Spring 2018

Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

Dreams: The Language of the Unconscious

Saturday April 21, 1 – 4 pm

Come and try out simple yet profound yogic practices to explore the messages of your unconscious emerging from your dreams and learn to apply the messages to your life. Bring along a dream if you have one and a journal.

Location: Surround Circle Yoga 15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)
Cost $60. Income adjustments available.

Winter 2018

Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

The Sacred Feminine In Daily Life

Saturday March 17, 1 – 4 pm

In this workshop you will explore different ways to deepen your experience of the sacred feminine within and around you and how this connection can support and lighten the challenges of daily life. Please bring a journal.

Location: Surround Circle Yoga 15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)
Cost $60. Income adjustments available

 

*We strive to create inclusive spaces where LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, asexual, plus) and everyone feels safe.


Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

Honoring the Sacred Feminine

Saturday February 17, 1 – 4 pm

Masculine and feminine energy exists within all of us.  In Yoga, these aspects are understood as powers.  How do you experience the feminine?  How do you experience the sacred feminine within and around you?   What would it mean to develop this part of yourself?  How do you connect to Her?

In this workshop, you will move closer to feminine power through movement, drawing, reflection and mantra.  Discover your unique path to the sacred feminine.  Find out what Her message is for you.

All genders welcome *

*We strive to create inclusive spaces where LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Aasexual, plus)  and everyone feel s safe.

Location: Surround Circle Yoga 15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)
Cost $60. Income adjustments available

 

 

 

 


Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

Walking with Mystery: Reflecting Back, Being Present, Setting Direction

Saturday January 13, 1 – 4 pm

Pause.  Open the body and mind through yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation.  Take time to acknowledge your learning, challenges and victories from the past year.  Reexamine priorities and choices.  Choose the creative direction for your future with clarity.  Let your wisdom speak.

Please bring a journal.

Location: Surround Circle Yoga 15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)
Cost $60. Income adjustments available

Carried by Our Promises

Thursdays January 18 to February 22, 6:30 to 8 pm

What promises have I made? What underlies them? How are they reflected in how am I living my life? What needs updating?  Join us in exploring these questions using Swami Radhananda’s text Carried by a Promise as a source of inspiration.

Cost $16/class. $96 for 6 week course

Student & Income based discounts available.

 


Fall 2017

Yoga for Communication – Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

Saturday November 25, 1 to 4 pm

Relax mind and body through the exploration of mantra and speech.  Use yogic practices of mantra and reflection to find clarity and relaxation and to improve your communication with yourself and others.

Please bring a journal.

Location: Surround Circle Yoga 15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)
Cost $60. Income adjustments available.

 

 

Yoga for Communication – Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

Saturday September 23, 1 to 4 pm

Relax mind and body through the exploration of mantra and speech.  Use yogic practices of mantra and reflection to find clarity and relaxation and to improve your communication with yourself and others.

Please bring a journal.

Location: Surround Circle Yoga 15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)
Cost $60. Income adjustments available.

 

 

Karma Yoga

Thursday September 14, 4:30-4:45 pm

“To practice Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless service, (…) you have to know your motivation.”  (Swami Radha, 1996). Karma Yoga is a central practice of Swami Radha’s work. Ask yourself, what is the motivation for my work? Join us to clean our practice space at 65 Ruskin. Please bring a journal.

 

 

Yasodhara Ashram Teachers on Tour

YOGA: A UNIFYING PATH IN TODAY’S WORLD
Join Swami Satyananda for workshops that will renew and inspire you to create change in your own world. Take one or all five. Workshops will incorporate yogic practices: breath, relaxation, visualization, mantra, reflection and drawing.

Swami Satyananda is a long-time teacher and resident of Yasodhara Ashram. She finds joy in sharing our practices and providing space for people to connect with their own inner wisdom.

Still the Mind Through Movement
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 7 – 9 pm
Cost: $25. Seniors/students: $20
Location: Cascades Club, 100 Chemin de la Rivière, Chelsea, Quebec
Bring a journal, yoga mat & blanket; wear comfortable clothing.

Hidden Language Hatha is a gentle and meditative style of Hatha Yoga that can benefit your mind and body in everyday life. We will use metaphor, symbolism and written reflections to access the insightful messages that the body can bring. Open to all levels.

The Yoga of Healing: Uniting Mind, Body & Spirit
Date: Thursday, October 26, 7 – 9 pm
Cost: $25. Seniors/students: $20
Location: The Nectar Centre, 255 Mackay Street, Ottawa, ON
Bring a journal, yoga mat & blanket; wear comfortable clothing. There will be some extra mats available.

