REASON FOR THE SEASON

Posted on: April 19, 2017

About Lori

REASON FOR THE SEASON

Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring! This is the first year in more than a decade that I have remained in Canada for ALL the seasons. Although Canada is where my family prefers to be, the allergy season in Vancouver is usually the time of year I get the ‘fever’ and want to be any where else.

So this week, the mantra that helps me appreciate where I am is “I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.”It reminds me to give gratitude and kind thoughts to the air that sustains me. Even when affected by allergens, using this mantra brings a feeling of acceptance and reciprocity with Mother Earth. As I love and nourish her, along with my daughter, husband, home, yoga class, private clients and other people around me, I feel content that I am doing something positive for my environment.

As it is Earth Week however, there is also heightened awareness about my families carbon footprint. We carry on each day with the hope that everything we need will continue to be provided for, yet we REALIZE that the abundance will not last forever if we are not more careful. We can always do better and there is an increasing need for us all to pay more attention to how we are using the earth’s resources. How do we do that? First, we educate ourselves so we can care for the earth in whatever capacity we are able. Then, we chose to be mindful and make the most sustainable choices whenever possible. This will lead to kindly sharing our sustainable ideas with others and likely getting involved with community or global projects.

Canada is my home and native land and regardless of current allergies, I feel very fortunate to live here. Along with this privilege, I chose to bring environmentalism to the forefront. And as I prepare for the “15th & Final Yoga by the Beach” the eagerness to do something about climate change grows stronger. I have loved the Yoga by the Beach classes since I started them, before opening Body Harmony Yoga Studio in 2002! Even when living in South America for 3 years, I made an effort to return home each summer to teach them. However, with all the unpredictable weather, last summer the weather was not appropriate on our days (nor the night before) and it was the worst season ever for class cancellations. Then I started to wonder if the class had run its course? I nearly put an end to the program already, but upon great contemplation have decided to have faith in the midst of uncertainty, and give it one more season. Global warming is evident, but earth, moon and sun salutations will be honored. Please see below for details about the program featuring a new Unlimited Outdoor Yoga Pass. In the meantime, truly BE outdoors and reciprocate with the earth. She is generous, beautiful and full of life.

Namaste,

Lori Charko

 

EARTH DAY SATURDAY APRIL 22nd

Let Earth Week fuel you to do more for Mother Earth! You are being challenged to the following: Wednesday: Walk & Roll! As much as possible choose to walk, bike or take city transit.
Thursday: Litterless Lunch Day! If you are making lunches… be mindful to not use plastic and pre-packaged handy snacks. If eating out, only purchase food items from sustainably conscious restaurants (ie. avoid food that is presented in containers that need to recycled or in the garbage).
Friday: Fearless Planning! Share your sustainable ideas with others and make a plan to step up your game for….
Saturday, April 22nd: Earth Day 2017. Lights Out Day! You are being encouraged to turn off lights and other electronics during the day to save some energy. Just be more GREEN!

15th & FINAL YOGA BY THE BEACH!

One way to nourish the earth with positive vibes and appreciation, is to practice yoga outdoors. We invite you to join in for the final season of Yoga by the Beach this summer at John Lawson Park. Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga classes are June 20th to August 31st. They run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30am weather permitting (we will be there even if it is cloudy but not if it’s drizzling or raining, so do check the online schedule by 9am the morning of class if you are uncertain of the weather). Please bring a yoga mat and beach towel, along with some sunscreen. There is plenty of parking but arrive 15 minutes early to pick your spot in the sun or shade. Class fee is $15 cash upon arrival OR you may advance purchase an Unlimited Outdoor Yoga Pass for $45 prior to May 19/17. Contact lori@bodyharmony.ca for this great Mother’s Day gift idea or for you to simply enjoy these outdoor classes yourself. Lori looks forward to celebrating her last season of these classes with you, so we hope to see you and your friends there!

