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Offered by the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation ™, located at The Expanding Light Retreat. Yoga teachers love this training because they get to practice a lot of restorative yoga! They also get to feel what its like to be nurtured and cared for in a restorative class. Restorative yoga is becoming increasingly popular as way for beginning through advanced yoga students to experience true relaxation - often the most difficult skill to master. As stress and tension are released, healing and uplifting are promoted in body, mind, and spirit. Whether you plan to offer one or a series of restorative poses, this restorative yoga teacher training can help you work more effectively with your existing students, as well as attract new students.
You may choose from two types of accommodations: indoor or outdoor. For indoor accommodations, they offer both standard and deluxe rooms housed in three different buildings, and four one-room cabins. For outdoor accommodations, RV camping is available year-round and tent camping is available from April through October.
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 - no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents. They also have centrally located guest computers.
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.
Harmony House has eight deluxe rooms. Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a ceiling fan. 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 are the Yogananda Room, Buddhism Room, Saint Francis Room, Madonna Room, Taoism Room, Islam Room, Judaism Room, and the Hinduism Room.
This is for those staying outdoors. All outdoor accommodations have access to separate men's and women's shower houses an easy 2 or 3-minute walk across the meadow. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.
This program is for certified yoga teachers (200-hour), and requires a completed application and approval of instructor. If you are not a Level I Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training graduate, instructor permission is required.
In this hands-on training, you will explore the importance of knowing how to assist and adjust your students both carefully and efficiently. You will have the opportunity to assist and adjust real yoga clients who need individual assistance.
In this training, you will learn:
How to teach two comprehensive restorative yoga routines, including how to guide and give instruction on breathing, proper alignment, and safety mechanics for asanas as well as their cautions and contraindications
How to sequence routines in a therapeutic way to enhance the well-being of the practitioner on all levels
How to work with a variety of props you will actually be using in real-life situations
Restorative yoga can be time consuming and prop-intensive for instructors. In this hands-on training, you will explore the importance of knowing how to assist and adjust your students both carefully and efficiently. You will have the opportunity to:
Assist and adjust real yoga clients who need individual assistance
Observe the common complaints students may experience in restorative poses, and offer students alternate ways to practice more safely and comfortably
Learn modifications and variations needed for students with special conditions
Student-teach restorative poses that focus on releasing specific physical and mental tensions
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.
The Expanding Light is located in Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, they are approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.
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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 uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown fair trade coffee. They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.
Guests are welcome to use the computer lounge in the main building; guests in deluxe room and most of the standard rooms can use Wi-Fi in their rooms if you bring your own computer.
The guest services lounge is a lovely room with a cozy fireplace located in the Gust Services Building. When not in use for a class, it is open until late at night for guests to use.
This lovely lake is filled 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 Ananda Yoga's line of masters.
Serenity Lounge is a homey room located in the Serenity Building. When not in use for 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.
This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space in which they hold daily practice of yoga postures and meditation, as well classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and Hatha yoga.
Massage can be a wonderful, healing addition to your stay. All massage practitioners are Ananda members and work through the Center for Radiant Health. The center offers a variety of types of massage, as well as Ayurveda counseling, CranioSacral therapy, astrological readings, and more. They have a coin-operated washer and dryer available for guest use.
Take I-80 (E) towards Reno - go about 25 miles.
At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (N) toward Grass Valley / Nevada City - 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 is a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River.
Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.
Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.
The best airport to fly into is Sacramento. Reno Airport is also an option but is less preferable due to inclement weather in the winter and higher transportation costs to Ananda. From the Sacramento Airport, there are a few options.
For a good value, they recommend The Expanding Lights regularly scheduled Sacramento airport pick-up and drop-off.
For more flexibility around days and times for pick-up and drop-off, a good option is Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.
Yet another option is the Super Shuttle. Or, rent a car and follow the directions, or take the bus or train or public transportation.
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 or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.
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 from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.
The Expanding Light recommends Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service. They are a locally run shuttle with excellent service. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light, it is 250 USD round trip, and 150 USD one way. From Colfax or Auburn, it is 160 USD round trip, and 80 USD one way.
You may take the Super Shuttle (advance reservations required). When making your reservation, put your destination as "Expanding Light" to get the accurate price. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light is 175 USD one way, and 350 USD for round trip. If you are part of a group, there is an additional fee of only 9 USD per person for the ride.
Amtrak train offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour from Ananda.
Contact Amtrak directly for routes, current prices, schedules and reservations at www.amtrak.com. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.