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Ryan Leier

Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches; whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. Equally devoted to continuing his studies as to teaching, his distinct expression of ancient traditions touches his students’ hearts. Ryan’s innovative spirit has led him to create Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth through the practice of yoga.

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Eoin Finn

Yogi, Surfer and Blissologist Eoin Finn is the founder of Blissology Yoga, which allows the wisdom of our innermost heart to guide our relationships with our bodies, our communities, and nature. Eoin is passionate about bringing spirituality down to earth and reclaiming quiet time in nature as the greatest spiritual portal and our best source of health and happiness. As an ocean activist, he started the Blissology EcoKarma project, raising aid and awareness through yoga for the world's imperiled coral reefs. He’s been featured in Oprah, InStyle, Vogue, the New York Times and the Yoga Journal.

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Christine Price Clark

Mother, teacher, and mentor, Christine has been teaching for 13+ years; a journey that began in New York and landed her (back) in Vancouver in 2006. Her classes reflect a passion and respect for both rhythmic, fluid movement, and strong, focused attention. Pairing precision in alignment instruction with artful language, she works to create a space where you are both safe to feel, and supported to grow. She is regarded as a teacher who speaks openly and honestly about the full spectrum of the human experience; able to offer relevant teachings from both the ancient and the everyday.

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Mara Branscombe

Teaching yoga and meditation now for over a decade, Mara’s ability to hold healing space for the hearts and minds of others offers a vast landscape for transformation within.

In her classes you can expect to be challenged and awakened through unique sequencing, articulate asana, grounding meditation, and enlivening pranayama practice.

In her yoga teachings, Mara weaves together her background as a dance artist, her practice in the shamanic tradition, and her twenty years of experience on her mat – naturally what arises is a fluid, earthy, full bodied practice.

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Natalie Rousseau

Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Lover of Myth & Story, Student of Ayurveda and Wise Living

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Katie Thacker

I am a yoga teacher, plant eater and nature appreciator. Through my yoga teachings I strive to provide a balance of breath, fluid movement and alignment. I teach a strong style of vinyasa filled with creative sequencing, unique transitions and carefully selected playlists. I am also a certified yin teacher. When teaching yin I focus on providing a place for stillness, silence and self love. Teaching acro yoga allows me the opportunity to constantly work to create a more inclusive and accepting community. Acro yoga has helped me to develop my communication skills, my relationships with my partner and my friends, and provides me with a continuous challenge to improve. It is also incredibly fun. When is the last time you played like a child?

As a yoga teacher, I hope that I can guide my students on their own path to a healthy and balanced life. I love to see progress in my students and I share with an open heart, nothing held back. I want to encourage a strong relationship with nature and a strong relationship with all people. We are all on this earth together, and together we can make it blissful and beautiful.

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Maria Filippone

Maria Filippone’s multi-disciplinary training and teaching spans twenty years and has taken her around the globe, shaping her gifts into a synergistic blend of Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates, Thai Massage, and Sanskrit Chant. Based in beautiful Victoria BC, Maria offers private lessons, group classes, workshops and retreats.

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Tracey Noseworthy

Tracey began her journey fuelled by the inspiration of Shiva Rea twelve years ago, and has since studied with many teachers around the world dedicated to the practice and sharing of yoga as a way of life. Tracey’s teachings blend the traditional Eastern philosophy and asana with todays desire for physical practice, while integrating the mind body connection. She teaches public, private and corporate classes in Victoria as well as workshops and teacher trainings on and off the island. Her classes are full of energy, bright light and humour, yet they are focussed, strong and welcoming.

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Melanie Phillips

Melanie Phillips (BFA, E-RYT, CAS) Is a certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist with advanced training under the direction of Dr. Vasant Lad, one of the leading pioneers of Ayurvedic Medicine in North America. Having immersed herself in ashram living and study at the Bihar University in India, and having taught yoga since 2000, her embodiment of Ayurveda, yoga, and a multitude of energy modalities has earned her excellence in leadership, teaching, and mentorship for those seeking a way home to their intuitive and brilliant nature.
Melanie created the Madhuri Method, an Ayurvedic Yoga advanced training for yoga teachers after witnessing the need for yoga to be offered in a way that allows for healing at any age, stage, or level of health. She also offers Inner Mastery Mentorship programs based in Ayurveda, yoga and energy work to facilitate and support healing at the root cause of imbalance—to provide a fresh perspective; integrate the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve great health and provide support and guidance in mindfulness based energy psychology.

