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Friday, February 5
 

4:00pm PST

From the Heart - A VYC Kick Off Class with Maria Filippone
A gentle flowing heart opening practice led by Maria Filippone. Inspiring. Loving. Community connecting. We have reserved the beautiful Crystal Gardens at the Victoria Conference Centre for a by donation yoga class to support Pilar Munoz and her children, Tree & Ocean. Even if you don’t have a pass for the Conference, this is a great event to attend.

This event is by donation and open to everyone! No need to have a pass to attend.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Filippone

Maria Filippone

From Maria "I love roses, being barefoot, the ocean, long walks,  hot baths and fresh cotton sheets. I was born to the joy of movement and have been blessed to work and study with some of the finest teachers in the world.  With a daily practice of being impeccable with the word... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Crystal Gardens 713 Douglas St

7:00pm PST

Opening Night + Illumination Event

The Illumination Event is seven carefully curated speakers with great ideas.

These speakers will share something they are passionate about, that lights them up.

At least one of them will light a spark in you.

We will also award the Breathe fore Life 2016 Scholarship.

More presenters may be added. 

Speakers
avatar for Alice Bracegirdle

Alice Bracegirdle

CEO and Co-Founder, Bellyfit® Enterprises Inc.
Alice Bracegirdle is pioneering a global movement that’s uplifting women through Holistic Fitness and radical body love. As the CEO of Bellyfit® Enterprises Inc., she is a fearless leader to hundreds of certified Bellyfit® Instructors around the globe, a sought after Fitness Rockstar... Read More →
avatar for Britt Buntain

Britt Buntain

Picot Collective
Around 10 years old Britt Buntain wanted to be a teacher because she thought there needed to be more leaders who inspire and help others. She is inspired to guide others because of the lessons and tools she has received from yoga and meditation and weaving. Britt is a weaver, mindful... Read More →
avatar for Rumon Carter

Rumon Carter

Rumon will be familiar to attendees of Illuminate at the 2015 Victoria Yoga Conference, where he led off the evening with a talk called “Run to the Roar,” challenging the audience - and himself - to identify meaning in life through the things that we fear. The basis of this workshop... Read More →
avatar for Carly  Greene Hill

Carly Greene Hill

tiny.writer
Carly is an up-&-coming spoken word artist. She started playing on paper from a young age. Carly was initially inspired by the way words could make thoughts, emotions & experiences move through the body. Recently, she explores the intersection between writing and self-expression and... Read More →
avatar for Tina James

Tina James

Tina is the owner director of Loka Yoga in Whistler, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and is known for her chanting, choreographic sequencing, and knowledge of the subtle body. Widely considered to be a "teacher's teacher", she transmits the Jivamukti lineage as a... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Leier

Ryan Leier

Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s... Read More →
avatar for Glynnis Osher

Glynnis Osher

Founder, The Mystic Masala Ayurvedic Aromatherapy
Glynnis is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, innovative teacher, healer, author and visionary entrepreneur in the arts of Ayurveda and aromatherapy. She is on faculty teaching Ayurveda, aromatherapy and Indian head massage at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage. Glynnis... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Quinless

Jacqueline Quinless

Jacqueline Quinless is trained in Yoga Therapy from Ajna Yoga Centre as well as Zen meditation practices based in the teachings of global spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh through the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan. Jacqueline is an Anglo-Indian woman whose yoga practice... Read More →
avatar for Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith

Little Drum Consulting
Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent and is an award winning author, international speaker and consultant. Since 1996, Monique has been running Little Drum Consulting and her career has included positions as Executive Director for Aboriginal... Read More →
avatar for Laura Track

Laura Track

Board Chair, Yoga Outreach
Laura Track’s two greatest inspirations are the practice of yoga and the ideals of social justice. To her, Yoga Outreach represents a union of the two. Laura has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and obtained her teacher’s certification in 2008. Inspired by the transformative... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm PST
Theatre - Victoria Conference Centre 720 Douglas Street
 
Saturday, February 6
 

6:30am PST

Downward Jog - Wake up and Run!
Join local trainer Jason Ball for a morning run to get yourself pumped and ready for the day. We will run to the coast line and enjoy the sunrise together. Please meet at the Victoria Conference Centre Courtyard before 6:30am to join in. Dress for the weather as we will be running rain or shine!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Ball

Jason Ball

Jason started running about 10 years ago.  Coming from a football background, long distance running was not his thing, but he decided to do the TC10K with some friends.  The race almost killed him, but he fell in love with it and wanted to keep challenging himself. Besides running... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 6:30am - 7:30am PST
Courtyard at the Conference Centre 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

The Ecstatic Breath
Intense. Liberating. Euphoric. Experience deep healing through an powerful Pranayama practice designed to release grief and anger. A combination of shaking, ecstatic dance and movement therapies all lead to a feeling of total bliss. May be emotionally triggering.

Speakers
avatar for Sufey Chen

Sufey Chen

Director of 200 & 500-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings. Artist. Poetess. Bhakti Yogi. Doula. Eternal Student at @sufeyyoga., Sufey Yoga
Celebrated for her wild faith, free spirit and creative expression, Sufey is world renowned as an teacher trainer, energy healer, soul artist and shamanic priestess. From movement arts to song circles to medicine ceremonies, Sufey’s heart-centered offerings include inquisitive and insightful methodology designed to CHALLENGE, TRANSFORM and LIBERATE through prayer, pranayama, philosophy, play, poetry and inspired practice. Drawing from her decade-long study of vinyasa, kundalini, yin, restorative, therapeutics... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

When Tinder Meets Yoga
Yoga and relationships, relationships and yoga...Suddenly single and tossed into the world of Plenty of Fish, Tinder, and Eharmony at the age of 40, I made an alarming and exciting discovery: dating was a powerful path for spiritual evolution! Who knew that a Starbucks coffee date could be so revelatory? Whether you're single, committed, or somewhere in between, this workshop will be an opportunity to tenderly explore the mysteries of both the mat and the human heart. Asana (heart-openers, naturally) and meditation.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott
Rachel helps yoga teachers and studios around the world create transformational education experiences so that they can thrive in their business, share their passion, and inspire more people to practice yoga. Her knowledge and experience are extensive. She’s earned two masters degrees... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Wring it Out
Limited Capacity filling up

A twisted and fun vinyasa class for yogis who like to sweat, move and dive deep. To let go of the heavy stuff and wring away tension, simmer down, detox and relax. Designed to help us release, release, release and yes, smile too. Expect a challenge but prepare to have fun.

Live music by DJ Rowan.  

