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A Fitting Intention for 2020

As this new home grown website launches softly into the ether with it is my intention for this year to become very very clear about life in all its aspects.

Clarity in communicating the knowledge that has been passed to me from the Sivananda Lineage of teachers in the paths of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda that I am so very grateful to have studied with for most of my adult life and been honoured to teach daily now for over 2o years. We put together what I hope is an easy to approach format in this new website so that what you are looking for can be found.

I seek clarity also in my artwork both in direction as well as content and aspire towards simplicity there as well, leaving out the unnecessary and striving for purity and transparency.
Soon the new and ongoing work will be displayed and for sale on this website, for now you can see it on the FB and IG pages under the name Sandra Shotton ART

We begin the Monday night Vedanta Study Group starting March 2, 7-8pm, this is open to anyone seeking clarity in life’s mystery through the lens of the Upanishads. I am eager to continue this ongoing study with my colleague Yoga Acharya Thommas Michaud.

My intention is to share often on this blog in the areas of Vastu, Art, Ayurveda and Yoga and hope you will join me.

Hari Om Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton

Island Yoga Vista Celebrates 20 Years in Nanaimo

Dear Yogis and Friends

We invite you to celebrate 20 amazing years of business in Nanaimo with us on March 18.  Island Yoga Vista has the distinction of being the very first Yoga Studio in Nanaimo. Here is a little history.

This Yoga Studio started in 1997 with me teaching at 5 different locations in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, foremost among them the Diamond Light Centre that some of you will remember in that red brick building on Commercial Street.

As the number of classes and people grew it found it’s own  home at 20 Front St, (a building which is no longer there) on the waterfront with a beautiful view of the harbour and Protection Island.  We had two massage studios and room for big Ashtanga classes.  The first Ayurveda Massages were offered in Nanaimo at that location and I even trained a handful of people then to do Abhyanga and Shirodhara. As well the drumming circles and African Dance classes started in Nanaimo through Island Yoga Vista.  It has a rich history indeed.

When that building was sold and torn down I bought a house and designed a unique, tranquil custom Vastu built studio in the top floor overlooking Newcastle Channel and the island’s untouched shoreline. This clearly is the best version of Island Yoga Vista yet, and the most stable, we have now been here for 12 years of the 20.
It is much quieter here than downtown and has the waterfront seaside vibe that is so inviting, drawing people from all over.  As an Ayurveda and Vastu Practitioner I value the balance of the five elements in the interior environment and can see how it influences those that come here.  It is a wonderful place to gather, practice and to live, it continues to evolve in the most interesting ways.

Our Yoga Teacher Trainings bring people from all over Canada as well as the US, part of the training is conducted in India also and so from our humble roots we have grown.  I personally have trained thousands of people in Yoga and Ayurveda over these 20 years and have seen this community and others benefit from those seeds planted.  It has been a most fulfilling journey.  It is rewarding to have been part of the growing worldwide acceptance of Yoga, Ayurveda and Vastu and to watch them continue to become part of our culture.

Now it is time to refresh and start again with renewed focus and clarity and take it all to the next step.  It is time to thank you for all the support for so many years.
Please join us at the Open House on March 18 to celebrate these many years in business and to find out what we are up to now.  This is a  Celebration of new beginnings as well as a show of gratitude for all the years of support from this community.

I have watched this town change and develop, I have raised my family here, explored the world from this home base and made many good friends. It is with sincere gratitude that I invite you to my home and business to share in this celebration.    Please see the invitation below for the schedule of speakers. The Open House will run from 1-4:30pm showcasing upcoming workshops and have great entertainment as usual.

A new session of Weekly Yoga Classes starts March 7, you must call ahead to register as space is limited.

There are also complimentary Private Sessions to be given to those who stay for all of the speakers on Saturday March 18, 2017!

Be the Light

SOUR – The Rasas of Ayurveda

SOUR – The Rasas of Ayurveda -A Learning Experience

There are 6 tastes or RASAS recognized in the Ayurvedic diet. They are Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent.  They all have a relationship to the FIVE ELEMENTS and transmit the properties of the elements.  We need a balanced diet containing all of the tastes in every meal, adjusted for personal requirements and seasonal concerns of course.  It is a very satisfying and nutritionally sound way of eating as all of the major food groups and nutrients are present and each of the tastes has its own therapeutic benefit when absorbed. You can feel the level of satisfaction when eating like this.

