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5 Day New Years Retreat in California

  • The Expanding Light Retreat, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, California 95959, USA

Overview

Spiritual New Year Yoga Retreat in California

This perennial favorite is the perfect way to take stock of the past year and prepare inwardly to achieve your goals in the coming year, all in a relaxed, supportive environment of other spiritual seekers. Leave behind the ho-hum (or raucous!) atmosphere of New Year’s at home, and let Diksha and Gyandev McCord lead you through a New Year’s Retreat that’s joyful and rejuvenating, giving you a powerful boost for your peace of mind. Join Ananda’s uplifting New Year’s Ceremony, which includes purification practices, prayers for world peace, meditation, and a very special tradition: chanting a powerful ancient mantra 108 times to bring in the new year .

Highlights

  • Purification practice
  • Light-hearted entertainment
  • 2 daily yoga and meditation practices
  • Ananda’s uplifting New Year’s Ceremony
  • Chanting a powerful ancient mantra 108 times to bring in the new year
  • Serene walks through the beautiful, peaceful hills of Ananda Village
  • 3 delicious vegetarian buffet meals per day
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 4 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.

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus starts the afternoon of the first day. It is 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., let The Expanding Light Retreat 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 day.

Typical daily schedule.

Morning

06:00 a.m. Wake-up bell

06:30 a.m. Sadhana (spiritual practices) which consists of: Energization exercises (20 - 25 min.), Yoga postures (60 min.), Chanting (5 min.), Meditation (15 min. – 30 min.)

08:30 a.m. Breakfast (in silence Monday-Saturday)

10:00 a.m. Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Afternoon

12:00 p.m. Meditation (5 min. chanting, 25 min. meditation)

12:30 p.m. Lunch

02:00 p.m. Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

04:45 p.m. Sadhana (spiritual practices) which consists of: Energization exercises (20 - 25 min.), Yoga postures (60 min.), Chanting (5 min.), Meditation (15 min. – 30 min.)

05:15 p.m. Lahiri Shrine meditation (alternative to regular sadhana)

Evening

  • 06:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 07:30 p.m. Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Schedule but may change due to special events

  • Gyandev McCord

    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

    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.

This retreat will be held at The Expanding Light in California, USA. 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, it’s approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe. The Expanding Light is a teaching and retreat center set on 40 beautiful acres.

Guests have visited here for almost 50 years from all parts of the world with many different spiritual perspectives between one and two thousand visitors each year. All programs are based on the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Founded by Swami Kriyananda in 1969, Ananda Village is a spiritual cooperative community, an expression of one of Paramhansa Yogananda’s ideals that people live together harmoniously, united in the goal of self-realization.

Ananda Village, home of The Expanding Light, is an intentional community, with about 200 resident adults and children. Ananda is organized like a village, with member-operated businesses, a school system, a market, homes, and temples. Expanding Light guests are offered tours of the Village and are welcome to walk the acreage as they wish.

Nearby Places

  • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
  • Sacramento - 2 hours
  • Yuba River - 20 minute drive
Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Studio
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Local market

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some dishes contain eggs and dairy. Organically grown foods are used as much as possible including some organically grown eggs and produced at Ananda Village, and organically grown fair trade coffee.

A variety of teas and fresh fruit are also available all day. Special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices can be accommodated on request.

During your free time, "Serenity Lounge" is a homey room located in the Serenity building. When not in use for a class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, meditation, watching videos, listening 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.

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.

Visit Lahiri Mandir

Lahiri Mandir is a small chapel on the path to Lotus Lake. It is a sacred space ideal for meditation, Lahiri is open all the time for quiet reflection and meditation.

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.

Masters market

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

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.

Visit Lotus Lake

Lotus Lake is a lovely lake that 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.

Visit the main temple

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

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.

Located just across the meadow from The Expanding Light Retreat is the center for radiant health. The center offers massage, body and energy work, emotional freedom techniques, career coaching, and astrology consultations.

Personal instruction in meditation

This is available to everyone Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. 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.

Healing prayer

A healing prayer, on an individual basis, is offered through the healing prayer ministry for a suggested donation between 40 USD to 100 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.

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 2 optional guided yoga classes and energization exercises (sadhana)
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • All classes and activities described in the program
  • All course materials as appropriate
  • Many options for daily meditation
  • Additional meals
  • Activities not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation
  • Massages and therapies
  • Wellness treatments

Driving directions from Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

  • Take I-80 Eats towards Reno and keep going about 25 miles.
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 North towards Grass Valley, Nevada City for 38 miles.
  • Just past Nevada City, turn left at the “49 to Downieville" sign and follow this road for 10 miles and a half. 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 keep going for about five miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda way and left again almost immediately on Expanding Light way.

