We have some new Upcoming Events this spring, including a Pranayama (Breathing) Workshop, a Sunday Free Intro Class, and our popular Foundations Series has begun (new students are still encouraged to join.)
Save the Date for our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea for all of our Volunteers from the past year, details below and to follow.
We encourage you to practice the Asana of the Month, try out
a yummy Greek recipe, and enjoy reading an insightful article from Melissa.
We continue to request your participation in taking a few minutes to give us a review on Google Reviews or our Facebook Page (links below.) We appreciate your time to help spread the great work we do here. A Big Thanks to everyone who has already taken the time to do this.
Hope to see you all in class very soon, and Welcome to all New Students!
(A friendly reminder that you can register for classes/workshops online through our website
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to view our current Class Schedule (to June 30th)
Still accepting students!
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 no prior yoga experience.
Develop postural alignment, stamina, strength & flexibility in a safe,
systematic, effective approach.
Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Saturdays: May 5, May 12, May 26, June 2, June 9.
Time: 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Cost: $60+ tax (for 5 classes)
or Register in person before class.
Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Class
Treat yourself to a morning of Mindfulness and Wellness
Mark your Calendars. Tell your friends!
Sunday, May 6
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!
Save the Date!
Volunteer Appreciation Tea
Sunday, May 27
11:30 am - 2:00 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.
The Yogic Art of Breathing
A Five-Day Workshop with Phofi McCullough
June 4 - 8 (Monday - Friday)
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Each morning we will explore the breath,
creating a base on which to build our Pranayama practice.
Come on an empty stomach!
$60 plus GST (member)
or use your punch card
$75 plus GST (non-member)
Daily yoga philosophy inspiration, yogasana and pranayama
with Krisna Zawaduk
August 24 - 27
8:30 am - 11:30 am each day
Appropriate for students with minimum of one year of Iyengar Yoga who know how to set up for Sarvangasana.
$180 plus GST (member)
$195 plus GST (non-member)
Online registration coming soon!
in Sirsasana at the Grand Canyon
Iyengar Yoga is Not Sexy, Is It?
by Melissa Perehudoff
We all know the physical benefits of yoga. The standing poses strengthen leg muscles, increase suppleness and strength in the spine and tone the cardiovascular system. In forward bends, the sympathetic (fight, flight or freeze) nervous system is rested, stress is removed from the organs of perception and adrenal glands are soothed. In twists, the pelvic and abdominal organs are squeezed and flushed with blood. The twists improve the suppleness of the diaphragm and relieve spinal, hip and groin disorders. In inversions, such as Headstand and Shoulderstand, the health of your body and mind is greatly enhanced by flushing vital organs like the brain, heart and lungs with blood. Backbends stimulate the central nervous system and increase its ability to tolerate stress. They help relieve and prevent headaches, hypertension and nervous exhaustion. Restorative poses, such as Savasana soothe the body and rest the mind.
To read the full article please
Thinking of a Spring detox? Want to increase your energy and improve your balance and concentration, while relieving lower back pain? Parivrtta Trikonasana is the invigorating answer!
To practice (Right rotation);
Stand in Tadasana on the center of a mat placed width-wise. Jump the feet wide apart, swinging the arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Pivot to the right, turning the left foot in at least 45 degrees and the right foot out 90 degrees. At the same time, revolve the hips and torso to squarely face the right foot.
Keep the legs straight, lifting the kneecaps and upper thighs. Extend and spread the toes, and rotate the inner left thigh back. Lift the side ribs, and chest, drawing the shoulder blades down the back.
Lift the front hipbones, exhale, and leading with the breastbone, bend forward over the right leg, turning the torso to the right. Place the left hand on the floor, block or chair at the outer ankle.
Keep the legs straight and firm, drawing the right hip back. Roll the right shoulder back, bringing it parallel and directly above the left shoulder. Press the left shoulder blade deeply into the back and rotate the torso further to the right. Keep extending the right arm up all the way through the fingertips. Turn the head to look up at the right hand.
To exit the pose:
Inhale and pivot back to an upright position, turning the feet to face front. Jump back to Tadasana and repeat on the other side.
Cautions: Do not practice this asana if you have a pulled hamstring, a herniated disk, or are menstruating.
There are several variations and modifications for practicing this pose that you can ask your Teacher about. For more stability, practice with your back outer heel at the wall.
Send us a photo of you in Parivrtta Trikonasana and you may be featured on our Facebook and Instagram Pages!
As promised, the sequel to last month's recipe:
Artichokes and Peas in
4-5 fresh artichokes (or 2 cans in water)
1 1/2 lbs fresh shelled peas or 1/2 lbs frozen
2-3 carrots chopped
2 bunches of green onions chopped
2-3 small potatoes (optional)
2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Ingredients for the Egg-lemon sauce:
2 eggs separated
Juice of 2 lemons
1 cup broth or stock
1 tbsp or less of cornstarch (optional)
To peel fresh artichokes:
Have a large bowl of cold water and add the juice of one lemon keeping the lemon halves.
Hold the artichoke in your palm and with a knife snap back the hard green leaves until you reach the tender ones and cut one inch off the top. Cut the artichoke in half and scoop out the thistles (fuzzy part). Remove away any other dark green part of the base of the artichoke. With the squeezed lemon halves rub the artichoke and put it into the bowl of lemon water to avoid discolouration.
Heat the oil in a pot and sauté the onions, carrots and potatoes for 5 min. Add the artichokes, peas 1-2 slices of lemon. Cover with water and cook vegetable until they are tender. Add dill and parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
If you are using frozen or canned vegetables add them to the pot when carrots and potatoes are almost tender.
In a bowl whisk the egg whites until thickened, add slowly the egg yolks followed by the lemon juice beating constantly. Gradually add the broth from the pot to temper the eggs and then pour it into the pot with the vegetables. Shake the pot and warm it over medium heat but remove it from heat before it reaches a boil.
Welcoming New Students in our Community
by Mike Martin
Most if not all long-standing members of KYH will list "sense of community" as one of the things they like most about the Yoga House. Over time we get to know the teachers and our classmates; we know their names, what they do, and we learn about their families and many other things about their lives. In short, we feel comfortable with them, and they with us. The same can be said about our great KYH facility; we know the different spaces, where the props live, and where the bathrooms are. Over time the space becomes an extension of our home; in fact, for many of us KYH becomes our home away from home.
The feeling we have of community does not happen overnight. All of us remember our first class at KYH; if we came with a friend, they were likely the only person we knew. We didn't know where things were, our teacher, or the person sitting beside us, and if it was our first yoga class ever, we really felt like a fish out of water! Hopefully, you were welcomed by a teacher or other attendee when you stepped in to KYH for the first time. Hopefully, someone with a smile introduced themselves and helped you with your props and the general lay of the land; and "hopefully," once you were set up with your mat and props, the people sitting around you introduced themselves and made you feel relaxed while waiting for the class to begin.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the "perfect" first class. In fact, according to feedback gathered from our surveys, some first-timers find KYH somewhat cold and uninviting. They felt they were generally left on their own to figure out where things were and the props that were required, and once setup they sat silently waiting for the first class to begin. That scenario is unfortunate because we can do a much better job of making people feel at home when they walk in to the KYH for the first time.
We encourage all of our Members to make an effort to greet new people with a smile; introduce yourself and help make them feel comfortable. Who knows, you may be meeting your next best friend!
|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.
We would love to have a student who has an established relationship with KYH.
- 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 in any of these volunteer opportunities to enrich The Kelowna Yoga House Society, please speak to any Teacher. Thank You!