Welcome to yoga classes at Dhyanyoga Centers
We welcome you! The Center is here to support your efforts to attain a state of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Turn your attention inward…
Life seems to be coming at us faster and harder, doesn’t it? We are constantly bombarded with external stimuli – the TV, the cellphone, the internet… It’s so easy to be pulled into the many dramas that bubble up on a daily basis, not to mention the unnerving chatter coming from our own minds!
Yoga is not about learning how to become a human pretzel. It IS about learning how to turn our focus inward and away from all of the drama so that we can finally, finally find a peaceful place to rest. It’s about releasing our tightly wound muscles and ligaments as well as our rigid thought patterns and fears a little bit at a time. It is about remembering how we were meant to breath – deeply, slowly, peacefully… And it’s about quieting the internal chatter so that we can gain some clarity and peace of mind.
Benefits of yoga
Improves quality of sleep
Heightens mind/body awareness
Enhances the quality of breathing
Helps to normalize blood pressure
Promotes clear thinking
Increases sense of well-being
Supports recovery from addictions
Rejuvenates the body
Reduces chronic pain
Helps in overcoming the effects of trauma
Quiets the mind
The Beauty of Yoga
The Sanskrit word, yoga, is derived from the root word, yuk, meaning to yoke or to join. Hence, the familiar meaning of yoga is union. The classical or traditional approach to yoga unites eight limbs or aspects. The first two limbs of yoga are the yamas and niyamas; these are the “shall nots” and “shalls” which form universal and individual practices of right living. Since children generally learn yamas and niyamas from their parents, many yoga studios begin their instruction with the third limb of yoga; the physical postures called asanas. Along with asanas, most students learn the fourth limb, pranayama, which is the practice of expanding and controlling the breath. Limb five is pratyahara, learning to control the senses; limb six is dharana, the practice of one-pointed concentration; and limb seven is dhyana, also known as meditation. With complete mastery of these aspects—behavior, body, breath and the mind—the practitioner finally reaches the eighth limb and the ultimate goal of yoga; the union known as samadhi or liberation.
Many students receive asana and pranayama instruction through the practice called Hatha Yoga. This practice is named for the union of the energies of the sun (Ha) and moon (Tha). The asanas taught in hatha yoga classes are based upon the resting poses of various beings in creation. These poses were revealed in ancient times to the seers in India, in their deepest states of meditation. They found that being in these poses brings comfort to the body and peace to the mind. Pranayama, the control of the breath, is an integral part of asana practice. The sun energy, Ha, flows on the right side of the body connected to the breath of the right nostril. The moon energy, Tha, flows on the left side through the breath of the left nostril. At the basic level, the practice of asana and pranayama impacts the physical body through stretches, pressure changes, expansion, and contraction, bringing balance in movement, in stillness, and in thought.
On a more subtle level, by balancing the sun and moon energies in the body, the energy flow is brought through the center of the body; the spine. This union results in an internal transformative energy of fire that burns away negativity, revealing a healthy, purified self that is able to give, receive, and be Love. When yoga is practiced at this deeper or more subtle level, the individual soul finds its own resting pose within the One from which we originate.
The practice of Yoga is a science. Whatever method a true teacher or instructor presents will definitely yield positive results. That is, with sound instruction and proper repetition, the practice of Yoga will strengthen the body and enhance the will of the mind. Good health, a strong pure body, and a positive determined mind are the best tools of life. One can then enjoy a fruitful long life and accomplish all goals.
The practice of Yoga leads the individual to become a true master of body and mind, not a slave to either. Through that mastery, we come to realize the answer to the eternal question, “Who am I?”
About Dhyanyoga Centers
Experience the gentle silence of inner space
Shri Anandi Ma has said, “Reach your own source. Know your Self, go within and find your internal truth.” The practice of yoga leads us to become true masters of body and mind, not a slave to either. And through that mastery, we come to realize the answer to the eternal question, Who am I?
About the Center
Dhyanyoga Centers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring you the purest form of yoga to help you go within and know yourself, reach your source, and ultimately find your internal truth. The Sanskrit word “dhyan” means meditation. Meditation and yoga are the foundation and focus of all that is offered at the Center.
We offer a serene and healing environment for the body, mind and spirit.
Yoga classes for the beginning and intermediate student integrate postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and yoga philosophy.
The Introduction to Meditation classes offer instruction in concentration, deep relaxation, healthy yogic breath, witness consciousness, being present in the moment, and exploring the nature of the self.
