December 2017 Newsletter
Happy Holiday Greetings to all of our Members and New Members!

We hope this finds you well during this busy time of the year.  A friendly reminder that our last class for the 2017 Schedule is on Saturday, Dec 16th. However, there is a Community Free Class on Sunday at 10 am. Also, to help keep you balanced this holiday season, Krisna is offering a Winter Sadhana (guided practice) Dec 18, 19, 20, 21.  Melissa also is offering a workshop in  the new year. Please see all the details below. 

We hope you enjoy our last newsletter of 2017 listing many upcoming events, including the New Foundations Classes, two wonderful articles, one from the "male yoga student" perspective, the new 2018 Schedule, and a yummy recipe to keep you energized.

We wish you all peace and contentment now and in the New Year.

(A friendly reminder that you can register for classes/workshops online through our website  kelownayogahouse.)

New Year Schedule
Click this link: 2018 Schedule 

Friendly Reminder: No regular classes
December 16th - January 1st
Back in session January 2nd!  

Notice: Commencing January 1, 2018, our Drop-in rate will be $20 (Including tax)

Move into Movember with Yoga by Mike Martin

In support of men's health, KYH held a Movember Charity Foundation "men's only" event on Saturday, November 17th. Thirteen men attended the one- hour class led by our teacher Krisna "Chris" Zawaduk. Happily for us, Krisna chose asanas with (slightly) more focus on strength over flexibility. What struck me most about the class was the vibe; someone described it as "heavily laced with testosterone." Throughout the class there were grunts, groans and plenty of laughter.  I had a tough time keeping it together whenever I looked up at "Chris" with her painted on mustache.
For some attendees, the best part of the day occurred after class when we adjourned to the Train Station Pub for "wings and beer" with our wives and friends. Train Station staff gave us our own section, special happy hour pricing and treated us very well . All 25 of us had a great time socializing, hoisting back brewskies and eating appetizers.  In addition to the good times, we donated over $200 to the Movember Foundation. This successful KYH event is one we all will look forward to attending next year!

Multiple Perspectives by Melissa Perehudoff 

In preparing for the free class for all members prior to the KYH AGM, I started thinking about the composition of a volunteer board. Each person represents a unique personality and perspective when discussing issues at a board meeting.  The multiple perspectives on the board are like the facets of a diamond adding lustre of knowledge to the decision making process.  These multiple minds work together towards the one purpose of establishing and maintaining an Iyengar yoga center.  When intelligence flows evenly through an organization or body, balance and beauty are created.  That led me to thinking about the L shape in asana and how various poses are different perspectives of the L shape.  Can you identify the eight L shape poses in the practice sequence below?  (Hint:  some poses represent an exact L shape and some poses have an L shape embedded in their geometry.)

1.  Utkatasana 2 X's
2.  Adho Mukha Svanasana-heels to wall                      
3.  Utthita Hasta Padangustasana-feet on wall, use belt
4.  Ardha Uttanasana-hands on wall
5.  Virabhadrasana III-hands on wall
6.  Virabhadrasana III-raised foot on wall and hands on vertical bricks
7.  Uttanasana
8.  Ardha Adho Mukha Vrksasana-feet on wall
9.  Surya Namaskar
10.  Surya Namaskar-add standing poses VI, VIII & Utthita Hasta Padangustasana or Vrksasana
11.  Dandasana
12.  Urdhva Prasarita Padasana
13.  Halasana with feet at wall into
14.  Sarvangasana
15.  Viparita Karani
16.  Savasana

Upcoming Events
Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Class 
Take a break from shopping to rebalance, restore and re-energize!
Sunday, December 17th 10:00 am - 11:30 am

  All abilities and levels are welcome to experience a Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Class. Enjoy learning some of the foundational asanas (poses) with precise  instruction in a non-competitive and compassionate atmosphere.  All mats and props are supplied in our fully equipped yoga oasis. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled. Everyone welcome!

From Darkness to Light   
Winter sadhana (practice) to get you through the darkest days of the year.

December 18-21, 9-11 am daily

Minimum One year of Iyengar Yoga Experience required.

Restorative & Pranayama Workshop with Melissa   

The shorter, colder winter days are a reminder to slow down and rest. Restorative yoga allows you to recover from the stresses and strains of life so that you can be more relaxed, release stored tension in the mind and body and receive the benefits of increased focus and concentration. Give yourself the gift of Iyengar restorative yoga. 
Sunday,  January 7th,  2018   9:30 am - 12:30pm
Relax, Release, Receive
 All Levels Welcome

New Foundations Classes   
Saturdays. Jan. 20, Jan.27, Feb. 3, Feb.10, Feb. 24, Mar. 3

Want to try yoga but don't know where to start,  
start with the Foundations Class and learn the basics of Iyengar Yoga. 
For students with no prior yoga experience. 
Develop postural alignment, stamina, strength & flexibility in a safe, systematic, effective approach.

Recipe: Almond Energy Snowballs   

  • 1 cup(s), chopped date(s), fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) almond butter, smooth
  • 1/4 cup(s) reduced-sugar apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup(s) almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) uncooked rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp dried chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed meal
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  1. Place dates, almond butter, apricot jam, almonds, oats, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, and cocoa in food processor and pulse until combined.
  2. Using a tablespoon measure portion mixture and roll into balls. Dust with icing sugar.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

  • 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 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!

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