Arlene began practicing Swami Radha’s work in 1996 and knew immediately that Yasodhara Ashram was her spiritual home. She first took the Yoga Development Course in 1998, then again after taking early retirement from the healthcare field in 2009. She offers classes and satsangs in her home and hatha classes in the commonhouse at the Creekside Commons cohousing community she was part of forming in Courtenay. Arlene delights in spending part of each year teaching and working at Yasodhara Ashram. A special interest is participating in and offering online classes for those living in communities without Yasodhara Yoga classes.
Susan Taylor was introduced to Swami Radha’s work in a Music and Consciousness workshop in the early 1990’s. That was when she knew her spiritual journey had begun. She began regular visits to the Ashram, taking courses in the summer, and workshops in Peterborough whenever possible. In 1997 she took the Yoga Development Course and for the next few years taught Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. After moving to Courtenay in 2003, she continued teaching and visiting the Ashram on a regular basis.
After taking the YDC for the second time in 2007, Sue brought her passion for music and piano to a Karma Yoga project of several years that was dear to her heart – the redevelopment of the Yasodhara Ashram Songbook. In recent years Sue has hosted in her home the ongoing Living the Practice class for experienced Yasodhara Yoga students and teachers. She notes, ‘These classes have been a very important part of my spiritual life here in the Comox Valley.’
Claire Gilmore’s first encounter with Yasodhara Yoga was through Yasodhara Ashram’s Young Adult Program in 2002. She returned in 2007 ‘just for a couple of weeks,’ but after connecting deeply with the teachings during a Music and Consciousness workshop she decided to stay for the 2008 YDC and on for a year afterward as part of the community. This experience rooted her in her spiritual path, and she has been returning to the ashram regularly since then.
Claire has taught Hatha and Hidden Language classes at Yasodhara Ashram, as well as a number of Sacred Dance workshops and a Hidden Language class locally. For the past 4 years she has been co-hosting a local community Kirtan. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, making kitchen experiments, gardening, and playing the button accordion.
Claire particularly appreciates the ‘find out for yourself’ approach of Yasodhara Yoga and the Ashram’s commitment to deep sustainability and continuous evolution.
Eriko Miyao first visited the Yashodhara Ashram in 2007. Yasodhara Yoga helped her learn how her mind works and take responsibility for her emotions. She completed the three month Yoga Development Course and Hatha Teacher Certification in 2008. She has taught classes in Japan where she is originally from, and is still offering classes there by correspondence while she lives in Comox Valley.
Sylvia Boss attended Yasodhara Ashram Yoga Retreat & Study Centre full time from May 2009 to Sept 2013. She has a background in languages, literature, fine art, law & theatre, with an abiding interest in transformational narrative. She has been practicing Hatha Yoga for nearly two decades, and teaching it continuously since her intensive 3 month Yoga Development Course in 2011. She certified to teach Hidden Language Hatha Yoga in 2012, and has since taken Dream Yoga and Kundalini Yoga teacher trainings. As a lifelong learner committed to loving life, she has found the tools of Yasodhara Yoga uniquely useful. Sylvia is committed to sharing her knowledge and is open to alternative forms of payment. Her favourite practices include: the Divine Light Invocation – a powerful three-minute relaxation – breath work, body awareness, written reflection, chanting, singing and expressive dance.