A Transformative Experience
to Expand and Share Your Inner Light

For more than 40 years, the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation® faculty have been training students to become certified teachers of yoga, meditation, and spiritual counseling. The foundation of our approach is based in the full range of the yoga tradition as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda—from asana, pranayama, and meditation, to health and yoga philosophy. This online certificate training experience is a dynamic best-practice professional training focused on your own personal and spiritual growth. Ananda Yoga® is a classical and spiritual approach to Hatha Yoga. Using yoga postures to uplift consciousness, increase awareness and then ultimately unite our energies with the unlimited divine source of power.

Already a registered yoga teacher? Consider our Bridge to Ananda Yoga Online program.

A Spiritually Dynamic Training

For the first time ever, the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation is now offering a Yoga Alliance approved 200-hr teacher training online. From the comfort of your home, you will receive training to become a skilled Ananda Yoga® instructor, with a Registered Yoga School (RYS) of the Yoga Alliance.

  • Learn about the profound universal teachings of the self-realized Master, Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Explore ancient philosophies of India through the study of classical Raja Yoga and meditation
  • Utilize the best online teaching methods and participate in 100+ hours of live interaction with our team of expert teachers
  • Receive personalized coaching and feedback from our inspiring faculty who have experience teaching online
  • Learn how to use, and teach about traditional, scientific yoga techniques to develop energy awareness and raise consciousness

Become an Inspiring, Profound, and Professional Ananda Yoga Teacher

200-hr Certification in 4 1/2 Months

Our teaching approach will support you to deepen your own intuitive understanding of your inner life – your challenges, your gifts – as a path to becoming an inspiring yoga teacher. We will share with you ways to ignite and heighten your teaching ability to utilize yoga science and your intuition to best serve your students as a whole person—their body, mind and spirit. You will extensively study and practice a broad spectrum of educational materials presented in our core curriculum covering 4 main categories:

  • 30 Hatha Yoga asanas each with an uplifting affirmation, including how to draw their physical, energetic, and spiritual benefits
  • Asana mechanics and variations, safety cautions, and modifications (how to adapt asanas for student limitations)
  • Classical pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) and working with the subtle body (energy centers)
  • Ananda Meditation, including concentration techniques, chanting, and how to sit comfortably
  • Anatomical movement, planes of movement, and anatomical terminology for yoga teachers
  • Muscles, bones, fascia, and postural points of alignment
  • Nervous system and other bodily systems (digestive, endocrine, immune, circulatory, and more)
  • Study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, and Ashtanga Yoga (8-limbs)
  • Working directly with the body’s subtle energy, including the chakras and kundalini
  • Increasing energy and magnetism as a yoga teacher
  • Yoga lifestyle, including yogic diet and simple living
  • How to plan a class: structure and sequence, teach yoga postures in groups, one-on-one, and to students of all walks of life (accessible yoga)
  • Practice several hands-on adjustments to assist students in the asanas
  • Find ways to address students’ needs on all levels – physical, mental & spiritual
  • Learn the latest tips and tools for business, marketing, and online teaching

Best Practices in Online Training

Receive over 100 hours of live interaction with our team of expert teachers

Gain experience teaching with several live practice teaching sessions with your classmates

Partake in lively discussions and Q&A forums filled with insights. Have all your questions answered.

Build confidence in what you’re learning by receiving personalized, supportive feedback from our instructors

Refine your teaching skills during live video workshops, and participate in group coaching

Take mini practice quizzes throughout the course to deepen and clarify your understanding of the course content

Film yourself teaching a volunteer student to apply your new skills

Create meaningful connections with your fellow trainees through group projects, sharing circles & online community.

