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8 Days Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in USA

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

Overview

Yoga Teacher Training California

This training program is the first module of Ananda’s Yoga therapy training. By attending to this program, you will gain understanding of the foundations of yoga therapy, which come from the ancient sciences of yoga and Ayurveda. Learn assessment skills from the perspective of structure and function, posture alignment, breath, subtle energy, chakras, and Ayurvedic assessment of prakruti, vikruti, and gunas.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Explore energy healing and its benefits
  • Discover how yoga and Ayurveda work together
  • Deepen your anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology knowledge
  • Learn to design individualized yoga therapy regimes
  • Daily buffet-style vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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For this teacher training, you may choose from two types of accommodation; indoor or outdoor. For indoor accommodations The Expanding Light offer both standard and deluxe rooms housed in three different buildings and four one-room cabins. For outdoor accommodations, recreation vehicles (RV) camping is available all year-round, however, RV facilities and hookups will not be available at this time.

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 and also non-daily maid service is provided. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents. Centrally located guest computers are also available.

Deluxe rooms

Private and shared deluxe rooms located at “Harmony House” have a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer. Simply and elegantly appointed, each room is decorated in the theme of one of the great world religions.

Standard rooms

Private and shared standard rooms are located at 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 minute’s walk away.

Tents and RV’s

If you would like to stay in a tent or an RV, please bring your own. The Expanding Light do not provide tents or RVs.

The shower houses

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 hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for comfort and privacy.

This in-depth seven-day program is the first module of Ananda’s yoga Therapy Training. This is a seven-day residential course which includes a combination of lecture, discussion, case studies, and practicum. Intuition and energy healing are presented as essential skills for yoga therapists to cultivate. Therapeutic relationships are discussed as well as practiced by working with volunteer clients in class and at home with faculty supervision.

You must be an Ananda Yoga Teacher Training graduate, or a Yoga Alliance RYT who has taken the Bridge to Ananda Yoga course to attend this training.

Ananda Yoga Therapy Training. Many teachers of other styles want to transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 certification track, once they experience the power of Ananda Yoga. If you are a Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), you may do that.

Documentation skills are learned and practiced as well as the basics of business aspects of becoming a yoga therapist. This program is the foundation for all of the other yoga therapy programs that The Expanding Light Retreat offers. This course offers 43 hours of continuing education credit. .

Acquired knowledge by the end of the course

Gain practical client assessment skills including structural and functional assessment, and basic Ayurvedic constitution assessment

Learn how to take and document a client history

Learn to create, document, and evaluate individualized therapeutic yoga plans

Deepen your understanding of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology

Learn how to design individualized yoga therapy regimes

Discover how yoga and Ayurveda work together to promote well-being of body, mind, and spirit

Deepen your understanding of the breath of yoga teachings (asanas, meditation, pranayama, diet, yoga philosophy, intuition, lifestyle, and more), and how they can *be used to help a client therapeutically

Explore energy healing; how to send healing energy to others, the roles of prayer and intention, the power of the mind, and the therapeutic use of affirmations, *visualizations, and mantras

Explore important issues in conducting the business of yoga therapy

In addition, you will learn how to communicate with health care professionals and how to generate and interpret referral information. You will explore how to establish therapeutic relationships with your clients and how to set clear boundaries. You will also learn what are professional and ethical boundaries and listening and communication skills.

In short, by the end of the week, you will have been given the basic skills for creating your own yoga therapy practice. This program is also a prerequisite for some other yoga therapy programs offered by The Expanding Light Retreat.

The field of yoga therapy is rapidly evolving and being recognized as a valuable modality by the world of western medicine. Being trained as a yoga therapist will open up a wide variety of employment opportunities for those who are inclined to work collaboratively with health care providers. As a prerequisite for this course, you must be a graduate of the Ananda yoga teacher training, have one year of personal practice and one year of experience teaching Ananda yoga (minimum of 80 hours).

You can also be a 200-hour graduate of a registered yoga school program, who has taken bridge to Ananda yoga and has taught 30 hours of Ananda yoga. You must also have a year’s personal practice, and have completed an application for Ananda yoga therapy training. This course starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s recommended to arrive before 14:00, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 16:45.

Dinner is at 18:30. The first real gathering of the group is at 19:30. If you need to arrive here after 17:00, it's fine, but it will help The Expanding Light Retreat if you let them know. They can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 19:00. The program ends with lunch on the last date.

