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Ananda Yoga Center
2171 El Camino Real    
Palo Alto, CA  Directions (650) 462-8153

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Workshop calendar

About Ananda Yoga

Ananda Yoga combines the best of a revitalizing workout with a gentle inward approach that leaves you feeling mentally rejuvenated and peaceful. All of our instructors are both yoga postures experts as well as longtime meditators.

One of the unique features of Ananda Yoga is the use of affirmations with each pose to enhance the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits of the postures. Try a few sessions to see what a difference the Ananda Yoga approach can make to your health, strength, and inner peace. Visit one of the newest yoga studios in the Bay Area, with natural light, high ceilings, hardwood floors: a beautiful place for the practice of yoga.


July-August Yoga Calendar

Ananda Yoga Center

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
am Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
9:30–10:45 am

Level 1-2
10:45 am
Level 1-2
10:45 am

Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
9:30–10:45 am

Divya Love
9:30-10:45 am

no class 7/4

  Restorative Yoga
11:15 am
–12:30 pm

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eve Calming Your Mind
with Yoga

6-7:15 pm

Level 1-2 Yoga
6-7:15 pm

Yoga for Your Chakras
Divya Love
6-7:15 pm

Yoga & the 12 Steps
Sat 7/11, 8/8, 9/12
Heidi, 10 am-1 pm
2nd Saturday


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Fridays & Saturdays
8/21-22, 9/11-12, 10/30-31

Drop-in class fees

single class $15, 5-class card $65, 10-class card $120
Seniors and Students: single class $13, 5-class card $60, 10-class card $115

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About our drop-in classes

Basic poses and modifications for students new to Yoga. All levels of yoga experience welcome.

Level 1
For students with at least 3 months experience or for those who enjoy a gentler class.

Level 2
For intermediate & advanced students with emphasis on strength, stamina, breath and mindfulness. Note: all poses can be modified to your physical condition.

A complement to dynamic and strength based yoga. Consistent stimulation to the connective tissues encourages long- term health and flexibility of the joints, recharges the energetic system of the body and naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative state.

Active relaxation. Props are used to allow students to stay in the asana for longer periods of time, promoting deep, healing relaxation. It is in this deep relaxation phase where true physical flexibility and range of motion are developed.

Calming Your Mind
Main format for class is similar to level 1-2, ending with 15 minutes of meditation.

Yoga for You
This class is strategically scheduled to accommodate mom’s and dad’s with children in after-school programs. Open to everyone, the yoga routine is designed to to energize, strengthen, relax and calm the body, mind and spirit.


“My experience of Ananda Yoga is beyond words. I have become
a much stronger person inside and out. The teachers are so
loving and caring. The focus is not only on the physical aspect
of it, but more so on the mental and spiritual part.”
—F. Maha, Sunnyvale


Helpful guidelines for students


Yoga postures workshops           Register icon Register button icon Register icon


HeidiYoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, July 11, Aug 8, Sept 12
and ongoing (meets 2nd Saturday monthly)
10 am-1 pm, $30
  Register    (drop-ins welcome)
We meet in the Teaching Center:
the orange building across courtyard from Yoga Center

This monthly class series will explore the underlying principle for each of the 12 Steps and will look at how the teachings of yoga support living these principles in daily life. January's workshops began with Step One: "We admitted we were powerless", where the emphasis is on the spiritual principle of surrender. Combining lecture, group discussion, silent reflection, and gentle hatha yoga practice, we will look at actions and attitudes that support spiritual growth and lead to inner freedom.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn


DivyaYoga for Your Chakras
a 6-week Series

Thursdays, July 2-August 6, 6-7:15 pm
$90 (or $18 drop-in)
Register through MindBody (Workshops)
The chakras contain the energy patterns of our past lives and the karmic tendencies we carry into this life. Learn ancient yogic practices to help work through and release negative patterns and blocks.
Instructor: Divya Love


NicoleNEW: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Friday-Saturday intensives
August 21-22, September 11-12, October 30-31 Cost: $1200
Friday schedule: 6-8:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am-5 pm

Prerequisite: Level I Ananda Yoga Teacher Training, RYT through Yoga Alliance, or permission of the instructor
Register through MindBody (go to Teacher Training tab) 

This is a comprehensive prenatal yoga teacher training program designed for certified yoga teachers who want to learn skills and knowledge to safely and effectively work with prenatal students. Empower your students with courage, love, and the tools of yoga to support them in having a positive pregnancy, labor and birth experience. This course offers continuing education credit.

Course includes:

Lead Instructor: Nicole DeAvilla E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT
Nicole served on the Yoga Alliance Prenatal Yoga Standards Committee, setting the minimum training qualifications and experience required for the training of prenatal yoga teachers. She is the author of Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Manual, as well as articles and blogs on pre-natal and post-partum yoga.

Faculty: Matra Raj, OTR, E-RYT500
Matra teaches and certifies yoga teachers for pre-natal and mother-baby yoga, and has designed a perinatal yoga program, "Becoming Parents" for an education support network at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. She has also created educational DVDs for pre-natal and other-baby yoga and authored Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth, and Vibrant Life.

Yoga For Arthritis Series

Four Thursdays, 10/13-11/5, 6-7:30 pm, $60 or $18/class
Pre-registration recommended, drop-ins allowed
Register through MindBody (go to Workshops tab)

A four week series for those living with arthritis. Learn how to utilize the benefits of yoga, meditation, pranayama and deep relaxation to facilitate:

This series provides a safe, comfortable, sacred space for you to explore the power of yoga with others who are facing similar challenges. Together we will learn tools and practices for managing health and addressing specific physical needs. Chairs and props are utilized to make yoga poses more accessible and comfortable for all body types and physical conditions.
Instructor: Divya Love


Once each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
Wednesdays, beginning usually the 1st Wednesday after New Year's Day and running 12 weeks, 6-9 pm, plus two Saturdays, 9 am to noon     Register

Cost: $350 includes all materials and the 450 page book, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda
One of our most popular classes is this 12-week immersion, offered once each year. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the physical postures well-known in the West. Raja Yoga offers a scientific approach to the spiritual life, with techniques for stilling the mind and expanding our awareness of spiritual realities. It offers techniques for self-mastery in every aspect of life, from calming turbulent emotions to awakening deep compassion and love for others. Ultimately, it is a well-explored pathway, walked by countless yogis and mystics, to union with God.
Instructors: Nayaswami Chidambar, Steven Manus, Saranya LaCosse, and a team of yoga teachers from the Ananda Yoga Center



Ananda Yoga Center
2171 El Camino Real      Directions
Palo Alto, CA
Ample free street parking around the building,
or in the city lot one block south on Cambridge.

Stand in front of the big Ananda sign at the corner of College and El Camino. Right behind the sign is a long walkway with arches. Find your way into that covered walkway, and walk to the left, to the oak door at the end. That's the main entry to the studio.

Map of Ananda Palo ALto grounds


More Yoga resources at Ananda

Yoga retreats

Take time for a spiritual retreat in quiet, rural northern California, four hours from the bustle of the Bay Area. Participate in a class or retreat on your own at Ananda's Expanding Light Retreat at Ananda Village, near Nevada City, CA.

Books DVD's and more

Raja Yoga: The Complete Path of Yoga

Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the physical postures well-known in the West.