AUGUST VIEWS 2011 – Sweet Surrender

DSCN1716.133550Can you remember a time you may have been holding onto ‘the idea of something’ that just wasn’t flowing? You probably didn’t feel very good. Imagine how it would have felt if you completely let go and detached from ‘the idea’ and acknowledged what actually was. Likely, the feeling would resemble that of a light feather. Surrendering to the moment and accepting ‘what actually is’ invites a feeling of harmony within. A lack of ease or ‘dis-ease’ creates illness in the mind and body. Since most of us aspire to feel harmony of mind and body, let’s embrace the concept that surrendering brings a wealth of health to ones being.

Learning to surrender takes practice though. Develop this precious skill through the arts, meditation or simply by doing things you enjoy. Instead of wanting and waiting, begin your sweet surrender exercises today.

Have a lovely long weekend and a summer complete with contentment.


Lori Charko

btw, please note that Yoga by the Beach classes will still be held during the Harmony Arts Festival next week. Please arrive early to our usual location.


Student of the Months

2011AugustErinWood.164612Congratulations Erin & Sierra Wood! We are so happy to acknowledge these special students this month. It has been very inspiring to see this team join us so regularly over the last year, especially with the extra challenges life has thrown their way. The effort Erin has made to attend twice a week with Sierra is commendable (and rarely does she enter without a smile:). When asked what she likes about our studio, she writes, “I practice at Body Harmony because it is a friendly, warm environment in which I feel supported in my practice. I love the prenatal and Mom & Baby classes, and especially enjoy the tea time afterwards, where ideas and wisdom are shared.” We say, “May God bless you both…”


Mom & Baby with Lori

LoriTika.141958Join us this fall for a Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga class to explore postures and breathing exercises in a welcoming environment. You will improve your endurance, flexibility, and pelvic floor stability and baby will enjoy the fun and safe space. Celebrate being in a nurturing community with other Moms & babies, and then stay for tea and cookies with us afterwards! Call early to reserve your spot.

Mondays September 12 – November 28
(No class October 10th)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
10 Classes / 11 Weeks for $135 plust hst –Preregister Now

Wednesdays September 14 – November 30
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
10 Classes / 12 Weeks for $135 plus hst – Preregister Now


Open Mind, Open Heart: Touching the Wonders of Now

Buddhism.145608World renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh will be visiting Vancouver this month to offer insights into acheiving inner peace, as individuals and as a society. The talk will focus on removing the preoccupations that keep us stuck in habitual ways of thinking and reacting. Throughout his years of dedicated practice as a Buddhist monk, he has influenced thousands of people to engage more fully with themselves and the world at large. The afternoon will include a guided meditation and healing chant with the monks and nuns of Plum village, a collective of people dedicated to living as instruments of peace and compassion. To check out the event in detail, click on the link below to read more about Thich and the event details.


Green Tip

augustgreentip.184749Sometimes all it takes to brighten your day is a small 3” x 5” card with a sincere – sometimes humorous – always simple message. There are a plethora of wonderful greeting cards to purchse on these special occasions, to say “Merci”, “Thinking of You” or “Congratulations!”. However, with a few coloured pens, some recycled items and a little inspiration, you can create a memorable, unique and personalized card. Stamps are another great way to transform a recycled note to seem unique and stylish. Hand-made cards are not only environmentally and economically friendly, they’re a great way to cultivate important relationships and your creativity as well.