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…



“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



Keep the Connection!

Our eNewsletter is not only a great way for us to stay connected with messages of yoga in a form of peace and love, but it’s also the best way to hear about our announcements, promotions and latest news.

Recently Body Harmony has been connecting with you from Peru, but because of a change in Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation we are taking this opportunity to update our subscriber list.  We would love to hear from you and make sure your information is up to date, thus ask that you reconfirm you email subscription by clicking on the following link: Yes, please continue sending me emails!

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JANUARY VIEWS – Keep the Connection!

Posted on: January 4, 2015

Happy New Year and Blessings to All

2015!! Two great years have gone bye quickly and my family anticipates at least another half year here in Peru. I recollect my sentiments regarding wanting this sabbatical for only 1.5 to 2 years, however I am going with the flow. The flow of the family makes this feel right, thus decisions for another studio at this time are not plausible. I am prepared for the consequences of being gone longer than appropriate (as far as ‘business’ is concerned) because the family is priority now and we are very happy. We will continue to enjoy our time in this culture, nourishing relationships with relatives and friends.

To date, the opportunity to stay at home with our child and provide a higher quality of living for the family has been a huge blessing. Watching our Tika blossom into a lovely human being has brought so much joy and love into our lives, I don’t think there is anything that could compare. Along with being a parent, I occasionally volunteer at a local orphanage, study Spanish a couple times a week and teach yoga a couple times as well. As per usual, yoga, walking and the gym keep me fit. This, along with complying to the quarterly eNewsletter, all feels sufficient for now.

Via eNewsletter this year there will be a Survey enquiring about your most recent yoga actions, thoughts and feelings, news of Yoga by the Beach and decisions about another studio. If you still wish to recieve email communications, it is necessary to subscribe to the link under the heading ‘Keep the Connection!’ Please do this and ‘Like’ us on the Body Harmony Facebook page (the link is at the bottom of this page), as I occasionally post some rather neat photos and find some interesting things to share.

For example, I was recently granted time and inspiration to write this, as Tika held a yoga practice with Snatum Kaur for one hour. You may enjoy the video posted on Facebook. She likes doing yoga, singing, ART, hiking, going to the park and simply playing. She has a sense of humour like her father and is passionate and sensitive like her mother. Already in March at the age of 4 she will attend a school with other kids her age. Such is the system in this Latin American country and I rather like the idea. It would be great for her to complete the year through to December, with good timing to return home in January for registration of schools in North Vancouver.

As for my dear husband, when we are not travelling he is working 6 day weeks. So obviously, his up and coming work choices will greatly affect the course of things. Having said that, in all likelihood parents will understand my desire to honour family at this time. It is with certainty that the path ahead will clearly lead us all to what nourishes us and keeps us healthy and happy, yet will prompt us to offer service.

Happy New Year, Peace, Body Harmony & Blessings to All!


Lori Charko



Keep the Connection!

Our eNewsletter is not only a great way for us to stay connected with messages of yoga in a form of peace and love, but it’s also the best way to hear about our announcements, promotions and latest news.

Recently Body Harmony has been connecting with you from Peru, but because of a change in Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation we are taking this opportunity to update our subscriber list. We would love to hear from you and make sure your information is up to date, thus ask that you reconfirm you email subscription by clicking on the following link: Yes, please continue sending me emails!
*By confirming your subscription you’re granting us permission to email you. You can revoke permission to mail to your email address at any time by using the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of every email.

OCTOBER VIEWS – A Conscious Effort

Posted on: January 4, 2015

Sheer determination. It can get us though some interesting times! The extent to which we really want or desire something is the degree to which we can move ourselves through states of discomfort and challenge.

Perversely, it is natural to be attracted to a life of comfort. We usually desire to be comfortable with our dwellings, both our place of residence and our human body. As well, we wish to be comfortable with our thoughts. Although the latter is less obvious, we really want to be clear and at ease with our thoughts, as it will determine how we will take care of our dwellings.

