Riding Waves During the Holiday Season

Riding Waves During the Holiday Season

Riding Waves During the Holiday Season

During the holidays, we often end up giving a lot to others – not in the terms of physical gifts, though this also may be true.  We give our time, our emotions, our energy – so with all of this giving to others, how do we still show up for ourselves?  -Nicole...
Morning Sadhana; Creating Sacred Space and Ritual

Morning Sadhana; Creating Sacred Space and Ritual

Ever since I was a kid and up until my mid 20’s, I would sleep in until the very last possible minute, then frantically get reay and rush to wherever I needed to be that morning. I was known as being definitely not a morning person, and was usually grumpy until I had...
Just Do Something.

Just Do Something.

Do we need to be inspired to practice or can we just come to our mats for the sake of it. Confession: There are many days I’m not actually inspired to practice, but I am committed. And THAT matters. -Sarah Meyer- 2020 VYC Ambassador – Victoria Sarah Meyer...
The Recipe for a Great Yoga Class

The Recipe for a Great Yoga Class

It’s often hard to get constructive feedback from most people. So yoga teachers are pretty much left to their own methods of figuring out how to craft a “good” class and how to figure out how to make a class “better.” Here are some of my top tips for constructing a...
Becoming Yourself on the Mat

Becoming Yourself on the Mat

In the beginning yoga was awful for me. I constantly had panic attacks, got stuck in poses, and heard the unlimited words of self hate to me. Although this continued each time, my heart still pushed me to continue. Like an inner being tapping at my door, eventually in...
Yoga & Live Music with Sarah Meyer

Yoga & Live Music with Sarah Meyer

Come out for a special evening of yoga, live music, and few treats too! Class lead by Victoria Yoga Conference ambassador, Sarah Meyer. Music performed by Sjoerd Meyer of The Carlines. Come ready to flow through a 60 min yogahour class. Take care of yourself while...
Teachings from my mat

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...
Not just yoga on the mat, but especially yoga off the mat

Not just yoga on the mat, but especially yoga off the mat

“Not just yoga on the mat, but especially yoga off the mat”. Listen as Elizabeth tells how she took the lessons from her experience at the Victoria Yoga Conference, and turned those lessons into further questions, research, and findings off the mat....
Where do you go when you feel broken?

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,...
A student’s practice through empowered teaching

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...
The art of pacing yourself

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...
My Elemental Journey

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...
For the Love of Yoga

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...
Yoga and Community

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 didn’t...
Community: A Fellowship with Others

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 2014...