By Breanne Massey

Pioneer Staff

A safe, individualized therapeutic yoga program has been designed to help participants overcome illnesses, accidents or surgeries through a series of gentle movements.

Heather Kolankowski, a therapeutic yoga instructor at My Yoga Barn, will be offering Retreats Out Amongst the Rockies (ROAR) at Windermere Pointe Resort between February 26th and 28th.

Each retreat incorporates a therapeutic yoga aspect enabling all guests to participate regardless of health or mobility concerns, she said. All of our facilitators and instructors have diverse backgrounds and contribute to the wealth of experiences, education and enjoyment of our retreats. Our goal is to provide a pain-free experience and enrich the lives of our guests.

The retreat includes two nights and three days of accommodation with all amenities at the Lake Windermere Pointe Resort. There will also be free parking, linens, beach towels and all of the meals will be covered.

There will be a farewell brunch offered to participants on Sunday, February 28th.

The ROAR program will be offered to both men and women of any age or mobility.

In addition, the program will feature three yoga classes, a nutrition seminar, an emotional freedom technique (EFT) seminar, a balanced body seminar as well as a welcome wine and cheese.

I came up with this brain child in the fall when I started teaching more and more therapeutic yoga, she said. A bunch of other like-minded alternative health professionals approached me in the Calgary area to ask if I would be interested in doing workshops and retreats I have this beautiful space in Invermere and its only three hours (from Calgary) so people wont have to get on an airplane to attend, so I collaborated with some other facilitators to put together ROAR.

The goal of the program was to create a simple program that could be a relaxing approach to creating a healthy mind, body and spirit.

I got a huge amount of support and interest from people in the community too, added Ms. Kolankowski. Banff and Canmore seem to stall people from coming out the rest of the way to the Columbia Valley, which I dont understand myself because weve been here (part-time) since 2006 so in the back of my mind, I thought this (ROAR retreat) would also help to bring more business into the valley.

The prices for the ROAR retreat begin at $399 for participants that do not require accommodation. However, the prices can vary from $599 for a private room with a shared bath to $649 for a private room with a connected, private bathroom.

There is a requirement to pay 50 per cent of the deposit to secure a spot at the ROAR retreat.

It just depends on what kind of accommodation of what you want, she concluded.

For more information, call Ms. Kolankowski at 403-890-9646 or e-mail heather@MyYogaBarn.ca.

There will also be information about the retreat provided online at www.MyYogaBarn.ca.