Let’s understand the significance of ‘taking care’ in all respects of the phrase. In order to take care and become truly comfortable, we need to move ourselves through states of discomfort. For example in yoga, the poses literally move and challenge us on a moment to moment basis in order to make us feel better. When we are in the initial learning stages of yoga, we don’t usually feel great while doing the postures and the mind can be quite busy. In this case, we are rewarded after the pose or sometimes after the class. As we practice more and learn to be receptive to discomfort (not pain, but discomfort) we are immediately rewarded with positive sensations while in the postures. Through this stage and the more advanced stages of yoga, our thoughts have tamed and we physically enjoy the practice more fully and completely. Challenges are even welcome!

There are limitless examples of how we will be rewarded with homeostasis (internal comfort at rest) after appropriately exerting ourselves. Being conscious enough to realize what changes and acts of determination are needed to keep us in a state of homeostasis is a blessing. May we all hear the mind and body’s call to shift, either in a pose or in daily life.

In a broad sense, sheer determination is how I managed to keep a small yoga studio in North Vancouver open for 10 years. Now this same drive is helping me learn Spanish! It doesn’t come easily but I am finally getting it. In a more immediate sense, as I type this first draft of the newsletter at 3am what I really desire is sleep. Next time, may I make the conscious decision and have the will power to avoid the dessert when my body is already full.

Take care. Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend. Peace and Body Harmony to us all.





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JULY VIEWS – Yoga Illusions or Delusions?

Posted on: June 25, 2014

164703_960[1]It is very interesting to me how there have been two recent releases of yoga documentaries, both of which share a common concern for yoga in the west. Their findings clearly show that for the majority of people, yoga has simply become a series of postures. There is evidently a lack of meditation, breath work, and also depth of morals and disciplines being incorporated into the practice. I very much connected with some of the discussions in the Yoga Maya Movie which denotes 3 main illusions about yoga. Overall, the first misconception is that yoga is asana, the physical. The second misconception is that 200 hours of teacher training is sufficient to be teaching yoga to the masses. And the third, is that yoga is a religion! All these illusions (unreal visions) or delusions (wrong beliefs) discredit an ancient and mysterious practice, that when explored more completely has “remarkable potential as a vehicle for personal transformation”. Although I have yet to fully watch Yoga Unveiled, I get the sense that this documentary guides us more into this spiritual aspect of yoga. The spiritual and soul nourishing aspect, which is fundamental to enhancing the mind body experience.

As for ‘the big picture’ of yoga in the Vancouver and area, for the last year and a half I have only been able to observe and speculate from a distance. What I perceive here with the closing of many prominent studios is that yoga is changing significantly and something must be missing. Although one cannot be certain as to why the school systems are breaking down, I believe these documentaries indirectly touch on that subject. It may seem too simple or obvious, but maybe the foundations of yoga are breaking because the fundamentals of yoga are not being practiced?

Certainly, I do not feel that every person or every studio has to embrace all aspects yoga to grow, but I do feel that the world would be a much better place if everyone could practice more of what it actually encompasses. Breathing, stretching, and looking inwards (opposed to looking outwards) are all a great start to bring forth the betterment things. I hope to share some of these authentic elements of yoga with you next week, in John Lawson Park. In the meantime, have a wonderful Canada Day!




Yoga by the Beach in July

DSCN0167 - CopyYoga by the Beach classes will happen at John Lawson Park starting Thursday! Lori is back and in West Vancouver for Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga teachings for JULY ONLY (no class July 1st). Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am -11:30 am weather permitting (we will be 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. Class fee is $12 cash or you may use your BHYS pass if you have classes pending. Do join in for this opportunity to reconnect, lift your spirit and get in touch with nature. Lori is very excited for these teachings and will look forward to seeing you there!


Green Tip – Recycle or Donate Old Computers and Laptops

lap topsWith the constant rising costs due to inflation, many families or schools do not have the sufficient funds available for computers to be utilized along with education standards. Many nonprofit organizations can be found locally, as well as around the web and give detailed descriptions on how to donate. The benefits can be seen locally and globally, affecting thousands of those in need.

If you have an old, yet functional laptop computer and like the idea of repurposing your electronics, Lori can take these items back to Peru for the Kusi Kawsay (Happy Life) Andean School in the Sacred Valley of Pisac. We have donated cash funds to contribute to the rise of this school 5 years ago, and now they have grown to have nearly 100 students who come from all over the surrounding region! To help the less fortunate by recycling your used laptop computer, contact lori@bodyharmony.ca or bring your working laptop and power pack to Yoga by the Beach. 


