October 2018 Newsletter

We are very grateful for our dedicated students and want to extend a big welcome to all of our new members. Our Fall Classes are well underway, with some new classes and teachers! Get to know our new teachers by reading a short bio on each of them below.

This Fall, please note several Upcoming Events, all details below and on our website Events Page:
  • Free Class Sunday, October 14;
  • Foundations Session (six classes) beginning October 13; 
  • Monthly Focus on Practice Series with Krisna;
  • "Movember" Men's Only Yoga Class;
  • Workshop with Marlene Mawhinney
    (sign up early to secure your spot. It is expected to fill up quickly!)
Enjoy another insightful article from Melissa, digging deeper into the Yoga Sutras. 

Krisna has included a quick note to students, please scroll down to read.

Also, click the link to a photo montage from the fantastic workshop in September with Father Joe Pereira.

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 Fall Schedule

New Beginner and Intermediate Classes!

Upcoming Events

Want to try yoga but don't know where to start?
Start with the Foundations Class and learn the basics of Iyengar Yoga.
This session is ideal for students with no prior yoga experience.
Develop postural alignment, stamina, strength & flexibility in a safe,
systematic, effective approach.

Saturdays: October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 17, November 24

Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $72 + tax (for the 6 classes total).

Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Class
Treat yourself to a morning of Mindfulness and Wellness
Mark your Calendars. Tell your friends!
Sunday, October 14
10 am - 11:30 am

All abilities and levels are welcome to experience a Free Beginner Iyengar Yoga Class. You will learn 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!

October 27 
Focus on Standing Poses and Backbends 

November 24 
Focus on Rope work and Forward Extensions 

$45 (+tax) each 
(non-members add $15 for 1 year membership)

"Movember" Men's Yoga Class
 Saturday, November 3rd, 1-2 pm with Phofi
All Levels are welcome (including non-members) to attend this fun event which is by donation!
All proceeds will benefit the Movember Foundation (the only global charity focused solely on men's health.)
Join us with an early happy hour after class at The Train Station Pub, 1177 Ellis Street.
You can sign up online, on the bulletin board at KYH, or just show up for this fun class!
For signup online, please  click here  
Kelowna Yoga House 
Welcomes Back 
Marlene Mawhinney

November 9-12

3 Day Workshop (Nov. 9-11)
Friday: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 Day Workshop (Nov. 9-12)
Friday: 6:00 pm - 8:30pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Monday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Early Bird Registration is on until October 12th. After October 12th, all workshop fees increase by $50. Early registration is recommended as this popular workshop fills up fast.

Please click here to sign up! 
Get to Know Our New Teachers

Tegan Brophy
Yoga has been an integral part of Tegan's life since her introduction to Iyengar yoga in her late teens where she discovered the life-balancing and grounding value of regular practice. For the past 30 years she has practiced and studied with a variety of senior teachers from around the world, beginning her teaching career in 2008 in South Africa. She is certified at the Junior Intermediate 1 Level.  Tegan directed her own yoga-wellness studio in Windhoek, Namibia, before relocating to Canada in 2009. She has lived and taught in Whitehorse and Nanaimo and is now settling in Kelowna, thrilled to be part of this vibrant, welcoming yoga community in the beautiful, sunny Okanagan. Tegan has a keen interest in integrated dynamic health, somatic transformation and the evolution of consciousness. She is delighted by adventure and is an enthusiastic explorer of the outer and inner worlds remaining forever a student of life. Her teaching offers practical guidance in self exploration through the many depths and benefits of yoga, inviting discovery, vitality, and the transformation of challenge into possibility. Professionally, Tegan is a Practitioner in Medical Heilkunst and Homeopathy; an accredited Quantum Bio-Feedback Therapist, Integral Master Coach and Somatic Coach specialising in Sequential time-line therapy, Life transition and Trauma integration. "Unless freedom is gained in the body, freedom of the mind is a far-fetched idea." BKS Iyengar

Lauri Morel
Lauri's first yoga class was at the Kelowna Yoga House, with her then teenage daughter, 15 years ago. Little did she know then that she would embark on the long, winding road toward becoming a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Along the path she went to Pune in 2009 with a few other KYH students and teachers to study with the Iyengar family at RIMYI. Also on the way, she completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga in 2013-14. After dabbling in other styles of yoga practice, and continuing to practice at KYH, attending workshops regularly with Iyengar teachers, she came to the realization that, for her, the Iyengar method of practicing yoga, made her body and mind feel the most connected and balanced. Being a Registered Nurse for the past 27 years has also contributed to Lauri's appreciation of Iyengar yoga as a safe, healthy, and accessible to all method of yoga practice. Lauri is going into her third year of teacher training toward certification at the Introductory II level. When not at work, or practicing yoga in class or at home, you can find her out hiking somewhere and most likely striking a yoga pose or two for a little spontaneity and fun.

Janice Loukras
Janice began her exploration of yoga in 1998 seeking relief from the physical effects of a desk job and childbirth. The practice brought both physical and mental benefits. Upon moving to Kelowna in 2003, Janice discovered the Kelowna Yoga House and Iyengar yoga and has been a student ever since. Her first workshop experience was at the 2008 Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada's Annual General Meeting in Penticton where she had the privilege of learning from Geeta Iyengar, and from there was inspired to learn more. In 2016, Janice chose to take her practice and learning deeper by entering the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program and is currently in her third year of teacher training toward certification at the Introductory II level. In addition to teacher training and regular classes at KYH, Janice also studies with national and international Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers.

Digging Deeper into the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 
by Melissa Perehudoff

I've returned from my fourth trip to Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India where I studied and practiced Iyengar yoga for one month. Attending RIMYI is a true pilgrimage filled with many wonders, challenges and insights. Digging deeper into my physical yoga practice helped to unearth some greater understanding of yoga philosophy. These are my humble attempts to personalize my limited understandings on the subject of the vrttis.

Yoga is defined as citta vrtti nirodhaha or the cessation of movements in the consciousness [1]. BKS Iyengar states that a quiet and pure consciousness is divine and at one with the soul [2]. Investigating further into the yoga sutras we discover that there are five types of fluctuations or vrttis that can cause our consciousness to be unstable. The five vrttis are correct knowledge, false knowledge, imagination, sleep and memory [3]. The vrttis are classified into five groups for simplicity and ease of understanding. All five can affect you at one time in varying degrees [4]. They can be painful (klista) or non-painful (aklista). The painful vrttis can cause our downfall and non-painful or pure vrttis result in upliftment [5].

Click here to read the full article

A Note From Krisna

Dear students of Yoga,
Surprise! I am taking a sabbatical from October 19 until February 28. I am excited to have this opportunity to deepen my practices and studies through the winter months which are naturally a time to go inward. I am exceedingly grateful (and I know you will be too) that the KYH teachers have rallied to cover my regular classes during this time.
Wishing you a bountiful and inspired winter of practice!

In the light of Yoga,
The Focus on Practice series will continue! You can still have class with Krisna October 26 and November 24. 
December 15, she will be leading 100 poses in 100 minutes to celebrate BKS Iyengar's centenary.

 Check out this link for more details (click here)

Father Joe demonstrating Sirsasana in Viparita Dandasana
Father Joe Workshop Reflections

We were honoured to have Father Joe Pereira at our studio for a workshop at the end of September. It was an inspiring and wonderful experience for all who were able to attend.

Click here for a short video of his visit.

       Notice to All Members

Kelowna Yoga House is holding its 17th 
Annual General Meeting

Saturday, December 1st -  watch for  details coming soon!

All members are welcome!

Remember that 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 (December 23, 2018). 
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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