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A Question of Breathing

Patkau Architects

A life of many tribulations in Germany between the two wars led Swami Radha (born Sylvia Hellman) first to Canada where she encountered yoga and the spiritual culture of which it is part. After some time in India seeking a new reason for living, she returned to Canada, in 1957, setting up the Sivananda Ashram meditation center in Burnaby, near Vancouver. In 1962, Radha founded the Yasodhara Ashram center in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Poised on the steep banks of Lake Kootenay, the Yasodhara Ashram is located in an area of great natural beauty, which although tamed by the stewardship of man is still sufficiently wild to be the ideal place for a life of contemplation and illumination. Swami Radha succeeded in building her Temple of Light in 1992, three years before her death. When it was gutted by fire in 2014, fundraising started to build a new temple on the same spot to...

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