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