About Us

About Us

We offer Practical Guidance

AT THE CORE is a Yoga Health & Wellness Studio, School of Vedic Study and growing Ayurvedic Clinic and Boutique Spa in London, Ontario.

Over the last 15 years AT THE CORE has evolved to specialize in sharing practical guidance in the Arts of Healthy Living using the time-tested wisdom of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology.

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About Yogesh & Shankari Van Acker

We are the founders and directors of  AT THE CORE.

Over 15 years ago, we embarked on the journey to leave unsatisfying careers in policing and financial banking to pursue our dreams of living and sharing health and wellness.

Our life is dedicated to the practice, study and teaching of healing through Consciousness and the Vedic Sciences of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology).

Inspiring Mentors and Enthusiastic Cheer-Leaders upon your path of meaningful change!

As Vedic Counselors we have each obtained over 10,000 hours of training in courses, classes and retreats with The Forest Academy and The American Institute of Vedic Studies specific to the study of consciousness and the healing of the mind.  

We have been blessed to study and work with transformational Teachers of the Spiritual Sciences throughout the world.

These years of learning and experience have allowed us to establish a strongly transformational counselling approach which is both insightful and inspirational.


Our personal experience in understanding and healing our own mental and emotional suffering, gives us a particularly compassionate and effective approach to help you experience balance and understand the root causes of mental stress, strain and disease.

As Parents and Ayurvedic Teachers our practical and nature-based treatment clinic and boutique spa has grown strong roots from the humble beginnings in our kitchen during years of personal healing and parenting experience.

And through years of hands on healing, Yogesh has proven himself as a profound Energetic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Massage Therapist.

As Meditation and Yoga Therapists we have learned to integrate into the flow of everyday life our years of study and training, our personal daily practices and the challenges and joys of parenthood along with a full time Yoga School and Ayurvedic Clinic. 

We have personally supported many students and clients alleviate emotional strain and mental disease through the subtle and effective tools of Yoga and Meditation.  We have encompassed a wealth of knowledge and experience as guides in the Arts of Healthy Living and Yogic Healing and over the last decade, we have shared and supported simple and effective meditation practices with over 150 students.

Words of appreciation

“I have been so grateful for the presence of Shankari and Yogesh in London and all they are able to demonstrate in the way of an inspiring, healing lifestyle.

The Ayurvedic dietary considerations have been so helpful for my acid reflux condition, and the yoga for my arthritis, and the daily rhythms for general well-being. Even more than that, Shankari and Yogesh represent a way of looking at life that is warm, compassionate, empathetic, humble, focused, and open but discerning towards other ways of thinking. And they are always learning new things, as may we all!
Thank you, thank you!”

– Carol Lewis

A meaningsful teacher and guide is one who ever remains an enthusiastic student! 

Shri Gurubhyo Namaha!  As long-time, dedicated students of Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and Yogini Shambhavi Devi we are honoured to act as the Canadian affiliate for The American Institute of Vedic Studies – helping to share the Light of the Vedas via Certification Courses and Retreats.

The name inspires and supports our deeper soul stirrings to unfold in this lifetime!  During our study pilgrimage to India in March 2016 we were blessed with the spiritual names of Shankari Sarasvati Yogini and Yogi Yogesh Nataraj by our teachers Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley) and Yogini Shambhavi Devi. The taking of a spiritual name strengthens our commitment to freedom from the binding ties of form and is chosen specific to the unique gifts and nature of the student.  

Our Location

485 Grangeover Crescent, London ON N6G 4P7

Why do we operate from our home?

  • This allows us to keep our over-head low and pass those cost savings on to our clients and students.  We have not raised most of our fees in years!
  • We live what we share and teach.  We hope you can see this in our home and that it acts to inspire and motivate!
  • Our time and effort are valuable resources.  We find working from home supports a life of calm, peace and ease.  And gives us more time and energy for our self-care, our family, our students and clients…..


It is our joy to bring the benefits of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and the Arts of Healthy Living to our home community.

  • Yoga & Meditation Studio
  • School of Vedic Sciences
  • Ayurvedic Kitchen
  • Wellness Retreat Centre
  • Natural Treatment Spa
  • Personal Healing Consultations

Extraordinary Support

Ready for a Change?

Our dedicated community of students and clients prove our effective and lasting results. See for yourself how meaningful change is possible AT THE CORE!