Conference Opening

When: Friday, 4:30 PM (1.5 hrs (90 min))
  Room: SUB: Michelle Pujot 1


​This will be the opening class for the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference. It will be a combination of teachers and practices so come with an open heart to begin learning from our community and settling into your own wisdom.

Participants Need

Yoga mat and blocks/bolsters if these are part of your regular practice.

Presented by:

Carolyne Taylor-VYC Presenter


Carolyne Taylor

Meet Carolyne Taylor: connector and communitarian.

Known for creating experiences where people can make a new friend, connect or learn something new, she believes in a world where each person is shining their own special light, and helping others to do the same.

When she’s not building community, she can be found playing on the swings with her grandchildren, serving up a bowl of soup, or coming up with new ideas about making this a better world!

Shayla Stonechild-VYC Presenter


Shayla Stonechild

As an Nehiyaw Iskwew from Muscowpetung First Nations, Shayla Stonechild, has always been a catalyst towards Indigenous youth unlocking their full potential. By reclaiming their voices, bodies and spirit that have been silenced and stolen throughout history. There is a shift happening in humanity right now and she believes the arts, meditation, movement and medicine is a part of that shift. She is a TV Host, Yoga Instructor, Activist and Wellness Advocate making waves across Turtle Island.

From growing up around her motherèss performing arts company, and continuing on to graduate from ‘Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts.’ and Vancouver School of Healing Arts (RYT 200HR). She has always been active within her community. She is currently hosting Season 3 of APTN’s documentary series, “Red Earth Uncovered”. When Shayla isn’t filming she can be found facilitating workshops within First Nations communities that focus on life promotion through healing through the arts, meditation, movement (yoga) and medicine (coming back to an Indigenous worldview). She has a history of collaborations but most recently with “Right To Play”, “Lululemon” and “Gathering Our Voices”. She is the founder of the “Matriarch Movement” a meditation and movement practice dedicated to honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“Our mission should be to build bridges, not walls; to offer our hands in guidance; rather than turn our backs with indifference. In the true sense of community and connection, what we do for each other helps to uplift the spirits of all people.” - Stonechild

Carly Greene Hill-VYC Presenter


Carly Greene Hill

Her yoga classes are a lot like her hair: ever-changing, colourful and full of joy. Meet Carly Greene Hill. She’s a yoga teacher, emcee and spoken word artist here in Victoria, BC. Often found with an americano in one hand and a pen in the other, Carly creates avenues of self-expression under her pen name: tiny.writer. Her yoga sequences offer something for everyone—be it heart, funk, flow or rebellion.

In 2014, Carly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria with a double major in Psychology and Gender Studies, focusing largely on social justice through an intersectional framework. Throughout her degree, she studied the intersection between academia, activism and art. This study became an opportunity to crystallise her youthful passion in writing. After a decade of studying and manipulating the written word, Carly began to formally offer her creative copy under an actual pen-name. Thus in November 2015, tiny.writer was born.

Writing furiously while still completing her RYT-300 at Ajna Yoga College, Carly went on to work with a variety of local entrepreneurs and organizations on social impact and health & wellness initiatives (such as the Victoria Yoga Conference and TEDxVictoria!). To this day, tiny.writer continues to infuse poetry, yoga and dance together. She specializes in teaching creative yin, free-flowing slow flow and sassy vinyasa practices. She performs as a spoken word artist and burlesque dancer, celebrating self-expression and vulnerability. Under her stage-name, Charlie Creamfill takes the stage every month armed with wit, charm and compassion, as the emcee for the Vancouver-island production company Wet Coast Burlesque.

When this creative maven isn’t giggling and getting stretchy, you might find her around the city. She loves to dance, swim in the ocean and serve the odd cocktail (or two). More often than not, she has her nose in a book, glass of wine in hand and arms around her favourite infamous companion, Ari The Cat.

Tracy Boyd-VYC Presenter


Tracy Boyd

Tracy's mission is to provide a respectful, safe, and welcoming environment where students can practice the classical teachings of Yoga in the lineage of Baba Hari Dass, and explore their personal journey of self-discovery. She works to create peace in our world and community, by first creating peace within herself. Creating a sense of calm and peace, and developing an open and compassionate heart and mind, can lead to a strong feeling of acceptance for oneself and community. As a skilled Yoga Therapist, Tracy brings her own style and passion for teaching, allowing for a unique experience in every class.