The Yoga Development Course (YDC) this year, its 50th, was a great celebration of evolution—personal, group and Ashram!
For the teachers, we did a deep dive into the archives a few months prior to this YDC—studying and reflecting. How did it start? What has changed? What is the value in the original and what has been lost over the years that needs to come back? What needs updating? Where are the tight spots and can they be loosened? What is our ideal for the course? Spacious, independent, trusting the learners.
As we studied transcripts and course outlines, we saw our rich heritage. We each took a topic or two and reflected to gain our own experience. We came together as a group and recognized the brilliance of the design and also the need for movement. Similar to building the new Temple—the original was perfect but we needed to update for now. We invited in help to learn more about group dynamics, and we saw how the YDC is so aligned with these principles, and also how we could be more conscious and guide the group to set their own parameters.
Integration seemed key. How to integrate even more the elements of the course in what is so obviously a whole. As we worked together it was like weaving threads to create subtle shifts in the fabric.
And then we welcomed them in—a group of 21 diligent workers, deep thinkers, devotional aspirants.
Thank you for the journey! And thank you to Swami Radha for initiating this life-changing course 50 years ago. Here’s to another 50!