Yoga Teacher Training – Level 1 (200 Hour)

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) is a transformative experience for anyone who wants to teach yoga or deepen their existing practice, or both. For those willing to concentrate deeply on their personal practices and to commit to the intensive study, the fruits are boundless.

Never in my wildest dreams did I know the multitude of ways that AYTT would help me, guide, touch me….so exquisitely beautiful.”  – D.P., Redmond

Ananda yoga encompasses the physical, energetic, mental/emotional and spiritual aspects of the practice of yoga. You will learn the classic Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) with a focus on safe physical practice and the more subtle aspects such as breath and energy awareness. We will also study anatomy, individual modifications, teaching techniques, use of affirmations, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, Patajali’s 8-Fold path, yoga sutras, chakras, spiritual awakening, and much more! 


  • Offered live online classes – not pre-recorded (with in-person options as state/county regulation allow)
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified
  • An 18-week time frame allows you to absorb and integrate the material effectively
  • Classes are weekly on Thursday evenings and every other weekend


  • Asana Techniques
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Inner Experience of Asana
  • Assisting & Adjusting
  • Pranayama, Bandhas & Mudras
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Energization Exercises
  • Specialty Yoga
  • Raja Yoga, Yoga Philosophy & Astral Anatomy
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Sadhana Practicum

*See the course information packet download below for full details.


Ananda Yoga provides all the physical and mental benefits for which Hatha yoga is generally known, but it offers much more. By working sensitively with body and breath, we discover that the practice of the yoga postures (asanas) stimulates awareness of, and the ability to control, our vital Life Force (prana). The result is a greater sense of ease, well-being, connectedness, vitality, and inner joy that work their way into our daily lives. Thus, yoga transcends the classroom and becomes a way of living.

This awakening of the subtle Life Force is the higher purpose of Ananda Yoga and of Hatha yoga, classically. Rather than focusing only on the physical energy, Ananda Yoga uses physical energy as a pathway inward, to awareness and control of prana. Control of prana is the source and the essence of health and well-being, and is also the outward manifestation of our higher, spiritual nature.

A yoga posture stimulates prana to move outward along certain pathways from its source in the spine. By deep focus on this movement of prana within the body, it is possible to then withdraw it back into and up the spine to the pre-frontal area of the brain (the point between the eyebrows) which is recognized both scientifically and in the yoga teachings since ancient times as the seat of higher, human functioning. Adding this inward and upward flow of energy to the practice of the postures enables one to experience the higher state of awareness that is the true purpose of each asana.

Practiced this way, every Hatha yoga technique – asanas, pranayama (control of prana), mudras (bodily symbols or attitudes) and bandhas (locks) – becomes a meditation in movement. Practicing an asana with this level of intention and mindfulness requires both an inward poise and outward strength. Mere physical strength is but brute force. Real strength is the ability to calmly and efficiently concentrate energy and will power upon the asana, without unnecessarily engaging muscles or strength not needed for the task at hand. This concept of “relaxation in the midst of effort” vastly enhances the physical benefits of Hatha yoga practice.


Program Cost of $3,515 Includes:

  • Tuition
  • Free Ananda Yoga drop-in classes during this course
  • Training Kit:
    • Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Manual
    • Supplemental handouts
    • Strap with buckle
    • (2) Large foam blocks (24”x12”x2”)
    • (1) Small foam block
    • Asana Flash Cards
  • Private guidance with an Ananda Yoga Teacher Trainer. An initial meeting will be arranged prior to the start of the program to discuss your personal practices (sadhana) and to provide you with any guidance you might need in order that you may begin the program with confidence in your own practices. Follow-up meetings can be arranged to provide further support. A mid-program meeting will be scheduled with each student.

Additional Costs:

  • Ananda Institute Application Fee $50
  • Required Text books


“Ananda Yoga covers aspects of yoga practice that were missing in my life.” – P.S., Seattle

“I enjoyed every aspect of this super-informative course. The anatomy section was just superb! A well-balanced format.” – M.D., Carnation

“I came to this program with a lot of information from all my years of yoga studies, but it was in bits and pieces. This program gave me a solid foundation and filled in all the gaps. It was an amazing process. I feel confident and ready to teach.” – D.D., Bothell

The breadth and depth of the program is amazing. It provided a wonderfully comprehensive foundation for what will be a life-long exploration and evolution of my personal practice as well as giving me the resources and confidence to be able to share the joy of yoga with others and teach them effectively. N.C., Bothell



Thursdays 6-9:15pm

  • – Jan 21 & 28
  • – Feb 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • – Mar 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • – Apr 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • – May 6, 13 & 20


Saturdays 9-10:30 am & 1-6 pm,  Sundays 1-6 pm

  • Weekend 1: Jan 16-17
  • – Weekend 2: Jan 30-31
  • – Weekend 3: Feb 13-14
  • – Weekend 4: Feb 27-28
  • – Weekend 5: Mar 13-14
  • – Weekend 6: Mar 27-28
  • – Weekend 7: Apr 10-11
  • – Weekend 8: Apr 24-25
  • – Weekend 9: May 8-9
  • – Weekend 10: May 15 (Saturday only)
  • – Weekend 11: May 22, 23 (Graduation!)


