About Yasodhara Yoga European Network
Yasodhara Yoga European Network
Our network includes teachers and students across Europe. We come together for meetings, events and other activities. Those of us who are certified teachers offer Yasodhara Yoga in our communities. We support one another by giving encouragement, mentoring, on-line groups, workshops, and Karma Yoga opportunities throughout the year.
The network has grown over the years, from its beginnings in Canterbury, England, where we started offering classes in 1989. The first Radha House opened there in 1990 and soon after, we started offering classes in Austria and Spain. We also started to sell Swami Radha’s books more widely, attending the Body Mind and Spirit annual fare in London and the Frankfurt book fare where publishers began to take up her books and translate them into German, French, Italian and Spanish. Radha Centres were opened in London and SW France a few years later.
In 2014, in line with our fellow yoga teachers and centres in Canada and the USA, we renamed ourselves the Yasodhara Yoga European Network, to reflect the fact that are an informal network of teachers and students whose spiritual home is Yasodhara Ashram in Canada.
From time to time, especially when there is an Outreach Tour with a visiting teacher from the Yasodhara Ashram, we send out a newsletter with information on what happening. Anyone can sign up to receive this, please Click here
We invite you to participate in the city, town or village where you live by attending our classes, workshops and events, and don’t forget to let others know about activities in your area. There are also opportunities to help in other ways. How about inviting a visiting teacher to your community to facilitate a workshop? Have you thought about becoming a teacher yourself or, if you are trained in a different tradition, exploring the possibilities for deepening your practice and teaching?
The Radha House Association
The Radha House Association is a small charity formed to support the teachings of Yasodhara Yoga in Europe, by helping teachers and students to study here, and at Yasodhara Ashram in Canada, and by sponsoring the teaching tours of sanyasinis and others from the Ashram, and from other centres. The charity is managed as Karma Yoga by a small group of committed teachers, and our goal is, ultimately, to have a dedicated centre for the teachings in Europe.
The Radha House Association is a registered charity, No 10507281.
We work closely with our sister charities, the Yasodhara Ashram Society, the Association for the Development of Human Potential (USA) and the Friends of Radha Foundation (Canada).
The Radha House Association offers public benefits through a commitment to help people gain access to the yoga teachings of Swami Sivananda Radha. We aim to help:
- provide yoga classes, workshops and retreats in local communities at accessible prices
- offer discounts for those who are on benefits
- offer opportunities for students and teachers to participate in Karma Yoga and satsangs without charge
- have a supply of yoga books, CDs, tapes and videos available to students for sale and loan
We are also able to offer periodic opportunities for teachers with family commitments to renew their teacher training qualifications without making the journey to British Columbia.
Membership of the Radha House Association
Membership is open to anyone who has experienced the benefits of Yasodhara Yoga and wishes to support the mission of this work – to make these teachings available to people across Europe, supporting the potential of transformation in each person who participates.
Members of the Association stand for ideals that lift us beyond daily survival. As a member, you are saying that you support this vision – a vision of harmony, of Light, of peace among the peoples and religions of the world. We are committed to bringing out the best in ourselves and each other, and to care for the Earth, leaving the world a better place than when we entered.
You can become a member by contacting us. Membership is very ‘light touch’. We will let you know about our Annual General Meeting, which generally takes place in London each autumn, and we may contact you from time to time if there is something happening of particular interest to Association Members. There is no membership fee and there is no obligation to donate or to attend anything, though there are many ways you can help by offering your time or making a donation.
Donations are always very welcome
- Funds donated to the RHA provide bursaries to help students attend workshops and programmes in Europe, and at Yasodhara Ashram, and they help us to bring the teachings to you.
- One of the most helpful Ashram donor programs is the Circle of Sustainability, where your regular monthly donation pools with that of others to provide a predictable and sustainable cash flow for daily Ashram operations.
- Sometimes we also raise funds, for example for a new book from Timeless Books, or a gift to the Ashram general fund, so money can be used where it is most needed.
Contact us at any time to make a donation, and let us know if you have a preference for how you would like your gift to be used. If you are a UK tax payer, please ask about Gift Aid.
Everyone is precious. We are committed to the ethics of Yoga: the Yamas and Nyamas as interpreted for Westerners through the Teachings of Swami Sivananda Radha.
The teachers in our network are committed to providing workshops and classes which offer a safe space and a calm, compassionate and nurturing environment for self-exploration and other yoga practices. We encourage all teachers to maintain their practices, continue with their own personal development, and to recertify regularly.
We encourage all students to take responsibility for their own bodies and comfort.
We will respond without delay to any concerns raised, to clarify the concern and address them appropriately. We can be contacted at https://yasodharayoga.org/europe/contact/