Jan
8
Tue
The Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 7:45 pm – Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm

The YDC is an intensive three-month program designed to give students an in-depth introduction to the major branches of yoga and a foundation in personal and spiritual development. The course is of lasting value not only to potential yoga teachers but also to all those who wish to deepen their yoga practice and make permanent changes in their approach to life.

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Mar
4
Mon
One-Month Karma Yoga Introduction Intake Day
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Service & Study Program is for those who are interested in experiencing life in a spiritual community, developing skills and studying yoga.

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini.

The Service & Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

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Young Adult Program Intake Day
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

ONE-MONTH KARMA YOGA INTRODUCTION

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dream and Kundalini.

The Service and Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

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Mar
29
Fri
Easter Weekend
Mar 29 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm
Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram | Kootenay Bay | British Columbia | Canada

Celebrate the coming of spring. A weekend of Karma Yoga, workshops and time to reflect on your own. Join us for the Garden Blessing, the opening of the garden for the coming season. As always, enjoy our traditional Easter egg hunt and a hike to Easter Rock.

Apr
1
Mon
One-Month Karma Yoga Introduction Intake Day
Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Service & Study Program is for those who are interested in experiencing life in a spiritual community, developing skills and studying yoga.

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini.

The Service & Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

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Young Adult Program Intake Day
Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ONE-MONTH KARMA YOGA INTRODUCTION

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dream and Kundalini.

The Service and Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

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Apr
9
Tue
Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm
Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram | Kootenay Bay | British Columbia | Canada

After completing the Yoga Development Course, the next step of our Teacher Training program is the Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification. In this course you will learn how to teach classical asanas and integrate spiritual practices into the classroom. The approach is experiential – learning through teaching in small groups. You are encouraged to teach from a sense of self-acceptance – listening to your own body and offering from your own experience.

Prerequisites:

This training builds on the foundation laid through the 700 hours of practice and instruction of the Yoga Development Course.

May
2
Thu
Society Annual General Meeting
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

We invite all members of Yasodhara Ashram Society, the Friends of Radha Foundation, and the Association for the Development of Human Potential to our AGM. Join us to reconnect with our community and be a part of things to come.

By Contribution; deposit $50

May
3
Fri
Life Seals®
May 3 @ 6:45 pm – May 5 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals® @ Yasodhara Ashram

In Life Seals® you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals® can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

Power Pack: Life Seals® and Straight Walk®
May 3 @ 6:45 pm – May 8 @ 5:30 pm

This special five-day program gives you the opportunity to gain perspective on your life through two of Swami Radha’s most powerful self-development workshops – Life Seals® and Straight Walk®.

Starting with Life Seals®, you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals® can open doors of awareness and help you understand yourself and your direction in life.

Taking your insights from Life Seals®, you enter the Straight Walk®. Swami Radha based this course upon an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness. The Straight Walk® includes several walking meditations practiced with observation and concentration. Steps are taken, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and gain a new perspective of your issues and choices. You observe both your emotional response and rational thinking to help you make decisions aligned with your ideals.

Integrated in the program is personal retreat time to review and synthesize your learning so that you can apply insights into your daily life.

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

May
6
Mon
One-Month Karma Yoga Introduction Intake Day
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Service & Study Program is for those who are interested in experiencing life in a spiritual community, developing skills and studying yoga.

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini.

The Service & Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

Read more »

Young Adult Program Intake Day
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ONE-MONTH KARMA YOGA INTRODUCTION

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dream and Kundalini.

The Service and Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

Read more »

May
10
Fri
Tools For Transformation Retreat
May 10 @ 6:45 pm – May 14 @ 5:30 pm

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

May
11
Sat
Sitar Concert – The Mishras
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sitar Concert - The Mishras @ Yasodhara Ashram

Sitar Concert Returns to The Temple of Divine Light!

The Mishras: Classical North Indian Ragas and Meditative Music with three generations of master musicians from Benares, an ancient spiritual centre of traditional music and Indian culture.

Tickets available at Nelson & District Credit Union – East Shore Branch and at the Yasodhara Ashram Bookstore, (250) 227-9224.

May
16
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
May 16 @ 6:45 pm – May 26 @ 5:30 pm

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

May
17
Fri
Calling to the Divine: Music & Consciousness, Sacred Dance & Mantra
May 17 @ 6:45 pm – May 22 @ 5:30 pm
Calling to the Divine: Music & Consciousness, Sacred Dance & Mantra @ Yasodhara Ashram

This five-day program taps into the devotional nature of the heart through music, sound and dance. Music & Consciousness is an original workshop developed by Swami Radha to awaken inner knowledge through the power of sound. Combining Music & Consciousness with mantra and sacred dance, this series offers a pathway to the Divine through creative expression.

