Rachel was introduced to Ashtanga yoga in 2000 and very quickly became a daily practitioner. She began sharing the Ashtanga method and its benefits throughout the city of Victoria in 2001. After studying on her own for years, in 2010 she met her first teachers, Jeff Lichty and Harmony Slater. Under Jeff and Harmony’s instruction, Rachel’s practice was profoundly deepened. She was fortunate to be able to learn from them and teach in their shala for several years until they moved to Calgary and she opened her own shala in 2016.
Since 2007, Rachel has made four trips to Mysore, India, to study Ashtanga intensively. She will continue to visit the birthplace of yoga to study with her teacher, R. Sharath Jois.
Rachel is the founder of Mysore Victoria Ashtanga Yoga School in Fernwood BC and is the only Authorized Ashtanga teacher currently teaching in Victoria, BC.
Rachel takes a traditional approach to the Ashtanga system and her teaching but also incorporates a light-heartedness in her instruction, making it accessible for all. Her main goal is for her students to feel safe in every aspect of the practice of yoga.
Jenny 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.
Madison 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 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.