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Alice Bracegirdle

Ms alice and DJ Rowan are the co-founders of the international sensation known as bellyfit®. They’re highly acclaimed in Victoria and beyond for their legendary, high vibe movement experiences. Lead by Ms Alice and accompanied by Rowan playing a live DJ set, you're guaranteed to leave feeling fully alive and deeply connected. Alice and Rowan also support a team of hundreds of certified bellyfit® Instructors around the world and are very excited and honoured to be back at the VYC for the 6th year running!

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Carmen Spagnola

Carmen Spagnola helps people heal the wounds of disconnection from self, from each other, from spirit, and from the natural world.

She is a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, Professional Intuitive, and Licensed Wilderness Guide who helps spiritual seekers re-connect to their soul. She is also a Somatic Attachment Practitioner, having trained with Diane Poole Heller, PhD, in Somatic Attachment Re-Patterning.

Her wilderness quests are a modern day rite of passage for people seeking initiation into the mysteries of birth, death, and regeneration, and are uniquely situated in the liminal space between personal and ancestral healing work, trauma recovery, and cultural repair. In her clinical practice, she applies Attachment Theory to healing models that are somatic (body-based) and actively tap the creativity and resilience of the subconscious mind using trance, meditation and visualization.

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Brandon Sherbrook

Brandon is deeply passionate about supporting others to find a deeper sense of self confidence. He wants to lift you up physically and emotionally. Not only is he a strong and supportive base, his sassy sense of humour will keep you entertained in the toughest of times. Brandon has been a featured teacher at events like the Victoria Yoga Conference and Camp Yoga BC and is also a Lululemon Ambassador. Brandon has completed Acro Revolution teacher training.

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Glynnis Osher

Glynnis is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, innovative teacher, healer, author and visionary entrepreneur in the arts of Ayurveda and aromatherapy. She is on faculty teaching Ayurveda, aromatherapy and Indian head massage at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage and Ayurvedic self-care practices in the Langara College YTT program.

Glynnis is co-founder of The Spice Life, offering Ayurvedic aromatherapy and aromanutrition online learning experiences and products.

Glynnis has co-authored Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work.

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Christy Greenwood

Christy is a healing artist helping sensitives & creatives explore their wild truth & growth edges. She offers authentic, playful energy while holding a deep & sacred space for revolutionary discovery & healing.
As a devotee to the medicine path, she has trained extensively in massage therapy, BodyTalk, Reiki, Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, acupressure, Kundalini Dance + Hatha Yoga. She is a plant loving creative spark who has been offering transformational medicine sessions for individuals + groups for 19 years.

She lives near the Cowichan River with her family & animal friends.

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Andrea Ting-Letts

In all that I do – whether teaching yoga or consulting businesses – I believe that my purpose is to help you FIND YOUR VOICE. I help people explore and expand their yoga journey, and help entrepreneurs establish their brand stories. I guide others to uncover what is true and distinctive about ourselves, and empower each of us to broadcast that truth to the world. I draw from my 20+ years experience as a customer service trainer, branding & communications consultant, yoga & fitness instructor, and serial entrepreneur. I live, work, learn, teach, flourish, connect, and play in Victoria, BC.

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Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is an award winning author, international speaker and sought after consultant. She is well known for her storytelling, her spirit of generosity, and her ability to fill a room with love. Open your heart and mind and allow her words to transport you to another world.

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Tim Cyr

Gratitude ...compassion

Living with allergies, arthritis, injuries and past hearing- loss, Tim understands some of the complexities human life can encompass. His approach of "less is more" is intertwined within the gentle forms of yoga he shares — listening and allowing the body and mind to soften, conscious healing can begin. Opening up a more integrative connection between the physical and energetic pathways through honoring the bodies and life-styles we all actively live in.

