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Ananda Yoga Center
2171 El Camino Real    
Palo Alto, CA  Directions (650) 462-8153
yoga@anandapaloalto.org

Drop-in calendar

Workshop calendar

 

About Ananda Yoga classes

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. 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.


Yoga postures drop-in schedule

Note: no classes during Holiday break 12/20-1/3 — Happy Holidays!

 
  DECEMBER Class Time Instructor
         
  Mondays Gentle Yoga Healthy Spine 9:30–10:45 am Divya
    Restorative Yoga 11:15 am–12:30 pm Divya
   

Yoga for You — An
Afternoon Treat

3:30-5 pm Erica
   

Calming Your Mind

6–7:15 pm Van Anh
         
  Tuesdays Level 1-2 9:30–10:45 am

Adriana

         
  Wednesdays Level 1-2 9:30–10:45 am Heidi
   


   
    Level 1-2 6–7:15 pm Heidi
   

 

   
  Fridays   Gentle Yoga Healthy Spine
9:30–10:45 am Heidi
         
  Saturdays Yoga Fundamentals 9:30–10:45 am Divya
 

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

Fundamentals
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.

Gentle
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.

Restorative
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.

 

“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

 

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Yoga For You: An Afternoon Treat
Mondays, 3:30-5 pm   (no class 12/20-1/3) Register icon     Register icon
Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
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.
Instructors: Erica Kellogg, Molly Trowbridge,
Rose Atwell, or Doug
Andrews, E-RYT 500

 

Yoga Club
4th - 8th Grade girls & boys
Eight-week series, Jan 7-Feb 25
Wednesdays, 3:30-5 pm   (pre-registration required), Cost: $200

Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
This wonderful after-school yoga program includes: Yoga asanas, meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), anatomy & physiology, reflective artwork and/or writing. Taught by a popular and experienced Living Wisdom School teacher.
Instructor: Erica Kellogg

 

Restorative Yoga Workshop 
Saturday, January 17, 2-4 pm, $30, Divya Love

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This workshop is designed for those who want to feel more relaxed, have more energy and reduce stress. Restorative Yoga enables one to release the physical, mental, and emotional layers of tensions held in the body. 

 

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, January 10, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
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. In January we will explore 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

 

The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
Wednesdays, January 7-March 25, 6-9 pm      Register
plus two Saturdays, January 24 & March 14, 9 am to noon

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

 

 

Directions

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.