As Vedic Counselors they 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.  Shankari and Yogesh have been blessed to study and work with transformational Teachers of the Spiritual Sciences throughout the world. These years of experience have allowed them to established a strongly transformational counselling approach which is both insightful and inspirational. Their personal experience in understanding and healing their own mental and emotional suffering, gives them a particularly compassionate and effective approach to bring balance to the root causes of mental disease.


As Parents and Ayurvedic Teachers their practical and nature based knowledge and treatment clinic has grown strong roots from the humble beginnings in their kitchen during years of personal healing and parenting experience.  As an Ayurvedic Herbalist, Jackie has managed through natural practices the health and wellness of the family for years.  And through years of hands on healing, Greg has proven himself as a profound Energetic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Massage Therapist. 

As Meditation and Yoga Therapists they have learned to integrate into the flow of everyday life their years of study and training, their personal daily practice, the challenges and joys of parenthood along with a full time Yoga School and Ayurvedic Clinic. They have personally experienced and supported many students and clients alleviate emotional strain and mental disease through the subtle and effective tools of Yoga and Meditation.  They have encompassed a wealth of knowledge and experience as guides in the Arts of Healthy Living and Yogic Healing. Over the last decade, they have shared and supported simple and effective meditation practices with over 150 students.

As long time dedicated students of Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and Yogini Shambhavi Devi they 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. 

Shankari & Yogesh Van Acker

Shankari and Yogesh (Jackie & Greg Van Acker) are the founders and directors of  AT THE CORE. Fifteen years ago, they began the journey to leave unsatisfying careers in policing and financial banking to pursue their dream of living and sharing health and wellness.  For more than 13 years their life has been dedicated to the practice, study and teaching of Consciousness and the Vedic Sciences of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology).


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


Tracey DeVuono balances a full time career and family-life with her personal practice and studies. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and has practiced yoga for the past ten years. In 2013 she began taking AT THE CORE classes with Greg. Skeptical at first due to the gentleness of the class; in three short weeks she noted a subtle shift in both her personal and professional life. The journey continued with personal consultations, workshops and learning to meditate.


Tracey has experienced that the keys to peace and healing are held within. She has personally experienced that taking time out of our busy lives to connect our mind, body and spirit through the practices of gentle yoga and breathing will create positive change.


Tracey graduated from the Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training class of 2015 and the Ayurvedic Healing Course in 2016. These journeys have been personal, spiritual and powerful. She is excited to be a part of the AT THE YOGA team of Yoga Educators and to continue her studies with the 500 hour Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation Course in 2017/18.   


Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist
Certified Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant