The course begins on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 9:00-10:30 am PT, and concludes on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 10:30 am PT.
In addition to a full in-person schedule, there will be some online course material that you’ll need to complete before the course ends. Online assignments will be available a month prior to the course start date.
For those who are unable to complete the training all-at-once, which is what we recommend, you have the option to split the course into two segments (part 1 & 2). Part 1 would be from Oct 9 – 30, 2022. Part 2 could either be completed in person at The Expanding Light Retreat within one year or online in 2023 (Feb to June, dates TBD). Contact Melody Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org), the program director, for questions regarding splitting the course and/or hybrid options.
For the online training, all live classes will be held entirely on weekends: 3 Saturdays each month (9 AM-12 PM and 2-5:30 PM PST) and 2 Sundays each month (9 AM-12 PM PST). This allows for one full weekend off each month from live classes, however there will be assignments to complete.
You’re expected to participate online throughout the week at times convenient for you as well as attend live classes. This means you’ll need to make time for approximately 9-12 hours of each week which includes live and pre-recorded classes, self quizzes, video assignments, reading, practice time and participation in discussion forums.
Visit expandinglight.org for in-person costs. The accommodations you choose will affect the tuition price.
The program cost online is $3350 USD. If you complete the registration one month prior to the course start date, you will receive the Early Bird Rate of $2995 and receive the Early Bird Benefits*.
Everyone moves through the course together, and you’ll have assignments due each week. That’s the only way to have extensive, quality interactions with classmates and build a dynamic learning community.
The in-person course includes a full schedule (morning, afternoon, and evening classes) for 28-days. Classes can only be missed if there is an illness or family emergency.
For the online course, you are expected to attend live classes on Saturdays (9 AM-12 PM and 2-5:30 PM PST) and Sundays (9 AM-12 PM PST). These are interactive sessions where you receive training and guidance from instructors, practice teaching what you’re learning with your classmates and experience being part of our supportive community.
We realize it may not be possible to attend all live classes therefore, you may watch the recorded version and complete the competency self-quiz before the next scheduled weekend. In order to receive your certificate of completion, you will be required to attend 75% of the live classes and watch all recorded versions of those missed.
To be considered for certification, you must attend all mandatory classes (32.5 hours) for their entire duration, plus at least 65 hours of the other live classes. If you miss any of the other live classes, you will need to watch the video recordings and take a quiz, but watching those videos does not count toward the 64 hours. Apply now and plan ahead to receive mandatory class dates from your instructor. Your live attendance and participation is the key to success!
For the in-person course, you’ll need to be present for classes for 4-weeks straight (or two weeks if you decide to split the course in half).
For the online training, coursework that takes place during the week is self-directed learning and can be completed at times that are convenient for you. You are free to do this coursework at whatever times of day suit your schedule. We do expect you to log in and complete your weekly video assignments, quizzes, and reading assignments before live class, be ready to apply what you’ve learned and discuss any questions you may have.
a) Required: develop a regular Hatha Yoga practice.
b) Required: Purchase The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda, and get started on the pre-course reading assignments. Note: Even if you’re unable to complete the pre-program reading, you’re still welcome to attend, but the training will be much easier and beneficial for you if you do this reading in advance.
c) For the online training, we also recommend that you begin the process of setting up your “online studio” such as something as simple as a corner of your room with a yoga mat, props, good lighting and a stand for mobile device/laptop. More details with recommendations will be covered in the pre-course assignment and orientation.
d) For the online course, you can mark your calendar: The course web page will open for enrollees 2 weeks prior to the start date of the course, and we will send a notice to enrolled students at that time. Take this opportunity to complete the pre-course assignments and familiarize yourself with the site.
For the online portion of this course (included for in-person and online attendees), you’ll need a device (desktop, laptop or ipad) to access the course web page on a regular basis. Although it is possible, we don’t recommend completing assignments from a mobile phone because it doesn’t allow for an ideal user experience.
For the online training, you’ll need a device with a camera such as a laptop with a built-in camera, a webcam that you can attach to your computer, an ipad, or a mobile phone with a built-in camera so that you can be seen by your instructors and classmates.
When filming yourself for special assignments during the online course, your device will need to have enough space to record a maximum of 30 minutes. You will also need to upload recordings to a video platform provided within the course or YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive. If you’re concerned about some of the technological elements of the course, or if you’ve never done an online course, used Zoom, or made a video and posted it online, you can still be successful in this course!
