Ananda Yoga® Assistantship

Ananda Yoga® Assistantship

In Person: July 5 – 19, 2024

Reinspire your love for yoga and improve your ability to serve your students

Are you looking for new and inspiring ways to share yoga with your students? Welcoming all Yoga Teachers for an in-depth study of asana mechanics, adjustments, and subtle energy.

Learn new adjusting techniques in a safe environment. You’ll have daily opportunities to practice the adjustments on your classmates with supervision so that you can receive immediate feedback from your classmates and instructors.

You’ll then apply these techniques with our Level 1 Yoga Teachers in training. Over two weeks, you’ll assist and support a group of students who are open and ready to receive your assistance in more ways than one!

Prerequisite: 60 hours minimum of yoga teaching experience

2-Week Professional Yoga Alliance Approved Intensive

Cost: tuition $1365 + accommodations
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Location: The Expanding Light Retreat, Ananda Village, CA

Cost: tuition $1365 + accommodations
All Inclusive Prices

Location: The Expanding Light Retreat, Ananda Village, CA

Why Take Ananda Yoga Assistantship?

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What You'll Learn

Benefits of Assisting & Adjusting

Meet Your Instructors

Melody Hansen


Melody directs the Ananda Yoga Assistantship, 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.

Melody is an extraordinary yoga teacher, who conveys her great knowledge of yoga asanas—from physical mechanics to spiritual upliftment—with a blend of graciousness, authority, and fun. One of Melody’s greatest strengths is the purity of her transmission of Yoga. She has very little egotism to block the clear flow of inspiration she shares. Her inner life is committed and deep, and she’s able to help students experience that depth in their yoga practice.

Michele Tsihlas

E-RYT 500 , C-IAYT, Certified Personal Trainer

Michele is passionate about the pursuit of wellness from the inside out and dedicated to helping people achieve a higher quality of life. Knowing that no single approach is right for every individual, she has been trained in a range of modalities including Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Personal Fitness Training, Group Fitness, and Wellness Coaching. 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.

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To participate in this training, you’ll need to have completed a 200-hr YTT program from a RYS (Registered Yoga School). We also ask that you have a minimum of 60 hours of experience teaching yoga.

Submit an application for the program and enroll as soon as possible so that we can send you the pre-course online assignments, which are designed to provide you with a foundation of understanding of Ananda Yoga before you begin the course.

You can also check out the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation YouTube channel to follow asana routines and guided sadhanas and the Ananda Yoga Level 1 Instructional Library to familiarize yourself with the 31 asanas and corresponding affirmations covered in this course. 

Yes, there is an online course page and pre-course assignments that you’ll be given access to as soon as you enroll. The online assignments include asana instructional videos, reading assignments, and self-quizzes to complete before we meet in-person.

Yes. All of the classes taught by instructors who are E-RYT 500 certified will count towards Yoga Alliance CE hours. There will be at least 60 hours.

Yes, Assistantship is one of the required courses for those who are seeking Level 2 (300-hr) certification. If you are not a certified Ananda Yoga teacher (200-hr) then you’ll also need to take the Bridge to Ananda Yoga course (in addition to the level 2 requirements) if you’d like to become a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. See Level 2 requirements here.

Our hope is to provide this course as a 12-week online course with livestream classes held over the weekends beginning in 2024 or 2025.

Program Details

What Our Graduates Say

Lake Stevens, WA
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This course met my expectation. This course pushed me past my comfort zone, and I experienced personal growth in the process...This course gave me the confidence to finally step off my yoga mat and to use these skills to assist or adjust my students. I now see that stepping off my yoga mat is a blessing I give to them! Thank you for this gift!
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It is obvious the extraordinary amount of work that went into putting this course together, so whoever was involved in it are to be highly praised and congratulated.
Heidi Marks
Seattle, WA
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Your hard work has made a difference in the yoga lives of all us students, and will ripple out to our students. I’ve been afraid to do touch assists and have only done cues to the entire class. So now I feel much more confident to start being of service in this way. That is huge! I certainly could have used this course sooner! But it came at a good time to reboot my yoga, and of course the hours of teaching behind me helped to set the stage for better understanding.

Ananda Yoga Assistantship

Enhance your ability to serve your students

Dates: July 5 – 19, 2024 

All-Inclusive Cost (tuition+accomodations/meals):

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