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Instructor Bios

 

Laura Phelps

Namaste. Formerly a professional dancer and ice-skater, in 1995 Laura began to practice healing forms such as Qigong, Tai Chi, meditation, pranayama, yoga, and pilates in order to heal her body from a serious illness.

Practicing Qigong was a major breakthrough in the first phases of Laura’s recovery which opened her mind to other healing forms such as Yoga. She started teaching Pilates in 1998 and yoga in 1999. One of Laura’s most popular classes is Yogilates, a class that is a combination of strength training, yoga, and pilates. She also teaches Pilates, Therapeutic Yoga and Hatha flow.

Laura also completed a comprehensive Pilates certification through the PhysicalMind Institute. As a part of this training, Laura learned how to teach Pilates on the mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. This training involved a combination of classroom hours, practice, observation and assistant teaching which spanned over a two-year period. This training increased Laura’s knowledge of anatomy and ways of moving which strengthen postural muscles and promote healthy muscle recruitment patterns.

Laura is a 500 hour registered yoga therapist (ERYT500 and Senior Yoga Teacher with YogaBC) and is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (a governing body for Pilates instructors). She is the studio owner and director of all Feel Good Yoga & Pilates Teacher Training programs. For more information regarding our teacher training programs please see our yoga and pilates teacher
training pages.

Are you suffering from an illness or injury that you are afraid you may be unable to overcome? Click here if you would like to read more about Laura’s Healing Journey and the obstacles that Yoga and Pilates has helped her overcome.


Jenny Stewart

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Jenny has been a devoted and curious student of yoga for over 15 years. She has a passion for guiding students back home, through inquiry and attention to breath. Jenny is inspired by how the subtle practices of yoga cultivate a more compassionate, humble lens through which one can more lovingly view the world. She aims to share the effects she has experienced through her personal practice; empowerment, self-worth, and voice. Jenny has completed training at Feel Good Yoga & Pilates, Pacific Elements Yoga, and more recently the 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training at The Vancouver School of Yoga. As an instructor, her down to earth personality, humour, spirit, and love of nature will empower you to feel you are welcome to be yourself and participate in your own unique way. Jenny is also the Studio Manager at Feel Good Yoga & Pilates in Langford where she assists the Westshore Community by promoting the benefits of yoga and pilates.


Carmalita Heron

Carmalita is a versatile and spirited teacher. Her goal is to create a playful, safe and joyous practice where students can explore and be curious, build strength on and off the mat, break down boundaries and start living more fully. Carmalita thrives on empowering others through yoga and pilates. You can’t help but leave her classes feeling totally uplifted and in love with your practice.
Carmalita has had the pleasure of studying world-wide. She completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in South India in 2009. From there she furthered her training in Victoria through Feel Good Yoga and Pilates, in Vancouver, Thailand and most recently Mexico for her 500 hr YTT through Lila Vinyasa.
Among her sources of inspiration are Laura Phelps, Clara Roberts-Oss, Alice Bracegirdle, Siva Rea, Yulady Saluti, Bliss Prema and so many others.


Alexandra Pony

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Alexandra Pony is a Victoria-based Yoga Teacher who regularly leads classes and workshops across North America. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master, Thai Massage Practitioner, and Nutrition Consultant. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s dance program, Alexandra infuses her classes with a love of movement and a deep appreciation for the human body. She leverages her extensive training in Yoga Therapy, Reiki, and Thai Massage by incorporating intuitive hands-on adjustments and massage throughout the class. Her classes are challenging, playful, relaxing and accessible to all.


Ashley McLaren

Ashley spent the first 18 years of her life living with her parents and younger sister in Alberta. She danced both for fun and competitively throughout her childhood and into adolescence.
She moved to Victoria in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the city. She began to explore the island, hiking, camping, sightseeing and found a passion in running in the beginning of 2010. Experiencing tight muscles and soreness from running, Ashley turned to yoga as a training aid and method of rehabilitation.

She soon discovered that her love for yoga went much beyond the physical. She decided to take her practice to the next level and enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Feel Good, which she graduated from in January 2012. Soon after, she completed the Pilates Teacher Training in May 2012.

She had the opportunity to begin teaching right away and has fallen in love with leading students through their practice.

Ashley promises a fun variety of multi-level classes for the yoga and pilates enthusiast.


Assumpta Murphy

Assumpta was born and raised in a small town in Ireland. All her life she has been captivated by people’s pursuit of well-being- physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Throughout her life this calling has found various outlets, but when she discovered the study of Yoga she found the road she knew she had been seeking. Yoga was about well-being. The more she studied the more she found herself at home there. Assumpta is a graduate of the Feel Good Yoga Teacher Training program.

She passionately loves to share this art of well-being with others in all its many forms. Warm, gentle and open, she loves nothing more than to help people feel well and peaceful.

A friend introduced me to Feel Good Yoga and after my first experience I knew that this is what was missing in my life. Yoga allows me to reconnect to the inner peace. I had practice mediation many years ago but had lost the connection. Learning to practice and teach Yoga under Laura’s beautiful guidance I was able to re connect to the inner peace. When I tried Pilates I knew this was it, Yoga and Pilates was my new direction in life. I had been involved in fitness for many years before I found my true passion, teaching Yoga and Pilates. My training at Feel Good Yoga & Pilates was my inspiration to continue my education in Yoga, Pilates and fitness in general. I am passionate about my teaching putting safety first and using good body alignment to maximize the benefits of the class. I also have training in ergonomics; and I believe that good posture is the foundation we need in our daily life. Yoga & Pilates is now part of my daily lifestyle and I love to share my passion and knowledge with others. I foster a holistic approach to personal fitness with an emphasis on the mind, body, breath connection. Life is about finding the balance.


Alisa Lewis

Alisa’s teaching style is gentle and introspective. Her classes embrace the interconnectedness of body, mind, and breath.

Alisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta. She was drawn to teach yoga by the sense of connection and gratitude she felt in her own practice.

Aiming to share this with others, Alisa completed her 200-Level Yoga Teacher Training upon moving to Vancouver Island in 2013 and is currently in the process of completing her 500-Level Yoga Therapy training with Ajna Yoga. 

Alisa’s classes offer a welcoming space to soften, become present, and explore. The use of props is encouraged, and support and modifications are offered to those experiencing limited mobility. Her foremost goal is to share the practice in a way that is accessible to all: to meet people where they are, as they are.