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Teachings from my mat

It’s quietness, stillness, tuning in, asking your body what it needs, offering your mind space to S L O W D O W N. Yoga is loosening what is locked up, lengthening what might be scrunching inwards, it’s stretching your muscles, it’s easing pain. Yoga is creating room...

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Katie Thacker

the opposite of fear is love Why are you excited/happy/committed to sharing your wisdom at the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference?The Victoria Yoga Conference is the one time of year that the west coast yoga community gets to come together. I feel so grateful to be sharing...

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Where do you go when you feel broken?

To be honest, I don’t think I really got the depth of these practices until three months ago when I wound up in the ER. Logically I understood the benefits and what was likely going on in my body, but now, now it’s something that feels ground breaking, fundamental,...

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A student’s practice through empowered teaching

Although yoga is my intimate mental, physical and spiritual practice, the learning support through observation, a teacher's assessment and communication cannot be replicated or replaced. -Elizabeth McIntyre- 2020 VYC Ambassador - Nanaimo Elizabeth has been...

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The art of pacing yourself

The human beings I had the privilege of spending the weekend with inspired, educated, supported and impressed me, from casual conversations in the marketplace, to in-depth discussions about yogic philosophy in a workshop, I left my weekend feeling FULL! - Deanna...

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My Elemental Journey

The fellowship of the conference, the re-uniting with old friends and family, and the magic of Victoria’s sun, eagles, and hummingbirds beckoned to my heart as the sea breeze gently whispered, “rest child, you belong here”. Nina Zettl, Freedom From Within, Yoga, Reiki...

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For the Love of Yoga

Crossing the portal into the VYC was a dream come true, a three-day adventure filled with expansive conversations, laughter and curiosity. - Stella Panagiotidis - 2019 VYC Ambassador - Vancouver Ten years ago Stella Panagiotidis sustained an injury that...

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Yoga and Community

Cassi Starc calls herself a Yoga Teacher (& Student!), Occupational Therapist, and Outdoor Enthusiast! Originally from Ontario, she moved to BC to live and play in the wilderness this amazing island has to offer.  She found yoga about a decade ago, but...

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Community: A Fellowship with Others

Livi De Rooy's journey with yoga began at a young age when her mother sought out alternative health methods to lead her in meditation and breathing techniques she still holds dear in her practice today.  Livi opened Twisted Willow Studio in Port Alberni in...

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Teaching to special populations and why it is so rewarding

A guest blog post by Denise Darby, VYC Ambassador 2019 Have you every thought or heard someone say that they “aren’t flexible enough to do yoga”, “aren’t the yoga type”, or are “too old for yoga”? As a yoga instructor, I hear this all of the time. Don’t get me wrong,...

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A Yoga Body

A guest blog post by Chantelle Shah-Poulin With a full breath into my being, I sit. A long Inhale, the spacious pause, a deeper exhale, a witness to the exchange of pure life force energy within me.....beautiful, powerful prana. Do I have a yoga body? Is this even a...

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Yoga is You: A Poem

Yoga is you. Yoga is your own sacred practice. Everything you experience within your yoga is your gift from the Universe. The intricate little thoughts that float through your mind. The gentle shaking you feel in your body as you balance in a posture. The intimate...

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Fluid: A Yoga Journey

I still remember my very first yoga class. I heard that there were these classes you could go to where the room was really hot, it was a good workout, and I would get ripped super quick.  I thought – why not! I definitely loved a good workout. I grabbed a buddy and...

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