History of Yasodhara Teachers & Centres
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.
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
2005 Swami Radhananda and Swami Lalitananda’s visit
2004 Swami Radhananda’s visit
2003 Pilgrimage to Yasodhara Ashram and 2008 visit
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.