Today I am just going to share a little about my personal experience with the SOUR  taste as we have been talking about it in class this week.  Sour soothes Vata and can aggravate both Pitta and Kapha. It acts as an appetizer when taken in moderation and will kindle the digestive fire.  It strengthens the heart and stimulates digestion.  We all need a little sour taste this season (FALL)  even if we do not like it!   This is Vata season and it will help to sooth and calm Vata imbalances.  Sour contains both Earth and Fire Elements, it is light, hot and unctuous.

Watch out though when taken in excess!  I had this experience in India last winter while living in Tamil Nadu which is in south India. The weather was beautiful, warm, just a little humid but not unpleasant at all and I had no idea why my legs were so swollen. I thought it was because I was sitting in class for 8-10 hours a day.  Every day I had this edema, swelling in the ankles, that I had never experienced before. Even growing up in Montreal where the summers can be quite humid I did not recall ever having this experience.  So I walked more, kept my legs elevated when in class and never did figure it out.

Until now, I finally put it together –  look at the picture above for the answer.  That is the fruit  AMLA, Indian Gooseberry, growing abundantly on a tree in my neighbor’s yard.  Everyday I passed it and took a little handful of these very potent, very sour little fruits to class. It was such a novelty for me to see Amla growing like this. I have been studying Ayurveda for close to 20 years but had never seen the live fruit before. I overindulged daily for a month.  Amla is one of the three ingredients of Triphala, a commonly prescribed herbal compound, it is considered to be an excellent source of vitamin C.

However, in excess, what the sour taste does is cause sensitive teeth, involuntary closure of the eyelids, hyperacidity, heartburn and ,yes edema or swelling.  Mystery solved. I was eating way too much.  It was not the Amla causing the swelling but rather my excessive consumption of it.  More is not better, anything in excess will cause an imbalance.  Sour can also aggravate Pitta and the blood, causing skin disorders. We need to notice these things, it can be something as simple as over consuming a taste that is either not appropriate for your constitution or not needed in the season you are in.

Some other examples of sour taste are citris fuits, vinegar, sour cream, yogurt, grapes.

Everyday there is something new to learn. It took me hearing all week from my students about how they experience edema when having too much vinegar to put that little puzzle together and now I will never forget it.   Food is powerful medicine. Still learning. S

(Amla in fact has all of the rasas except for salty but it’s predominate taste is sour)

Kitchari ( Kitchada) FALL SEASON

Kitchari (Kichada)   FALL SEASON

Kitchari is versatile, you can flavor it to suit your constitution or the season.

This sample recipe is just a starting point for your own creativity. Eating this simple diet for periods of time gives your digestive system a rest. The basic ingredients for all kitchari are white basmati rice and split mung beans which form a complete protein and are easily digested.  Add seasonal or constitutional spicing and fresh vegetable for a cleansing and refreshing restart to your digestion.

1 cup white basmati rice

1 cup split mung dahl (rinsed thoroughly)

4-5 cups water depending on how soupy you want it to be

2 tsp ghee

1 tsp asofoetida (hing)

1 tsp cumin seed

1 tsp coriander seed

1 tsp fennel seed

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp tumeric

1 tsp salt

your choice of seasonal vegetables ie. zucchini, squash, scallions, sweet potatoeadd coconut milk and cilantro to taste if you like at the end

1. Wash beens and rice then set aside, you can also soak them overnight for shorter cooking times and easier digestion.

2. Heat the ghee and add the spices for a few minutes

3. Add rice and beans for a few minutes. 

4. Add water and bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes

5. Prepare vegetables and add to the mixture in the last 5 or 10 minutes depending on the vegetable and how long it needs to cook.

Be creative, you cannot do this wrong!   (I like double the ginger & coriander – experiment !)

Incompatible Food Items

From Chakrapani Ayurveda. . . .

Dear Readers,


We all desire for a long and healthy life. To achieve this our daily diet plays a pivotal role. The old saying ‘We are what we eat’ should be ignored at no cost. A diet which has all essential nutrients, balanced, cooked in a proper manner, consumption of two or more food items not contrary in qualities to each other is considered good and wholesome for the body and that which is opposite to the above mentioned qualities i.e. not balanced, not cooked adequately or cooked too much, food items differing in qualities to one another is considered unwholesome, harmful and incompatible. Consumption of such food leads to improper formation of Dhatus (body tissues), causing many rogas (systemic diseases) in the body. In this newsletter we shall see in detail about Viruddha Ahara (Unwholesome / Incompatible foods) and the diseases caused by their intake.