Eagle gazing at John Lawson Park. Summer 2016.

FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA THERAPY

Posted on: January 20, 2017

About Lori

Foundations of Yoga Therapy

Namaste and Happy 2017! May it be better than 2016. Life ebbs and flows, thus if the wave of last year was in ebb, look forward to the flow of this next wave to shore. 

Last year was not the best for me, but last week I graduated from the Foundations of Yoga Therapy Teacher Training. It was an amazing experience that was enjoyed immensely and it provided another period of growth through learning, friendships and professional development. If you have ever been to India, you might understand the feeling I am experiencing. It is like that of returning home, after all the wonderful chaos of the trip has begun to settle. In a good way you are almost dumbfounded at what happened during your time away, and then there is this sense of calm and understanding.

The Body Harmony Views this quarter was intended to be about the question, “Is Yoga Diluted?” A bit negative I know, but in the Vancouver area there is almost every combination of yoga and fitness imaginable. With the community centres and the corporate yoga chains (and all the small studios in between) there is an abundant choice of class styles, times, lengths, and mix of movements available. However you may wish to be energized or relaxed, the market is enticing and you can probably find the right combination of exercise, breath work and relaxation. But what if you do not have a regular yoga class or teacher, and you want the complete yoga experience? Maybe you have done yoga before and know that you want it in your schedule again, but you are not sure what would be best suited to you? Or, maybe you are doing yoga but your routine is not addressing your current needs? Yin, Yang, Restorative, Hot, Power or Vinyasa? 

This is where Yoga Therapy can help. The IAYT defines Yoga Therapy as “…the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of teachings and practices of Yoga.” If you can find a good connection with a yoga therapist, then after an intake and assessment you will be guided to the practices that shall bring your desired outcome. What would you like to do that is meaningful to you, but for some reason you have yet to do it? Whether you know the answer to this or it seems to be a puzzle, with the guidance of a Yoga Therapist you personally realize what next needs to be in place. Then, you are given a home practice and it will be up to you to continue playing with the puzzle. The home practice is in the form of specific desired yoga postures, breath work, visualization, mantra and/or meditation techniques. It can be fun, like creating art!

If you are ready to move through whatever physical, mental, emotional or spiritual questions you may be experiencing, give Yoga Therapy a try. I would love to connect with you and offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if we would be a good fit to find a few more pieces of your big picture. Even if you do not know which piece may be missing or needs to be in place, we can sort through the various colors and eventually add to your masterpiece. Is there something keeping you from living life to the fullest?

With Warm Regards,

Lori

“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” ~ B.K. S Iyengar

 


Overcome Overwhelm One Step at a Time

5 Tips For Organizing Your Inbox

Tip #1 Exercise control: Most important turn off email notification. How often do you check your inbox? Is it the first thing you do upon waking? If so, you are losing 27% of your days productivity.  To be the most productive check emails 2 times per day at most unless your job requires otherwise.

Tip #2 Unsubscribe: Did you know that 80% of what we file never gets looked at again? Take a close look at all the newsletters you subscribe to. Are they of importance in your life right now?  Set up a “to read” folder for all newsletters you enjoy and find helpful. Immediately move them from your inbox to the folder OR set up a RRS feed in Google Reader. Put a filter to go straight “to read”. Once a week or on your lunch breaks go through the folder. If you haven’t looked at the folder in months it’s time to delete it all.

Tip #3 Action Folder. Create an action folder. Store all emails that you need to take action on. Take 15 minutes a day and deal with each email one by one. Can you delegate any of the “actions” or can you delete them?

Tip #4 Important Folder. Pick the top 5-15 most important emails and move them to this folder. Deal with these right away. Because they are in this folder you will not get side tracked. Once you have dealt with those 5- 15 then move another bunch over and deal with those.

Tip #5 New Policy. Every new email that comes in will follow this new policy of being filed. Let people know you will only be checking emails 2 times per day and that you will get back to them in a timely manner unless your job/personal life requires different.

