Yoga Development Course (YDC)

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

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 »

YDC Before & After Portraits
During the Yoga Development Course (YDC), participants spend three months working on themselves. As someone who has both participated and taught in this course, I know that change occurs on multiple levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. As a photographer I was curious:... Read more »

The Camera Speaks
A new program addition to the YDC this year revealed the transformative power of the course in a unique way. The Ashram’s photographer-communicator Amy Allcock captured participants in before-and-after photographs that speak for themselves. Read more »

Partners Embrace the YDC
What happens when your partner decides to take the Yoga Development Course (YDC)? Sean Britt shares his recent experience when his wife, Nicole, came to the Ashram for three months. Read more »

Turning Symbols Upside Down
Life Seals, one of Swami Radha’s original self-development courses, is offered twice this year, May 8 and July 27. Clare Bateson describes how one of the 27 symbols she drew in her Life Seals course in the Yoga Development Course (YDC) started to come... Read more »

One Woman’s Journey to the YDC
Char Mustard of Peterborough, Ontario returned to Yasodhara Ashram this summer to start a one-year residency that includes Karma Yoga and participation for a second time in the Yoga Development Course (YDC). After my first YDC and teacher training, a … Read more » Read more »

Creativity After the YDC, Karen Pheasant
It has been nine years since my departure from the Yoga Development Course. Writing every day in the YDC instilled confidence in me as a First Nations, particularly as a first generation English speaker whose parents are residential school survivors. Read more »