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3 Days Prenatal Yoga Retreat California USA

Weekend Prenatal Yoga Retreat California

Pregnancy is a transitional time for women, when many physical and emotional changes take place. Prenatal yoga is about honoring these changes in yourselves and your body as you connect to the baby throughout these nine months. In class, you will explore postures that stretch and strengthen your newly changing body in a safe way. You’ll also work on finding focus through balance and the breath to connect mother and baby, and to prepare for a healthy, mindful, and more natural approach to labor and birth.

Retreat highlights

  • Prenatal yoga sessions
  • Energizing and relaxing routines
  • Meditation sessions to connect to the baby
  • Learn bandhas or pelvic floor practices
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Yoga styles

2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available

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The accommodation options are for single or double occupancy. A single guest may choose to share a room with another guest of the same gender or occupy a room privately. Two guests traveling together may occupy a room privately.

Each guest room includes two twin beds, heat, air conditioning, towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. King conversions are available for an extra charge upon request. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly with no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests. Guests who stay in a tent or RV have access to free Wi-Fi in Serenity Lounge as the Wi-Fi does not extend to all tent or RV sites. The Expanding Light Retreat has a computer lounge with two computers and a printer. Please be aware that the Expanding Light has limited handicap accessibility.

Private and shared DELUXE rooms

Harmony house

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer.

Private and shared STANDARD rooms


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 a few paces away and the path is lit after dark.

Serenity house

Serenity house is an inn-style house with twelve rooms and four hall bathrooms. Serenity House lounge is available for all guests. It is equipped with a small refrigerator for personal items, hot tea and a microwave.

RVs and tents

The Expanding Light Retreat does not provide tents or RVs. Please bring your own camping gear and be sure that tents are water tight in the case that it may rain. RVs are welcome year round, however, the property does not have RV facilities or hookups.

Tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking. There is a high fire danger in the summer so no campfires are allowed, as well as candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame.

Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. The Expanding Light Retreat has a refrigerator behind the main kitchen which is available for guests.

Shower houses

For those staying outdoors, guests have access to separate men and women shower houses. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

The Expanding Light Retreat Prenatal Yoga California Program

The Prenatal yoga retreat starts in the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 p.m., if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4.45 p.m. Dinner is at 6.30 p.m. The first real gathering of your group is at 7.30 p.m. If you need to arrive here after 5 p.m., that’s fine, but it helps The Expanding Light Retreat if you let them know. They can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 p.m. The program ends with lunch on the last date.

Below is a typical daily schedule. Schedule may vary depending on the course or event. All activities are optional so you can decide how much to enjoy.


  • 06:00 Wake up bell
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices) which consists of energization exercises (20-25 minutes), yoga postures (60 minutes), chanting (5 minutes), and meditation (15 minutes or more)
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (in silence from Monday through Saturday)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program or free time
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Scheduled program or free time
  • 16:45 - 18:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
  • 17:15 - 18:30 Lahiri Shrine meditation (alternative longer meditation)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Scheduled program or free time

What you will do

  • Learn benefits and cautions of Prenatal yoga
  • Learn remedies for common prenatal complaints
  • Connect more deeply with your baby through meditation
  • Learn how to breathe deeply and effectively to enhance overall health and prepare for the challenge of birth
  • Learn positive affirmations to use while practicing yoga postures, and during pregnancy and labor
  • Practice two energizing and relaxing routines to work through resistance, and calm the body and mind
  • Learn bandhas or pelvic floor exercises (Kegals) specifically beneficial for expectant mothers and postpartum
  • Experience an evening of Restorative yoga to relax, unwind, and nurture your spirit


Melody Hanson
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Restorative Yoga)
Melody has been living as a yoga teacher since she was very young. She became a certified teacher in Ananda Yoga and Meditation 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 she also teaches Restorative and Prenatal yoga. Melody is also a dancer who finds great joy in practicing the movement of yoga and guiding the beginner 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.

Retreat location

Home to The Expanding Light Retreat meditation and yoga retreat, 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.

Nearby places

  • Sacramento - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reno - 2 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of The Expanding Light Retreat's dishes contain eggs and dairy. They use organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from Ananda Village and organically grown fair trade coffee. They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

The Expanding Light Retreat can accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices. A small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House lounge and a full size refrigerator outside the kitchen are available for storing special foods which guests might need during their stay. There is a market in the Ananda Village if you’d like to buy special items.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 700 acres of beautiful rolling hills for walking in nature
  • Lotus Lake, mandirs and shrines
  • Expanding Light Boutique
  • Crystal Hermitage gardens and shrines
  • Massage and other personal services offered (additional cost)
  • Serenity Lounge
  • Personal instruction in meditation is available to everyone on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10 a.m. or at other times by appointment.

Spa treatments

Massages can be a wonderful and 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. There are treatment rooms, but unlike a traditional spa, The Expanding Light Retreat have no pool facilities.

What's included

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • All daily vegetarian meals, drinks, and snacks
  • Classes or activities, and course materials

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extracurricular activities

How to get there

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 it's less preferable. Transfers from and to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is available on request. The Expanding Light Retreat can organize transfers for an extra price and based on availability. Please request this service from them once you have booked your plane tickets.

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.

Airport transfer available: Sacramento International Airport

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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