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9 Days Bridge to Ananda Yoga Therapy Training Retreat in USA

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


Ananda Yoga™ Training for Teachers Retreat California

  • 8 days with instruction
  • Offered by the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation™, The Expanding Light Retreat welcomes yoga teachers of all traditions. Although Ananda Yoga follows a very specific system of yoga, the school and training programs recognize that all yoga teachers share the common interest of wanting to help others. Yoga can and should help people to feel healthier, uplifted, and ultimately happier. Thank you for choosing to serve the world in this way. If you wish to transfer to Ananda Yoga, this is the one of the only two chances offered in the entire year!


    • Daily Ananda yoga postures
    • Meditation and pranayama techniques
    • Energization exercises and workshops
    • Purification ceremony and Sunday service
    • 8 nights accommodation
    • Daily vegetarian meals


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    You may choose from two types of accommodations: indoor or outdoor. For indoor accommodations, they offer both standard and deluxe rooms housed in three different buildings, and four one-room cabins. For outdoor accommodations, RV camping is available year-round and tent camping is available from April through October.

    Each guest room includes two twin beds, carpeting, heat, air conditioning (except for the cabins), towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly - no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents. They also have centrally located guest computers.

    Tents and RVs

    If you would like to stay in a tent or an RV, please bring your own. They do not provide tents or RVs. Tent camping is available from April through October on level, shaded campsites. RVs are welcomed year round. However, they do not have 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. There is a high fire danger here in the summer, so no campfires are allowed. Also, no candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame.

    Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. They do have a refrigerator behind the main kitchen, which is available for guests. The camping area has a sink with running water, and an outhouse. Men and womens bathrooms are available with showers, toilets, and sinks, across the meadow from the tenting area.

    Standard rooms - private and shared

    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 mens and womens shower houses about a minutes walk away.

    Deluxe rooms

    Harmony House has eight deluxe rooms. Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a ceiling fan. Harmony House is dedicated to expressing Yoganandas expansive approach to religion and his belief in celebrating god through beauty.

    Simply and elegantly appointed, each room is decorated in the theme of one of the great world religions. Available are the Yogananda Room, Buddhism Room, Saint Francis Room, Madonna Room, Taoism Room, Islam Room, Judaism Room, and the Hinduism Room.

    Shower houses

    This is for those staying outdoors. All outdoor accommodations have access to separate men's and women's shower houses an easy 2 or 3-minute walk across the meadow. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

    Bridge your skills

    While some paths focus primarily on asana alignment, safety, and calisthenics, Ananda Yoga uses several techniques in addition to the asanas to raise ones level of energy and awareness so that body, mind, and soul are harmonized. Ananda Yoga has proven itself to be a practical and effective way to grow spiritually. Ananda Yoga practices include:

    Asana affirmations

    Asana modifications to suit individual needs

    Energization exercises developed by Paramhansa Yogananda

    Pranayama techniques

    Meditation techniques

    Yoga philosophy and study

    Therapeutic yoga (training in level 1 and 2)

    Transfer to Ananda Yoga

    Yoga teachers of other styles and paths often want to transfer into Anandas level 2 yoga teacher training or YTX / yoga therapy training after they have experienced the gentle power of Ananda Yoga. If you are a Yoga Alliance RYT (registered yoga teacher), you may transfer into these programs once you have completed Bridge to Ananda Yoga, which will give you a strong foundation in the practice and teaching of Ananda Yoga. Bridge to Ananda Yoga consists of the first 8 days of a Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (Sunday evening through Monday morning of the eighth day), during which you will also enjoy several special classes designed specifically for Bridge students.

    In addition to attending the Bridge classes, you will have five at-home assignments. The assignment involves preparing a class plan for another Ananda style yoga class that you will teach at home. This class plan then gets reviewed with other Bridge students and the main Bridge instructor, Mangala. Once you have received feedback on your plan, then you will teach it, write up your self-assessment of how it went, then participate in a conference call to discuss your experience.

    Sample schedule

    • 09:30 - 12:30 Forward bends, standing poses
    • 13:30 Energization workshop
    • 14:30 - 16:30 Yoga lifestyle
    • 16:00 - 18:30 Meditation: The central technique of yoga
    • 19:30 - 21:00 The yogic science of affirmation requirements
    • 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.

    • Badri Matlock

      Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

      Badri Matlock is a dynamic young teacher and program leader. His dedicated practice of yoga and meditation began at age 17, and he has lived and taught at Ananda since 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State Long Beach. Badri serves as director of the level one Ananda Yoga Teacher Training. While dedication to the spiritual life is his greatest passion, he loves family, community, music, surfing, and sports. He is known for his energetic presence and his love of service and having fun. He lives at Ananda Village with his wife, and two children.

    The Expanding Light is located in Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, they are approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.


    • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
    • Sacramento - 2 hours
    • Massage
    • Garden
    • Special menu request
    • Terrace
    • Free! WiFi/Computer
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Shop

    Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of the dishes contain eggs and dairy. The Expanding Light uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown fair trade coffee. They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

    Computer lounge and Wi-Fi

    Guests are welcome to use the computer lounge in the main building; guests in deluxe room and most of the standard rooms can use Wi-Fi in their rooms if you bring your own computer.

