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3 Days First Timers’ Weekend Yoga Retreat in California

3 Days First Timers’ Weekend Yoga Retreat in California

  • The Expanding Light, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, California, USA

Weekend California Yoga Retreat USA

This is a perfect getaway, with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, self-discovery, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food in a beautiful and uplifting atmosphere. Youll be amazed at the variety of things you can learn and experience in this short retreat. In addition to in-depth instruction in meditation and guided yoga classes for higher awareness, youll explore spiritual principles that will make your life work better, and gain tips for greater health and harmony in your life.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Chanting and meditation sessions
  • Scheduled group activities or free time
  • Tour the dynamic Ananda village
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Each guest room includes two twin beds, carpeting, heat, air conditioning (except for the cabins), towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly; there is no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents.

Harmony house

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer. Harmony house is dedicated to expressing Yoganandas expansive approach to religion and his belief in celebrating God through beauty. Simply and elegantly appointed, each room is decorated in the theme of one of the great world religions. Available rooms are the Yogananda room, Buddhism room, Saint Francis room, Madonna room, Taoism room, Islam room, Judaism room, and the Hinduism room.

Serenity house

Serenity house is an inn-style house with twelve air-conditioned rooms and four hall bathrooms. It has a comfortable lounge-classroom equipped with a video player and a library of inspirational videos. The lounge-classroom also has a small refrigerator for personal items.

Cabins

Each cabin has one room, which is larger and more private than other standard rooms; cabin occupants share separate men's and women's shower houses about a minutes walk away.

Tents and RVs

If you would like to stay in a tent or an RV, please bring your own. Tent camping is available from April through October on level, shaded campsites. RVs are welcome year-round; however, there are no RV facilities and hookups at this time.Tenters are part of The Expanding Light meals and programs, so tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking.

The camping area has a sink with running water, and an outhouse. All outdoor accommodations have access to separate men's and women's shower houses an easy two or three minute walk across the meadow. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

You will practice Ananda yoga, which was created by the founder Swami Kriyananda based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda yoga is distinct from many other forms of Hatha yoga in that it is first and foremost a spiritual practice rather than an exercise regimen. In keeping with the ancient roots and original purpose of Hatha yoga, Ananda yoga is a powerful yet gentle practice designed to prepare the body and mind for deep meditation.

As such, it is a perfect blend of spiritual up-liftment and physical energization suitable for everyone, all ages, and all body types. Ananda yoga is also a pioneer in the world of yoga and one of the founders of Yoga Alliance, the international organization, which sets the standards for yoga certification. Below is a typical daily schedule. It may vary depending on the course or event. All activities are optional, so you decide how much to enjoy.

Morning

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 Sadhana (energization excercises, yoga postures, chanting, and meditation)
  • 08:30 Breakfast, in silence from Monday to Saturday
  • 10:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Afternoon

  • 12:00 Meditation (5 minutes of chanting, 25 minutes of meditation)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 16:45 Sadhana (energization excercises, yoga postures, chanting, and meditation)
  • 17:15 Lahiri Shrine meditation (alternative to regular sadhana)

Evening

  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Home to The Expanding Light yoga and meditation retreat, Ananda Village is one of the most successful spiritual communities in the world and is part of the worldwide organization of Ananda.

Ananda Village was founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, one of Paramhansa Yoganandas foremost disciples, to fulfill Yoganandas vision of world brotherhood colonies, spiritual communities based on the twin principles of plain living and high thinking.

The Ananda community is situated on 700 acres of meadows and forests amidst the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California just outside Nevada City. As a guest at The Expanding Light you are invited to tour the community and visit the numerous sites and attractions the village has to offer.

Activities
  • Health club
  • Massage
  • Shopping
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Wireless internet

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of the dishes contain eggs and dairy. Organically grown foods are used as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from Ananda Village itself, and organically grown fair trade coffee. There are a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

Crystal hermitage

At Crystal Hermitage guests can enjoy the spiritual heart of Ananda. Tour the beautiful gardens, small chapel, and the Shrine of the Masters, a small museum and gift shop housing holy relics from India and Ananda's line of yoga masters.

