Yasodhara was the wife of the Buddha and Yasodha was the name of Krishna’s mother. Swami Radha decided to name her Ashram ‘Yasodhara’ in recognition of the importance of the feminine principle in spiritual life.
Yasodhara Yoga is a holistic yoga based on a lineage of teachings from Swami Radha, who studied with Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. There is an emphasis on the spiritual traditions of yoga. Our approach includes Karma Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Dream Yoga. The Hatha Yoga and Hidden Language Hatha Yoga we practice is gentle and reflective.
All Yasodhara teachers have been trained at Yasodhara Ashram and renew their training every three years. We represent the Ashram in our local communities.
Swami Sivananda Radha (1911-1995) is the founder and spiritual inspiration for Yasodhara Ashram. A pioneer in the development of yoga in the West, her approach was distinguished by her unique ability to synthesize yogic teachings and Western psychology.
Yasodhara Yoga is not just Hatha Yoga, or physical yoga. It is a holistic yoga that draws on many yogic practices – including mantra, meditation and personal reflection – and integrates these practices with personal development techniques. The emphasis is on self-discovery, character building and the spiritual dimensions of yoga.
Training begins with the three-month intensive Yoga Development Course at Yasodhara Ashram. Hatha Yoga teacher training follows the YDC, and further certificate programs in Hidden Language Hatha Yoga and Kundalini & Dream Yoga can be attended once the YDC book report project has been completed.
All Yasodhara Yoga centres are unique! Some centres have been operating in their communities for over 30 years; some centres are in private homes and others run classes out of yoga studios or community centres. All teachers are welcoming, and classes can be attended by students of all levels or experience.
Yes, most Yasodhara Yoga teachers offer classes as Karma Yoga, or selfless service. This means they do not have personal gain from their teaching service. Class fees are offered back to Yasodhara Ashram or to aid the daily operations of the centre.