Ananda Yoga Center
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.
Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
July 16, 2-5 pm
Wise Choices: Retreat for Women in Times of Transition
Level 1-2 Yoga
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
Basic poses and modifications for students new to Yoga. All levels of yoga experience welcome.
This class is welcoming for those new to yoga while still providing a challenge for the intermediate to advanced student. Routines emphasize strength, stamina, breath & mindfulness, with modifications provided to meet all levels of physical ability.
Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine
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.
Restorative Yoga for Restful Sleep
In restorative yoga classes props are used to allow students to stay in the posture for longer periods of time, promoting deep, healing relaxation. In this state one can develop increased flexibility and the ability to increase one’s range of motion.
Calming Your Mind
A beginning to moderate class particularly designed to help with tension and stress. Calming the waves of emotions and thoughts is the path of yoga, as stated by Patanjali. In this particular class we will use yoga postures and our breath as the bridge to balance mind and body. The class starts with a dynamic sequence of poses flowing into long held asanas, drawing the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative state.
Second Wind - Revitalize and Restore
Revitalize your energies after a day of work. Gentle balancing yoga asanas, energization, and breathing techniques, interwoven with restorative poses and powerful affirmations will help you to relax body, mind, and soul into peaceful alignment for a restful night. Plus, take home inspiration for home practice and balance in everyday life.
“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
- Bring your own yoga mat or purchase one from our gift shop. For those who wish to use the Yoga Center mats, these along with other props for class will be provided at no charge
- Wear comfortable clothing ~ changing areas are available
- Avoid eating 1-2 hours before class
- Please avoid wearing perfume or lotions with fragrance
- Place cell phones in silent mode
- If you do arrive a bit late, as a courtesy to others, please wait in the carpeted area until the centering meditation is over. If you will arrive 10 minutes late or more, postpone coming to another time; fellow classmates will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Yoga postures workshops
A Retreat For Women in Times of Transition
Saturday, July 16, 2-5 pm, $45
Explore the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those challenging times of change—some of which we all encounter along our life path —through the gentle yet deeply energizing practice of Ananda Yoga. During this workshop we will use meditation &affirmations, plus the healing powers offered through nutrition, herbal medicine and essential oils. Each participant will receive a small gift bottle of an essential oil of her choice. Please bring a journal and pen, a small snack item to share, and a soft warm blanket or shawl for meditation/ contemplation.
Yoga Therapy for Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia
Unveil Your True Balanced Self
Saturdays, 2–4 pm
Nov 5 • Dec 3 • Jan 21
Initial consult and 1st workshop: $85
Additional workshops: $50 each
Initial consult & 4 workshops: $195
4 workshops: $165
Once the initial consultation and first class have been completed, the workshops may be taken individually. There are no prerequisites
Yoga Therapy uses yogic principles and techniques to address our unique, individual reactions to stress. Join us in these monthly workshops aimed at bringing us back to physical, mental and emotional balance. Reduce stress, anxiety, and improving your diet and sleep patterns. No previous experience is necessary. Each monthly workshop includes a free personal Yoga Therapy consultation (scheduled separately from class). Benefits:
- Learn effective yogic techniques that can help you relieve stress and anxiety in your life, business and relationships as well as improve the quality of your sleep
- Develop a personalized yoga practice routine aimed at reducing stress, anxiety and insomnia
- Practice yoga postures based on your unique body and emotional needs
- Receive personal coaching in healthy diet and lifestyle
Due to the personalized character of these classes, it is necessary that all participants be assessed by the Yoga Therapy Practitioner before attending the group workshops. An initial consultation can last up to 1.5 hours, during which your needs are assessed, and your personalized yoga practice created.
“Yoga therapy focuses on health and wellness: physical, psychological and spiritual. It focuses on the path of Yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind, awakening our true essential nature.”
Instructor: Adrianna Benaventura
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
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.
More Yoga resources at Ananda
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 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.