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Publisher's Message ~ February 2014 Issue

This eMagazine was issued on Feb 1st - Next edition is March 1st.

In 2014, OK In Health Community Network is celebrating our 10th Anniversary of serving the mind, body & spirit community.
We have now posted over 10,000 events and workshops, 1,000's of wellness practitioners, published over 10,000 high quality articles and best of all we have just reached the 100,000 mark for the numbers of people who have visited our website and eMagazine. Wow! We thank you all for your amazing support during the last 10 years.
Over the year we are planning some special celebration events. We are excited to announce some of them such as:

February 1st is St Brigid day and the start of Imbolc. Bridget is our blessed Earth triple Goddess of Healing/Midwifing, Inspiration/Poetry and Transformation/Smithcraft. Brigit also know as the ‘Fiery Arrow’, ‘Exalted One’, ‘Mary of the Gaels’; Keeper of the Fire, Protectress of the Holy Wells,  and the Weaver of Peace. The Bridge between what was and what will be. She reminds us upon where we stand. What seeds we choose now to put forth and inspire ourselves. May your hearth be always filled with flame, may your waters of life wash... through all that needs to be released and may you find peace in Her gentle strength. Tradition is that we put out a piece of cloth or shawl on the eve of Imbolc/Brigid’s Day to gather her dew. Use this for healing throughout the year.  Each morning Brigit would be called upon to keep the home fire burning. To bless all who crossed the threshold, between one place and another, one world and another.

'The OK-anagan Gathering'
Hosted by the OK In Health community network.
A 10th Anniversary Special Event ~ Please come out and join us!
In January we had a full house and a great fun event in Penticton. Join us once a month to gather together in a loving free light community event. Where we can connect, support each other and raise our vibrations in love, light and peace. Everyone is welcome, from those who are just starting their own journey, to those who have been working in the community for years. To register and for more information contact Maria Carr email 250 493 0106.  Entrance Fee: By donation (suggestion $5). [Kelowna date to follow - Please email us if Interested in more details]
February 19th, 7pm  at Shatford Center, Penticton. This month's Topic is: Ancient Sacred Okanagan - A time before us!

Three Group Tours with OK In Health 
We are hosting two tours this year to Ireland. Last year we had a marvellous time. This year we have two dates and two different types of tours to choose from for Ireland and one tour to Hawaii.
- Celtic Angel Sacred Tour to Ireland with Maria O'Farrell Carr & Cindy Smith. Includes the 4 day Angel Empowerment Practitioner Course, sacred sites & is lots of fun. This tour is 15 nights with lots of tours around of Ireland. Optional: mini tours to London and Paris.
September - Celtic 'Holiday & Irish Music' Tour to Ireland - with Maria O'Farrell Carr.  Nancy Rebecca will be joining us during this tour. Nancy is a registered nurse,  clairvoyant,  and is the founder of the Intuitive Mind courses. There are no workshops on this course but there is be some group and private sessions during the tour with Nancy. This a fun-filled & relaxing tour of Ireland and everyone is welcome - See Ireland thru your host Maria O’Farrell Carr's Irish eyes. Irish landscapes, ancient sites and fairy places, live traditional Irish music at night, castles, lots of fun tours, laughter & great CRAIC!... Optional: mini tours to London and Paris.
November - Sacred Angel Tour in Hawaii with Maria O'Farrell Carr and Cindy Smith. Cindy will be teaching the Advance Angel Empowerment Practitioner™ Course. Family are welcome to come join you at a non-course rate.

All tours are booked through our Registered group K. Banks travel agent.

International Guest Speaker Events

Lee Carroll - February 9, 2014. Seminar and Live Channeling with Lee Carroll & a Kryon Okanagan Event

Allison Scott from South Africa . May 31st/June 1st, 2014. We are arranging to fly in another international speaker to the Okanagan. We are very excited to announce that Allison Scott will be joining us in May 2014 . She will be hosting an event where we will learn step-by-step technique to connect to the Angelic and Celestial realms, and bring through messages of Love and Wisdom from your Higher Self, Ascended Masters, Spirit Guides and Angels, while staying fully present in your body. Learn to channel and you will also learn to work in the vibration of the 12th Dimension in a crisp way. I highly recommend this workshop for beginners to advance students. Please book early.

