Be a channel of higher consciousness for those in need

Join Nayaswami Diksha for this one of a kind course exploring the art of Spiritual Counseling. Spiritual counseling is different from psychological counseling. It’s about counseling others from a space of uplifted consciousness in order to help them find deep, personal understanding and direction.

This training will enhance your interpersonal skills as you learn to listen actively, respond with clarity, and open the doorway for superconscious understanding and solutions. You’ll explore spiritual skills and effective communication principles that will help you guide others to find their own solutions.

2022 dates coming soon

Learn more about this online training with Nayaswami Diksha


Best practices in online training

At Ananda, we have been offering quality training for decades. Now we bring this same dedication online, as we embrace the very best practices of online learning. You’ll enjoy a user-friendly online environment that offers plentiful interaction within a highly engaged learning community, including:

  • Specialized exercises and introspective practices to deepen your understanding of how to effectively counsel others
  • Lively discussion forums filled with support, insights, and inspiration
  • “Live” webinars covering a wide spectrum of topics with periods of Q&A
  • Practice counseling sessions with fellow students and instructor feedback
  • Instructional videos covering all aspects of spiritual counseling

This course is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Swami Kriyananda, his close, direct disciple, counseled thousands of people over more than 60 years, always on the basis of Yogananda’s guidance and teachings. From those years of experience, he developed the approach to counseling that serves as the framework for this course.

You will learn how to:

Cultivate and recognize true intuition

Listen to and assess your own intuition

Connect to someone’s higher self from your higher self

Recognize subconscious, conscious, and superconscious thinking in yourself & others

Find solutions & not be overwhelmed by problems

Help others gain clarity on life’s challenges and open to new possibilities

Avoid the temptation to try and “fix” someone

Ask questions that will open doorways for others

Find solutions to your own challenges

Learn more about the Energy Tools shared in this training


About Nayaswami Diksha, Director, Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training

“There are specific skills that make one a good counselor, and what brings them all together is the most important skill of all: intuition. You must be able to tune in — deeply — to another person’s reality, understand what their own higher Self is trying to tell them. It’s not magic. All of these skills can be developed, and it’s been my joy over the years to help many trainees do that, so they can provide this great service to others.” – Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha is a senior teacher in the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. She co-founded the Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training course, and co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training course. Both trainings are offered online.

Diksha has been meditating for more than 35 years, and training meditation and yoga teachers for more than 20 years. A powerful and spiritually dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She has shared transformative spiritual teachings across the U.S., and in Canada, Europe, Israel, and India. She now teaches primarily online.

The Sanskrit word, diksha, means “giver of light”— an appropriate name, because Nayaswami Diksha has touched many hundreds of seekers as a teacher, teacher trainer, host of spiritual travels, expert on Ayurvedic wellbeing, and internationally known vegetarian chef and cookbook author.

For more than 30 years, Diksha has practiced Kriya Yoga meditation and lived a dedicated yogic lifestyle at Ananda Village. Her “Nayaswami” title reflects that her life path is one of “positive” renunciation: not self-deprivation or isolation, but a joyful expansion of consciousness and sympathy to embrace all people as her own.

Course Video Topics

  • What is Intuition and How Can You Recognize It?
  • Aids and Blocks to Intuition
  • Personal Inventory on Levels of Consciousness
  • How to Receive Guidance in Meditation
  • Understanding Levels of Consciousness
  • Deeper into the Levels of Consciousness
  • Recognizing Each Level of Consciousness in Ourselves & In Those We Counsel
  • The Essence of Spiritual Counseling
  • Principles of Spiritual Counseling
  • How to Listen & Ask Questions


  • Introduction to Energy Tools
  • Direct Energy Upward
  • How to Receive Higher Guidance
  • Fill Yourself with Light
  • Affirm Perfect Health
  • Tips for Dealing with Illness & Dying
  • How to Help a Dying Person
  • Coping with Grief
  • Building a Spiritual Foundation
  • Living Intuition



Deepen your spiritual life:
“This spiritual counseling course is life enhancing!”
“Taking the course online allows you to incorporate meditation and movement practices into your daily life. As the course progresses, your level of consciousness and spirituality grows.”
“This course is so rich with content and heart! A powerful opportunity to experience deepening your own connection (intuition) with your higher self and becoming of greater service to others through very practical methods.”

High quality teachers and well-planned course:
“Deeply touched by the support and inspiration from the teachers and participants.”
“A great mixture of individual assignments as well as team/collaborative exercises.”
“This course was planned out extremely well and allowed me to slowly gain confidence just as I needed it. The course work builds on each other and has a helpful flow to the teachings and exercises. I will definitely take another online Ananda course as I am confident it will be as well prepared and completed as this one!“

Enhanced spiritual community:
“If you are looking for a connection with others you will not be disappointed.”
“A surprise benefit is how the on-line version connects you with your classmates’ energy so seamlessly.”

