Ananda Scotts Valley ~ Meditation and Yoga Center
Recently Awarded “Favorite Yoga Center” by The Scotts Valley Banner
Ananda Yoga Center of Scotts Valley, located near Santa Cruz and the beautiful Monterey Bay, provides a welcoming atmosphere for your spiritual life. Our yoga and meditation classes help you to live in more joy, peace, and harmony.
Ananda, Sanskrit for divine joy, is a spiritual path based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda Scotts Valley is part of a worldwide network of spiritual communities dedicated to the search for Ananda, called Ananda Sangha. Ananda Sangha was founded by Swami Kriyananda in 1968, there are now more than 125 Ananda Meditation groups in 19 countries, as well as spiritual communities in India, Italy and the United States.
Ananda Yoga, or Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness, is a system of Hatha Yoga based on Kriya Yoga teachings. Ananda Yoga emphasizes inner awareness, energy control, and the experience of each asana as a natural expression of a higher state of consciousness, enhanced by the use of affirmations. The result: a calm, compassionate heart, inner strength, and a disciplined personal character.
Ananda Yoga brings health, strength, flexibility and is an ideal preparation for meditation.
Our fully-accredited teachers represent many years spent practicing Hatha yoga. We offer a full schedule of yoga postures classes for beginners and advanced students. Drop-ins are welcome. Private lessons are available.
True meditation is a way to commune with the Divine within. To touch this deep, inward place, it’s invaluable to learn in a calm and focused environment such as Ananda Scotts Valley.
We offer a practical, in-depth approach to meditation brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda. These techniques take you beyond relaxation to a profound connection with your own higher Self.
Meditation is followed by service from 10:30am-12:00pm. Service includes devotional chanting, spiritual readings and a talk by our Spiritual Director, Doug Andrews, as well as guest speakers.