Gregg Braden is coming to the Okanagan at the end of September. Watch the OK In Health eMagazine for more details....

Expos and Wellness Shows
As always we will be bringing the OK In Health eMagazine and our list of events and practitioners details to many places in 2014. Some events that we will be attending are:

  • Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair - March 1-2
  • Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair in Penticton - March 8
  • Vancouver Body & Soul Expo – April 4-6
  • Calgary Body & Soul Expo – April 11-13
  • Calgary Spring Fling with the Angels Conference – May 10
  • I Can Do It! Vancouver 
  • Kelowna Wellness Fair – October 4 -5

Keep an eye on our website, social media pages and our monthly eMagazines for more updates of our special Celebration events. You will also find a wide range of events posted by our members. See our event directory for more information.

Please take a moment to read this month's eMagazine below and see what inspires YOU!

Happy New Year
From Maria Carr and the OK In Health Team

Shannon BlissRecipe Host Manager - Shannon Bliss, manages the recipe Section. CNP, ROHP is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Certified Live Cell Microscopist, Weight Loss and Healthy Eating Specialist. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with our members?
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Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza

A tasty, vegan and gluten-free pizza crust recipe can be tricky to find. Chef Morgan has shared another of her delicious recipes with the Vega News subscribers—her top-secret pizza dough! It makes the perfect foundation for all your favorite plant-based toppings (we used sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, fresh basil, and a balsamic reduction).

Chocolate, Tofu & Spelt Cupcakes

Chocolate has had some good press recently for its health benefits, but many people seem confused as to what types of chocolate are good for them and why. Reports on the antioxidant potential of chocolate have been coming out for the past few years. Cornell University published a study in late 2003 that tested pure coca powder for amounts of phenolic phytochemicals or flavonoids that fight free radicals in the body. The two flavonoids measured were gallic acid equivalents (GAE) and epicatichin equivalents (ECE). A single serving of coca delivered 611mg of GAE and 564mg ECE, twice the number found in a glass of red wine. While the actual coca or cacao found in chocolate is good for you, it is important to look at the ingredients. Milk chocolate usually only contains 10% coca solids, filling up the rest of the bar with things that might not be so good for you like sugar, dairy, and preservatives. Anything labeled dark chocolate must contain a minimum of 35% coca solids, but there are plenty of companies that produce premium chocolates that reach from 70-80%. At first this chocolate may taste bitter, but once you try it, you will never go back! As food writer and chef Jennifer Harvey Lang said: “dark is to milk chocolate what Dom Perignon is to Dr. Pepper.” Why is something that is so good for you so addictive? I haven’t met a lot of people with uncontrollable broccoli cravings. Chocolate has another interesting component called phenylethylamine (PEA), which is a chemical that speeds up the flow of information between nerve cells: dopamine and norepinephrine, chemical cousins of amphetamines. Dopamine makes us feel good and norepinephrine stimulates the production of adrenaline, making our heartbeat faster. This is the same combination that goes coursing through our bodies when we meet someone new and the “chemistry is right”. We get that same chemistry from chocolate. The Aztecs believed that cacao stimulated desire, and chocolate has long been a favourite gift for lovers for exactly this reason.

Raw Borscht Salad with Cashews Dressing

Good ol' Beets. So readily available and oh so good for you! They are loaded with vitamins and minerals and help both build the blood and detoxify it! It combines flavors that you will find very familiar if you've ever had traditional borscht soup. In this recipe you will enjoy celery root, carrot, green onions, beets (of course) and a creamy dressing made from soaked raw cashews, lemon, pepper and dried dill. Beet roots contain unique phytonutrient pigments. Betacyanin is the red pigment found in red Beets and betaxanthin is the yellow pigment found in yellow Beets. Both of these pigments can provide powerful antioxidant protection. Beet roots are also particularly rich in folate, a B vitamin important for a healthy heart and essential for normal tissue growth. Although they are high on the glycemic index (contain lots of natural sugar and quickly rise our blood sugar levels) they are surprisingly low in calories. And, don’t throw out your beet greens – they are an extremely nutritious vegetable. They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which provide powerful antioxidant protection from oxidative damage to cellular structure and DNA. They, like the beet roots are rich in phytonutrients and are even richer in iron than spinach.