Thank you Rowena List! Rowena is an organizing expert specializing in home organization and productivity coaching. Grab your FREE copy of Rowena’s new Guide; Top Tips – Ten Things.  This guide gives you a simple plan for organizing 10 different areas of your life in 15 minutes or less.  Download your free copy now.

OCTOBER VIEWS – WHY PRACTICE YOGA?

Posted on: October 13, 2016

About Lori

Why Practice Yoga?

There are too many reasons to practice yoga and by this time, I am sure you have heard about most of them. Since I only have a few seconds to capture your attention, it is overwhelming to know where to begin! So reason #1 for practicing yoga, ANXIETY. Everyone has experienced worrisome, fearful and nerve racking sensations which leave us short of breath and unsure of our next move. The fact is, in our Western World there is a prevalence of anxiety in the general population. For the moment let’s not be concerned with WHY this is the case. In the Eastern World, it is said that DEPRESSION is the major mental issue. Again, for the sake delving into our own states of being, let’s not put our attention towards WHY the world is the way it is. Let’s focus on number one and take some comfort in knowing that we are not alone! These states known as mental disorders, along with other physical or spiritual issues could lead a person to yoga. And from personal experience, I can tell you that when practiced properly and consistently, yoga is an amazing form of self-help to ease them. There are however other more positive reasons to be attracted to this age old wisdom.

Why not practice yoga just to feel better or to keep yourself feeling great? Do we need to create a problem, injury or disease to justify taking this kind of time out for ourselves? Yoga need not be a luxury and there are classes (which ideally encompass physical, meditation and relaxation components) for those who want to help themselves. One needs to be crafty to find classes that have all three components, but they are out there! For instance, my Mixed Levels Hatha class on Fridays at 9:30am at The Yoga Root.

That brings us to the topic for the January eNewsletter “Is Yoga Diluted?” Until then, enjoy the video and make the effort to the practice. It is called a practice for a reason:) I would be so happy to have you join me and it is worth putting into your schedule. I agree with Sean Corne, an internationally celebrated yoga teacher who says “Yoga without prayers is just calisthenics.”

Namaste

Lori

 

SUMMER VIEWS – Yoga By The Beach

Posted on: July 1, 2016

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Having just completed an intensive yoga teacher training in the Anusara style, it is time to gear up for Yoga By The Beach! The classes this summer are sure to be inspired with some Anusara alignment principles, along with elements of staying close to nature in the Andean Way. For more details on these classes, please see the new You Tube Video. Have a fantastic Canada Day weekend and I look forward to seeing you out and about this summer!

Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-11:30am

July 5th to Sept. 8th, 2016

Use your existing BHYS Pass or Pay in Cash $15 Per Class Show up and settle in 15 minutes early to:  John Lawson Park, West Vancouver

 

 

APRIL VIEWS – It’s News

Posted on: April 10, 2016

Yoga practice outdoors has become my absolute favorite thing. This year will be like the rest, where I openly welcome anyone who is keen to explore these flowing Hatha Yoga Classes in West Vancouver. At John Lawson Park, the back drop of the Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park, UBC and Vancouver Island await us, offering the possibility to experience it anew! The amazing feeling of moving peacefully in nature while breathing the fresh air will be one of my highlights this summer and it can be yours too. See below for more information, and for those who are interested in Yoga at Victoria Park in North Vancouver, please do let me know.

Others things that will freshen up the year for this gal are some studies at the Vancouver School of Yoga. I am compelled to delve into another branch of yoga – the world of Yoga Therapy. The idea is to be able to help students with injuries and years of ‘stuckness’ in a more intimate capacity. It is still my main interest to teach group classes, however I wish to add support for ailing bodies in a more in-depth form (both inside and outside of the classroom format). I do like it when I am able to move past the superficial ailments and enquire more personally as to the cause of what is happening! The Yoga Therapy will bring an environment where I may be able to suggest possible changes that could heal it forever, on the deepest level. Really! As well, I feel that this form of yoga will mix all the unlikely occupations I have considered in my past (everything from becoming a ‘holy sister’ to acting as a ‘law enforcement officer’) and be a wonderful step forward.