We welcome your suggestions and submissions.

Enjoy reading and get benefited by Ayurveda.

Vaidya Lakshmi Anoop

Viruddha Ahara (Incompatible Food Items)

The literal meaning of the word Viruddha is opposite or contrary. That food which is wrong in combination (Samyog), improperly processed (Sanskara), consumed in inappropriate time of day or in wrong season is Virudhha Ahara (Incompatible food) and it can lead to disease formation. Food items which are opposite in qualities or which has opposite action on the tissues may exert undesirable effects if processed in a particular form or combined in a certain proportion or consumed at an incorrect time. Some incompatible combinations which may lead to diseases are explained below. A person desirous of healthy and disease-free life should avoid incompatible food combinations.


Some Incompatible Combinations : 


1) Desha Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to place) – Excessive intake of hot and sharp food in dry regions and sweet, unctuous food in marshy regions is an example of Deshviruddha.

2) Kaala Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to season) – Excessive consumption of pungent and sharp food articles in summers and cold, dry food in winter season is an example of Kaala Viruddha.

3) Agni Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to digestive fire) – Intake of light to digest food when there is strong digestive fire and heavy substances in weak digestive fire.

4) Maatra Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to quantity) – Honey and cow’s ghee when consumed in equal quantity is incompatible.

5) Satmya Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to habit) – Intake of light to digest and dry food by a person who is accustomed to eating heavy and unctuous food is an example of Satmya Viruddha.

6) Dosha Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to Dosha) – The use of diet, herbs and treatment which are similar in qualities to the predominant dosha present in a person.

7) Sanskar Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to mode of preparation) – Heated or cooked honey is considered to be like poison for the body while uncooked honey is like nectar.

8) Veerya Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to potency) – Intake of hot and cold potency food together in a meal is incompatible. Eg. Intake of fish and milk together.

9) Koshtha Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to alimentary canal) – Administration of ununctuous herbs or substances in small quantity to a person having Krura Koshtha (hard / costive bowels) and administration of large dose of laxatives to a person having Mridu Koshtha (soft bowels).

10) Avastha Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to status of health) – Consumption of heavy to digest, cold potency and unctuous foods that aggravate Kapha by a person after sleep and intake of light to digest, hot potency and dry foods that aggravate Vata by a person after physical exertion are examples of Avastha Viruddha.

11) Krama Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to sequence) – Taking hot water after honey and consuming curd at night is incompatible.

12) Parihar Viruddha (Contraindication Incompatibility) — Consuming cold water immediately after having hot tea or coffee.

13) Upachaar Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to treatment) – Intake of cold items after taking ghee.

14) Paaka Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to cooking) – Cooking food with bad fuel and undercooking or overcooking or burning food during the process of preparation.

15) Samyog Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to combination) – Intake of banana or sour fruits or sour food items with milk.

16) Hriday Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to palatability) – Intake of unpleasant food.

17) Sampad Viruddha (Incompatibility with respect to quality of food) – Intake of substances that are not mature or over mature or putrified.

18) Vidhi Viruddha (Not following the rules of eating) – Not eating food which is warm, unctous and in appropriate quantity, eating too slow or fast, talking and laughing while eating and eating without concentration.

Diseases caused by Viruddha Ahara

Viruddha Ahara causes various skin diseases, ascites, fistula-in-ano, intoxication, abdominal distension, fever, rhinitis, stiffness, swelling, anaemia. Incompatible foods does not produce diseases in those who are habituated to physical exercise, who are strong, who have good digestive power, who are accustomed to it by it’s long use and who consume it in little quantity.

The treatment of diseases caused by Virudhha Ahara is Shodhana (purificatory therapies which includes mainly emesis and purgation) and Shamana (palliative care with herbs and measures contrary to the nature of the disease). One should gradually discontinue the intake of incompatible and unhealthy food items and start consuming healthy foods and not abruptly as withdrawal symptoms due to sudden discontinuance of unhealthy substances may occur. By discontinuation of unhealthy foods and intake of healthy foods, bad effects of unhealthy measures will decrease and good effects of healthy masures being adopted will increase, thus striking a balance restoring health to the body once again. Thus by treating the diseases caused by Virudhha Ahara and by consuming healthy food in proper quantity, the person can attain optimal health and well-being.