Speakers
avatar for Chantal Eustace O'Sullivan

Chantal Eustace O'Sullivan

Chantal O'Sullivan Yoga
"Life can burn you out, or light you up. It's all about how you live it. The choices you make every day, every minute, every inhale and every exhale. Yoga brings us back into the present moment, into our best Self. When we are happy we spread happiness around. When we know peace... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Rowan

DJ Rowan

Rowan is a warrior of liquid rhythms and deep soulful grooves that sublimate into tangible, impermanent frequencies on the dance floor in explosions of ethereal inspiration. Comfortable in the fringes of reality, readily passing between worlds in search of deep, heart-opening and... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Plant Based Nutrition Workshop: Discover the transformative effects that eating a plant-based diet has on your Body, Mind & Spirit.
In this workshop you will gain the knowledge and inspiration to successfully transition towards a greener and cleaner plant-based diet. Learn 7 habits of highly successful plant eaters as well as how to rid your body of toxins by focusing on alkaline forming foods. We’ll chat protein - how much do we need, and where do we get it? Plus the benefits of regular juicing and cleansing. And to top it all off you’ll get the keys to the kitchen castle; Fantastic tips on stocking your pantry/fridge plus some recipes to get you started!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Dershin

Andrea Dershin

Founder, CEO, Good Life Juice
After receiving her 200hr Yoga RYT in Brooklyn NY in 2009 and working full time as a Vinyasa yoga teacher in NYC, Andrea experienced the profound difference eating a plant-based diet had on her practice & life. Inspired to help her students do the same, Andrea went on to receive her... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

What is your WHY, The Next Level: How to Create Clarity for Your Personal 'Brand' of Yoga
Limited Capacity filling up

What makes YOU unique as a teacher? How do define your “brand” of yoga? How can your bio truly reflect the essence of your classes? The key is to tap into your WHY. Knowing your WHY helps to attract the students who connect to what you offer and build a loyal following. In this visionary workshop for yoga teachers, uncover what makes you (and your classes) one-of-a-kind. Leave with ideas to clearly express your intentions for your teaching practice, and learn smart ideas to craft your bio. Learn how to leverage your your authenticity to brand yourself in the world of rock star yogis.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Ting-Letts

Andrea Ting-Letts

Co-founder, Infinite Bliss Yoga Collective
After many years of seeking just the right combination and flow of words, I have finally defined my life's purpose, my WHY: I strive to live my life in such a way that the light inside of me ignites the light inside of others. I practice this as a teacher of yoga. I practice this... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Yoga for Recovery
This class is for anyone recovering from addiction, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, loss, trauma or spiritual depression. Carmen will guide participants to new levels of mental awareness and spiritual clarity through the exploration of grief, withdrawal, internalizing, anger and emergence. Part One consists of lecture, experiential exercises and trance work. In Part Two, Taryn will lead participants through deeper processing, integration and release on the emotional and physical levels. This half of the session includes Taryn’s signature Yoga for Recovery practice.

Please bring a blanket, journal and pen.
We will be using lavendar essential oil in this workshop.  

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Spagnola

Carmen Spagnola

Part researcher, part practitioner, part excavator, Carmen takes a multi-disciplinary approach to spiritual development. Her unflinching style draws on depth psychology, the work of Joseph Campbell, Quakerism, feminism, aboriginal spirituality, shadow work and brain science. Always... Read More →
avatar for Taryn Strong

Taryn Strong

Taryn was raised by recovering parents so recovery has been and continues to be a part of her everyday life. Taryn completed her 300 hour yoga teaching training program in her home town of Victoria, British Columbia in 2007 after falling in love with yogic philosophies and the power... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 8:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Bellyfit Flow™ - Beats and Breath
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Bellyfit® Founder Alice Bracegirdle for a seamless flow that links Yoga & Dance in a way that you've never seen before.Inspired by the traditional group fitness format yet deeply rooted in the Sacred Feminine, expect the music to take centre stage and your Shakti to get fired up! This is a mat based class. Bring water, you will be sweating.Not for those with injuries or for pregnant women. 

Speakers
avatar for Alice Bracegirdle

Alice Bracegirdle

CEO and Co-Founder, Bellyfit® Enterprises Inc.
Alice Bracegirdle is pioneering a global movement that’s uplifting women through Holistic Fitness and radical body love. As the CEO of Bellyfit® Enterprises Inc., she is a fearless leader to hundreds of certified Bellyfit® Instructors around the globe, a sought after Fitness Rockstar... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Good vibrations: Chakra tuning and shamanic drumming.

Chakras are like the different frequencies you tune to when you listen to the radio. Depending on where you put your  attention in day to day activities- the chakra activates and amplifies your experiences. A thorough understanding of each chakra and its location and the parts of the body it relates to will enable you to identify habitual areas of stress and tension. Understanding the nature of the subtle body with its koshas, shariras and nadi’s and the role of the chakras through a physical lens brings greater fluidity and strength to your daily practice. working with the Bijas mantras will assist us on our journey. We will work with the energy and the water in the body to reboot the OM is the magic eraser.

Live music by Aude Ray.  


Speakers
avatar for Tina James

Tina James

Tina is the owner director of Loka Yoga in Whistler, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and is known for her chanting, choreographic sequencing, and knowledge of the subtle body. Widely considered to be a "teacher's teacher", she transmits the Jivamukti lineage as a... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Aude Ray

Aude Ray

Aude Ray's music will melt your heart. Her softness, grace, fuidity and soulful voice will take you on a meditative journey to help deepens your yoga practice, allowing the healing sound waves to be absorb through your body like medicine. While playing the harp or the guitar, she... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Invoking Bhairavi: The Power of Tapasya
Limited Capacity seats available

In this Intermediate/Advanced practice we will invoke the fiery goddess known as Bhairavi through the power of Tapas or yogic discipline. Bhairavi is a liberating goddess, and in this powerful practice of arm balances, twists, inversions & mantra we will ignite the power of intention & commitment within so that ultimately we may liberate ourselves on this great path of awakening.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Rousseau

Natalie Rousseau

I am first and foremost a student on this path, and I practice because yoga has helped me to fall in love with life, as it truly is.  I teach because I believe in the power of practice to heal and to transform, and I have seen that  this power can be accessed by anyone, no matter... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Strategic Manifestation
Let's get Soulful & Strategic with your Business & Life

This workshop will be an inner deep dive to process where to put your time and money for the maximum return on investment in abundance, joy and creativity in your life.

We will do a rapid fire creative framework to help process your ideas into strategic action. Pick any opportunity, goal, or desire and turn it into a strategic project (with action & soul).

You will leave with a plan, a strategy and be in "vertical alignment with your soul".

Speakers
avatar for Sherrice Kirby

Sherrice Kirby

Goddess, greatlife designs
Business & Lifestyle Strategist, Best-Selling Author, Reiki Master, Yogi, fabulous wife & mother – dedicated to connecting creators with soulful strategies for their businesses & lives. She is the Creator of Manifesto & Mapping, greatlife design mastermind & Greatlife Retreat. Sherrice... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Deep-Relaxation, Meditation and Yoga Nidra
Shift from the outside world – inward. Following your trains of thought through a series of guided meditations and gentle body movements to lead you into a deeper form of body and mind relaxation. Bring along a yoga mat, blanket, warm-comfortable clothing, optional eye-pillow... and be ready to experience an evocative mind-journey from the inside out.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Cyr

Tim Cyr

Owner, The Do Less Project
Tim Cyr, founder of The Do Less Project, yoga teacher (500hr YTT), meditation coach, Reiki Master, studies in Yoga Nidra, Thai Head Massage, Japanese Stone Massage and Reflexology. Creating and leading workshops, retreats and classes in Restorative, Yin, Tensegrity, Hatha, Kids and... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Intro to Acro Level 1
This class is for absolute beginners - no experience needed and no partner needed! We will teach you the fundamentals of Acro Yoga including bone stacking, weight transfer and basic flying. This workshop is for you if you have a willingness to fly, meet other yogis, develop trust, and impress yourself with what you are truly capable of. If you enjoy this class, be sure to check out Intro to Acro 2- Taking Flight on Sunday!

