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.

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.

Nursing CEU 36 hours.

Upcoming Dates: May 5–June 16, 2021

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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 an effective technique to hold others in the Light


Meet Your Instructor:

Nayaswami Diksha

Diksha is a senior faculty member of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation in Northern California, and she co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training programs.

Diksha has been meditating for more than 30 years, and training meditation teachers for more than 20 years. A powerful and dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She has shared yogic teachings across the U.S., and in Canada and Europe.

A native Israeli who moved to the U.S. in 1990, Diksha brings a broad background to her teaching—from physical wellness to Ayurveda to profound spiritual understanding. Above all, she awakens in her students their own inner wisdom and the will to make positive changes in their lives.


“One of the best online courses I have ever taken! If you are looking for a connection with others you will not be disappointed. This is a great mixture of individual assignments as well as team/collaborative exercises. I was very afraid before signing up, but decided to face my fears anyways. 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!“

“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. Deeply touched by the support and inspiration from the teachers and participants. Thank you All for grounding me in my body, filling my heart with love and compassion and bringing clarity and awareness of super consciousness in life.“

“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. A surprise benefit is how the on-line version connects you with your classmates’ energy so seamlessly. Perceived borders of borders of both time and space dissolve readily in class group assignments, one-on-one practice sessions and the live webinars. A truly skillfully crafted course!”

Course Units and 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


  • Tips for Dealing with Illness & Dying
  • How to Help a Dying Person
  • Coping with Grief
  • Building a Spiritual Foundation
  • Living Intuition

Recommended Videos to Watch:


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.
This is not a certification training program. You will receive tools and techniques to help guide others in finding solutions to life challenges.
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.

Connect with divine wisdom—and help others find solutions

6-week Online Certification Course
Tuition: $550
Early Bird: $495 (valid until April 06, 2021)

Upcoming Dates:
May 5–June 16, 2021

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