Bridge to Ananda Yoga®

Bridge to Ananda Yoga® Online

10-Week Professional Training for Certified 200-hr Yoga Teachers

Sept 8 – Nov 24, 2024

Spiritualize Your Yoga Practice & Yoga Teaching

Are you looking for more than a physical experience of yoga?

Do you want to teach a meaningful approach to yoga that can help your students feel connected to a greater reality and experience peace and joy within? 

Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Ananda Yoga helps you move, attune and uplift your energy to find harmony in body, mind and spirit–and most importantly–step into your highest soul potential. 

We welcome certified yoga teachers to join us in this training to learn new tools to guide your students in finding their own healing, strength and happiness through yoga practice.

Professional Online Training Course for all Yoga Teachers

Cost: $850 (regular), $799 (early bird)

Early Bird Tuition: Apply by Aug 23, pay in full by Aug 25, 2024

Cost: $850 

 

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Free Zoom Info Session

Recorded January 3, 2023

Watch this introductory session with Director Melody Hansen to learn more about Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.

“If you are looking for a course that incorporates spirituality and mental development beyond asanas in yoga, this is the place for you. You will be introduced to the teachings of Ananda Yoga in a very warm and professional way.”

“If you are looking for a course that incorporates spirituality and mental development beyond asanas in yoga, this is the place for you. You will be introduced to the teachings of Ananda Yoga in a very warm and professional way.” 

— Maja B., 2022 Graduate, Germany 

— Maja B., 2022 Graduate, Germany

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What is Unique about Ananda Yoga?

The purpose of Ananda Yoga is to help you develop a greater connection with God or any form of the divine that resonates with you through the following tools: 

Ahimsa

Yoga that adapts the poses to your body and needs

Energy Based Practice

Yoga that gives you tools to develop mastery over your thoughts and energy

Heart Centered Approach

Yoga that emphasizes your personal connection to spirit

Rooted in Lineage of Great Masters

Yoga based on the ancient teachings of Self-realization

Meditation Focused

Yoga that supports a meditation practice

“Five stars to this training; I thoroughly enjoyed the teachings of Ananda Yoga. It certainly was intensive, full of great content, super helpful feedback, and I felt supported every step of the way. I recommend this training to anyone seeking a spiritual style of Yoga.”

“Five stars to this training; I thoroughly enjoyed the teachings of Ananda Yoga. It certainly was intensive, full of great content, super helpful feedback, and I felt supported every step of the way. I recommend this training to anyone seeking a spiritual style of Yoga.”

— Grace P, 2022 Graduate, AR

— Grace P, 2022 Graduate, AR

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Why Take Bridge to Ananda Yoga Online?

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Immerse Yourself in Spiritual Community

An effective yoga teacher needs support to walk the talk. Join your magnetism with like-minded yogis from all around the world who also want to help and uplift others.  

This immersive online training is broadcasted from Ananda Village, an intentional spiritual community based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

 

Even though this program is online, students are able to develop a personal connection with fellow students through:

  • 1-1 and group practice teaching sessions via Zoom
  • Optional sharing circles
  • Participation and interaction in live classes
  • Interactive discussion forums 

Our past graduates come from France, Canada, Sweden, Austria, and within the United States. California etc.

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Learn to Teach Spiritual Yoga

This program will train you to use yoga as a tool to help yourself and others grow spiritually and find greater integration in body, mind and spirit. 

Practicing and teaching Ananda Yoga will help you understand the mind, energy and body connection, and develop the energy awareness and control to uplift consciousness. 

We will share with you techniques to ignite and heighten your teaching ability to utilize yoga science and your intuition to best serve your students and yourself as a whole person— body, mind and spirit:

  • Learn the energetic benefits of 31 level 1 asanas
  • Develop energy awareness and control to uplift consciousness through energization, affirmation and meditation
  • We also offer specialty classes to help you find your presence as a teacher, such as voice projection and increasing your energy & magnetism.  
  • Learn to teach yoga effectively in-person and online
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Pursue Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 

Any Yoga Alliance RYT may transfer into Ananda’s Level 2 certification (RYT 500) after completing the Bridge to Ananda Yoga program.

Level 2 certification explores the deeper aspects of Ananda Yoga®, with a focus on meditation, yoga philosophy, pranayama, asana, refinement of teaching skills, and personal spiritual growth. 

Required Level 2 Courses:

  • Advanced Pranayama
  • Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training 1
  • Ananda Yoga® Assistantship
  • Living the Yoga Sutras
  • The Bhagavad Gita: Bring Its Power into Daily Living
  • Asana Intensive for Yoga Teachers
  • Spiritual Counseling Training

Level 2 Electives:

  • Meditation Solutions
  • Restorative Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

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Receive Access to All Education Material

All live classes, teaching workshops and sadhanas are recorded.

At the end of the training, Bridge students have: 

  1. Opportunity to audit all remaining classes of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Online
  2. Receive a discount off the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training review course, which includes 20 weeks of content (all pdfs, pre-recorded and live classes) for post-graduation enrichment and review. 

The Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Review Course includes: 

  • Ananda Yoga Asana Video Library – professional and easy to download, instructional videos for each asana (30 Level 1 poses) and pranayama (10 techniques)
  • High-quality pre-taped learning modules for each curriculum category
  • Recordings of all live classes and sadhanas to review and deepen your understanding
  • Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Manual – 8 sections, 250 pages, printable PDF
  • Ananda Yoga Asana and Affirmation flashcards for study, practice and class planning

What You'll Learn

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“I always wanted to learn yoga, not just to have a healthy body, but also to grow spiritually. Here I learned how to use Yoga for my spiritual growth.”

 “I always wanted to learn yoga, not just to have a healthy body, but also to grow spiritually. Here I learned how to use Yoga for my spiritual growth.”

— Andreas S., 2022 Graduate, Austria

— Andreas S., 2022 Graduate, Austria

Meet Your Instructors

All our instructors practice yoga and meditation daily  and are disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda who make it a priority to live the teachings.

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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!

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 asana, meditation and yoga philosophy.

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Arya Cheng, RYT-200, is a gifted yoga and meditation teacher, and wonderful kirtan (spiritual chanting) leader. She is passionate about sharing yoga as a tool for managing stress, transformation and healing in body, mind and soul. 

Her journey as a yogi started at age 14, when she attended Ananda’s Living With Spirit Program and experienced first hand the transformative effects of yoga and meditation. 

Arya currently lives at Ananda Village and serves as an Ananda Yoga Instructor for the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation and support staff for the Karma Yoga Program.  

In this training, she will be a lead asana instructor and here to encourage you to shine your light!

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Alba, RYT-200, recently graduated from AYTTO and is passionate about sharing the transformative approach of Ananda Yoga. She has been practicing yoga since the age of 21 and is a trained Ananda meditation teacher and restorative yoga instructor.

Currently based in France, she is working on developing Ananda Francophone to help spread the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda in French-speaking countries.

In this course, Alba will be an asana instructor and lead a weekly sadhana. She is inspired to help students integrate the healing potential of yoga into their own lives, so that they can share it with others.

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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!

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Nayaswami Gyandev McCrod, E-RYT 500, 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.

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Diksha, E-RYT 500, is an Ananda minister, Counselor, and Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, and co-directs the Ananda Meditation® Teacher Trainings in person and online.

She also directs the Spiritual Counseling Training Online course, and teaches many of the Level 2 Ananda YTT courses such as The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita and Advanced Pranayama. Diksha leads pilgrimages around the world with her husband, Gyandev. She feels that sharing the teachings of yoga is a privilege and a joy. Diksha will be teaching meditation for this course.

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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.

FAQs

You need to have an established regular Hatha Yoga asana practice (3 days per week) for 6 months prior to the program. If you have other qualifications which makes this program suitable and would like for us to consider, please explain on the application form. Without an established personal practice, it would be premature to consider teaching. Although the program’s asanas are not overly demanding, you will be doing a lot of them and combined with a full schedule, it’s important to be prepared physically.

This is a professional-level online training, therefore you need to be an organized self-starter and able to make the time commitment outlined below. You need to be very comfortable with computers or mobile devices. (Note: we recommend that you have a laptop or desktop for this program, not an ipad or cell phone.) Although not difficult, the course is delivered through an online platform course page and you will be participating in a virtual learning experience (zoom webinars, online discussion forums, creating and submitting video clips, etc). You will also need to have access to a reliable internet connection for several livestream class assignments.

