Yoga Development Course (YDC)

Here’s what previous Yoga Development Course (YDC) participants have to say about the course.

Staying Relevant in Today’s World: the Yoga Development Course
How does a three-month yoga course first offered 50 years ago stay relevant despite world changes in this half-century? In the late 1960s, Swami Radha would say that sometimes “the word yoga would draw blank stares.” Now it is unusual … Read more » Read more »

Yoga Development Course – Sandra
Yoga Development Course (YDC) participant Sandra Vandenhoff shares her of experience taking this transformative 3-month course. Read more »

The Symbol of a Talking Stick
Sandra Vandenhoff, an audiologist who wears a cochlear implant to assist with her hearing loss, reflects upon her time in the Yoga Development Course (YDC) using group microphones. She quickly learned how her technology became a positive symbol. Read more »

A Learning Journey of Reflection
Christopher J. Starr leapt from the 2017 Yoga Development Course (YDC) to enrolment in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Master's program at New York City's Columbia University - and he is amazed at how well he was prepared by his learning journey at the... Read more »

Father-Son Connections in the Yoga Development Course
Robert Fincati and Christopher Starr have a unique father-son bond from shared experiences of the Ashram and the three-month Yoga Development Course (YDC). Six-year-old Christopher lived here while Robert took his YDC in 1996. They spoke together while Robert visited Christopher mid-way through his... Read more »

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Surprises in the 48th Yoga Development Course
The 48th Yoga Development Course (YDC) began on January 9 with 23 participants from six countries. Leigh Cole from Toronto and Karin Shell from Whitehorse, who have known each other since they were teenagers, reflect on unexpectedly seeing each other in the course. Read more »

Musical Renewal Through YDC – Kathleen Wood
Kathleen Wood, a musician and teacher based in Ontario, first came to Yasodhara Ashram in November 2015 for a month of Karma Yoga and quickly decided to return for the 2016 Yoga Development Course. Post-YDC, she is now finding ways to continue integrating the... Read more »

Yoga Development Course 2016 Begins
A wonderful blend of twenty-one participants came together on January 8 to begin their three-month journey of self-inquiry through the Yoga Development Course (YDC). Our community of teachers and karma yogis welcomed them with words of encouragement and support. We listened to their inspiring... Read more »

Constructing a New Life After the YDC
Greg Shkuratoff returned to the Ashram in early January to mark the one-year anniversary of his entry into the 2015 Yoga Development Course (YDC). He reflects on the changes it is making in his life. Read more »

Diving Deeply Within: The Yoga Development Course
Pictured here are six Yoga Development Course (YDC) 2015 graduates who took up our offer to stay on after the course. Karla Fuhr (front, right) speaks of her learning in the YDC and after. Read more »