Ananda Yoga Includes:

* Asanas (classic yoga postures)image
* Pranayama (traditional raja yoga breathing and energy-control techniques)
* Effective meditation & centering techniques, including affirmations
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Spirituality (nondenominational)

Ananda Yoga bestows physical strength, relaxation, inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individual approach makes Ananda Yoga inwardly directed toward self-awareness and inner joy. Additionally Ananda Yoga is gentle for beginning students and becomes gradually more challenging as the student gains experience and chooses to expand his or her boundaries. Because of this Ananda Yoga is not competitive or forced.

Murali Venkatrao, Director of Yoga Teacher Training on "What is Ananda Yoga"

 

Ananda Yoga classes emphasize:

* Safety and correct alignment
* Relaxation, even during effort
* Working with the body’s energy for harmony and balance
* Using the postures to refine self-awareness and experience inner peace and joy
* Modifying each yoga posture to fit the needs of each student

What Makes Ananda Yoga Unique?

* Energization Exercises– The Energization Exercises were developed by Paramhansa Yogananda. Their effect is both immediate and long-term, for their purpose is to increase the amount of vitality and energy drawn into the body by concentration and will power, sensitively applied. Their benefits are numerous and include enhanced health, accelerated healing, emotional balance, concentration and self-control, positive attitude, and will power. They serve as excellent warm-ups for hatha yoga and for meditation.
* Affirmations– Each yoga posture is paired with its own affirmation, which one practices silently while in the posture. The affirmation is designed to reinforce the posture’s natural effect on one’s state of consciousness, bringing the mind actively and directly into one’s practice.

 

What is the lineage and history of Ananda Yoga?

Ananda Yoga is an expression of the Raja and Kriya Yoga precepts of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home permanently in the West. (He became a U.S. citizen in the 1930s.) Ananda Yoga arose from his training of close disciples and was later developed from that training into its current form by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda, and by those yoga teachers whom Kriyananda commissioned to do so.

 

Benefits:

Ananda Yoga bestows physical strength, relaxation, inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individual approach makes Ananda Yoga inwardly directed toward self-awareness and inner joy. Additionally Ananda Yoga is gentle for beginning students and becomes gradually more challenging as the student gains experience and chooses to expand his or her boundaries. Because of this Ananda Yoga is not competitive or forced. 

Our Yoga Teachers

  • Murali Venkatrao

    Murali Venkatrao was born in India and lives in the Seattle area. Murali is the director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program. He teaches the Hatha Yoga Intensive, offers and coordinates the Yogasana workshop series, assists with the Raja Yoga Intensive, and offers other classes such as the Hindu Way of Awakening.

  • Michelle David

    Michelle David teaches the Hatha Yoga Intensive, plus ongoing Ananda Yoga Classes, specialty yoga workshops such as the Yogasana series, and the popular Superconscious Living course. She is an experienced meditation teacher and assists with the Raja Yoga Intensive as well. As a sideline, Michelle is the building and planning coordinator for the Temple facility.

  • Sabrina Hamilton

    Sabrina received her yoga teacher certificate in February 2017, and not a week after becoming certified, boarded a plane with many other Ananda yogis and took Pilgrimage throughout India for three weeks, deepening her practice of yoga and self realization in new ways while abroad, Sabrina is very motivated and passionate about sharing her joy and love for yoga with the world. Let’s do yoga!

  • Heidi Marks

    Heidi Marks was drawn to yoga, not just as a practice for physical rejuvenation and wellness, but as a vehicle to better understand how consciousness interacts with the physical world.  Her motivation as a yoga teacher is to support students in their journey toward stress reduction, increased ease of movement, better health for happier ageing, and spiritual growth. Heidi is continuing her studies toward the 500-level, including advanced training in teaching meditation and pranayama, and she is totally intrigued by the power of mudras. In addition to being a yogi, she has degrees in chemistry and environmental design, is a food safety professional, a WA state registered Reflexologist, artist, and is a publisher of body|mind|spirit books.  Heidi reports that studying the philosophy and practice of yoga at Ananda has provided her with a greater sense of calmness, balance and ability to hold non-attachment – she hopes that you will join her on that path, Friday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Yoga Hall (except 2nd Fridays).