MAY VIEWS – For the Love of Yoga

Posted on: May 8, 2014

I was standing very close to the edge of a cliff, ready to jump but assessing where it was safe. Feeling fear, I mustered up the courage and then remember landing with some discomfort. But I made it! Then, before you know it I was standing up there again. This time, with a small group of people explaining how to clear the obstacles and make the jump. After everyone jumped, even though I had every intention of jumping with them, it was obvious to me that I had no desire or need to jump again?! This was a very vivid and peaceful feeling; this was my dream. When I awoke, I wasn’t certain if the strong feeling was about my decision to discontinue hosting group tours for awhile, or if in fact, it was related to opening another studio? The dream affected me greatly over the up and coming days…

Wouldn’t you know it, a couple of days later this Note from the Universe appears: “When fear speaks, Lori, it’s always wrong. Game ON.” Seriously, I felt like the all knowing energy understood some of my fears about standing on the edge of the cliff again and it just wanted to give me a little push. But which fear did I need a little push with? I believe now that the dream was about hosting group tours, as I feel solid about directing the energy needed for that into more productive things. It seems then, that the thing I fear and need a push with, is opening another studio. The desire for another yoga space has been minimal, and at times doesn’t even seem necessary. As well, I am down right scared of getting myself into another situation where I need to sell a mountain of yoga passes to pay the rent. The conflict within me then, is mostly around ideas of integrity, responsibility, self worth and commitment.

Living here in Peru has been great for many realizations. Another, is that I’m no longer very interested in motivating people to join me for yoga. If they want it, great! (I am always happy to share my love of yoga). Otherwise, so be it. When people are attracted to what you are do and believe in your efforts, you can all move forward with a sense of enjoyment, grace and ease. However, when you feel like you need to convince people of the benefits of yoga, health and/or your business, the road is long with many obstacles and it is simply draining. Thus, if I DO decide to run another yoga studio, the spiritual assembly needs to be larger than the last. (Note to self: Getting into yoga business with only your husband probably isn’t the best idea). If YOU have a love and passion for yoga, like to share it with others and are great at marketing, then please let me know. Also, as most teachers know this venture is about service, so it’s important to have a strong desire to commit to elevating the community. Since it takes a very special team of individuals to make a studio successful, it is my hope that the response to this global invitation may bring more ‘light’ to yet another big decision.

Yoga love and Happy Mother’s Day!

Lori Charko


Yoga by the Beach is ON for 2014!

DSCN2629Yoga by the Beach classes will happen at John Lawson Park in July of 2014! Lori will be back in West Vancouver for Mixed Levels Hatha Yoga instruction for JULY ONLY (no class July 1st). The classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am -11:30am weather permitting (we will be 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. Class fee is $12 cash or you may use your BHYS pass if you have classes pending. Do join her for this opportunity to reconnect, lift your spirit and get in touch with nature. Lori is very excited to return to Vancouver for these teachings and will look forward to seeing you then!


Green Tip – Safe Sunscreens

images4.162127[1]The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has an extensive list of approved sunscreen products including some Aubrey Organics, Aveeno and Jason products. Check out this link before you smear and slather the stuff on this spring and summer. Please note that SPF’s higher than 50 are minimally more protective than 30 or 45, thus you still need to reapply often, especially if swimming or sweating up a storm.





Posted on: January 23, 2014

imagesCA9439GH.111346[1]It is either the altitude here in Arequipa or the writing of this eNewsletter that is bringing a feeling of dizziness. Most likely, it’s the latter.

2014 will be an interesting year with excitement and adventure for those who open themselves UP! to the wonders of life and the world. We meet those people who have a zest for life and consistently have a willingness to say ‘yes’ to what is presented to them. Then, there are those people who seem perfectly content to remain in the comfort of familiar environments and thus prefer to decline different experiences. When it is true contentment that is keeping those folks at bay from walking a different path, then we can share in their peace, joy and simple way of living. However, if it is FEAR that is holding those people back from trying new things and living life to the fullest, then sometimes all we can do is sympathize. One of the ways to recognize fear is that is manifests itself in people as  ‘waiting’. Since little happens when you only sympathize with someone or when people just wait, I wish to quote Dr. Seuss from one of my all time favourite children’s books ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’:

“…for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

NO! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where…”

If you want or need more excitement in life, say ‘yes’ more often, read an inspirational book or enjoy an adventure filled movie like UP! Wishing you a fabulous New Year with bright possibilities.

