Yasodhara Yoga

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.

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.

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.

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

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