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 connect with the practice until a couple years later when she found a studio who introduced her to all aspects of yoga – meditation, asana and pranayama. Yoga has offered her a playful physical practice and the space to come back to herself in silent meditation. Her practice has helped her to better understand herself and as a result, create a life she loves around her. In her teachings she aims to weave a spirit of playfulness and intention throughout; challenging students to take their intentions off the mat with them.

The Victoria Yoga Conference put all the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting the full scope of yogic practices, its “sister sciences”, and the yoga community at large.

– Cassi Starc – 2019 VYC Ambassador – Victoria

The spring of 2019 was my second year attending and participating in the Victoria Yoga Conference, and it won’t be my last!

I would love to share a few things about the Victoria Yoga Conference that makes it more than a weekend line up of your standard drop in yoga classes. Many of the yoga classes I participated in during the conference integrated pranayama (breath control exercises), chanting, and meditation. These are things I see less and less on the mat in my local drop-in studios. One of the classes I attended even integrated ancient Hatha practices such as “the woodchopper”, that I had only run into in intensive trainings before (look it up & try it – such a release!).

Outside of the physical practices, there were also deeper discussions in workshops where we had the chance to ask questions and really break concepts down. And outside of the many types of yoga offered, I also explored related systems like dance-style movement, Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine. It was truly striking to see how these systems overlapped with each other and yoga philosophy as a whole, all teaching a common message with different language. A message of slowing down and becoming more in tune with the body, feeding it with community, movement and silent contemplation. One of the mantras I took away from my yoga nidra session this weekend was “I allow myself time and space” – something I think many of us need to give ourselves more permission to do.

For me, the Victoria Yoga Conference put all the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting the full scope of yogic practices, its “sister sciences”, and the yoga community at large. Attending the conference never fails in helping me to deepen and discover new areas of my personal practice and teaching philosophy.