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3 Days Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in California, USA
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The Expanding Light Retreat, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, 95959 California, USA

Ananda Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training USA

This prenatal yoga teacher training is unique because it gives you the opportunity to work hands-on with prenatal yoga students during the course. This means you’ll immediately get to implement what you learned during the week! Empower your students with courage, love, and yoga tools and techniques for a positive pregnancy, labor, and birth experience. This program will leave you feeling confident and well prepared with knowledge and the ability to safely and lovingly work with prenatal yoga students.

Meet the instructors

Melody & Nicole
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  • Gentle yoga and meditation daily
  • Learn from a comprehensive program
  • Be a Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher upon completion
  • (Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training goes toward the full Yoga Alliance Prenatal YTT. Level 2 Prenatal YTT, coming soon, will give you the full 100-hour professional Yoga Alliance approved training)
  • Receive online peer and mentoring support after the course
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily
  • 2 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction
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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.


Being a prenatal yoga teacher is incredibly rewarding! Experience the emotionally fulfilling work of being a prenatal yoga teacher and learn traditional yoga as well as the latest in scientific research and safety. Benefit from modifiable, successful class plans for group and privates classes. Help mothers bond with their infants, learn when to refer, create a community of support for your students, and learn yoga remedies for common complaints/discomforts. Feel confident with newfound skills and mentoring!

Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training training toward the full Yoga Alliance Prenatal YTT. Level 2 Prenatal YTT, will be coming soon, and it will give you the full 100-hour professional Yoga Alliance approved training. This training may fulfill required or elective hours in some Yoga Therapist training programs.

The retreat starts the afternoon of the first date listed. Arrive before 4 p.m., to benefit from the afternoon session of yoga and meditation. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The first gathering of the group is at 7:30 p.m. The retreat finishes after lunch on the last day.


You have to be a Level I Ananda Yoga Teacher Training graduate, an RYT through Yoga Alliance, or have the permission of the instructor.

For Yoga Alliance RYTs and E-RYTs

This course will offer continuing education credit. This course is currently not a required part of either Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 or Ananda Yoga Therapy Training.

Sample daily schedule:

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 6:30 - 08:30 Sadhana that consists of:

Energization exercises (20 to 25 minutes)

Yoga postures (60 minutes)

Chanting (5 minutes)

Meditation (15 minutes or more)

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (In silence from Monday to Saturday)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program or free time
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation (Optional)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Scheduled program or free time
  • 14:45 - 18:30 Sadhana (Spiritual practices as above)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 17:30 - 21:00 Scheduled program or free time


Melody Hanson

Nicole De Avilla

Retreat location

The Expanding Light Retreat is located at Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, founded by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Presently, over 200 residents of all ages live on 700 acres of land in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. The Expanding Light Retreat is 90 minutes northeast from the Sacramento Airport. It is one of the most respected spiritual communities in the world, founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.


  • Healthy market or deli - 5 minutes
  • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Trail running


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Lake
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden


  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • 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. The Expanding Light Retreat uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce right from Ananda Village and organically grown Fair Trade coffee. They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

They can also accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and dairy-free choices. If you have other dietary needs, it may be that they will not be able to accommodate them. 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 guests might need during their stay. There is a market in Ananda Village if you’d like to buy special items.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • 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)

  • Shop at our treasure-filled boutique
  • Private yoga therapy sessions
  • Massage
  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage massage
  • Reiki healing
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Emotional Freedom technique
  • Vedic Astrology consultation

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day, drinks, and snacks
  • Classes or activities
  • Course materials
  • Computer lounge and Wifi available
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens
  • Walk the pristine 700 acres of Ananda Village
  • Watch the sunset over the Sierra Nevada foothills at our beautiful Sunset Ridge

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (available at extra cost)
  • Extra-curricular activities including any personal healing sessions (i.e. massage)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The Expanding Light Retreat cannot guarantee this service but you may request when booking.

Arrival by car

Consult Google Maps and Directions but be careful not to miss the exit when I-80 turns toward Reno.

Arrival by bus, train, and taxi

Take a bus or train to Colfax or Auburn (approximately an hour away), then take a taxi.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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