SUMMER VIEWS 2009 – The OM Connection

Posted on: July 11, 2009

The OM ConnectionWith the solstice now behind us, it means a change of schedule for many and the possibility to find OM in all that we do this sOMmer. OM, sometimes spelt AUM, is a primordial sound referring to the ‘oneness’ of all things. It is the universal sound of creation, or the pulse of the cosmos itself. Its vibration and frequency shape and organize energy in such a way, as to cause atoms to move and grow together, manifesting ‘wholeness’. When practicing yoga, we chant OM to send these powerful vibrations through the deepest parts of the body, helping cleanse and relax our organs and cells. OM sounds and feels like hOMe, the most comforting place to be.

With the summer $99 unlimited yoga sale extended until the end of June, yoga is is one of those very affordable options for total connection to OM. If you like to walk and hike, stop to listen to the sound of OM in the rustling of the flowers and the bees. If you run or bike, listen for it within the leaves of the trees. When swimming, canoeing or kayaking, you can hear its sound in the water and the waves. If you must be on the computer, perhaps try ConcentratiOM with Rodney Yee!  

Have a fabulous summer and enjoy the Canada Day week ahead. The studio is closed on July 1st this year, so please check the website for long weekend schedules before attending class. We look forward to your presence for Yoga By The Beach, the Camp Moomba Yogathon and Mom & Baby Yoga as suggested below. 

Namaste,

Lori & Staff at Body Harmony

btw, Thank you to Karma Hair Lounge and Balance Harmony Massage for their gift certificate donations at our Peru Night and Customer Appreciation. As well, gratitude to those who came to our special evening!

 

Student of the Month

Student of the MonthDuncan Wells is our Student of the Summer. A fun and lively spirit to have at the studio, Duncan says, “I have been practicing yoga at Body Harmony for almost three years now, and have to admit to starting for some selfish reasons (like attending for a good workout). Yoga is so much more. The union of the spirit, the psyche and the physical. Yoga has helped me to understand myself, the universe, our places in it and that we and everything are all connected. The family at Body Harmony (staff, instructors and students) along with the fantastic atmosphere and friendships created, are just part of the reason for my practicing here. Thank you everyone for being a part of this incredible experience. Namaste.”  

 

Yoga By The Beach

Yoga By The BeachAgain this summer Lori will be teaching Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga down at John Lawson Park in West Vancouver. Classes are running through the summer Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30am weather permitting. (She is there even if it is cloudy but not if it’s drizzling or raining). 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. Taught by donation, join us for this opportunity to lift your spirit and get in touch with nature.

Now to September 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 – 11:30am
Suggested donation of $10

 

Camp Moomba Yogathon

Camp Moomba YogathonOn July 11th the Body Harmony Breathers will be participating in its 5th year of fundraising for Camp Moomba! “Moomba” is an Australian Aboriginal word that means “join together to have fun” and forms the camps philosophy: Friends Together Having Fun. Please join or sponsor our team of teachers and students  in support of kids age 6-17 with HIV/AIDS to go to summer camp. Many of the children that attend Camp Moomba are confronted by similar issues in their lives and many live in difficult socio-economic situations. It’s easy to give and taxable receipts are sent to your email address almost instantly. We thank you for your support in this effort.

Saturday July 11th at Thunderbird Stadium
9:30am Blissfest Sustainability Fair & Marketplace Opens
10:00am Family Entertainment and Children’s Activities
11:00am Acknowledgements and Top Fundraiser Prizes
11:15am Yoga practice
12:45pm Picnic Party (Lots of Food, Music, and Giveaways)

 

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 environment. 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 & Wednesdays 11:00am to 12:00pm
July 6 – August 31 (No Classes July 20 to August 3rd)
12 Classes for $99 plus gst – Preregister now

 

Green Tip – Community Gardens

Green Tip - Community GardensMost urbanites don’t have alot of space to cultivate a garden. If you lack a yard, or your balcony potting just isn’t satisfying your need to dig up weeds, look into helping out around your local community garden. Many hold weekly work bees, as well as monthly workshops on eco-gardening topics. Check out this recent North Shore News article for gardening in North and West Vancouver .

 

 

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