June 2018 Newsletter
Greetings from the Yoga House,
Hooray for summer!  We hope you are enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunshine.  In this month's newsletter we have many summer events, including two free classes, kids yoga, a student summer intensive to look forward to, and a heads up on a wonderful September Workshop with Father Joe. All details below.  

We hope you enjoy reading a beautiful article about the yoga sutras by Melissa, and try out a delicious recipe she contributed.

Need an inspirational pose to practice? Read our 'Asana of the Month' and learn how to practice a few Ustrasanas to open your heart, deepen your breath and lift your spirits!

A friendly re minder that you can register for classes/workshops online through our website  kelownayogahouse and that we are a scent free studio.

2018 Summer Schedule

Our summer session runs from
July 3 - August 31  Summer Schedule

Friendly Reminder: No Classes Monday, July 2nd due to the Canada Day long weekend.

Upcoming Events
Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Classes 
Treat yourself to a morning of Mindfulness and Wellness
Mark your Calendars. Tell your friends!
Sunday, July 8, August 12
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!

Join Jenn for a fun-filled yoga class full of stretching, jumping, variety, challenges & mindfulness.
A playful class ending with relaxation pose.
For 5-6 years old

Mondays: 23 & 30 July; 13 & 20 August
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $48 + tax (for the 4 classes)

For Online registration please click here
Summer Student Intensive 
Daily yoga philosophy inspiration, yogasana and pranayama  
with Krisna Zawaduk
August 24 - 27
8:30 am - 11:30 am 

Appropriate for students with a minimum of one year of Iyengar Yoga who know how to set up for Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand.)

$180 plus GST (member) 
$195 plus GST (non-member) membership included

For Online registration please click here

Father Joe Pereira has been a direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1968. He is a renowned Sr. Iyengar yoga teacher as well as a Diocesan priest belonging to the Archdiocese of Bombay. He has worked very closely with  Mother Teresa as well. Inspired by both Mother Teresa and B.K.S. Iyengar, Father Joe combined these two passions and developed the Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga, established in 1981, a recovery program for the chemically dependent which has grown exponentially over the years. Father Joe holds several degrees; he has been recognized by the government of India for his distinguished contributions and service in his field, and has received numerous awards including the International Yoga Journal Karamyogi of the Year Award in 2003. 

Father Joe's workshops are based on the Iyengar yoga traditions of meditation, pranayama and alignment. 
He uses his asana sequences with the integration of the twelve step program to bring awareness and light to his students. 
Inspirational in nature, his workshops are challenging and draw students to look deeply within their yoga practice.

For more information and online registration please click here
Photo credit: Tracy Forsythe
Sacred Way, Beijing Ming Tombs, China
Asana of the Month
(Camel Pose)

So much of our daily life involves forward-bending movements, even more so today with the use of our mobile devices and computers! Ustrasana falls into the backbend section of postures. These are important because they  extend and stretch the spinal column, creating a concave action. As the front of the spine stretches, the chest opens, energizing the lungs and deepening the breath. 

How to Practice:
Sit on your heels, toes pointing straight back, knees slightly apart and parallel.  Press your shins down and come up to a kneeling position.
Place your hands on your top buttocks, roll the shoulders back and broaden your chest. 
Lift your breastbone up and begin to curl back as you press the shoulder blades into the body.
As you extend the trunk back, move the spine into the body and press your thighs forward, cutting the mid buttocks in.
Bend back as far as possible, broadening the chest. Catch the heels with both hands and if possible place the palms on the soles of the feet. 

To Deepen the Pose, Geeta Iyengar (A Gem for Women) notes:
"(i) stretch the thighs up;
(ii) tuck the buttocks in;
(iii) move the sacrum forward to extend the thighs, buttocks and hips;
(iv) broaden the ribs of the chest;
(v) take the shoulder-blades in and raise the sternum;
(vi) throw the head back from the upper end of the breast-bone;
(vii) press the shins into the floor and the hands into the soles, take the spine into the body, lift it and stretch it so the entire body forms a good arch.

To come out:
Exhale, lessen the pressure of the hands on the feet; take the thighs and the buttocks slightly forward, raise the trunk and the arms and come back to kneeling. The movement for lifting the trunk starts in the thighs and the chest so that the impetus to lift has to come from there.
Effects: This posture extends and tones the whole spine. It corrects drooping shoulders and hunchback."

If you cannot reach both heels at the same time, catch them one at a time. After both heels are caught, straighten the shoulders.

Bolster: you may add a bolster across the calves to sit on in the kneeling position and touch the bolster rather than the heels in the final expression of the pose.

There are many other ways to modify this posture including the ropes, a chair, wall and bricks. Talk to one of our Iyengar Certified Teachers to help you experience your best Ustrasana!  

Please share your Ustrasana photos with us by emailing them and you may be featured on our Instagram and Facebook Pages!

Diving into the Yoga Sutras  
by Melissa Perehudoff

You may have heard of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. You may be aware that this is the codification of the original teachings of Yoga by the ancient sage Patanjali. This original description of Yoga is thousands of years old and has been interpreted by hundreds of Sanskrit scholars and Yoga philosophers. Sutra means thread in Sanskrit and refers to the strands of the teachings of Yoga.   Of the 196 yoga sutras, only 3 speak directly to asana or the physical postures of yoga. Yoga was originally prescribed for the mind and Ayurvedic medicine for the body. The sutras, presented in four chapters or padas cover all aspects of life and are an indepth study of the human psyche, giving us a method to gain mastery over the mind and emotions. 2018 marks my fourth visit to the Big Island of Hawaii in March and my fourth visit to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in July. These two very different cultures resonate deeply in my heart and radiate through my life with increased awareness.

To read the full article, please click here.

Photo:  Melissa and the turtle
Photo credit:  Dominique Hurley
Cauliflower Cous Cous Salad

1 caulilfower broken into florets
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
½ cup kalamato olives
½ c. olive oil
Juice of one lemon
1 clove garlic
Pepper & salt to taste

Place cauliflower in your food processor and pulse until minced into very small pieces. Add in other ingredients. Stir or blend together olive oil, lemon, garlic, salt & pepper.   Pour into salad and mix well.

Melissa Perehudoff

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  • 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


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