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Sherbrook

Brandon Sherbrook

Brandon is a dedicated yogi from Victoria BC who lives to spread joy and make others laugh. He is a certified Acro Yoga Teacher and is passionate about sharing the practice of Acro Yoga with everyone around him.  Brandon is deeply passionate about supporting others to find a deeper... Read More →
avatar for Katie Thacker

Katie Thacker

I am a yoga teacher - plant eater - nature appreciator. Yoga came into my life in 2007. After my very first class I knew I would eventually teach. Most of my youth was spent as a competitive gymnast, so my body was craving to be healed and nourished. Something kept calling me back... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Pathway to Freedom: Chakra Cleanse
Limited Capacity seats available

Cleanse your chakras, free your mind and step into yourself ! Combining a dynamic blend of Kundalini and Yin Yoga, chanting and mudras, Reanna takes you on a journey to release any blockages and connect you deeper to your energy body.

Speakers
avatar for Reanna Costa

Reanna Costa

Owner/Instructor, RC Yoga
Lover of life and all things yoga, Reanna Costa is a dedicated mother, teacher and yogi who aspires to excite and elevate her students through movement, breath and inspiring conversation. The journey of yoga has awakened Reanna to the importance of yoking asana with philosophy, to... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

The Divine Essence: Unleash Your Self-expression Through Aromatic Ayurveda
Aromatic Ayurveda is a transformational tool to help release resistance and allow the free flow of creativity, courage, and joy. Your true self-expression can be stifled or trapped in a body/mind full of conflict, and old habits.

Like the soul-essence of the aromatic plant medicine, we too have an inner fragrance. Learn how this powerful beauty is distilled through breath and expressed through our spirit. Surrender to the enchantment of sacred aromatic oils, spirit potions and heart-resins. As we open ourselves with each fragrant breath we find freedom and learn to tap into our own essence.

Speakers
avatar for Glynnis Osher

Glynnis Osher

Founder, The Mystic Masala Ayurvedic Aromatherapy
Glynnis is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, innovative teacher, healer, author and visionary entrepreneur in the arts of Ayurveda and aromatherapy. She is on faculty teaching Ayurveda, aromatherapy and Indian head massage at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage. Glynnis... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Your Home-based Yoga Studio: It is a Business
Many of us become yoga teachers for the love of the practice. We want to learn more. It is so fabulous - how could we not share it? Business realities add a dimension of responsibility but those can be scaled to meet requirements without being overly onerous. We will look at issues such as licensing, records, taxes, and WorkSafeBC. Come chat about how we can meet our obligations without losing the passion that brought us to teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Bailey

Megan Bailey

Nanaimo Yoga Sanctuary
Megan Bailey is RYT200 Hatha certified and is influenced by many styles of teaching. Megan has been practicing since 2001 and teaching since 2005. Megan has a home-based yoga studio in addition to working full-time in Human Resources. Megan has a BA in Management, a Post-degree diploma... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

An Introduction to Trauma Informed Yoga
Limited Capacity filling up

Traumatic events happen to everyone and can range from a distressing childhood to singular, painful disruptive events. Such common events can result in isolation and feelings of helplessness. Traumatic stressors can result in chronic pain, disordered eating, addiction, anxiety and depression. Trauma informed Yoga can help by introducing better coping skills, and helping to connect to the present moment. In this introductory workshop participants will learn more about how yoga can be used to empower us to live connected and embodied lives.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Marcia

Nicole Marcia

Fine Balance yoga
Nicole has been a yoga teacher, therapist and trainer since 2004. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. She is the yoga therapist at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she works... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 12:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Chant Your Heart Out
Expressive. Ecstatic. Energizing. Liberate your throat chakra (Vishuddha) and tune into the sacred OM. Activate your creativity through mantras, music and joyous movement.

Speakers
avatar for Sufey Chen

Sufey Chen

Director of 200 & 500-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings. Artist. Poetess. Bhakti Yogi. Doula. Eternal Student at @sufeyyoga., Sufey Yoga
Celebrated for her wild faith, free spirit and creative expression, Sufey is world renowned as an teacher trainer, energy healer, soul artist and shamanic priestess. From movement arts to song circles to medicine ceremonies, Sufey’s heart-centered offerings include inquisitive and insightful methodology designed to CHALLENGE, TRANSFORM and LIBERATE through prayer, pranayama, philosophy, play, poetry and inspired practice. Drawing from her decade-long study of vinyasa, kundalini, yin, restorative, therapeutics... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Vinyasa Yoga
Asana, Pranayama + Meditation
Vinyasa Yoga is the practice of physical and spiritual development, the art and science of combining the elements of Yoga in a sequence that makes an effective and safe practice. 
Using the body, breath and mind in a slow and deliberate manner, an integrated, unified state of harmony and attention is achieved. In this class, Ryan Leier will introduce the more traditional yoga teachings of the father of modern Yoga Sri T. Krishnamacharya with a focus on introducing potent asanas with breath, bandhas, and pranayama. The Yamas, Niyamas as passed on from Patanjali will be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Leier

Ryan Leier

Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Mind Your Own Business
This customized tutorial caters to entrepreneurs without formal business training, to provide an interactive experience in the process of small business creation.  Participants will start by identifying their risk profile, and business challenges as a catalyst for conversation.  From there, we'll integrate the collective strengths of the community to build an intentional set of takeaway materials, tangible goals.  Participants will leave with a stepwise process and enhanced understanding of what it means to "mind" your own business in a way that harmonizes mindfulness and intent with the necessary formality of entrepreneurship.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Ricci

Lisa Ricci

Founder & CEO, & then sum consulting ltd
Lisa Ricci is the CEO of & then sum, a consultancy that empowers creative entrepreneurs with intuitive analogies and step-wise coaching that makes finance simple.  A self-professed lifelong student, adventurer, and Innerpreneur she teaches yoga at Moksha Yoga Victoria & Westshore... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

The Biology of Empowerment
- discover how to harness the power of your nervous system for more creativity, productivity and happiness
- learn to transcend past challenges and pain 
- grow beyond the flight or flight response
- develop strategies to leverage your physiology to no longer survive and truly thrive 

Speakers
avatar for Sukhi Muker

Sukhi Muker

Dr. Sukhi Muker is a human being on a mission. He was raised in the darker shades of life, once a high-school dropout immersed in crime, violence and drugs. At 18 he hit rock bottom and almost took his life, yet that was the gift that sparked this remarkable, life-changing journey.Over... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Your Brain on Yoga
This workshop will blow your mind; take a walk through the dynamic landscape of your brain, learn about its awe-inspiring ability to adapt and change in structure and function. With this basic foundation in this concept of brain plasticity, we will review some of the most current medical research examining how yoga practices influence the brain in ways that promote well-being and benefit various conditions such as chronic stress, mental illness and aging . This talk is delivered to suit all backgrounds, and aims to help dispel some of the skepticism around yoga's therapeutic potential.

