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Lyle Povah announces Drum Run - a bold new ADventure to inspire  communities WITH RUNNING, drumming, and yoga events 

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Drum Run is an adventure tour that promotes health and well-being by combining community drum circle workshops in cities throughout British Columbia with distance running events between each community.

Drum Run motivates, engages and connects people of all ages and abilities in interactive community-based drumming and running events that are outdoors, fun and inspire physical movement.

Coming soon to your running shoes. 



In essence, DRUM RUN is a vehicle and crew-supported events tour that combines:

  • Distance running from community to community throughout British Columbia
  • Community Drum Circles once on location in each of the cities on the tour schedule

DRUM RUN will travel from (and Lyle Povah will run from) city to city, connecting one community to another. The overarching theme is Health, and people of all ages and abilities are invited to run a portion of the daily run with Lyle. The tour will also embrace the practice of Kundalini Yoga and will invite DRUM RUN participants to join the daily morning classes led by Lyle. DRUM RUN will collaborate with First Nations and local facilitators and residents to arrange an open-to-the-public “beginner friendly” inter-generational Community Drum Circle. Up to 100 drums will be provided for drum circle participants and first time beginners to advanced players are welcome to join in for this extraordinary experience and project. 


  • support health by accessing and connecting the drumming and music, fitness and yoga communities to create more awareness, partnerships and fundraising
  • promote an embodied connection to the earth while outdoors
  • engage in health promoting activities like drumming, running, and yoga
  • facilitate people experiencing the healing, restorative and connective power of the drum
  • connect communities through the memorable experience of running and walking from one’s community to another’s community
  • through daily on-tour practice, to teach and share the health benefits of Kundalini yoga
    raise funds for charities
  • enjoy the shared stories and friendships that would emerge through such an experience
    inspire others to DREAM BIG


DRUM - Lyle is an international musician and workshop facilitator (see bio below).

RUN - Lyle has run two half marathons, Mountain Equipment Coop Half, and the Fall Classic Half Marathon. He has run five marathons to date, Maui Marathon, Great Wall of China Marathon, Vancouver Marathon, the Eugene Marathon in Oregon, and the Boston Marathon. In 2018, he ran the The Whistler 50, an 80 km ultra-marathon. Lyle is currently training for the Seattle Marathon in Dec 2019.

YOGA - Following Kundalini Teacher Training at Yoga West in Vancouver in 2013, Lyle began teaching at Yoga One in Burnaby, Bound Lotus in North Vancouver, the Welcome Home Addiction Recovery Academy in Surrey, and Inspire Health Supportive Cancer Care. He also ran yoga and drumming programs at Mountain Institute maximum security prison in Agassiz. For two years in 2014 and 2015, Lyle facilitated music and therapeutic drum circles in Japan and China, as well as teaching yoga. In 2018, Lyle taught yoga and transformational drumming in Austria with the Wellbeing Project based out of Paris France a global initiative that assists social change leaders and organizations to focus on inner wellness.

DRUM RUN will be documented. To date, Lyle has 3 companies interested in documenting DRUM RUN. One person is a world renowned documentary filmmaker.

The tour will be bringing along about 75 African drums, so that drums can be provided to those who don't have a drum. Community Drum Circle events will be planned and advertised well in advance through local contacts. Lyle has toured British Columbia over his long history as a musician/facilitator so has connections in many communities. Drumming and Health is inviting participation from individuals, groups and companies that would like to be involved. Runners can fundraise themselves for DRUM RUN, or they can sponsor Lyle with a fixed or per kilometer donation.

The scope and tour distances for DRUM RUN are to be determined, with ultimately no limitations for how large the project can be. Various scenarios are being considered. The most likely option is a “pilot project”, a 2018 fundraising tour of about 2 months in duration (possibly the months of Sept/Oct 2020), to perhaps be followed up with a longer tour in the future.


  • Introduce Drumming and Health’s DRUM RUN to everyone, your friends and contacts (and drum circle facilitators, drum enthusiasts, runners, yoga teachers and enthusiasts, sponsors and donors) throughout and beyond the province of British Columbia, tell them about DRUM RUN and invite them to join the run, volunteer, be a supporter or organize the Drum Circle venues
  • If you have the required skills, be an on-tour Crew Member
  • Join the Research Team that is creating the pre-planning and logistics for DRUM RUN
  • Join our Planning Team on Facebook
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Lyle Povah is a musician, team building drum circle facilitator, researcher and workshop leader, as well as a yoga teacher, with particular interest in the areas of health and community building. He worked for 2 years in China and Japan, leading various therapeutic music and drum circle programs, including corporate team building sessions with IBM China and Joy International. Across 5 of 7 continents, he has utilized drumming, rhythm, the voice, and movement to promote all aspects of wellness.

Lyle offers programs at conventions, retreats, hospitals, festivals, and correctional facilities. He presents at national and international conferences, works in health care centres, eating disorder and psychiatric wards, and works with the underprivileged. He also leads yoga and drumming programs for women and men with Corrections Canada at medium and maximum security prisons.

Lyle and his company Drumming and Health have conducted groundbreaking research into the health benefits of drumming for eating disorder patients at St. Paul’s Hospital Inpatient Eating Disorders Program. He has also worked at British Columbia Children’s Hospital one day a week for 27 years, runs programs for InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care, and the BC Cancer Society. Corporately, he works regularly with UBC’s Sauder School of Business and many other organizations, banks and universities.

Lyle led a drumming and rhythm motivational event for 900 attendees at Lululemon’s International Leadership Conference in Whistler, Canada, then led the week long “Embody your Expansive Spirit - a Yoga and Drumming Retreat” in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and delivered a powerful onstage energizer performance at TEDxStanleyPark for 2,700 people at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Lyle has had the honour to have collaborated in this work with First Nations groups (Northwest Territories, Northern Manitoba and BC) such as the Dene, Stó:lō and Katzie Nations.

Lyle is part of an international team of facilitators in a week long teaching retreat in Austria, working with participants enrolled with the Wellbeing Project, a global initiative that assists social change leaders and organizations focus on inner wellness. Lyle brings transformational drumming and Kundalini yoga.

As an international marathon runner, Lyle has participated in runs on the Great Wall of China, in Maui, in hometown Vancouver and in Boston, to name a few. In the Summer of 2020, Drumming and Health will launch Drum Run, a running and drumming adventure tour that combines distance running from city to city throughout BC with healing Community Drum Circles in each of those communities on the tour, all to benefit local charities.

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