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Three Months for Reflection and Renewal

November 24, 2007 by Lightwaves

ydchead.jpgSix Yoga Development Course participants reflect on the benefits of three months immersed at the Ashram in Swami Radha’s teachings.

January 10, 2008 could mark the beginning of a three-month life changing experience for anyone with the courage to see themselves and their life as it is. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Radha’s guru would say, “Know thyself and be free.” The Yoga Development Course (YDC) offers the support and tools to make lifelong changes. You’ll develop the courage to liberate yourself from the obstacles standing in the way of who you want to be and where you want to go.

Since the inception of this remarkable yoga journey in 1970, these teachings have helped hundreds of people answer for themselves such important questions as: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Now that I have come this far, where do I want to go? And, how do I prepare for the rest of my life?, and What is my next step?

One thing is for sure; everyone who takes this course comes for their own reasons and has their own experience. Here are six.

sairah_ydc.jpgSairah Walsh, who lives in Toronto, took the YDC in 2007, “The YDC brought awareness that contentment is within me. Contentment is not a goal that I need to strive for. It’s here with me now. Don’t get me wrong, I am still human and there are most definitely moments in every day life where I lose touch with feeling content, like when I get home late from work and need to study for an exam, or when I miss the bus and am going to be late for work. The difference though, is that the YDC has given me tools to lift myself out of the state of discontentment and into a state of contentment almost immediately.”

jan_ydc.jpgJan Greenfield, from Cranbrook BC, took the 2006 YDC. She says about the experience. “When I came to the YDC my goal was to learn more about what it would mean to live in the light. I really had no idea what that meant. I was at a point in my life where I didn’t know whether I was supposed to learn to live with Leukemia or die with Leukemia. I felt like a victim; I knew I could not continue to live my life in denial of death and yet I did not have any tools to help me cope.

Now I am aware of the choice I make each day to live in the light. As I do the Divine Light Invocation it renews my intention and my desire to live in the positive. My life has not changed but my attitude and my orientation has. Apparently there is no cure for Leukemia however one doctor remarked, “ It says on your file that you used to have Leukemia.”

laura.jpgLaura Allen, from Vancouver, experienced the YDC in 1996. Twelve years since taking the course she says, “In the years since the YDC I have continued my spiritual journey and life has brought its measure of challenges. The depth of my experience in the YDC has supported and sustained me through all of it. The YDC gave me an opportunity to make the practices a part of my core, an available resource in all of my life situations. Of course I have had to keep the diamond polished.

The YDC is not a magic cure, but rather an invaluable foundation from which to move forward. The other wonderful gift I received from the YDC is that of enduring spiritual friendship. Even if many years pass in between our meetings, whenever I connect with a fellow YDC student, I feel that we know each other well. We shared an incredible time together. I have attended many retreats and courses and I can honestly say, the YDC has had the most profound impact of them all.”

nicole_ydc.jpgNicole Boschman, living in Lethbridge Alberta and a 2007 YDC graduate says, “Of the myriad of amazing lessons I learned and techniques that I practiced during the YDC, it’s not the amount I use these techniques or times per day I reference old journals, but the simple fact that I now have the knowledge and ability to look inward.

This simple change in focus has improved all of my relationships and has allowed me peace where turmoil used to plant itself in my head and heart. I have learned the difference between taking something personally and taking responsibility for my own feelings and this shift has saved one of my dearest friendships.”

charlie_ydc.jpgCharlie Edmunds, from Victoria who took the 2006 YDC. “After stripping down the layers of Charlie I have become a less complicated, simpler version of myself. While at the same time I grew into greater appreciation of the process with a larger capacity for gratitude and acceptance. I see that I have a much greater patience for all parts of life and an appreciation for even the challenging and unpleasant bits. I even learned to appreciate myself, as hard as that can be sometimes.

I think that the result of the Yoga Development Course for me reflects my definition of yoga – Balance. My highs are different, not so extreme highs and the lows are not as low. There is more balance and cohesiveness in my life and for that I am so very grateful to the ashram.”

ruth2_ydc.jpgRuth Campbell, from Summerland, British Columbia took the 2007 YDC. She said, “My of the vision of the YDC was that I would speak, teachers would listen and tell me how to solve my problems. I found instead that the YDC gave me the tools, the freedom and the support to look at my own baggage and come up with my own answers.

My YDC was a life changing experience. I regard it as a pivotal time in my life. Swami Radhananda said near end of our course that the learning continues on and the work done through the YDC persists. She was right. I marvel at how my life has changed and is changing. I marvel too at how differently I see the world. I am still and will always be, deeply grateful for the experience.”

There is still space for the 2008 Yoga Development Course. The Course begins the evening of January 10th and runs through till April 7. For details, click here

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  1. I am from Regina, Saskatchewan and have not connected with ashram people at home until I was at an event called “Fire the Grid” for healing the earth in our Wascana Park at 6:00 AM on August 17/07. Sairah Walsh did the Divine Light Invocation as part of our meditation that morning. She since introduced to me to other young people in Regina who have been to the ashram.

    Thanks Sairah and it was great to read your reflection on the benefits of the YDC.

    Comment by Bev Lundahl — November 24, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  2. I have signed up for YDC 2008. I am very much looking forward to this time of reflection and inspiration, Mantra and Hatha.

    This will be the second time for me. (It is such a good course that many people return for a second or even third time over a number years.) I first took the YDC in 1988. It was a transformative experience. It helped me to understand myself better and enabled me to make a series of major decisions about my future direction. I also met people who became dear and lasting friends.

    Twenty years on my circumstances, questions and issues are different. The value of the course and opportunity to take ‘time out’ in this way is precious.

    Comment by Jayne Boys — December 2, 2007 @ 2:49 am

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