Transformative training experiences to expand your consciousness

Ananda Yoga® Teacher ❁ Ananda Meditation® Teacher ❁ Spiritual Counselor ❁ Restorative Yoga Teacher

The Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation® offers high-quality, spiritually-focused professional teacher trainings that empower individuals to deepen their own lives and to support others in an expansive way. Learn to practice and teach a broad spectrum of meditation and yoga techniques that address all levels of being: body, mind and soul.

We look forward to having you in our online or in-person programs below!

Advanced Pranayama

with Nayaswami Gyandev
Aug 28 to Sep 4, 2022
In-person in California

Asana Intensive for Yoga Teachers

with Melody Hansen
Sep 4 to Sep 11, 2022
In-person in California

The Bhagavad Gita:
Bring Its Power into Daily Living

with Nayaswami Gyandev
and Nayaswami Diksha

Oct 5 to Nov 19, 2022


Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training

with Melody Hansen
Oct 9 to Nov 6, 2022
In-person in California


Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training Online

with Melody Hansen
Jan 8 - Jun 4, 2023


Bridge to Ananda Yoga® Online

with Melody Hansen
Jan 8 - Mar 5, 2023 


Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training Online

with Nayaswami Gyandev
and Nayaswami Diksha

Jan 25 - Apr 8, 2023 


Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training Online

with Nayaswami Diksha
Apr 5 - May 17, 2023

Restorative Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training Online

with Melody Hansen
Summer 2024

"It feels like the beginning of a new way of living in much more peace and harmony than I have ever experienced before. The course has also opened my eyes for what meditation truly is and how I can be a supportive and thorough meditation teacher. I am so grateful that I found Ananda meditation teacher course, for me it has been life changing." - S. L., Färgelanda, Sweden

Meet Your Instructors

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev McCord is the Director of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. Gyandev has an advanced certificate in online teaching methodology, is the Director of Ananda Yoga worldwide, and is a co-founder of Yoga Alliance.

A member of the teaching staff at the Expanding Light Retreat for more than 30 years he is well known internationally for his profound ability to share the teachings of yoga asana, meditation, yoga philosophy, and the joy that comes from living a yogic lifestyle.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha McCord is a senior faculty member of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation in Northern California, serving as the Director of the Spiritual Counseling Training, and as co-director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training program online. She has been meditating for more than 30 years, and training meditation teachers for more than 20 years. A powerful and dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. Diksha brings a broad background to her teaching—from physical wellness to Ayurveda to profound spiritual understanding. Above all, she awakens in her students their own inner wisdom and the will to make positive changes in their lives.

Nayaswami Trimurti

Nayaswami Trimurti Motyka assists with supporting teachers and students in the Spiritual Counseling training online. He facilitates students to have access to online course forums, supports students with course work, and he fosters a rich sense of online spiritual community amongst all participants. Trimurti served as the Director of the Karma Yoga Ashram Program at the Expanding Light Retreat for more than 18 years helping participants from around the world learn about and experience the spiritual and practical principles of serving others with joy and compassion. Trimurti, a long-time Ananda Minister and Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, is deeply rooted in in his own Kriya Yoga meditation practice and from this place of peace is able to guide and uplift everyone who comes in contact with him.

Nayaswami Mukti

Nayaswami Mukti has been creating and leading a variety of inspirational retreats at The Expanding Light Retreat for the past many years. The themes and facets of her in-person retreat programs reflected her own long-term and deep exploration to let every aspect of her life flow from a deep Kriya Yoga meditation practice. Mukti now serves to support teachers and students taking the online Spiritual Counseling training. Her warm and caring nature, her lively sense of humor, and her clear-minded and practical approach to applying the spiritual teachings in one's own life win her retreat weekends rave reviews.

Sundara Traymar

Sundara is a gifted and inspiring teacher who continually uplifts his students wherever he teaches. He supports students taking online trainings with the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation, helping them to deepen their personal experience of learning in an online community environment. Sundara also serves at the International Director of Sharing Nature Worldwide, which trains teachers to help people deepen their love for nature. He has the unique experience of facilitating therapeutic and wellness based programs for nature awareness, a background that online students benefit from through his extraordinary ability to bring out the joy in each person.

Melody Hansen

Melody, E-RYT 500, directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training online programs. She is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and a trained Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Melody has been practicing the teachings of yoga since the age of 14, and began teaching at age 17. She loves to help her students experience the depth of Ananda Yoga and Meditation. She will be the main asana instructor for this course and will support you every step of the way in becoming a confident yoga teacher. It is her joy to serve you!