Receive post-graduation support from The Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation, which offers a wide variety of resources, inspiration, and community interactions

Immerse Yourself in Yoga As a Way of Life

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training is an immersive and transformational experience, not just a training program. Students dive deep inwardly while experiencing the power of yoga postures and meditation. Through participation in this program, you will undergo spiritual growth and expansion on all levels.
  • Develop a personal sadhana routine (spiritual practice) of Energization Exercises, Ananda Yoga postures, devotional chanting, and meditation
  • Learn with experienced yoga teachers who live what they teach
  • Be the change: create a positive life enriched by a connection to higher consciousness
  • Discover more about yourself through philosophy, meditation and introspection
  • Experience this immersive training broadcasted from Ananda Village an intentional spiritual community
Video Library

Included in this Training

Training & Practice
Yoga Philosophy
Anatomy & Physiology
Guided Pranayama

Sample Ananda Yoga Routine

  • Ananda Yoga Asana Video Library – professional and easy to download, instructional videos for each asana (30 Level 1 poses) and pranayama (10 techniques)
  • High-quality pre-taped learning modules for each curriculum category, and recordings of all live classes to review and deepen your understanding
  • Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Manual – 8 sections, 248 pages, printable PDF
  • Ananda Yoga Asana and Affirmation flashcards for study, practice and class planning
  • By completing this course you will receive a certificate of completion as a level one Certified Yoga Teacher. Nurses can request documentation of completed continuing education hours.

Meet Your Instructors:

Melody, E-RYT 500, directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training online programs. She is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and a trained Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Melody has been practicing the teachings of yoga since the age of 14, and began teaching at age 17. She loves to help her students experience the depth of Ananda Yoga and Meditation. She will be the main asana instructor for this course and will support you every step of the way in becoming a confident yoga teacher. It is her joy to serve you!
Vahini, E-RYT 500, native of Italy, is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. She is a level 2 Yoga Instructor and a trained Restorative and Prenatal Yoga instructor. She has been living in Ananda and sharing Yoga for almost a decade mostly in Assisi, Italy. She has guided programs on several yoga topics and now she is helping in the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda Village and teaching yoga for kids at the Ananda School. Vahini will be a lead asana instructor. It is her joy to serve!

Karen, RYT 500, is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and has been teaching yoga since 2003. Originally from Texas, she directed and operated successful yoga studios in Dallas for over 13 years. Karen has experience working with students of all levels in studio, privately and corporate settings. She loves to mentor teachers and help them discover their unique gifts while strengthening their self-reliance and positivity. Karen will be a lead asana instructor for this course while encouraging and assisting you throughout this journey!

Sam McMillen, E RYT-500 & Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. Sam has been on staff for the in-person Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program and is looking forward to sharing Ananda Yoga with you. Sam has used yoga to recover from past injuries. Because he had personally experienced the power of yoga in healing his body, Sam decided to become a certified yoga therapist. With focus on alignment, Sam brings his students awareness to their bodies and how to safely move for their body type. Alignment of body leads to alignment of mind, ultimately leading to alignment of spirit.
Michele, E-RYT 500, is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, Personal Trainer and author. She is passionate about the pursuit of wellness from the inside out and dedicated to helping people achieve a higher quality of life. She enjoys inspiring students to find their unique gifts and talents, not only to bring fulfillment and wellness into their own lives, but to also share the healing aspects of yoga in the classroom and beyond. Michele will be leading sadhanas and teaching classes for Professional Essentials.
Barbara, E-RYT 500, 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 anatomy and physiology classes, which she makes fun, interesting, and accessible to everyone. Barbara brings compassion and sensitive awareness to her yoga teaching.
Gyandev, E-RYT 500, is director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, co-director of Ananda Meditation Teacher Training (in person and online), a Kriyacharya (teacher of Kriya Yoga), Ananda minister, and co-founder of Yoga Alliance. He has authored 3 books, including Spiritual Yoga, and 9 videos on Ananda Yoga (so far). His greatest joy in teaching is in making the inner quest feel natural, doable, and fun. Gyandev will be teaching a little bit of everything for this course, but primarily yoga philosophy.
Diksha, E-RYT 500, is an Ananda minister, Counselor, and Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, and co-directs the Ananda Meditation® Teacher Trainings in person and online. She also directs the Spiritual Counseling Training Online course, and teaches many of the Level 2 Ananda YTT courses such as The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita and Advanced Pranayama. Diksha leads pilgrimages around the world with her husband, Gyandev. She feels that sharing the teachings of yoga is a privilege and a joy. Diksha will be teaching meditation for this course.
Maitri, E-RYT 500, directs the Online Ananda Yoga Assistantship program, Holistic Health Retreats and teaches in the Yoga Teacher and Ananda Yoga Therapy Trainings. She is a Registered Nurse, Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and an Ananda Minister. Maitri first started practicing yoga and meditation as a teenager and has continued as a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for many decades. She is enthusiastic about sharing these techniques with people of all abilities. Maitri will teach assisting and adjusting classes for this course.

