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4 Days 19-hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training in California, USA

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training California

Offered by the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation ™, located at The Expanding Light Retreat. Yoga teachers love this training because they get to practice a lot of restorative yoga! They also get to feel what its like to be nurtured and cared for in a restorative class. Restorative yoga is becoming increasingly popular as way for beginning through advanced yoga students to experience true relaxation - often the most difficult skill to master. As stress and tension are released, healing and uplifting are promoted in body, mind, and spirit. Whether you plan to offer one or a series of restorative poses, this restorative yoga teacher training can help you work more effectively with your existing students, as well as attract new students.


  • Energization exercises
  • Daily sadhana practices
  • Daily restorative yoga and meditation session
  • Evening Lahiri Shrine meditation session
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The accommodation options are for single or double occupancy. A single guest may choose to share a room with another guest of the same gender or occupy a room privately. Two guests traveling together may occupy a room privately.

Each guest room includes two twin beds, heat, air conditioning, towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. King conversions are available for an extra charge upon request. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly with no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests. Guests who stay in a tent or RV have access to free Wi-Fi in Serenity Lounge as the Wi-Fi does not extend to all tent or RV sites. The Expanding Light Retreat has a computer lounge with two computers and a printer. Please be aware that the Expanding Light has limited handicap accessibility.

Private and shared DELUXE rooms

Harmony house

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer.

Private and shared STANDARD rooms


Each cabin has one room, which is larger and more private than other standard rooms. Cabin occupants share separate men's and women's shower houses a few paces away and the path is lit after dark.

Serenity house

Serenity house is an inn-style house with twelve rooms and four hall bathrooms. Serenity House lounge is available for all guests. It is equipped with a small refrigerator for personal items, hot tea and a microwave.

RVs and tents

The Expanding Light Retreat does not provide tents or RVs. Please bring your own camping gear and be sure that tents are water tight in the case that it may rain. RVs are welcome year round, however, the property does not have RV facilities or hookups.

Tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking. There is a high fire danger in the summer so no campfires are allowed, as well as candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame.

Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. The Expanding Light Retreat has a refrigerator behind the main kitchen which is available for guests.

Shower houses

For those staying outdoors, guests have access to separate men and women shower houses. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

The Expanding Light Restorative Yoga Teacher Training USA Program

This training starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It is ideal to arrive before 4 p.m., if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 p,m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 p.m. If you need to arrive here after 5 p.m, that will be fine, but please inform The Expanding Light Retreat in advance. Dinner can also be put aside for you if you need to arrive after 7 p.m. The program ends with lunch on the last day.

This program is for certified yoga teachers (200-hour), and requires a completed application and approval of instructor. If you are not a Level I Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training graduate, instructor permission is required.

In this hands-on training, you will explore the importance of knowing how to assist and adjust your students both carefully and efficiently. You will have the opportunity to assist and adjust real yoga clients who need individual assistance.

In this 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

How to sequence routines in a therapeutic way to enhance the well-being of the practitioner on all levels

How to work with a variety of props you will actually be using in real-life situations

Recognize your students as individuals

Restorative yoga can be time consuming and prop-intensive for instructors. In this hands-on training, you will explore the importance of knowing how to assist and adjust your students both carefully and efficiently. You will have the opportunity to:

Assist and adjust real yoga clients who need individual assistance

Observe the common complaints students may experience in restorative poses, and offer students alternate ways to practice more safely and comfortably

Learn modifications and variations needed for students with special conditions

Student-teach restorative poses that focus on releasing specific physical and mental tensions

Experience the depth

  • During the course, there will be time to:
  • Experience the poses to understand the use of props and proper alignment
  • Use the breath to invoke the relaxation response
  • Practice teaching one-on-one and in groups
  • Learn beginning to advanced restorative yoga poses

Heighten your teaching ability

  • Learn to guide students in energy awareness while teaching Ananda Yogas unique restorative routine for the Chakras
  • Use affirmations, visualizations, meditation, and music to deepen your own and your students practice