Blessings and Love,



Live Fully. Experience Peru 2014: A Spiritual Journey

TourPhoto7.123126[1]It is the last opportunity and bit of encouragement to partake in Peru: A Spiritual Journey March 22nd to April 3rd 2014. BOOKING DEADLINE IS JANUARY 17th.  Experience the culture, mystery and lure of Peru in this 12 Night Journey exploring Lima, Cusco, Pisac, Lares Trek (Inca Trail), Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and Urubamba. This is a special journey for those who wish to revel in the highlights of Peru, while seeking a responsible way of spiritually opening to their self awareness and higher consciousness. Let nature, the yoga and Lori guide you to this greater awareness. As well, those who desire may partake in an authentic Andean Ceremony which sheds light into your reality and shows you what you need to heal or integrate in order to transcend into higher levels of awareness and harmony. We complete our journey as a community absorbing the chakra gardens of the Willka Tika Retreat Centre in Urubamba. Live fully and let this be the year you experience Peru!

Learn more from the Testimonials of Peru 2009: A Spiritual Journey or see the photo’s, itinerary with optional excursions and student interest forms for on the upcoming journey on our website or visit Facebook.

For pricing and more information OR to book contact Cheryl at cherylg@uniglobevision.com  or call (604) 688.5835 (ext 2487). We would love for you to join us on this magical once in a life time journey. PLEASE SHARE this opportunity and Send to a Friend!



Toronto Yoga Conference & Show

yogaconference.112746[1]Early Registration for the Yoga Conference & Show in Toronto from March 27th to 30th ends TODAY! Prices increase on Monday January 6 2014 (midnight). If you want to go, do not miss out on this opportunity to save.

Feeling rushed by the deadline? Not sure what sessions to pick? Just select any session(s) and change them later.    View Conference Guide



Green Tip – Encourage Children to Explore Outdoors

1471924_10151887731103305_426543617_n1.142342[1]It is so important that children learn to connect with nature. See this clever blog to see how we can encourage this.

What are some more ways to encourage children to appreciate nature?










SEPTEMBER VIEWS 2013 – Lessons in Detachment

Posted on: September 16, 2013

149a.142352[1]Big or small, lessons in detachment arise often. Like ‘miracles’ which some of us believe appear frequently, ‘lessons’ are visible if we are open to see them.

My husband was scheduled for a business trip to Lima for a week and he wanted my daughter Tika and I to go with him. This was very last minute and within 24 hours, we would all go and stay with the in-laws for a good part of the week. Although it would have been easier to stay home, I thought about the family and friends we would see, the date nights with great restaurants and movies, and also about the rest and relaxation with extra help at hand. So, flights were booked and paid, bags were packed, necessary people notified and the hired help for the house was paid and released. Since it wasn’t a planned trip, the fresh groceries purchased the night before also needed to go. So with the maid, out the door they went.

Then just before dinner, our little Tika got quite sick. The entire evening was about vomiting and diarrhea; not even a little water or soda cracker could be held down. Every 10 minutes she wanted to puke, go to the washroom or desperately drink some water (which just wasn’t going to stay down). She was so weak and whiney it was breaking my heart. I felt helpless and then certain we would not be travelling the next day.

We didn’t get but a few hours sleep that night and the next morning I said good-bye to my husband as he left for the airport. I had fully accepted my fate of staying home with a sick child, but couldn’t bring myself to unpack. It then dawned on me how quiet my birthday was going to be this year.

Tika, on top of being drained, was sad about not going in the airplane to see the grandparents. Although she was a bit low about all this, her color was back in her cheeks and I marvelled at how the sudden turn of events left her content. With only two and half years of age, I had recently seen her ‘let go’ of several things that she could have easily held strong attachments too. Things that I, only years ago, would have found quite difficult to accept.

Most parents and guardians know the feeling, the feeling they get the moment their child realizes a special toy has been lost or their child has been disappointed by another. In that moment of empathy for the child (while hoping they won’t react strongly) we are given the opportunity to ‘let go’ with them, and ‘trust’ that all is well. This month, for the reminders to detach and accept, I can say Tika was my teacher.

Here’s to trusting that lessons are divinely given, and thus used to guide us in this thing called life.

OM Shanti



Peru 2014: A Spiritual Journey

DSC08307.134025[1]With the desire of sharing yoga and the amazing country of Peru, I have tailor made a group tour to bring yoga students from Canada, here to South America. Yes, YOU can experience the special vibe and energy of Peru in March 2014! If you have been wanting to come to Peru, now is a great time to join my husband and I for this special journey. We would love to be the ones to introduce the ancient culture, unique food, colorful people and plentitude of spectacular landscapes. There is still space for this package which offers Lima, Cusco, Lares Trek, Machu Picchu, Urubamba and so much more. We encourage you to check out the the 12 Night Itinerary and the Testimonials from the previous group tour in 2009. Further more, since pictures say a thousand words, open Facebook for new Photo Albums postings of India 2006 and Peru 2009. For pricing information and booking details please email Cheryl at Uniglobe Vision Travel or call her at (604) 688.5835 (ext 2487). This journey is like no other and it awaits you!


 Green Tip – Closet Cleansing

retro-ways-to-organize-your-bedroom-closet-design-bookmark1.144648[1]Regardless of the time zone you’re in, it’s likely a good season to do some cleansing. This is in reference to a thorough ‘catch and release’ of those unnecessary items in your closet. Old shoes, coats, suits, sweaters, and you name it! There are probably a few things in there (and stored in other nooks and crannies of your home) that would be better off with someone else. Haven’t used something in one year? Give it a bit of thought and if you can see yourself using it in the near future, I suppose keep it. Haven’t warn something in 2 years? You probably need to put it in the charity pile. What? It’s been 5 years since you’ve noticed this thing? Toss it and feel good about it! There are many charities in your local area that will gladly receive all kinds of items. If you live in North Vancouver there is The Salvation Army, Big Brothers, The Diabetes Foundation and the North Shore Women Centre just to name a few. Closet cleansing is a great letting go practice; a great practice in detachment.



SUMMER VIEWS 2013 – Motivation for Machu Picchu

Posted on: June 20, 2013

I wish for folks to know that I sincerely understand the challenge of motivation, especially with respect to exercise. Along with the decision to put the studio aside for a bit, I needed to know I would continue to take care of my health, for my sake. Not because I needed to teach a class or be an example for everyone else, but because I respected and loved myself enough to do it for my own immediate and long term well-being.

Well, recently I attended a yoga class at a small studio here in Arequipa. Without getting into detail, even though there was enjoyment in previous classes with this teacher, I nearly walked out of this class before it was finished. I could go on about the environment in the studio this particular day (the external obstacles), as well as the emotions I was experiencing (the internal obstacles), but they are just temporary obstacles. Even though there can be benefit from classes there, I won’t go back soon because my last experience wasn’t pleasant and I’m simply not motivated. Since there are very few choices of places to practice here, the situation really had me think about Body Harmony closing in North Vancouver. It had me empathize with students who don’t feel comfortable at other studios, for whatever reasons. As well, there was empathy for those with no desire for an independent home practice. If like me, you have the freedom to do yoga and exercise anytime or anywhere (and you enjoy doing it at home) that is one thing. It is a whole other story if you need or want the guidance to do it. Having said that, creative fitness regimes are necessary to stay motivated and it requires effort. Anything is possible when you put your mind to it; it helps to know that motivation is propelled when one is aware of the underlying desire.

My husband and I have new found motivation, anticipating the Inca Trail. Actually it’s not the classic Inca Trail we’ll be doing, but the Lares Trek which uses different original Inca road systems to get to Machu Picchu. I hiked the Lares Trek in 2009 and loved it, thus thought it was logical to explore the other more traditional trail this time, in 2014. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t feeling very motivated. Why? Even though “hiking the Inca Trail is the thing to do in Peru” the realization hit me that there was no desire to hike “the Grouse Grind of Peru” with tonnes of tourists I didn’t know. What I really wanted was to return to the unbeaten serene and scenic path of the Lares Trek (the BCMC of Grouse, metaphorically speaking) with my beloved husband and yoga friends that I miss so much. This brought a feeling of relief. Yes, because it is wonderful to travel with people you care about on a road less travelled, where one is greeted by local children and welcomed onto farms with incredible views. Now there is motivation and we have the tour below. It would be fantastic if you could join us.

