Ashtanga Yoga Victoria Teachers

We specialize in Mysore style yoga in Victoria, as taught by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois.  Our Mysore teachers have nearly 70 years of combined Ashtanga  practice experience, over 35 years of teaching and 17 trips to Mysore, India.

Arielle

​Specialties:

Ashtanga, Mysore, Prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga, biomechanics, injury rehab, pranayama

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 been blessed with the opportunity to both study and teach with David Robson, Richard Freeman, Paul Dallaghan and Sri OP Tiwari.  Arielle made her first trip to Mysore, India in 2012 to practice with  Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois (Mysore, India), since then she has considered him her teacher and returns to study as much as possible.

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 7 years, and teaching movement professionals for 20, 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:

Traditional Ashtanga, Mysore, Yoga Therapy

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

Along with Jeff Lichty and Harmony Slater, 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 9 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 16 years, 13 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.

Katie

​Specialties:

Ashtanga, Mysore, Beginners

Katie was first introduced to yoga in her teens and began a regular practice in 2007. After flirting with Ashtanga for some time, she finally began a Mysore practice. The initial skepticism turned into deep devotion, commitment, and love.

Katie believes in the transformative power of this practice and is grateful for the mirror it provides to see ourselves more clearly. She credits this invaluable tool with her ability to maintain a deeply rooted sense of self through the rigors of her emotionally and spiritually demanding work in social services. Ashtanga is a practice for the whole person: body, mind, and soul.

Katie has had the great privilege to study with incredible teachers who have shaped both her practice and subsequently her teaching. Since the 2013/14 season she has returned yearly to learn at the source in Mysore, India with Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois. She hopes to infuse her teaching with compassion, humility, humour, and the great respect she has for the Ashtanga method.

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, 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. 

Holly is currently on maternity leave. 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 which led her to travel to Mysore, India in 2005 to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and on to complete teacher training with KPJAYI certified 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.

Kimber

​Specialties:

Vinyasa, Beginners

Kimber first found yoga through injury. After she completed 6 months of hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2007, she was pleasantly surprised that she could not only heal her body through the practice, but that she could also find the same peace she could find while hiking mountains through asana.

Kimber did her teacher training in 2011 in Thailand studying Ashtanga Vinyasa with Larry Schultz based.

Kimber has spent many years traveling between the US and Canada studying many styles of Vinyasa and teaching both in the US and Canada. Some of her favorite Vinyasa teachers include MC Yogi and Megan Currie.

It wasn't until Kimber came to Ashtanga Yoga Victoria that she really started feeling passionate about staying true to the Ashtanga lineage and the tradition of the practice. She loves the Mysore method and couldn't imagine life without it.

Kimber is grateful to be a part of the teaching team at AYVic as well as community building and administration.​

Nyk

​Specialties:

 Yin, Restorative, Yoga Thearpy

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 2004. Since then she has been studying Yin Yoga regularly with her teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley and holds an Advanced - 500 hour Yin Yoga Teaching certificate.

In addition to numerous Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga intensives, Nyk has recently completed her 800 hour Yoga Therapy Certification and continues to study Chinese medicine part-time at Pacific Rim college.

Nyk believes you can’t pour from an empty cup, and its her mission to help you fill your cup.

Nyk also writes about Yoga and related topics with articles published on several online platforms such as Elephant Journal, The Yoga and Body Image Coalition. For more information, you can visit her site at www.nykdanu.com

Chad

​Specialties:

      Vinyasa

Chad first started exploring asana while playing junior hockey in Saskatchewan. Since then, he has continued to dig deeper into the fundamentals of the Yogic path.  The focus on unification of body movement and breath that Ashtanga emphasizes gives Chad a strong sense of alignment and concentration. He is grateful for this experience and expresses that in his teaching.

A sincere student of higher teachings and seeker of Truth, Chad has grown close to the traditions of the Quechua Aboriginal community of South America.  He has also built deep bonds with the Aboriginal cultures of Saskatchewan and their Ways of Knowing.  A believer in Universal Principals, he brings a dynamic perspective to his classes.