Course syllabus

  • 65 course hours: 53 contact hours and 12 non-contact hours
  • 23 practicum hours: 11 during course; 12 non-contact in home practicum

Course description

This in-depth seven-day program provides many practical foundational skills necessary for a safe and effective yoga therapy practice including assessment skills from the perspective of structure and function, posture alignment, breath, subtle energy, chakras, Ayurvedic assessment of Prakruti, Vikruti, and Gunas.

Therapeutic relationships are discussed as well as practiced by working with volunteer clients in class and at home with faculty supervision. Documentation skills are learned and practiced as well as the basics of business aspects of becoming a yoga therapist. This program is the foundation for all of our other yoga therapy programs.

Required texts, reading materials, and reading assignments

McCall, Timothy B. Yoga as Medicine: “The Yogic Prescription for Health & Healing”. New York: Bantam, 2012. Printed chapters one and two, and Afterword, pages 493 to 4966.

Lasater, Judith: “Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana.” Berkeley, California; Rodmell, 2009

Simpson, Savitri Chakras Workbook, (2012, Savitri Simpson, self-published) pages 11 to 28 and 40 to 45.

Walters, J. Donald, and Devi Novak: “Intuition for Starters: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance.” Nevada City, California: Crystal Clarity, 2002. Chapter one and two, pages 13 to 43 and chapter six, pages 101 to top of 108.

Ayurveda pamphlet, Ayurveda: “A Brief Introduction and Guide, (2006, The Ayurvedic Press) (pamphlet will be given to you when you arrive)”, page one to top of page three.

Yogananda: “Scientific Healing Affirmations: Theory and Practice of Concentration.” Los Angeles; self-realization fellowship, 2012. Chapters one to four, pages three to 34.

Yogananda. “Divine Will Healing Excerpts” (currently out of print but handout is available in section five of the manual.

Walters, J. Donald. “Affirmations for Self-healing”. Nevada City, California; crystal clarity, 2005. Pages from 13 to 18.

Yogananda. “How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality”. Nevada City, California: crystal clarity, 2011. Chapter one; “Vitalize the Body”, pages from nine to 20 and 30 to 37. Chapter two; “All-Round Health”, pages 39 to 49, and chapter seven; “God’s Healing Power”, pages 117 to 129.

Ananda yoga therapy training manual: “Principles, read all”.

Subject matter and competencies covered

  • Familiarity with the evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition and its relevance and application to yoga therapy including teachings from Vedic and post-Vedic periods, Samkhya, yoga, Tantra, and Ayurveda
  • Knowledge of yoga perspectives on the structure, states, functioning, and conditions of the mind including but not limited to citta vrtti (activities of the mind), citta parinama (structural changes in the mind), and vyutthana and nirodha (mind's potential for distraction and focus)
  • Knowledge of the basic perspectives on health and disease from yoga and Ayurveda relevant to the practice of yoga therapy
  • Knowledge of categorizing illness
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, including all major systems of the body and their interrelationship as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist
  • Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga and the work of a yoga therapist
  • Knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of all the major systems, including symptoms, management, illness trajectories, and contraindications as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist
  • Familiarity with common medical terminology
  • Knowledge of how to reference current healthcare information relevant to the work of a yoga therapist, including pathologies, disorders, drugs, and surgical procedures as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Knowledge of the interaction of the body, breath, mind, intellect, and emotions in health and well-being
  • In-depth knowledge of, and observed capacity for, well-developed communication skills; listening, presence, directive, and non-directive dialogue
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, adjust, and adapt to specific client and student needs in the evolving therapeutic or professional relationship
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and manage the subtle dynamics inherent in the therapist and client relationship
  • In-depth knowledge of the scope of practice of yoga therapy and how to assess the need for referral to other professional services
  • In-depth knowledge of, and demonstrated ability, how to implement effective teaching methods, adapt to unique styles of learning, provide supportive and effective feedback, acknowledge the client's and student's progress, and cope with unique difficulties and successes.
  • In-depth knowledge of and demonstrated ability to transmit the value of self-awareness and self- responsibility throughout the therapeutic process
  • In-depth knowledge of, and demonstrated ability to develop and adjust appropriate practice strategies to the client and student
  • In-depth knowledge of the range of yoga practices and their potential therapeutic effects for common conditions
  • In-depth knowledge of contraindications of yoga practices for specific conditions and circumstances
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct intake and assess the client/student, including
  • Demonstrated ability to elicit the goals, expectations, and aspirations of the clients and students
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate information from the intake, evaluation, and observation to develop a working assessment of the client's condition, limitations, and possibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge on how to determine which aspects of the clients and student's conditions, goals, and aspirations that might be addressed through yoga therapy
  • Demonstrated ability to identify priorities and set both long and short term goals with the clients and students
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of pacification, purification, and strengthening strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of strategies that address common disorders and pathologies of the major human systems and common mental health conditions, as well as other goals and aspirations of the student as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge on how to combine intake, evaluation, observations, and working assessment to develop an appropriate practice or session strategy for individual clients and students as well as group classes, taking into consideration the holistic nature of the
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how to choose and prioritize the use of yoga tools and techniques, including selecting, sequencing, adapting, and modifying yoga practices appropriate to the needs of clients
  • Demonstrated ability to teach or deliver the appropriate practices for individuals as well as groups, taking into consideration the assessment of their conditions, limitations, possibilities, and the overall practice strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate the experience of the practice for students and clients
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain therapeutic relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to provide follow up and re-planning
  • In-depth knowledge of yoga practices and methods for self-inquiry related to establishing, practicing, and maintaining ethical principles
  • In-depth knowledge of generally accepted ethical principles of health care codes of conduct and yoga's ethical principles
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of generally accepted ethical principles and related concepts from the yoga to professional interactions and relationships
  • In-depth knowledge of the scope of practice of yoga therapy, resulting in the demonstrated ability to discern the need for referral to other modalities
  • Knowledge of the extent of one's own individual training, skills, and evolving experience in yoga therapy, and knowledge of the importance of practicing within such parameters.
  • Knowledge of current relevant local, state, and national laws and regulations impacting the work of a yoga therapist
  • Basic knowledge of business practices relevant to the work of a yoga therapist, including record keeping, planning, and financial management.
  • Basic knowledge of how to establish, maintain, and utilize a referral network of peers and related
  • Basic knowledge of how to develop and maintain ongoing collaborative relationships
  • Knowledge of the fundamental value of ongoing personal practice, long-term mentorship, and skills maintenance and development through continuing education
  • Knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, educational advancement, and personal practice