  • Christina Riegel

    Christina discovered yoga a couple of years after moving to Seattle in 1998.  After almost 16 years of trying different yoga styles, and always feeling like something was missing, she finally found her yogic home at Ananda.  The yoga community at Ananda a living example of what yoga is all about.  Christina finds inspiration through Ananda Yoga’s firm roots in the ancient art and science of yoga.  Now a certified Ananda Yoga teacher, Christina is honored to guide students to experience for themselves the amazing benefits of yoga for the body, mind, and spirit. 

  • Hailey Abby

    Hailey and her husband Zach manage the Ananda Farm on Camano Island. They also teach Raja Yoga at the Bothell Meditation Temple. Hailey also teaches yoga at the Bothell Meditation Temple.

  • Bhakti Breckenridge

    Bhakti is a certified Ananda Yoga Teacher. She teaches at the Bothell Yoga Hall and she also teaches yoga to the children at Living Wisdom School. She and her husband Bhima teach our premier course, Raja Yoga, at East West twice a year. They also lead the Ananda kirtan group. Ananda generally has a kirtan (spiritual chanting) on the 4th Saturday of each month. 

  • Lynne Steele

    Lynne Steele has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher and certified Ananda Meditation Teacher. Her energetic, enthusiastic and caring approach helps beginning and experienced yoga students find their own personal expressions of joy, harmony and balance in body, mind and spirit. Lynne leads classes at the Ananda Meditation Temple and at other locations in the Seattle area.Lynne lives in Bothell with her husband and 3 large dogs, who constantly remind her how to live with love and ever-new jo

  • Samara Spitzer

    Samara Spitzer is an Ananda Yoga Teacher with a keen interest in serving through teaching. She says that, on a personal level, teaching Ananda Yoga has supported her growth to live positively, go with the flow of how things happen naturally, listen inwardly, and live with gratitude for the grace within and all around her. Born into the Jewish faith, Samara grew up in Washington and speaks highly of her family life. She studied anthropology and Buddhist psychology, and has lived in places like Israel, Santa Fe NM, Boston, and Boulder, before finding that what she needed was right here in Washington! She has experience working within different businesses is also a certified Nia and Zumba instructor, reporting that both yoga and dancing, each in their own unique way, connect her to her spirit. Besides teaching yoga at Ananda Temple, she also finds joy in teaching at correctional facilities with Yoga Behind Bars. These days, Samara is instrumental in taking care of day to day operations at the Ananda office and blends her nature of friendship to all, with things like office management, graphics, marketing and “whatever else is needed”

  • Suzi Wright

    Suzi Wright is a C-IAYT Ananda Yoga Therapist (Certified International Association of Yoga Therapists) and E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance Experienced Yoga Teacher). She teaches Yogasana workshops and substitutes at the Institute of Living Yoga in Bothell in addition to owning and teaching at Yoga Sunshine (http://www.yogasunshine.org/). She loves the healing power of yoga and works privately with students to develop personal healing plans. She has worked with clients with various needs, including stroke recovery, cancer treatment support, living with severe spinal cord injury, recovery from knee surgery, working through insomnia, healing IBS, diabetes, finding balance with bi-polar disorder, shifting reactions with PTSD, among others. Suzi also carries certifications as a Meditation Instructor and Restorative Yoga Teacher.

  • Valentin Razmov

    Valentin Razmov: Originally from Bulgaria, Valentin moved to the US for graduate studies in computer science and engineering, and found his calling in teaching and coaching. Today, this inspiration to share and empower leads him to engage regularly with audiences in a variety of subjects and settings – software project development and leadership at the university level; chess (and analytical thinking) at both elementary school and online; yoga at East-West Bookshop; and occasional short meditations and yoga practices to college students of engineering. The results have been transformative to his students. Deeper insights about life and the interdependence of everything; wisdom from many spiritual traditions; and a calmer and more positive outlook even in the face of difficult challenges. A number of his students find ways to come back for more.

  • Shaefeather Windsong

    Shaefeather Windsong is a certified Ananda yoga instructor, certified group fitness instructor and reiki practitioner. Shae says, “I want to share, teach and inspire others in ways that would help people on their journey and help myself at the same time. Over the years my practice evolved into yoga teaching, fitness teaching and reiki healing. If I had to describe my teaching style, it would be a flow of positive energy, smiles and cheerful instruction.” Learn more about Shae at www.windsongwellnessandyoga.com/.