Speakers
avatar for Larisa Szlavik

Larisa Szlavik

Larissa has an infectious passion for the wonder of brain science. She graduated from the University of Victoria with Honours, where she researched the plasticity of the brain. Since completing the 500-hour Therapeutic Teacher Training at Ajna Yoga Centre, it has been her mission... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

3:40pm PST

Community Massage Train with the VYC Ambassadors
Over the past 6 months we have had Ambassadors in cities all over Western Canada representing the Victoria Yoga Conference. They will be coming together to get hands on with a Community Massage Train at 3:40pm on February 6th. 

Join them at this chance to meet your community and get a little hands on loving for your tired muscles! It will just take 10 minutes and then you can jet off to your next class. 

Saturday February 6, 2016 3:40pm - 3:50pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Embodiement ~ Self Discovery and Self Nourishment
Life is busy, full and joyous. How do we do it, keep up the pace, stay on our game, and maintain a sense of calm?

Join me in conversation and asana about todays distractions, lifestyle expectations, and the art of balancing (not only on one leg).

Our core self holds our most deeply held values, and is the source of the energy that flows out from ourselves. Come prepared to sweat, as we take the practice inward, harness the busy mind, entertain the spirt, and recognize the power that we hold when we rid the mind of it’s distractions.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Noseworthy

Tracey Noseworthy

Tracey Noseworthy Yoga
“As a Vinyasa Flow” teacher, I feel so lucky to love what I do! My yoga comes from my heart, my own practice, and I approach each class as my true self, with an element of humour and my own idiosyncrasies. I hope to inspire my students with a philosophy full of joy and playfulness... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Rowan

DJ Rowan

Rowan is a warrior of liquid rhythms and deep soulful grooves that sublimate into tangible, impermanent frequencies on the dance floor in explosions of ethereal inspiration. Comfortable in the fringes of reality, readily passing between worlds in search of deep, heart-opening and... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

May I Be Filled with Loving Kindness
Limited Capacity filling up

“I am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.”  - Walt Whitman 

Loving Kindness can be practiced anywhere, anytime. 
You can practice in traffic jams, in buses and on airplanes.  
However, any authentic expression of compassion starts with extending loving kindness to one ’s self first. 
This practice will calm your mind, help you connect to your heart and provide you with an avenue to offer loving kindness on to others. 

 

Tracy will guide you through a class to feel the power of loving kindness within yourself, using Mantra while moving through a physical practice.


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Boyd

Tracy Boyd

Owner, Dancing Lotus Yoga
Tracy has been studying and practicing yoga in its many aspects since 1999. She began teaching in 2003 and is a graduate of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, where she was certified in classical ashtanga and hatha yoga systems and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She is a certified... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Vijnana Yoga: Practicing from the Inside
In the tradition of Vijnana Yoga, we practice simple and challenging asanas, from the inside - finding perfect pose from within, through the mind-heart-body. Intelligence is awakened in the body; the mind is quiet; the heart wide.

We will practice the Vijnana Yoga Standing pose series flow, and asanas from the hand balance, backbend, and forward bend series. In standing poses we enliven the energy and intelligence of the body, and in intermediate and advanced poses we challenge ourselves to stay wise, centred and at ease. 

This is a strong practice fulfilled with joy and grace.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Valentine

Cathy Valentine

Traditional Yoga Apprenticeship - Vijnana Yoga
Cathy Valentine lives and teaches yoga on Salt Spring Island. She has been teaching yoga since 1999; she is certified with Vijnana Yoga International, and is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. Cathy offers a 1-5 year Traditional Yoga Apprenticeship for learning and teaching yoga. Cathy... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Self-Mastery for Teachers & Dedicated Students
Moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance is a huge shift in perspective that aids in living wholly. By understanding how you want to feel and getting clear about your life vision and intentions allows you to experience more of what you're wanting. Join Madhuri as she shares with you insights from The Desire Map process, neuroscience, and yogic philosophy that will teach you how to rewire your brain and live a life you love. You will also experience a healing intention ceremony to release what is no longer serving you on your life path.

Please bring a pen and paper.   

Speakers
avatar for Madhuri Phillips

Madhuri Phillips

Owner, Madhuri Ayurveda & Yoga
Madhuri is a yoga teacher trainer, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist & Bio-Energy Healer. She created the Madhuri Method: Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training after 15 years of teaching and witnessing the need for the merging of Ayurveda into yoga classes in the mainstream.She has an Ayurvedic... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Theme Like Monet
Great art may look effortless... But don't be fooled! That magical "effortlessness" is the result of patient practice and care. Creating beautiful class themes is the same. While great theming may look improvised, the best storytelling is plotted, practiced, and performed. In this workshop, you'll learn the practical steps that will support you to create unique and inspirational moments - and help you to become a theming artist.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott
Rachel helps yoga teachers and studios around the world create transformational education experiences so that they can thrive in their business, share their passion, and inspire more people to practice yoga. Her knowledge and experience are extensive. She’s earned two masters degrees... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Do Less
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Relax, rest and rejuvenate with Restorative Yoga and Thai Head Massage... do less.
Multi-talented, multi-functional, multi-tasking, we humans have been trained to do MORE - be MORE - produce MORE, and all with the same brains and bodies we inhabited a millennia ago. Barring genetic variations and the ever advancing forms of technology, medicine and food; we still heal, function and survive based on the same basic programming from our ancestors. This Do Less Event invites you to you to experience spaciousness, healing and deep relaxation in this two hour session. Restorative Yoga — Thai Head Massage — Meditation …doing less with us.

Props supplied, individuals can bring mats, extra blanket, sweaters and eye-pillows.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Cyr

Tim Cyr

Owner, The Do Less Project
Tim Cyr, founder of The Do Less Project, yoga teacher (500hr YTT), meditation coach, Reiki Master, studies in Yoga Nidra, Thai Head Massage, Japanese Stone Massage and Reflexology. Creating and leading workshops, retreats and classes in Restorative, Yin, Tensegrity, Hatha, Kids and... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

5:45pm PST

VYC Ecstatic Dance Party
Let loose, groove your heart out and raise your Shakti with this super-powered, VYC Ecstatic Dance Party.Facilitated by three of VYC's esteemed presenters and accompanied by the deep, luscious beats of DJ Rowan, this is your opportunity to truly shake things up, open your heart wide and share the Love! Expect easy to follow, super fun moves & grooves, lots of breath and a whole lot of soul! Everyone welcome! 