Tim Cyr, founder of The Do Less Project, yoga teacher (500hr YTT), meditation leader, Reiki Master, Yoga Nidra, Thai Head Massage, Japanese Stone Massage and Reflexology. Creating and leading workshops, retreats and classes in Restorative, Yin, Tensegrity, Hatha, Kids and Laughter yoga styles. Teaching at various studios in and around Vancouver (YYoga / The Path / The Hive - North Shore), leading programs for YMCA Boys4Real, The Vancouver Police, The Kelty Mental Health Group, BrainWave Caregivers — BC Children’s Hospital, University of BC - Enrollment Services and presenting at Vancouver and Victoria Yoga Conferences.

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Sherrice Kirby

Sherrice is a Business & Lifestyle Strategist, Writer, Artist, Reiki Master, Yogi, fabulous wife & mother – dedicated to connecting creators with soulful strategies for their businesses & lives. Creator of Manifesto & Mapping, greatlife design mastermind & Greatlife Retreat. Part business maven part spiritual alchemist. Sherrice is a nature loving, dog walking, horseback riding, fresh food eating goddess of the great life.

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Carly Greene Hill

Carly is an eager and enthusiastic community connector. She is passionate about supporting communication and connection through efficiency and excitement. Carly designs events and executes projects that bring people together. She contributes her knowledge, passion and love of the arts into her new job, working as an Operations Assistant for a locally-based non-profit, with the goal of empowering communities across British Columbia.

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. During her graduating year, she was awarded the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award for her contribution to knowledge about food sustainability in Victoria. She has worked with a variety of local entrepreneurs and organizations on social impact and health & wellness initiatives, such as the Victoria Yoga Conference and TEDxVictoria. She completed her RYT-300 at Ajna Yoga College, unexpectedly infatuated with a more mellow pace of yoga. Carly specializes in yin, slow flow and sassy vinyasa practices that infuse creativity and freedom. She also performs as a spoken word artist, celebrating self-expression and vulnerability.

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Kristine Salmon

Kristine is a long time anatomy teacher and enthusiastic presenter. Her teaching method attempts to cater to all learning styles, including lecture, visual displays, interactive anatomy and movements as well as team based learning. She has practiced and taught in Victoria and Toronto for the past 8 years in anatomy, is the strength coach for the Women's Basketball Program at UVic, and volunteer coaches Basketball in the community. She started her yoga practice upon moving to the island in 2010 and has become keenly interested in the scientific value of yoga on our bodies.

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Kailie Woods

Kailie is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist and 500+ level trained/ certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor. She explores and offers all styles of movement including: Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin/Yang, Pre Natal and Mat Pilates. Infusing her beloved knowledge love of TCM, Yoga and Pilates has allowed her to approach the classroom with her own style and uniqueness. Kailie has a playful, humble & challenging teaching approach. She loves to learn, laugh and explore alongside of her students. Off the mat and out of the treatment room - you will find Kailie enjoying boat life, exploring the island with her loves, or tucked away at home making jewelry and paintings. She loves the community of Victoria and feels blessed to be alongside this journey with you.

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Janelle Morrison

The first time I laid in savasana after a yoga class I thought, "WHOA! I need more of this in my life!" Previously I'd been a full time Ironman distance athlete, and after a near-fatal car crash came back to race again. It was all documented in a film called "A Second Chance." Funny enough, I had a second chance and I was missing it for speed, results and being relentlessly hard on myself. I became a Kundalini Yoga teacher to learn more about the practice, never intending to teach, until I realized it's a dis-service not to. Janelle is also a Game Changing Performance Coach and Speaker.

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DJ Rowan Sentesy

Rowan has been djing for nearly 20 years, and is an avid promoter and advocate for conscious dance music in Victoria BC. He has played at clubs, events and festivals up and down the west coast and most notably performed at Oregon Eclipse 2017 with his wife and business partner Alice Bracegirdle. Together, these two artists and partners run Bellyfit, where he is musical director, putting together all the mixes used by the hundreds of Bellyfit instructors worldwide.

