JUNE VIEWS 2012 – A Guide to Gurus



If talk of a guru seems a little serious, I would say “Au contraire, it’s a matter of perception.” A guru may be simply defined as “someone who removes your goo” or “a person who guides you to the light.” The Sanskrit term itself literally means heavy (implying a heaviness of knowledge), but metaphorically speaking, a guru helps to “find the heart of the artichoke” and “polish the diamond in the rough.” These folks guide us to be more heart and soul centered by bringing awareness to the light in our lives. As students of yoga, we typically see this role fulfilled by that of a spiritual mentor or yoga teacher.

What happens when your favorite teacher is ill, disappoints you in some way, or merely takes a get-a-way? Well, if you initially thought you would take a break from self growth, then there is still guidance needed and it would be wise to continue the yoga! If however, you have made yourself open to ask “what will I learn from this?”, then my friend, you are much closer to the light consciousness we are working towards.

Those who are open to personal growth will be excited to know the $99 Sweet Summer Sale is back at Body Harmony for its grand finale! For friends and family who may need some guidance, it would be easier for you to lead them to yoga, than to sit them aside and explain how you’ve noticed their awareness is a little muddled lately. This sale is a gift for everyone allowing 9 Weeks of Unlimited Yoga if purchased by June 15th. Passes may start as late as June 30th, however the sale is over mid month.

As an incentive for you to “be the light you wish to see in the world,” we will continue to give $10 referral credits for every student you bring to the studio. However, as added motivation to share the sale, if you refer 5 people and they sign up, your name will be entered to win the Sweet Summer Sale Pass or you may take the $100 credit towards a future pass. Remember folks, this is the last $99 Special.

Wishing a Happy Father’s Day to those stellar Dads out there!


Lori Charko


Student of the Month


Congratulations Betty Wurst, our student of the month for June! Betty is an amazing woman, inside and out. She is strong, intelligent, and loving, and brings joy to our space every time she steps onto her mat.

When asked to say a few words about her experience here at Body Harmony, she replied “My life has changed so much since joining Body Harmony. Initially I came for my physical well being, but have discovered through your yoga teachers that my spirit and mind are what need to be developed to achieve what I was looking for. I learned to breathe, or I am trying to learn to breath.  You have given me so much but that seems to be what I need most.

Lori, Jen J, Nara, Nathalie; what I have learned from you is amazing. I take home with me your words of wisdom and have made them work on a daily basis. You have no idea how your inspirational words have helped me. Thank you to all my new amazing friends at the studio. I love you all, and who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? xoxoxo”


Yoga By The Beach


Yea!! Outdoor Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga classes are on at John Lawson Park in West Vancouver again this summer, and we now have 3 glorious days a week for this practice! Please bring a yoga mat and beach towel, along with some sunscreen. Arrive at least 10 minutes early, especially if you prefer a spot in the shade. Do join us for this opportunity lift your spirit and get in touch with nature.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

10:30am to 11:30am

Jun 19th – Sept 6th (Weather permitting. We are there if it’s cloudy but not if it’s raining or just finished raining. Please check the website for cancellations due to rain at 9am the morning of class).

Class fee is $10 cash or you may use your BHYS pass. Feel free to use your $99 Sweet Summer Sale Pass as well!


Mom & Baby Yoga (Pre-Registered Course)


Motherhood involves the challenge of incorporating fitness amongst naps, feedings and all the responsibilities associated with having a child. Enjoy learning yoga poses while spending time with your baby (4 weeks to 12 months). We will rebuild those inner core muscles, create endurance in the body, as well as stretch and relax!

July 4th – August 27th (No Class August 6th)

Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm

15 Classes for $99 + HST! Pre-Register Now!


To the Edge & Beyond with Inversinos with Nathalie Saunderson


Standing properly on two feet can take many of us years to master. There are reasons to celebrate this stance that allows us ease in both our breath and our bodies. So what’s the next step? If you are ready to introduce inversions to your practice in a new way, come join this two-hour look at how to work towards headstand safely. We will briefly discuss other related inversions, but will focus primarily on the key elements of a stable, safe headstand practice. No previous experience is necessary, but all participants are asked to be injury free and have a regular practice of twice a week, or more.

Sunday June 3rd

12:30pm – 2:30pm

$20 + HST – Pre-Register Now!


Fall Yoga Retreat & Cleanse with Lori Charko *New Dates!*


September 20, 21, 22 & 23rd 2012


$50 OFF UP TO TO MAY 31st!!

Come and join us this fall for our 14th Yoga Retreat and Cleanse. Our location is the tranquil Xenia Sanctuary on Bowen Island. Enjoy the amazing west coast scenery and reconnect with yourself during our extra special classes in the yoga yurt (surrounded in nature). The retreat includes 3 nights shared accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals made with love, five rejuvenating yoga classes and peaceful meditations, as well as a silent retreat for two of the nights.

$465.00 plus HST ($100 Deposit due at time of booking).

Final Payment due August 20th/12.

*Ferry Transportation not included. Carpooling Offered.

Call 604.929.YOGA to secure your space or Register Now!


Green Tip

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Now that summer is on its way, why not try some new recipes to get into the swing of the season? Here is a great, easy to make salad that will be loved at any warm weather get together!

Cucumber Salad with Mint and Feta Recipe

• 1 lb thin skinned, mild (non bitter) cucumbers, such as Persian, Armenian, or Japanese cucumbers, thinly sliced. You might also try it with English cucumbers.
• 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch long segments
• 2 or 3 red radishes, thinly sliced
• 10 mint leaves, thinly sliced
• White vinegar
• Olive oil
• 1/4 pound feta cheese
• Salt and freshly ground pepper

In a medium sized bowl, gently toss together the sliced cucumbers, red onion, radishes, mint leaves with a little bit of white vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Right before serving, sprinkle on crumbled bits of feta cheese. Serve immediately. Serves 4