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Inaugural Yoga Therapy Course October 2014

Conducting the Yoga Therapy course at the Mandala Yoga Ashram was a big privilege and an opportunity to share with fellow yoga practitioners.
It was my first course at the Ashram and I was very much touched by the enthusiasm, sincerity and openness of all 26 participants. I was very honoured by the interest shown in the course and the fact the many people came from so far away even as far as Holland and Spain!


• Number of Beads and their Symbolism. The most common mala consists of
108 beads, although those of 27 and 54 are also used. In Yoga, 108 is considered a sacred
number. The reason is as follows:
The number 1 represents Oneness, Unity, Perfection and Totality.
The number 8 symbolises Nature, the manifest universe, as well as the individual personality.

Yoga in Wales by Kirsty Wood, current ashram resident

Twelve years of living in London and I knew it was time for a change.  I had recently graduated from a yoga teacher training programme and the course had stimulated my interest in aspects of yoga other than postures and breathing.  I felt I had a lot to learn.
A serendipitous click of the mouse on a webpage link led me to Mandala Yoga Ashram in Carmarthenshire.  I thought I’d go for a couple of days to see if a longer stay – perhaps a month or so – would be suitable.

Swami Gyan Dharma Satsang

Swami Gyan Dharma gives a talk to students towards the end of their teacher training course, discussing the value of regular sadhana and explains how yoga can brought into daily life.