Yoga means union. Etymologically, it is connected to the English word, yoke. Yoga means union with God, or, union of the little, ego-self with the divine Self, the infinite Spirit.

Most people in the West, and also many in India, confuse yoga with Hatha Yoga, the system of bodily postures. But yoga is primarily a spiritual discipline.


Ananda Yoga® Retreats

Whatever your age or body type, we can guide you into poses to help you feel relaxed, revitalized, and uplifted.


Wisdom of Yogananda Series Retreats

Yogananda, the first yoga master to make his home in the United States, brought the West the scientific, non-sectarian tools of yoga: techniques to focus energy, and bring inner peace and soul-satisfying fulfillment.


Yoga and Pregnancy

Mary Kretzmann

Question from lakshmi: I got married before 2 months, I am a regular yoga doer and now I am in a confusion of doing yoga. Is it good to do yoga after marriage and will it affect baby formation?

International Day of Yoga

United Nations Declares June 21 as the International Day of Yoga The declaration came after the call for the adoption by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who addressed the UN assembly stating, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature.” By … Read More

What is God?

A children’s picture book about the chakras and the eight aspects of God. This document may take a moment to load. Note – you can go to full screen, or download and print, by using the buttons on the bottom tool bar. Prasanna Hankins is a mother of two children, and she serves as practitioner of Paramhansa Yogananda’s energy healing … Read More


Ananda Yoga Teacher Training

Go beyond physical exercise into the deeper realms of yoga. It’s a life-changing experience – for both you and your students – as you experience Ananda’s unique, integrated approach to working directly with the body’s subtle energies for spiritual growth and wellness on all levels.


Bridge to Ananda Yoga

The Expanding Light Retreat welcomes yoga teachers of all traditions. Although Ananda Yoga follows a very specific system of yoga, our school and training programs recognize that all yoga teachers share the common interest of wanting to help others. Yoga can and should help people to feel healthier, uplifted, and ultimately happier.


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training will leave you feeling confident and well prepared with knowledge and the ability to safely and lovingly work with prenatal yoga students.


Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

You will learn how to teach two comprehensive restorative yoga routines, including how to guide and give instruction on breathing, proper alignment, and safety mechanics for asanas as well as their cautions and contraindications.


The Essence of the Yoga Sutras

Patanjali, the great ancient exponent of yoga, described the stages of spiritual development for all seekers. These principles of yoga are based not on dogma, but on how we are made.