9 Days Bridge to Ananda Yoga Therapy Training in Nevada City, USA

Ananda Yoga Training for Teachers Retreat California

Welcome Certified Yoga Teachers! Offered by the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation, The Expanding Light Retreat welcomes yoga teachers of all traditions. Ananda Yoga uses several techniques in addition to the asanas to raise one’s level of energy and awareness so that body, mind, and soul are harmonized. This practice has proven itself to be a practical and effective way to grow spiritually. Yoga can and should help people to feel healthier, uplifted, and ultimately happier. Thank you for choosing to serve the world in this way! This program gives you the opportunity to not only get your level two YTT certification with Yoga Alliance, but you will be eligible to embark on the path to become a certified Ananda Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)!


  • Daily Ananda yoga postures
  • Meditation and pranayama techniques
  • Energization exercises and workshops
  • Purification ceremony and Sunday service
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Sacramento International Airport (US$85 per person)

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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 room

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 Yoga Retreat in California Program

Bridge your skills

While some paths focus primarily on asana alignment, safety, and calisthenics, Ananda Yoga uses several techniques in addition to the asanas to raise ones level of energy and awareness so that body, mind, and soul are harmonized. Ananda Yoga has proven itself to be a practical and effective way to grow spiritually. Ananda Yoga practices include:

  • Asana affirmations
  • Asana modifications to suit individual needs
  • Energization exercises developed by Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Pranayama techniques
  • Meditation techniques
  • Yoga philosophy and study
  • Therapeutic yoga (training in level 1 and 2)

Transfer to Ananda Yoga

Yoga teachers of other styles and paths often want to transfer into Anandas level 2 yoga teacher training or YTX / yoga therapy training after they have experienced the gentle power of Ananda Yoga. If you are a Yoga Alliance RYT (registered yoga teacher), you may transfer into these programs once you have completed Bridge to Ananda Yoga, which will give you a strong foundation in the practice and teaching of Ananda Yoga. Bridge to Ananda Yoga consists of the first 8 days of a Level 1 Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (Sunday evening through Monday morning of the eighth day), during which you will also enjoy several special classes designed specifically for Bridge students.

In addition to attending the Bridge classes, you will have five at-home assignments. The assignment involves preparing a class plan for another Ananda style yoga class that you will teach at home. This class plan then gets reviewed with other Bridge students and the main Bridge instructor, Mangala. Once you have received feedback on your plan, then you will teach it, write up your self-assessment of how it went, then participate in a conference call to discuss your experience.

Sample schedule

  • 09:30 - 12:30 Forward bends, standing poses
  • 13:30 Energization workshop
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Yoga lifestyle
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Meditation: The central technique of yoga
  • 19:30 - 21:00 The yogic science of affirmation requirements


Nayaswami Mangala
Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice. She holds a master in nursing and has won awards as nurse practitioner of the year in 1982, and for outstanding achievement in teaching when she was a lecturer at The University of Washington School of Nursing in 1987.
Maitri Jones
Maitri’s name means “friend” in Sanskrit and well describes her kind and supportive nature. She is a calm, high-energy person who approaches her many interests with enthusiasm and talent. Maitri was drawn to doing yoga postures and living a yogic lifestyle in the early 70’s. A certified meditation teacher, yoga teacher and AIYT certified yoga therapy teacher. Maitri's special interest is yoga therapy for body, mind and spirit. With another nurse, Maitri created the successful MS study at The Expanding Light, for which she created a video of energization exercises and yoga postures for MS.
Badri Matlock
Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Badri Matlock is a dynamic young teacher and program leader. His dedicated practice of yoga and meditation began at age 17, and he has lived and taught at Ananda since 2009. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State Long Beach. Badri serves as director of the level one Ananda Yoga Teacher Training. While dedication to the spiritual life is his greatest passion, he loves family, community, music, surfing, and sports. He is known for his energetic presence and his love of service and having fun. He lives at Ananda Village with his wife, and two children.


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


Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. We offer vegan and gluten free options. The Expanding Light Retreat uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including certified organic produce from Ananda Village, and organically grown Fair Trade coffee offered at breakfast. There are a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day. There is a small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House Lounge and a full size refrigerator outside the kitchen available for storing special foods guests might need during their stay. There is a market in Ananda Village if you would like to buy special items. Meals are taken in the dining room with other guests and staff. You may choose to visit with and enjoy the company of others or find a quiet spot to enjoy your meal with yourself.

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)

  • Astrology consultations
  • Body and energy work
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Massage
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens
  • Walk the pristine 700 acres of Ananda Village

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

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Ananda yoga teaching lessons and practices
  • Daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Spa treatments
  • Transportation to and from the Expanding Light Retreat.

How to get there

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take I-80 (East) towards Reno, go about 25 miles.
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (North) 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 five miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from Reno

  • Take I-80 (West) towards Sacramento, go 55 miles.
  • Take CA-20 (West); go 27 miles.
  • Turn right on CA-49 (North) 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 (South) to Williams, California.
  • Take CA-20 (East) to Nevada City; go 77 miles.
  • Turn left on CA-49 (North) 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 bus

Greyhound bus offers service to Colfax. Amtrak bus offers bus service to Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour away from the Retreat.

Arrival by train

Amtrak offers train service to Colfax and Auburn.

Airport: Sacramento International Airport Airport transfer available: Sacramento International Airport (US$85 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 38% 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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