Entries by Robert McConnell

Meditating in the Body of Love

SOYA 25th Anniversary Retreat Meditating in the Body of Love With special guests Dr. Lorin Roche, Author of The Radiance Sutras, and Camille Maurine Asana Sessions begin at 3:00pm and are themed around the Radiance Sutras which are led by our SOYA Teacher Training Faculty, a huge part of the success of SOYA Yoga Teacher […]

Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies

A few years ago when Bob and I lived in the Shuswap, we would visit a café in Armstrong that had great tea and excellent shortbread lavender cookies. They were a unique treat! I really like shortbread, but tend to avoid wheat, so have found a way to make these shortbread cookies with almond flour. […]

Cobra Pose Modified for Low Back Pain

Bhujangasana: Cobra Pose Modified for Low Back Pain. Do you have difficulty with prone spinal extensions? Does your lower back tend to jam when you practice them?  If so, try out this pose out. In this variation of Cobra utilizing a blanket and strap, it can help to strengthen your back and facilitate fuller use […]


Many Sanskrit terms are used in yoga classes, from the names of yoga poses to the standard “Namaste” greeting to mantras. If you are confused, here are a few breakdowns for you… ASANA Asana means ‘seat of consciousness’ and as described in Patanjali’s sutras 2.46 sthira-sukham asanam (seat/posture should be stable and comfortable), but nowadays […]

SOYA 25th Anniversary

SOYA 25th Anniversary. Twenty-five Years of Memories – Dorothy Fizzell Twenty-five years with S.O.Y.A., with Mugs and Bob McConnell, with this amazing yoga!!  And actually, the connection has been much longer for me.  After graduating from university, I moved back to Penticton wanting to find a yoga teacher, as I had purchased Richard Hittleman’s book, […]

Soul of Mantra

The Soul of Mantra: A meditation on yes from The Radiance Sutras by Dr. Lorin Roche. Ask people, “What sounds do you make when you are feeling YES — when you taste or smell something utterly delicious, receive a perfect touch, or listen to music you love?” You’ll hear a chorus of sounds like “Mmmmmm,” “Aaaahhhh” and “Ooh.” These are the sounds […]

Cuba Yoga Adventure

New Year & New Intention, Cultural Cuba Yoga Adventure Looking for a sacred way to begin 2020, spending some time with pranayama, meditation, and asana? Setting a new intention in a sacred space? Here is an opportunity to visit a country you may never have visited before, making time for yoga while learning about organic […]

Wildly Devoted

Be Wildly Devoted Written by Dr. Lorin Roche. Used with permission from https://www.svarasa.com/layoga/articles/wildlydevoted.html. A Meditation On Free-Flowing Love From The Radiance Sutras, A New Version Of The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra Love has many splendors and each one is a lot of trouble. Our English word love is related to the Sanskrit lubh, – “perplexed, disturbed, […]

Kale Chips

Spicy Kale Chips By Helen Mikuska We are harvesting from the garden and enjoying the benefits and freshness of home grown veggies. Here is a wonderful nutritious snack you can create with Kale! Ingredients: Two large bunches of kale (or as many as you’d like to make) Red Cayenne pepper Nutritional Yeast Instructions: Wash kale, […]

Asana’s for Balancing the Body

The 6 Kinds of Yoga Asanas for Balancing the Body By Mugs McConnell, SOYA, E-RYT500 The Hatha Yoga Pradipika tells us there are 8,400,000 different Yoga poses due to so many ways to modify and deepen the asanas. This wonderful science of Yoga, born from the forests and caves of the Himalayas, is rich with […]