Entries by Robert McConnell


THE CHAKRAS, A PATH TO THE SELF By Latika Pierrette Claude, SOYA, RYT500 Who am I? What is my purpose on this earth? These fundamental questions rarely come at a younger age when we feel ourselves immortals, life unfolding in front of our eyes like a never ending path. Unless one is an “old soul”, […]

Spiritual Pathways

Swami Sivananda said “The paths are many but the truth is one”. I believe that it may take a few spiritual pathways to find the truth, but as long as one path is a platform for the next path, we don’t fall back but we keep going forward to that one truth, that inner light […]

Friendship: Not Beyond Words

Friendship: Not Beyond Words, by Marion (Mugs) McConnell Have you ever had a friendship that was always there for you? Maybe they don’t live nearby, maybe they aren’t the same age or generation, but they are the best listeners the minute you reach out to them. Years go by and each time you get together […]

How can we benefit from Yoga?

How can you benefit from Yoga? Offered from Natasha Scott, SOYA lead trainer. “If only there was something we could do to reduce stress, improve our mental and physical health and just make us feel better!!” “If only there was an ancient practice, tested and refined over thousands of years that could help us.” Wait, […]


FIVE REASONS WHY I LOVE TEACHING YOGA By Cindy Szekely, E-RYT500, SOYA After completing my 500 hour yoga teacher training with SOYA, and gaining my E-RYT500 (experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) in 2009, I was invited by SOYA to co-lead the teacher training program in Prince George. In this venue I was able to find my […]

Yoga Documentary

LATVIA, and a Yoga Documentary in the Making By Marion (Mugs) McConnell  I have wanted to go to Latvia since I met Dr. Harry (Hari) Dickman, my yoga teacher. He spoke so highly of the beauty of this country since it was his home prior to WWII. He was never able to return. Now it is […]

Ardha Chandra Chapasana

Ardha Chandra Chapasana by Kamala Wilkie Out my craving for backbends and all things sweet, may I present Sugarcane Pose (Ardha Chandra Chapasana) for all you yogins wanting a more advanced balancing pose to chew on. Sugarcane is in the Half Moon family. If Half Moon is accessible, why not satiate your sweet tooth and […]

Breath of Bliss

The Breath of Bliss Journey by Carla Wainwright, M.Sc., E-RYT500, IYTA, SOYA When Prana awakens within you, you embrace the transcendental consciousness of the Divine.  At this year’s SOYA Annual Yoga Retreat I will be facilitating a special Breath of Bliss ceremony on the Saturday evening, June 3rd. Breath of Bliss is a presence practice exploring breath, movement […]

Upanishad Mantra Meditation

The Upanishad Mantra Meditation is one of my favourites in Letters from the Yoga Masters on page 165.  It includes four mantras that are intended to help awaken our consciousness to the spirit within. Along with the mantras we visualize the flow of prana. I have slightly modified this version of the meditation for flow. To hear […]

Vinyasa of Life

The Vinyasa of Life – by Carla Wainwright, SOYA lead trainer, E-RYT500 “There is nothing permanent except change.” So goes the quote from the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. In life things arise, they abide and then they dissolve. Our asana practice also mirrors this cycle of impermanence. In Vinyasa we connect to the smooth flow […]