Public Workshops

These workshops are open to everyone.


Some workshops count as continuing education credits (CEC) for the Yoga Alliance.


All workshops are held at the Ajna Yoga studios in the Oak Bay Village.


Workshop hours are Friday 5 – 9 PM, and Saturday and Sunday
9 AM – 5 PM.

Your Brain on Yoga: 3-hour Workshop (eligible for CEC credit) – Open to the Public

Instructor: Larissa Szlavik

Date: May 28, 1-4pm

Tuition: $40

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What is it that contributes to that blissful feeling after yoga class?

How does yoga reshape the brain to promote resilience and healing?

This workshop will take you on a journey through the dynamic landscape of the brain. Learn how yoga can help improve quality of life, rewire the brain, and counteract aging. Evidence-based practices that promote mental health and healing will be incorporated throughout the workshop. Feel good factors, healthy aging and tools to help cope with stress, life challenges and mental wellness will be covered in depth.

This workshop is suitable for all levels, and is eligible for CEC credit.

Larissa Szlavik (RYT-500, BSc., P.D.D.) brings a depth of knowledge and passion to her teaching, with over a decade of experience working with people with brain injury and mental health challenges.

Larissa holds a faculty position with Ajna Yoga Therapy College where she completed 500-hours of training in Advanced Therapeutic Yoga. She also earned a Post-Degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health & Addictions from Camosun College, and a BSc. (Honours) in Biopsychology from the University of Victoria, where she studied brain plasticity and neural stem cells. Larissa has presented to healthcare providers at the Victoria Yoga Conference and Camosun College.

Going Inward: The Union of Sacred Sound and Breath – Open to the Public

Instructors: Tanya Gita Roberts & Sharon Schroeder

Date: June 11, 1:30-3.30pm

Tuition: $30

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Join Tanya Gita Roberts and Sharon Schroeder for an exploration of sound, movement, and meditation.

The workshop will begin with a discussion of the significance of the sacred sound Om, mantra, and chanting. Using breath, mantra, movement, drums, crystal bowls, and more, we’ll immerse ourselves in an interactive practice to help us explore our inner world. Explore the deep inner peace and connection that rises when breath, mind and body operate in harmony with one another. Come and play with us as we connect to our Selves!

Please bring your loving presence, water, and a journal for written reflections (optional). Yoga mats, blankets, blocks and bolsters are provided. This workshop is at the Theatre Lane Studio.

Secrets of the Moon Phase Goddesses: The Yoga of Relationships

Instructor: Julie Peters

Date: June 11, 4-6pm

Tuition: $40 before June 3, $45 after

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We know yoga helps us feel calmer and healthier in our own minds and bodies. But how can it help us in our intimate relationships? What about when we are angry with a loved one, dealing with a difficult breakup, or struggling with our own loneliness?

In this workshop, meet the Nityas, a set of Tantric goddesses that each preside over a specific moon phase with her own lesson about desire, connection, and separation. Here, Jvalamalini uses her anger to fiercely protect her right to an independent self, Kameshvari finds empowerment in her own loneliness, and Lalita, the Queen of the Moon Goddesses, embodies playful erotic desire, which is not only the secret to intimacy with another complex person but also the engine of the universe itself.

This workshop will include some conversation and storytelling, and then an all-levels Flow practice with some optional journaling. Please bring a journal! This workshop is at the Theatre Lane Studio.

Julie Peters, MA, E-RYT 500, is a writer, yoga teacher, and teacher trainer. She runs Ocean and Crow Yoga studio in Vancouver, BC, and is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths).

Yoga for Osteoporosis – Open to the Public

Instructor: Agi Mallory

Date: June 16, 1:30-4pm

Tuition: $40

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Join Agi for a special interactive seminar on the benefits of practicing yoga with osteopenia or osteoporosis — including how yoga can help to improve balance and prevent falls & fractures.

The workshop starts with a 75-minute class that focuses on poses and modifications designed to strengthen muscles, improve balance & coordination, and build bone density. Suitable for all levels.

Please note* The workshop is at Ajna’s Monterey Studio (across the street from Ottavio)

Mind In Motion Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Certification

Instructor: Jacqueline Quinless

Date: April 6-8, 2018

Tuition: $399

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The Mind in Motion Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training is a comprehensive, intensive and practical certification course thoughtfully designed from a holistic approach to enhance children’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We will provide you with the tools to work with various aged groups of children and how to incorporate useful and fun activities that help them to learn yoga and mindfulness. Our Teacher Training (TT) is based in socialization theory, the principles of yoga therapy, sound movement, and the teachings of the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan. We provide hands-on learning, and for those who are interested an opportunity to either design curriculum or teach a class in our on-going children’s program at some point throughout the year. The course is for anyone who loves working with children and is interested in learning about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children. You do not need to be a yoga teacher to take the course.

In this course you will learn:

  1. Socialization theory and early childhood development.
  2. How to help children improve concentration and focus.
  3. The importance of empathy, kindness and compassion when working with children.
  4. How to empower children to calm their minds and self-regulate through breath awareness & mindfulness training.
  5. The importance of linking sound with breath and movement.
  6. Gain teaching experience and class management tips.
  7. Creating a yoga program for children with special needs.
  8. Lots of yoga poses and how to make yoga and mindfulness fun.

This is a stand-alone Yoga Teacher Training course, open to yoga teachers and those who have no experience teaching yoga.

Note: This workshop is not a module of the accredited 800-Hour Yoga Therapy Program.

Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop for Healthcare Providers: Tools for Recovery & Mood Management

Instructor: Nicole Marcia

Date: TBA, 2017

Tuition: $256

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Healthcare providers & clinicians can use trauma informed yoga & mindfulness in their practices to support clients by teaching them body-based self-regulation techniques to connect to the present moment.  By supporting & enhancing the efficacy of other therapeutic interventions, yoga supports clients’ long term stability & well-being. In this highly interactive training, participants will explore the theory & application of yoga in therapeutic settings & the neuroscience behind the benefits of yoga for trauma survivors.