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

Mar
31
Tue
4:30 pm One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
Mar 31 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 27 @ 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 »
Apr
8
Wed
4:30 pm Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram
Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram
Apr 8 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 19 @ 10:30 am
Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram | Kootenay Bay | British Columbia | Canada
After completing the Yoga Development Course, the next step in teacher training is the Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification. In this course you will learn how to teach classical asanas and integrate spiritual practices into the classroom. The approach is experiential … Read more »
Apr
10
Fri
4:30 pm Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram
Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram
Apr 10 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 13 @ 10:30 am
Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram
Apr 10 – 13 Celebrate the coming of spring with a weekend of Karma Yoga, workshops and time to reflect on your own. Join us for the Garden Blessing—the opening of the garden for the coming season. As always, enjoy … Read more »
Apr
17
Fri
4:30 pm Awakening Wonder @ Yasodhara Ashram
Awakening Wonder @ Yasodhara Ashram
Apr 17 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 20 @ 10:30 am
Awakening Wonder @ Yasodhara Ashram
Apr 17 – 20, Sept 11 – 14 Enrich your experience of the world around you and open your heart to wonder. What would it mean to remove filters that keep you from seeing, tasting, hearing, touching, smelling what is? … Read more »
Apr
24
Fri
7:30 pm Walking Together into a Hopeful ... @ Yasodhara Ashram
Walking Together into a Hopeful ... @ Yasodhara Ashram
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 26 @ 8:30 pm
Walking Together into a Hopeful Future 2020 - Women Sacred Rising @ Yasodhara Ashram
  Pahan Pte San Win and Wanbdi Wakita, spiritual leaders from Manitoba and Ashram friends, will be our guides for two days of exploration based on their personal learnings about relationships, identity and leadership, and with opportunity for you to … Read more »
Apr
28
Tue
4:30 pm One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram
Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm – May 25 @ 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 »