Ananda Yoga Center
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.
Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
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Yoga & the 12 Steps
10 am-1 pm
Calming Your Mind
Level 1-2 Yoga
Yoga for Arthritis
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
9/12 & 10/31
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
Basic poses and modifications for students new to Yoga. All levels of yoga experience welcome.
For students with at least 3 months experience or for those who enjoy a gentler class.
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.
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
- Bring your own yoga mat or purchase one from our gift shop. For those who wish to use the Yoga Center mats, these along with other props for class will be provided at no charge
- Wear comfortable clothing ~ changing areas are available
- Avoid eating 1-2 hours before class
- Please avoid wearing perfume or lotions with fragrance
- Place cell phones in silent mode
- If you do arrive a bit late, as a courtesy to others, please wait in the carpeted area until the centering meditation is over. If you will arrive 10 minutes late or more, postpone coming to another time; fellow classmates will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, Sept 12 (no class 8/8)
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
NEW: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Saturday, September 12, October 31; Cost: $1200 for complete training (included weekend in August) - inquire about drop in at this point.
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.
- Anatomy and Physiology for prenatal conditions
- Latest in scientific research for safety
- Yoga remedies for common complaints/discomforts
- Successful (modifiable) class plans for groups and private clients
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.
A four week series for those living with arthritis. Learn how to utilize the benefits of yoga, meditation, pranayama and deep relaxation to facilitate:
- Pain relief
- Improved flexibility
- Increased range of motion
- Improved sleep habits
- Increased positive feelings
- Greater overall sense of well being
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, January 6-March 31, 6-9 pm
plus one Saturday, March 5, 9 am to noon
Cost: $350 includes all materials and the 450 page book, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda Register
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. More info here
Instructors: Nayaswami Chidambar, Steven Manus, Saranya LaCosse, Sita Reed, 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.
More Yoga resources at Ananda
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 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.