Rachel Reid began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2000 and became a daily practitioner in 2001 when she moved to Victoria BC and began teaching throughout the city. Rachel self studied for ten years until Jeff Lichty and Harmony Slater moved to Victoria in 2009, opened their studio and forever changed her practice and her life.
Rachel’s first trip to Mysore India was in 2007, she returned in 2014 to study with R. Sharath Jois and continues to return annually.
Rachel is KPJAYI Authorized and has been given the blessing of her teacher R. Sharath Jois to share the practice.
Rachel takes a traditional approach to the Ashtanga system and her teaching but also incorporates a light heartedness in regards to her instruction making it accessible for all.
Jenny McKillop walked into her first yoga class almost 10 years ago. While she has practiced many styles of yoga, the Ashtanga practice has been the most transformative.
In 2013 Jenny travelled to Mysore, India to study with R. Saraswati Jois. When Jenny returned home to Victoria she began practicing with Jeff Lichty and Harmony Slater as well as Rachel Reid and Susan Shields.
The strength and dedication of her fellow practitioners continually inspires her and she is honoured to be a part of the Mysore Victoria team.
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 how ashtanga always hands her exactly what she needs, and how it has made her entire life much better.
She practiced and apprenticed with Jeff Lichty and Harmony Slater at their shala in Victoria for 4 years. In 2012 she studied with Rolf Naujokat in Goa, and returned to India in 2014 to study with R. Sharath Jois at the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Institute in Mysore.
Susan is very grateful and excited to be part of the team at Mysore Victoria.
Madison Kolla resisted practicing Yoga for many years and is still wondering how this all came to be. She had only sporadically dabbled in yin and flow classes until she discovered Ashtanga Yoga. Madison met Jeff Lichty and Harmony Slater in 2011 and almost immediately developed a regular practice under their guidance. She first resonated with the flow and challenge of Mysore-style Ashtanga; but more and more she appreciates this system for its focus on the breath, on calming the mind and on building internal stability.
Madison feels immensely grateful for the opportunities she's had to advance her education with senior teachers such as Tim Miller, Chuck Miller, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Eddie Stern, and Dena Kingsberg. In 2014 Madison traveled to Mysore, India to study directly with Sharath Jois for 3 months at the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
Madison is a Registered Acupuncturist. Her knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and practice of Vipassana mediation also inform her yoga practice and teaching.
David Knee was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1997 at the age of 41. MS presents itself in many different ways. For David cognitive, physical issues and fatigue were and continue to be constant concerns. As a related consequence David came close to becoming diabetic. His doctor informed him he had to change his diet, lose weight and exercise. Exercise can be very difficult for people with MS.
In April 2013 David came to Ashtanga Yoga Victoria owned and operated by Jeff Lichty and Harmony Slater. Jeff modified the traditional practice to fit David's abilities and guided him to develop strength, flexibility and stamina. During this learning experience and currently guided by Rachel Reid, David has lost 30lbs, reduced his blood sugar and gained great respect for his teachers and the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Ashtanga yoga has changed how David thinks about what is possible which led him, in part, to want to teach.
David has practised regularly since 2013 and is eternally grateful to his teachers for their dedication, knowledge, and caring approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga.