February 2018 Newsletter
Greetings to all of our Members and New Members!

After a snowy January, we hope you have settled into your 2018 Wellness routine.  We have more of the very popular Free Sunday Intro Classes coming up, a yoga workshop and the Gentle Class returns! Please note schedule accommodations for Jawahar Bangera below. We hope you enjoy reading about Phofi's India experience, Krisna's month at RIMYI, and that you try out our new recipe. 

Please take a few minutes to Review us either on our Facebook Page or Google Reviews (links at the end of this newsletter). This is the new "Word of Mouth" which has always been the Yoga House's main form of advertising, and we appreciate your time to help spread the great work we do here at the Yoga House very much.

Hope to see you all in class very soon!
(A friendly reminder that you can register for classes/workshops online through our website  kelownayogahouse).
Please click the link above to view our current Class Schedule. Please note the following cancelled classes due to our upcoming Workshop in February:

No Classes:

Monday February 12th Family Day
Friday Restorative Class February 16
Saturday February 17
Monday & Tuesday Evenings February 19, 20
Saturday March 10 (Teacher Training)
Saturday March 31 (Easter Weekend)

Upcoming Events
Guest Speaker Jawahar Bangera February 16-20

Weekend Seminar (Feb 16-18)
February 16-18
Friday:              6:00 - 8:30 pm
Saturday:          9:00 - 1:00 pm
Sunday:            9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Pricing: KYH Members: $210 ($200+GST) Non members:$225.75 ($215+GST)

Intensive Seminar (Feb 16-20)
Friday:              6:00 - 8:30 pm
Saturday:          9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:            9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Monday:           5:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday:           5:30 - 8:30 pm
Members:$288.75 ($275+GST)
Non-members:$304.50 ($290+GST)

Evening Seminars (Feb 19, 20)
Monday:           5:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday:           5:30 - 8:30 pm
Note: Pricing below is for one evening seminar only.
KYH Members: $63 ($60+GST)
Non members: $78.75 ($75+GST)

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Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Classes 
Treat yourself to a morning of Mindfulness and Wellness
Mark your Calendars. Tell your friends!
February 25
March 25
Sundays 10 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!

Phofi McCullough

In November Terry Tustain and I visited India's holy city, Varanasi.
Since time immemorial the river Ganges has nourished and nurtured the city like a loving mother. Varanasi or Benares or Kashi (as it is also called) is a vibrant, busy, modern city of ancient temples, shrines, medieval palaces, narrow roads and of course traffic jams and noise. But Varanasi was and is India's holy city. It is the city of pilgrimage.

As the pilgrims approach the river the noise becomes subdued. Quietness prevails. The vendors of candles and marigold garlands display their ware in silence. The road to the Ganges is the road to the Divine! The pilgrims are focused as they walk to the river banks, ghats, as they sit at the river's steps, as they walk into the water to wash their faces.

As Terry and I approached the Ganges, serenity engulfed us. Through the chanting of the priests, the sound of the conches and cymbals and the offering of the garlands we became pilgrims. We witnessed the Aarti Ceremony. "Hail Mother Ganga". The Ganges River came alive, her spirit filled us with joy and peace and all of us - hundreds of pilgrims - chanted in unison with arms raised thanking her for her precious gift - life!
              "Hail Mother Ganga giver of life"

Phofi McCullough
Not a Journey: A Visit to RIMYI
Krisna Zawaduk

For those of us who have made a life of practice and teaching in the Iyengar tradition, it is a feast to return to the source. To spend a month immersed fully in practice and study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute is enlivening on so many levels. We congregate in the main hall, placing our well worn yoga mats on the unforgiving stone floor and go to it. The yoga hall at times feels like a temple. I remember Guruji practicing there in the hall with the rest of us. "My body is my temple, the asanas are my prayers," he famously said-and that philosophy seems to emit from the walls, the floors and the marble platform.  Now he is no more, but have we lost anything? Why bother travelling all the way here when the master is no longer?

The spiritual work belongs to each of us. It sure is helpful to have a master guide, but ultimately, it is our duty and responsibility to do the tapas, svadhyaya, ishvara pranidhana (self-discipline, self-study and surrender to God). And I feel that responsibility, but I do appreciate a good class when I get one too. When we go to RIMYI... 
Congratulations to KYH student Lynn Berndt, her husband Kerry and 3-year-old big sister Katalina on the safe arrival of their Twins born on  December 21, 2017. 

Tiana Isabelle was born at 6:12 pm weighing 6 lbs 12 oz and Ronan Gerhard was born at 6:13 pm weighing 6lbs 11 oz. 

Wishing you and your little ones well from everyone at the Yoga House!
Recipe: Vegan Mexican Quinoa Burritos

This one pot Mexican dish will have your family and guests coming back for seconds. This dish is so simple to whip up, it takes 30 min from start to finish. 

 1 large clove garlic chopped
 1 tbsp coconut oil
 1 jalapeno chopped 
 1 large red, or yellow, or orange bell pepper chopped 
 1 cup quinoa
 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth 
 1 can rinsed and drained black beans
 1 can diced tomatoes
 1 can rinsed and drained garbanzo beans (also called chick peas)
 1 tsp sea salt, or herbamare
 1 tsp chilli powder
 1 avocado 
 1 lime 
 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
 Rainbow chard for the wraps 
1. Stir-fry the oil, garlic, bell peppers, jalapeƱo in a deep pan for about 2 minutes, add all other ingredients except for the last 4 (avocado, lime, cilantro, chard) 
 2. Stir it all together, bring it to a boil and then simmer with a lid until the quinoa is cooked which is usually about 20 min. 
 3. Add in the lime and chopped cilantro. Add more salt and pepper if desired. 
 4. Wrap it up with your chard 'wraps', or your favourite gluten free wrap, or serve on romaine lettuce 'boats'. 
 5. Oh and don't forget to add the diced avocado!

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Thank You to all of our Amazing Volunteers!

  • 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:  kyh.yogahouse@gmail.com
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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