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

Jun
23
Tue
4:30 pm One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jun 23 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 20 @ 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 »
Jul
9
Thu
4:30 pm 10 Day Yoga Journey @ Yasodhara Ashram
10 Day Yoga Journey @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jul 9 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 20 @ 10:30 am
10 Day Yoga Journey @ Yasodhara Ashram
May 14 – 25, July 9 – 20, Aug 13 – 24, Oct 15 – 26 Previously known as 10 Days of Yoga Reflect Reconnect Renew Heal your mind and body Develop an authentic yoga practice Access your inner wisdom … Read more »
Jul
10
Fri
4:30 pm Searching for Silence @ Yasodhara Ashram
Searching for Silence @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jul 10 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 13 @ 10:30 am
Searching for Silence @ Yasodhara Ashram
July 10 – 13 The massive bombardment of our senses from modern technology can drive us away from the true source of power and energy within. This retreat can help uncover your sense of inner knowing. Through times of silence … Read more »
Jul
11
Sat
10:00 am Taste of the Ashram – Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jul 11 @ 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 ... @ Yasodhara Ashram
Taste of the Ashram – Overnight ... @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – Jul 12 @ 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 »
Jul
17
Fri
4:30 pm Kundalini & Dream Yoga Teacher C... @ Yasodhara Ashram
Kundalini & Dream Yoga Teacher C... @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jul 17 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 1 @ 10:30 am
Kundalini & Dream Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram
This intensive two-week teacher certification program is based on a foundation of self-inquiry and experiential learning/teaching. Using the questions and practices in Kundalini Yoga for the West, you will study the potential of each level of consciousness, then teach in … Read more »