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  1. I am Fish, You are Fish

    February 12, 2010 by Twyla, Category: Reflection & Articles

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    TwylaTwyla Kowalenko visited with us at the Ashram this Christmas for the Celebration of Light where she took time to look at her life in the Light. After swimming in the Fish pose she emerged with new insights that she will put into action in her life in Toronto.  Her story is a reminder of the power of the Yogic Teachings to heal those who are willing to dive into the ocean and shine the Light into the darkness.

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  2. Radha's Warrior

    October 27, 2009 by Michael McCarthy, Category: Reflection & Articles

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    MichaelMichael McCarthy is a Radha Yoga teacher who has been teaching yoga to youth at risk in Ottawa over the last two years.  Here he shares his enthusiasm, from the perspective of a young man, and his warrior-like stand for Radha’s teachings.

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  3. Eileen Reviews: "The Hidden Language"

    October 6, 2009 by Eileen, Category: Reflection & Articles

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    Eileen Pearkes, a regular contributor to Lightwaves and author of The Glass Seed, joins us to share her thoughts about Swami Radha’s Hatha Yoga, The Hidden Language. Yasodhara Ashram will be hosting a Hidden Language Hatha Yoga intensive with Swami Lalitananda October 20-25.  For more information see below this article.

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  4. Glimpses of Reality

    September 5, 2009 by Lightwaves, Category: Reflection & Articles

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    Geoffry Tremblay

    Years ago I decided that Hidden Language Hatha Yoga wasn’t for me. I have quite a logical mind and I didn’t get how doing yoga while answering questions would help me. I never reflected back on that decision until a few weeks ago when I decided to take the Hidden Language Hatha Yoga teacher certification course. It was quite a blessing for me to be part of that training. During the course my logical mind made space and I had a glimpse of my next steps, a glimpse of who I am beyond the mind. This process of opening started in the middle of a morning Hidden Language class… (more…)


  5. Retreat in the Woods of Connecticut

    August 1, 2009 by Swami Yasodananda, Category: Reflection & Articles

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    Recently I spend some time with my brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Donna Spickler, at their summer home in northwestern Connecticut. This rustic house, which can only be occupied in the warm weather, has been in my family for 4 generations. I never dreamed that I would some day be there with 5 other women, relaxing, chanting, and reflecting on the large porch that used to be the feeding ground of chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons and birds.
    Each participant is in an occupation relating to caring for others – a nurse, a social worker, and 3 yoga teachers. The setting in the woods was perfect for a small group 3-day retreat. It was peaceful and quiet; even Lucky, the dog, went on a no-barking tapas for the entire time. I was quite taken by the change in Lucky as we gathered together. She picked up something and responded. Was it the intent to go inward? Is there a vibration to that intent? I think of a phrase in the Radha Krishna Prayer: “When Thou art silent the whole world becomes silent.”  Entering silence sets something in motion that affects my surroundings. If we all entered that silence what an effect it could have in our worlds!
    Each day of the retreat started with a Hidden Language class. The weather was unusually cool, with temperatures dipping into the low 50’s (10 c?) at night. The sight and sound of a roaring fire in the fireplace helped to get us moving. The fireplace was not quite close enough to the Hatha space to do more than disperse a little of the chill but as we warmed up our bodies on the first morning the language of the Tortoise emerging through reflection brought a different kind of warmth into the room.
    In the course of the retreat we reflected on sections in Light & Vibration and Ted, a former physics teacher, gave a fascinating talk on physics and consciousness, using the chapter in Light & Vibration on images and Light as a starting point. The gist of his talk was that science uses images also, but in the form of mathematical equations, to explain the unexplainable – similar to those of us who use images of deities to approach the Divine. This was another piece of the puzzle for me about the oneness of all life; I have not had a friendly relationship with science, despite having scientists in my family and in friendships. But hearing about the connection between science and my devotional practices gave me a practical example how how things I assume are separate can fit together. Siva and Sakti are like an equation. Although appearing different they dance together with no problem, blending their differences into a cosmic whole and enriching life because of their dance.
    Between the spiritual practices, the peaceful surroundings and fresh air, the delicious food prepared by Donna with such care, and the pace of the retreat (modeled on Ashram retreats) all were nurtured and inspired.

    RetreatSwami Yasodanada, from the Spokane Radha Centre, recently journeyed to the eastern United States, bringing the teachings with her – she taught a Music & Consciousness workshop in Hollywood, Maryland as well as a Yoga retreat in a cabin in the woods of northwestern Connecticut. In her words, “We had to rearrange furniture to accommodate the workshop… it was an experiment to see if the retreat would work in this very rustic house with one bathroom.” She shares her experience of the retreat, bringing forward intention, silence, and warmth.

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