The journey of Yoga is a healing journey. What needs to be healed? What makes your life worth living? Take time to go inward and nurture yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, in a compassionate space. This workshop will focus on experiencing tools for tending to the mind and heart in grief.

Breath: a pathway to peace
“Breath is always available; it’s the rhythm of life”
– Swami Radhananda,
Living the Practice
Date: Friday, October 27, 7- 9 pm
Cost: $25. Seniors/students: $20
Location: Maplesoft Centre 1500 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
Bring a journal.

Learn to find the still place within, even in the busyness of your life, using the yogic tools of breath, meditation, relaxation and reflection.

Entering Into Sacred Space: Steps to Understanding Yourself and Others
Date: Saturday, October 28 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $135 ($230 if attending both Sat and Sun workshops)
Location: Maplesoft Centre 1500 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
Bring a journal, yoga mat & blanket and lunch; wear comfortable clothing.

Get in touch with the light in your heart by using reflection and practical spiritual exercises from the Yasodhara Ashram tradition. Learn to engage the power of choice to keep your inner knowing active in your day-by-day life.

Women Holding the Earth (open to all)
Date: Sunday, October 29 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $135 ($230 if attending both Sat and Sun workshops)
Location: Maplesoft Centre 1500 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
Bring a journal, yoga mat & blanket and lunch; wear comfortable clothing.

Find and nurture the sacred within through devotional practice, caring for yourself and listening to the wisdom and cycles of our Mother, the Earth. Become grounded in yourself through self-exploration and dialogue with others. Where are we in the world cycle? How can you make a difference? What is happening in your personal world?

Sliding scales available

 

Spring 2017

Rose Ceremony

Our annual Rose Ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday June 24 from 7 to 8:30ish and Sunday morning June 25 from 10:30 to 11:30 am followed by a potluck.

Please join us for this opportunity to deepen your commitment to your spiritual path.

In preparation for the ceremony we suggest reading the Rose Ceremony book by Swami Radha. To order a copy please visit Yasodhara Ashram’s online store.

There is no charge for the ceremony but you can bring some food to share. More details will follow in the June newsletter.

Please email ottawa@yasodharayoga.org if you have any questions.

Where: 65 Ruskin Street

Spring Clean Karma Yoga

Monday June 12 any time after 4 until 6:30

Karma Yoga is a central practice of Swami Radha’s work. Join us Monday June 12 any time after 4 pm to clean our practice space at 65 Ruskin in preparation for the Rose ceremony. The essence of Karma Yoga is “to act but to leave aside attachment and the desire for rewards” (Swami Radha, 2016). Please bring a journal.

Discover Oneness

Workshop, May 27, 1 – 4 pm at Surround Circle Yoga

Uncover your potential through sacred dance, reflection and devotion.

Please bring a journal.

 

Location: Surround Circle Yoga15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)

Cost: $60. Income adjustments available.

 

 

Cultivating Reverence

Workshop, April 29, 1 – 4 pm at Surround Circle Yoga

In reverence for life in its fullness, we will explore gratitude, meaning, purpose and the power that we have to create the life we want.

Please bring a journal.

Location: Surround Circle Yoga, 15 Alymer Avenue (enter at Galt Street entrance)

Cost: $60. Income adjustments available.

WINTER 2017

Spring Thaw

Workshop, March 25, 1-4 pm at Surround Circle Yoga

What has been lying dormant through the winter? What is coming to the surface now? In this workshop experience the awe of new life emerging.

Saturday, March 25, 1-4 pm
Location: Surround Circle Yoga, 15 Aylmer Ave, Ottawa (Bank Street and Colonel By)
Cost: $60 Income adjustments available.

Unplug… Connect with Your Inner Self

Workshop February 25, 1-4 at Surround Circle Yoga

How are you influenced by the world around you? How can you ‘unplug’ from the business of daily life? In this workshop you will be introduced to practices that will help you find stillness and connect with your inner self.
Please bring a mat and journal.
Saturday, February 25, 1-4 pm
Location: Surround Circle Yoga, 5 Aylmer Ave, Ottawa (Bank Street and Colonel By)
Cost: $60 Income adjustments available.

BEGIN THE NEW YEAR ON A SOLID FOUNDATION

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Saturday January 14, 1-4 pm

Take time to reflect on your life, think deeply about your values and clarify your purpose so your next steps have a clear direction.  This half-day retreat combines yogic practices and expressive arts to help connect you to your inner wisdom.  Emerge with a practical plan to guide your next steps.

Please bring a mat and journal.

