Bobby Phelan @Bobby.phelan.iv
Co-founder | Co-Owner
Yoga Teacher 200 ERYT CBA
Whenever I meet new people, the most common question I get is, “Where are you from?”. Over the years I’ve learned that, 9 times out of 10, what they’re really trying to ask is, “What race are you?”. I’m Vietnamese from my mother’s side, and Irish American from my father's side. I was born in Boulder Colorado in the year 1990. My father worked for a fire department as a paramedic and my mother was a technician in a chemistry lab.
As I got a little older, my dad started medical school, while still working full time on the fire department. That crazy work ethic continues to this day. I’m constantly inspired by this, though, honestly I never quite developed that work ethic for myself. In 2000, my dad graduated from medical school and was then accepted to a medical residency program in El Paso Texas. The move was hard on me at first because it was the first taste of culture shock. Eventually I adapted.
Upon graduating high school, I moved to Salt Lake City for college because I wanted to be back in the mountains. Technically, mechanical engineering was my major. More realistically, snowboarding was my major and engineering was my minor.
It was also in college that I began meditating. I started by studying Zen styles of mediation and philosophy at age 19. That then led to me yoga a few years later, when I was 22. Truth is, I was having a tough time handling the stress of college life and so an uncle of mine pointed in the direction of Zen to help. It definitely helped me stay somewhat straight in school, however, like snowboarding, I ended up studying a lot more Zen and Yoga than engineering.
Upon leaving school, I fought with myself night and day. One voice in my head said I was supposed to get an engineering job, while the other voice said that path was just not right for me. When I shared these feelings with my father, he suggested that I get certified to teach yoga, since that’s basically all I was doing by this time anyways. He was living in Houston and he offered to let me come live with him. He even helped me enroll in a local teacher training program where he was also doing yoga himself.
This turned out to be the best decision of my young life. I completed my teacher training and immediately began working and immersing myself in the Houston yoga community. The years began to fly by as I taught thousands of yoga classes, made hundreds of friends, and deepened my own practice. Most importantly, I met Annavy Nguyen, the woman who became my wife, my best friend, and my partner in all things.
Now, as of writing this, it’s 2019 and we have made another big leap by starting Loveland Yoga. I have no doubt that teaching yoga is my path in life, and I’m fully committed to following that path, no matter where it takes me. I look forward to seeing you in class and getting to know your story as well. Every day brings a new practice and every season brings a new lesson. Thank you for being part of our story.
Annavy Phelan @Annavy.Phelan
Co-founder | Co-Owner
Yoga Teacher 200 RYT CBA
I was born and raised in Houston Texas, right off of Airline and I-45. My parents come from a huge family made up of Vietnamese immigrants, and I am part of the first generation born here in America. I also have an older brother to whom I look up to, even though we fought constantly as children.
We grew up very modestly, aka, poor. My family first owned a chain of convenience stores, and my mother owned and operated a nail salon. Yes, I know that's very stereotypical, but honestly, they were damn good at it. I remember when I was little, my father would drive an hour to Galveston for our convenience store, and then drive all the way back up to the Cypress area to pick me up from Day Care. Till this day, I contribute my strong work ethic to both my parents.
As I got older, my mother continued to hustle hard at the nail shop and my dad sold our convenience store to work for Schlumberger. He spent 25 years there before retiring.
My education was pretty normal. I was an active kid in High School where I ran track, awesomely, and played tennis, terribly. My parents did not heavily focus on athleticism or sports even though I craved it much as a child. After high school, I went to UT Austin for College where I discovered yoga for stress relief for studying. Upon graduating, I moved back to Houston and started a career in the medical field as a dental assistant at a pediatric dental office. I know, more asian stereotypes.
After moving back to Houston it was hard for me to decide what path I wanted to go career wise so I decided to go back to University at UH. I graduated with a degree in Chemistry and Biology, with the intention of applying to Dental school. After numerous failures of trying to get into Dental School I decided to start working in the field to see if it would help.
From there I worked around from place to place until I eventually worked up to being a part owner of a Free Standing Ambulatory Surgical Center. I worked in dental for over ten years, and the truth is, I was very unhappy with this career. After fighting with myself for a very long time, I finally pushed aside my pride and decided to quit dental to do something different with my life
Now, as far as yoga goes, I found the practice in college and I continued with it throughout my career in dental. Yoga was the only consistent happy practice that I had in my life and it's what eventually led me to meeting my husband Bobby. We practice yoga together now, along with Jiu Jitsu, and I know these shared passions are a big part of what make our bond so strong.
Then, in April of 2019, after talking about it for a really long time, we decided to finally take the plunge and open Loveland Yoga.
Our vision for the studio is to create a space to share our passions with genuine heart, so our students feel cared about, appreciated, and like real people, instead of just a number. We hope you enjoy and love the space just as much as we love it. - Annavy
Yoga Teacher 200 RYT CBA
Hey y'all!!. My name is Juan (pronounced JU-EN). I also go by Ju or Juju. I'm 25 years old (at the time of this writing). I grew up in Sugar Land, TX, but was originally born in England.
I received my Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Houston in 2019. I worked throughout my entire undergrad journey in the restaurant industry. Upon graduation, I had the opportunity to work in a local election campaign for Mayor Turner, an entryway into a career in politics; however, I turned it down because my intuition told me that I would be miserable had I accepted. So, I stayed in the restaurant gig and started practicing yoga late 2019 as a healing modality for years of back pain that I had been suffering.
