For the Curious to the Serious

Photo by Christopher Campbell

Photo by Christopher Campbell

‘For the Curious to the Serious’

What you can expect at the 2016 Victoria Yoga Conference

Carolyne Taylor and Katie Thacker, the two creative visionaries behind the Victoria Yoga Conference (VYC), are excited to bring a community centered event to Victoria. Taylor is the founder and creator of the conference. She has a love for community building experiences and is known for her local organizations such as yoUnlimited, and 24 Carrot Learning. Thacker is the Community Manager for the VYC. She is a local yoga teacher at One Yoga and Moksha Yoga Victoria. Along with volunteers in the community, these ladies work year-round to put together a weekend that caters to the entire yoga community in Victoria.

Unlike other yoga specific festivals, the VYC is more of a community-centred extravaganza with an emphasis on yoga. Their signature tagline, for the curious to the serious, describes the all-encompassing inclusivity of the event. Offering workshops on business, nutrition and meditation; a marketplace full of local exhibitors, and community yoga classes (including classes for kids), the VYC truly has something for everyone.

The conference is happening on the Family Day long weekend, February 5-7 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Founded in 2013, the VYC draws yoga teachers, inspirational speakers, health professionals, entrepreneurs, and general attendees from all over BC and Western North America. With over 400 in attendance, this event is going to be a hot ticket.

So here’s the breakdown of the event:

The conference will kick off on the night of Friday February 5th, with the Illumination Event, a series of presenters sharing their ideas and stories to light your creative fire. This year’s line-up includes Alice Bracegirdle, CEO of Bellyfit Enterprises Inc., Rumon Carter, founder of Route 2 projects, Carly Greene Hill, spoken word artist, Tina James, owner and director of Loka Yoga in Whistler, B.C., and more. (For more tickets and information for the Illumination Event, visit A full-access pass to the conference includes a seat at the event, while tickets are open to the community for 50 dollars.

Saturday morning kicks off at 8 a.m., with event options ranging from Yoga for Recovery, When Tinder Meets Yoga, a plant-based nutrition workshop, and more. Each two-hour time slot throughout the day gives attendees the option of choosing what they want to do.

Meanwhile, the VYC Marketplace will be open all day, featuring locally made products, a Lululemon lounge, and a photo booth from Vic42. Attendees can flow freely in and out, and the public can pay an entrance fee to enjoy a day in the marketplace, which includes live music and community classes (

Beginning at 5:45 p.m., the VYC will host an Ecstatic Dance Party. Led by three conference presenters and featuring the turn-table talents of DJ Rowan, attendees can shake it out and revel in the pleasure of dance. Saturday evening, actor and producer Emelia Symington Fedy will be cracking people up with her solo piece Through the Gaze of a Navel. Starting at 8 p.m. and open to the public, Fedy will lead the audience through a comedic and participatory yoga class. (

Similar to Saturday’s schedule, Sunday will begin with a series of classes and workshops every two hours, starting at 8 a.m. The line-up includes An Intro to Acro Yoga, Vitamin Yin – Yin, Massage & Yoga Nidra, Deepening Intuition, and many more. The Marketplace will be open for another full day, including more community classes and live music.

The 4th annual Victoria Yoga Conference is taking place February 5-7, 2016 at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas Street, Victoria, B.C.).

For more information or to register, check out:

Instagram: @victoriayogaconference

Twitter: @yyj_yoga

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