 

 

FALL 2016

Find the Gift in Challenges

Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga
Saturday October 29, 1-4 pm

 

What happens to your mind when challenges arise? Learn how it can be directed to support you on your journey to liberation. In this workshop we will unfold the messages of daily life, look at challenges and find ways to open to compassion.
Please bring a journal and wear comfortable clothing.

$60/ Student and income discounts available.

Where : Surround Circle Yoga, 15 Aylmer Ave (back door of Southminster United Church)
To register email ottawa@yasodharayoga.org. Advance registration appreciated.

SPRING 2016

Saraswati ~ Connect With Your Creative Self

Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga
Saturday May 21, 1-4pmsacred-feminine
It’s spring, time to reawaken the mystery of your creative self. How do you grow? How do you blossom? In this workshop we will focus on Sarsaswati, Goddess of  knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning using dance, mantra and Hatha Yoga asanas.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook. No previous yoga or dance experience is required.
Price – $60 (sliding scale available)
Where : Surround Circle Yoga, 15 Aylmer Ave (back door of Southminster United Church)
To register email ottawa@yasodharayoga.org. Advance registration appreciated.

 

 

 

Yoga of Dance

Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga
Saturday April 16, 1-4 pmdancing feet
Dance is Yoga; Yoga is dance. Join us to practice a sacred dance and reflect on its meaning in order to gain insights about how you live your life. Hatha Yoga stretches will be incorporated into the workshop
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook. No previous yoga experience required.
Price – $60 (sliding scale available)
Where : Surround Circle Yoga, 15 Aylmer Ave (back door of Southminster United Church)
To register email ottawa@yasodharayoga.org. Advance registration appreciated.

Listening – Mind, Body, Heart

Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

Saturday March 19, 1-4 pm

listening buddhaWhat are the messages of your body? How can you listen to the subtle messages of your mind? What does your heart have to say to you when you take time to listen? We will guide you in yogic practices to deepen your ability to listen to subtle messages from your body, mind and heart.

Please bring a notebook and wear comfortable clothing

Cost $60

Student & Income based discounts available.

Follow this link for the location of Surround Circle Yoga

Email ottawa@yasodharayoga.org to register.

Taking Aim: From ideals to action

Workshop at Surround Circle Yoga

Archer-250x375 (1)Saturday February 20, 1-4 pm

The great yogis say that we create our worlds.  Essentially this is a compassionate opportunity to begin again. In this workshop, you will experience ways to connect with your inner wisdom and create the kind of life you want to live. Supported by reflection, questioning and spiritual practices, you will create a strategy to put your ideals into action.

Founded by Swami Radha, Yasodhara Yoga Ottawa has been a sanctuary of Light in Ottawa for over 30 years. Our commitment is to support people in bridging their spiritual ideals with everyday life.

Please bring a notebook and wear comfortable clothing

Cost $60

Student & Income based discounts available.

Follow this link for the location of Surround Circle Yoga

Email ottawa@yasodharayoga.org to register.

 

Uncovering the Divine Design

Begin the new year with clarity and focus in our annual New Year’s workshop. Join us Divine-Plan-345January 9 from 1 to 4 pm at Surround Circle Yoga for the workshop entitled Uncovering the Divine Design. We will explore questions like: How can you encounter your life in a way that facilitates liberation?  How can you connect with the source of inspiration in the challenges, surprises, and delights of daily life?  What does it mean to open your heart and mind and live life fully?
The price is $60 with a sliding scale for those on limited income.
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook.No previous yoga experience needed.
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Karma Yogakarma-yoga

‘Karma Yoga is explained in the Bhagavad Gita as the performance of one’s duty without thought of reward or punishment. This means doing the work that needs to be done simply because it needs to be done, putting high quality into your efforts and expecting nothing in return.’ (Yasodhara Ashram web page.)
We will meet at 5:30 on January 11 at 65 Ruskin Street for our seasonal Karma Yoga and Reflection. Join us for this act of selfless service and bring along a journal.
No charge.

Monthly workshops at Surround Circle Yoga

YYO will offer Saturday afternoon workshops from 1-4 pm on February 20, March 19, April 16 and May 21. The themes will be announced later but mark the dates on your calendar now! These workshops will replace the Thursday evening Hidden Language classes.

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Upcoming Events – Fall 2015

Exploring the Powers of the Mind

Wednesday October 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 Swami Matananda.will lead this workshop for people living with grief.What are the tendencies of the mind?  How can it be directed to be a supportive companion through the journey of grief?  In this workshop you will explore practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand the mind’s powers and expansive possibilities.Where: TheBronson Centre, 211 Bronson Street. Cost $30. Preregistration required.