What our Graduates say:

“Ananda’s 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 can’t imagine a more complete program. Your program is really the holistic approach for those who want to transform their lives.”
– Michelle, Ashland, OR

“This is an extremely inspirational insightful course for any yoga student whether for teaching or self-nurturing, deeply spiritual all would benefit greatly from participating in Ananda Yoga.”
– Kelly Whitcombe, England

“I was deeply impressed with how the teachers really help each student overcome their obstacles (spiritual, mental, physical) to achieve certification.”
– Katherine C

“All the teachers are fine and gifted people, who live their lives with great integrity and with a spirit of dynamism and generosity I’ve rarely witnessed within a training environment.”
– Anaya, Stratford, Ontario

“Participating in AYTT brought my yoga practice to the next level. I can’t wait for my students to experience deep inner yoga.”
– Mary Meckley, FL

The course was very professional and it gave me an opportunity to experience Ananda Yoga while gaining the training to share that experience with others. The quality of the video content is outstanding. I can tell a lot of energy and love has gone into creating this course.
– Darshana Moore, CA

What I enjoyed most about the course were the things that I feared most: the practice teaching sessions and making the videos. They are such great learning techniques. I think making videos, rather than just teaching in front of a class, helps me to learn and integrate the material more deeply. Maybe that’s the jewel in online Ananda courses. It calls us to a higher integration and invites us to overcome our fears, face our challenges and really learn. I also learned a lot from analyzing my own videos. I plan to make videos of myself teaching all the poses so I can go back and learn from reviewing them.
– Surya Bagley

I’ve been practicing and teaching yoga for many years and still found the “Ananda Yoga Teacher Training” refreshingly unique, practical, all encompassing, and deeply spiritual.
– Peggy Guaraldi

I’ve been learning online and trained to design courses online since 1997. I was very impressed with the quality, excellent structure, and alternative ways to engage with the content for what is generally a very hands on course. The guidance and support from the staff was phenomenal.
– Jashoda Bothra

Online Ananda Yoga training met and exceeded my expectations. I was impressed with how well the course flowed, and now I feel competent to be able to offer Ananda Yoga to students. Also as a mother of a young child this was an excellent opportunity to study because I could work at my own pace throughout the weeks around my time with my child and because I would probably not have been able to do the training if it was in person.
– Bhakti Ruggiero

With clear and concise presentation, the course material, the attentive instructors and the devotional vibrational energy, it is wondrous how deeply one can access this healing practice. Ananda Yoga asanas will be a part of my daily practice.
– Nadia Hlibka

I think the program is awesome. You have really done a brilliant job in creating a very comprehensive program. You have managed to create an excellent online program without doing it hands-on. The strength of the program is that we still have the videos and the manuals to review after the program is over. The Ananda Online Yoga Teacher Training Program provides yoga students with in-depth training on teaching yoga. The program includes excellent teaching on the human energy system of chakras and how to guide students’ awareness of their subtle energy flows through breath-awareness and visualization. The many benefits of Ananda Yoga include deep relaxation, reduction of stress and the ability to connect deeply with the subtle energy body. Yoga teachers who want to give their students an experience of deeply unwinding and connecting with their spiritual essence will love this program.
– Mary Nipper


You need to have an established regular Hatha Yoga asana practice (3 days per week) for 6 months prior to the program. If you have other qualifications which makes this program suitable and would like for us to consider, please explain on the application form. Without an established personal practice, it would be premature to consider teaching. Although the program’s asanas are not overly demanding, you will be doing a lot of them and combined with a full schedule, it’s important to be prepared physically.

