Lara Jeletzky is a passionate student of Yoga and Psychology, who loves learning more every day – like a sponge for knowledge 😉 Studying the tradition of Raja Yoga has become incredibly significant to her daily life, including regular practice of yamas/niyamas (philosophical precepts), asana (physical poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), kriyas (cleansing practices), chanting, and meditation (concentration, including yoga nidra).
“I started practicing yoga regularly at age 17 and began my psychology degree at the University of Victoria, over 13 years ago. It soon became the daily medicine I needed to relieve chronic pain in my right hip & knee. On a physical level, yoga is an incredibly useful tool for relieving pain, while finding a balance between strength and flexibility in the muscles and joints. I have also found yoga to very beneficial in terms of relaxation and stilling my fluctuating mind, for example, I once suffered from debilitating panic attacks, depression and significant social anxiety; now I am able to love the work I do, standing in front of a group, teaching yoga! I also credit my yoga practice for helping me through the stressful experience of earning my degree, it has always been a great way for me to build better concentration, memory and focus. Several years ago when I finished my psychology degree, I starting intensively studying the 8 limbs of yoga with my primary teacher, Michelle Rubin, who continues to teach me a great deal, not only about the practice of yoga, but also the nuances of sharing the benefits of yoga with others. I followed this learning by traveling to Mysore, India to study with my teacher’s teachers at the Atmavikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences, where I learned even more about cultivating clarity of mind and strength on all levels. Learning from Acharya Venkatesha and Acharye Hema Venkatesha was a life-changing experience and I cannot wait to return to Mysore to continue my study with these Masters. I believe in only teaching what I have practiced myself, understood and found beneficial. Often I think of the body as a laboratory, where we have the ability to experiment, choosing what works best for us as individuals. I encourage you to come try a yoga class with me, feeling free to take what you like and leave what you don’t!”
Lara has gained over 10,000 hours of teaching experience through regular classes over the last few years, including but not limited to: Hatha Flow Yoga for the Greater Victoria School Board, Hatha Flow Yoga for Colquitz Middle School Teachers, Hatha Flow Yoga for Lambrick Park Middle School Teachers and Staff, Beginner Yoga Classes for kindergarten children at Doncaster Elementary, Body Maintenance Yoga Classes at M.Y. Studio in Fernwood, Chair Yoga for seniors in extended care homes, Beginner Yoga Workshops for ESL students at the University of Victoria, Seaside Yoga Classes at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Private Yoga Classes, Chair Yoga classes at Community Living Victoria for adults with developmental disabilities, Private Yoga sessions (both Chair & Traditional Floor Yoga), Restorative Yoga at Inner Warriors Yoga in Esquimalt, Chair Yoga for Adults with severe and persistent mental illness at the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility, Chair and Floor Yoga for the Tsawout Community Center, Yoga for Athletes at Medicine Moves Studio, Classes at Core Personal Fitness and Hatha Yoga Classes for the District of Saanich through Pearkes Recreation Centre and more!
Lara is a disciplined student of yoga, who loves sharing what she learns from personal practice with others. A firm believer in teaching what you know from direct experience, she is highly motivated in supporting others in an exploration of this ancient practice, from physical postures to philosophy of mind. Anyone who practices with Lara knows that her passion is contagious, she teaches just as she practices, trusting that each step is a preparation for the next. In her spare time, Lara loves to spend time with family & friends, including her awesome husband & labradoodle puppy, as well as enjoying hiking, horseback riding, exploring local beaches and forests, cooking fabulous meals, enjoying good movies and reading about both Psychology and philosophy of mind, completely fascinated by both Western and Eastern perspectives.
300 + Hour Teaching Certificate: 3 months studying at the Atmavikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences in Mysore, India – including six weeks with Expert Yoga Therapists: Yogacharya Venkatesha and Archarye Hema for their Teachers Masters Education Program
750 Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate: 2 year program with Yoga Therapist Michelle Rubin
250 Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate: Moksana Yoga Centre
B.A. Psychology Degree: University of Victoria 2012