Speakers
avatar for Alice Bracegirdle

Alice Bracegirdle

CEO and Co-Founder, Bellyfit® Enterprises Inc.
Alice Bracegirdle is pioneering a global movement that’s uplifting women through Holistic Fitness and radical body love. As the CEO of Bellyfit® Enterprises Inc., she is a fearless leader to hundreds of certified Bellyfit® Instructors around the globe, a sought after Fitness Rockstar... Read More →
avatar for Emerson Lim

Emerson Lim

Karma Teacher
“I am Love,” is the most poignant way to describe Emerson Lim, founder of Karma Teachers. Lim has softened the edges of gang members and cleared the shadows around the hearts of those who’ve experienced the darker side of life. From homeless youth surviving on the streets to... Read More →
avatar for Liz Zdunich

Liz Zdunich

Liz is a playful yogini, teacher and coach, lover of sweet beats and a goddess of GROOVE, Master Trainer in THEGROOVE, Reiki practitioner, life mobilizer, blogger, business owner/operator and above all, a mumma of two beautiful, bright lights. She has been professionally involved... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Rowan

DJ Rowan

Rowan is a warrior of liquid rhythms and deep soulful grooves that sublimate into tangible, impermanent frequencies on the dance floor in explosions of ethereal inspiration. Comfortable in the fringes of reality, readily passing between worlds in search of deep, heart-opening and... Read More →


Saturday February 6, 2016 5:45pm - 6:30pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC
 
Sunday, February 7
 

6:29am PST

November Project Pop-Up
A Sunday morning workout to kick off your day with a dose of community and outdoor butt kicking. Please meet at the Victoria Conference Centre Courtyard before 6:30am to join in!

What is the November Project? They are a free, weekly, open-to-anyone, outdoor fitness group founded to motivate and support Victorians of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get out of their beds, get moving, and gain the experiences a live of health, fitness and movement afford. Their weekly workouts sometimes exceed 70 people! Yay for free fitness and building community. 

See you there rain or shine!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Ball

Jason Ball

Jason started running about 10 years ago.  Coming from a football background, long distance running was not his thing, but he decided to do the TC10K with some friends.  The race almost killed him, but he fell in love with it and wanted to keep challenging himself. Besides running... Read More →
avatar for Rumon Carter

Rumon Carter

Rumon will be familiar to attendees of Illuminate at the 2015 Victoria Yoga Conference, where he led off the evening with a talk called “Run to the Roar,” challenging the audience - and himself - to identify meaning in life through the things that we fear. The basis of this workshop... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 6:29am - 7:29am PST
Courtyard at the Conference Centre 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Fly to the Roar

Through movement and activities carried out within the safe, open, accountable space created by working with a trusted partner, participants will confidently examine how our fears and inhibitions both impede and illuminate the things from which we derive the most meaning in our lives. The workshop will open with a series of opening and trust-building exercises including an introduction to acroyoga led by Katie Thacker and Brandon Sherbrook. From that space of connection we’ll delve in the heart of our exploration, working to identify our fears, the meaning-making pursuits they cloud, and how to work through towards towards greater clarity and self-actualization.


This workshop is designed to be attended (in yogawear - we’re gonna move!) with a partner, someone with whom you can share your trust and fears, and who will support and hold you accountable in the weeks and months following the workshop. Friend, lover or family member - definition doesn’t matter, strength of relationship does.

Speakers
avatar for Rumon Carter

Rumon Carter

Rumon will be familiar to attendees of Illuminate at the 2015 Victoria Yoga Conference, where he led off the evening with a talk called “Run to the Roar,” challenging the audience - and himself - to identify meaning in life through the things that we fear. The basis of this workshop... Read More →
avatar for Jennie Sprigings

Jennie Sprigings

Jennie is driven by a desire to make meaning in this short life; to make it count.  A natural helper, she thrives on finding connection with others over things that matter, and firmly believes that by exposing and mastering our fears we can move beyond them.  Jennie’s undying... Read More →
avatar for Katie Thacker

Katie Thacker

I am a yoga teacher - plant eater - nature appreciator. Yoga came into my life in 2007. After my very first class I knew I would eventually teach. Most of my youth was spent as a competitive gymnast, so my body was craving to be healed and nourished. Something kept calling me back... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

LifeForce™ Yoga to manage Depression, Anxiety and Stress
Mental illness affects one in five Canadians.*
You can learn to manage depression, anxiety & stress with LifeForce Yoga (LFY).
LFY works because it integrates the power of yoga and evidence-based practices to calm an anxious mind, uplift depression or induce a state of enhanced well being .
In a safe space, this class will use asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, mudra & more, to balance the emotional & physical body. LFY is for anyone who yearns for a deeper connection to their essence. Come: you will leave feeling renewed & with tools to beat stress.
Helpful but not necessary to bring a green foam block for meditation and a blanket for relaxation/yoga nidra.

*Globe & Mail 05/15
 

Speakers
avatar for Ocean Lum

Ocean Lum

As a yoga teacher & registered clinical counsellor, Ocean's passion is to help people reduce stress and realize exceptional states of well-being. She has been teaching yoga since 2001 (RYT 500). Her integration of Buddhist philosophy with Yoga has touched many students deeply. Blending... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Manifest Your Destiny with Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is sacred yogic technology for the body of light known as the human. The word hu - man means body of light. This Kundaini Yoga practice will open your hear,t, brighten your chakras and strengthen your inner light so that you can shine and prosper. Living from an open heart is the key to living a full life. Kundalini Yoga will help you live and love, with patience, spirit and gratitude.

Speakers
AC

Alanda Carver

Sooke Yoga and Wellness IslandKundalini.org
Alanda Carver, who's spiritual name is Siri Amir, was partially paralyzed in 1990. She has overcome many challenges to become a level 2 certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. As the owner of Sooke Yoga and the coordinator for Island Kundalini, her goal is always to inspire others in their... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Seasonal Sadhana
This mixed levels class will be focused on the theme of seasonal sadhana, or practices inspired by the wisdom teachings of Ayurveda and the mythic themes associated with this time of year. This full spectrum vinyasa yoga practice will include strong work in standing & back bending poses, as well as a practice of pranayama.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Rousseau

Natalie Rousseau

I am first and foremost a student on this path, and I practice because yoga has helped me to fall in love with life, as it truly is.  I teach because I believe in the power of practice to heal and to transform, and I have seen that  this power can be accessed by anyone, no matter... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Teaching and Practicing Prenatal Yoga
Learn about the changes experienced through each trimester and how to design a yoga class to suit the pregnant women, including simple modifications to accommodate the rapidly changing body, contraindications and common discomforts often associated with pregnancy. We will work with an outline of basic asanas, their modifications, along with pranayama (breath) techniques that are safe and helpful. For anyone who teaches yoga or works with pregnant women as well as for women who are already pregnant and would like to take the fear out of practicing yoga during their pregnancy.

Speakers
avatar for Lori  Lucas

Lori Lucas

Yoga with Lori Lucas
Lori Lucas E-RYT RPYT has been teaching Yoga full time in Vancouver for over 11 years and holds a specialty designation in Prenatal Yoga through the Yoga Alliance. Lori is certified in Hatha, Yin and Kid’s Yoga, has been on the Faculty at the Vancouver Yoga Conference, is on the... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

8:00am PST

Deepening Intuition
Connecting to our intuitive self can sometimes feel daunting. In this guided practice Reanna leads you through a meditation to help you uncover what is blocking you from moving forward, from having what you want from life ! Through thought-provoking journaling and discussion we will uncover fears and release them. This is a great workshop for those wanting to dig deeper into themselves and connect deeper to their intuition.