Search your heart to find your deepest desires and whatever they are, go for them! Whatever you want, it can be yours. The key is to make time for stillness and ask the appropriate questions, so that you REALLY know what you want and what you need. Then, one breath at a time, stay focused.

Much love and motivation to you from Peru,



PERU 2014: A Spiritual Journey

The itinerary, details and pricing for a 12 Night Experience you will never forget, are now online! Join Lori for Yoga, Trekking in the Andes, Machu Picchu and so much more. Please know that there are several things that make this tour unique. Foremost, you will experience the culture, food and highlights of Peru with other beautiful body harmony souls. Another attraction is that unlike other itineraries that are organized for you, this private tailor made tour is careful not to rush through Lima and Cusco, and finishes with a stay surrounded by lush Chakra Gardens at the Willka Tika Retreat Centre.

You can check this destination off your bucket list, by first simply having the ‘intention’ of going. That’s right. It’s an important step that fuels the manifestation of your dream to explore Peru! With this intention, the universe automatically begins to conspire, doing everything in its power to make it happen. The more mental and physical energy you put behind the intention, the faster and easier it is for dream to manifest. Now, take a moment to review our journey from March 22nd to April 3rd 2014, and then print out the Student Interest and Medical Health forms that can make it all happen. We anticipate the group will come together quickly, so please email forms to Lori prior to July 31/13.

For Testimonials and a further sense of the deep seeded effect Peru 2009: A Spiritual Journey had on me and some of the others, please see the home and blog pages of the website.


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Green Tip – 8 Natural Mosquito Repellents

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and has the ability to absorb large amounts of contaminants from repellents and other skin products. So, before grabbing the DEET, check out some of these natural alternatives:

1. Catnip – A highly affective form of protection!

2. Citronella – Use only pure essential oil of citronella.

3. Garlic – Eat a lot of fresh garlic, mosquitoes don’t like it.

4. Lavender – An essential oil best diluted in a carrier oil like sweet almond, or coconut oil.

5. Neem oil / seed oil – According to a study by the US National Research Council neem oil is more effective than DEET!

6. Organic soy oil – Studies found it just as effective as DEET-containing repellents, and it’s inexpensive and easy to find. Also, it’s an excellent body moisturizer.

7. Lotus – Effective and it helps kill mosquito larvae.

8. Black pepper – Use alcohol extract. Likely, black pepper essential oil would work too.

It would be wise to use one natural alternative at a time to make sure you don’t have sensitivities. An option however is to mix about 30 drops of the essential oils of catnip, citronella, lavender, neem, and black pepper (about 6 drops of each) into about 30 ml of an unscented and natural oil or moisturizer. Do a little 24 hour skin test prior to rubbing small amounts onto the skin and heading outdoors. Amazon, here you come!

For more details see Care2.com.

APRIL VIEWS 2013 – Peru, A Special Place

Posted on: April 16, 2013


“Here come those so-called human beings, those creatures that like to chase us and litter in our fields.” I’m guessing this was the line of thinking the vicunas had, as they watched my daughter and I slowly approach them. On the road between Arequipa and Colca Canyon my family spotted a magical herd of vicunas (llama like mammals of the central Andes). We thought it would be fun to get out of the vehicle and see how close we could get? As it turns out, the instinct of the vicuna disallows any physical closeness to them, so when they started to move away, I ran. I wanted to run and did so, full speed ahead towards them. It wasn’t long before the altitude got to me and I stopped to turn back and see my daughter and husband staggered in the distance. Walking back, and feeling a little dizzy, I noticed a plastic water bottle and thought it was kind of weird. Then soon again another, another, and another! I couldn’t believe it, we were in the middle of nowhere and there was human garbage. With disbelief I started to pick up some bottles until my arms were full, and then that of my husband’s arms and then my daughter’s as well. Driving home with a vehicle half full of plastics, I again was shocked. In front of us was a small truck with two men in the back throwing big bags of garbage over the side of the road! My husband honked and shook his finger as we sped past them, and I felt sick. There certainly is a lack of education about the effects of dumping waste on the earth, and an education is needed. It is not so different in other third world countries, I’m sure. Thus, if you have had any similar experiences elsewhere in the world or perhaps have a comment, please share with us on Facebook.

