Ashtanga Yoga Victoria Teachers

We focus on Mysore style yoga in Victoria, as taught by Sri. K Phattabi Jois.  Our teachers are experts in movement patterning, anatomy and prenatal yoga.

Arielle

​Specialties:

Ashtanga, Mysore, Prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga, biomechanics, injury rehab, movement patterning

Arielle has been a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner since 2004 and has over a decade of teaching experience.  Holding a degree in Sport Science, extensive professional courses and certifications and following a career training pro athletes, Arielle is well versed in anatomy, biomechanics and movement patterning, which she applies to her teaching daily.

She has had the opportunity to study and teach with highly skilled teachers such as David Robson, Richard Freeman, Paul Dallaghan and Sri OP Tiwari.  Her primary teacher is R. Sharath Jois (Mysore, India), to whom she travels annually to study.

She is the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Project, who has conducted global research on Ashtanga, gender difference and injury. Having been at the respected E-RYT500 level for over 5 years, Arielle teaches continuing education courses for yoga teachers, focusing on yoga anatomy, Prenatal yoga, injury prevention and rehab, and adjustment techniques.

Off of the mat, Arielle engages in her deepest practice of all - being a mother.

Siobhan

​Specialties:

Ashtanga, Mysore, Yoga Flow, Ashtanga for Beginners, Yoga Therapy

Siobhan discovered the stress relief benefits of yoga practice over 11 years ago, when working with troubled children.

Along with Jeff and Harmony Lichty, Siobhan's practice and teaching has been heavily influenced through studying with R. Sharath Jois, Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Prem and Radha, and many other senior teachers over the last 8 years.

As a teacher, Siobhan brings a respect for tradition, as well as honouring the individual.  She emphasizes patience, commitment, and steadiness of mind.

Siobhan also offers Thai Massage and Ayruvedic bodywork.  Please see her website for more details.

Richard

​Specialties:

Ashtanga, Mysore, Beginners

Richard has studied yoga for 15 years, 12 of those immersed in Ashtanga. His main teachers have been Jonathon Austman in Winnipeg, and R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India (enjoying the privilege of assisting Sharath in Mysore in 2013). 

He is a 25­ year student, writer and performer of music, and carries over the love of a disciplined, daily practice from music to yoga.

Richard loves to convey the importance of following tradition, but also of nurturing one's own inner wisdom and self­care. i.e. knowing when to slowdown and modify in order to avoid injury and burn­out.

Richard's experience of yoga is as steadiness, lightness, the cultivation of strength and flexibility, ease of breath and movement, and an ever­deepening awareness of one's own mind and body.

Holly

​Specialties:

Led Ashtanga, Beginners, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Therapy

Holly found Ashtanga 10 years ago and since it has taken her on a journey of great depth and transformation. Becoming dedicated to the practice, she chose it as a focus for completing a Teacher Training  and eventually expanded to a Yoga Therapy Certification at Pacific Rim.  Most recently, she has travelled to India, Australia and SE Asia to continue her Bodywork and yoga study.

Holly has studied with various Senior teachers around the world, including Jeff and Harmony Lichty, Dan Fanthorpe, Saraswati Jois, Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Iain Grysak, and Eillen Hall.

Holly teaches with a therapeutic approach, encouraging a sustainable and supportive practice.  Offering Thai Yoga Massage and Ka Huna Massage out of her private practice, these modalities help shape her understanding of the energetics and structure of the body. 

You can visit her website to learn more.

Sachiko

​Specialties:

Ashtanga, Beginners, Mysore, Prenatal Yoga

Sachiko started on her Ashtanga journey in 2003 in Calgary with Harmony and Jeff as two of her teachers. She was immediately hooked on the practice and traveled to Mysore in 2005 to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and did her teacher training with Paul Dallaghan.

Since then, Sachiko has studied with many talented teachers around the world including Tim Miller and John Scott.

Sachiko has taught in many different settings from community classes to high school kids to yoga studios. After having two kids she is back to teaching again.

Dava

​Specialties:

Ashtanga, Moksha Hot Yoga, Yoga for Street Kids, Kundalini Yoga certified

For Dava, completing her Moksha teacher training in 2011 blew the yoga doors wide open. In 2012 she also completed the highly selective Kundalini teacher training. Along with her dedicated Ashtanga practice, completing daily sadhanas, countless classes, and 500 hours of other training, Dava is as eclectically trained and experienced as they come.

Like all our teachers, Dava has a dedicated practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She began her studies with Jeff and Harmony Lichty in 2012 at Ashtanga Yoga Victoria,. Her learning has continued to deepen since this humble beginning through participation in challenging workshops with high profile teachers like Nancy Gilgoff, Chuck Miller, and Tim Miller. 

For Dava, the study of yoga has enabled her to bring trust into her relationships with family and friends and to self-explore habitual patterns within.  She is truly a positive role model that students both trust and rely on to walk the yoga walk daily.

Nyk

​Specialties:

Yin Yoga, Restorative, Meditation, Yoga for Back Pain

Nyk took her first Yoga class in 1998 and fell head over heels. In 2003 she decided to deepen her study and took her first 300 hour Yoga teacher training and has been teaching Yoga since 2005. Since then she has been studying Yin Yoga regularly with her teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley. Along with numerous teacher intensives in Restorative and Therapeutic yoga, she is nearing her 500 hour level in Yin Yoga Training.

Nyk has had a regular Meditation practice for since 2002 and also started teaching Meditation classes 2012.

Nyk is currently studying Chinese medicine at Pacific Rim college and is completing her 800 hour Yoga Therapy Certification.

Nyk is also writes about Yoga and related topics and her articles have been published on several online platforms such as Elephant Journal, yoganonymous, The Yoga and Body Image Coalition to name a few.  For more information, you can visit her site at www.nykyoga.com