Yasodhara Yoga

Yasodhara Yoga is different than other yoga practices. It is a reflective spiritual approach to yoga that provides tools for you to access your own inner wisdom, to nurture yourself, and to create inner-informed changes in your life. If you find you need a change of pace, want to re-examine your priorities and choices, or want to make changes in your life, Yasodhara Yoga offers tools and space for you to find your answers.

Before I started practicing Yasodhara Yoga, I didn’t even know I had inner wisdom, let along how to access it. When I first started working with the practices and tools, I didn’t trust what was coming. It was such a different experience for me. I wondered if it was my imagination or if I was making things up. As I kept practicing, the information became so clear and helpful and I began to trust myself and feel confident with my decisions.

My favorite place at Yasodhara Ashram. The beach prayer room. Photo by Laura Vanags.

My favorite place at Yasodhara Ashram. The beach prayer room. Photo by Laura Vanags.

How I began

In the spring of 2006, I unexpectedly found myself in the nurturing embrace of the Yasodhara Ashram on the shores of Kootenay Lake, B.C. I had arrived in search of respite, food, and healing. I left with tools to access my inner wisdom and open to up a whole new perspective on my life and my own potential.

The supportive energy of the Ashram was immediately palpable on my first arrival in June 2006. I instantly fell in love with the place and had a sense that this was the beginning of an important path for me.

I was welcomed by a personal community liaison: a young woman named Robyn from Toronto. She had participated in the 3-month Yoga Development Course that year. I don’t remember what we talked about but I remember her sense of presence, calm, wisdom and confidence. As we sat on a bench overlooking the sparkling lake, I experienced a strong inner longing. Somehow, I would figure out how to take 3 months away to take the Yoga Development Course.
I finally had the opening in my life to participate in the Yoga Development Course in 2015. It was the most precious gift I have ever given myself. The practice of Yasodhara Yoga over the last 12 years has allowed me to transform my perspective on myself and life, and to experience life on a deeper level. I developed more kindness towards myself and a greater sense of awareness of my inner thoughts, feelings, desires, and knowings.

I am a Yasodhara Yoga teacher on a voluntary service basis. This article is my personal opinion and is not a paid endorsement.

Give yourself the gift of a course or retreat at Yasodhara Ashram:


or try a class:

Yasodhara Yoga Teachers offer a full schedule of classes in Calgary:


or a workshop:

Yoga: An Invitation Inward. Swami Jyotihananda in Calgary Workshop October 19-21, 2018

There is a great opportunity to have an introduction to Yasodhara Yoga this October 19-21, 2018 in Calgary.  Swami Jyotihananda, a long-time teacher and resident of Yasodhara Ashram will be in Calgary to offer a series of 3 workshops. Nourish Yourself with this weekend of renewal. Come back to your centre with these unique yoga practices.

There are three workshops. Choose one or all!

Registration for all 3:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/yoga-an-invitation-inward-swami-jyotihananda-in-calgary-october-19-21-tickets-49817515530?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

For Sliding Scale please call or email for more information

Email: calgary@yasodharayoga.org 

Phone: 403-284-0012

Stilling the Body, Stilling the Mind

Friday, October 19, 7-9 pm

Location: Rosedale Community Hall, 901 11th Ave. NW

Cost: $50


Experience a change of pace. Open yourself to the potential of Hidden Language Hatha Yoga. Use metaphor, symbolism and written reflection to still the mind and access a quiet place within. 

Bring a journal, yoga mat and blanket and wear comfortable clothes. 

Rest, Relaxation and Light - the Practice of Yoga 

Saturday, October 20, 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Rosedale Community Hall, 901 11th Ave. NW 

Cost: $125 


Invite the powers of rest, relaxation and Light into your life. Step away from the demands of daily life to re-examine your priorities and choices. Use the practices of Yasodhara Yoga to relax and nourish yourself. 

Bring a journal, yoga mat and blanket, and wear comfortable clothes.

Wake Up Your Dream Wisdom

Sunday, October 21, 1:00- 4:00 pm

Location: Rosedale Community Hall, 901 11th Ave. NW 

Cost: $75.00 


Explore your life as a dream. Write up a recent experience or event that includes others and bring to the workshop. Use the Ashram Dream Method to understand what your unique symbols mean, so that you can create change in your waking life. By finding answers within, you gain the confidence and enthusiasm to move forward. 

Bring a journal, pen and curiosity.