Be a channel of higher consciousness for those in need

Join Nayaswami Diksha for this one of a kind course exploring the art of Spiritual Counseling. Spiritual counseling is different from psychological counseling. It’s about counseling others from a space of uplifted consciousness in order to help them find deep, personal understanding and direction.

This training will enhance your interpersonal skills as you learn to listen actively, respond with clarity, and open the doorway for superconscious understanding and solutions. You’ll explore spiritual skills and effective communication principles that will help you guide others to find their own solutions.

Dates:  April 5 - May 17, 2023

Tuition: $599 (early-bird) $675 (regular)

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Best practices in online training

At Ananda, we have been offering quality training for decades. Now we bring this same dedication online, as we embrace the very best practices of online learning. You’ll enjoy a user-friendly online environment that offers plentiful interaction within a highly engaged learning community, including:

  • Specialized exercises and introspective practices to deepen your understanding of how to effectively counsel others
  • Lively discussion forums filled with support, insights, and inspiration
  • “Live” webinars covering a wide spectrum of topics with periods of Q&A
  • Practice counseling sessions with fellow students and instructor feedback
  • Instructional videos covering all aspects of spiritual counseling

This course is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Swami Kriyananda, his close, direct disciple, counseled thousands of people over more than 60 years, always on the basis of Yogananda’s guidance and teachings. From those years of experience, he developed the approach to counseling that serves as the framework for this course.

You will learn how to:

Cultivate and recognize true intuition

Listen to and assess your own intuition

Connect to someone’s higher self from your higher self

Recognize subconscious, conscious, and superconscious thinking in yourself & others

Find solutions & not be overwhelmed by problems

Help others gain clarity on life’s challenges and open to new possibilities

Avoid the temptation to try and “fix” someone

Ask questions that will open doorways for others

Find solutions to your own challenges

Learn more about the Energy Tools shared in this training


About Nayaswami Diksha, Director, Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training

“There are specific skills that make one a good counselor, and what brings them all together is the most important skill of all: intuition. You must be able to tune in — deeply — to another person's reality, understand what their own higher Self is trying to tell them. It's not magic. All of these skills can be developed, and it's been my joy over the years to help many trainees do that, so they can provide this great service to others.” - Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha is a senior teacher in the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation. She co-founded the Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training course, and co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training course. Both trainings are offered online.

Diksha has been meditating for more than 35 years, and training meditation and yoga teachers for more than 20 years. A powerful and spiritually dynamic woman of great warmth and humor, she is gifted in both intelligence and intuition. She has shared transformative spiritual teachings across the U.S., and in Canada, Europe, Israel, and India. She now teaches primarily online.

The Sanskrit word, diksha, means “giver of light”— an appropriate name, because Nayaswami Diksha has touched many hundreds of seekers as a teacher, teacher trainer, host of spiritual travels, expert on Ayurvedic wellbeing, and internationally known vegetarian chef and cookbook author.

For more than 30 years, Diksha has practiced Kriya Yoga meditation and lived a dedicated yogic lifestyle at Ananda Village. Her “Nayaswami” title reflects that her life path is one of “positive” renunciation: not self-deprivation or isolation, but a joyful expansion of consciousness and sympathy to embrace all people as her own.

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Deepen your spiritual life:
“This spiritual counseling course is life enhancing!”
“Taking the course online allows you to incorporate meditation and movement practices into your daily life. As the course progresses, your level of consciousness and spirituality grows.”
“This course is so rich with content and heart! A powerful opportunity to experience deepening your own connection (intuition) with your higher self and becoming of greater service to others through very practical methods.”

High quality teachers and well-planned course:
“Deeply touched by the support and inspiration from the teachers and participants.”
“A great mixture of individual assignments as well as team/collaborative exercises.”
“This course was planned out extremely well and allowed me to slowly gain confidence just as I needed it. The course work builds on each other and has a helpful flow to the teachings and exercises. I will definitely take another online Ananda course as I am confident it will be as well prepared and completed as this one!“

Enhanced spiritual community:
“If you are looking for a connection with others you will not be disappointed.”
“A surprise benefit is how the on-line version connects you with your classmates’ energy so seamlessly.”

Guided by Nayaswami Diksha: Learn an effective technique to hold others in the Light



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Connect with divine wisdom and help others find solutions! Apply Now for Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training

Welcoming Registered Yoga Teachers: Under a temporary provision made by Yoga Alliance, the online version of Ananda Spiritual Counseling Training will qualify for credit toward Level 2 Ananda Yoga Teacher certification. It will also qualify as 36-hours of in-person continuing education hours for RYTs.
Welcoming Nurses: We offer a 36 hour CEU for this training.

Upcoming Dates: Apr 5 - May 17, 2023

Tuition: $599 (early-bird) $675 (regular)

For early-bird Tuition: apply by March 22, pay in full by March 24, 2023

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