Ananda Yoga

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
  •   (650) 462-8153

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
9:30-10:45 am

Inner Bliss Yoga

no classes
Labor Day

Awake & Ready Yoga

Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine

no class 9/14
of Yoga

6-7:15 pm
Inner Bliss Yoga
Peace & Vitality
Inner Bliss YogaIntermediate


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7:30-8:45 pm
Restorative Yoga

Raja Yoga
started 8/23

Yoga Teacher Training starts 9/8

Yoga & the 12 Step starts 9/10

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                 Workshops coming up

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.

Peace & Vitality
Ananda Yoga emphasizes not just the physical aspects of each ancient pose, but also the spiritual aspects. In this class, we will strengthen the body while reducing tension and awakening energy and vitality. Silent affirmations are offered for each poses and we end with a short guided meditation. All levels.

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

Chronic Illness

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

monthly series will resume in October
$25 early online registration, $30 on day of class

Are 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 Lori Wise

Raja Yoga by Swami KriyanandaTwice each year
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
A 14-week immersion

Thursdays, Aug 23-Nov 15, 2018, 6-9 pm  
6-9 pm (and optional meditation 9-9:30 pm)
Cost: $495  Register 

Drop ins welcome through 9/6

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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6 pm Gentle hatha yoga session
6:45 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
7:15 Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:45 Discussion of Raja Yoga teachings
9-9:30 Guided practice session (optional)

One of our most popular offerings is this 14 week immersion. Raja Yoga encompasses all the different types of Yoga, including meditation, devotional practices, dispassionate discrimination and wisdom, as well as the yoga asanas 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.

The teachings of Raja Yoga are compatible with the core teachings of all the great world religions. Devoted members of other faiths are also an active part of Ananda.
Instructors: Shanti Rubentone MD and guest teachers; Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, and a team of yoga teachers from the Ananda Yoga Center
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

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Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)    
September 8, 2018–June 8, 2019   Learn more...
with Heidi Noh-Kuhn and Doug Andrews

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): $2,600*      
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.

Heidi & DougThis 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


Yoga and 12 Steps

Yoga and the 12 Steps
Mondays, September 10-December 10, 6-9 pm
$895 (13 week course)   Register

Regrets; no 10% discount for online registration
Ideal for anyone looking to dive more deeply into the teachings and practices of yoga in daily life, and yoga teachers interested in expanding their skills for working with those in recovery. Each week focuses on a spiritual principle and the opportunity for healing and transformation it offers. Paired with the tools and teachings of yoga, we learn how to welcome and integrate these powerful gifts into daily life. A combination of lecture, group discussion, gentle yoga postures and silent reflection, this class weaves together the time-tested teachings of yoga with the spiritual foundation of the 12 Steps and provides practical tools for building a strong and resilient inner life. Those pursuing Level II Yoga Teacher Training will receive 32.5 hrs credit with the Ananda Bay Area School of Yoga & Meditation.
Ananda Yoga Center, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions
Instructors: Doug Andrews, E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, RYT 500 Yoga Alliance


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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.