My new studies, the beach classes, and taking care of family matters will consume much time and energy this year, although I also plan to start teaching a regular yoga class or two at a small independent studio in North Vancouver. It is quite close to the old location of Body Harmony, and is a lovely, unexpected opportunity and turn of events. I will keep you posted. I had hoped to find a new studio this year, but this is what it will look like for now. All this does not change the fact that it would bring great joy and satisfaction if it was feasible to teach Yin, Hatha and Prenatal Yoga on that blue carpet once again – so I will hold that vision for the future.

This news is being sent from Peru where I am completing my Citizenship (for the sake of having a retirement option)! I have enjoyed being back in Vancouver and having the opportunity to teach yoga in a temporary location from November to March. I love connecting with former students and friends, and meeting new students and friends as well. I look forward to Beach Yoga, independent studio classes, personal yoga sessions and hopefully seeing more of you in the months to come.

Wishing you all Peace and Body Harmony, Namaste.

Lori

 

 

Yoga By The Beach 2016

Mixed Level Hatha Yoga By The Beach brings bliss and a whole new perspective to your day! There are changes at John Lawson Park and the setting could not be more perfect. Our outdoor Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga classes in West Vancouver are from July 5th to September 8th, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 11:30am (weather permitting). Please bring a yoga mat and beach towel, along with some sunscreen. Arrive about 15 minutes early especially if you need to park a car and prefer to practice your yoga in the shade. The classes are $15 cash or you may use your BHYS pass if you still have classes pending. As well, this year you can bring a friend who has never tried these classes and you will both receive the class for half the price. Lori looks forward to receiving you in this world-class environment!

 

 

Green Tip – Energy Saving in the Home

In an effort to bring down the monthly hydro bill for our home, I came across these 21 no cost tips to save electricity. Also, David Suzuki has some other valuable ideas for reducing the Carbon Footprint and a Nature Challenge Manual for teachers of kids aged 4 to 7. Dr. Suzuki says, “Come on Canada, it’s time to kick our bad habits and get into shape!”

 

JANUARY VIEWS – A Belief in Miracles

Posted on: January 1, 2016

It is with amazement that yet another year has nearly passed us by! Now, with most holiday festivities under ones belt (so to speak) we can sit back to contemplate the entire flurry with a sense of gratitude, then look ahead with wonder to the potential of 2016.

With time fleeting the way it has, when we speak of the potential of reopening Body Harmony Yoga Studio, it has become apparent to me that ‘time is of the essence’. Being back in the North Vancouver has prompted the restart of communications with real estate specialists in consideration of another studio. My family and I would be sincerely honored to re-establish the blue carpet in an appropriate space for yoga once again! It does appear however, that it will take a small miracle for a new studio to appear. Body Harmony was the first drop in yoga center on the North Shore, and since that time some 13 years ago, things have changed considerably. Nearly all yoga enthusiasts (students and teachers alike) can take responsibility for the state of competition and convenience yoga has now afforded us. Good for the consumer? Yes, on the short term. The competitive corporate style of yoga brings about positivity in many ways, but it does not take long before we see how the spiritual element of the practice has been compromised.

Drop in convenience in a boutique style setting sounds lovely, however it has to sustain itself. Thus as I ponder the possibility of such a miracle this year (with intentions set, connections in place and communications open) I continue to take steps to do what I love. And that is to teach yoga. Thankfully we have been granted the opportunity to share yoga in a lovely space in North Vancouver for the month of January. I pray more opportunities and spaces present themselves, as I root myself firmly in what is to come.

Happy holidays and much love to all. May miracles abound us in 2016!

