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.
Lindsay attended her first yoga class in 2004, and immediately fell in love with it. At first, she practiced just for the physical health benefits. However, after some time she noticed that it had great positive effects on her mind and emotional state as well.
Lindsay has always been a deeply spiritual person. Thus, when she looked beyond the asana, she resonated with the philosophy and values behind the Ashtanga Yoga system. This motivated her to travel to Mysore, India, to practice at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, where she practiced with Saraswathi, the daughter of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois, and Rolf Naujokat in Goa, India.
She is also very passionate about natural health and holistic healing. In 2010 she moved to beautiful Victoria B.C. to study Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and began practicing Ashtanga Yoga with Harmony & Jeff promptly after her arrival.
In the summer of 2013 she completed Jeff & Harmony’s Foundations in Yoga Education course. This intensive training had a profoundly positive impact on her body, mind and spirit.
Currently, Lindsay is waiting to write the second provincial acupuncture exam. She also continues to practice yoga, and works as a certified colon hydrotherapist. She has recently taken up knitting, and has two hairless dogs that she loves to walk everyday!
Jan was first introduced to yoga while traveling and playing competitive squash as a practice to help her body and mind balance and heal from injury. She quickly fell in love with yoga, and has been in love with the practice to this day!
Jan believes that yoga is about learning to develop a true and authentic connection with ourselves and the ability to remain present and aware in whatever healthy daily activity or situation we are in. Yoga has, and continues to be, a truly valuable tool for Jan in working towards this intention.
Jan first began her Ashtanga Yoga practice in Edmonton 10 years ago at The Yoga Loft. After moving to Victoria BC in 2010, she began her studies with Jeff and Harmony and has felt absolutely blessed to study under such amazing teachers.
While working as an Occupational Therapist, Jan has completed teacher trainings in Bikram Hot Yoga, Maya Vinyasa Fusion, as well as Ashtanga Yoga. She has a great love and depth of knowledge in anatomy, and has enjoyed teaching anatomy seminars to yoga students and teacher trainees.
Jan has deep gratitude for this opportunity to teach and be a part of the Ashtanga Victoria team, while continuing to practice and learn along with all the other students in this wonderful community.
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!
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.