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Aug
17
Fri
A Weekend of Devotional Dance
Aug 17 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm
A Weekend of Devotional Dance @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 17-19

Experience the joy of devotion through the graceful and powerful movements of sacred dance. Explore how devotion can be directed through the rhythms and gestures of Indian dance and how to bring this joy into your life while asking—what are you devoted to? What do you want to cultivate within yourself?

The Ashram is delighted to welcome back Anusha Fernando, artistic director of Vancouver’s Shakti Dance along with Ashram dance teacher, Swami Yasodananda, for this inspiring weekend of devotional dance and reflection. Anusha has studied Bharata Natyam dance for over 25 years and received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the B.C. Arts Council. She will be offering a Saturday evening performance called “Devotions – a Repertoire of Bharata Natyam dance ” which will illuminate Bharata Natyam’s rich range of expression. Anusha will give an introductory Bharata Natyam dance class during the retreat, as well as classes for those who have experience with the Bharata Natyam tradition. Swami Yasodananda, will offer reflection classes, exploring how devotion can be directed through the rhythms and gestures of Indian dance.

Those new to the dance are welcome.

Cost: $490; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Anusha will also offer a 2-hour introductory workshop on this ancient classical dance of India on Sunday, August 19th, 10-noon. Cost: $50.00. Email info@yasodhara.org for more information and to register.

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Jul
12
Fri
Yoga is Dance, Dance is Yoga
Jul 12 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 14 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga is Dance, Dance is Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram
Experience the Transformative Power of Sacred Dance

Jul 12 – 14

Stay overnight after the program ends and have breakfast the next day at no extra cost.

In the eastern teachings the body is seen as a spiritual tool, a temple to the Most High. It is a way to be in touch with devotional feelings of the heart and to express these through a beautiful ancient language of movement.

Anusha Fernando, the artistic director of Shakti Dance in Vancouver, will be returning to the Ashram, along with members of her company, to be part of this special weekend devoted to sacred dance.  Swami Yasodananda from Spokane Yasodhara Yoga Center will be joining Anusha in offering dance sessions through the weekend.

While at the Ashram, Anusha will offer an evening of Bharata Natyam dance called “Refuge—Finding our True Home”. The pieces are an expression of two central themes in Bharata Natyam’s repertoire: our longing to become intimate with our true nature and the importance of appreciating the ground on which we stand. The performance will be Sunday evening in the Ashram’s beautiful Temple of Light.

No dance experience necessary.
Fee includes Bharata Natyam performance in the Temple of Light with Anusha Fernando

Cost: $350; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang. After the program ends, stay overnight and have breakfast the next day at no extra cost.

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Aug
21
Fri
Journey Into The Bharata Natyam Dance Tradition
Aug 21 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 10:30 am
Journey Into The Bharata Natyam Dance Tradition @ Yasodhara Ashram
Experience the Transformative Power of Sacred Dance

Aug 21 – 27

Join artistic director Anusha Fernando of Shakti Dance Vancouver who will be leading an intensive journey into the traditional dance form of Bharata Natyam. This beloved classical form of dance from Southern India is characterized by humility, discipline, grace and rigorous technique. Over the course of the retreat we will juxtapose stilless with movement and explore energy, expression and devotion.

In the Eastern Teachings the body is seen as a spiritual tool, a way to be in touch with devotional feelings of the heart. It gives a way to express these through a beautiful ancient language of dance and storytelling.

Due to the intensive nature of this course, it will be open only to those with Bharata Natyam experience or anyone with Indian dance background.

There will be an open workshop on Saturday, August 22nd for dancers of all abilities. This will be followed by an inspirational evening of Bharata Natyam dance offerings in the Temple of Light.

Cost: $TBD; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Registration opening soon.