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Guy Friswell

Guy Friswell is a local instructor and graduate of the IAYT 500-hour teacher therapist training program, currently working to complete the full 800-hour yoga therapist designation. He has practised yoga regularly since 2003 and has been teaching since 2009, including active weekly classes at several popular Victoria studios. Guy views his yoga teaching as a joyful extension and expression of his personal yoga practice. He is passionate about all things yoga, and always eager to share this passion, both one-on-one and in the classroom.

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Rachel Hurst

The Shanti Collective is a local, Vancouver Island based Mala company. Creator and founder, Rachel Hurst, has been immersed in the world of yoga for many years. Shanti is the Sanskrit word for peace, and it was this inner peacefulness that first drew Rachel to meditation and yoga. The Shanti Collective is a manifestation of Rachel’s love for movement, art, music, and the creative spirit. Yoga and mindfulness have acted as inspirational catalysts, propelling her forward in life and into new opportunities. Her growing company stands as a space for equanimity, serenity, beauty and joy.

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Robyn Unwin

Robyn is a media trainer and video branding coach who helps her clients define, declare and deliver their message to a larger audience through video. Her education and experience in both broadcast journalism and marketing has been foundational for supporting the media rise of top CEOs and business leaders, including coverage on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, ABC News, Speigel TV (Germany), and Chatelaine and Cosmopolitan magazines. Robyn’s fun-loving and open-hearted approach creates a relaxed environment for people to learn the art of working with video and the media and create an authentic and unforgettable brand. And she LOVES yoga!!

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Yogi Shambu

Using both humor and intuition, with over 25 years of teaching experience, Yogi Shambu trains people in the many spiritual practices that exist Beyond Asana. Follow Shambu on Facebook and Instagram @yogishambu, and checkout his free yoga nidra at

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Meg Cooke

I’m Meg! I am a social worker, yoga teacher, and mandala artist who made the decision to relocate from Calgary to Victoria this past summer. The transition to my new city occurred at a rapid pace, and upon arriving on the island I felt myself step into the current and connect with creative flow in a new and committed way. I credit my yoga practice and the experience of reconnecting with my body and my authentic voice as catalysts for reconciling my relationship with creativity.
Wood is my primary canvas as I create wood burned pieces of art that are influenced by sacred geometry and the divine feminine. I am mesmerized and inspired by the mandala and have found myself focusing most of my attention around this meditative design. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in creative exploration with others and am humbled to take part in the Victoria Yoga Conference this year.

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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.
Yoga is a gift that enables us 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 YOU! and it’s magical to see the lessons that are unearthed year by year. The wisdom that we hold in us is the same that we all have, it's what connects us. We’ve just sadly forgotten how to access it. My hope is to help people remember how incredible they were designed to feel!

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Hiiro Prince

"A teacher whom believes in breaking beyond the physical boundaries of the mat, Hiiro provides his students the freedom to take their practices to where they need it to be. He encourages open dialogue and story-sharing, offers his students tangible takeaway tools to apply with off their mat, with the practical purpose of self care. He gives the gift of the 8 limbs from his heart, space for awareness and compassion and a foundation on which their inward and eternal journey can grow.

He takes pride for the health of Gay/Bi/Trans Men and wants to support through Yoga and Wellness!"

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Ocean Lum

Ocean has extensively studied many philosophies and disciplines. She has taught Yoga and Meditation since 2002. Ocean is also a Yoga therapist, a registered clinical counsellor and neuroscience geek.

From her own healing journey, training, and education (BSc. Nutrition, MA counselling psychology) Ocean effortlessly weaves intuition & logic; the heart & the mind and the transcendent & the mundane into her classes.
As a long time Buddhist practitioner she embodies playfulness and deep compassion.

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Kathryn Kusyszyn

Kathryn Kusyszyn completed her teacher training in Astanga Vinyasa and Flow yoga in 2001. Specializing in Yoga for Scoliosis, she regularly studies with Senior Instructor Elise Miller. Kathryn teaches with compassion and her classes emphasize the internal aspects of practice. Her intention as a yoga teacher is to provide a sanctuary for students as they explore their true selves.

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Kaitlin Armstrong

Kaitlin Armstrong is a Kinesiologist that loves to share her passion for FUNctional movement and as an anatomy geek, she is fascinated by the teachings of her body. She encourages her students to cultivate an intimate relationship with their unique physical landscape to better understand the mental and emotional fabrics of their life experiences and how to reengineer a version of body and mind that supports lifelong freedom and joy.

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Dr. Katrine Hegillman

Dr. Katrine Hegillman at Oriri Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Centre strives to benefit and support our community via delivering services of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Acupuncture. In Chinese Medicine Philosophy we do not focus on eradicating a disease – we support the body and strengthen it, so it does the job for us.

Katrine B. Hegillman Dr. TCM; graduated ICTCM of Vancouver, and has now been working in her field for 18 years treating adults and children. She gained So Tai Ho experience taking classes from Steven Brown Sensei, Seminars with So Tai USA.

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Crystal Rainbow Borrelli

"Raised by Yogis & trained in India. She is dedicated to her roots to teach the old traditions & practices of yoga.

Offering a powerful class in Asana with depth into Pranayama, Mantra & Mythology. Her bubbly personality and infectious laugh will have you stepping out of your comfort zone in a playful way to discover yourself on your mat.

Her classes will have you sweating, laughing and feeling energized!"

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Reanna Costa

Reanna has been teaching yin for 11 years and training teachers to teach yin for 5. She has a unique approach to yin which dives into the energy body through the chakra system as a means to shed light on imbalances and beliefs that hold us back. Her transformational approach to yoga connects her with yogis all over the world through mentorship, online courses, teacher trainings and life coaching.

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Dr. Lindsay Gee

Dr. Lindsay Gee is the Founder of the successful fitness franchise, Hot Mama Health & Fitness. With 27 franchises up and running under three years, Lindsay firmly believes in hard work, perseverance and the power of gratitude and intention. She is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to empowering and inspiring women and has a true passion for encouraging women to not only move their bodies but to love their bodies.

Lindsay works tirelessly to encourage women to fall in love with themselves and their lives and wants everyone she meets to be working on their genius and loving their lives.

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Candace McKim

Candace McKim, Author of Yogini’s Guide - Intuition Is A Choice and Yogini’s Guide to Intuition Oracle Cards, Intuitive Coach, Seminar/Retreat/Training/Mentorship Facilitator and Speaker. Candace combines the wisdom and benefits of Intuition, Yoga, Chakras and Meditation with her Social Work background and life situations to create a path to a fiercely purposeful, abundant and joy filled life. For Candace’s full schedule, Book, Oracle Cards visit her website.

Author, Intuitive Counsellor/Coach-Seminar/Workshop/Retreat/Training/Speaker/Mentor TEDx Talk Speaker

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Petra Kixmoller

Petra has been practising Heartfulness Meditation for over 10 years. Since 2006 she has been travelling to India for deepening her own meditation practice. In 2016 she became a trainer in Heartfulness and offers free monthly classes in "Connecting with our inner self". She lives in Victoria with her family and her dog Maple.

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Lisa Sliwowska

Lisa Sliwowska is a Holistic Skin Therapist, Mentor and Lead Educator for Jusu Body. Lisa has had over 13 years experience and was best known for running a healing arts centre on Salt Spring Island, specializing in supporting healthy skin and wellbeing. Working as a fully qualified Beauty Therapist and Reiki Master, her approach includes diet, lifestyle, products and emotional/energetic healing. Passionate in supporting people in releasing a negative mind set, choosing intentional healing and reaching the goal of having vital and healthy lives.....uncompromised.

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Farah Nazarali

Farah Nazarali has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, and is known for her ability to communicate with clarity, confidence, and compassion. She completed Compassionate Communication Level I and is currently enrolled in the Conflict Resolution Certificate Program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is known for her ability to seamlessly weave integrate yogic teachings into her conflict resolution workshops.

