About Ananda Dharma Yoga
We are “Dharma Warriors” or those who stand for the true path of Yoga. At Ananda, we introduce our students to the authentic teachings of Yoga by providing them with an understanding and overview of a practice that promotes balance and connectedness with the highest state of the being (or Ananda). Our goal is to assist students with obtaining and maintaining this balance and awareness in their daily lives. Our style of teaching is Vajra Dharma. In this style of Yoga, we incorporate the four paths of Yoga: Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Karma Yoga.
Our teaching method is based on Advaita Vedanta ~the practice that leads us to liberation through the acquisition of vidya(knowledge) of the identity of Atman and Brahman. It emphasizes Jivanmukta, the idea that moksha (freedom, liberation) is achievable in this life. Through Yoga sutra education, pranayama, asana and meditation, our students are immersed in the comprehensive path of Yoga.
Aside from our weekly scheduled classes, we also offer specialized series classes. One series is a 7 week chakra intensive with our RYTs who are also Reiki Masters and Ayurvedic consultants. Each week, we will move through a chakra, learn its purpose, mudra, asanas and mantra, while we work with the color, crystals and essential oils/herbs associated with it. Each Yoga class will take us through a chakra, as we delve deeper into the healing principles of Yogic philosophy.
We also offer a 10 week Yama and Niyama class, as well as an 8 week moon phase series(and more). Our focus is more on consistent growth and healing with foundations in Yogic/Tantric teachings as well as Earth/Goddess/Shaman based beliefs regarding alignment and healing.
Ananda is a healing center, not a exclusively a Yoga studio, and so our approach is a little different. Aside from the Yoga classes mentioned above, we offer Reiki, Reiki certification, Hypnotherapy, Reflexology, Vedic/Metaphysical counseling, energy readings, Yoga teacher training, Yoga Alliance certified continuing education credits, and Shamanic education.
We’re not necessarily a “drop in” Yoga studio although everyone is welcome! We aren’t geared toward large classes but more so with making a large impact. We have our own focus, and are excited and determined to offer these ancient Eastern modalities in the Toledo area.
Additionally, our students are able to shop for Puja/ritual/practice based items right at the center, where our teachers/healers can offer them guidance, assistance and inspiration with choosing their tools for their Sadhana.
Things to know
We do cancel class if we do not have three online registrations two hours before the class. So, to insure your spot, we ask that you register for class online. We do accept drop-ins if we are already holding a class, but we cannot guarantee you a spot.
We ask that all students arrive 5-10 minutes prior to class. The entrance (located on Erie St.) will be unlocked 10 minutes prior to class and will be locked promptly at the start of class, as it is located in the Lofts on Adams (a shared entrance with residents).
Upon entering, there is an area to the right for shoes and coats. Please come in, remove your shoes and check in at the front desk. Kindly make payment prior to class. Please leave cell phones in car or turn off completely (and leave with your belongings). Phones are not permitted on the mat. Thank you for your understanding.
Street parking is available everywhere around Adams Street. Meters are free during most class times. There is a Kwik Park on Erie Street between Madison and Adams (less than half a block away) and numerous parking garages on nearby streets.
Email is the best way to get in contact with us and to ensure a prompt response. We check our email several times a day, and is the preferred means of communication. Our phone is a stationary number, and so we do not receive voicemails when we are away from the center. Email can be accessed at all hours. Thank you!