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. They are certified & 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, 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 practiced in Mysore, India, in October & November 2014 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.
Siobhan Sears grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia and moved to the West Coast to pursue a more healthy and holistic lifestyle. Growing up, she always loved to express and explore herself through movement and this part of her nature has carried forward into the practice of yoga.
She discovered the benefits of yoga practice 10 years ago, when she was working with troubled children and found yoga to be a very effective form of stress-relief.
Siobhan has been practicing with Jeff & Harmony in Victoria for the past four years, and is excited to be teaching at AYVic. She has traveled overseas 3 times and studied yoga and other traditional practices in India, Thailand, Nepal, and Bali. In 2014, Siobhan practiced in Mysore, India with R. Sharath Jois at the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. She has also spent time learning from Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Prem and Radha, along with other senior Ashtanga teachers over the past 6.5 years.
Siobhan's approach to teaching is to honour tradition and to also honour each individual. In leading classes, she emphasizes consciousness of breath and encourages people to go inside and find something that will help them connect with themselves. Knowing that each posture is a practice of time and commitment, Siobhan encourages patience and persistence as the key to progress.
Siobhan also offers Thai Massage and Ayurvedic Bodywork one-on-one, please see her website for more information.
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.
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.
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.