 

Namaste

Lori Charko

 

 

Find Your Flow for 2016

This workshop formerly known as ‘Developing Your Home Practice’ helps you incorporate your favorite yoga postures into a flow that is user-friendly anytime and virtually anywhere. Learn how to implement your special needs into a complete flow that will strengthen, stretch and relax you at home, while travelling or wherever you may be! Find your flow and move through it with confidence, knowing you can modify the routine as you need. Please bring a journal or large notepad and pen.

 

When: Friday (January 1st) 1pm-3pm
Pre-Register (10 Spots): lori@bodyharmony.ca
Use your existing BHYS Pass or Pay in Cash: $20 (Including Tax)
Show up and settle in 15 minutes early: 237 Rondoval Crescent

 

 

Limited Time Mixed Level Hatha Classes

The yoga journey of each and every one of us will always have its own unique path. Discover where your intial practices of 2016 will lead you! Move through our sequence of hatha yoga postures and be in flow as you intend with pure awareness how you wish this coming year to evolve. Changes take time, however moments of mindfulness are key to that form of personal development. Naturally cultivate your desires for 2016 and enjoy the process of manifestation by attending any or all of these classes.

 

When: Saturdays (Jan. 2, 9, 16 & 23) 10:30-11:45am
Pre-Register (12 Spots): lori@bodyharmony.ca
Use your existing BHYS Pass or Pay in Cash: $15 per class (Including Tax)
Show up and settle in 15 minutes early: 237 Rondoval Crescent

 

OM For The Holidays

Posted on: January 1, 2016

Lori is back in BC and happy to share Hatha Yoga Heaven in a special space with a spectacular view in North Vancouver. This short series of classes will help us connect with our true PEACE within, so we can focus on prayer and positivity for a better world. If your heartfelt concerns are of war, homelessness or are perhaps simply of being together with family over the holiday season, let us collectively come together with an intention of PEACE. This state of being begins within each and every one of us, then continues to spread to the family, community, country and entire globe.

 

When: Saturdays 10:30-11:45am (Nov. 21, Dec. 5 & 12)
Pre-Register (12 Spots): lori@bodyharmony.ca
Use your existing BHYS Pass or Pay in Cash: $15 (Including Tax)
Show up and settle in 15 minutes early: 237 Rondoval Crescent

 

OCTOBER VIEWS – Heaven On Earth

Posted on: October 20, 2015

As another chapter in my life comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on things that bring a yearning to stay in this South American country. Pure and simple moments come to mind, like that of the early morning snuggles with a warm, sweet child who climbs into bed and whispers ¨Morning Mama.¨ Then, there is the feeling of the morning sun on my face and the sound of the indigenous birds when hanging towels out to dry. A simple ritual that often evokes a memory of peace, which in turn brings peace. And throughout it all, there is the important habit of sitting down for meditation to just BE and openly welcome the subtle blessings of each day! All these simple moments have been precious and could become a part of the next chapter, I suppose…

Wherever we are in life we can choose to enjoy the little things, however for me there IS a special vibe here in Peru. It is a distinct, peaceful feeling that first came to me years ago, after days of hiking in the greenery of the Andes. It was upon hearing ‘los chiguancos’ on a quiet morning in the Sacred Valley. It was a clear blissful moment that I have felt many times here since, and I seek to experience it again and again. So with this in mind, in the midst of the move back to Canada there is also a scheduled visit to the Chakra Gardens of the Willka T’ika. It is a retreat center near Machu Picchu only a few hours from where I live. An extraordinary place where it is easier to be in silence and feel that sense of Heaven on Earth. A place where one is given ample opportunity to listen to the heart and intuition, and then step forward with courage with all that’s been heard.

