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.


Drop-in Yoga Calendar


Ananda Yoga Center
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Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
9:30-10:45 am
Inner Bliss Yoga

Awake & Ready Yoga

Inner Bliss Yoga

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Inner Bliss Yoga
Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine

Yoga Fundamentals

11 am-12:15 pm

Chair Yoga



6-7:15 pm
Inner Bliss Yoga

Inner Bliss YogaIntermediate
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7:30-8:45 pm
Restorative Yoga


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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.

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 is a challenging and vigorous class of moderate difficulty. Build a dynamic, mindful asana practice designed to help you experience calmness and deep satisfaction though energy shifts, triggered by body movement and longer holds. We incorporate pranayama, yoga asanas and affirmations. Each class ends with deep relaxation and a brief guided meditation. Modifications are offered to fit the needs of individual students.

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.

Chair Yoga
A gentle practice of sitting or standing exercises using a chair for support, Chair Yoga emphasizes movement and stretching to maintain or regain flexibility. This class includes warm-ups, energization, stretching, strengthening and balance poses, with emphasis on correct breathing and use of modifications. You will learn a variety of adapted yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and methods of relaxation. Though specifically designed for those who are less able to participate in traditional yoga due to the effects of aging or disability, Chair Yoga is a useful practice for anyone, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. Beginning level.

Yoga for Strength & Stillness
This class engages the body and mind by going deep into each posture using the breath and affirmation. A typical class has pranayama practice, easy to moderate level postures and simple visualizations to move energy to higher centers of the body. This class can be enjoyed by all, but especially those who like to hold asana postures for longer than usual.

Awake & Ready!
This dynamic yoga class focuses on awakening energy with an emphasis on balance, stability and strength. Start your day energized & refreshed!


“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 postures workshops coming up  Register icon

Register button iconMind-Body-Spirit Support Classes
for Those with Chronic Illness

4/18, 5/16, 1-3 pm and ongoing
regrets, 3/14 class is cancelled
$25 early online registration, $30 on day of class

DivyaAre you feeling exhausted, depleted and alone in managing chronic illness?
Get RECHARGED and INSPIRED in this two hour ongoing class designed to shift your consciousness and energy to a higher level, supporting you to live in possibility and opportunity, despite the physical and neurological challenges you experience. Each class provides:

Instructor: Divya Love Lori Wise, E-RYT 200  


AdrianaProfessional Women:
3 Effective Tools to Calm Anxiety, Worry and Fear

Saturday, March 24, 3-5 pm, free       
RSVP to Adriana to attend

Does your mind spin out of control with worries about the future?

Is your anxiety impacting the relationship with your children, loved ones or others?

Is it hard to relax and enjoy your free time?

In this free workshop, you will learn:
• Three proven tools to calm anxiety
• Tips to get rejuvenating sleep and sleep peacefully through the night
• A strategy to incorporate these tools into your daily life for lasting results

Instructor: Adriana Buenaventura, E-RYT 200 and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist     
RSVP to Adriana to attend

Raja Yoga by Swami KriyanandaTwice each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 16-session immersion

The next series begins August 23, 2018
6-9 pm (and optional meditation 9-9:30 pm)
Cost: $495  Register 

Cost includes course texts, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Swami Kriyananda, How to Meditate, John (Jyotish) Novak, and a syllabus.    

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Auditors welcome, Cost: $50  Register

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, Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, guest instructors, and 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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Heidi & Doug

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)    
September 9, 2017–June 2, 2018   Learn more...
with Heidi Noh-Kuhn and Doug Andrews

* Regrets: this class is full *

Contact Vivekadevi or Doug to be on the waiting list
or to be informed when YTC is offered next

YTT 2017 “An extraordinary immersion in a world of healing and higher consciousness. This is a life-changing program for aspiring yoga teachers, and for the countless lives your teaching will touch in the years to come.”
—Shanti Rubenstone, MD

200 hours, Level 1        Register button icon
All-inclusive cost (training, materials): $2,500       
Enables you to register upon graduation with Yoga Alliance

Uplift and heal others by becoming a certified Ananda Yoga instructor. It’s a great joy to be part of the global movement of professional yoga teachers — helping the stressed masses, yearning to breathe free.

This comprehensive training will give you an extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience in the art and science of hatha yoga, physiology, yoga as a preparation for meditation, working with students’ physical limitations, teaching practicums, and the philosophy of Yoga which underlies the physical poses. One of the unique features of Ananda Yoga is the use of affirmations with each pose to enhance the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits.

Our 2016 YTT students loved this immersion experience. It was much more than we expected, taking us deep into new relationships and self-discovery. Many found it personally healing.

P.S. You don’t need to become a teacher to participate in this training. You may attend even if your goal is to deepen your own practice.

Contact Vivekadevi or Doug to ask questions, request an application or to set up a required in-person interview.

Instructors: Doug Andrews, E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, RYT 500 Yoga Allianc


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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.