The course web page is easy to use, intuitive and offers many “how to” instructions to help you. The pre-course assignment includes a special video “tour of the course”. These days, everyone knows someone who can help them with such basic technological tasks as making videos and uploading them to the web. If you think you will need such help, we recommend that you find a helper early in the course, rather than waiting until an assignment is due. All in all, please know that many “tech-challenged” people have done very well in all of our online courses.
You will extensively study and practice a broad spectrum of educational materials presented in our core curriculum covering 4 main categories:
Techniques, Training, Practice
- 30 Hatha Yoga asanas each with an uplifting affirmation, including how to draw their physical, energetic, and spiritual benefits
- Asana mechanics and variations, safety cautions, and modifications (how to adapt asanas for student limitations)
- Classical pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) and working with the subtle body (energy centers)
- Ananda Meditation, including concentration techniques, chanting, and how to sit comfortably
Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
- Anatomical movement, planes of movement, and anatomical terminology for yoga teachers
- Muscles, bones, fascia, and postural points of alignment
- Nervous system and other bodily systems (digestive, endocrine, immune, circulatory, and more)
- Study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, and Ashtanga Yoga (8-limbs)
- Working directly with the body’s subtle energy, including the chakras and kundalini
- Increasing energy and magnetism as a yoga teacher
- Yoga lifestyle, including yogic diet and simple living
- How to plan a class: structure and sequence, teach yoga postures in groups, one-on-one, and to students of all walks of life (accessible yoga)
- Practice several hands-on adjustments to assist students in the asanas
- Find ways to address students’ needs on all levels – physical, mental & spiritual
- Learn the latest tips and tools for business, marketing, and online teaching
If you’re attending the in-person course and would like to have full access to our entire YTT program online, there are additional costs for that product.
There are many styles and traditions of Hatha Yoga available today. If you want to teach, we suggest that you take a teacher training within a style or tradition that resonates with you as something that you want both to practice and to teach.
How to know whether Ananda Yoga fits that description? You need to check it out. Here are some ways:
- Contact Melody Hansen, Program Director at email@example.com, to schedule a time to talk
- Watch our YouTube Channel: Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation (and practice with) Ananda Yoga videos that are available through Ananda’s publishing department, CrystalClarity.com
- Take a class with an experienced, Ananda-certified instructor who teaches true Ananda Yoga. (Some teachers teach multiple styles, so be sure you know what you’re getting.
Ananda Yoga is a classical approach to Hatha Yoga, viewing it as an inherently spiritual practice. Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda, Ananda Yoga uses asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga principles to direct one’s energy upward, for higher consciousness. It is not a fast-paced, “flow” yoga. Rather, it emphasizes the power of a slower-paced, inward practice—with brief pauses between active asanas—to raise awareness. We also use mental affirmations with the asanas to amplify the natural, consciousness-raising effect of each asana.
Although Ananda Yoga is not designed primarily as a physical workout, it does offer definite physical benefits. Yet it offers so much more than that: a deep feeling of centeredness, inner strength, energy, self-awareness, and above all, calm and expansive joy.
Our Level 1 and Level 2 programs are registered with Yoga Alliance and 200 and 500 hours. Every Ananda graduate can register with the Alliance as “Registered Yoga Teacher.” We believe that, in time, this Registry will lead to more yoga teaching opportunities for you.
More important, Ananda’s is the only training in the highly regarded yoga tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda. We’ve spent more than 25 years making our YTT into a first-rate expression of that tradition – a dynamic blend of professional training and personal growth.
If the literature and graduates’ testimonials don’t tell you enough, please call to talk with one of our program staff, or talk to a graduate near you.
To receive certification as a Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher, students must:
- Attend all classes. See sample schedule at expandinglight.org.
- Satisfactorily complete all reading assignments, self-quizzes, written assignments and discussion forums throughout the course and by their due date within each unit of the course.
- Demonstrate the skills and attitudes of an Ananda Yoga teacher. This includes satisfactory performance in the student teaching sessions: safe, clear, and complete teaching skills.
- Satisfactorily complete the final quiz on 31 asana names (in English and Sanskrit) and their Ananda Yoga affirmations.
- Agree to follow the Code of Ethics for Ananda Yoga Teachers.
- Pay all course fees in full.
Certification is based on the faculty’s subjective assessment of the student’s readiness to teach. The training will definitely keep you busy, but those who prepare adequately and make a sincere effort during the program usually receive certification.
If you have any questions, please contact Melody Hansen, course director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pay all course fees in full.
Certification is based on the faculty’s subjective assessment of the student’s readiness to teach. The training will definitely keep you busy, but those who prepare adequately and make a sincere effort during the program usually receive certification. If you have any questions, please contact Melody Hanse, course director: email@example.com.
You’ll also receive pre-course reading assignments once you’ve been approved for the course.