2018 ambassadors

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Meg Cooke

I began practicing yoga consistently in 2013 as a means to strengthen and rehabilitate my body after a head on collision. The connection to self that I ended up finding went far beyond physical restoration, and connection to spirit quickly became the most significant aspect of my practice. Getting to know myself, the quiet introspection, is what keeps me coming back to my mat time and time again.

I pursued my Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Randelle Lusk of Blacksmith Yoga in the winter of 2017, and am grateful for the experience of new depth and understanding of the yoga practice. I love learning, and have embarked on my Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga Training with Ajna Yoga. I look forward to combining my passions of social work and yoga in some context in the future. It is a privilege to facilitate a practice that encourages mindful self-discovery and meets people where they are at.

I am thrilled to be involved with the Victoria Yoga Conference this year and look forward to connecting with you!

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Denise Darby

Hi! I am an active mom, yogi and Corrective Movement Specialist feom Surrey, BC.

I teach various formats of yoga and believe that the 8 limbs are the the key to balance, strength and humility. Without yoga, I would not have found myself or my purpose.

As you can tell, I am passionate about yoga, in all of its forms. I love learning from books, mentors, and conferences. The Victoria Yoga Conference has been a wealth of knowledge for so many and I am thrilled to be a part of it again in 2018!! Look for me onsite and say “hi!”

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Kim Olmstead

​I first found Yoga almost ten years ago when a friend encouraged me to come to her Bikram studio. Although it was challenging I immediately noticed a change in myself physically, but it was the mental and emotional benefits that hooked me. After five years of being devoted to Bikram yoga only, I branched out and tried Vinyasa and I immediately fell in love; being exposed to different poses, breath work and styles increased my interest and enthusiasm in yoga and it lead me to take my first 200 hour teacher training in the Spring of 2014. Since then I have been teaching Vinyasa and Hatha classes at many different studios around Edmonton and I absolutely love it. I also took a Yin training with Carly Forest in 2015 and have been teaching Yin once a week since then. Learning more about the gentler side of yoga, how to balance our energies through Yin and the connection to Chinese medicine is right up my ally, and I love educating yoga students about these different approaches. I also teach grade 3 and have used this as an opportunity to teach kids yoga and breath work that they normally wouldn’t be exposed to. I have been running a Yoga Club at my School for the past five years and it is the highlight of my week.I am super grateful to be apart of the Vitoria Yoga Conference; this is my fourth year being an Ambassador and I couldn’t be more excited, it is such a great opportunity to connect with community, to learn and to share my love of yoga!

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Basha Nemeskeri

Yoga is my passion! My goal is to create an open, safe, loving, environment which enables people to grow. I have been studying yoga for the last 12 years, and have always been guided to serve and to share my passion with others. I live and love in Nanaimo, where I spend my days playing with my family, hiking, adventuring, and learning all the ways I can incorporate yoga into life.

Yoga is a gift that enables me to never stop learning. I have done almost half a dozen teacher trainings and can’t see myself stopping anytime soon! It’s a never ending University of ME! and it’s magical to see the lessons that are unearthed year by year. The wisdom that I hold in me is the same that we all have. We’ve just sadly forgotten how to access it. My hope is to help people remember how incredible they were designed to feel.

If you’re interested in a class, or would like more information about how I can be of service to you, please feel free to contact me at 778 238 9696.

Namaste

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Jacky Challenger

In 2009 I attended my first yoga class in hopes of finding some peace amidst the stress of being a university student. I moved to Tofino the following summer where I met my primary teacher & mentor, Natalie Rousseau. After spending a couple of years travelling and building a consistent yoga practice along the way, I took my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2013. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to teach & grow amongst an inspiring and close community with Coastal Bliss Yoga in Tofino, BC. I believe that yoga is a state of being, and one that is always evolving. No matter how much I practice or study, there is always more to learn. I’ve found yoga sneaking up on me in all aspects of life, and ultimately it’s guiding me in reclaiming my inner light!

This will be my 5th year attending the Victoria Yoga Conference and my 3rd year as an ambassador, it is one of my favourite events of the year. I love living in a small town because I love the feeling of having a close community. The VYC does an amazing job of brining people together from all over the province (and beyond) and creating a larger community of like minded people. We practice yoga, share ideas and spread love, each year coming out of it with a full cup ready to share when we return home.

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Allison Haromy

​Like most people, I was initially drawn to yoga for physical benefits, it soon grew into something much greater. After building a consistent practice, I fell in love with all things yoga- meditation, pranayama, more advanced asana, self care, and so much more. I started to realize how my practice was not only benefiting my physical body but also aiding my anxiety, helping me sleep better, improve my self awareness and body confidence, and the list goes on.

I have been practicing yoga for 7 years, and began my teaching journey 5 years ago- teaching hatha yoga, vinyasa, ashtanga, yin, yoga nidra. Yoga has presented me with some amazing opportunities; managing yoga studios, teaching full time and part time, travelling, leading workshops, etc.

