What is Ananda Yoga?

The word yoga means “union,” the harmonizing of body and mind with Spirit. Hatha Yoga, what is commonly thought of as yoga in the United States, is the physical branch of the vast and ancient science of yoga.

Yoga is rooted in thousands of years of exploration of how we can regain wholeness, or “union.”

Ananda Yoga is spiritual Hatha Yoga, based on the teachings of the yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi and one of the foremost proponents of yoga in the United States), and developed by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda.

Ananda Yoga returns yoga to its original spiritual essence: raising an individual’s level of awareness and aiding spiritual growth, in addition to benefiting the body and mind.

Using this more inward practice, combined with affirmations, you will experience an awakened harmony and well-being for a more joyful life.

Above all, Ananda Yoga helps to raise your level of consciousness by reinforcing the natural effects the yoga postures, harmonizing your body, mind, and soul.

Ananda Yoga includes:

  • Asana (yoga postures)
  • Pranayama (breathing and energy-control techniques)
  • Yogic meditation techniques
  • Applied yoga philosophy

What Is Ananda Yoga®  Practice Like?

Ananda Yoga® posture practice is gentle for beginning students, becoming more challenging with experience. It is inwardly directed – never aggressive or restlessly aerobic.

The primary emphases are:

  • Working directly with the body’s subtle energy via the yoga postures
  • Using the postures to raise your consciousness
  • Being relaxed at all times, even during the midst of effort
  • Safety and correct alignment
  • Adaptation – modifying each yoga posture to fit the needs and abilities of the practitioner rather than trying to force the practitioner into some “ideal” position

What Makes Ananda Yoga® Unique?

What makes Ananda Yoga unique is the focus on awareness of inner movements of energy and awakening consciousness. Two unique aspects of Ananda Yoga include:

Energization Exercises
The Energization Exercises are a series of 39 special energy-control techniques that Yogananda developed in order to help the practitioner increase, focus, and control the life-force.

Affirmations
Each yoga posture is paired with its own affirmation, which one practices silently while in the posture. The affirmation reinforces the posture’s natural effect, activating the power of the mind in support of one’s practice.

Ananda Yoga® Retreats

You will experience yoga’s original spiritual essence, and its many scientifically proven physical and psychological benefits.

Ananda Yoga is gentle, yet powerful in its healing impact. It’s an invaluable aid for deeper meditation and higher consciousness.

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

Beyond the Postures: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

January 19 - 21, 2018
Go beyond yoga as a purely physical practice, and experience its deeper essence. The practice of yoga asanas (postures) is one part of a broader system of Raja (“Royal”) Yoga, a comprehensive system of spiritual practice described by the sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. The word "yoga" comes from…

Awakening the Chakras: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

March 2 - 4, 2018
There is a growing awareness of the existence of subtle energy fields in and around our physical bodies. Imbalances in this energy field (or “astral body”) can manifest as physical or psychological disturbances or illness. The practices of yoga have a beneficial effect not only the physical body, but on…

Raising Your Energy: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

April 6 - 8, 2018
Pranayama is an important aspect of yoga practice that goes hand-in-hand with asanas. It is often taught simply as breathing exercises, but it has a deeper meaning. Prana is our life energy, or “life force.” Yama is the ability to control that life force. In Raja Yoga, pranayama is used…

Beyond the Postures: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

May 25 - 27, 2018
Go beyond yoga as a purely physical practice, and experience its deeper essence. The practice of yoga asanas (postures) is one part of a broader system of Raja (“Royal”) Yoga, a comprehensive system of spiritual practice described by the sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. The word "yoga" comes from…

Awakening the Chakras: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

July 20 - 22, 2018
There is a growing awareness of the existence of subtle energy fields in and around our physical bodies. Imbalances in this energy field (or “astral body”) can manifest as physical or psychological disturbances or illness. The practices of yoga have a beneficial effect not only the physical body, but on…

Raising Your Energy: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

August 17 - 19, 2018
Pranayama is an important aspect of yoga practice that goes hand-in-hand with asanas. It is often taught simply as breathing exercises, but it has a deeper meaning. Prana is our life energy, or “life force.” Yama is the ability to control that life force. In Raja Yoga, pranayama is used…

Beyond the Postures: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

September 21 - 23, 2018
Go beyond yoga as a purely physical practice, and experience its deeper essence. The practice of yoga asanas (postures) is one part of a broader system of Raja (“Royal”) Yoga, a comprehensive system of spiritual practice described by the sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. The word "yoga" comes from…

Awakening the Chakras: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

October 19 - 21, 2018
There is a growing awareness of the existence of subtle energy fields in and around our physical bodies. Imbalances in this energy field (or “astral body”) can manifest as physical or psychological disturbances or illness. The practices of yoga have a beneficial effect not only the physical body, but on…

Raising Your Energy: A Spiritual Yoga Retreat

With David Seybert and Miriam Rodgers

November 23 - 25, 2018
Pranayama is an important aspect of yoga practice that goes hand-in-hand with asanas. It is often taught simply as breathing exercises, but it has a deeper meaning. Prana is our life energy, or “life force.” Yama is the ability to control that life force.