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A Mindful Connection Counselling Services with Carole Fawcett - 250-550-0316
Acupuncture & Laser Therapy with Marcel Mallette - (250) 260-3892
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Alara ~ Uplifted Wholebody and Facial Rejuvenation - (250) 309-0411
Allie Arnst ~ Meridian Sound Therapy - 250-499-9895 or 499 2075
Arlana Tanner ~ Permission2bu - 250 300 9933
Awaken Enchantment - 2508649013
Bahiti Belly Dance - 250-809-4530
Being Wellness and Healing ~ Dylan Smeaton - 250-460-1693
Bellwether Coaching/Evergreen - 250-215-7757
Body-Wize with Ross Short CHP - 250 717 3553
Carla Van Voorst ~ Holographic Healing and BodyTalk - 250-763-7264
Carly Penfold ~ Om Shiatsu - 250-870-8183
Celtic Healings Intuitive Readings with Maria O'Farrell Carr, AEP - 250 493 0106
Certified Cancer Coach ~ Kane Consulting - 250-469-4623
Challenge in 8 with YJ Reshape ~ Youth Juice - 778-471-3912
Chi Solutions, feng shui foundations - 250 307 2555
Cloud 9 Coaching with Wendy Binggeli - 250-490-6055
CranioSacral Therapy & Rhythmic Reflexology with Judy Lamb-Richardson - 250-359-7052
Crystals Spirit Adventures - 250-681-1354
Dare To Dream Store & Wellness Centre - 250-712-9295
Daydream Esthetics Studio - 250-490-1233
Dr Ursula ~ Okanagan Thermography+ Cancer Support - 250-864-5260
Dr. Alex Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Jese Wiens ~ Naturopathic Doctor in Penticton & Summerland - 778-476-6016 or 250-494-3321
Dr. Natalie Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Tamara Browne - The Natural Family Health Clinic and Chelation Centre - 250-497-6681
Endless Possibilities with Rhonda McLean - 250-497-8696
Feldenkrais Practitioner - Lynn Andersen - Self Sense - 250-498-4855
Feng Shui & Design ~ Teresa Hwang - 250-549-1356
Gateway To Oasis ~ Rhonda's Reiki Wellness - 778-476-2509
Gillian Padgett ~ Okanagan Stress Management Inc. - 250-542-7602
Happily Holistic Natural Health and Wellness - 250-491-7559
Health is Bliss - 250-801-2798
Indigo Dreamer ~ Kerry Palframan - 250-494-8955
Kveta's Natural Healing Centre - 250-866-5677
Life Access with Daria Hanson - 250-575-3951
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McHugh and Associates LLC ~ "Remote" Regression Therapy and Hypnotherapy - 303 995 4276
Milagro Studios - Okanagan - 778-478-0128
MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes - 250-868-8060
Norma Cowie Enterprises ~ Psychic Readings - 250 490 0654
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Penticton's Whole Foods Market - Health Store & Cafe - 250-493-2855
Psychic and Spirit Medium - 250 547 2262
Sandra Lee Custom Stone & Gemstone Jewellery - 250 306 4472
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I often get stress headaches, backaches, and neck aches. I know these are normal, but how can I try to eliminate them?

