Namaste

Welcome to Yasodhara Ashram, a yoga retreat and study centre set in the beautiful mountains of southeastern British Columbia. We invite people of all ages and backgrounds to visit us and discover the promise of yoga! Learn more

  • The Practice of Presence and Prayer

    Swami Satyananda offers a reflection on coming back to centre for this busy season. In the sacred dance tradition of the East, there is a simple movement which happens at the beginning and end of a prayer dance.  It is called Bhumi Pranam – an expression of gratitude to Mother Earth for letting us dance on Her.  It is an invitation to remember what is sacred, in whatever way is meaningful for us. For me, this prayer movement has many layers of meaning.  It is about remembering and acknowledging my relationship with the Earth.  It reminds me about the importance of caring and consideration of others – and that everyday I have the opportunity to practice this. The movements and prayer bring me into the present moment, reminding me that the practice of Yoga is about awareness – awareness of what’s happening in both my inner and outer environments.  Awareness of the consequences of my actions.  Awareness that each of us is an example for other – our friends, families, communities – and the tremendous responsibility that comes with this. There are times when I get busy and caught up in the dance of life and forget about my intentions to bring awareness into my choices.  A simple practice like Bhumi Pranam or breath or standing still in Tadasana (the Mountain) brings me into the present moment and back to myself.  I remember my intentions, my purpose and my relationship with the power that created me in the first place. The last position of Bhumi Pranam are the hands in Namaste—a simple prayer position which is in many traditions.  This gesture acknowledges both the divinity within oneself and within others – the Divine in me acknowledges & recognizes the Divine in you.  There is a recognition of oneness, of unity in this gesture – which is the meaning and purpose of Yoga. You can view Swami Lalitananda doing Bhumi Pranam at the beginning of her instructional video of the Divine Mother Prayer Dance.

Upcoming Events

Jan
7
Tue
4:30 pm One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Jan 7 @ 4:30 pm – Feb 3 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way! The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses … Read more »
Jan
8
Wed
4:30 pm Yoga Development Course
Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 10:30 am
Yoga Development Course @ Yasodhara Ashram
The Yoga Development Course (YDC) offers three months of yoga in the deepest sense of the word, as a path to Liberation. Come and expand your understanding. Heal. Give yourself the spiritual nourishment you need. Challenge yourself to evolve. This … Read more »
Feb
4
Tue
4:30 pm One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Feb 4 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 2 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way! The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses … Read more »
Feb
8
Sat
10:00 am Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram
Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light. Schedule 10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store. 11:15 … Read more »
10:00 am Taste of the Ashram – Overnight ...
Taste of the Ashram – Overnight ...
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – Feb 9 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram
Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation … Read more »
Mar
3
Tue
4:30 pm One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 30 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way! The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses … Read more »