Guided by Nayaswami Diksha: Learn an effective technique to hold others in the Light



Don’t worry. We have students from all over the world. This course is almost entirely “asynchronous.” This means that you can participate at the hours of the day that work best for you. There are several live webinars but they are video-recorded so those who cannot attend live can watch them later.
All those who satisfactorily complete the course, will receive a course completion document. This is not, however a certification course, which would require a much longer training.
Yes, you’ll have lots of interaction! In fact, many of your assignments require it. There are discussion forums, live one-to-one practice teaching fellow students via Zoom. Plentiful interaction is a best practice in online learning, and this course is structured entirely around best practices.
We realize that emergencies can arise. We will work with you to try to find a solution—and the more advance notice we receive, the more likely it is that we can find a solution. But please realize that, because all students move through the course together, we can do only so much to accommodate late assignments, even for emergencies.
You will be free to do your coursework at whatever time of day suits your schedule. We expect you to log in and do some work (often just 15 minutes) on multiple days each week. Also, during several weeks of the course, you will need enough flexibility to find a mutually agreeable time to meet with classmates for practice counseling via internet video (using Zoom). This is usually quite easy to do.

You should expect to spend 5-8 hours per week on your coursework; 2-3 of those hours will be for guided meditation practice.

In person, the uplifting environment of The Expanding Light promotes deep peace. It cannot be duplicated fully online. Also, you won’t have all of the distractions that happen at home. You’ll have daily, in-person access to the instructors, as well as many informal interactions with fellow students. The personal connections that develop during the in-person courses are enriching and often enduring.

Online, you won’t have to uproot yourself from your day-to-day life. You’ll have more time to assimilate the material and practice your intuition and counseling (particularly helpful for people who like to take more time to process their thoughts and new material and ideas). Since there are fewer time and schedule constraints, you’ll also have a few more learning experiences that aren’t included in the in-person course. The online course is less expensive because you won’t be paying for accommodations and meals.

Under Yoga Alliance’s temporary provision for online training, this course will count for Ananda’s Level 2 (300-hour) Yoga Teacher Training.
Ananda Meditation Teacher Training is NOT a prerequisite for Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training.

Yes, you can take the meditation teacher training after this course.

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Relax the mind and fill yourself with Light – guided experiences with Nayaswami Diksha

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Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training
6-week Online Course

Welcoming Registered Yoga Teachers: Under a temporary provision made by Yoga Alliance, the online version of Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training will qualify for credit toward Level 2 Ananda Yoga Teacher certification. It will also qualify as 36-hours of in-person continuing education hours for RYTs.
Welcoming Nurses: We offer a 36 hour CEU for this training.

Tuition: $550

2022 dates coming soon.


Course Assistants

Anandi worked with Diksha to help create the original Ananda Spiritual Counselor training, and she has been a well-respected spiritual counselor to many over more than 40 years. She is a founding member of Ananda and has been an Ananda minister since 1980. She has worked with hundreds of guests at The Expanding Light and in the Ananda community.
Mangala has a background in a variety of healing modalities including Nursing, Ayurveda, Yoga teaching and Yoga Therapy practice and teaching. She currently serves as the Director of the Ananda Yoga Therapy Training program. She has been a RN, Nurse Practitioner for many decades and has been involved in assisting residents of Ananda Village for over 30 years with health and illness-related situations, and also with the process of dying. She also serves as a teacher, spiritual counselor and minister. She enjoys helping people to find positive ways to cope with and even thrive with challenges presented by illness and dying.
Mukti is an Ananda minister, spiritual counselor and instructor in meditation, and she teachers others ways to live a spiritual life. Mukti has been a long-time teacher at the Expanding Light Retreat, and now coaches online. Her professional background is in biofeedback, stress management and neurorehabilitation. Mukti feels that living a life dedicated to seeking higher consciousness is living life’s highest expression and she finds great joy encouraging others in their spiritual journey.
Parvati has been sharing Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings for over 40 years, and combines deep inwardness with a joy in sharing the spiritual teachings. She is an Ananda Minister, Kriyacharya, and Raja Yoga Teacher. She and her husband, Pranaba, helped to create and direct Ananda centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. She currently directs the Ananda Janaka Foundation, which supports Ananda’s future through estate gift planning.
Trimurti supports students in online courses by sharing his long-time meditation and counseling experience. Trimurti served as the Director of the Karma Yoga Ashram Program and is on the Staff at the Expanding Light Guest Services. He is a Kriyaban and an Ananda Minister.
Mantrini returned a few years ago to Ananda Village with her husband and daughter after 14 years living and serving in Ananda’s community in Assisi, Italy. She loves being back and serving again at Ananda Village, where she gives administrative support to the community Care and Aging department, as well as the Expanding Light Retreat.
Phouvang (pu-wan) came to Ananda Village in 2005 and served in the Karma Yoga Program at The Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat. In 2006, she moved into the urban community in Sacramento, California, where she lived and served for 8 years. In 2014, Phouvang moved to at Ananda Village and served at the Expanding Light, the organic farm, and is currently serving in the community market.