This is a professional-level online training, therefore you need to be an organized self-starter and able to make the time commitment outlined below. You need to be very comfortable with computers or mobile devices. Although not difficult, the course is delivered through an online platform course page and you will be participating in a virtual learning experience (zoom webinars, online discussion forums, creating and submitting video clips, etc).

The course will begin on January 9th and conclude on May 28th. All live classes will be held entirely on weekends: 3 Saturdays each month (9 AM-12 PM and 2-5:30 PM PST) and 2 Sundays each month (9 AM-12 PM PST). This allows for one full weekend off each month from live classes, however there will be assignments to complete.

You’re expected to participate online throughout the week at times convenient for you as well as attend live classes. This means you’ll need to make time for approximately 9-12 hours of each week which includes live and pre-recorded classes, self quizzes, video assignments, reading, practice time and participation in discussion forums.

Live Class Dates:
January 9 (Opening Orientation – 9:00-11:00 AM PST), 15, 16, 29, 30
February 12, 13, 26, 27
March 12, 13, 26, 27
April 9, 10, 23, 24
May 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29

The program cost is $3195 USD. If you complete the registration process prior to Dec. 9, 2021 you will receive the Early Bird Rate of $2895 and receive the Early Bird Benefits*.
Submit your application online and within 7-10 days you will receive notification of approval or request for more information. The notification of approval will include a link with instructions on how to register and enroll (make payment) in the program to reserve your space. After enrolling, you will receive a welcome email with a link to access the course web page and begin the pre-course assignments.
Everyone moves through the course together, week by week, and you’ll have assignments due each week. That’s the only way to have extensive, quality interactions with classmates and build a dynamic learning community.

Yes, you are expected to attend live classes on Saturdays (9 AM-12 PM and 2-5:30 PM PST) and Sundays (9 AM-12 PM PST). These are interactive sessions where you receive training and guidance from instructors, practice teaching what you’re learning with your classmates and experience being part of our supportive community.

We realize it may not be possible to attend all live classes therefore, you may watch the recorded version and complete the competency self-quiz before the next scheduled weekend. In order to receive your certificate of completion, you will be required to attend 75% of the live classes and watch all recorded versions of those missed.

To be considered for certification, you must attend all mandatory classes (32 hours) for their entire duration, plus at least 64 hours of the other live classes. If you miss any of the other live classes, you will need to watch the video recordings and take a quiz, but watching those videos does not count toward the 64 hours. Please plan ahead and mark your calendar now. Your live attendance and participation is the key to success!

Mandatory Attendance Class Dates/Times:  all times listed are Pacific Time Zone

  • Saturday, March 27, 2021     9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021        9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021        9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 11, 2021            9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021        9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021        2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

*or Sunday, April 25, 2021             9:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Saturday, May 8, 2021           9:00 am – 10:30 am & 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

*or Sunday, May 9, 2021                9:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021         9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021        9:00 am – 12:30 pm

*or Sunday, May 23, 2021             9:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Saturday, May 29, 2021        9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sunday, May 30, 2021                    9:00 am – 11:30 am

