Colleen Felgate has been teaching and instructing yoga and pilates for over 15 years. She first started her training in India spending time in various Ashrams, but then did her primariy studies with Louisa Sear in Australia where she completed over 1500 hours in both Ashtanga and Inyengar Style. Then she headed back to where she resides now, Whistler B.C. Canada.
Untill recently she was the yoga and pilates director for Solarice Wellness Spa & Studio, a position held since they opened in 2003. Now she runs her own studio in Whistler…YAMA YOGA. She is the creator and primary instructor for the Yoga Alliance approved 200 & 300hr Whistler Yoga Teacher Training Courses.
One of Colleens best attributes is her ability to teach multiple levels of yoga within the same class. Due to her experience, her cues are detailed and precise as well as fun and entertaining. She is also certified in Yoga Therapy which are techniques incorporated with yoga and pilates to help heal various injuries and ailments. Her extensive knowledge in anatomy allows her to work with physiotherapists and together they create sequences which pertain to individual issues.
She is best known for her Yoga Pilates Flow – a style she created which focuses on alignment, the breath and engaging the core. Regardless of the type of class, it is always a joyful environment. Colleen connects with her students in a humorous way, with a light hearted intention helping them get the most from their practice physically, mentally and spiritually while encouraging them not to take themselves or life so seriously. Her most recent studies have been Anusara based, training with Chris Chavez. This Heart Opening style with its strong anatomy foundation, resonates with Colleen and is a strong influence on how she teaches.