    Guest services lounge

    The guest services lounge is a lovely room with a cozy fireplace located in the Gust Services Building. When not in use for a class, it is open until late at night for guests to use.

    Lahiri Mandir

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

    Lotus Lake

    This lovely lake is filled with water lilies and lotus flowers in summer. It is a beautiful area ideal for walks, where you can often see wild birds. A path around the lake includes outdoor altars to Ananda Yoga's line of masters.

    Personal services

    • Personal services at The Expanding Light at additional cost, including spiritual counseling, private yoga sessions, and private yoga therapy sessions.

    Serenity lounge

    Serenity Lounge is a homey room located in the Serenity Building. When not in use for class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, yoga, meditation, watching videos, listening to music, or just socializing. Serenity lounge is also stocked with tea and coffee, and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric teapot for guest use.

    The Temple

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


    • You can take long walks on the beautiful 800 acres of forest and meadowland.

    Massage can be a wonderful, healing addition to your stay. All massage practitioners are Ananda members and work through the Center for Radiant Health. The center offers a variety of types of massage, as well as Ayurveda counseling, CranioSacral therapy, astrological readings, and more. They have a coin-operated washer and dryer available for guest use.

    • 8 nights accommodation
    • Ananda yoga teaching lessons and practices
    • Daily vegetarian meals
    • Spa treatments are not included in the price. You will have to schedule an appointment in advance.

    Driving directions from Sacramento

    Take I-80 (E) towards Reno - go about 25 miles.

    At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (N) toward Grass Valley / Nevada City - go 38 miles.

    Just past Nevada City, turn left at the "49 to Downieville" sign. Follow this road for 10.5 miles (watch your odometer). It is a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River.

    Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.

    Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

    Driving directions from Reno

    • Take I-80 (W) towards Sacramento - go 55 miles.
    • Take CA-20 (W) - go 27 miles.
    • Turn right on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville - go 10.5 miles.
    • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.
    • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

    Driving directions from the northwest

    • Take I-5 (S) to Williams, California.
    • Take CA-20 (E) to Nevada City - go 77 miles.
    • Turn left on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville - go 10.5 miles.
    • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.
    • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

    Arrival by airplane

    The best airport to fly into is Sacramento. Reno Airport is also an option but is less preferable due to inclement weather in the winter and higher transportation costs to Ananda. From the Sacramento Airport, there are a few options.

    For a good value, they recommend The Expanding Lights regularly scheduled Sacramento airport pick-up and drop-off.

    For more flexibility around days and times for pick-up and drop-off, a good option is Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

    Yet another option is the Super Shuttle. Or, rent a car and follow the directions, or take the bus or train or public transportation.

    Arrival by bus

    Greyhound bus offers service from available cities to Colfax, approximately an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

    Amtrak offers limited bus service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

    Arrival by shuttle

    The Expanding Light recommends Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service. They are a locally run shuttle with excellent service. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light, it is 250 USD round trip, and 150 USD one way. From Colfax or Auburn, it is 160 USD round trip, and 80 USD one way.

    You may take the Super Shuttle (advance reservations required). When making your reservation, put your destination as "Expanding Light" to get the accurate price. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light is 175 USD one way, and 350 USD for round trip. If you are part of a group, there is an additional fee of only 9 USD per person for the ride.

    Arrival by train

    Amtrak train offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour from Ananda.

    Contact Amtrak directly for routes, current prices, schedules and reservations at To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

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

    Verified reviews

    • C
      Review by Catrina Sciarrillo from United States
      10 Value for money
      5 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      7.5 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-22 00:28:44

    • J
      Review by Jon Chapman from United States
      10 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      10 Food
      10 Location
      7.5 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

      2017-Apr-15 15:11:38

    • Review by Juliet Johnson from USA

      "The people were nice enough. The retreat though had very little yoga. Rather it focused on body energizer activities, and meditation. I wanted to focus on yoga and improving my abilities, and came away deeply disappointed for the lack of yoga on this retreat. Also, the website should state that a big focus of the retreat is teaching about the Ananda communities beliefs, which includes gurus they've chosen to follow, reincarnation, and sources of energy. " Website, edited

    • Review by Susan from Maine, US

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Annalisa Cunningham

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Tim from California, USA

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Aline from California, USA

      "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!" website, edited

    • Review by Petra from Hawaii

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Aaron from Colorado, US

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Pamela from California, USA

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Amy from New York, US

      "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!" website, edited

    • Review by Kathleen from California, USA

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

    • Review by a traveler from California, USA

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by a traveler from California, USA

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

    • Review by Nancy from California, USA

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by John from Texas, US

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Katherine

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

    • Review by a traveler from California, USA

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by a traveler from California, USA

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by a traveler from Texas, US

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by a traveler from Assisi, Italy

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by a traveler from California, USA

      "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." website, edited

    • Review by Sanjay Garla from California, USA

      "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.", edited

    • Review by a traveler from California, USA

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

    • Review by Sue from California, USA

      "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.", edited

    • Review by Andrea from California, USA

      "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!", edited

    • Review by Marilyn from Illinois, USA

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      " 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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    • Review by Caryn

      "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 Shauna from California, USA

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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 Teresa from Kentuky, USA

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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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    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.

    Speaks English

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