetreats

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

    This is not a yoga retreat. This is a meditation retreat with a strong Infosys on spirituality and religion. Most of the time I spent attending classes on spirituality and religion and the older that is taught is not taught by facilitators who are trying to teach yoga they are simply trying to facilitate a level of meditation through chanting and prayer. I knew there was meditation not realize that was mainly focused on that and that we would be discouraged completely from doing any sort of Advanced yoga moves at all for fear of “distracting” anyone else in the temple.

  • Antonio Manso Brazil

    July 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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.

    All was positive.

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookYogaRetreats

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

  • Monica Morong United States

    June 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    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 United States

    June 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    It was not through the 12th .

  • Juliet Johnson USA

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    The people were nice enough. The retreat though had very little yoga. Rather it focused on body energizer activities, and meditation. I wanted to focus on yoga and improving my abilities, and came away deeply disappointed for the lack of yoga on this retreat. Also, the website should state that a big focus of the retreat is teaching about the Ananda communities beliefs, which includes gurus they've chosen to follow, reincarnation, and sources of energy.

  • Susan US

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    Words cannot describe my time out there. What I can say is I look forward to going back and encourage everyone to go and experience Ananda.

  • Annalisa Cunningham

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    Within a few days I began to experience a peace and joy that I had never felt before in my entire life. What was unique and wonderful about this vacation was that the new level of peace I felt was a direct result of the yoga lifestyle I was living at The Expanding Light Retreat.

  • Tim USA

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    All the teachers taught from the heart. They believe in what they are teaching. They all are examples of how to live in the divine. This is a wonderful way to reach your inner self.

  • Aline USA

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    It is so beautiful here – serenity abounds. The staff was friendly, helpful, but not intrusive – wonderful! I like the openness of the community, and the take what fits, leave the rest” attitude. A wonderful experience. Loved sadhana. Thanks!

  • Petra Hawaii

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    The best program I have ever taken - it went very deep and got me inspired. I have a feeling it was a life-changing experience.

  • Aaron US

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    I got much more than I ever could have dreamed. The course was very well rounded. The staff has been nothing short of totally supportive. A very empowering experience.

  • Pamela USA

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    I could not have envisioned a more perfect personal retreat experience. Or perhaps I should say, it was the personal retreat experience I envisioned and needed and more.

  • Amy US

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    The immersion into the beautiful environment among such nurturing people inspired a hope that I took home, and now feel everyday. The program was nourishing in every way, from the food to the spiritual. I left full of love, knowledge, and the will to make such positive changes in my life. I am overwhelmed with thanks for this program and for the continued support and connection I feel to all the teachers and staff of The Expanding Light!

  • Kathleen USA

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    I would highly recommend The Expanding Light to anyone who is looking for inner peace and joy. I am so grateful.

  • a traveler USA

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    What helped me the most is assistance in gaining awareness that “I” can become spiritual and have a spiritual path. The tools and skills I gained during my time at Expanding Light are priceless and a true gift.

  • a traveler USA

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    Everyone was very helpful, kind and loving. It has been a joy to be part of the program at Ananda.

  • Nancy USA

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    I benefited so much from the counseling I got during my personal retreat. I came as an emotional mess but after 6 days I am leaving with love and joy in my heart and clarity in my mind.

  • John US

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    This course is applicable in all aspects of life. The skills I learned over these few days will be used in my daily life and all of my relationships. There were many gems of wisdom that i will use to step into my Higher Self. Thank you to all the teachers of the course. They gave so much of themselves, and I truly felt their care.

  • Katherine

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    I was deeply impressed with how the teachers really help each student overcome their obstacles (spiritual, mental, physical) to achieve certification.”

  • a traveler USA

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    The holiness of sacred India touched my heart and soul in a way that nothing has ever done before. I was moved and changed deeply.

  • a traveler USA

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    Thank you for a wonderful trip of a lifetime. I am forever changed and so much more grounded after my return. My morning spiritual practice has been consistent and my meditations are coming along. All in good time.

  • a traveler US

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    Badri's energy and passion for yoga is palpable. His actions are sincere and he truly cares about the well being of all students. Without hesitation, I felt I could approach him for any help on class topics and personal matters.

  • a traveler Italy

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    Badri is a magnetic leader with a profound knowledge and understanding of not only yoga asanas, but the deeper aspects of yoga philosophy. Foremost, he is an incredible model of how to apply the principles of yoga in one's own life; making yoga not just something you practice on your mat, but every day, in every situation. He is funny, insightful, focused, and a talented yogi that inspired me to reach for my own potential; to go forth and share the knowledge, insights, and inspiration I've received during my time in the Ananda Yoga teacher training.

  • a traveler USA

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    Don’t let Badri’s youthful look and spirit fool you! His depth of knowledge about the Asanas (and all of Ananda’s yoga techniques) is vast. His expertise and heart come through in all his teachings giving him the unique ability to provide specific technical and safety instruction along with the many physical and spiritual benefits of the practices. Badri is a great role model as a teacher and I learned so much through his thoughtful, detailed feedback—it allowed me to build my skills quickly and and feel confident enough to teach right after graduating from my Teacher Training.

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  • Caryn

    The Expanding Light Retreat website

    My time at Expanding Light was extraordinarily rewarding and peaceful. I wanted a lot of time alone to deepen my meditation practice, and to read, write, and walk, and Expanding Light met all of my expectations and more. It took me a little while to adjust to the quiet, but I quickly got over that and worked myself into a pleasant daily routine, albeit only for three days. When I returned home, I still had four days off before I returned to work , and a couple of my co-workers told me how relaxed I seemed. I will always carry my experience with me. A little lady named Adrienne who was in the Karma Yoga program at The Expanding Light came across my path and told me that I'd probably leave there with the Ananda Glow, and I do believe that happened. Thank you so much for everything.

  • Shauna USA

    The Expanding Light Retreat website

    I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful and insightful week at The Expanding Light. I really enjoyed being in your presence, and I'm grateful for the tools you've shared with me. I feel like I've finally caught a glimpse of the light inside of me, a light I've been chasing all of my life. As long as I can remember, I sensed there was something very special and powerful inside of me, but I didn't know how to reach it. You have all truly blessed me with a deep and spiritual awakening. Ananda is a very special place, and I hope I can hold onto as much of it as possible.

  • Elizabeth USA

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    I was surprised by how the whole philosophy and practice made so much sense. Being skeptical of religion, I am also surprised that I am leaving with a spiritual practice/belief. The information I learned and the practical methods gave me confidence in taking yoga home with me. A great five days, I am very thankful I found Ananda.

  • a traveler USA

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    I had needs met I didn't even know I had! Every day was a new adventure, with something interesting and transforming. It almost felt like little miracles. The food was nutritious and very good.

  • Pamela USA

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    I could not have envisioned a more perfect personal retreat experience. Or perhaps I should say, it was the personal retreat experience I envisioned and needed and more.

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