  • Lori Gail

    Lorie Gail specializes in gentle and restorative yoga. She is a Certified Level One Ananda Yoga Therapist, Ananda Meditation teacher, and has completed Relax and Renew training with Judith Hansen Lasater, Integrative Restoration – iRest Level I Yoga Nidra training with Richard Miller, and Mind Body Solutions Opening/Adapting Yoga for Disabilities training with Matthew Sanford. One of her greatest joys is helping others find peace and joy through yoga.

  • Gaby Selden

    Gaby Selden teaches the Thursday night Yoga class at Ananda, with the addition of her Himalayan Tibetan singing bowls, which she says aids in deepening the students’ practice.

    Gaby was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She visited the US, liked what she saw, and took a chance and moved here. She met her husband while working at Microsoft. They have 2 young children, and lots of extended family. They enjoy cooking together, outings in nature, and road trips.

    Gaby says that yoga brought remarkable results in her young son, in terms of calming and managing his behavior. She was inspired to study it herself, and learned about Ananda Yoga through East West Bookshop. Soon, she graduated from the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program. Outside of Ananda, she currently teaches adults, and seniors, with some classes taught in Spanish.

    Of Ananda Yoga, she shares that it helps to integrate energy on all levels, physically, spiritually and emotionally, giving one the feeling of being connected as a whole being. For herself, she cites qualities of strength, patience and calmness.

    For her students, it gives her joy to see the students more joyful, calm, and less stressful. As a teacher, she feels to help people let go, awaken the energy of their bodies to connect on a deeper level, to stop and feel their natures of happiness and enjoying the moment, with humor along the way. Her advice: go to the class that resonates, and go with open heart and open mind.

    Gaby has also graduated from Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training Program, and appreciates how meditation and yoga complement one another.

  • Michelle Phua

    Michelle Phua fell in love with yoga in 1997 when she took a pre-natal yoga class when pregnant with her oldest child. She has practiced many styles of yoga over the years, but has a special love for Ananda Yoga. She discovered Ananda Yoga during a particularly challenging period in her life and found that her practice helped her to find strength, equanimity, and even joy throughout the difficulties. Ananda Yoga has been such a gift to Michelle that she feels a great deal of joy sharing the blessings of this practice with others. Enjoy Michelle’s class at 10:30am on Tuesdays at the Yoga Hall.

  • Sandhya Banda

    Sandhya Banda began her yoga training in India at a very young age. She is now a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. A lawyer by profession, she finds that the practices of Hatha Yoga and meditation anchor, balance, and help her navigate the challenges that life poses on a daily basis. She is grateful for the invaluable teachings of ancient wisdom and is thankful for inspiring guidance from teachers in the West as well as the East. Sandhya is motivated by the self-empowering transformation that can happen through the practice of Yoga and cherishes the opportunity to share and learn through teaching yoga.

  • Nancy Callan

    Nancy Callan discovered hatha yoga through pre-natal yoga classes when pregnant with her first child. Later, after experiencing the joy and benefits of Ananda Yoga, she went on to complete her teacher training through the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga. She is inspired to help others use the practice of asana (yoga poses) to develop not only flexibility, strength and wellness but also an awareness of the connection of the physical body to inner qualities such as peace, calmness and joy.

  • Heidi MacBeth

    Heidi MacBeth first started teaching yoga and now teaches meditation classes as well. She has a long history of practicing yoga and says she was ‘immediately hooked’. She says that being a teacher helps her dive deeper into the teachings of Yogananda and the yogic way of life, and that “… you always learn from the students!”

    Her advice to people interested in yoga and meditation is to definitely give it a try, because, when you make a genuine effort, the practices have the ability to bring your life into balance on all levels, such as helping to bring physical and emotional healing, reducing stress, and giving a more harmonious look on life and the world. “It can bring more happiness into your life!”

    Heidi was born and raised in Finland, and moved to America after meeting her husband, Garth. Heidi enjoys reading, and with Garth, taking long walks while soaking in the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

    When not teaching, you can find Heidi in the office at Ananda Temple, working with student registration for programs like Raja Yoga and Meditation and Yoga Teacher Training. She has also been a part of Ananda’s foreign rights book publishing work. She says she likes helping with the ‘behind the scenes’ tasks, and you can often find her designing our many flyers and mailings.