Who We Are
Ashtanga Yoga Victoria BC is devoted to preserving and transmitting the traditional teachings of Ashtanga Yoga in the heart of downtown Victoria.
Jeff and Harmony Lichty, founders and primary teachers at AYVic, are authorized at the highest level, directly from the K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India.
While spending many years studying in India with the late Sri Pattabhi Jois , his grandson Sri R. Sharath Jois, the current director of the KPJAYI in Mysore, India, and Sri O.P Tiwari, they also traveled internationally and taught Ashtanga Yoga to students from all over the world.
All our teachers at AYVic are first and foremost students of Yoga, committed to growing on this path and deepening their understanding through a daily Mysore practice under the direct guidance of Jeff and Harmony.
Most of our teachers have also studied in Mysore, India, with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his daughter Saraswathi Rangaswamy, or her son Sharath Jois, who is the current Director of the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
We have full confidence that you will enjoy learning from any of our dedicated teachers at Ashtanga Yoga Victoria.
Rachel Reid has been teaching and practicing Ashtanga Yoga since her move back to Victoria BC in 2001.
She has continued to advance her Teacher Training Education through certified Ashtanga Yoga Teachers such as, Nancy Gilgoff, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. These, along with other wise teachers, have been a strong influence for her and her practice.
Rachel's trip to Mysore, India, in 2007 to study with Saraswathi Rangaswamy at the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute left her both humbled and grateful for the experience, and wishing to share this beautiful practice with those who have a desire to learn.
In August of 2009 Rachel found not one teacher, but two. Having Jeff and Harmony as teachers has breathed new life into her Ashtanga Yoga practice.
Rachel is an incredibly gifted and experienced teacher in her own right.
She is an incredibly talented local artist, who brings a wealth of wisdom and beauty to her classes.
Rachel Mark studied ballet for 15 years. In 2002, she began practicing yoga as she found that it was complementary to her dance training, assisting with strength, flexibility, and relaxation.
After a serious car accident in 2004, Rachel stopped dancing and began practicing yoga more consistently to help heal her injuries. She has continued with her Ashtanga practice and finds that daily practice helps her to maintain balance and calmness in her daily life. In December 2009, she completed a yoga teacher training program and has taught in Victoria, BC.
In the fall of 2010, she travelled to Mysore, India to practice with R. Sharath Jois at the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. She was inspired to be surrounded by dedicated Ashtanga practitioners from all over the world.
Since their arrival in Victoria in the fall of 2009, Rachel has been a student of Jeff and Harmony Lichty, and she looks forward to being able to share the knowledge that they have shared with her with other members of the AYVic community.
Susan Shields was first introduced to yoga in 1998 while traveling in Australia and was immediately intrigued by its philosophies and practices.
She established a regular practice a few years later
in an effort to find more peace and stability in her life and completed
her teacher training in 2008.
Susan finds yoga’s focus on experiencing the present moment endlessly refreshing, rewarding and fascinating and appreciates the strength and flexibility Ashtanga continues to bring to her mind and body.
She has been practicing with Jeff & Harmony, since their arrival in Victoria and is excited and honoured to be teaching at AYVic.
Susan currently works for an environmental non-profit and is studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College.