The course begins on Sunday, January 9th at 9:00-10:30 am PT, and concludes on Sunday, May 29th at 11:30 am PT.

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.

Live Class Times:
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00/12:30 pm PST   
Saturday 2:00 – 5:30 pm PST 
Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00/12:30 pm PST

Live Class Dates:
January 9 (Introductory Webinar – 9:00 to 10:30 AM PST)
January 15, 16, 22, 29, 30
February 5, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27
March 5, 12, 13, 19, 26*, 27*
April 9*, 10*, 16, 23*, 24*
May 7*, 8*, 14*, 21*, 22*, 28*, 29* 
*Required Classes – See more schedule details here.

The program cost is $3350 USD. If you complete the registration process prior to Dec. 9, 2021 you will receive the Early Bird Rate of $2995 and receive the Early Bird Benefits*.

 

  1. Required: develop a regular Hatha Yoga practice.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Mark your calendar: The course web page will open for enrollees 2 weeks prior (Dec.26) 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.
  5. Save the date: The course officially begins with a Zoom webinar on Sunday, January 9, 9:00-10:30 AM PT. This will be an opportunity to meet your instructors and introduce yourself to your classmates. We will review the requirements for certification, course guidelines and respond to any questions.

Absolutely! One of the highlights of this professional training program is having instructors spend quality time giving you personalized feedback both in live sessions and in writing. We will be closely watching your progress within the course so that you can take the appropriate steps you need—as an individual—to become a confident, knowledgeable, and conscientious yoga instructor.

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.

Ananda Yoga is about adapting the asana to the person, not forcing the person to do something inappropriate for his or her body. In this spirit, you need to be able to do the asanas covered in this course in ways that are appropriate for your own body and health conditions.

This may mean modifying some of the asanas, perhaps significantly in some cases, but only rarely does it mean not doing any version of the asana at all. However, you will need to know how to teach all the asanas covered in this course.

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.

You’ll need a device (desktop or laptop) 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 live webinar classes, 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. Your internet connection needs to be reliable.

When filming yourself for special assignments, 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.

Everyone moves through the course together, week by week, 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.

Yes, 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.

Submit your application online and within 7-10 days you will receive notification of approval or request for more information. The notification of approval will include a link with instructions on how to register and enroll (make payment) in the program to reserve your space. After enrolling, you will receive a welcome email with a link to access the course web page and begin the pre-course assignments.

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 January 9 to March 27, 2022, and Part 2 could either be completed in person at The Expanding Light Retreat within one year (e.g., Oct 23-Nov 6, 2022). or online the following year, April and May of 2023 (exact dates TBD). Contact Melody Hansen (melody@expandinglighr.org), the program director, for questions regarding splitting the course and/or hybrid options.

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.

Live Class Times:
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00/12:30 pm PST   
Saturday 2:00 – 5:30 pm PST 
Sunday 9:00 am – 12:00/12:30 pm PST

Live Class Dates for those splitting the course:
January 9 (Introductory Webinar – 9:00 to 10:30 AM PST)
January 15, 16, 22, 29, 30
February 5, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27
March 5, 12, 13, 19, 26*, 27*
*Required Classes – See more schedule details here.

Yes, you’ll have lots of interaction! In fact, many of the assignments require it: discussion forums, live Q&A, webinar breakout groups for practice teaching with group coaching, one-to-one practice teaching scheduled on your own time and team-teaching projects. Plentiful interaction is a best practice in online learning and this course is structured entirely around best practices. You’ll love being part of the supportive learning community that forms.

Not at all. We sincerely respect all spiritual paths, and we welcome anyone who gives that same respect to our tradition, whatever his or her path may be. Of course, you should realize that AYTT takes place in the context of Ananda’s spiritual tradition, which emphasizes the time-honored approach of yoga as a tool for the Divine Quest.

Participation involves practicing a variety of yoga techniques associated with Ananda’s tradition, such as meditation and chanting as well as asana and pranayama.