Although I am learning to be comfortable with uncertainty and trusting what is to come, big transitions are still not easy. We only have so much control over things, and yet the power of intention is huge?! It takes clear intention to obtain and then maintain the awareness that helps us walk gracefully through tumultuous times. And I believe that if the desire to slow things down is deep enough, then it is easier to move aside the lure and trappings of society–the compulsion to work more, travel more and to technologically connect more. Since the urge to DO and BECOME more can continually take us out of the pleasurable present moment, remembering that peace and joy are always in our hearts, can truly help us to move through big decisions and transitions.

Our flights back to Canada are scheduled for mid-November and I am looking forward to many things about returning. Especially seeing family and friends over the holiday season! Thus I would say this transition is bittersweet. Will I be back in Peru anytime soon? I am sure I will. And will I ever live here again? I have a feeling that answer is yes, but I am willing to let the universal forces guide me. When fear creeps in now and again I remember, ¨May we all be free from suffering. Peaceful, happy and enveloped with love may we live in harmony with nature.¨ Heaven on Earth.

 

Namaste

Lori

 

 

FREE 21 Day Meditation Experience

Are you ready to discover the key to who you are today, so you can open the door to who you want to be? Registration is now open for the BRAND-NEW 21-Day Meditation Experience, Become What You Believe!

Join an inspirational journey to connect to the very core of your being and direct the movement of your life. Embrace your positive beliefs and step into your highest potential, dissolve the unconscious beliefs that are holding you back, and connect to the might of our humanity through the power of shared belief. It all begins November 2, 2015 – for FREE.

November 2 – November 23, 2015

Register for the FREE 21-Day Meditation Experience: Become What you Believe!

 

 

Green Tip – Solar Power 101

Although the sun is not something the Lower Mainland of Vancouver thinks much about this time of year, it is always there is full force behind those clouds! How can we use more of the sun’s energy for our everyday needs? Around the world 40GW of solar power was installed in 2014. That was a record amount of solar power added to the world’s grids in 2014, pushing total cumulative capacity to 100 times the level it was in 2000. This is prompting renewable energy associations to claim that a tipping point has been reached that will allow rapid acceleration of the technology.

Solar Power 101:

•Solar energy is obtained from sunlight and has been used by humans for a long time for uses such as heating, cooking food, removing salt from seawater and drying clothes.

•These days it is also used to create electricity and heat homes. As technology has improved, solar power costs have decreased and it has become a more viable alternative, competing with energy sources such as coal and oil.

•While solar power is becoming more efficient, it only provides a small fraction of the world’s energy supply.

•Solar cells convert light energy into electricity.

•Solar cells are also called photovoltaic cells.

•Solar cells can be used to power portable devices such as calculators and watches.

•Large numbers of solar cells are put together to create solar panels.

•Presently the largest solar power plant in the world is found in the Mojave Desert, USA but they are getting larger every year.

•Spacecraft and space stations such as the International Space Station (ISS) often use solar panels to generate power as well.

 

JULY VIEWS – 7 Soothing Summer Activities

Posted on: June 30, 2015

Yoga By The Beach

Change is the only constant. Welcome change and new experiences by saying YES to outdoor yoga and other uplifting activities this summer!

The fresh ocean air along with glorious views of Stanley Park and Vancouver await us. Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga classes at John Lawson Park in West Vacouver with Lori Charko:

July 14 – August 13, 2015

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30am

Mark your calendar or Bookmark this page and join us for this magical opportunity. Put on some sunscreen, bring a yoga mat and beach towel, and arrive 15 minutes early (especially if you prefer a spot in the shade). The class fee is $12 cash or you may use your BHYS pass if you still have remaining classes. These mornings will surely elevate your spirit and offer moments to feel a real connection with nature.

Testimonials:

“I am never more conscious of my breath than when I am doing yoga beside the ocean. With this heightened awareness and the sounds and smells of summer all around, my practice is taken to a much deeper level of experience. Add Lori, a teacher who is very conscientious and skilled as your guide, and you are set up to embrace the best hour of your day. I cannot wait for July!”