Greetings from Arequipa, Peru! It has been two full months of residing here, and the family is feeling settled. The climate is warm and pleasant and the relaxed Peruvian culture is upon us. It feels strangely natural to be here, even with the new pattern of things. Although time hasn’t slowed for me yet, there is promise of it sometime over the next couple of years. Focused on learning Spanish and spending more time with my daughter, I’m feeling a sense of contentment. How wonderful if I could formally share the practice of yoga in this country!? How do I plan to do this? Please see the information below regarding our special group tour for 2014.

In the meanwhile, I hope you are getting creative with your involvement in yoga and expanding to new horizons. I sincerely miss the lovely smiling faces I used to see regularly and think of them often. Virtual smiles back to you all.

Namaste & Blessings

Lori Charko


Private Tour to Peru in 2014: A Spiritual Journey

With the desire of sharing yoga in this amazing country of Peru, I am putting together a private tour to bring yoga students from Canada here to South America. Yes, YOU can experience the special vibe and energy in Peru in 2014! Consider joining my husband and I for A Spiritual Journey this time next year by first checking out the preliminary itinerary. We would love to be the ones to show you the culture, the food, the people and a plentitude of landscapes. Experience Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Urubamba and more by checking out this 13 night preliminary itinerary. If you have been planning to come to Peru and feel now is the time, you can get started by completing the Student Interest and Health History forms at the bottom of the website Workshop page today. Please print them, fill them out and send scanned copies tolori@bodyharmony.ca at your earliest convenience.

Note: To make the tour a success, all submissions are appreciated prior to July 12th, 2013.


Yoga by the Beach

It is with deep regret, that we inform the dedicated outdoor yogi’s of North and West Vancouver that our Yoga by the Beach program for this year will not run. After some promise of keeping the classes going in Lori’s absence, it turns out that legalities and insurance issues will keep Body Harmony from having a contract with the parks this year. West Vancouver Parks assures we can resume the summer program next year in 2014, so Lori is planning a return for the highlight of her year!


Green Tip

Do you cringe at the sight of these plastic bottles? Here’s what you can do to help lower the consumption of plastics:

1. Reduce the amount of plastic used in your household.

2. Reuse your plastics as much as you can first, before recycling.

3. Clean the products and place them in the appropriate recycle bins based on numbers codes 1 to 7.

4. Note: Not all types of plastics will be collected in your area, so get creative with the materials that can’t be picked up! It could just mean a monthly trip to the local Recycle Depot.

Learn more about the process of recycling plastics with this short video and search the internet to see what you can do to eliminate these waste products in your community.

DECEMBER VIEWS 2012 – Our Space Farewell

Posted on: December 11, 2012


Thank you everyone for the smiles, hugs and well wishes over the last month and especially yesterday at Our Studio Farewell Celebration. The morning and evening were shared by beautiful souls who could be in attendance, while feeling the presence of those who were there only in spirit. The slideshow from the evening will be posted on Facebook later this week, so please connect with us there by ‘liking us’ today.

Plans are nearly confirmed for my family’s temporary hiatus to Peru late January, but we will be in touch with quarterly eNewsletters to keep everyone in the know about the new studio for North Vancouver. During our closure, please stay true to the practice of yoga with our Body Harmony teachers, as you explore the other studios of which they teach at. There are many wonderful studios out there open to share the ancient practice. Most of them are listed in the survey below.

Although at Body Harmony we are most concerned that YOU know what we have built as a community over the last 10 years, it is with great encouragement that you take a moment now to share what you have found. Let others know by telling them, and by participating in the North Shore News Readers Choice Awards Survey. Please take 3 or 4 minutes to complete and vote for us! Voting ends today, Saturday December 1st at 5:00pm, and you must vote for at least half of the categories in order to submit. Thank you for your time, lovely energy and continued support of our community.

Happy holidays dear friends! Until we meet again.

Hugs and Blessings

Lori Charko