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Ananda Yoga Center
2171 El Camino Real    
Palo Alto, CA  Directions

(650) 462-8153

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About Ananda Yoga    

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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 in your life.

The Ananda Yoga Center is a sanctuary and calm oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley. With abundant natural light, high ceilings and hardwood floors, it's a beautiful place for the practice of yoga.

We're located in a historic mission-style church, a landmark on El Camino, right near Stanford University. There is usually plenty of parking in the Temple lot (off El Camino), and on the streets near the Temple. There is also a 2-story city parking lot one block away at Cambridge & Mayfield Lane.


April Drop-in Yoga Calendar

Ananda Yoga Center
(650) 462-8153

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
7:30-8:45 am

Awake and Ready Yoga Sharmila

coming up

9:30-10:45 am
Inner Bliss Yoga

Yoga for Peace and Vitality

Yoga for Wellness

Inner Bliss Yoga
Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine

Yoga Fundamentals

6-7:15 pm
Inner Bliss Yoga
Inner Bliss Yoga
Inner Bliss Yoga

Inner Bliss Yoga
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7:30-8:45 pm

Inner Bliss Yoga
Restorative Yoga

coming up

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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The class covers basic moves, techniques for breathing and relaxation, fundamental yoga positions, plus helpful guidance for preventing and healing from injury. Ample demonstration, thorough instruction and hands-on assistance give beginner students all the basic building blocks to practice. More advanced students will find theFundamentals class useful in deepening their practice, as well as being a relaxing and centering experience.

Ananda Yoga for Peace and Vitality
Ananda Yoga emphasizes not just the physical aspects of each ancient pose, but also the spiritual. In this class we will strengthen the body while reducing tension and awakening energy and vitality. Silent affirmations are offered for each pose and we end with a short guided meditation. Recommended for all levels.

Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
Gentle yoga is a meditative style of yoga that combines classic asanas with affirmation and breath work. This approach strengthens muscles, increases flexibility, recharges the energy system of the body and naturally draws the mind inward to a relaxed, meditative state. With emphasis on safety and correct alignment, modifications are offered to fit he needs of each individual student. Suitable for all levels.

Inner Bliss Yoga
This beginning to moderate class is designed to help you experience calmness and joy and bring you into your center where bliss resides. We will use yoga postures and our breath as the bridge to balance mind and body, beginning with dynamic poses and then flowing into asanas that draw the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative, blissful state.

Lunchtime Yoga
This class is an energizing mid-day boost that links physical movement with breath to help you let go of stress and worry, build strength and stamina and rejuvenate your mind. A short, guided meditation at the end will give you calm focus for the rest of your day.

Candlelight Yoga
Revitalize your energy after a busy day using the glow of candlelight. We will practice powerful and gentle yoga asanas, energization exercises, and conscious breathing. These techniques combined with restorative poses and mindful affirmations will help restore your body, mind, and spirit to its natural state of peace and joy.

Awake and Ready Yoga
Start your day with Awake and Ready Yoga! Exercises and yoga postures combined with affirmations and conscious breathing help awaken and invigorate the body and lead you into a positive, calm attitude. Deep relaxation and a brief meditation create a peaceful center to prepare you for the day’s events ahead. All levels.

Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is an opportunity to relax, unwind, and release anxiety and physical tension. We begin by moving and warming up our bodies, then transition into poses held for 5 to 10 minutes using props, including blankets, bolsters, blocks, and straps for support and comfort. These long holds, coupled with breathing exercises, promote deep relaxation, which balances the nervous system, decreases stress, heals the mind and body, and increases flexibility and energy flow. Beneficial for beginning to advanced students.

Yoga for Wellness
Reduce stress, quiet your mind, and heal yourself with yoga. Yoga for Wellness enhances energy flow and well- being in the body, mind, and spirit. This class builds strength and increases flexibility using classic asanas, unwinding stretches, and breath connection. We end with a short centering meditation to uplift you for your day. All levels.


“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


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Yoga Therapy for Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia
Unveil Your True Balanced Self
Saturdays, 2–4:30 pm, Apr 22  (changed from Apr 8)              Register button icon Register icon

AdrianaInitial consult and 1st workshop: $85
Additional workshops: $50 each

Yogic principles & techniques address your unique reactions to stress. Join monthly workshops aimed at bringing back physical, mental and emotional balance. Reduce stress and anxiety; improve diet and sleep. No previous experience necessary.
Each monthly workshop includes a free personal Yoga Therapy consultation (scheduled separately). Benefits:

Due to the personalized character of these classes, it is necessary that all participants be assessed by the Yoga Therapy Practitioner before attending the group workshops. An initial consultation can last up to 1.5 hours, during which your needs are assessed, and your personalized yoga practice created. Instructor: Adriana Buenaventura

Twice each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 16-week immersion   
Thursdays, Sept 7-Dec 14      Register        Learn more...
6-9:30 pm  (9-9:30 optional meditation)   
& two Saturdays, Oct 14 & Nov 11, 9 am-noon
Raja Yoga by Swami KriyanandaCost: $395 plus these course texts:
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga ($30), Swami Kriyananda
and How to Meditate ($15), John (Jyotish) Novak

6 pm Gentle hatha yoga session
6:45 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
7:15 Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:45 Discussion of Raja Yoga
9-9:30 Guided practice session (optional)

Energize your life! Immerse yourself in an experience of the Art and Science of Yoga. Raja (Royal) Yoga is a comprehensive approach to life that develops personal character, inner strength and calmness, as well as physical well-being.

Together we’ll explore the ancient wisdom of Yoga and how to apply it to your own life, using practical techniques like meditation, yoga postures, affirmation, and energy control. You will experience the power of breath work to alleviate tension, discover the secrets of success and personal magnetism, and learn how to spiritualize all of your life.

Based on the philosophy of the Eight-Fold Path taught by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, this course does not ask you to accept a dogma, nor are any affiliations with Ananda required or expected.

Raja Yoga is for everyone!

Instructors: Shanti Rubentone MD, Rammurti Reed, Sita Reed, Steven Manusand a team of yoga teachers from the Ananda Yoga Center

Previous students: If you've attended and wish to attend again as an auditor, please register here, We'll allow auditors in the order of their registrations, but only after new students are enrolled. The cost is $50.

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


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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.

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.