Coursework that takes place during the week is self-directed learning and can be completed at times that are convenient for you. You are free to do this coursework at whatever times of day suit your schedule. We do expect you to log in and complete your weekly video assignments, quizzes, and reading assignments before live class, be ready to apply what you’ve learned and discuss any questions you may have.
    1. Required: develop a regular Hatha Yoga practice.
    2. Required: Purchase The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda, and get started on the pre-course reading assignments. Note: Even if you’re unable to complete the pre-program reading, you’re still welcome to attend, but the training will be much easier and beneficial for you if you do this reading in advance.
    3. We also recommend that you begin the process of setting up your “online studio” such as something as simple as a corner of your room with a yoga mat, props, good lighting and a stand for mobile device/laptop. More details with recommendations will be covered in the pre-course assignment and orientation.
    4. Mark your calendar: The course web page will open for enrollees 2 weeks prior (Jan. 1st) to the start date of the course, and we will send a notice to enrolled students at that time. Take this opportunity to complete the pre-course assignments and familiarize yourself with the site.
    5. Save the date: The course officially begins with a Zoom webinar on Thursday, January 14th (time TBD). This will be an opportunity to meet your instructors and introduce yourself to your classmates. We will review the requirements for certification, course guidelines and respond to any questions.
Yes, you’ll have lots of interaction! In fact, many of the assignments require it: discussion forums, live Q&A, webinar breakout groups for practice teaching with group coaching, one-to-one practice teaching scheduled on your own time and team-teaching projects. Plentiful interaction is a best practice in online learning and this course is structured entirely around best practices. You’ll love being part of the supportive learning community that forms.
Absolutely! One of the highlights of this professional training program is having instructors spend quality time giving you personalized feedback both in live sessions and in writing. We will be closely watching your progress within the course so that you can take the appropriate steps you need—as an individual—to become a confident, knowledgeable, and conscientious yoga instructor.
You’ll need a device (desktop, laptop or ipad) to access the course web page on a regular basis. Although it is possible, we don’t recommend completing assignments from a mobile phone because it doesn’t allow for an ideal user experience. For live webinar classes, you’ll need a device with a camera such as a laptop with a built-in camera, a webcam that you can attach to your computer, an ipad, or a mobile phone with a built-in camera so that you can be seen by your instructors and classmates.

When filming yourself for special assignments, your device will need to have enough space to record a maximum of 30 minutes. You will also need to upload recordings to a video platform provided within the course or YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive. If you’re concerned about some of the technological elements of the course, or if you’ve never done an online course, used Zoom, or made a video and posted it online, you can still be successful in this course!

The course web page is easy to use, intuitive and offers many “how to” instructions to help you. The pre-course assignment includes a special video “tour of the course”. These days, everyone knows someone who can help them with such basic technological tasks as making videos and uploading them to the web. If you think you will need such help, we recommend that you find a helper early in the course, rather than waiting until an assignment is due. All in all, please know that many “tech-challenged” people have done very well in all of our online courses.

Yes. This course takes place within the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Participants should be open to learning and teaching this  approach to yoga postures and yoga philosophy. Those who come from a different tradition—or no tradition at all—should register as far in advance as possible in order to learn and practice those techniques before the course begins; we will send those links to you before the course web page opens. Then your course experience will unfold much more naturally, and your teaching and personal practice will benefit much more. Please note: We do not ask that you discontinue your current yoga practices if they are different; we simply ask that you do the practices that are required for this program.

More Questions? Write us at melody@expandinglight.org

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Tuition: $3195 Early bird $2895 until 12/9/21
Upcoming Dates: Jan 9 – May 29, 2022

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Due to a growing demand for online yoga teacher trainings and the cancellation of multiple in-person programs at the Expanding Light Retreat, we anticipate being completely booked for this initial offering. Therefore, we encourage you to apply now, and if necessary, you will be to be added to our wait list for the next session. Once the dates for our next training have been set, you will receive notification and given priority for enrollment.

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Who is Paramhansa Yogananda?

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952), best known as the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, was the first guru from India to make his home permanently in the United States. Paramhansa Yogananda showed how everyone, by means of meditation, can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. He taught an ancient meditation technique known as Kriya Yoga, by which one can quickly attain Self-realization. More