In Music & Consciousness, you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop provides an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

The Mantra workshop will deepen your understanding of the effects of sound as you investigate your own voice through chanting. Mantras are words of power that are devotional by nature and can calm the emotions, improve concentration and promote healing. You will observe the effect of different mantras as well as the power of silence.

In the Sacred Dance workshop you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words — that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Together these workshops offer an experience of self-knowledge and Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion.

Recommended books:

The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Music & Consciousness
May 17 @ 6:45 pm – May 19 @ 5:30 pm
Music & Consciousness @ Yasodhara Ashram

Music has the power to heal, the power to awaken. In this workshop you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop is an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

Recommended book:

The Divine Light Invocation

May
24
Fri
Yoga of Healing Retreat
May 24 @ 6:45 pm – May 28 @ 5:30 pm

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Recommended book: The Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD: Relaxation

May
25
Sat
Dance Show – Anusha Fernando
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dance Show - Anusha Fernando @ Yasodhara Ashram

Anusha Fernando: A performer, teacher and Artistic Director of Shakti Dance Society, Anusha Fernando brings her understanding of Bharata Natyam Indian Classical dance’s depth of tradition and its potential for new creation to two solo Bharata Natyam performances, “Earth” and “Water”.

Tickets available at Nelson & District Credit Union – East Shore Branch and at the Yasodhara Ashram Bookstore, (250) 227-9224.

May
31
Fri
Self-Image
May 31 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

 

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Who Am I? Self-Image & Identification
May 31 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm

By exploring your self-image and questioning who you really are, you can peel away external layers and come closer to your essence. These two original workshops developed by Swami Radha are often a pivotal point for self-understanding when offered in the Yoga Development Course. In this five-day intensive you are given the opportunity to face yourself and to see yourself in a new way.

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

With your learning from the Self-Image workshop, you then deepen your investigation in the Identification workshop. The question, “Who are you?” opens the doors of inquiry and breaks limiting concepts. Swami Radha emphasized that many of our problems arise from wrong identification. If you are the body, what happens when your body dies? If you are the mind, do you change with each changing personality aspect? Who are you underneath the shifting personalities? The Divine Light Invocation is offered as a practice to support your identification with your inner Light and potential.

 

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Kundalini Yoga for the West

Jun
1
Sat
A Taste of the Ashram
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

To celebrate the Ashram’s 50th Anniversary, we are inviting guests to register for a short day program that gives a taste of this special community. Join us for a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds, including an overview of our environmental initiatives and gardens.

Dates: The first Saturday of each month – June through September

Schedule:

11-12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. Please come early to register at the bookstore where you will be directed to the classroom. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 – Enjoy an organic and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15-2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces.

Fee: 
$25/ adults
$10/ ages 6 – 18
Free for children 5 and under

All are invited to our evening satsang (devotional service) held at the Temple of Light between 8-9pm.

Jun
3
Mon
One-Month Karma Yoga Introduction Intake Day
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Service & Study Program is for those who are interested in experiencing life in a spiritual community, developing skills and studying yoga.

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini.

The Service & Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

Read more »

Young Adult Program Intake Day
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ONE-MONTH KARMA YOGA INTRODUCTION

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dream and Kundalini.

The Service and Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

Read more »

Jun
7
Fri
Tools For Transformation Retreat
Jun 7 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

 

Jun
9
Sun
Body as a Temple
Jun 9 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm
Sacred Dance, Hidden Language & Relaxation

Give yourself the time to honour and respect your body. In this program, you will listen to your body’s messages through the Hidden Language Hatha Yoga course – a method that Swami Radha pioneered to find the mystical meanings of the asanas; you will practice devotional movement through sacred dance as an expression of the heart; and you will absorb the healing and rejuvenating benefits of deep relaxation.

Hidden Language Hatha Yoga is a gentle and meditative style of Hatha Yoga that includes writing, visualization and mantra. Hidden Language reveals the profound interconnections of body, mind, speech and spirit. As you stretch your body, you can open your mind and expand your awareness of the sacred in yourself and in the world.

Taking your insights from Hidden Language, you move into Sacred Dance, where you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words, that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Go inward in Relaxation, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Using a guided relaxation practice, you will emerge renewed and full of Light.

Re-enter your life with these sustaining practices to nourish yourself and to respect your body as a divine messenger.

 

Recommended book: Hatha Yoga: the Hidden Language
Recommended CD: Relaxation

 

Hidden Language Hatha Yoga
Jun 9 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm
Hidden Language Hatha Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

The Hidden Language is a gentle and meditative style of Hatha Yoga that includes writing, visualization and mantra. Hidden Language reveals the profound interconnections of body, mind, speech and spirit. As you stretch your body, you can open your mind and expand your awareness of the sacred in yourself and in the world.

