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November Newsletter, 2021

Someday, after mastering winds, waves, tides and gravity, we shall harness the energy of love and for the second time in the history of the world, humankind will have discovered fire.~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  Hello friends, As you will see in this month’s newsletter, we ARE harnessing the energy of love with the myriad […]

Bija: Planting Seeds For the New Year

Q&A with Farah Nazarali What was the motivation for offering this retreat? Specifically, this particular retreat, at this time of year? What makes it special? The holiday season can be a difficult time of year.  If you are estranged from your family or if there are toxic and dysfunctional dynamics among family members, the holiday season […]

Asana of the Month: Warrior II

Konasana VI / Virabhadrasana B  by Kathryn ‘YogaKat’ Kusyszyn I love this pose for the challenges it offers. This pose demands strength and at the same time, it creates a sense of expansiveness. Being rooted in the present, looking to the future and releasing the past. Virabhadrasana B embodies the stance of the active warrior […]

Remembering our Innate Goodness

We came into this world pure. If you spend time with any newborn baby, you can see they live only in the present moment. A baby may cry when she has physical discomfort – hunger, wet diaper, etc – but she makes no judgements about the world, such as, “Bad mommy. Why isn’t she here […]

October Newsletter, 2021

Inhaling Deeply & Embracing the Dark “This is life. It includes pleasure, pain, good, bad, happiness, depression, etc. There can’t be day without night. So don’t expect that you or anyone else will alway be happy. Stand in the world bravely and face good and bad equally. Life is for that.” -Baba Hari Dass  Hello […]

Low and Slow for Fall

As the expansive heat and light of summer ebbs to chill golden, the Fall rhythms of family and work life resume in equal measure.  I imagine this transitional time like the opposing forces of a rising tide at a river’s mouth; there is an urge to dig in our feet and hold steady while also […]

Yoga, Forgiveness & Ego

by Tracy Chetna Boyd “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” One thing I can say with a high degree of certainty, is that human beings are complicated. The pairs of opposites are alive and well in each of us. Yoga tells us the sensory world is characterized […]


The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga (SSCY) supports public classes, gatherings, workshops, and retreats and is a registered non-profit organization. We have been working to stay aligned with the protocols set out by the Island Health Authority (VIHA), WorkSafe BC (WCB), Public Health, and Health Canada to ensure we are doing our part to keep […]

News from the Centre – September 2021

“Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.” Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: […]

Stoking the Fire: Spice up your Autumn meals

Ayurveda places great emphasis on agni, the fire principle, which manifests in the body in overall warmth and in the power of digestion (physical, mental and emotional), as well as in our vision, in our blood and skin. When our digestive agni is strong and balanced, we feel energized and clear, light and centered. As […]

A Magical Weekend

The 47th Annual Community Yoga Retreat (ACYR) came to a close on August 8th this year after a magical weekend filled with as much connection, peace and play as Zoom could handle! 84 Adults and 7 kids registered and attended online, joining us from all over the world.  In Retreat Coordinator Anuradha’s words, “Once again, […]

Practices for Challenging Times

by Tanya Gita Roberts As I sit down to write out some musings for this month’s newsletter, I am filled with immense gratitude for this community and our beloved teacher, Baba Hari Dass. Many of you attended the online ACYR this year. This sweet event still inspires me weeks later. I am so grateful for […]

News from the Centre – August 2021

RETREAT TIME! Break the net of your attachments & be free; Reaffirming the strong Connections of our Community “The silkworm makes a net to imprison itself. In the same way a person makes a net of attachments, desires, and possessiveness, and sits inside that net in pain and depression. As long as this net is […]


As a long-time nature lover and organic farmer, I can almost always be found a mere walk or a bike ride away from forests or protected areas that foster biodiversity. While working in the garden at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga for the past few years, I was surrounded by wooded areas which were […]

Bhudrāsana Mountain Pose/ Scriptural or Cultural Pose

aka Adho Mukha Śhvānāsana, Downward Facing Dogby Kathryn Kusyszyn This is a standing forward bend, half inversion and balance pose.  I love this pose and practice it every day. As one of my teachers says “Another day, another dog pose.”  This pose is used as a type of transition pose and a type of eraser, […]