January 2017 Newsletter
Greetings from the Yoga House & Happy New Year!  

Each New Year offers another chance for renewal, self-improvement, and change. It is also a time of reflection, an opportunity to look back and honor the year that we just lived.

Our classes will 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. She has written a wonderful article about the Benefits of Restorative Yoga!

Also, again the announcement for the two new exciting classes we have: Foundations Class (for those with little or no yoga experience) and Kids Yoga!  And the upcoming guest teachings of Jawahar Bangera. Please see all the details below. 

As well, check out a delicious recipe, and see the pictures of two of our long standing members tying the knot!  

All the best wishes for this New Year to you all!
Winter Schedule January 3 - June 30, 2017

Please click here: Schedule 2016-2017

Benefits of Restorative Yoga by Melissa Perehudoff

Restorative yoga is an excellent way to disconnect from the busy pace of daily life and nurture yourself on a very deep level. When you relax deeply, your muscles release, your blood pressure and stress hormone levels drop and your heart rate, breathing and brain waves slow down.
According to research, regularly quieting your mind and body may help you sleep better and reduce your anxiety.

Additional benefits of a restorative yoga practice include:
1. Releases muscle tension through gentle, prolonged stretching and by using props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks.
2. Provides a mini retreat from the busy pace of daily life and allows you to move at your natural rhythm and tempo.
3. Therapeutic effects for your heart, immune, digestive and hormonal systems.
4. Develops mindfulness and increases awareness of your breath, body, thoughts or emotions that may arise and pass in the present moment.
5. Prepares the mind and body for a seated meditation practice.
6. Helps you to lose weight, particularly subcutaneous fat. Yoga in general is helpful for weight loss because it reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
7. Gives you permission to relax completely and provides a time & place to rest.
8. Transforms your yoga mat into a sanctuary for self-exploration and contemplation.
9. Invites creativity by fostering a relaxed mind.
10. Reduces anxiety and allows you to experience a wonderful feeling of calm and well-being.

You can experience the benefits of restorative yoga by signing up for our Friday night restorative class or Melissa's restorative workshop on Sunday, January  8th at 9:30 am (details below).

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 
Free Introductory Iyengar Yoga Class

Our next free introductory class is Sunday January 15th, 10:00am - 11:30am

All abilities and levels are welcome to experience this Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Class.  
Bring a friend!
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 -  
Click here for all the details

Early bird pricing till January 20th!  
Tying the knot!

The year 2016 departed with a very happy event: Danielle Hall and
Don Ciesielski (long standing KYH students and Board members) got married December 30th. The bride and groom were radiating among relatives in Canada and in France (through Skype) and loyal friends.
Did you know that lentils are a protein powerhouse of the plant kingdom? Try this recipe for a warm winter salad.

Curried Lentil and Rice Salad

Salad Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked lentils                                                
1 cup uncooked short grain brown rice
1 red pepper                                                               
½ cup green onion                                                      
6 dried apricots                                                           
1 cup fresh coriander                                                 


2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ tsp liquid honey
1 ½ tsp curry powder
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ cup good olive oil

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add lentils and boil gently uncovered for 5 min. Stir in rice and boil, until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well. Put into bowl. Chop remaining salad ingredients. Prepare dressing and add to salad.


  • 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:  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!
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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