Speakers
avatar for Reanna Costa

Reanna Costa

Owner/Instructor, RC Yoga
Lover of life and all things yoga, Reanna Costa is a dedicated mother, teacher and yogi who aspires to excite and elevate her students through movement, breath and inspiring conversation. The journey of yoga has awakened Reanna to the importance of yoking asana with philosophy, to... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Ocian Flo

Ocian Flo

Ocian is an energy artist, visionary, community builder, and spiritual activist working with groups and individuals to create and share experiences that build a conscious, self-empowered, intentional community. Ocian uses Sound Medicine as a branch of energy work and utilizes beautiful... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

9:40am PST

Community Human Mandala with the VYC Ambassadors
Over the past 6 months we have had Ambassadors in cities all over Western Canada representing the Victoria Yoga Conference. They will be coming together to get creative as we use our bodies to create a Community Human Mandala at 9:40pm on February 7th. 

Join them at this chance to meet your community! It will just take 10 minutes and then you can jet off to your next class. 

Sunday February 7, 2016 9:40am - 9:50am PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Ayurveda: The Missing Link in Your Yoga Practice
Have you hit a plateau in your Yoga practice? Still have nagging health concerns? Without the wisdom of Ayurveda you will only go so far in your Yoga practice. In this session, Madhuri will discuss the foundations of how Yoga and Ayurveda (the oldest holistic healing system still used today) must be applied together. You will be guided through a seasonally appropriate class to balance the internal and external elements through asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra.

Please bring a pen and paper.  

Speakers
avatar for Madhuri Phillips

Madhuri Phillips

Owner, Madhuri Ayurveda & Yoga
Madhuri is a yoga teacher trainer, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist & Bio-Energy Healer. She created the Madhuri Method: Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training after 15 years of teaching and witnessing the need for the merging of Ayurveda into yoga classes in the mainstream.She has an Ayurvedic... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Mick Pearson

DJ Mick Pearson

Mick Pearson values sounds that sooths the heart. Mick spends most of his time listening to music while up high above the cascade mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by the beauty and rhythm of our natural landscape, he tries to infuse this beauty with electronic sound. You... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

The Year of the Fire Monkey | A Moving Mandala Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

As we transition from the thoughtful Year of the Sheep to the impassioned Year of the Monkey, we are called to move from contemplation to action, from consideration to liberation. In this moving mandala practice - a mixed-levels creative flow - we embark on a transformative journey. First, we reflect. Then, we ignite. Finally, we integrate. Are you eager for the adventure that 2016 will bring?

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Ting-Letts

Andrea Ting-Letts

Co-founder, Infinite Bliss Yoga Collective
After many years of seeking just the right combination and flow of words, I have finally defined my life's purpose, my WHY: I strive to live my life in such a way that the light inside of me ignites the light inside of others. I practice this as a teacher of yoga. I practice this... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Yin Yoga & Thai Massage
Limited Capacity filling up

Yin Yoga & Thai Massage is a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Alexandra will guide you through a grounding and opening yin class fused with Thai Massage & therapeutic touch to deepen stretches, help release blockages and encourage you to delve deep within. Expect to be blissed out and nourished after this class. 

Live music by Ocian Flo.  

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Pony

Alexandra Pony

The founder of Alexandra Pony Healing & co-founder of Lifeology, Alexandra leads yoga, nutrition, & fermentation workshops around North America. Her unique & multi-faceted approach to healing fuses yoga, food, energy & massage into a form that is specific to each individual. With... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Ocian Flo

Ocian Flo

Ocian is an energy artist, visionary, community builder, and spiritual activist working with groups and individuals to create and share experiences that build a conscious, self-empowered, intentional community. Ocian uses Sound Medicine as a branch of energy work and utilizes beautiful... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Intro to Acro Level 2
Alright, so now you know the basics. This class is for people who have taken a beginner acro workshop and have been taught the roles of the base, flyer and spotter. We will use the basics to create small sequences and teach you how to take your poses to the next level.  No partner is needed as you will be working with all of the other amazing yogis in the class. Expect to meet some new friends and learn some pretty sweet party tricks!

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Sherbrook

Brandon Sherbrook

Brandon is a dedicated yogi from Victoria BC who lives to spread joy and make others laugh. He is a certified Acro Yoga Teacher and is passionate about sharing the practice of Acro Yoga with everyone around him.  Brandon is deeply passionate about supporting others to find a deeper... Read More →
avatar for Katie Thacker

Katie Thacker

I am a yoga teacher - plant eater - nature appreciator. Yoga came into my life in 2007. After my very first class I knew I would eventually teach. Most of my youth was spent as a competitive gymnast, so my body was craving to be healed and nourished. Something kept calling me back... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Using Yoga in Your Work™skills development for support professionals
Research shows that yoga used with complementary therapies offers effective stress reduction techniques for populations with mental health challenges, addictions, incarceration, and trauma-related obstacles. A non-invasive, therapeutic method, yoga has been used for centuries to address a variety of health conditions. Workshop will include an introduction to trauma-sensitive yoga techniques: therapeutic breathing, grounding techniques, chair yoga and meditation to help address various symptoms associated with trauma including emotional and physical self regulation.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Homes de Castro

Sarah Homes de Castro

Yoga Outreach
Sarah Holmes de Castro MA, ERYT200, RYT500, PYT is the Program Coordinator for Yoga Outreach, working with volunteer yoga teachers and facility staff to deliver trauma-informed yoga programs. Sarah has been practicing yoga for over 14 years and teaching for 11. She began volunteering... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

10:00am PST

Animal Wisdom for Living Well
Animal wisdom is subtle but potent, filled with aha’s, new perspectives and potential growth. The animals in our life, whether they’re chasing squirrels, hunting bugs or napping for what seems like an eternity, have the keys to living a vibrant life. Animals are unconditionally loving, beautifully expressive and a beloved and essential part of our families - and there is a much deeper spiritual aspect just waiting to be explored. Join Alexa Linton, Animal Intuitive and Horse Whisperer, for a potent story-rich adventure all about animals and their role as our guides.

Please bring a pen and paper.  

Speakers
avatar for Alexa Linton

Alexa Linton

Founder, Author, and Animal Intuitive, Alexa Linton
A modern day cowgirl with a mission, Alexa is known for lighting up her world and her clients with her infectious personality, bold teaching style and her secret sauce, quantum-shifting energy medicine. When these forces combine, perceptions transform forever, and health and lives... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

High On Life (Celebration!)
Vinyasa+Kriya+ Dance fusion yoga class = celebration designed to make you feel GOOD to the core!
Join our community to breathe, move and love the moment! Joy is in the NOW!
Community circle, deep relaxation and meditation is included!
Bring a smile.

Speakers
avatar for Oksana Yatsenko

Oksana Yatsenko

UMA Yoga College
Oksana S Yatsenko is a yoga and meditation teacher and creator of UMA Yoga College. Adept of many styles, she provides her students with not just a practice, but a complete self care tools for life. Teaching worldwide classes in Kundalini, Hatha and Yin yoga. Her motto is, "Realize... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Restorative Yoga and Healing Group Reiki Session
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Let's pause together. Spend this session with us for 90 minutes of delicious, rejuvenating, gentle, restoration and healing. We will begin with a guided meditation and restorative yoga flow to calm the mind and nourish the body. Then you will be guided into an extended savasana and receive a healing group reiki session. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method which heals by flowing positive energy through affected parts, revitalizes and relieves imbalance. Paired with a restorative yoga practice, our hope is for you to return home feeling renewed, cherished, lighter and completely nourished. 