Hansa temple

A unique architectural building that houses longer morning meditations for Ananda residents. If some guests are experienced meditators and would like a 90 minute meditation, they are welcome to join. Ask for times at the front desk.

Healing prayer

A healing prayer, on an individual basis, is offered through the healing prayer ministry for a suggested donation between 40 to100 USD. Session lengths vary based on individual need.

Individual spiritual counseling

Receive assistance and guidance tailored to your needs with counseling available from the Ananda ministers for a fee of 75 USD per hour. If you are interested, contact the front desk to schedule a private session.

Lahiri Mandir

This is a small chapel on the path to Lotus lake. A sacred space ideal for meditation, Lahiri is open all the time for quiet reflection and meditation.

Lotus Lake

This lovely lake fills with water lilies and lotus flowers in summer. It is a beautiful area ideal for walks where you can often see wild birds. A path around the lake includes outdoor altars to the line of Masters.

Masters market

A natural foods market with a deli, bakery, and cappuccino bar that also features homemade pizza on Friday nights, a local favorite!

Personal instruction in meditation

This is available to everyone Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:00 or at other times by appointment. Even if you currently meditate, it is encouraged to take the class which includes: how to focus your mind, how to sit comfortably, when and where to meditate, and more.

Private yoga classes

Personally tailored to your body and needs, these classes are available with one of the certified Ananda yoga teachers for a fee of 75 USD per hour. You can focus on classical Hatha yoga or Restorative yoga. Contact the front desk to make an appointment.

Rajarshi park

A complex that houses a number of Ananda businesses including the management offices for the community; the healing prayer ministry, with 600 members worldwide who do healing prayers for those in need; and Crystal Clarity publishers, which produces books, DVDs, and CDs by Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and others on topics related to yoga, meditation, and self-realization.

Serenity lounge

This is a homey room located in the Serenity building. When not in use for a class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, yoga, meditation, watching videos, listening to music or just socializing. Serenity lounge is also stocked with tea and coffee and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric teapot for guest use.

The Expanding Light boutique

The boutique is located in the guest services building and is open from 09:00 to 17:00 daily. Full of unique treasures, The Expanding Light boutique is a favorite destination shopping stop for guests and locals alike.

The temple

This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space, in which daily practice of yoga postures and meditation is held, as well as classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and Hatha yoga.

Massages can be a wonderful, healing addition to your stay. The massage practitioners are Ananda members and work through the Center for Radiant Health. The center offers a variety of types of massages, as well as CranioSacral therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), astrological readings, career coaching, and more. Prices for massage sessions are 75 USD for a one hour long massage and 95 USD for a one and a half hour long massage.

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • All classes and activities described in the program
  • All course materials as appropriate

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take I-80 towards Reno and go about 25 miles
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 toward Grass Valley / Nevada City and go 38 miles
  • Just past Nevada City, turn left at the 49 to Downieville" sign. Follow this road for 10.5 miles (watch your odometer). It's a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote road, immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park, and go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again, almost immediately, on Expanding Light Way

Driving directions from Reno

  • Take I-80 towards Sacramento and go 55 miles
  • Take CA-20 and go 27 miles
  • Turn right on CA-49 towards Downieville and go 10.5 miles
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote road, immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park, and go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again, almost immediately, on Expanding Light Way

Driving directions from Seattle or Portland

  • Take I-5 to Williams, California
  • Take CA-20 to Nevada City and go 77 miles
  • Turn right on CA-49 towards Downieville and go 10.5 miles
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote road, immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park, and go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again, almost immediately, on Expanding Light Way

Arrival by airplane

Flights should be booked to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Another option is Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) but its less preferable.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service from available cities to Colfax, approximately an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab.

Amtrak offers limited bus service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour away from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax or Auburn you will need to take a cab.

Arrival by train

Amtrak offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour away from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax or Auburn you will need to take a cab.

Distances

  • Sacramento - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reno - 2 hours
  • Portland - 12 hours
  • Seattle - 15 hours

California, United States

The Expanding Light Retreat offers wellness programs, retreats to individuals and groups, as well as yoga and meditation teacher trainings based in Kriya yoga.

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