Victoria Yoga Conference Bio
Created and founded by event producer Carolyne Taylor in 2013, the Victoria Yoga Conference is an annual event held in Victoria, BC. Host to 500+ attendees and 40+ Wellness Market exhibitors, the VYC continues to grow and flourish as more teachers, exhibitors, and participants gather for the fifth annual conference February 10 – 13, 2017. At the heart of the event is the idea of community, which welcomes people of all ages and yoga abilities for a weekend of connection and discovery. There is a Wellness Market full of local entrepreneurs and exhibitors, a variety of workshops, and spirit-lifting dance parties. A strong entrepreneurial component is present throughout the conference, as there the business series and teacher talk shops offered are designed to assist studio owners and teachers on how to market themselves and make a business of their passion. The VYC truly strives to provide something for the curious to the serious.
About the Founder
Carolyne Taylor is an event producer and community connector. As the founder of Victoria-based organizations yoUnlimited, 24 Carrot Learning, and the Illumination Event, Carolyne fuels the local community with opportunities for growth and empowerment. Over 20 years of Human Resource and event planning experience is reflected in the foundation of her work. Carolyne’s organizations focus on connecting like-minded people, and cultivating personal growth and wellbeing. Her vision of creativity, community, and action is present in each of the events that she creates and produces within Victoria. Carolyne’s ability to create spaces for people to share their passions generates the spark that draws community together.
The VYC Philosophy
We believe in entrepreneurial spirit, the practice of yoga, and the power of community. Our goal is to provide something for the curious to the serious: whether you practice yoga regularly or trying it for the first time. The VYC believes in the spirit of giving back, and offers scholarship opportunities for conference passes. We strive to provide a space where inspiration is shared and explored. When people are living their passion they are the most powerful versions of themselves. The Yoga Conference can be more than a weekend event – it is a place to nourish your soul, move your body, and stimulate your mind. You can come for one day or the full weekend, you can attend the community classes and enjoy the Wellness Market, or spend the entire weekend doing everything but yoga: you have the freedom to choose.
Who We Attract
Attendees from all over Vancouver Island, the BC lower mainland, Alberta, and the Western United States travel to Victoria to take part in the annual VYC conference. All levels classes and diverse workshops draw in people of all ages, from seniors to university students. Kids’ yoga is offered as a community class, which accommodates families who want to enjoy the marketplace. Yoga teachers, health and wellness professionals, studio owners and speakers assemble to deliver classes and workshops. Local entrepreneurs, yoga studios, and organizations set up booths and utilize the marketplace at the VYC to connect with the community and showcase products and services. The common interest of yoga, wellness, and community draws like-minded people from the province of BC and beyond.
A choice of over 50 classes and workshops is offered over the course of the VYC conference weekend. Ticket holders have the ability to choose from a selection of offerings and design their own schedule. The conference will begin on a Friday evening with Danielle LaPorte, the awarding of the annual Breathe Fore Life Scholarship and a new award, the “Distinguished Teacher Award”. Beginning at eight a.m., Saturday the conference offers a full schedule of classes and workshops. These include presentations on yogic breathing, meditation, plant-based nutrition, manifestation, and classes of different styles such as Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Yin. In between classes, attendees can tour the Wellness Market, listen to live music, or visit the photo booth and tea lounge. The Wellness Market is open to the public on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Sunday morning classes and workshops begin again at eight a.m., and last until the early evening. Much like Saturday, the Wellness Market will be open to conference attendees and marketplace ticket holders. Community classes, live music, the photo booth, and the tea lounge are open for everyone to enjoy.
Monday’s focus is on the family, to celebrate BC’s Family Day, classes will be offered by donation, as well as the Market Place will be open again from 10 to 3 pm.