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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 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

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


  Tues & Thu Yoga for Arthritis
(ends 11/20)
6-7:15 pm Divya
  Wednesdays Level 1-2 9:30–10:45 am Heidi

Yoga Club
4th-8th graders
(pre-registration required)

3:30-5 pm Erica
    Level 1-2 6–7:15 pm Heidi
  Thursdays Yoga for Arthritis
(ends 11/20; no class 11/27)
(pre-registration required)
6-7:15 pm Divya


  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

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.


“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 10/13) Register icon     Register icon
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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
Wednesdays, 3:30-5 pm   (pre-registration required)

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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



11th Step Workshop
Deepening your Conscious Contact with God

Saturday, October 11, 10 am-1 pm, $30   Register
Explore the promise and purpose of cultivating a spiritual life, and learn powerful tools of yoga for experiencing inner communion with God. This class is open to truth seekers on any path. No 12 Step membership or affiliation is required, though background in the 12 Steps is a plus. The class includes lecture, group discussion, silent reflection and gentle yoga postures to support relaxation and opening of the heart.
Instructor: Heidi Noh-Kuhn


Yoga for Arthritis
Tue & Thu, 10/28-11/20, 6-7:15 pm
(pre-registration required; no drop-ins)   Cost: $120

Register through our Ananda Yoga class portal  
Do you have arthritis or know someone who does? Learn how to utilize the benefits of yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques) and deep relaxation for chronic pain relief, improved flexibility and range of motion, improved sleep habits and increased sense of well-being.
Instructor: Divya Love


Restorative Yoga Workshop 
Saturday, November 8, 2-4 pm, $30, Divya Love
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. 


Sun & Moon Workshop
Saturday, November 15, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, $30
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Hatha Yoga may be thought of as a physical practice that naturally tends to balance our lunar and solar energies. But our asana practice often tends to reflect a bias for the solar. This special Ananda Yoga workshop will offer a balanced practice to first awaken the solar energy through flowing repetitions of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Then we will pay homage to the lunar energy that is an equal part of our Nature as we practice, Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations) and remind ourselves that we are all reflections of the Divine Light.
Instructor: Doug Andrews, E-RYT 500


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


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



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.