Dear Reader,
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so take some weight off your shoulders by nipping that stress in the bud. Head, neck, shoulder, back, and other body aches often result from a progressive build-up of muscle tension brought on by a stressful day or week. If you can recognize muscle tension when it begins, you can prevent it from turning into uncomfortable aches and pains.
First, try and take stock of what may be causing you stress in the first place. Pinpointing the cause may help you prevent it from triggering those pesky aches and pains. Are exams or important meetings at work responsible for your teeth grinding or shoulder clenching? Is procrastination causing you to lose sleep or sit hunched over your books or computer for hours on end? If you notice trends like this, try to take a break when you sense those stressors kicking in. Prioritizing your to-dos and creating a schedule may help you make time for those much needed breaks. During your five or ten minutes of down time, take some deep breaths, stretch, or go for a walk. Although it may sound like a broken record, eating regular, healthy meals and getting exercise is also a good way to deal with the stress that is becoming a real pain in the neck (and shoulders and back). As you've likely heard, too, "laughter is the best medicine" so try reading, watching, or listening to something that will make you smile and take your mind off what is stressing you out. If you're looking for a more physical remedy for your stress-induced aches and pains, check out your local health store or local massage therapist.
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February 15, 2014
Heart Health: A Natural Scientific Approach - Free Seminar
February 18, 2014
'The OK-anagan Gathering' & Bean A Ti
February 19 - 20, 2014
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February 21, 2014
Write Goals as Ideal Scenes with Wendy Binggeli
February 22, 2014
Hot Stone Massage ~ Level II
February 22 - 23, 2014
PurePower ~ Step in to Your Own Power!
February 22, 2014
Nurture Yourself to Embrace Mid-Life Change - Luxury Hawaii Retreat
February 24, 2014
Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair - 10th Annual
March 1 - 2, 2014
Reiki Level 1 Workshop with Mahada Thomas
March 1 - 2, 2014
Awakening The Illuminated Heart
March 6, 2014
2nd Celtic Angels Sacred Tour to Ireland with Maria O'Farrell Carr & Cindy Smith (March)
March 8, 2014
Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair
March 8, 2014
Shiatsu Practitioner Training Program
March 12, 2014
Angel Empowerment Practitioner™ International Course in Ireland
March 13, 2014
Touch for Health Level 3
March 15 - 16, 2014
FSRC Face Reading Mian Xiang - Module 1 - with Master Olga Garcia
March 27, 2014
Enlightenment Intensive ~ 4-day experiential workshop & retreat
March 27, 2014
Foot Reflexology Course
March 28, 2014
Stress Indicator Point System Level Two
March 28 - 30, 2014
Practical Face Reading Mian Xiang for Human Resources with Master Olga Garcia
March 29, 2014
Tantra Yoga and The Deep Psyche
April 18, 2014
The Yoga and Psyche Conference
April 18, 2014
Touch for Health Level 4
April 19 - 20, 2014
Spring Festival of Awareness
April 25, 2014
Weekend Yoga Workshop with Desiree Rumbaugh
April 25, 2014
Living Out Of The Box ~ Weekend with Stephen Garrett
May 3, 2014
I Can Do It! Conference 2014 Vancouver
May 17 - 18, 2014
Become a Certified Angel Card Reader™ Course - with Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine
May 19, 2014
RAC Teacher Trainer course - 2014
May 24, 2014
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Registered Reflexology Therapist Certificate Course - 2014 ( Registration Open)
May 29, 2014
Conscious Channelling Workshop with Allison Scott from South Africa ~ Okanagan
May 31 - 1, 2014
TFH 5-Element Metaphors
June 14 - 14, 2014
Ancient Ireland, Holiday & Music Tour with Maria O’Farrell Carr & Nancy Rebecca (September)
September 8, 2014
Wise Women's Festival 2014
September 19, 2014
Kelowna Wellness Fair
October 25 - 26, 2014
Sacred Tour in Hawaii & Advance Angel Empowerment Practitioner™ Course
November 6, 2014
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Sacred Messages from Sacred Ireland - Jane Donald

A story of Jane Donald's personal experience from illness to recovery through the discovery and use of one's own energy and inner healing power. Follow the path where it lead into nature and Sacred sites in Ireland. The gift of inspirational channeled messages illustrated by beautiful photography. Insightful messages allowing people to connect to their inner power and appreciate their own lifeforce that courses through their physical bodies and which unites them with every other living consciousness in the Universe. Helping people to understand that the Universe is vibrational and all is energy, love and light, a part of eternity, part of timelessness.

About the author:

Jane channels messages from the Lifeforce through Green Man energy. It is for mankind to be aware of the power of love. Love is the answer, love is the power to heal the world - fear is the enemy - allow yourself to be in your heart, allow yourself to be, concentrate on being, concentrate on allowing yourself to be all that you can be, all that you are, allow yourself to be the power of love in the world - shine that light of love in all areas of your life and everything you do will flourish and be blessed. Love is the basis of all life, love is the force that flows through us all and breathes life from our soul and shines through our eyes. Love is the beauty of our soul, the song of our heart and the beating of our heart. Love is the part of us that flows through all we do, say and think - that is what we want to know - that is what we want to be all our lives - that is what we want to feel all our lives. Love is the most powerful force in all the world - the most accessible power to us all when we open our hearts to our true potential and to our true purpose in life.

The Green Man is an Ascended Master who are great spiritual teachers, healers, powerful guides who can help in all aspects of your life. The Green Man is the face of nature and an ancient fertility deity who helps crops to grow, he represents the healing effects of nature. Call on the Green Man to help increase your connection to nature or to help in your garden or farm. Especially for people whose purpose involves the environment, nature,flower essences, crystals, plant spirit medicine or other natural healing methods. Often represented in paintings and cravings in ancient churches in western Europe and India and popularly associated with the Hill of Tara in Co Meath, Ireland.

Why and how Jane became a healer

Following a collapse in 2000 at the age of 26 with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), (or Post Viral Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) and subsequent years of chronic exhaustion and debilitating illness that Jane began to explore her sensitivity to energy and holistic health therapies to aid in the recovery of her health, energy and wellbeing.
Event Review
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OK in Health Members Review Panel offer their thoughts about a range of events from specialty movies to concerts, workshops, keynote speakers, health fairs, festivals and community events.
We sponsor community events that have value for our members.

Wheat Belly Live in the Okanagan!

I am glad I was able to attend the Wheat Belly event in Vernon. He also spoke in Penticton, Kamloops and about 600 turned up in Kelowna. The turnout in Vernon was great and I enjoyed being around like minded people who put health as a priority in their lives. I was able to chat with the lovely Anne from Autopoetic Ideas, as well as Julie Daniluk. Julie's talk reinforced what I have been living - we can resolve health issues and impact inflammation through our food choices. It was also interesting to learn about the history of wheat from Dr. Davis, and my knowledge and awareness have definitely improved. How lucky we are to have quality speakers come to Vernon!

The OK-anagan Gathering!

On January 15th, a large group of about 35 turned up at the Shatford center to join us in the celebration of the OK In Health eMagazine year to celebrate. As part of our 10th year, we are gathering together to share ideas, stories and to connect with each other and or community. This month’s theme was ‘Move Over Sedona! We connected with the idea how wonderful and sacred the Okanagan is. To give gratitude to this amazing place we live.
In February the topic is ‘The Ancient Sacred Okanagan’ where we look at the time before us. March topic will be ‘how do you care for yourself’? Each month we will have new open discussions on many topics. This is the year to Gather!

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Meditation – The Answering by Sharon Taphorn
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Pet Parasites – More than Just Poop Patrol! - Part One by Dr. Moira Drosdovech
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Women's sharing circle. Connect with other heart centered women on thier spiritual journey. All are welcome. No charge, no experience needed. 7 pm on the Second Tuesday of each month.
Guided Hiking - Free
10am - Kelowna

Mt. Baldy (Dilworth) Rifle Rd. Join our walking instructors as they guide you on the path to physical health and well being. Meet new friends, and get fit at the same time! Please arrive on time
Kelowna Conscious Cocktails
Every 2nd Thursday of the Month. 6 - 9 pm - Kelowna

Connect. Converse. Conspire. Create. Come out and create community with others of "light" mind. No agenda other than to be true Self and share in a safe space. You are never alone! $2 Toonie donation at the door.
Kelowna Gifts to Grandmothers
Every Thursday morning 9:30 a.m. - Kelowna

Dedicated volunteers assist vulnerable women & children in Africa along with grandmothers who are raising orphaned grandchildren due to the HIV/Aids pandemic
Meditation Support Group
Each Wednesday 7-8:30 pm - Kelowna

We meet to support each other in tranquility meditation and sit for 45 minutes. Both beginners and experienced welcome.
Penticton Green Drinks
1st Thursday of the month at 5pm at the Barley Mill - Penticton

People who take sustainability seriously in the South Okanagan now have an opportunity to meet up on the first Thursday of every month at an informal session known internationally as Green Drinks.
Personal Insights
On going - Lake Country

Spiritual Growth Support Group- Come out on the third Thursday of each month. Sharing and discussion of various spiritual topics, books etc. Ongoing.
Retreats & Weekend Away
Winter Retreat at Serenate Guesthouse
February 21, 2014

We at FLOW presents Nutrition ? Yoga ? Meditation Winter Retreat with Blair Edwards and Mehrnaz Massoudi in the Okanagan
Nurture Yourself to Embrace Mid-Life Change - Luxury Hawaii Retreat
February 24, 2014

A Holistic Wellness Retreat for Women on the Big Island of HAWAII! Experiencing the weight of emotional baggage, changes, demands and responsibilities? Put the YOU back into FUN! Now is Your Time!
2nd Celtic Angels Sacred Tour to Ireland with Maria O'Farrell Carr & Cindy Smith (March)
March 8, 2014

See Ireland thru Irish Eyes and Angel Eyes. Have you ever dreamed of going to Ireland? Join Irish guide Maria Carr and Angel guide Cindy Smith for a trip of a lifetime to see the real Ireland. This tour is thru K. Banks Travel
Enlightenment Intensive ~ 4-day experiential workshop & retreat
March 27, 2014

An ancient method of partnered contemplation, combined with modern communication techniques that allows you to delve deeply into the truth of who you are, what you are, what another is & what life is.
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
You pick the weekend! - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Get all the girls together and spend an unforgettable, fun and relaxing weekend at the South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre.
Drumming for Kids ~ Summer programs
July and August - Kelowna

Looking for an exciting summer program with activity for kids. Experience various percussion instruments of the world. (Bongo, Conga,Timbales, Doumbek, Djembe, Surdo, etc.)
Sober but Stuck?
On-going - Kelowna

Have you been clean & sober for quite a while yet find yourself: Unhappy, discontented, or having difficulties? Treat yourself to an individualized renewal retreat! One, two or three weeks.
Festivals & Fairs
Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair - 10th Annual
March 1, 2014

This event, which welcomes over 2000 guests over the weekend, takes place at the Vernon Recreation Centre Auditorium and holds over 60 exhibitors from all areas of health and wellness.
Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair
March 8, 2014

Healthy Heart Screening & Trade Exhibition. FREE to the Public. Over 50 Health & Fitness Exhibitors. ...
Vernon's Mosaic Market
Every Saturday 9am to 12pm - Vernon

We have a variety of vendors with locally grown/made products at Westshore Estates Community Park
Fitness Classes
*POP* The Power of Pleasure ~ How weight loss can be fun & sexy!
On - Going - Kelowna

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO: look forward to your exercise class?, feel energized, pumped, sweaty AND happy from your workout? and release weight and have fun doing it? Join our 6 week program to-day!
.- Noontime Tai Chi with Claudia -.
.Monday to Thursday 12:10-12:50 - Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

Tai Chi in action generates energy flow and releases blockages there by doing Tai Chi results in overall balance. I guide a 21 movement sequence that suits novice, seniors, children, patients recovering from mobility and pain - everyone welcome.
~ MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes
On-Going - Kelowna, BC

MotionWorks Fitness is a health and wellness lifestyle studio dedicated to safe and meaningful exercise methods. Join Patti Tennessy Nia Technique Black Belt, Yoga-Fit, Pilates, and more classes.
NIA ~ 5 STAGES with Patti Tennessy
On Going - Kelowna, B.C., Canada

NIA 5 STAGES: Learning Nia 5 Stages Technique gives you a movement elixir for increasing body awareness and ageing with grace. Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking
Yoga Classes for People with MS
Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. - Vernon, BC

The Okanagan Vernon Chapter of the MS Society holds weekly yoga classes for people with MS. For more information, please call Sherry
Nia Classes - Penticton
Tuesday 10:30am, Thursday 9:00am , Monday's 7:00pm , Wednesday 6:00pm, - Penticton

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.Please phone to check times.
Aqua Prenatal
Friday afternoons - 2 pm - Vernon

