Swami Sivananda Radha, took to heart the request of her guru, Swami Sivananda, to start an ashram and many centres of Light in the Western world. She founded Yasodhara Ashram in 1963, and her next mission was to build centres in the city for people to find community and support each other in yoga.

The first centre opened in 1982, in Calgary, Alberta. Centres followed Ottawa, Victoria, Vancouver and Spokane, Washington. Students who trained at Yasodhara Ashram also took Yasodhara Yoga home to other countries including England, France, Portugal, Trinidad and Australia, where other groups have formed.

Originally called ‘Shambhala Houses,’ (implying a place of happiness that comes from spiritual study), from 1990 the centres changed to ‘Radha Houses’ with the opening of Radha House Canterbury, and to ‘Radha Yoga Centres’, to honour Swami Radha. Then, in 2013/14, the name ‘Yasodhara Yoga Teachers & Centres’, was adopted to connect back to Yasodhara Ashram as the source of inspiration and teacher training.

Over the years teachers in cities and towns have been offering classes from their own homes, from yoga studios, community centres and art studios.

Throughout our evolution, the guiding principles have stayed the same: to further the yogic teachings as interpreted by Swami Sivananda Radha and to support the ethics of yoga, including honesty, integrity, moral conduct, non-injury, non-greed, loyalty, clarity of motivation, dedication of the ideals of spiritual life and consideration for others.

Archive photos

Radha Caudet, Gers, in SW France, in 2016











Yasodhara Yoga Development Course graduates April 2016, including Molly, Carol, Jane, Natalie and Liz from Europe







Pakefield, Suffolk in 2010, 2013 and 2014












Ashford, Kent in 2009





The Isle of Wight group during Swami Radhananda’s visit in 2009








London, 2009






2005 London






2005 Swami Radhananda and Swami Lalitananda’s visit







2004 Swami Radhananda’s visit








2003 Pilgrimage to Yasodhara Ashram and 2008 visit







1997 Canterbury








Canterbury 1995 and 1996







1993 and 1994 Canterbury









1992 London and  Canterbury






1992 Andanlucia, Spain







1990 The opening of Radha House Canterbury






The Friends Meeting House, Canterbury, Kent, where Hatha classes began in January 1989.