Entries by Robert McConnell

Spiritual Temple Tour of India

I can’t wait to return to India for a spiritual temple tour! I have been to India twice now and after each time I returned home, I said to myself, well, I can scratch that off my list of experiences.  But India calls you back to experience that deep stillness in your soul and the […]

Ayahuasca as Medicine Part 2

In last month’s Newsletter, I talked about the benefits of working with Ayahuasca and Tobacco as a tool for our healing and spiritual growth. I believe that no single practice can take us where we need to go and do.  We need to be open to all the possibilities that are available to us, but […]

Ayahuasca as Medicine

Ayahuasca and Tobacco have been used as medicine by the Shamans in the jungles of the Amazon for many years. As a yoga teacher and fellow yogi I would like to share my experience and my journey in healing this year in Ecuador. Bob McConnell RYT 500hr co-owner of SOYA. Swami Sivananda said “The paths […]

Yoga in Latvia

YOGA IN LATVIA – A DOCUMENTARY IN THE MAKING   by Mugs McConnell, SOYA, ERYT500 Next year will be Latvia’s 100th birthday. An inspiring group of yoga enthusiasts in this beautiful country have taken on the project of creating a documentary about the history of Yoga in Latvia. Since my teacher Dr. Harry (Hari) Dickman was […]

What is Anusara Yoga

WHAT THE HECK IS ANUSARA YOGA? By Kamala Wilkie, E-RYT500, SOYA Lead Trainer, Anusara Inspired Teacher Kamala Wilkie is an extremely dedicated Anusara Inspired yoga teacher. For well over a decade she has been a Lead Trainer for SOYA in the Okanagan, sharing her love of Anusara Yoga and its heart-opening affects. When someone asks […]


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 […]