Email Michelle David at or call us at 425-806-3700


Payment plans are available.

A $500 deposit is required to secure your place in the program, after which you may schedule a private session for guidance on your practice and begin to take drop-in yoga classes for free.

Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2 (300 Hour)

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 is open to anyone who has graduated from a 200-level Yoga Teacher Training program. You can either be an active teacher or you might just want to delve deeper and learn advanced yogic practices. It is recommended that you have an active yoga practice, since we will be examining several advanced asanas (yoga postures), pranayamas (breathing exercises meant for energy control), mudras and bandhas (gestures and locks). If you are an RYT-200, but are new to Ananda Yoga, you should also take the Raja Intensive workshop. This is a 12 week workshop which introduces you to the basics of Ananda Yoga and Meditation.

If you have graduated from the 200 hour Ananda Yoga Teacher training, then Level 2 builds on that experience through advanced asanas, a deeper examination of Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, Ayurveda, and the core teachings of Hatha Yoga. If you are new to Ananda Yoga and your 200-level certification is from a different school, you will find the Ananda Yoga approach to be very inward, strong but calming, and with an equal emphasis on body, mind, and energy.

If you have any questions about your personal practice or how this program can serve you, please contact the Co-Director of Yoga Teacher Training, Michelle David, 425-806-3700.


Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 offers the complete set of courses required for getting your RYT-500 (Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level) certification from Yoga Alliance. To be eligible for certification you need to complete the Ananda Yoga Assistantship course at Expanding Light Retreat in Nevada City, CA and any four of these courses in Bothell, WA:

  1. Meditation Teacher Training
  2. Bhagavad Gita and Advanced Asanas
  3. Spiritual Counseling 
  4. Yoga Sutra and Advanced Asanas
  5. Advanced Pranayama

2021 dates are still in progress for Level 2 teacher training.  Call us for more information…425-806-3700

Meditation Teacher Training

6 Saturdays 9:30 am – 6 pm   – call or email us to inquire about next scheduled session


Meditation Teacher Training is an Ananda Teacher Training (AYYT) level 2 accredited course.

Whether you train to teach meditation, or simply to deepen your understanding and experience of meditation, this power-packed course is for you! This in-depth study of the stages of meditation, the techniques and attitudes for focusing the mind, relaxing the body and calming the emotions, will give you valuable tools to assist others with their meditation.

There are two core texts: “How to Meditate” by John Novak; and, “Awaken to Superconsciousness” by Swami Kriyananda. Students will also need the “Art and Science of Raja Yoga” but that comes with the prerequisite foundation course, Raja Yoga Intensive discussed below.

Course Topics

This in-depth exploration of meditation includes practice and study of:

  • 3-phases of meditation: relaxation, concentration, and expansion of awareness
  • Core pranayams (breathing exercises), why and how to use them?
  • The power of creative visualizations
  • The effect and importance of chanting and mantra
  • Art and science of observing the breath
  • How to shift from “doing” to “being” in meditation
  • What is the most important aspect of meditation?
  • Fullness Meditation: mind, health, feeling and spirit
  • Eightfold path of meditation
  • Advanced techniques: where, when, how, and why?
  • Quieting the mind
  • Are beliefs necessary?
  • Meditation for all reasons: from health to heaven!
  • How to deal with the G-word?
  • Review and practice of floor sitting and chair sitting positions
  • Overcoming resistance, sleepiness, & other common challenges
  • Art of interpreting meditative experiences
  • How to awaken devotion?
  • Counseling students
  • Use of audio and visual aids in teaching
  • How to lead a guided meditation
  • Step by step meditation routines
  • Places to teach
  • Speaking techniques
  • How to speak from inspiration

Application Forms

Additional overview information:

To enroll or for more information contact Hriman McGilloway at 425-806-3700, or send us an email.

Prerequisites and Eligibility

To be eligible to take Meditation Teacher Training you must be practicing meditation on a regular basis for at least one year.

While most recognized meditation techniques are eligible, some of the training and discussions in the teacher training will focus on the breath awareness style taught by Ananda. In general however the topics are applicable to all core meditation styles.

The Meditation Teacher Training program requires completion of the Raja/Hatha Yoga Intensive before or during the teacher training courses.

Prior graduates of the Raja segment of the Raja Intensive may be eligible for a price adjustment according to the re-take policy in effect at time of enrolling in Meditation Teacher Training.

Students taking the raja segment for credit in the Institute for Meditation Teacher Training pay a one-time documentation fee of $25 in addition to the advertised raja segment tuition cost of $300.00, and the Institute application fee of $50. (It is not necessary to take the hatha segment for those enrolled only in Meditation Teacher Training.)

For more information on Raja Yoga, visit the Raja Yoga Intensive page.


Successful completion requires attendance at all sessions. Excused absences may be excepted on a case-by-case basis though we reserve the right to charge a small fee for our effort. Inquire if you have a schedule conflict. (This course is offered only once a year and thus make-up sessions are an impractical but possible solution.)  Class presentations of sample meditation classes are required.

Out of class commitments include reading of the texts, written homework, personal practice, auditing of (and reporting on) Ananda meditation classes. There is a written final exam. No admission after the first class.


Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway:

Hriman is the co-spiritual director, with his wife Padma, of Ananda in Washington State.