Driving directions from Reno–Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

  • Take I-80 West towards Sacramento and keep going 55 miles.
  • Take CA-20 West and keep going 27 miles.
  • Turn right on CA-49 North towards Downieville and keep going 10 miles and a half.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) and keep going about five miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda way and left again almost immediately on Expanding Light way.

Driving directions from the Northwest

  • Take I-5 South to Williams, California.
  • Take CA-20 East to Nevada City and keep going 77 miles.
  • Turn left on CA-49 North towards Downieville and keep going 10 miles and a half.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) and keep going about five miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda way and left again almost immediately on Expanding Light way.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Another option is to book your flight to arrive at Reno–Tahoe International Airport (RNO). Airport transportation is available on request for an additional cost. A carpool matching service is also available. Please send The Expanding Light Retreat an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by bus

Bus services are available to Colfax. To get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab.

Arrival by train

Train services are available to Colfax. To get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab.

For information about the booking conditions, please send The Expanding Light Retreat an inquiry.
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    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Susan from Maine, US
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Annalisa Cunningham
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Tim from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Aline from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Petra from Hawaii
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Aaron from Colorado, US
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Pamela from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by Amy from New York, US
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Kathleen from California, USA
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Nancy from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by John from Texas, US
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Katherine
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from Texas, US
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from Assisi, Italy
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by Shauna from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Elizabeth from USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Pamela from Santa Barbara, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by a traveler from Redway, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Alline from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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! "

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  • Review by Sanjay Garla from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I think the highlights are that the people who run the retreat center are really nice, and welcoming. They go out of their way to make sure that new people feel welcome. The food is excellent (you have to watch out not to eat too much because that made me sluggish throughout the day). The grounds are beautiful. The yoga and meditation practice is good. The rooms are comfortable, and warm. It's well worth the cost. The only thing to warn people about is that the place is run by folks devoted to a spiritual path set forth by a Swami from India. It resembles a cult, although once you get to know people there its pretty relaxed. They encourage participation in the lectures and Sunday service, however they don't pressure or ever try to "convert" anyone. They are pretty hands off, and welcoming of the different paths that bring people there."

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  • Review by Teresa from Kentuky, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks to everyone at Ananda for creating a beautiful oasis where joy naturally bubbles up. I felt effervescent surrounded by such blissful, loving people. The Expanding Light gave me the rejuvenation and growth in spiritual skills that I needed to help my dad with a full loving heart. When people ask me about the retreat, I say 'They are living it.' Meaning you all are truly living a spiritual life and creating spiritual community in every way."

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  • Review by Pam from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Ananda, and all the other extraordinary teachers and beams of God's light. Our hearts are touched and we will never be quite the same. My friend said that her time at Expanding Light was the best present she has ever had in her life! We love you all and truly miss you! At 10 a.m. I wanted to head over to our classroom for another fascinating, laughter-filled, and inspiring class."

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  • Review by Heather from Missouri, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My First Timer's Week in October was beyond inspiring. I have wanted to visit for eight years, and this visit was pure love, joy, and bliss."

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  • Review by Ginger from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My experience at Ananda has given me back my life. I remember now the dynamic person I was born to be. I leave here full of faith in myself and God; with God in myself, and with the tools to create a life of harmony and joy. Yoga is a way of life, not just an exercise class. If done the Ananda way, everyday, it will change who you thought you were."

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  • Review by Jesse from Arizona, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I knew that my time in the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) course would be life-changing, I just had no idea how it would all manifest. I could not be happier with how it unfolded. The people in the course were amazing, and all of The Expanding Light facilitators were incredible. I truly experienced the Expanding Light, and my testimonial to this is that I am going to pass it on. I am so inspired to give back, because what I have received here is too much for me to keep locked inside of me. I leave here with open eyes and an open heart, and with overflowing joy."

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  • Review by Trina from South Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "AYTT was a course in how to live. It not only taught us how to teach but how to deepen our own practice so that we become what we are teaching."

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  • Review by Karen from New Jersey, USA
    10 out of 10

    "The AYTT was life transforming. I had no idea how detailed, organized, and professional this program would be. Every teacher was enlightening. I have so much to take home with me. Im going home ready to teach and confident that I will be a very fine teacher. I will keep people safe thanks to all my teachers here. I will share my love of going inward, and being the best that I can be. Thank you from the deepest center of my heart."

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  • Review by Bliss from Tennessee, USA
    10 out of 10

    "In the four short weeks that I have experienced Ananda Yoga, I have felt a shift in my inner being. I feel that I have moved my spiritual practice to a deeper level, and Im finding the words trust and receiving are starting to integrate into my way of thinking. Peacefulness has overcome anxiety, and I feel in a much better place to give more of myself, and also to allow myself to receive."

