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

(650) 462-8153

Drop-in calendar

Workshop calendar

NEW! Yoga Teacher Training program, 2016Open House: learn more
Sat 10/31, 2-5 pm

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.

NEW: Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program in 2016


October Yoga Calendar

Ananda Yoga Center
(650) 462-8153

  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

9:30-10:45 am
  Restorative Yoga
11:15 am
–12:30 pm

Yoga & the 12 Steps
Sat 10/10
(2nd Saturday)
10 am-1 pm
eve Calming Your Mind
with Yoga

6-7:15 pm

Recharge & Renew

7:30-8:45 pm

Level 1-2 Yoga
6-7:15 pm

Yoga for Arthritis
4-week series
6-7:30 pm
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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Open House for new YTC in '16
Sat 10/31
2-5 pm

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.

Recharge & Renew
A more dynamic set of poses designed to energize and refresh the body and our spirits.

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


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HeidiYoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, Oct 10, Nov 14, ends Dec 12
10 am-1 pm, $30 each session
(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

Yoga For Arthritis Series

Four Thursdays, 10/15-11/5, 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, 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


Doug & HeidiNew in 2016!
Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program
January 16-May 21
& August 27-December 3       Learn more
Location: Ananda Palo Alto & Ananda Scotts Valley

Informational Open House
Saturday, 10/31/15, 2-5 pm

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

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

This immersion in yoga takes place over 13 Saturdays plus 4 full weekends, and enables you to register upon graduation with Yoga Alliance. It’s a great joy to be part of the global movement of professional yoga teachers — helping the stressed masses, yearning to breathe free.

Ananda YTT certification is being offered for the first time in the Bay Area. 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.

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.



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


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.