Darlene Anderson, North Vancouver

“Yoga by the beach is such an incredible experience; the fresh air, the ocean, and the trees make it really special. The classes are really well designed for all ages and abilities. There have been days when I craved a gentle hatha class and days when I wanted more power and strength and I was always able to follow Lori’s cues to make the class what I wanted it to be. I will always arrange my schedule to attend – there isn’t anything else like it!”

Rachel Kurrein, Surrey

 

 

FREE 21 Day Meditation Experience

Humanity is becoming more aware of the importance of being present in the moment, yet it is a challenge we all face. At times, a joyful, meaningful life – a life filled with grace – seems perpetually out of reach because there is always something more we need to do. Deepak Chopra and Oprah will reveal the keys to bringing true, lasting grace into your life, here and now:

July 13 – August 4, 2015

Register for the FREE 21-Day Meditation Experience: Manifesting Grace through Gratitude!

Grace is the benevolent, powerful, unwavering energy of the universe that guides you to the best version of yourself. When you shift into a state of gratitude, grace opens itself to you – it responds in turn by bringing you even more to be grateful for. Your day-to-day becomes increasingly effortless, more enjoyable, and more vibrant. It is a blissful, life-affirming state of being that is available to everyone, all the time.

Join us on this illuminating journey of the heart to discover the secrets to making gratitude an effortless, joyous practice that infuses each moment with the wondrous power of grace and invigorates every dimension of your life. It’s easy and free to embark on this joyful new journey.

 

 

FREE Global Meditation for Compassion

The Chopra Center’s Second Annual Global Meditation will broadcast around the globe. Tune in from anywhere in the world to participate in the largest meditation gathering in history. Hundreds of thousands of people from nearly every country in the world will join together in meditation to spread compassion. Will you join us for the Global Meditation for Compassion?

July 11, 2015

9am PDT: Register FREE Today

 

 

Lolë White Tour in Whistler

The 2015 Lolë White Tour is a tremendous yoga session dedicated to peace where everyone is dressed in white. This year is is the 4th year in Montreal (where Lolë is from), and now it’s being taken to a next level, as an international tour:

Whistler, Canada – July 18 join at Olympic Plaza with 1500 yogis
•Montreal, Canada – August 8 at Place Jacques-Cartier, Old Port of Montreal with 6000 yogis
•Toronto, Canada – August 22 at Fort York with 3000 yogis
•New York City, United States – September 2 at Central Park with 10000 yogis
•Los Angeles, United States – November 7 at Santa Monica Pier with 1500 yogis
•Paris, France – See Photo

 

 

Wanderlust Whistler

Wanderlust Whislter brings together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat at Whistler Blackcomb resort in Whistler, British Columbia.This is an experience that will get into your mind, body and soul.

July 30 – August 3, 2015

Schedule & Tickets: Contact Eventbrite

Regardless of what starts you on your path, Wanderlust is an experience that will leave you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly-discovered abilities, and greater peace. Find your true north!

 

 

Summertime Concert with Patrick Bernard & Karnamrita DASI

Make some sweet memories this summer and come to hear some of the most delicious voices of kirtan performers who grew up in the Bhakti traditions. Their voices and “being” carry the deep love for the divine. Patrick Bernard: 22 Albums, 5 Gold Records, Karnamrita DASI: Best Song of the Year, Patrick Bernard: 22 Albums, 5 Gold Records, Karnamrita Dasi: Best Song of the Year, Pete McCormack, Mystical Poet MC Jeffrey Armstrong along with Special Guest Musicians, Stefan Cihelka-Tabla, Raamayan Ananda & more…

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – 7pm-10pm

Tickets $20 – $52: Contact EventBright with discount code: LoriCharko

St. Andrew’s Wesley Church
1012 Nelson St
Vancouver, British Columbia

 

 

Sacred Chant Concert with Snatam Kaur in Vancouver

Snatam Kaur is one of the most popular New Age artists of our time, selling over 70,000 albums a year! Experience her concert live in Vancouver, Canada:

Friday August 7, 2015 – 7:30pm

Tickets $30 – $60: Contact BrightStar Events

St. Andrew’s Wesley Church
1012 Nelson St
Vancouver, British Columbia

 

 

Green Tip – To Purchase Local or Organic?

