MARCH VIEWS 2011 – Making Sense of Scents

Making Sense of ScentsThere is something so soothing about the scent of a newborn. The comforting and intoxicating smell of a baby’s face quite often has us craving even more of its freshness. The aroma of Johnson’s Baby Products is not what I’m referring to, but rather the natural scent of a little ones skin.

The skin, the human body’s largest organ, doesn’t smell sweetly forever. With the help of a healthy diet the skin will constantly renew itself, however the rate of regeneration slows down considerably as we age. Along with the deceleration of new skin cells, adults tend to contaminate the skin with perfumed products. Deodorants and lotions quite often contain perfumes which are very destructive to the natural functioning of our bodies. Ironically, instead of improving our hygiene, the overabundance of chemicals and toxins contained in these products actually causes headaches, eczema, allergies and other ailments. Sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes are clear indications of an instant allergic reaction – an immune response to foreign particles in the lungs.

In yoga class, we are consciously working to improve our breathing and lung capacity. So we’re reminding students to please refrain from using scented lotions and perfumes when coming in for a class, while staying considerate of personal hygiene. Not all natural products work for everyone, and they often need to be switched up. To make more sense of scents, check out Ecoholic by Adria Vasil.

Many Blessings,

Lori & Staff at Body Harmony

P.S. Our little Tika took her first breath on Saturday, January 29th at 10:05pm (the day after the last newsletter was sent). Thank you for the collective breathing everyone!


Student of the Month

Student of the MonthCongratulations Trish Fitzgerald! We love the sincere, enthusiastic and inquisitive energy Trish brings to every class. Trish says, “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be chosen as Student of the Month. I’ve had to face some big challenges in my life over the course of the last two years and I can honestly say that without the sanctuary of Body Harmony, the support of the amazing staff, wonderful yoga classes and especially Body Work from Jennifer Jordan I don’t know where I would be. I feel very blessed to be a member of the Body Harmony community and I would like to sincerely thank Lori and her wonderful staff.”


Mom & Baby Yoga with Lori Charko

Mom & Baby Yoga with Lori CharkoJoin us for practicing Hatha Yoga postures and breathing exercises that are done in an environment that welcomes your baby. You will improve your endurance, flexibility, and pelvic floor movement in a fun and safe space. You will feel better and appreciate being in a community with other moms and babies (aged 4 weeks to 10 months). Fun stories with tea and cookies are shared after class!

Mondays April 4 – June 27 (10 Classes / 11 Weeks)
Wednesdays April 6 – June 22 (10 Classes / 12 Weeks)
11:00am – 12:00pm
ONLY $135 plus hst – Preregister Now


I Can Do It! Soul Conference

I Can Do It! Soul ConferenceFor the first time, the “I Can Do It! Soul Conference” will be held in Vancouver on March 12-13, 2011. It’s a 2-day conference highlighting leading wellness and spiritual authors, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Robert Holden and Doreen Virtue. Check out this youtube  promotional clip or click here to go the I Can Do It website. Book now and revel in the pleasure of gathering with like-minded people to explore and discuss similar interests!


Green Tip

Green TipAs we continue to develop a deeper sense of awareness, we foster an awareness and concern for our local and global environment as well. Daily habits such as using re-useable grocery bags, travel mugs and recycled paper do so much for the well-being of our planet and gives truth to the phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” These simple actions surmount to profound positive change on a global scale; the rate at which non-biodegradable waste accumulates is reduced, and creatures and critters are less likely to ingest bits and pieces of garbage. Re-useable bags are not just for grocery shopping, but for clothes, shoe and other miscellaneous shopping trips too. Another idea to try, either re-use the plastic bags for loose produce (ie. apples, yams, onions, etc.), or invest in re-useable mesh bags to hold your fruits and veggies!

So as you relax, rejuvenate and re-new, remember the other 3 R’s as well: reduce, reuse, recycle.