This article is written by Vaidya Janaki Jayaraman, Consultant Physician at Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic & Research Center.

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A Simple 5 Day Cleanse

A Simple 5 Day Cleanse

To start the cleanse, drop dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, all processed foods and any foods your body does not digest easily.

First thing in the morning, after drinking a cup of warm (hot)  water, take ghee or flax oil as follows:

day 1  2tsp

day 2  4tsp

day 3  4tsp

day 4  4tsp

day 5  8tsp

Sip warm water( hot) every 15 minutes and drink 2 litre room temp water every day.

15 minutes prior to meals, take 1tsp, agni appi (frsh ginger slivers with a pinch of salt and squeeze of lime juice)

Eat only fresh cooked foods on Day 1 and Day 5

If possible eliminate all oils in/on food on Days 2-4

Eat only kichada on Days 2-4

Take one tsp triphala at bedtime every day.

Depending on body weight, take 2-3 tsp castor oil on evening of Day 5

Enjoy a warm oil self massage and hot Epsom salt bath every day

shared with permission

from Savita Leah Young

Ayurvedic Consultant and Practitioner,

Integrated Bodyworker, YTT 200hr

Amrit Dhara Ayurveda

Salt Spring Island BC.


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PDF  Simple 5 day cleanse

Daily Morning Lifestyle Routine

In our current  7 week session of weekly yoga classes we are exploring how to adopt an Ayurvedic lifestyle, by making simple changes … . . .here is a little sample of one of the weekly handouts that support our growing yogic practices. . . . .

Dinacharya: The Daily Routine

This daily routine has been adapted from several sources and enhanced based on my own experience. Add your own daily routines here and share them as part of the weekly lifestyle modifications.  This is how we build a healthy lifestyle, by making one change at a time, slowly the benefits will be experienced and negative habits will fall to the side naturally.

The strongest influence of nature comes to earth from the sun.  As the sun makes its way across the sky it generates different qualities of energy and these different energies of the sun support different activities.  If you follow the sun as you wake, and throughout the day as it travels from east to west you will have natures support in all of your activities.

1. Rise with the Sun: The eastern light of the morning brings a powerful, healing, peaceful energy that will clean your aura and start your day with the highest satvic quality. This pre dawn energy sets the body chemistry for the day.  As soon as you wake, look at your hands and then move them over your face and chest to your waist, this also refreshes your aura and will support a peaceful state of mind.  A regular daily practice of greeting the rising sun will improve your health, strength and power to concentrate.  Set an intention for your day before leaving the bed and be grateful for this new day.  Before getting out of bed notice which nostril is open and step out of bed with the same side foot hitting the floor first, this is where the saying ’getting off of on right foot’ comes from. This practice forms an energy shield that wards off negative energy for the day. ( see page 20 of Dhanwantari for inspiration)

2. . Clean the Face, Mouth, Eyes, Ears and Nose: As soon as you rise attend to the five senses, wash the face with refreshing cool water, splash the eyes, nose, massage the ears and do a few eyes exercises, stretching the muscles of the eyes in all directions.  Brush the teeth and scrape the tongue with a metal tongue scraper, this stimulates the internal organs, helps digestion and removes dead bacteria.  Add the use of the neti pot to your daily routine.

3. Drink Water in the morning: First thing after the mouth is clean drink a glass of room temperature water, preferably water that has been sitting in a copper cup over night. This washes out the GI tract, cleans the kidneys and stimulates peristalsis.  Next have a glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon to loosen toxins from the tissues.

4. Oil Pulling: Swishing oil around the mouth has many benefits for both the health of the teeth and gums as well as pulling toxins out of the body.

5. Lubricate the nose: A few drops of ghee or sesame oil in each nostril helps to lubricate the nose and clean the sinuses.  The nose is the doorway to the brain and this practice will improve the vision, the voice and mental clarity as well as nourishing the prana and bringing intelligence.

6. Oil drops in the Ears: “ Conditions such as ringing in the ears, excess ear wax, poor hearing, lockjaw, and TMJ, are all due to vata in the ears.  Putting 5 drops of warm sesame oil in each ear can help with these disorders.” Dr. Lad   www.

7. Adhyanga Oil Massage: Morning oiling of the body and scalp before bathing will bring happiness, prevent headaches, balding and receding hairline(contact Sandra for full details on this practice )

8. Elimination: The body will naturally eliminate waste in the early morning when vata predominates as the force of movement supports defecation and will keep the system regulated if the daily routines are consistent.

9. Bathing: Removes any fatigue or lethargy (tamas) from the night, brings energy to the body and clarity to the mind.  Sing or hum in the shower to bring joy into your life.  Now purified within and without the day is off to a good start.  The system has been cleared of wastes and toxins, is relaxed and the stomach is empty, the mind ready for a focused spiritual practice.

10.Meditation: While the gentleness of the morning hours still pervades find a clean, quiet place, preferably facing east and sit in stillness for a prescribed length of time.  There are many concentration practices (Dharana) which lead to meditation.  Tratak or candle gazing is one such concentration exercise which induces single pointed focus of the mind( see pg. 52 Dhanwantari for instructions)  Optimal times for meditation are sunrise and sunset.  At the moment the sun hits the horizon both nostrils are open simultaneously and in this state the energy flows up shushumna nadi and the brain hemispheres are balanced, this is ideal for meditation. Meditate twice a day for at least 15 minutes to bring peace and happiness.

11.Prananyama: Alternate Nostril Breath is a good morning practice for all doshas.

12.Exercise: A brisk morning walk or an active yoga asana practice such as suryanamaskar will improve circulation, strength and endurance.  Regular exercise helps us to deal with the stresses of life, to sleep well and improves digestion.

13.Meals: After the morning routine the body is ready for breakfast. Lunch is eatenwhen the sun is highest in the sky between 10am and 2pm and is the biggest meal of the day when the digestive fire is at it’s strongest. Dinner should be light and nothing eaten after the evening meal.

14.Sleep: In general, if one wakes at 6am the bedtime would be 10pm, this is adjusted somewhat depending on the season as well as the persons dosha. Kaphas require less sleep and Vatas more than the average, Pittas are the average.

Having a daily routine is essential for health. It establishes balance in all the constitutions by regularizing digestion. absorption, and assimilation of food as well as the evacuation of wastes.  Establishing these beneficial lifestyle practices is the foundation of a healthy mind, body and consciousness and is the basis of an Ayurvedic Lifestyle. Do not underestimate simple, small practices!

References: The Daily Routine by Dr. Vasant Lad,

Dhanwantari by Harish Johari

                      ISLAND YOGA VISTA PAYTA Module Two:  Introduction to Ayurveda

Professional Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Apprenticeship

2015-16 Professional Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Apprenticeship  250hr

 offered by Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton  &  Faculty of  Island Yoga Vista

Have you been practicing yoga for a while now and are looking for your next step?

Are you a yoga instructor looking for more skills to offer your clients?

Can you see yourself taking your knowledge and experience out into your community to diverse groups of  people who would benefit from what you know? 

Are you inspired by yoga and want to share it?

Consider joining me for an in depth exploration of what Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda have to offer everyone.

Nanaimo’s own 300 hr Professional Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Apprenticeship program was born out of 19 years of teaching experience and studies along with a deep desire to bring this simple clear wisdom to all people.  So many people are not able to attend regular yoga classes yet are looking for a way to learn about yoga and benefit from it.  Yoga Therapy offers many ways to adapt and modify to meet any sort of health challenge or limitation.  My training is rooted in Integrative Yoga Therapy and fully developed through years of study in Ayurveda.

I have presented this information to hundreds of people over the past 19 years and have seen countless lives change in the most beautiful ways.  The 300hr program is designed to give you all the skills and knowledge you need to do the same.  It is a 300hr program for those with a 200hr training and a years worth of teaching experience .

(In October 2016 Island Yoga Vista will be offering the Integrative Yoga Therapy – 200hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training as it’s 200hr foundation and prelude to the PAYTA Training.. . .more to come on that soon!)

This year offers an excellent opportunity for serious students of yoga and yoga teachers to participate in a deeply enriching guided experience of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda.  I will guide you through how to set up your business and make your offering a useful and productive part of your life as you inspire others to bring these timeless tools and wisdom into their lives.   You will learn to work one on one with individuals as well as design and teach group classes for people with health conditions or other special considerations.

