Swami Sivananda Radha – who brings yoga to Canada
Just two months after arriving in India, the Zen master of Sylvia Hellman made an unexpected request. That was in 1955, in fact, nobody in North America had heard of yoga.
Besides, Hellman did not come to India with the intention of becoming a pioneer in the field of yoga spirituality. She came here to meet Swami Sivananda Saraswati, wanting to be enlightened about the meaning of life, for which she had good reason to learn.
But in the end she did not falter. Instead of separating from the tasks assigned by the meditation teacher, she acted immediately. Within a few weeks of her return to Montreal, the alms nun began teaching yoga, lecturing on the philosophy of yoga.
And that was recounting her experiences in India on TV. The following year, she moved to Vancouver, opened the city’s first bookstore on the subject of metaphysics, and established the first ashram in Canada. In 1963, the ashram moved to southeastern British Columbia and renamed it Yasodhara.
The courses and retreats at Yasodhara combine practices found in ancient yoga texts and those found in modern psychology books. That’s such as dream analysis.
And also practices not found at any source, such as the Divine Light Prayer. A standing practice that Swami Radha learned during his experience trip in India.
The courses and retreats at Yasodhara incorporate practices found in ancient yoga texts. And those found in modern psychology books, such as dream analysis.
And also a practice not found at any source, such as the Divine Light Prayer. A permanent practice that Swami Radha learned during his experience trip in India.
Each person’s personal experience will emerge, and they will learn something about themselves differently. Swami Lalitananda talked about the practice she still practices today.