About Ashtanga Yoga Victoria

At our yoga Shala, students experience stress relief, improved fitness and mobility, and recover from injuries through Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga.

A Victoria Yoga Studio: Mysore style & More

The only studio (shala) offering Mysore style Ashtanga yoga and led yoga classes in Victoria BC, our students come to us for many reasons.  For some, they just want to be more fit and mobile.  Others, want to recover from injury.  And some, are looking for an outlet for stress and negative mental energy.  The overlying theme is that our students finish class feeling better mentally, physically, and spiritually.

At AYVic we believe in quality, not quantity. We keep an extremely short list of highly qualified teachers, and we focus on Ashtanga Mysore, and Ashtanga based Flow & Vinyasa.  We also believe in balance, and for this reason we offer yin yoga, and restorative yoga throughout the week.

Different from other Victoria Yoga Studios

Grounded in tradition, with personalized modification, focused on personal growth.

Mysore style yoga is unique to Ashtanga. It's an "at-your-own pace" yoga practice, under the guidance of a highly experienced teacher. This traditional system of learning yoga provides the personal instruction you need to grow and improve where you need it most.

While we do offer Yin, Restorative, and many Ashtanga based led classes (Flow, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga basics for example), we focus on teaching Ashtanga Yoga in a Mysore setting. 

Mysore is a style of class where students practice a set sequence of postures (asanas) at their own pace.  A teacher engages with students throughout their practice in a 1-on-1 manner as required to help them progress.  It's like having a private yoga instructor beside you at the exact moment you need them.

Beyond our unique class style, the second big difference between us and some other yoga studios, is found in how we approach the challenges you encounter in yoga.

We know that eventually, in Ashtanga, you will get stuck.  There will be a posture that you just can't seem to get past. 

Some traditional Ashtanga teaching would have you just keep practicing the full posture to the best of your ability until you can finally do it right, or may have you skip it all together.

At AYVic, we lean towards teaching you additional movements or expressions of the posture.  This helps you work through trouble areas in a safe manner.  HOwever, you won't be taught asanas that traditionally come later in the sequence until you can do the full posture.  We believe working in this way provides safe opportunity for growth while maintaining challenge.