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  • Review by Michelle from Oregon, USA
    10 out of 10

    "YTT is more than learning to teach yoga, it is about learning to live your yoga. The breadth and depth of the program astounded me. I cant imagine a more complete program. Your program is really the holistic approach for those who want to spend 28 days to transform their lives."

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  • Review by John from Texas, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I feel like Ive learned much more than I ever thought I would. The teachers were great, the lessons wonderful, the work not too demanding, the free time fun filled, and the food fantastic , what more can you ask for? It definitely deepened my understanding of the asanas, both practically and theoretically. Because of AYTT I feel much more confident in going out to teach."

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  • Review by Lisa from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This is an excellent program designed to help you become a competent and confident meditation teacher. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I'm ready to share this joy with the world."

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  • Review by Hannah Isaacson from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This training really prepares the new teacher to be able to relate to their students and teach with confidence and ease. The program balances perfectly the heart qualities of meditation with the practical application aspects. This course opened my heart, taught me how to successfully teach meditation, and truly changed my life."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Your prices are an extraordinary bargain in light of what the participants receive."

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  • Review by Sue from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "During my drive to The Expanding Light on Friday I was feeling pretty negative and weighted down with some personal-relationship challenges, but I left with a transformed outlook and a sense of new hope and optimism."

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  • Review by Andrea from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "First of all, the setting of The Expanding Light is stunning. The combination of the beautiful setting and the genuinely happy people that I met set the tone for my time there. I have never felt so embraced and held in that way before, and it gave me a perfect opportunity for discovery in a safe environment. I never would have believed it possible that people could live so harmoniouslyrespecting each other and providing support so that everyone can reach their highest potential. I met people there that I have no doubt will be part of my life forever.As a result of my visit, there have been some dramatic shifts in my perceptions. Challenges that I have had my entire life just dissolved. I have never felt so free and full of joy. While I know that this life will never be without adversity, I have a calm confidence that I have the strength to meet anything that comes. I can't remember my heart ever being so open before, and I just want to share that love!"

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  • Review by Marilyn from Illinois, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Being away from the negative feedback of the world, in a loving community filled with such talented teachers, has been a gift to me. Teachers are available for talks at mealtime or privately. It is difficult to describe the incredible teachers and programs. My visits have helped me resolve some personal issues, including becoming more accepting of myself and others, with the help of loving and positive guidance from these teachers. Sessions with healing practitioners have also helped to transform me spiritually. The Expanding Light provides an opportunity to transform oneself physically, mentally and spiritually."

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  • Review by Laurie from California, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This training program was transformative for me. I would say that my stress level decreased by 80% after I started using the inspiration I brought home. From all that I'd learned in the course from our incredible teachers, I became inspired to meditate regularly, do an Affirmation Walk daily, and even cut my alcohol, coffee, and sugar by 90%. I feel great. The aches in my joints are gone.The Holistic Health retreat helped me start my healthier lifestyle, and also has helped quiet my busy mind and maintain a much higher level of peace. I have attended other retreats through the years, and by far, The Expanding Light has given me the longest lasting impact in my day-to-day life.The Expanding Light is a place I have decided to make a priority to come back to each year. It has become much more than just a retreat. I have made friends to last a lifetime."

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  • Review by Nitya from India
    10 out of 10

    "Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at The Expanding Light is a lifetime opportunity to grow and mature emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. The classes provide practical information and much food for thought. The instructors are thorough but also compassionate and supportive. As students, we felt the support of the staff and the entire community. The food is like nectar to the soul and very nourishing for the body. The peaceful environment allows the students to relax and go deeper into the teachings of yoga while feeling safe and nurtured. Above all, there's much joy and laughter each day and a deep feeling that Spirit is watching over us as we stretch and grow. What a blessed month! Thank you!"

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  • Review by Ariella from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at The Expanding Light was an incredibly positive and transformative experience for me. Not only was the environment stunningly beautiful and peaceful, but my classmates and instructors were amazing. I've made lifelong friends here. The instructors always went the extra mile to make sure I understood everything and were so kind, friendly, and knowledgeable. I wasn't surprised to find out that this is one of the oldest yoga teacher training programs in the US! After four amazing weeks, I can't wait to teach my first class! I'm so glad I took this training."

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  • Review by Galine from Oregon, USA
    10 out of 10

    " The Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program helped me to deepen my practice as well as raise my awareness of who I am, how my body is related to it, what my purpose is here, and what my life goals are. The energy and vibrations of the classes are really healing, calming, and inspiring. I have a feeling that I have found a whole new family at The Expanding Light!"

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California, United States

The Expanding Light Retreat a non-profit, spiritual retreat offering wellness programs, retreats to individuals and groups, and yoga and meditation teacher trainings based in Kriya yoga.

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5 days / 4 nights

Departure:
Monday January 2, 2017
(5 days / 4 nights)

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