- Riondel, BC, Canada
Swami Radhananda first came to Yasodhara Ashram in 1977 where she met Swami Radha and became a lifelong student of Yasodhara Yoga. She was the director of the Yasodhara Yoga Centre (then Shambhala House) in Lethbridge, Alberta from 1986 to 1990, when she moved to the Ashram.
Swami Radha named her president of Yasodhara Ashram in 1993 and she was initiated into sanyas in 1994. She is now the Spiritual Director of Yasodhara Ashram and a living example of the quality and integrity of Swami Radha’s teachings. Her current focus is on the spiritual development of her students and the long-term vision for Yasodhara Ashram.
Over the past twenty years Swami Radhananda guided the Ashram community to embrace its potential of harmony and inclusiveness, and she opened the way for the next generation of yogis and yoginis to embrace the rewards of spiritual life. She has also encouraged environmental resiliency, ensuring that the Ashram will be a place of learning and transformation for generations to come.
Swami Radhananda is the author of a memoir about her time with Swami Radha, Carried by a Promise: A Life Transformed by Yoga, and a book of inspirational essays, Living the Practice. To read more about her, visit radhananda.org