Nayaswami Mangala

Mangala has a background in a variety of healing modalities including Nursing, Ayurveda, Yoga teaching and Yoga Therapy practice and teaching. She currently serves as the Director of the Ananda Yoga Therapy Training program. She has been a RN, Nurse Practitioner for many decades and has been involved in assisting residents of Ananda Village for over 30 years with health and illness-related situations, and also with the process of dying. She also serves as a teacher, spiritual counselor and minister. She enjoys helping people to find positive ways to cope with and even thrive with challenges presented by illness and dying. Mangala is an Ananda minister.

Maitri Jones

Maitri, E-RYT 500, directs the Online Ananda Yoga Assistantship program, Holistic Health Retreats and teaches in the Yoga Teacher and Ananda Yoga Therapy Trainings. She is a Registered Nurse, Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and an Ananda Minister. Maitri first started practicing yoga and meditation as a teenager and has continued as a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for many decades. She is enthusiastic about sharing these techniques with people of all abilities. Maitri will teach assisting and adjusting classes for this course.

Barbara Bingham

Barbara is a Hatha Yoga teacher, a Registered Physical Therapist and a former gymnast. She brings all of her training together in her yoga teaching and helps people enjoy using their bodies in the healthiest way possible. Barbara teaches anatomy and physiology classes, which she makes fun, interesting, and accessible to everyone. Barbara brings compassion and sensitive awareness to her yoga teaching.

Karen Buckner

Karen, RYT 500, is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and has been teaching yoga since 2003. Originally from Texas, she directed and operated successful yoga studios in Dallas for over 13 years. Karen has experience working with students of all levels in studio, privately and corporate settings. She loves to mentor teachers and help them discover their unique gifts while strengthening their self-reliance and positivity. Karen will be a lead asana instructor for this course while encouraging and assisting you throughout this journey!

Michele Tsihlas

Michele, E-RYT 500, is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, Personal Trainer and author. She is passionate about the pursuit of wellness from the inside out and dedicated to helping people achieve a higher quality of life. She enjoys inspiring students to find their unique gifts and talents, not only to bring fulfillment and wellness into their own lives, but to also share the healing aspects of yoga in the classroom and beyond. Michele will be leading sadhanas and teaching classes for Professional Essentials.

Vahini Sleighter

Vahini, E-RYT 500, native of Italy, is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. She is a level 2 Yoga Instructor and a trained Restorative and Prenatal Yoga instructor. She has been living in Ananda and sharing Yoga for almost a decade mostly in Assisi, Italy. She has guided programs on several yoga topics and now she is helping in the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda Village and teaching yoga for kids at the Ananda School. Vahini will be a lead asana instructor. It is her joy to serve!

Darshana Moore

Darshana, RYT-200, became interested in meditation and found the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda in 2009. Since then, she has been applying them in her own life and sharing them with others. Darshana moved to Ananda Village in 2011 and graduated from Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Ananda Meditation Teacher Training in 2012. She is currently studying to become a certified yoga therapist. Darshana teaches meditation and yoga philosophy.

Tracy Andersen

Tracy, E-RYT 500 and C-IAYT, received her yoga and meditation training certifications from Ananda beginning in 1993, and soon after completed massage therapy (LMT, BCTMB), personal training, and Pilates certifications. She enjoys teaching and sharing therapy at YMCAs, schools, hospitals, and a home studio. She helps lead an Ananda Midwest Meditation Group and yearly retreats and is an Ananda minister. It was her blessing to help teach the first AYTT in India, and now assist with AYTTO. She looks forward to infusing your study of anatomy with energy and joy, experiential learning, and its many practical applications!

Featuring the best practices of online teaching – for the fullest learning experience:

Highly skilled teaching faculty

Numerous opportunities to receive feedback on your teaching, and give feedback to others

Extensive opportunities to deepen your meditation practice and intuitive skills

Personal support from instructors

In-depth focus on how to present your classes or counsel others confidently and effectively

Receive post-graduation support as part of the Network of Ananda Meditation Teachers, which offers a wide variety of resources, inspiration, and community interactions.

Interactive forums for discussion with fellow students and instructors

Certificate of Completion

Lifetime access to course material upon completion

Lively discussion forums filled with insights

“Live” practice teaching with fellow trainees

Numerous opportunities to receive feedback on your teaching, and give feedback to others