The decision to buy organic or local foods can be confusing and the answer is not a simple one. In this article Is it Better to Buy Local or Organic Food? you can see there are pros and cons of both options. So if you have questions like ¨Is it better to avoid food miles and just buy locally?¨or ¨What is the 100 Mile Diet¨ then you can lighten the decision making load by reading about this online.

Overall, it seems if you want local food, buy local and if you want organic, buy organic. Often, buying organic will help the local farmers. Just be conscious about what you are buying, as there is inevitable power in what we do collectively. If you can buy local and organic, brilliant! Farmers´ markets that sell produce direct are often are local and organic, and there you have the opportunity to ask more questions.

Enjoy the fresh vegetable and berry season that is upon us, and have a fantastic Canada Day!

APRIL VIEWS – Do you want to build a snowman?

Posted on: April 8, 2015

With an inquisitive smile and that cute little voice she leans her face to me and asks “Do you want to build a snowman?” We live near the equator and she hasn’t seen snow in years, but I know what she means. She wants to play and create something new…

Tick tock tick tock tick tock. For two years my whole being pushed aside the idea of starting another studio. It clearly was not the time to initiate anything new, or even time to think much about it. There were brief moments of contemplation and meditation, but the melody and lyrics of “let it go, let it go” were compelling me to do just that. I trusted my creative and usually motivated self would emerge when living in this care free energy. And, as sure as the sun will rise again tomorrow morning that creative energy is again rising in me.

Although we are in the midst of research and I need to mesh the right side of my brain with the logical side, the process has begun and I am excited. Anything is possible, but I will need support and plenty of it. So, considering I am willing to commit 5-10 years of my life to this project, I would think that if you are reading this, you could at least commit 5 minutes of yours? Please complete this very important online survey now, as one step in the right direction for recreating that special community many of us so dearly miss. Plus, you may WIN a month of FREE Yoga by the Beach if you complete it by May 15, 2015!

I am not crazy about returning to the rainy west coast weather this October, but you know what? The cold never bothered me anyway…

Much love, have a great long weekend and I look forward to seeing you this summer!

Lori Charko

 

 

Yoga by the Beach 2015

Say yes! The fresh ocean air along with glorious views of Stanley Park, Vancouver and the occasional sail boat await us. Since 2002, Lori has indulged in sharing Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga classes at John Lawson Park in West Vancouver and she will do so again this summer.

July 14th through to August 13th, 2015

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30am

Please join us for this magical opportunity to do yoga in the park. Put on some suncreen, bring a yoga mat and beach towel, and arrive 15 minutes early (especially if you prefer a spot in the shade). The class fee is $12 cash or you may use your BHYS pass if you still have remaining classes. These mornings will surely elevate your spirit and offer moments to feel a real connection with nature…

 

Testimonials:

“I am never more conscious of my breath than when I am doing yoga beside the ocean. With this heightened awareness and the sounds and smells of summer all around, my practice is taken to a much deeper level of experience. Add Lori, a teacher who is very conscientious and skilled as your guide, and you are set up to embrace the best hour of your day. I cannot wait for July!”

Darlene Anderson, North Vancouver

 

“Yoga by the beach is such an incredible experience; the fresh air, the ocean, and the trees make it really special… The classes are really well designed for all ages and abilities. There have been days when I craved a gentle hatha class and days when I wanted more power and strength and I was always able to follow Lori’s cues to make the class what I wanted it to be. I will always arrange my schedule to attend – there isn’t anything else like it!” 

Rachel Kurrein, Surrey

 

 

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