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Instructor Bios

 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.


Andrea Durie

I am a super energetic mom of two little kids! 
I found my newest passion with Yoga and Pilates, and continue to fall in love with every aspect of both practices. I am a RYT 200 hr teacher as well as a Pilates Mat instructor, Certified through Feel Good Yoga and Pilates, and I have taken my Barre training through Alive.
 
With my background in massage therapy over the past ten years, I have extensive training in anatomy and muscle movement. I am certified in Shiatsu, and Deep Tissue Acupressure bodywork, Reflexology, and Relaxation Massage, with a Diploma in Holistic Health.
My history with massage and the world of wellness kept taking me further towards the path of self healing, with Yoga and Pilates showing me how to guide the breath to facilitate our own internal worlds of balance and peace. I feel complete when I’m practicing and that feeling pours into my life and allows me to fulfill my dreams as a teacher and mother.
 
When I’m not with my kids or working I’m hiking, swimming, kayaking or just generally trying to get lost in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest coast we call home! I love to teach a fun class that is challenging and allows you to push yourself, while offering safe modifications and levels.
 

Ashley Throssell

Ashley has been a Yoga and Pilates teacher for over the past 4 years. Barre and Aerial yoga are the newest additions to her fitness regime! Her love for the practice all started with a single Pilates class with her mom. Since then is dedicated to her practice and she continuously strives to expand and refine her skills as a teacher and student.
 
Ashley’s fun personality and passion for Yoga, Pilates and Barre are contagious allowing her to meet you where you are now, and encourage you to explore your full potential and strengths. When Ashley’s not on the mat you may find her being a part time Dental Hygienist or just out and about with friends exploring and lounging in the sun.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ashley Schram

Ashley’s career first started when she fell in love with yoga in her teens. She was immediately entranced by the effects of joining movement and breath. A few years later Ashley discovered Pilates and it naturally became part of her practice. She has now been practicing both yoga and Pilates for over 12 years. Ashley’s desire to help people connect to their bodies and improve their health led her to attain RYT 200 certificate from Feel Good Yoga and Pilates and the Yoga Alliance in 2016.

The following year Ashley completed a Pilates Mat Level One Teacher Training with Dana Carter Fitness and Shelbourne Physiotherapy. This program had an emphasis on the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates with special attention shown to injuries and illnesses. Ashley has a passion for assisting those with injuries, illnesses or chronic pain with learning to find safe and health movement patterns. Ashley’s focus is to deliver whole body healing and a full workout while providing modified options for pain free movement.

 


Assumpta Murphy

Initially I pursued yoga as a physical practice but as I continued on my path I realised that
practicing yoga had become so much more. It was my teacher’s subtle messages and quiet
whisperings of the spiritual side of yoga, the philosophy, Sanskrit, mantras, mudras, that called me back over and over again. Yoga felt like home. My heart had found its passion. I committed myself to the practice and completed my first 200 hour Teacher Training Program at Feel Good Yoga with my “yoga whisperer” Laura Phelps, who became my inspiration, mentor and dear friend.
I will always be a student of the practice. I am continually studying to improve my knowledge of yoga and anatomy of the body. I have studied with international teacher Esther Ekhart who encouraged me to not only explore and further my teaching abilities but also my own practice. My meditation and pranayama teacher Tracy Uber Cook inspired me to infuse these rituals into my daily practice. Sabrina Mesko guided me through my Mudra Therapy courses and I devoured her knowledge and wisdom of this sacred practice.

My Yin teacher Bernie Clarke, his Mantra “Yin is in” goes far beyond the phrase. Yin is in, an inward focused practice where the magic happens, stillness nourishes the soul and the soul is set free. I am very grateful to my teachers for the encouragement, wisdom and the knowledge they have so generously shared with me. My yoga offerings are infused with that which inspires me most, the wonder and wisdom of nature, the cycles of life, the waxing and waning of the moon, and the joy of coming home to oneself.
Almost every session I teach will include a focus on Breath, Strengthening, Stretching, Balancing, Healing and Relaxing. You can expect the practice to be woven around intentions. I incorporate mudras and allow time for reflection, renewal, inspiration and stillness. I love getting to know my students, watching them grow into their practice as they grow in their practice. My classes are accessible to everyone and focus on exploration rather than destination. I encourage the use of props to bring the pose to your body.

I teach Hatha, Hatha Flow, Gentle Therapeutic, Yin and Restorative. I teach from my heart and am so very grateful to all the students who come to share their beautiful souls, they inspire me more than they could ever know.
Namaste
When you come to your mat may you find what you are seeking. Close your eyes, breathe, welcome home.

 

 


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.

 


Eve Carty

Eve Carty teaches Candlelight Flow Yoga and is a Yoga Teacher Training assistant at Feel Good Yoga & Pilates. She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and a member of Canadian Yoga Alliance. She has certifications in, Hatha Yoga (RYT 200),Yin Yoga, 2 Aerial Yoga Teacher Training programs, Aerial Hoop/Lyra Fitness Instruction, Pilates Mat Level 1, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki First and Second Degree.
She aims to make her classes fresh, uplifting and fun for all levels. She is friendly, approachable and takes great care with creating a safe and comfortable environment for all her students. She loves sharing the joy of yoga with each and every student that she meets along the way.
Eve believes in yoga for life – taking every opportunity to weave the tools and practices of yoga that she has learned into her daily life. She is always looking for ways to deepen her practice and expand her study of yoga by continuously learning – not only from other teachers and colleagues, but from students as well.
She is the owner of Levity for Life Yoga and teaches Aerial Yoga and Aerial Hoop at Amethyst Dance & Fitness which are a fun and creative way to increase strength and flexibility!


Holly Newton

Holly is a full time pilates, barre and yoga teacher here in Victoria, BC. She is a
functional movement and sequencing fanatic with a long history in fitness scene. Holly first
entered the industry by providing personal training and group fitness classes. Her passion
rooted into yoga, where she completed her teacher training in Bali, Indonesia.Yoga led to the
discovery and love of Pilates, where she trained and certified in Victoria, BC. Barre fitness came
as a natural progression of modalities she added to her “tool belt”. As a full time instructor as
well as a part time holistic nutrition student, you can find Holly at the studio, teaching and in
practice, or in the kitchen, creating.
Holly believes in holistic health, treating the body like a temple, inside and out.
Her passion for anatomy, alignment and dynamic movement are expressed in her classes
where participants feel safe yet challenged.
Holly has a contagious zest for life, and is excited to share her knowledge, passion and
purpose!

 

 


Jenny Hindley

 


 

Nadinne Steadman

Nadinne is a yoga and pilates teacher based in Victoria, BC. Qualified in Hatha yoga and pilates instruction, Nadinne lives by the belief that yoga and pilates can benefit everyone no matter their age or occupation. Nadinne also loves animals and has developed specialty yoga lessons to help equestrians optimise their health and riding style. Nadinne’s classes have a great focus on strength, growth and fun! 

 

 


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.