The Light & The Dark
Inquiry & Illuminations for Professional Yoga Teachers
When: Saturday, 1:30 PM (45 mins)
Room: COM: Henderson
“When you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work.” You love yoga. You embark on the teaching path. You are doing what we love. So why does this still feel like WORK? As yoga teachers, we are responsible to our students, to studios, to our social media followers, to our families, to ourselves. In this frank panel discussion, we explore the light and the dark sides of being a professional yoga teacher - the blessings and the curses, the myths and the truths. We get real about running a business, discuss why it is vital to define your identity, and talk strategies for nourishing yourself.
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.
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
Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Lover of Myth & Story, Student of Ayurveda and Wise Living
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.