SEPTEMBER VIEWS 2010 – A Time for Change

A Time for ChangeEnergetically, there is a feeling and onset of change here on the West Coast. In September, students go back to school, schedules shift, and there can be a sudden chill in the air that comes with the autumn changing of the trees. The parks are noticeably more quiet, fruit stands close and Yoga by the Beach wraps up for another year.

In our family, we are welcoming the fall with yet another big adjustment. The anticipation of a little baby girl this January, means big life changes for my husband and I! Now, years of intention and preparation bring us to this amazing place… an exciting and sometimes scary place of unknowns. But here we go! We’re working together to continually balance families, careers and all the things that are most dear to us.

Body Harmony Yoga has the addition of a talented Administration Assistant and teacher (Shaina Trumble), as well as four new experienced teachers to the schedule (Kari Winfield, Sarah Harrison, Catherine Wang and Loretta Dugaro). This season, we have also added some different and exciting Wellness Workshops and classes. So please peruse the website and take a moment to book a session which will naturally move you towards growth and change.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and check the schedule for any class cancellations before attending. We look forward to seeing you and having everyone back this fall!


Lori, Shaina, Ellen & Teachers at Body Harmony


Student of the Month

Student of the MonthCongratulations Allan Gauthier! Allan decided to challenge himself this summer by coming to 30 classes in 30 days, and he succeeded! Allan explains his yoga experience…

“My yoga journey started last summer. I was hoping that the stretching would help out my marathon running. After two months, I surprised myself by taking a full 10 minutes off my previous best time when I ran the Victoria marathon in October.

I returned to yoga again in June due to an injury, but something different happened. I found that each class would be better than the last. I started to understand what it meant to “breathe into your hips, or breathe into your lower back”, and it felt great to do that. To quote one of the instructors, I am now learning to “cultivate my intention” during the whole class.

Every single class is different here. Even if go to the same instructor, you will be taught new stretches, breathing techniques and strength routines. As a beginner, I am very pleased that the instructors will carefully guide me into the proper position for new poses, as well as correct my posture, to ensure I don’t feel any pain, and to maximize the benefits of the various poses. I am just beginning to understand the yoga journey is a very long road to travel, and it may take years and years to reach a destination….at least I’m hoping it will take that long!”


Women’s Self-Defence with Raymond Fujino & Iain Snee

Women's Self-Defence with Raymond Fujino & Iain SneeThis seminar provides a fun environment to introduce participants to the appropriate skills to increase personal safety and empowerment. Self-defence involves a combination of awareness, assertiveness, and action where necessary. Attendees learn about the key elements of preparedness, prevention, and protection that apply to situations from a simple nuisance up to an assailant. Raymond has over thirty years experience in martial arts and applies his kinesiology degree in the area of health and wellness. Iain has over twenty years experience coaching and instructing athletics.

Sunday September 12th
12:30 – 2:30 pm
$20 plus hst – Preregister Now


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 September 13th to November 29th (Class is Full)
Wednesdays September 15th to November 29th
11:00am – 12:00pm
10 Classes / 11 Weeks for $135 plus hst


Yoga for Better Digestion with Sarah Harrison

Yoga for Better Digestion with Sarah HarrisonDo you suffer from bloating, low-energy, ‘brain-fog’ or digestive concerns? These are common signs of excess toxins overloading your system! Come work with Sarah in Yoga for Digestive Health and Detoxification and work through a progressive specifically designed gentle practice that allows your mind and body to release and detoxify , winding down with aromatherapy and savasana in a warmed room. Take home exercises, lots of breath-work, and nutritional guidance for your best inner health! With over 5 years of cumulative experience working with healthcare practitioners including naturopaths, colon-hydrotherapists, pharmacists, natural pharmacists, aromatherapists, Sarah brings her varied experience to you and to your best health… from within. Sign up early to make the commitment to your best health, from within.

Thursdays September 16th to November 25th
11:00am – 12:15pm
10 Classes / 11 Weeks for $135 plus hst


Live In Concert: Deva Premal & Miten with Manrose

Live In Concert: Deva Premal & Miten with ManroseBanyen Books and Sound welcome back Deva Premal and Miten, accompanied by Manose on bansuri flute for another evening of ecstatic music, “The Yoga of Sacred Song and Mantra.” Song and Kirtan will float through the air as we join in on the chanting, aligning hearts in a spirit of oneness.

Sunday, September 12 at 7:30pm
Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver
Tickets Range from $25 to $55 (plus HSt & fees)
Tickets are reserved, and are available at
Banyen Books, 3608 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, 604-737-8858 or;
Centennial Theatre, 604-984-4484


Fall Yoga Retreat & Cleanse

Fall Yoga Retreat & CleanseThe Bowen Island Retreat & Cleanse at Xenia Sanctuary is going ahead this spring! Secure your space for a refreshing weekend that will include:

~ 3 Nights in Shared Accommodations
~ 3 Cleansing Breakfasts
~ 3 Healthy Vegetarian Lunches
~ 2 Delicious Vegetarian Dinners
~ 5 Yoga Classes & 5 Sitting Meditations

October 14th to 17th, 2010
Thursday 8pm to Sunday Noon
$100 Deposit due at sign up. Final payment due one month prior to departure
Retreat Orientation Friday October 1st from 7:30-8:30pm.


Green Tips

Green TipsWhen you’re going through a particularly stressful or anxious time, pampering yourself is an amazing way to bring more joy and peace into your life. By using pure and natural ingredients in your home spa treatments, you will decrease the amount of chemicals in your life and you increase your sense of calm and serenity!

Add sea salt, seaweed or algae products to your bath. These will stimulate blood circulation, help your body excrete toxins and tone your skin.

Use lavender, eucalyptus, rose, lemon, or tea tree pure essential oils in a steam shower. These scents help to calm your nerves.

Apply mud or seaweed to your skin to draw out any impurities and hydrate your skin.

Create a natural scub with a mixture of olive oil and salt or sugar to remove dead skin. Gentle exfoliation will give your skin a glow, and you will also be able to enjoy the massaging aspect of the therapy too.

Massage your feet and hands with a calming essential oil such as lavender, melissa, chamomile or rose. You might be surprised how many sore spots you have on your hands and feet.