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

Drop-in calendar

Workshop calendar

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.


April Yoga Calendar

Ananda Yoga Center

  Mon Tue Wed Fri Sat
am Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
Divya Love
9:30–10:45 am
Level 1-2
9:30–10:45 am
Level 1-2
9:30-10:45 am
Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
9:30–10:45 am

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

Family Yoga

4/18, 5/16, 6/13

11:15 am-noon
pm Yoga registration icon   Yoga Club
4-8th grade
girls & boys
3:30-5 pm
no drop-ins)

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
April 9-12,
April 23-26,
April 30-May 3
(see description below)
eve Calming Your Mind
with Yoga

Van Anh
6-7:15 pm

Level 1-2 Yoga
6-7:15 pm

Yoga & the
12 Steps
Sat 4/18
(& ongoing monthly)
10 am-1 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.

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


Yoga postures workshops           Register icon Register button icon Register icon

Yoga Club
4th - 8th Grade girls & boys
Wednesdays, Apr 8-May 27, 3:30-5 pm   (pre-registration required, no drop-ins)

Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
A wonderful after-school yoga program taught by Living Wisdom School teacher Erica Kellogg. Each class includes: Yoga asanas, meditation & pranayama, anatomy & physiology, reflective artwork or writing.
Instructor: Erica Kellogg


HeidiYoga and the 12 Steps
Saturday, Apr 18, May 9 and ongoing once a month
10 am-1 pm, $30
  Register    (drop-ins welcome)
Meets in Teaching Center
(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


RoseFamily Yoga Program (New)
Saturday 4/18, 5/16, 6/13
11:15 am-noon
Cost: $35 drop-in per family (up to 4 members)
or $150 for full series (save $60)
Register through MindBody (go to Workshops tab) 

An ideal class for children 4 to 8 years old, accompanied by at least one adult. This family yoga program is a wonderful opportunity for families to come together in a playful and joyful atmosphere to experience the gifts of yoga: increased balance, coordination, and inner peace. The 45 minute routine includes movement, breathing practices and short meditations for calming the mind — specially designed for young children.
Instructor: Rose Atwell


NicoleNEW: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Level 1 & Level II, April 9-12 • April 23-26 • April 30-May 3 Cost: $1200*
*Special discount 30-50% off for launching at this new location
Discounted rate: $600-840 only offered this first year

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.

Course includes:

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. (2011)


Once each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
Wednesdays, beginning usually the 1st Wednesday after New Year's Day and running 12 weeks, 6-9 pm, plus two Saturdays, 9 am to noon     Register

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



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.