Course completion requirements

  • Attendance at all classes
  • Completion of all assigned readings
  • Participation in class discussions and activities (including case studies, review sessions, and practicums). Participation needs to reflect that the student has learned and begun to assimilate the information from their assigned readings. The faculty will be assessing whether the student has achieved the level of knowledge and appropriate application of that knowledge according to the IAYT competencies that apply
  • Satisfactory performance on in-class (closed-book) quizzes. This will indicate an achievement of the stated course learning objectives. Students will be given answer keys to the quizzes immediately after taking them and there will then be time for further questions and answers and group discussion with the faculty.
  • Satisfactory completion of the home practice assignment. Students are given written feedback by supervising faculty along with an offer to speak in person or by phone in addition. If the expected standard of satisfactory performance (set by IAYT standards and competencies) is not met, then students will be given additional guidance and assignments as needed until they can demonstrate the expected competency
  • If any of the above requirements or expectations are not met, the student will be counseled and/or given additional assignments in order to help them be able to demonstrate satisfactory performance
  • Nayaswami Mangala

    Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice. She holds a master in nursing and has won awards as nurse practitioner of the year in 1982, and for outstanding achievement in teaching when she was a lecturer at The University of Washington School of Nursing in 1987.

  • Maitri Jones

    Maitri’s name means “Friend” in Sanskrit and well describes her kind and supportive nature. She is a calm, high-energy person who approaches her many interests with enthusiasm and talent. Maitri was drawn to doing yoga postures and living a yogic lifestyle in the early 70’s. A certified Meditation Teacher and a Level 2 Yoga Teacher, Maitri's special interest is Yoga Therapy for body,mind and spirit, in which she teaches. With another nurse, Maitri created the successful MS Study at The Expanding Light, for which she created a video of Energization Exercises and yoga postures for MS.

  • Barbara Bingham

    Barbara is a Hatha yoga teacher, a registered physical therapist, and a former gymnast. She brings all of her training together in her yoga teaching and helps people enjoy using their bodies in the healthiest way possible. Barbara teaches the anatomy and physiology classes of the Ananda yoga teacher training and can show clients and students how to adjust yoga movements to their particular limitations, whatever those might be. Known for her playful, approachable style, Barbara also brings compassion and sensitive awareness to her yoga teaching.

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
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lake nearby
  • Studio
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

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. 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. There is also a market in the Ananda Village if you’d like to buy special items.

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.

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.

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.

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. It is an independent cooperative of qualified Ananda health practitioners. These services are available by prior appointment during the whole week for an additional cost.

  • 3 daily buffet-style meals
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • All classes and activities mentioned on the program
  • All course materials
  • Activities not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Airport transportation
  • Massages and therapies

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.
  • Review by Caryn
    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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