Please wear comfortable wamr layers and bring a blanket if you tend to get cold.  

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Rose Turner

Lindsay Rose Turner

Reiki Energy School
Hello there, I'm Lindsay Rose! I am a dream chaser, an art maker, a belly laugher, a soulful healer and spiritual enthusiast. I love the sun on my face, my dog by my side, a map in my hand and an unexplored path before me. On paper I may be a Holistic Health Practitioner, a Reiki... Read More →
avatar for Liz Zdunich

Liz Zdunich

Liz is a playful yogini, teacher and coach, lover of sweet beats and a goddess of GROOVE, Master Trainer in THEGROOVE, Reiki practitioner, life mobilizer, blogger, business owner/operator and above all, a mumma of two beautiful, bright lights. She has been professionally involved... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Arm Balances
Inverted postures of yoga are some of the most beneficial and magical, yet intimidating of all the asanas.  In this workshop Ryan breaks them down, teaching how to practice safely and confidently through the use of preparatory poses, props, and proper alignment. In this workshop we learn to practice safely and mindfully while challenging ourselves to experience the joy, confidence and clarity that these postures create. Focus will be on headstand, shoulder stand and their variations.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Leier

Ryan Leier

Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Connecting Through Story
Don't believe what you read on Facebook: the most effective technology for connecting with others will always be story. But what is a story? A story is a carefully constructed relationship between you, your content and your audience.

In this engaging, interactive and intimate workshop, you will play with new ways to construct and tell your story. As you experimenting with your story, you'll come to see it, yourself and others in a new light. A fun, creative, insightful and deep workshop. Bring an open heart and a desire to get more deeply connected.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Bower

Jordan Bower

Founder, Transformational Storytelling
Ever since he first spoke at Social Media Camp way back in 2015, Jordan Bower has been on a mission to help business people find the soul in their professional messaging. Today, as the founder of a business called Transformational Storytelling, Jordan leads storytelling trainings... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Moving Through Conflict
Most of us avoid conflict. It is built into our DNA! We are either afraid of hurting someone else or losing our own self-respect. Our bodies and minds are so interconnected that just bringing this topic up is probably causing you to clench up somewhere in your jaw, chest or perhaps stomach. Come out to this 90 minute workshop to gain more awareness about cultivating a conflict resolution brain state, There are certain moves that can help you stay present, grounded and connected to yourself through conflict.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Menard

Julia Menard

Menard Coaching & Training
Before becoming a conflict mediator, coach and trainer, Julia Menard was an aerobic instructor. She was focused on leading people to higher states of vibrancy. After a year living in Japan and studying Buddhism, she introduced mindfulness into her daily practice. Now, decades later... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

12:00pm PST

Living Yoga: Living A Life of Practice On The Teacher’s Path
Being a yoga teacher is a great honor & privilege, and with it comes great responsibility- to our students and to ourselves. At the heart of our offerings is our own relationship with & commitment to personal practice. In this talk shop we will explore how we can stay inspired on the teacher’s path, what this may look like for each of us, and why it matters. 

Please bring a pen and paper. 

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Rousseau

Natalie Rousseau

I am first and foremost a student on this path, and I practice because yoga has helped me to fall in love with life, as it truly is.  I teach because I believe in the power of practice to heal and to transform, and I have seen that  this power can be accessed by anyone, no matter... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Ecstatic Yoga Empowerment
A soul shaking, liberating and life affirming yoga and dance workshop. Dance like it's the best day of your life. Strike a pose and reclaim your power. Sing out all of your hearts content. Connect on a deep level with your Self and others. Get ready to make lasting change in your heart through empowerment.

Speakers
avatar for Emerson Lim

Emerson Lim

Karma Teacher
“I am Love,” is the most poignant way to describe Emerson Lim, founder of Karma Teachers. Lim has softened the edges of gang members and cleared the shadows around the hearts of those who’ve experienced the darker side of life. From homeless youth surviving on the streets to... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Follow Your Heart: A Backbending Vinyasa Practice

Join Crista for a fun, sweaty, heart-opening Vinyasa Flow practice. Uplift yourself, renew your faith in the powerful effects of asana and intention, and open yourself to joy through backbending your way into bliss. We will encourage depth, respect limits and most importantly PLAY our way into deep backbends. Come prepared to gently push your comfort zones and and nurture your beautiful self. All levels welcome and encouraged.

Live music by Fab Alberico 


Speakers
avatar for Crista Shillington

Crista Shillington

Crista Shillington Yoga
Empowering, uplifting, invigorating, sweaty, laughing, pushing, respecting, loving, opening, playful, challenging, flow, hoping, believing, union.Crista holds a BA in Psychology, and has spent the last 15 years immersing herself in the practice of yoga. She has been teaching for over... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Fab Alberico

Fab Alberico

Fab focusses on alignment as a way to build a sustainable, long-term practice that respects the need for both challenge and safety. He has studied Advanced Yoga Therapy at the College level, and has taken two yogahour® teacher trainings with Darren Rhodes. He now teaches Yoga History... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Timeless Vinyasa Krama - Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul

Learning only static postures does not reveal the incredible potential of asana. When individual asanas are linked together correctly in a sequence, the result is a physiological mantram, a fleshy vortex of intersecting rivers of everything. The word vinyasa means “a joining or linking mechanism.” Krama means “the process”; it refers to the succession of changes that occurs from moment to moment. Vinyasa krama means the succession of changes undertaken with a single pointed intention, free from fluctuation.

We will practise vinyasas embodying the qualities of Earth, Water and Fire, energetically exploring grounding (stability), yielding (fluidity) and focus (presence). We will work up to side angles and twisting postures, with modifications for safe practice. We will explore the subtler elements of Air and Ether, with mindful breathing and powerful flow vinyasas. We will work up to balancing postures on hands and feet, culminating in longer held inversions, and finish with guided relaxation and contemplation.

This workshop will start with a strong and grounding sun salutation A and B, and standing sequence before we move into the seating sequence. Here we will spend time developing a light and flowing practice, working with the breath and the bandhas, we will explore the ‘jump back’ and the ‘jump through’. This is an essential part of the practice and we will look at various options of how to improve your jump back and jump through. We will finish the class with the relaxing finishing sequence.

Variations will be given throughout the whole workshop to suit all levels, giving you help and encouragement if you just started out and challenging you if you have been practicing for longer. You will be given different techniques, depending on your level, to use in your daily practice to continue working on your jump back and jump through after the workshop.

Live music by Aude Ray. 