The program is designed in 10 modules to make it as affordable and flexible as possible.  You can complete the entire program in one year or you can spread it out over two years.   My intention is to have this appeal to all serious students of yoga wishing to learn more about how to apply this information therapeutically and effectively both in their own lives and to share with others.

These are the basic modules: 

ONE; Introduction to Ayurveda Yoga Therapy

TWO; Ayurveda in General

THREE: Yoga Psychology

FOUR: Meditation Mantras Yantras Mudras

FIVE; Yoga Nidra

SIX;  Anatomy, Physiology and Energy Systems

SEVEN: Ayurveda in Practice

EIGHT; Cycles of Stress & the Kleshas

NINE: Taking AYT into Your Community

TEN: Home Study

 The programs will all be held at Island Yoga Vista, in the beautiful seaside town of Nanaimo, located on the east shore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

As well as myself, Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton, the faculty includes a Physiotherapist from Saltspring Island,  Sannyasins from the Bihar School of Yoga, an Ayurvedic MD from Jaipur India, various local Ayurvedic Practitioners and Yoga Teachers all who enrich the program further adding their special interest areas. (see visiting faculty.. )

Please call me if you would like further information Sandra 250-754-0939

( Details are also on the website


Jaipur India February 2015


Chakrapani Entrance
Chakrapani Entrance

February 16, 2015

Dear Yogis and Friends

It is now mid February and I am well settled into my life here in Jaipur. Most mornings I work at the clinic, Chakrapani Ayurveda, then in the afternoons explore the city and surrounding area. The dry desert air is clear and the evenings still have a slight chill which is welcome after the muggy heat of the south The planning for the second level of the PAYTA training is almost complete. This was the main reason for the trip this year and it has been very successful. I have had the assistance of Dr. Parvathy as well as the support of the other Drs. here to add the Ayurvedic component to the training. We have designed a unique and fabulous program for the graduates of the PAYTA Apprenticeship Level One. I am now 100% confident to bring my group here in February 2016.

P1050730The residence is beautiful, elegant in all ways, safe, quiet and very suitable for the training and purification processes that are part of the program. With the free time I have now I am looking in to other possibilities for the renewal and expansion of what Island Yoga Vista has to offer. Gems for the 8 point pulse therapy are in plenty here and it is intriguing shopping in the markets. I have been fortunate to make good friends here to help me with that. I love India’s warmth and hospitality and plan to bring some of that flavour home as the studio will become a Guest House and retreat centre for world travelers seeking solace in health and wellbeing.

There has been little time for writing so I will have lots to share when I return in a few weeks. The yoga class schedule will continue as usual starting the week of March 6. 2015. Registration will be at the first class though I would love to hear from you all once I am back in Canada and have access to my email. Having a full on fast from anything digital has been cleansing and restful for me though I am looking forward to reconnecting with the world soon.

Warm Wished to all,
With Love

Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year – Welcome 2015

Dear Yogis and Friends

Warm wishes to all of you for a festive season and healthy New Year.

Island Yoga Vista has now been in business for 17 consecutive years,  in Nanaimo, – amazing!   Thanks to YOU!

This coming week will be the last week of classes for 2014,  a week later I leave for India for a few months.

Wendy Anthony will continue to teach a few of the regular classes on Tuesday evenings, one at 5:30pm and another at 7pm.

These will be the only classes offered until I return March 3.  Please register this week if you plan to attend, after Friday Dec. 19  registration will be closed.

Wendy is a recent graduate of the IYV – PAYTA teacher training and her classes are lovely.  The 9 week session starts the 6th of January 2015, the last class is March 3.

The regular class schedule will continue after that, registration will be at the first class.  I will be in touch again long before that.

I am off on an adventure that will include studies in Vedanta with Ramji in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, as well as writing and relaxing for a month in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

I am leaving lots of unscheduled time this trip for creativity and relaxation . The PAYTA program is being finely tuned with the assistance of  Dr. Kotecha and his team.

I will make an effort to share some of it on the blog on the IYV website

There are changes in the air as always, these are exciting times of growth.  I anticipate that 2015 will be extraordinary.

I look forward to sharing that with you.

With Love





Sandra Sagarmurti Shotton   PAYT  ERYT500

Vastu Shastra Consultant