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Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer Clarke, BA, EYRT, MMQ holds a Masters of Medical Qi Gong, is a registered yoga teacher since 2004, and an accomplished movement artist, dancer and choreographer. She has studied and immersed herself in the movement arts for over 20 years. After recovering from clinical exhaustion and trauma, Jennifer healed herself physically and emotionally largely using the practices of Medical Qigong. Over the past few years, she has thrived practising and teaching Qigong and Yoga in Vancouver. She teaches drop-in classes as well as in-depth immersions in Qigong. Qigong has helped her gain a great deal of emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as conscious awareness in the process of waking up. For Jennifer, Qigong helps us recognise that there is no separation between the mind and body. Qigong offers us a felt-sense that our bodies are hardwired to heal.

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Jacky Challenger

Jacky Challenger teaches Vinyasa Yoga and manages her Yoga Studio, Coastal Bliss Yoga in Tofino, BC. She offers classes, workshops & retreats inspired by the cycles of nature and the wisdom of Ayurveda. This will be Jacky's 5th year attending the Victoria Yoga Conference, 3rd year as an ambassador, and 1st year as a presenter.
"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." - Jacky Challenger

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Siri Amir Kaur

Siri Amir Kaur has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for 12 years. She has completed over 1000 hours of Kundalini yoga training. She is a certified trainer for The Beyond Addiction Program which uses Kundalini yoga to help people overcome addictive tendencies. She is also certified to teach The Healthy Breast Program and will soon become a teacher of teachers in the Aquarian Academy. She has supported Kundalini yoga teacher training on Vancouver Island for the past 5 years and is the owner and manager of Sooke Yoga and Wellness.

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Andrea Dershin

Andrea Dershin is the founder and creative behind Good Life Juice – Vancouver Island’s original cold pressed juice company. Andrea’s mission is to convert her community into a tribe of health junkies, support them on their journey, and geek out on nutrition as much as possible! Andrea graduated from VIU in 2002 with a bachelor’s in business with a minor in health and fitness. In 2012, Andrea received her certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. Andrea received her 200hr Vinyasa Yoga training from Yoga People Brooklyn in 2012. She is a firm believer that community and support are the keys to making a plant based lifestyle a lasting success, and loves helping those around her on their journey.

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Dr. Dan Skinner

Dr. Dan Skinner is a Chiropractor and movement enthusiast. In his practice, the goal is simple: teach people how to move better every day! His background is in competitive cycling and strength and conditioning but has practiced various styles of yoga for years. Dan is also a lululemon ambassador, Kinstretch instructor and creator of, a free, online health and fitness resource. He lives and practices in Victoria BC.

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Tatjana Kozak

Tatjana Kozak is a large-bodied Goddess who is proud to be certified as a Curvy Yoga instructor with Anna Guest-Jelley and Yoga for Round Bodies instructor with Tiina Veer.
Being a Woman in a larger body, one that has been many different sizes in this lifetime, I found that there was something missing in the yoga classes I went to...for myself and for many other people. A class where all sizes could feel comfortable and welcome, but also, anyone needing them, had access to variations and modifications of poses. I'm honoured to be able to offer SoulFull Yoga to all abundant Bodies.

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Sarah Holmes de Castro

Sarah Holmes de Castro, MA, C-IAYT, RYT-500, YACEP, TCTSY-F, has been offering yoga to people with a history of trauma in clinical settings since 2004. She is Director of Programs at Yoga Outreach, a Canadian non profit organization that partners with healthcare, social service and prison staff and volunteer yoga teachers to create programming for adults, youth and children facing multiple barriers, where she oversees programs and training. She is also an adjunctive faculty member at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA offering sessions and trainings for clinicians and yoga teachers in TCTSY.

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Elaine Rzemieniak

Elaine has been a trainer of Heartfulness Meditation for 21 years. She feels gratitude daily for having found this simple and free meditation training which she deeply believes has given her endless benefits in every aspect of life. Her other interests include natural healing, regenerative gardening, and hula dancing, and she loves cats. She moved from North Vancouver to Victoria recently and is looking forward to meeting new people in Victoria to meditate with. She and her husband, Joey, enjoy hosting individual and group meditation sessions at their home in Saanich.