Speakers
avatar for Tina James

Tina James

Tina is the owner director of Loka Yoga in Whistler, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and is known for her chanting, choreographic sequencing, and knowledge of the subtle body. Widely considered to be a "teacher's teacher", she transmits the Jivamukti lineage as a... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Aude Ray

Aude Ray

Aude Ray's music will melt your heart. Her softness, grace, fuidity and soulful voice will take you on a meditative journey to help deepens your yoga practice, allowing the healing sound waves to be absorb through your body like medicine. While playing the harp or the guitar, she... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Sequencing Alchemy
Ever wondered how to spice up your sequencing while keeping your students safe? Join Director of the YYoga Teachers' College Rachel Scott and learn the cardinal rule for creating safe, kick ass sequences for your hatha, power, and vinyasa flow classes.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott
Rachel helps yoga teachers and studios around the world create transformational education experiences so that they can thrive in their business, share their passion, and inspire more people to practice yoga. Her knowledge and experience are extensive. She’s earned two masters degrees... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Soul Alignment : Connect with your soul's knowing, to empower your life and business.
We will get clear on your soul's biggest agenda and state of being in order to reinforce the knowing and energy that anything is possible in life and business. 
This workshop will be a have you connecting with your soul's “I AM” in a powerful way to anchor it into your being . 
You will leave, grounded in the knowing of your soul's “I AM”, and connected to your deepest “why”, ready to show up more fully empowered in your life and business! 

Speakers
avatar for Lara Kozan

Lara Kozan

As Co-Founder of YYoga, Nectar Juicery & Being Evolution, Lara Kozan is wildly passionate about creating heart lead companies that create really impact in the world and inspiring others to do the same. Lara believes in people and their ability to choose a deep breathe, the right... Read More →
avatar for Kate Muker

Kate Muker

Kate Muker is a community builder, event curator, heart centered speaker and dream builder. She believes that inner fulfillment and success are rooted in your connection to self, source and intuition. In 2010, she launched an organization called Conscious Divas for women on a path... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

2:00pm PST

Vitamin Yin- Yin, Massage & Yoga Nidra
Limited Capacity filling up

A class dedicated to a unique combination of healing modalities for body and mind. Katie will teach you about a key yogic philosophy as she weaves it into a heart opening yin sequence. Throughout the yin sequence you will be provided acupressure massage by Kailie Woods, thai massage by Clare Metzger, and zenthai shiatsu by Izzy Shafey. The yin class will end with a 30 minute yoga nidra (yogic sleep) session followed by a journaling opportunity and discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Metzger

Clare Metzger

My journey with yoga started when I began to struggle with Crohn's disease over a decade ago. These tools for self-healing have helped me to live at ease and in return, care for others. I currently work in our hospital system in Rehabilitation Therapy Services with those overcoming... Read More →
avatar for Izzy Shafey

Izzy Shafey

Yoga has been an integral part of Izzy's journey for the past 8 years. From his own personal maintenance, to teaching Zenthai Massage Flow, he incorporates mindfulness, intention and breath. Izzy Shafey is a Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist. Zenthai Shiatsu is a unique bodywork therapy... Read More →
avatar for Katie Thacker

Katie Thacker

I am a yoga teacher - plant eater - nature appreciator. Yoga came into my life in 2007. After my very first class I knew I would eventually teach. Most of my youth was spent as a competitive gymnast, so my body was craving to be healed and nourished. Something kept calling me back... Read More →
avatar for Kailie Woods

Kailie Woods

Kailie is a 500hour plus Yoga/Pilates teacher and Registered TCM Acupuncturist. Kailie has been serving the community of Victoria for close to tens years, she aims to help others along their physical, mental and spiritual journey. Kailie's classes integrate laughter, play and diversity... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Studio 5 (Salon C) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

A-Lion Yourself
The body is the prop of the Soul. Make the unknown, known with proper body alignment. Using The Lion of Pune's (Sri BKS Iyengar) inspiration, Ryan will the focus on the basics of alignment and show you how to make your practice healthy and potent.  All students will benefit by using principles of alignment and some tools to make your practice safe, powerful and peaceful.  With alignment we find the key to not only doing the poses, but being done (transformed) by the postures.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Leier

Ryan Leier

Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Rewilding From Within - Dance Yourself Free
Explore your inner landscape through the ancient map of the chakras with free movement, breath & the revolutionary tools of Kundalini Dance. Conscious world and electronic music combined with gentle, clear guidance invites you to lean into the treasures of free expression and moving meditation in this sacred transformational ceremony of dance. Root into the creative pulse of the earth, blossom towards the sun and deeply nourish yourself through the portals of movement and music. Rewild your consciousness through the sacred beat of your dance.


Speakers
avatar for Christy Greenwood

Christy Greenwood

Creatress/Owner, Christy Greenwood Sessions
Christy is a healing artist helping sensitives & evolutionaries explore their growth edges & navigate emerging awareness. She offers her authentic, playful energy while holding a deep & sacred space for revolutionary discovery & healing. A devotee to the medicine path, she works with... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Mick Pearson

DJ Mick Pearson

Mick Pearson values sounds that sooths the heart. Mick spends most of his time listening to music while up high above the cascade mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by the beauty and rhythm of our natural landscape, he tries to infuse this beauty with electronic sound. You... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 1 (Sidney Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Yin Fusion
Limited Capacity filling up

Move intentionally with the breath, creating warmth and vitality and then sink into the deliciousness of your body by melting into a yin pose. Yin Fusion combines the best of both worlds; flowing with your breath and finding stillness.

Speakers
avatar for Reanna Costa

Reanna Costa

Owner/Instructor, RC Yoga
Lover of life and all things yoga, Reanna Costa is a dedicated mother, teacher and yogi who aspires to excite and elevate her students through movement, breath and inspiring conversation. The journey of yoga has awakened Reanna to the importance of yoking asana with philosophy, to... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 3 (Colwood Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Dynamic of Kriyas
Ever wondered about a theory behind practice of Kriya Yoga? How to use yoga kriyas in your own practice and teach them to students safely and effectively? This workshop will introduce you to the magic of yoga kriyas and reveal their benefits. You will explore and understand what goes into teaching a kriya-based sequence in your class and how to hold space for your students. Tips and knowledge on how to keep your students engaged and loving their practice. 50% asana, 50% theory and discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Oksana Yatsenko

Oksana Yatsenko

UMA Yoga College
Oksana S Yatsenko is a yoga and meditation teacher and creator of UMA Yoga College. Adept of many styles, she provides her students with not just a practice, but a complete self care tools for life. Teaching worldwide classes in Kundalini, Hatha and Yin yoga. Her motto is, "Realize... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 2 (Saanich Room - Lower Level) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

4:00pm PST

Learn to Ferment: Sauerkraut & Kombucha
Learn the ancient practice of fermentation. This rich, nutritious and beneficial tradition has incredible healing capacities. Alexandra Pony will guide you through the history, the benefits and the how-to on a couple fermented favourites.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Pony

Alexandra Pony

The founder of Alexandra Pony Healing & co-founder of Lifeology, Alexandra leads yoga, nutrition, & fermentation workshops around North America. Her unique & multi-faceted approach to healing fuses yoga, food, energy & massage into a form that is specific to each individual. With... Read More →


Sunday February 7, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST
Studio 4 (View Royal Room) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

5:30pm PST

Closing Community Sea of Om's
Let us join our voices together in a sea of OM's to mark the close of a beautiful weekend spent together. 

Sunday February 7, 2016 5:30pm - 5:40pm PST
Studio 6 (Salon B) 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC