Ananda Yoga

Drop-in Calendar | Workshops | Instructors

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. 

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 near Stanford University.

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

There is parking in the Temple lot (off El Camino), and on the streets nearby. There is also a 2-story city parking lot one block away at Cambridge & Mayfield Lane.

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Drop-in Calendar


6-7:15 pm • Yoga for Inner BlissSuman


9:30-10:45 am • Awake & Ready YogaVivekadevi

6-7:15 pm • Yoga for Peace & VitalityBhawani


6-7:15 pm • Yoga for Inner Bliss (Intermediate) • Suman


9:30-10:45 am • Gentle Yoga for a Healthy SpineVivekadevi


9:30-10:30 am • Community Yoga


6-7:15 pm • Yoga for Calm ResilienceNatalie

7:30-8:45 pm • Restorative YogaBhawani


Drop in: $15 each
5-class pass: $65
10-class pass: $120
Discounted prices for supporting members

Seniors (55 yrs)/Students:
Drop-in: $13
5-class pass: $60
10-class pass: $110

Community Yoga class: suggested donation $5-10

Please bookmark our main Yoga Center website

Drop-in Classes

Awake & Ready Yoga

This dynamic yoga class focuses on awakening energy with an emphasis on balance, stability and strength. Start your day energized & refreshed! All levels.

Community Yoga

Come and experience Ananda Yoga with Certified Ananda Yoga Teachers! We believe in making yoga accessible to all. In the spirit of this we are offering an affordable, donation-based class on Saturdays. This is a perfect opportunity to meet our teachers and enjoy an inward experience of yoga postures. All levels welcome.

Gentle Yoga for a Healthy Spine

Gentle yoga is a meditative style of yoga combining classic asanas with affirmation and breath work. This approach strengthens muscles, increases flexibility, and recharges the body. With emphasis on safety and correct alignment, modifications are offered to fit the needs of each individual student. All levels.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is an opportunity to relax, unwind, and release anxiety and physical tension. Poses are held for 5 to 10 minutes using props: blankets, bolsters, blocks, and straps for support and comfort. Coupled with breathing exercises, these long holds promote deep relaxation, balance of the nervous system, decrease stress, and increase flexibility and energy flow. All levels.

Yoga for Calm Resilience

Each Sunday, take a moment to pause, reset and return to your center. Remember that yoga postures are a practice of tapping into your inner strength, again and again. Use this class to pull your energy back in from the fray to uplift and sustain you for the week ahead. All levels.

Yoga for Inner Bliss

Designed to help you experience calmness and joy, this class brings you into your center where bliss resides. Yoga postures and your breath are the bridge to a balanced mind and body, beginning with dynamic poses and then flowing into asanas that draw the mind inward into a relaxed, meditative, blissful state. All levels.

Yoga for Inner Bliss (Intermediate)

This is a challenging and vigorous class of moderate difficulty. 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. Intermediate level.

Yoga for 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.


Meet our Yoga instructors

Yoga Workshops


The Art & Science of Raja Yoga

A 4-month immersion begins Jan & Aug

Thursdays, Jan 10-Apr 25, 2019, 6-9 pm
optional guided practice: 9-9:30 pm
Cost: $525

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6 pm • Gentle hatha yoga session
6:45 pm • Sadhana (spiritual practices)
7:15 pm • Vegetarian potluck dinner
7:45 pm • 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.

Cost includes course texts, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Swami Kriyananda, How to Meditate, John (Jyotish) Novak, and a syllabus.

Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Vivekadevi Noh-Kuhn, Lakshmi LaPine, Brahmachari Tandava and a team of yoga teachers from Ananda Yoga Center 

Auditors welcome if space is available. $50  


Raja Yoga teaching staff