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May 2019  Newsletter
Dear Students,

Greetings from the Yoga House!


Thanks to a lot of wonderful support, we have made it into the voting round for Kelowna Now's Best of Kelowna 2019 Contest. 

We would love to end up in the top three, and we need your vote. The deadline is May 24 at 3 pm. Your vote is greatly appreciated!

Please check out our Upcoming Events below, including details on International Iyengar Yoga Teacher  Jawahar Bangera's workshop coming up in two weeks, as well as Pranayama classes with KYH's very own Phofi McCullough. Another popular free yoga class is on Sunday, June 23rd. 

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Yoga House!

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

Namaste,
KYH
 

2019  Spring Schedule
April 1 - June 30
Please click here for our  Spring Schedule

Long Weekend Schedule:
There will be an All Levels class this Saturday May 18th from 9.30am-11am with Tracy. 
                                                The studio will be closed Monday for 
                                                Victoria Day.
Upcoming Events
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Timed Practice

Sunday, May 19th   
A quiet morning group practice of a series of timed yoga poses. 
The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the main house. Please email Terry for more details. tmtustain@shaw.ca
Kelowna Yoga House is happy to announce that Jawahar Bangera is returning as a guest speaker to our yoga community. 

May 24 - May 27, 2019

You can choose between:
3 days (Friday-Sunday) seminar 
4 days (Weekend + Monday) seminar
Extra Tuesday evening seminar (with or without meal afterwards)
 
Schedule Times:
Friday May 24: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Saturday May 25: 9:00 am - 1:00pm
Sunday May 26: 9:00 am - 12:30pm
Monday May 27: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday May 28: 5:30pm - 7:30pm  




June 3 - 7, 2019
8:00 am - 9:00 am daily

Each morning we will explore the breath, creating a base on which to build our Pranayama practice.
 
Everyone welcome!  Come on an empty stomach.
 
Cost:
$60 plus GST (member) or use your punchcard
$75 plus GST (non-member) membership included



Save the Date!
Volunteer Appreciation Tea
Saturday, June 15
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For all active volunteers who have contributed their time and talents to KYH committees, special events and assessments. We thank you and want to celebrate you! Watch your inbox for your invitation and Event details.


Free Beginner Yoga Class
Treat yourself to a morning of Mindfulness and Wellness
Mark your Calendars. Tell your friends!
 
Sunday, June23
10 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a Free Beginner Level Yoga Class. All levels and abilities are welcome. Yoga mats and props are supplied complimentary in our fully equipped yoga studio. 
In this class, you will be guided safely by an internationally certified Iyengar Yoga teacher through a sequence of asanas (poses) designed to increase strength, balance, flexibility and relaxation. 

Modifications and adaptations will be made for those with injuries or challenges in the body.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to get settled and please notify the teacher of any injury before class.  

Please note: We can only host 30 people maximum on a first come, first serve basis. There is no pre-registration for this class.
Yoga and Babies - A New Grandmother's Perspective
By Tracy Forsythe

Having just had our first grandbaby, a little boy named Everett, on March 5th of this year, I've had the excitement of witnessing motherhood, experiencing grandparenthood and fully appreciating how important my yoga practice is and has been in my life.

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was lucky enough to be in the delivery room as my daughter delivered her son, and I was very blessed to be able to witness his first breaths, a magical moment to say the least. I was told by my Mom and many other grandparents out there that the love for your grandbaby is just as strong as it is for your own kids. I was certain I would "love" this little baby and of course think it was adorable, but I have to admit, I was skeptical and a little worried that my experience would not measure up to all the rave reviews I had heard out there! Well, I was proven wrong by the indelible imprint this tiny human has left on my soul. As I supported my daughter throughout the labour, delivery and postpartum weeks, I gained a new appreciation of what I went through myself, but especially of the immense power and strength a woman has, how she digs so deep to give this baby life. It is the cliché miracle, but it really is. There is no other way to describe it. On the heels of Mother's Day, my daughter's partner, my husband, and even my son, now a new uncle, all have a new and fresh perspective on the sacrifices that women make unconditionally to make sure their offspring survive and thrive! I appreciate how much they know this. This is also why yoga is so important. As women, we can withstand a lot, but we need to also take the time, even if it is only 10 minutes, to take care of ourselves, and yoga can help us do this.

I am in the position of being a long-distance Grandma, so our time with Everett when we have it is immersive and hands-on. In the three weeks that I spent helping the new parents out, I appreciated every minute of my time with the new family. However, I also fully realized how essential yoga is in my life. It truly is the power source in recharging my system so I can actually be helpful for my family. Of course, while I was with them, my yoga practice changed, and some days were missed, but what was reaffirmed to me was how crucial it is for me. When I could, I managed to sneak in some yoga poses: Supta Baddha Konasana, Supta Padangusthasanas, Baddha Konasana, Virasana, Parvatasana, Gomukhasana, Supta Virasana, Uttanasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Paryankasana, Upavistha Konasana, Viparita Karani, even some standing poses. These were my go-to poses, where I organically listened to what my body needed: replenishment, restoration, calming, and energy. Physically, my muscles and bones felt immediate relief, and physiologically my body revitalized, ready to take on the rest of the day. Emotionally and psychologically, these poses helped me to process the magnitude of this new experience of supporting a tiny new life in the world. 

As I left them, three weeks after baby was born, of course tears filled my eyes, but I knew they were ready to take it all on. And I was grateful for the time to regenerate myself with a more regular yoga practice until the next visit!

After spending a week over Mother's Day with baby and my daughter, once again I understand how grateful I am to have this tool of yoga to help me be my best self and the best Grandma I can be. I look forward to the times in the future when Everett and I can play with yoga poses from his perspective. We've already been having fun with Urdhva Hastasana as he stretches his arms and flashes me a big smile.
 
What an honour it is to have this experience, to cherish new life, to mentor my child into parenthood and to usher in a new generation of little yogis. Life is good - no, life is Grand, and yoga helps us to experience life to its fullest!



If you have left any items at the studio, they will find their way into the lost and found box in the front entrance. Please check this box for anything that might belong to you, as we will be donating any unclaimed items to charity at the end of the fall session.  Thank You!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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Thank you to all of our amazing Volunteers!

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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