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices: 20-25 minutes energization exercises, 60 minutes yoga postures, 5 minutes chanting, 15-30 minutes meditation)
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (in silence, Monday-Saturday)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation (5 minutes chanting, 25 minutes meditation)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 16:45 - 18:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
  • 17:15 - 18:30 Lahiri Shrine meditation (alternative to regular sadhana)


Melody Hanson
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Restorative Yoga)
Melody has been living as a yoga teacher since she was very young. She became a certified teacher in Ananda Yoga and Meditation in 2006. One of the main instructors for the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program, Melody is registered at the highest level through Yoga Alliance, and she also teaches Restorative and Prenatal yoga. Melody is also a dancer who finds great joy in practicing the movement of yoga and guiding the beginner through advanced students into the stillness of meditation that follows yoga. Melody’s loving nature shines through her ability to take care of all of her.


The Expanding Light is located in Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, they are approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.


  • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
  • Sacramento - 2 hours

This Yoga Teacher Training is vegetarian-friendly

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Delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of the dishes contain eggs and dairy. The Expanding Light uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown fair trade coffee. They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Computer lounge and Wi-Fi

Guests are welcome to use the computer lounge in the main building; guests in deluxe room and most of the standard rooms can use Wi-Fi in their rooms if you bring your own computer.

Guest services lounge

The guest services lounge is a lovely room with a cozy fireplace located in the Gust Services Building. When not in use for a class, it is open until late at night for guests to use.

Lahiri Mandir

  • This is a small chapel on the path to Lotus Lake. A sacred space ideal for meditation, Lahiri is open all the time for quiet reflection and meditation.

Lotus Lake

This lovely lake is filled with water lilies and lotus flowers in summer. It is a beautiful area ideal for walks, where you can often see wild birds. A path around the lake includes outdoor altars to Ananda Yoga's line of masters.

Personal services

  • Personal services at The Expanding Light at additional cost, including spiritual counseling, private yoga sessions, and private yoga therapy sessions.

Serenity lounge

Serenity Lounge is a homey room located in the Serenity Building. When not in use for class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, yoga, meditation, watching videos, listening to music, or just socializing. Serenity lounge is also stocked with tea and coffee, and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric teapot for guest use.

The Temple

This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space in which they hold daily practice of yoga postures and meditation, as well classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and Hatha yoga.


  • You can take long walks on the beautiful 800 acres of forest and meadowland.

Spa treatments

Massage can be a wonderful, healing addition to your stay. All massage practitioners are Ananda members and work through the Center for Radiant Health. The center offers a variety of types of massage, as well as Ayurveda counseling, CranioSacral therapy, astrological readings, and more. They have a coin-operated washer and dryer available for guest use.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 19 hours restorative yoga teacher training
  • 37 hours for nursing CEU graduates
  • Credits toward 500-hour level 2 certification and level 1 of Ananda yoga therapy training
  • Daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • airport transfers (available at extra cost)
  • Extracurricular activities

How to get there

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take I-80 (E) towards Reno; go about 25 miles.
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (N) toward Grass Valley / Nevada City; go 38 miles.
  • Just past Nevada City, turn left at the "49 to Downieville" sign. Follow this road for 10.5 miles (watch your odometer). It's a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park); go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from Reno

  • Take I-80 (W) towards Sacramento - go 55 miles.
  • Take CA-20 (W) - go 27 miles.
  • Turn right on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville - go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from the northwest

  • Take I-5 (S) to Williams, California.
  • Take CA-20 (E) to Nevada City; go 77 miles.
  • Turn left on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville; go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park); go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Arrival by airplane

Flights should be booked to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Another option is Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) but it's less preferable. Transfers from and to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) are available on request. The Expanding Light Retreat can organize transfers for an extra price and based on availability. Please request this service from them once you have booked your plane tickets.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service from available cities to Colfax, approximately an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab.

Amtrak offers limited bus service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour away from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax or Auburn you will need to take a cab.

Arrival by train

Amtrak offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour away from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax or Auburn you will need to take a cab.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Wednesday May 30, 2018
Departure: Saturday June 2, 2018

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