December 2016 Newsletter
Greetings from the Yoga House & Welcome to our New Members!  

As the Holiday Season comes upon us we wish all of our Members and their Families a joyous, peaceful season.  Please note our last class before the break is Saturday, December 17th. We will be closed until January 2nd. Classes Resume Tuesday, January 3rd.

We invite you all to start your New Year off on the right step with Melissa's popular Restorative Workshop Sunday, Jan 8th.  Also, we have two new exciting classes to announce: Foundations Class (for those with little or no yoga experience) and Kids Yoga!  Please see all the details below. 

As well, check out a yummy Holiday recipe, and our very own Teachers: Terry, Phofi and Laurie's insights on their month-long study of Iyengar Yoga in Pune, India this past November. 

Seasons Greetings to you all!
Winter Schedule January 3 - June 30, 2017

Please click here: Schedule 2016-2017

Upcoming Events
Restorative Yoga Workshop with Melissa

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 | 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

What gifts do you want this year? Health, sleep, energy, relaxation, joy, peace, good company? You can have it! Workshop includes restorative asana practice, pranayama (breath) practice and short meditation.

Fees: $50.00 members, $65.75 non-members (membership included)

Give yourself the gift of Iyengar yoga. All levels welcome!

For online signup, please click here
NEW! Foundations Classes with Melissa & Kari  

Want to try yoga but don't know where to start?  Start with the Foundations Class!  Learn the basics of Iyengar yoga.  For students with little to no prior yoga experience.  Develop postural alignment, stamina, strength & flexibility in a safe, systematic, effective approach during these one hour classes.

Saturdays January 14, 21, 28 & Feb. 4, 2017. 
Time:  11:30 am to 12:30 pm 
Cost:  $48 + tax.  
Instructors: Melissa & Kari  
For online signup, please click here 
For 8 to 12 year olds.  Join Kari for a fun-filled yoga class full of stretching, jumping, variety & challenges.  A fast- paced class ending with relaxation pose.
Fridays January 13, 20, 27 & 
Feb. 3, 10 & 17, 2017 
Time:  4:00 to 5:00 pm. 
Cost:  $60 + tax.

For online signup, please click here 
KYH welcomes back Jawahar Bangera 

Feb 10 - 14, 2017
Mark your Calendars!

Jawahar Bangera is a long-time student and disciple of BKS Iyengar since 1969, and was one of the first pupils from Mumbai tasked by Guruji to teach yoga.

Our Iyengar yoga community is honoured to have Jawahar return as guest teacher to Kelowna Yoga House!

Please visit our website -  
November 2016 in Pune, India

We, Phofi McCullough, Terry Tustain and Laurie Longden, attended classes one more time at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. This time we were accompanied by Laurie's husband, George Longden, a first time student at the Institute. During our travel we were anticipating the changes we would have to face at the Institute after the passing of Guruji, BKS. Iyengar.

The big change was the absence of Guruji, practising backbends at the far side of the hall swarmed by students. The noble white-haired head with the eagle eyes observing, noticing, correcting our practice while continuing teaching, was not there. Instead his portrait on the wall was urging us to continue practicing. Another big change was Geetaji's (Geeta Iyengar) appearance in the hall leading us with the 'OM' and Patanjali's invocation the first day of classes. Geetaji with soft voice and humor taught the asanas from beginner to advanced level explaining that we do the asanas in order to prepare the body and mind for Prana, the force of life. This was actually the Yemeni of the month: all asanas lead to Pranayama.

Geetaji was intent on teaching us how to be good teachers. We all felt that she wanted to pass on her knowledge, not just teach us as students. As you may know, Geetaji is not in good health, but she continues to work hard on behalf of all of us, and in the tradition and memory of her father. It was a great honor to attend her classes. We were also delighted to attend classes taught by other Indian teachers at the Institute. Each teacher has his or her own style and personality. All these teachers excel at what they do, and follow in the footsteps of Guruji.

Reflections from Hips & Knees Workshop Oct 15, 2016

Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen.

  • Photographer/Videographer:  We are in need of updated photos of our new garden, and general class/workshop photos. Also, KYH has a Youtube Channel which would love some new content added.
  • Work Exchange:
    We are in need of other yogis who would like to help out KYH and benefit from an arrangement of work exchange (Cleaning) for yoga classes.  
    We will consider students who have an established relationship (for example, three months with KYH), rather than newcomers to the studio.
    If you are interested, p lease talk to any teacher or Co-ordinator Dianne Kapty or email:
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities to enrich The Kelowna Yoga House Society, please speak to any Teacher.  Thank You!
Teacher Training at Kelowna Yoga House
If you have been a regular student of Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of three years and want to deepen your knowledge and practice to become a certified teacher, then consider joining Teacher Training.  Iyengar Yoga Teachers are considered to be some of the best trained teachers in the world due to the comprehensive and in-depth apprenticeship style program they are required to complete.  If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Krisna Zawaduk - Click this link  Teachers Contact
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