Gentle postnatal exercises gradually help the new mother to regain physical strength, tone their muscles, enjoy deep relaxation and develop close bonds with their baby.
February Freeze up Run/Walk
11.30 for regisration - Peachland

5 km Run and Walk - Fairly flat route along Beach Avenue and the foreshore of Okanagan Lake. A very scenic route. $20
Feldenkrais Works...... - Nelson
Thurs.'s 5:15-6:15 p.m., Fri.'s 12-1 p.m. - Nelson

Better balance, posture, flexibility, less pain.....
Friday's Dance Nights
On-Going ~ Every other Friday - Kelowna

Join us for a great night of dancing. Big band, Latin, swing, country, Ballroom and yes disco. We will dance to them all. Everyone is invited beginners - pro, we are goig to have fun.
Good Morning with Dru Yoga!
Saturdays from 9 - 10:00 am - Penticton

Activations, body preps, energy block release sequences, yogic postures and breath work with a final restorative relaxation to start your day!
Kelowna Nature Hikes
Wednesdays and Weekends - Kelowna

Bring a lunch. For general information call Rick Gee 250-763-0124
Nia Classes - Vancouver
Tuesday 6:00pm or Sunday 11:00am - Vancouver

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Kamloops
Mondays 6:30pm - Kamloops

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Spokane
Mon. or Wed. 5:30pm or Tuesday or Thursday at 9am - Spokane

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music.
Noon Hour Yoga Classes
Wednesday at 12 - Kelowna

A one hour class open to all levels of students. All levels of students are welcome. Modifications will be given when necessary.
Salsa Thursdays
8pm to 10:00pm - Kelowna

Singles, Couples, All levels and ages-30 minute lesson with dance to follow - Great exercise for body and mind, meet new people, ongoing event since 2007.
Scottish Country Dancing
Wednesday or Thursdays nights at 7.30pm - Kelowna

No experience necessary and no partners needed! Come and enjoy the camaraderie and get fun exercise too!
Sound Bath ~ Tibetan & Crystal Bowls in the Water
3rd Thursday of the month - Vernon

Conic healing session while floating in the warm salt waters with quartz crystal singing bowls live, Tibetan bowls etc. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation.
SOYA Yoga Teacher Training
On-Going - Penticton

Offers RYT 200, 300 & 500 Hour Extended Programs. Become a certified & registered Yoga Teacher at International standards! Find out for yourself why people love our SOYA Yoga Teacher Training program!
UBC Run/Walk group meeting
Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka Residences Wellness Centre. - Kelowna

Students, staff, public, and faculty are welcome. Great opportunity to get or stay fit while exploring the hiking trails around campus and meet new people. All levels welcome. Free
Watsu & Tibetan Bowl
On-going - Vernon

Join with Audrey Meuse and cCome experience the perfect mix, a Watsu and the sound vibrations of the Tibetan Bowls. Restorative Calm.
Woga ~ Gentle Water Yoga
Tuesday, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm - Vernon

Gentle Yoga is great for people new to yoga and for those hoping to strengthen and stretch muscles and ease joint pain. End with a floating heart meditation.
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Michael O'ConnorTake time in your busy week to reflect on your inner rhythms of yourself and your life. OK In Health's Soular Rhythms column managed by Michael O'Connor.
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February 2014

Tip of the Month:
The New Moon in Aquarius takes place on January 30 at 1:38 pm PST. This is the official moment of Chinese New Year… of the Wood Horse, even though the calendar usually marks it as the day after because China is so many hours ahead of us here in ‘the West’. The cycle of the Water Snake, which has been so powerfully transformational for so many, and difficult too, is finally over. Of course, this transformation may have proven very positive for some. The implications of any cycle are never pat. It all depends on the experience of each person: a rainy day could spoil the day at the beach for some but be exactly what the fisherman wants… As well, there are ever many cycles to consider. So every case must be approached on its own ground, as is true with medicine and many other aspects of life as well. This is certainly true in Astrological practice. Generally, the Wood Horse stands to be a very dynamic, ‘growth oriented’ and fast-paced year. In her popul...
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MotionWorks Fitness Studio

MotionWorks Fitness is a health and wellness lifestyle studio
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