This will now be my 4th year as Victoria Yoga Conference Ambassador and I hope it will not be my last. This conference has become a highlight of my year and I am counting down the days until this years event!

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Adrian Brett

​Hi, I’m Adrian! My yoga story began in my late twenties when I was struggling with my health and I needed an activity to help alleviate stress from my day job. I soon discovered I liked doing yoga a lot more than my day job! In 2014 I quit my office job in Ottawa and moved to Victoria to start a new chapter in life, and to find out what all the “West Coast – Best Coast” fuss was about. In 2015 I founded Yoga 505, a free outdoors yoga group to provide yoga to anyone and anywhere. Today, I still have a day job, but I spend most of my spare time (and a fair amount of my work time) doing as much yoga as possible.

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Deb

Deb is a 200hr Yoga Instructor with a passion for teaching a variety of students and styles at the Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA. She enjoys teaching Vinyasa style flow classes with intention towards connecting breathe through movement. She has a recreation and fitness background with current certifications in Balanced Barre, Individual Conditioning, TRX and Cycling. Her most recent training is as a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher through Yoga Outreach. She’s honoured for the third year to be representing Kamloops as a Yoga Ambassador at the Victoria Yoga Conference. Her background includes a passion for the outdoors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Education and a Master’s Degree in Parks & Recreation Administration. She has two children ages 8 & 10 and enjoys teaching yoga to their school in her spare time. Deb has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Her practice shifts each year, as she tries to listen and nurture her truest self. She loves immersing in new learning at the VYC amongst beautiful like-minded nurturing yogis. Feel free to connect with Deb and perhaps chat how you too can join the VYC and participate in a glorious yoga filled weekend.

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Charlotte Crowley

A resident of Parksville, Vancouver Island, since 1991, after a career in sales and management in the advertising, publishing and food industries, I was looking for my next vocation. Always health conscious, I trained as a yoga instructor in 2012 and started local outdoor “Yoga on the Beach” classes, with a fellow yoga instructor - Barbara Low. Six years later, it has become a “thing” to do in the summer, with many yogis and yoginis, returning from all over the world. My interest in food, health, and fitness all came together when I found my new vocation, studying full-time for 2 years to attain a Diploma as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in 2015. I added “Bellyfit for Woman” instructor to my offerings, in 2016.

My mission is to inspire people to improve their health with foods and lifestyle changes, so they can live vitally and energetically throughout their lives. I love to educate and create awareness through presentations, workshops and my work with private clients.

My goal is to live healthy, happy and vibrantly to the age of 120!

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Candace Soderberg

I have been sharing my love of yoga with the community of Fort St. John since 2013, and opened a studio - Cornerstone Yoga Collective in April 2017. I took my first 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Randelle Lusk, and am currently studying with Ryan Leier.

The practice of yoga provides space to explore yourself deeply. Space to simply feel. Show up as you are - happy, excited, sad, scared… to just be. As we connect intimately with ourselves we connect to our hearts. Our hearts to each breath. Each breath to our body + the world around us. The world around us, to each human. We begin to see we are not separate, but we are a collective.



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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Chris Csak

Chris’ passion for exercise and healthy living stems from his own love of sports, the outdoors and cooking. When he isn’t prescribing movement as medicine, he spends his free time hiking, biking, swimming, camping,practicing Yoga and preparing nutritious meals often paired with delicious wines. He believes that through intelligent physical exercise and nutrition, all the systems of the body perform more optimally. Chris’ teaching combines 20 years of experience and education ranging from strength and aerobic conditioning to Pilates to Yoga.

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Hannah Day

I am a yoga instructor from the Okanagan Valley, specialzing in prenatal and mom and baby yoga. I am so honoured to teach moms during this powerful and emotional time in their lives - connecting them with their babies through breath and their yoga practice. I am all about supporting women in my community. My new office is located at local charity Mamas for Mamas, and I teach once a month at Karis Society to moms in recovery with their babies, and I am currently in the process of taking mom and baby yoga online, so women across Canada can bond with their babies through yoga - exciting!! I am also offering a Mom and Baby Yoga Teacher Training coming in 2018 - online, certified through Yoga Alliance! It is such an amazing experience to be able to teach moms yoga with their new babies. Look out for both at www.mogamoms.com

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VYC 2018 Ambassador

Deanna Deacon

Deanna Deacon coaches women to understand their physical pain patterns in order to acknowledge their body as an intuitive map and find peace & empowerment in their lives. This journey began from a childhood of intense physical pain that took years to acknowledge was directly related to emotional trauma. Over the last 10+ years Deanna has been exploring the healing potential of yoga to connect deeper into her body’s intuitive wisdom and has recently become a certified yoga instructor focusing in Anusara, a modern-day Hatha system. Deanna’s goal in life is to re-activate Divine Feminine Empowerment in every being she meets, allowing you to honour and welcome your true authentic self to the game of Life.

Deanna is also the Founder of the global community of women supporting women; Soulful Sisterhood. This online community was created in May 2017 to connect women far & wide to offer inspiration, kindness & friendship and live a High Vibration Life.

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