After practicing various systems of yoga since 2005, Victoria stumbled upon Ashtanga in 2010 during her teacher training in Honolulu, Hawaii. After one month, the impact and differences in body and mind were clear and revelatory. After one year of intense six day-a-week Mysore style practices with level 2 authorized teacher Aliya Weise, she made the first of trek over to Mysore, India to practice at the source with the Main Man, R. Sharath Jois. It was there that she caught the bug called Mysore Magic and became a hopeless ashtanga addict. Victoria has spent a total of nine months since 2011 as a student in India and plans to continue making yearly pilgrimages to connect to the source furthering her learning and getting deeper into the practice. She is dedicated to faithfully presenting traditional Ashtanga Yoga as it is and as she has been taught to those who wish to learn this rigorously physical and spiritual practice.
Fay grew up in the mountains of West Virginia on an organic homesteading farm where yoga was always in the background. While there was rarely an organized class, the basic principles and philosophy were a constant undercurrent. It was not, however, until later in life that Fay began to discover the true magnificence of yoga. It started in an intensely heated hour and a half power yoga class in DC, where the teacher was more like a drill sergeant than your traditional compassionate, Oming yogi. Throughout the class, Fay wondered why on earth people put themselves through this torture. With no more sweat to sweat and a shaking body, she barely made it and was pretty sure that she would never be back. But there was an undeniable feeling of true bliss, a definite link between mind and body. It was as if, for the first time she realized the control she had over every movement in her body, and the possibilities became infinite. Fay’s yoga practice has not stopped since then. In 2013 she and her husband moved to Ojai and shortly thereafter she completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Corepower Yoga in Santa Barbara. Within the yoga community, she found her voice, her confidence and her drive to pursue yoga not only for herself but to share it with everyone. Her goal is to help students discover themselves and come to understand the magnificence that they are capable of. Fay’s classes combine a down-to-earth approach with upbeat world music and a combination of different yoga styles. They are challenging, always changing and and modifications and compassionate encouragement make them accessible for all ages and levels.