To reserve your spot, please contact Robin at 613.567.4278 or outreach@bfo-ottawa.org.

YASODHARA ASHRAM OUTREACH

This fall, Swami Matananda, Senior Teacher at Yasodhara Ashram, will be visiting the Ottawa area to offer the following workshops.matananda

Special Workshop – Finding Balance in Times of Uncertainty with Swami Matananda

Balancing daily demands can be a challenge. How do you stay centered and calm? What are the keys to inner clarity and strength? Learn some practical yogic techniques to help find balance – breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation.

Date: Thursday, October 29th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Wakefield Community Centre (38 Valley Dr)
Cost: $25
Bring: Please bring a journal.
Registration & information: Call Robin Mcdonald at 613.797.3933 or email robin.m@yasodharayoga.org


Special Workshop – Connecting Body, Mind & Spirit – Nourishing the Whole with Swami Matananda

Discover the tools of metaphor, symbolism and written reflection to access the “hidden” messages of your body, mind and speech. Expand the potential of yoga by developing an appreciation of the body as a spiritual tool.

Date: Friday, October 30th, from 7:00-9:00
Cost: $25
Where: Surround Circle Yoga, Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave
Registration & information: Call 613-492-0908 or email Erna at erna.h@yasodharayoga.org
Bring: journal, yoga mat, blanket


Special Workshop – Stilling the Mind with Swami Matananda

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? How can I still my mind and bring more relaxation into my day? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and relaxation – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. Take time to learn new tools, and search for the silence and beauty within.

Date: Saturday, October 31st, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $125
Where: Jim Robillard Union Centre, Cupe 503 – 1505 Carling Ave
Registration & information: Call 613-492-0908 or email Erna at erna.h@yasodharayoga.org
Bring: journal, yoga mat, blanket, lunch


Special Workshop – Divine Feminine, Discovering the Power Within with Swami Matananda

We can meet Her in our daily actions, in our speech, in our caring and in our growing awareness. She offers us challenges and also liberation from our limitations. Her nature is compassionate: always opening the way for us to try again and again. How can I deepen my relationship to Her? How can I become more receptive to Her presence in my life?

Date: Sunday, November 1st, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $125
Where: Jim Robillard Union Centre, Cupe 503 – 1505 Carling Ave
Registration & information: Call 613-492-0908 or email Erna at erna.h@yasodharayoga.org
Bring: journal, yoga mat, blanket, lunch


SPECIAL WEEKEND RETREAT – LIFE SEALS with Swami Matananda and Swami Samayananda

In Life Seals you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Date: Friday October 16th (arrival by 4:00 pm), ending Sunday October 18th after lunch

Cost: $425 (all inclusive); $400 (early bird special until Sept 21); deposit of $175 (non-refundable unless someone on waiting list takes your place)

Where: Ecology Retreat Centre: 308046 Hockley Rd, Mono, ON

Registration and information: Please contact nicolette.s@yasodharayoga.org or 705-427-4914.

Bring: yoga mat, journal, blanket and your special diet needs


About the Teachers:

matanandaSwami Matananda is a Senior Teacher at Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Bay, British Columbia, and has been a resident and student of Swami Radha’s teachings since 1990. With a background as an educator, Swami Matananda is also an artist and is actively involved in tending the Ashram land.

 

samayanandaSwami Samayananda is a Senior Teacher at Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Bay, British Columbia, and has been a student of Swami Radha’s teachings since 1979. An educator for over 35 years, Swami Samayananda has worked with educational institutions, businesses and private consulting agencies, as well as oering yogic tools to palliative care patients.


Karma Yoga and Community Gatheringkarma-yoga
Sept 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We will start our fall season with Karma Yoga to spruce up our practice space. Please bring a journal to reflect. After cleaning and reflecting we will have a chance to get caught up with each other over tea and cookies.

 

 

Free Demonstration class of Hidden Language Hatha at Surround Circle Yogaclasses
September 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm come to this free demonstration class and find out more about Swami Radha’s Hidden Language Hatha.
Surround Circle Yoga is in the hall of Southminster United Church
Street Address: 15 Aylmer Avenue (NW corner of Aylmer Ave. & Bank St.)
Entrance: Enter on Galt Street (west side of the building ~ 2nd floor)
Parking: 3 hour parking on Aylmer Avenue & Galt Street
Public Transit: OC Transit stops in front of Southminster & across the street in front of OOS Library
Our regular classes start on September 17, 5:30-7 pm.