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

May
26
Tue
4:30 pm One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
May 26 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 22 @ 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 »
Jun
5
Fri
4:30 pm Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jun 5 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 8 @ 10:30 am
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram
June 5 – 8, Aug 14 – 17 Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition. Explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. What is … Read more »
Jun
6
Sat
4:30 pm Centered At The Edge @ Yasodhara Ashram
Centered At The Edge @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jun 6 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 13 @ 10:30 am
Centered At The Edge @ Yasodhara Ashram
June 6 – 13 It’s in that convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests. – Van Jones This special collaboration between the Yasodhara Ashram and System Change Educators, Centred … Read more »
Jun
12
Fri
4:30 pm Breath: Pathway to Peace @ Yasodhara Ashram
Breath: Pathway to Peace @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jun 12 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 15 @ 10:30 am
Breath: Pathway to Peace @ Yasodhara Ashram
June 12 – 15, Sept 25 – 28 Breath is the key to quiet the mind, create space and allow clarity to emerge. Between the ingoing and outgoing breath, there is a centre of peace, a place of deep mystery … Read more »
Jun
13
Sat
10:00 am Taste of the Ashram – Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram
Jun 13 @ 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
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – Jun 14 @ 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 »