Yes. This course takes place within the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Participants should be open to learning and teaching this  approach to yoga postures and yoga philosophy. Those who come from a different tradition—or no tradition at all—should register as far in advance as possible in order to learn and practice those techniques before the course begins; we will send those links to you before the course web page opens. Then your course experience will unfold much more naturally, and your teaching and personal practice will benefit much more.

Please note: We do not ask that you discontinue your current yoga practices if they are different; we simply ask that you do the practices that are required for this program.

Refund Policy: If you cancel 14 days or more before the start of the program, your payment will be refunded, less a $150 processing fee. If you cancel within 14 days of the start of the program, then 50% of your payment will be refunded, and the remainder will be forfeited. If you cancel more than 14 days after the start of the program, the full program cost will be forfeited.

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“From this course I learned lots of ways to bring more joy to my practice and my teaching of yoga asana, plus many more ideas on how to teach a range of students, online and in person, and to keep my own practice interesting and challenging.”

“From this course I learned lots of ways to bring more joy to my practice and my teaching of yoga asana, plus many more ideas on how to teach a range of students, online and in person, and to keep my own practice interesting and challenging.”

— Denise R., 2022 Graduate, CA

— Denise R., 2022 Graduate, CA

What Our Graduates Say

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Beth C.
MI
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I feel that this is an incredibly enriching program. They covered all bases from throughly demonstrating and teaching the asanas, teaching pranayama effectively, making sure we get proper safety and anatomy to keep our students safe, wonderful courses on tying yoga to the traditional philosophy and so much more. Best of all they made it fun and energized, making us feel comfortable with continual support being yoga teachers. I defiantly recommend it to anyone that wants to up their game in yoga teaching, my confidence really boosted!
Andreas S.
Austria
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I am very thankful, that I have found this course. I gained all the knowledge that I need to confidently teach yoga and I absolutely love the Ananda-way of teaching it. The teachers are super nice and very skilled. The atmosphere was uplifting and great, and I really enjoyed being in the group. Although the course was online, it almost felt I was there in person...I always wanted to learn yoga, not just to have a healthy body, but also to grow spiritually. Here I learned how to use Yoga for my spiritual growth.
Maja B.
Germany
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I felt that the whole team of the course cared so much about sharing everything that the students needed to deepen the teachings and also to progress personally. You still have access to all the online materials for several months and can even attend more weekends from the Level 1 Teacher Training.
Denise R.
CA
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The nuts and bolts of teaching are also thoroughly covered in this course more so than any I previously experienced, including videos and live classes breaking down asanas, detailed anatomy, opportunities to teach each asana covered with a fellow classmate, sequencing and preparing classes and teaching those with classmates, detailed feedback from the instructors, and many opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.
Jing
CA
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Before signing up to this program, I thought it would be good to get a ‘refresher’, since I have not done in-person yoga teaching for the past 2 years due to pandemic. I am really glad I took this course. Melody and the teaching staff are highly professional in offering this high quality online Ananda Yoga program. The teachers are patient, supportive, joyful and very detailed in guiding each student to improve his/her yoga teaching skills...
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Program Details

Bridge to Ananda Yoga® Online

8-Week Professional Online Training

Dates: Sept 8 – Nov 24, 2024

Cost: $850 (regular), $799 (early bird)

Early bird Tuition: apply by Aug 23, pay in full by Aug 25, 2024

Due to a growing demand for online yoga teacher trainings and the cancellation of multiple in-person programs at the Expanding Light Retreat, we anticipate being completely booked.

Therefore, we encourage you to apply now, and if necessary, you will be to be added to our wait list for the next session. Once the dates for our next training have been set, you will receive notification and given priority for enrollment.

  • FREE Group Coaching– After the program ends, join us for a monthly group coaching session on Zoom. Even if you’ve been teaching yoga for years, you will benefit from this mentorship. Receive valuable live feedback from our expert staff and gain useful information by being part of the experience.
  • FREE 1-on-1 Coaching Call – When you’re ready to dive deeper and get individualized coaching on a topic of your choice, you will have access to booking a session with our expert staff. Must be scheduled within 60 days of graduation date through calendly link.
  • FREE Access to a Complimentary Course hosted by Online with Ananda: The Chakras and Your Relationships. This course is meant to build on what you will learn during the training, however you may access it at any time.

Haven’t taken yoga teacher training yet? Apply today for Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Online

 

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