Our curriculum is often enriched by guest teachers specializing in the science of yoga, various healing modalities, healthy living, and creativity as a path to knowing the Self.
The Center hosts a variety workshops on such topics as:
The science of yoga
Yoga for healthy aging
Psychology & Spirituality series
Cooking for the sattvic soul
Ayurveda treatments and lifestyle
The Dhyanyoga Centers Kirtan Group, Suranand, offers free and blissful kirtan concerts on a regular basis. Please check the kirtan page for current schedule. The Center also has hosted such kirtan masters as Jai Uttal, Mangalananda, Bhagavan Das and Wah!.
For those seeking a deeper spiritual experience, Shri Anandi Ma, a meditation master of the ancient yogic lineage of Kundalini Maha Yoga, offers meditation programs, workshops and retreats when in residence. For more information about Anandi Ma and the lineage, visit the Dhyanyoga Centers main site.
The Center supports the local community through regular food drives for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano and discounted class fees for seniors and students.
Dhyanyoga Centers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Shri Anandi Ma
The successor to Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji, Shri Anandi Ma has picked up the torch to lead the teaching and discipleship of a new generation of Kundalini Maha Yoga practitioners.
Today, Anandi Ma travels extensively in India, the United States and Europe, conducting meditation programs and yoga retreats. She provides spiritual guidance and Shaktipat initiation to sincere seekers.
As part of her role as Dhyanyogi’s spiritual heir, Anandi Ma has also assumed the responsibility for continuing the humanitarian works begun during Dhyanyogi’s lifetime. These include operating a hospital, sponsoring eye surgery camps, and providing food for the poor. In all these works, she continues to spread the love and light of her lineage and of her beloved sadguru, Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji.
Visit Dhyanyoga Centers main website for more information about Anandi Ma and the lineage.
About this yoga lineage
Kundalini Maha Yoga
Kundalini Maha Yoga is an ancient spiritual science based on the principle that in every human being, there is a source of divine energy. The Sanskrit word for this energy is kundalini.
When the kundalini is dormant, we lead incomplete, unfulfilled lives. Our understanding of the universe is restricted, and we perceive and interpret everything according to our limited capacity. But when this energy is active, our progress on the path of spiritual evolution is accelerated. We move towards realizing inner peace and harmony and ultimately experience the sublime truth of unity in diversity – the fact that all life is one and is bound by that divine power called love.
The purpose of Kundalini Maha Yoga is to awaken this source of energy if it is dormant, or to boost its activity if it is already awakened. It is a direct method for spiritual evolution.
Visit Dhyanyoga Centers main website for more information about Anandi Ma and the lineage.
Restore and Renew
Antioch Center Class Information
Classes at the Center
Free use of yoga mats, props and blankets
Reverse osmosis water cooler
Price sections below are not currently applicable.
They are for in-person attendance when the Center is open.
At the Center
Drop-in $15 per class
New student special
Your first thirty consecutive days of unlimited yoga/meditation classes for $50
Thirty consecutive days of unlimited yoga/meditation classes for $95
Ninety consecutive days of unlimited yoga/meditation classes for $250
Valid for ten classes attended within ninety consecutive days. $120
Two-class series held the first two mondays of each month. $20
Discounts for Seniors (60+) and Teens
Drop-In rate – $12
Ten-Class Pass (valid for 90 days) – $99
These are the classes offered when the Center is open.
Yoga Level 1
The fundamentals of yoga are taught in this class, including basic postures (asanas), proper alignment, and coordination of breath and movement. Become more familiar with your body, increase strength, flexibility and balance, and learn to relax deeply. This class is for those with little or no experience with yoga as well as for students who seek to build a sturdy foundation for their yoga practice.
Yoga Level 1 – 2
Builds on the basics. More challenging asanas and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) are introduced. For those who want to deepen their yoga practice. Some prior yoga experience is suggested but not required.
A perfect introduction to the healing art of yoga. Gentle yoga postures and simple breathing techniques cultivate an inner experience of peace and balance.
Introduction to Meditation
A 2-class series that includes instruction in meditation, yogic breath, posture, relaxation, and mindfulness. For those who are seeking deeper levels of relaxation, peace of mind and a deeper understanding of and connection with their true nature.
Back to Basics
This beginner-friendly yoga class is all about gentle stretching and finding your own proper body alignment. Through guided movement connected with the breath, you will slowly release the tension of the day and ease the mind. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced student looking to get back to basics, come and enjoy this easy-going and powerful practice.
Office Hours and Contact
Office hours when the Center re-opens
Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday – Saturday 9:30am – noon
Closed on Sundays
For yoga store hours, see separate tab
Jan Handel, Center administrator
phone: (925) 779-9660
Map and Directions
3306 Contra Loma Blvd. Antioch, CA 94509
From 680 North
Take Hwy 4 East toward Pittsburg/Stockton · Take the L Street/Contra Loma exit in Antioch and turn right onto Contra Loma Blvd. Dhyanyoga Centers – Antioch is on the right, a couple of blocks beyond the Save Mart shopping center and across the street from St. Ignatious Church.
From Lone Tree Way in Antioch
Turn onto James Donlon Blvd (across from Sutter Delta Medical Center). Turn right onto Contra Loma Blvd. The Center is on your left, across from St. Ignatious Church. Click here for Google Map
Our skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate instructors are deeply committed to personal and spiritual growth. All are certified yoga instructors.
Jodi discovered the benefits of yoga over 10 years ago when she experienced near immediate relief from chronic neck and back pain. She obtained her RYT200 certificate and completed an 800-hr Yoga Therapy training program through the Niroga Institute. Jodi is passionate about sharing the healing benefits of yoga with all of her students and especially those dealing with chronic pain, injuries or other chronic conditions.
Debbie is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500) with 2100+ hours of teaching and 700+ hours of training. Her background is in Hatha Yoga, primarily in the Iyengar style. Debbie’s classes reflect her love of sharing yoga with others.
Janani has been practicing and teaching hatha yoga and pranayama for over 20 years and received initiation from her Master Teacher, Shri Anandi Ma, into the lineage of Kundalini Maha Yoga in 1991. Janani received private training and teaching certification in India from Yogacharya Kishoranandaji Sanchalit. She is a registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Jan has served as the administrator of Dhyanyoga Centers-Antioch since 2010 and as the Introduction to Meditation instructor since 2011. She has studied yoga and meditation with Shri Anandi Ma in the U.S. and in India since 1983 and has taught meditation to both staff and patients in mental health facilities and hospitals.
Cindy Lou Kelley
Cindy Lou fell in love with Yoga in fall 2007. She completed the Yoga Works 200-hour program in 2011, 300-hour program in 2013, and Yoga Tune Up certification in 2018. She has a passion for movement, movement education and self-care. She is a perpetual student and creates and environment for discovery and acceptance.
Wes is a Vinyasa Flow instructor. He focuses primarily on bridging the gap between breath, alignment, and awareness through movement. He aims to make the energy of the practice relevant both on and off the mat by introducing traditional yogic teachings with a modern twist. Wes has a deep understanding of the science of yoga and approaches his teaching with patience, compassion and humor. His classes tend to be challenging and fun.
Pam Deleone has been a yoga and meditation practitioner for many years. She studied at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts, where she received a 200+ hour teaching certification. Pam is dedicated to making yoga fun and easy to incorporate into daily life.
Our Center store is currently closed but you may still shop our online store
3369 Contra Loma Blvd.
(when the Center is open)
Monday – Thursday
9:30am – 6:00pm
9:30am – 4:30pm
- Yoga Supplies and clothing
- Meditation cushions and asans
- Backjacks & bolsters
- Incense and incense burners
- Books and DVD’s on many topics
- CD’s – Bhajans and Mantras
- Ayurvedic herbs, oils, teas, etc
- Spiritually-inspired jewelry
- Scarves and Shawls
- Wool throws and blankets
- Altar cloths, murtis and puja items
All proceeds go to support the spiritual and charitable works of Dhyanyoga Centers.
For new students | Welcome!
Studio Etiquette and Helpful Hints
Please remove your shoes before entering the building and place on one of the shoe racks.
Please arrive on time for class so as not to distract.
If this is your first class, plan to arrive fifteen minutes early for class to allow time to fill out a registration form, purchase your drop-in class or new student pass, and to settle in.
It is best not to eat a full meal within two hours of the start of class. A snack is fine.
Wear clothing that is comfortable and does not restrict range of motion. The center has spacious restrooms. There is plenty of room to change your clothes if you so desire.
Please silence your cell phone before class begins.
If you are pregnant, your instructor can provide guidance on safe and recommended postures.
You are welcome to use one of the Center’s yoga mats for class but it is ideal to bring your own mat.
It is recommended that women in their menstrual cycle avoid inverted postures. Your instructor may suggest alternative poses.