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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.

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Lynda Monk

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC, founder of Creative Wellness and Director of the International Association for Journal Writing, is passionate about the healing and transformational power of journaling and expressive writing. She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as co-author of the international bestseller Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness. She is also the creator of Life Source Writing and producer of Creative Wellness Guided Meditations. She tries her best to pause and write everyday!

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Jordan Hanson

World Beat expert Jordan Hanson studied drumming in Africa, Cuba and Brazil, going to some remote corners of the globe to learn with some of the very best players in each style. He now teaches world music and percussion at 
the UVic School of Music. Jordan’s passion for percussion is contagious, and in Victoria he has taught more than 10,000 people how to drum!

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Rosie Johnnie-Mills

Rosie is Haida and Khenipsen from the Pacific Coast. Completing her Hatha Yoga teacher training with Semperviva Yoga College was the beginning to lifelong learning. Rosie's classes are inclusive and encouraging suitable for all ability levels. Primary focus in all of Rosie's classes is tuning into breath. By following breath we are shown the way to deep relaxation and comfort. Rosie is continuing her learning with the National and international teaching staff at Semperviva and is now certified to teach Restorative Yoga as well as Hatha Yoga.

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Mands Burnette

Mands has been helping small business owners how to successfully grow their businesses for a decade. Teaching entrepreneurs how to build and develop their business is her jam! She has a background in business + formal education design. She’s an expert in eCommerce, Social Media Marketing, and Customer Experience. Currently, she is the Digital Marketing Manager at Abeego and helps small businesses grow by offering workshops throughout Victoria, BC.

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Jen Craig-Evans

Jen Craig-Evans believes wholeheartedly in sharing the art of ‘getting out of your head, into your body and connected with your breath.’ After spending many years teaching scuba diving and focusing on a fluid breath underwater, she found yoga and has continued working with that fluidity on dry land. Jen discovered yoga in a hot room, on a Caribbean island and followed this spark of bliss back to the Okanagan where she completed her first teacher training. She has since completed training in therapeutic yoga applications, inspiring her even more deeply to share the practice with others.

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Gabriel Shaw

When it comes to movement practice, Gabriel believes that the way we do one thing is the way we do everything. He believes that less is more, and that training must be enjoyable to be sustainable. His mission is to use fulfilling disciplines and healthful practices to bring people together on a path toward self-discovery. He especially enjoys sharing with other dedicated learners who are seeking a richer experience of themselves and their community. His first introduction to Tai Chi was over 15 years ago and his influences include the practices of Yoga, Vipassanna, Martial Arts, etc. He is completing my B.Sc. Kinesiology in April 2018.

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Madelin Rocheleau

Madelin Rocheleau is an elementary school teacher from Victoria, BC and a certified yoga instructor. In addition to having her own classroom, she teaches kids yoga and mindfulness, kids dance and adult yoga at Esquimalt Parks and Recreation. She is also currently studying Developmental Psychology in preparation to pursue a masters in Educational Psychology. Madelin is passionate about empowering children to self-regulate through the use of mindfulness and movement. Her goal is to make mindfulness accessible to children, parents and teachers alike so that we can all continue to grow together.

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Dr. Katie Branter

Dr. Katie Branter is a Naturopathic Doctor who combines her years of training and experience, unending devotion to understanding health, consistent and ongoing research, deep, very personal experience of what it takes to truly heal to collaborate with her clients to create a comprehensive and sustainable health map for them to follow. Katie holds her BA from the University of Victoria, as well as a number of other certifications. She became a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in 2008.

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Sukumar Periwal

Tarot is a core passion and daily practice for Sukumar. He has been studying Tarot for over 30 years. In addition to his personal meditations with tarot, he also does tarot readings. He has been practising yoga since childhood and did the 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2009 at Moksana.

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Kate Landreth

Kate’s passion both on and off the yoga mat is to design authentic learning opportunities that foster mindful and meaningful living. On the mat, she intentionally sets the tone and theme through her readings, music, and flowing yoga sequence that are deeply connected to breath. Her teaching is anchored in mindfulness, a practice of being present.