 

Recommended book: Hatha Yoga: the Hidden Language

 

Jun
14
Fri
Dream Yoga
Jun 14 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 16 @ 5:30 pm

Where do dreams come from? What messages do they hold? Dream Yoga is a powerful way to get in touch with your Higher Self. Learn Swami Radha’s step-by-step method to unlock the language of your unconscious. By working with the symbols and metaphors of your dreaming life, you can begin to understand how dreams can offer guidance and support in your waking life.

 

Recommended book: Realities of the Dreaming Mind

 

Key to the Unconscious: Dream Yoga and Straight Walk®
Jun 14 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 19 @ 5:30 pm

Learn to open the doors to your unconscious through the exploration of your personal symbolism. The Dream Yoga workshop, based on Swami Radha’s book, Realities of the Dreaming Mind, helps you open to the meaning of your dreams, which are a direct message from the unconscious mind. In Straight Walk® you work with the metaphor of walking toward your goal or toward an upcoming choice. The combination of Dreams and Straight Walk® encourages a deepening trust in a source within yourself that you can count on.

Where do dreams come from? What messages do they hold? Dream Yoga is a powerful way to get in touch with your Higher Self. Learn a step-by-step method to unlock the language of your unconscious. By working with the symbols and metaphors of your dreaming life, you can begin to understand how dreams can offer guidance and support in your waking life.

Taking your understanding of symbolism from your dream work, you enter the Straight Walk®. Swami Radha based this course upon an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness. You will work with a number of different walking meditations, practicing observation and concentration. Steps are taken, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and to gain perspective of your issues and choices. By observing both your emotional and your rational responses, you gain a more complete picture of your current situation and can make decisions from a balanced perspective.

Included in the program is time to gather your symbolic messages in order to apply your insights into your real life situation.

 

Recommended books:
Realities of the Dreaming Mind
The Divine Light Invocation

 

Jun
20
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Jun 20 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

 

Jun
21
Fri
Yoga of Light Retreat
Jun 21 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm

What better time to focus on the Light than on the magic of summer solstice?

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

Explore this powerful practice in-depth, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light. Learn how the Divine Light practice can be a positive, healing force in your life.

 

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation
Recommended CD: Guided Meditation

 

Jun
22
Sat
Strawberry Social
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for the 18th Annual Ashram Strawberry Social. There will be lots of strawberries, used book sale, music, and community!

For more information, please contact us.

Jun
28
Fri
Sufi Zikr
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sufi Zikr @ Yasodhara Ashram
A Sufi Zikr at the Ashram!

On Friday, June 28 from 7 – 9 pm, join us and participate in a Zikr offering with Kabir and Mirabai.

Zikr is a Sufi circle dance, a practice of “Divine Remembrance” that employs unified movement, rhythm, sound, breath, music, and sing of sacred phrases. It is a heart-centered moving meditation and all are welcome.

By Contribution

Jun
30
Sun
Calling to the Divine
Jun 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm
Music & Consciousness, Sacred Dance and Mantra

This five-day program taps into the devotional nature of the heart through music, sound and dance. Music & Consciousness is an original workshop developed by Swami Radha to awaken inner knowledge through the power of sound. Combining Music & Consciousness with mantra and sacred dance, this series offers a pathway to the Divine through creative expression.

In Music & Consciousness, you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop provides an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

The Mantra workshop will deepen your understanding of the effects of sound as you investigate your own voice through chanting. Mantras are words of power that are devotional by nature and can calm the emotions, improve concentration and promote healing. You will observe the effect of different mantras as well as the power of silence.

In the Sacred Dance workshop you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words — that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Together these workshops offer an experience of self-knowledge and Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Mantra Yoga
Jun 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm

The Mantra Yoga workshop will deepen your understanding of the effects of sound as you investigate your own voice through chanting. Mantras are words of power that are devotional by nature and can calm the emotions, improve concentration and promote healing. You will observe the effect of different mantras as well as the power of silence.

 

Recommended book: Mantras: Words of Power

Jul
2
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Introduction Intake Day
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Service & Study Program is for those who are interested in experiencing life in a spiritual community, developing skills and studying yoga.

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini.

The Service & Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

Read more »

Young Adult Program Intake Day
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ONE-MONTH KARMA YOGA INTRODUCTION

This is a live and work program, with a focus on the practice of Karma Yoga or selfless service. Participants are also introduced to the different forms of yoga that we practice here – including Mantra, Hatha, Dream and Kundalini.

The Service and Study program will give you an opportunity to experience life, yoga and work in a truly transformative way.

Read more »