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. 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. She is currently planning her next trip to Mysore, India, in October 2014, to start the next phase of her training in Ashtanga Yoga with R. Sharath Jois at the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
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. In 2012, she studied with Rolf Naujokat in Goa, India. Susan is planning her first trip to Mysore, India, in October 2014 to start
the next phase of her training in Ashtanga Yoga with R. Sharath Jois at the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
Susan is also a Registered Acupuncturist and is accepting patients at AYVic Acupuncture Clinic.
Please visit Susan's website for more information.
Juliana has practiced different forms of yoga since 2007. Yoga has been a major focus in her life to help alleviate back pain, stress and anxiety.
When she discovered Jeff and Harmony and Ashtanga Yoga she found a practice and philosophy that truly resonated with her. In 2012 she deepened her yoga studies and completed Jeff and Harmony's Yoga Education Program.
In 2013 she travelled to San Diego to study with Eddie Stern, Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller, David Swenson and Dena Kinsberg.
Juliana is passionate about both the physical, mental and spiritual healing nature of Yoga. She is returning to school in 2014 to complete a program in counselling and psychology.
Juliana is very grateful to practice at the shala and is excited to be a bigger part of the yoga community at Ashtanga Yoga Victoria.
Lucy has been studying and practicing yoga in many different forms for well over a decade, and has been progressively developing her teaching skills for the past ten years. She began her teaching journey with a Kirpalu Yoga teacher training while living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which eventually evolved into a daily practice of Moksha Yoga, and graduating from Moksha Yoga teacher training in 2008.
Lucy came to practice with Jeff and Harmony shortly after moving back to Victoria BC in 2009, and her practice of yoga grew through the the healing process of Ashtanga.
Lucy decided to deepen her studies in Ashtanga Yoga with Jeff and Harmony in 2012 and completed an enriching Yoga Studies Program with them, after which she continued to share her passion and love of yoga with students of all ages!
For Theresa, yoga is her sanity - in the true meaning of the word. A daily yoga practice enables her to think and behave in a more 'normal' and rational manner in an otherwise busy and chaotic world. It's a critical component of her personal life, along with her husband and 5 year old step-daughter.
Theresa has practised and studied yoga, vipassana meditation and thai massage for over 10 years. In 2003 Theresa became a certified Hatha Yoga instructor in the Kripalu tradition. Since 2004 she studied with Iain Grysak in Whitehorse and learnt the Ashtanga Vinyasa system from him. She has since practised in India and Thailand on multiple occasions learning from certified Ashtanga instructors Rolf Naujokat, Louise Ellis and Kino MacGregor.
Theresa now appreciates the teachings of Jeff and Harmony since moving to Victoria in 2011. She spends her days as the Executive Director of a small not-for-profit and is in the final stages of becoming a Registered Professional Counsellor.
Robert Watt began practicing yoga in 2009 at the end of a 20's decade spent playing music professionally with the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, The Grapes of Wrath, Jaydee Bixby, and others. The correlation of focus and mental strength between the two disciplines has helped to make yoga an ideal counterbalance to the rock and roll lifestyle.
In 2011 Robert travelled to Koh Phangan, Thailand, to study yoga at the Agama Yoga School, and upon returning to Canada, took up studies at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC earning a diploma of Yoga Therapy in 2012, and consecutively began his training in Ashtanga Yoga with Jeff & Harmony.
Robert is setting off for Mysore, India, in October 2014 to start the next phase of his education in Ashtanga Yoga with R. Sharath Jois at the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
Robert is very passionate about the shala, the community, and the lineage of
Ashtanga Yoga, and is excited to share his love of yoga with others.
After completing her Moksha Teacher training in 2011 the doors to learning about yoga were thrown wide open.
Learning some of the basic Kundalini breath-work and mantras in a retreat setting, Dava began practicing in earnest. It was a natural turn of events, to be one of a handful of students accepted for Kundalini Teacher training in 2012 with Guru Raj Kaur from Yoga West in Vancouver. Daily Sadhanas, countless classes and 500 hours later, the stage was set.
Dava also has a dedicated practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She began her studies with Jeff and Harmony in 2012 at Ashtanga Yoga Victoria, and her learning has continued to deepen since this humble beginning, and is ongoing within this tradition.
Drawing from very different styles and practices, Dava's classes show the similarities and interwoven threads, that are part of the path of these ancient systems.
The study of Yoga has enabled her to bring trust into her relationships with family and friends and to explore the boundaries of habitual patterns that she carries within. It has cracked her heart open at a time in her life when she needs to be receptive to change, and to be able to truly become the positive role model her students can trust and rely on.