Off the mat, Kate draws from her Masters of Education, and over ten years of teaching and facilitation experience to support companies and higher education in designing learning and training opportunities. Her love of learning and studentship supports her personal and professional journey.

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Patricia Galackzy

Patricia Galaczy B.A., M.I.R. is a Leadership Educator, mindfulness meditation teacher, and qualified and experienced instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Patricia’s extensive and on-going training in mindfulness meditation includes 18 years of dedicated meditation practice and teaching, over 30 long silent retreats, an 18-month Mindfulness Teacher Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, Certified Yoga Teacher since 2004, and formal MBSR training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Centre for Mindfulness UMASS Medical School.

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Candace Aldridge Sanchez

Candace started dancing Ballet at age 5 to 14, following up with Modern and Jazz between the ages of 13 and 19. In her early 20's she watched a bellydance documentary on how bellydance was a great aid in child birth and labour. Shortly there after a friend started taking lessons and pointed her in the right direction. In 1999 she started classes with Sidona, a local teacher, and danced with her troupe, Jewels of the Heart. When Sidona stopped teaching, Candace began training with another wonderful local dancer, Nila Allat. With her troupe, Sultana’s Circle, she danced throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands for several years. When Nila left for Vancouver in 2003, Candace was approached by her personally to take over her classes, which is where her teaching of this dance form began.

Candace started teaching classes right away and formed Ruwaydah, her first performing troupe in late 2003, and started performing again the summer 2004. She created Harmony BellyDance Co. in 2006 and has continued to teach, perform, host famous dancers and open her own studio. Through out the years she has had many different performing troupes specializing in Fusion, Tribal Fusion and Dramatic fusion, However at this time she is travelling and performing as a Solist and with her performing troupe TangleWood - specializing in American Tribal Style since 2009.

She continues to further her own training and education with her two main mentors, Suhaila Salimpour - Level 2 and Jamila Format - Level 1 Certification and Mira Betz who pushes her to the depths of her soul to be exactly herself and no one else. She continues her training with Carolena Nerricio of Fat Chance BellyDance and has received Certification in American Tribal Style General Skills twice and completed Teacher Training. Candace holds her Level 1 Initiation certification in Rachel Brices 8 Elements Program and continues to study as much as possible with, Mardi Love, Kami Liddle and Zoe Jakes.

She is always working on something new, growing as an individual, being creative and innovative as possible. Ebbing and flowing with the constant changes in this life and her dance movement, there is no end to her possibilities.

Candace is the mumma to her two brilliant, divine, spirit beings, Blaise and Harley. They are her light, her peanut and her muse and the three of them are pretty much attached at the hip always smile First place to look for them, outside in their beautiful gardens, dirt up to their elbows, surely laughing away the time of day.

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Tiffany Joseph

Tiffany Joseph's ancestry is of Sḵx̱wu7mesh (Fresh Water people) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Saltwater people, Emerging people) peoples. She is a SENĆOŦEN Language & Culture Revitalization apprentice. She works in the SȾÁUTW̱ SENĆOŦEN,ÁUTW̱ (Tsawout Language Nest) which is a preschool for children ages 0-3 and parents of language nest students join us in learning SENĆOŦEN language. Her apprentice work includes the preschool, as well as learning about Indigenous plants of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) territory. She grew up learning Sḵx̱wu7mesh (Squamish) language from preschool to grade 10, and also at community language nights around the time of 2010. She is drawn to work that promotes wellness of our minds, bodies, and the environment in which we live, because the wellbeing of the land and the people is intertwined.

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Mary Martin

Mary Martin is an elder who has been exploring yoga of various kinds for many years and is dedicated to a regular practice at this stage in her life. In 2017 she volunteered as a board member for the Hatha Yoga Association of Victoria.

She is a successful entrepreneur who continues to work part-time, a certified circle practice facilitator, a labyrinth enthusiast and is currently taking art lessons.

Mary looks forward to being in conversation with you to share stories and our collective wisdom.

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