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AT THE CORE is a Yoga Health & Wellness Studio, School of Vedic Study and Ayurvedic Clinic and Boutique Spa in London, Ontario.
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About Yogesh & Shankari Van Acker
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 seasonal 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.
Words of Gratitude
“Since meeting Shankari and Yogesh, my life has transformed. I feel so blessed to be in their loving presence and to learn from them each and everyday. Their wisdom and dedication to spread beautiful knowledge and love is wonderful. There is never a time I feel alone or neglected as their student. They are wonderful teachers who teach beautifully and with grace. I am forever grateful to know and learn from them :)”
– Liz R – Guelph ON
“I have been working with Shankari and Yogesh for the past year and am very grateful for this life-changing experience! They have recommended small, accessible lifestyle and dietary changes and the result has brought a greater sense of peace and grounding. Their Ayurvedic practice gives each person the tools needed to change the inner body so as to affect change in their outer world. I am a happier and healthier version of myself. Much thanks Shankari and Yogesh.”
– Laura M – London ON
“In fall 2011 I went to see Yogesh and took his yoga classes and I am now taking the two year Ayurvedic healing certification. Yogesh and Shankari are extremely knowledgeable and continue to educate themselves in the practice. I am going to celebrate my 60th birthday soon and feel great… no meds of any sort and I plan to take their yoga teacher training next year so I can help people my age. Kudos to my friends and teachers Yogesh and Shankari.”
– Reineta G – Woodstock ON
“This is a wonderful course (Ayurvedic Healing Course)! Whether one just wishes to live more organically and healthy, or one is on a spiritual path, I fully recommend this course. The material is fantastic and Shankari & Yogesh are wonderful facilitating the understanding of it. Warm Regards,”
– Monica J – Toronto ON
“I’ve known Yogesh and Shankari for a few years; I’ve barely scratched the surface of the lifestyle changes they offer through their teachings. And yet the changes are truly significant; I like to think there is no going back. For me, right now, what I appreciate about these practices is how they are informed by the cycles of the seasons and the concreteness of the elements, that they stem from knowledge steeped in centuries of tradition and gleaned from foremost authorities in ayurvedic and yogic wisdom; that they instill gratitude, mindfulness, trust, and an appreciation for nature’s abundant gifts. That they impart the power of our own capacities for self-healing. Most of all, it’s that they offer the possibility of connecting with the stillness that is in each of us, and of finding real peace therein. All that, plus the teachings are delivered with love, reverence and humour. Pure gold! Thanks Shankari and Yogesh!”
– Agnes Y – London ON
“Dr. Frawley’s Ayurvedic Healing Course is so much more than a certification for Ayurvedic consultation – it’s a life transforming, spiritual awakening that will have a profound impact on how you see the world and how you live your life. Since taking the course, my life is better, easier, and more complete. I am excited to continue learning and growing, and to share this incredible knowledge with others! Thanks Shankari and Yogesh – your guidance and support are invaluable! With gratitude,”
– Leigh S – London ON
“I am writing to express my gratitude to Shankari and Yogesh for having an opportunity to study the amazing Ayurvedic Healing Course. It is very important for me, since I was dreaming about this for a long time now. But what is even more important is that I was able to find people that share my spirit and use Ayurveda in their everyday lives. Years ago when I was living in Moscow I was reading books about Dr. Frawley. My faith in Ayurvedic medicine was even more reinforced when I received help from Ayurvedic practitioner during my last pregnancy. I look at it as a great system for supporting and strengthening my family’s health. This course has definitely helped me to widen my horizon and understand things more deeply and clearly, as well as see myself more connected to my actions and my life. Shankari and Yogesh are wonderful people, partners, and more importantly an example of sattvic relationships. They have become a big milestone in my own growth and movement, I and couldn’t have succeeded without their help and support….”
– Elena P – Toronto ON