Take your teaching of Ananda Yoga® to the next level.

This one-time offering focuses on the practice and teaching of the Level 2 Ananda Yoga® asanas that were formerly covered in The Essence of the Yoga Sutras, an in person course at The Expanding Light Retreat. It is offered as a companion course for Living the Yoga Sutras. It is open to any qualified yoga teacher.

Course activities

You will be part of a 2.5-hour online workshop on each of the following dates:

  • October 10, 17, 24, 31
  • November 7, 14

Each workshop takes place on a Sunday morning at 9:00–11:30 AM, Pacific time, and will focus on several of the 13 asanas included in this training. You will:

  • Explore the biomechanics of the asanas
  • Practice the asanas
  • Experiment with variations of the asanas
  • Practice teaching the asanas
  • Discuss issues and solutions that are likely to come up when teaching these asanas to your students

Course materials

You will receive a pdf of pages for 13 asanas in the same format as the asana pages in the Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training manual.

Please Note

This course will be offered only once. After 2021, the asanas of this course will be addressed only in an expanded course (not yet titled) that covers the asana portion of two in-person courses formerly held at The Expanding Light Retreat: The Essence of the Yoga Sutras and The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. Those two courses are now offered—online only, without asana components—under the titles Living the Yoga Sutras and Living the Bhagavad Gita.

Meet Your Instructors

Melody Hansen, E-RYT 500

Gifted with a special ability to help others discover the inner practice of yoga, Melody is the director of Level 1 Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training and Restorative Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training. She has been teaching and training teachers of Ananda Yoga® for more than 15 years. 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. It is her joy to serve you!

Karen Buckner, E-RYT 500

Karen is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and has been teaching yoga since 2003. She is one of the main trainers in Ananda’s Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training. Originally from Texas, she directed and operated successful yoga studios in Dallas for over 13 years before moving to Ananda Village.

Karen has experience working with students of all levels in studio, private, and corporate settings. She loves to mentor teachers and help them discover their unique gifts while strengthening their self-reliance and positivity.


More Questions? Write us at gyandev@expandinglight.org

Take your asana teaching to the next level

Asanas for the Yoga Sutras 6-week Online Course October 10 to November 14, 2021

  • This course offers up to 15 hours of continuing education credit for Yoga Alliance RYTs.
  • Apply by October 5; payment deadline is October 7.

Tuition: $200

Application for this course is now closed.