What I discovered during that time was an enriching practice that changed the way I treated myself and my relationships around me. I felt content for the first time in a long time. Feeling empowered with my journey, I jumped into my first YTT at a local studio during Spring 2020 with the goal of sharing what I had learned. I completed my teacher training that summer and started working as a yoga teacher when I wasn't serving tables.
Since completing my training, I've grown my practice off the mat; diving into yoga philosophy and ethics and researching the politics of modern-day yoga within the BIPOC and Queer communities and finally went full-time into teaching yoga May 2021. Yoga is so much more than what is perceived within the mainstream. It's more than just yoga pants and bendy poses. Yoga is a lifestyle that shapes the way you perceive your internal and external worlds.
In my classes, you'll discover an opportunity to explore your body, mind, and soul. Everyone's body is unique, and as a result, your practice on the mat is going to be a unique journey. I encourage my students to have freedom of expression when they step on their mats; giving their bodies full permission to be their best guide, teacher, and friend. Self-acceptance, cultivating joy, and exploration of self are common themes during my classes.
Jessica started practicing yoga in 2018 in order to learn to be with her body and manage chronic pain. Yoga had such a profound impact on her that she decided to pursue teacher training in 2019 under Kim Taurins of Four Dragons Institute/Union Studio.
Jessica's classes are paced to allow the process of noticing somatic sensations and how the mind and body experience the asanas. Students can expect anatomical and metaphorical cueing, mindfulness, and varied intensity in order to facilitate this investigation. Inspired by her years in the traditional strength and conditioning community, Jessica's sequences aim to find a balance between mobility and stability, while also encouraging students to define this for themselves.
Yoga Teacher 200 RYT CBA
I was raised in Willis, Texas, a small town about 50 minutes north of Houston. My parents are from Central America and came to this country to create a better future for their children. I am forever grateful to them for all their sacrifices and wake up every day wanting to make them proud. I have a twin brother (he’s technically 30 minutes older than me) and three older sisters.
All throughout school, I was a perfectionist and definitely a nerd! I did academic competitions and was on the debate team. After high school, I decided to step it up and go to a slightly bigger town – College Station. This was a major time of exploration for me – I was involved in a lot of extracurriculars, traveled abroad, worked as a student researcher, and took lots of Pilates and dance classes. I wasn’t quite ready to leave the nice college life bubble, so I decided I would hang out for two more years and get my Master’s in Public Administration. Although I was thriving academically, I started suffering from depression during that time.
After graduation, I decided to take it up one more step and live the big city life in Houston. It was a hard adjustment – I was in a new city, I didn’t have a job lined up, I was still very much depressed, and I was having relationship troubles. A perfect storm telling me that I needed to focus on myself and do some self-work. At first, I tried running away from my problems, quite literally. I took up running for 8 months, and while it was fun, I never quite found the runners high. Then I got up the courage to go to a local yoga studio two minutes away from my apartment. I loved it and started practicing every day – all different styles, including the Original 26&2, Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and functional movement-type classes.
Yoga has taught me to be patient, kind, and loving to myself. It’s taught me that progress isn’t linear and there’s no neatly packaged end goal. Yoga has been my safe space, and it has also helped me find a community of true friends. Yoga has helped me to trust myself and to have an open heart toward others. I knew there was a lot more I wanted to learn about myself and the practice, so after 2.5 years of consistent, dedicated practice, I decided to pursue my Maha Hatha yoga teacher training with the Siddhi School of Yoga.
Now, I continue to learn and do my self-work, and I invite you to join me as we work toward being our higher selves on and off the mat <3
My advice for new students:
- Try different classes, try different teachers, learn something different from each of them, and then mix it all up into something that works best for you and your body
- Expand your comfort zone, be playful, and love yourself through it all
When I’m not at the studio, I love spending time with my dog, Taz, and being outside in nature (the Houston Arboretum is my favorite spot). I’m also learning French on Duolingo!
See you at Loveland!
Yoga Teacher 200 RYT CBA
Kevin took the first step in his yoga journey back in 2010 thanks to a 10 class pack from Groupon and some persistent friends. He wasted the other 9 classes and waited a while before taking the next step in his journey. At first, yoga mostly supplemented his other active hobbies until he discovered the joy of being upside down in 2017. Arm balances led to handstands which led to acro yoga. Finally, he trained to become an instructor in 2019. Though he hasn't entirely eschewed his engineering alter ego, he very much enjoys the creativity that comes with teaching yoga on the side.
Kevin predominantly practices Rocket and Ashtanga styles of yoga. He is on his way to his Level 2 Rocket certification, having completed 100+ hours of training. His classes are full of levity and options for levitation, and he'll always try to offer something new and exciting. He'll want you to come curious and leave sweaty!
Yoga Teacher 200 RYT Future MBA
I grew up in a small town in Central Illinois. As a child I was always active and usually sitting on the floor, climbing on things or doing flips off the furniture.
Realizing my need for movement, my parents signed me up for dance. I danced competitively since the age of three and continued through high school.
As an adult, yoga replaced dance. You can now find me pulling out random yoga poses at school, work, home and of course the studio.
I attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied Mechanical Engineering. I choose mechanical engineering because I was not sure what I wanted to do in my career and mechanical was the broadest.
I moved to Houston in 2015 after accepting a job as an application engineer in the electrical field.
My first week in Houston I took my first yoga class.
I practiced regularly for a few years and felt the call to teacher training. At the time I signed up for teacher training the closest yoga studio to my hometown was 2 hours away. Watching my mother struggle to find a place to practice and thinking I would move back to a small town, I knew I needed to have the knowledge to take the practice with me.
Years later I still love living in Houston and am so glad I attended training and have the opportunity to teach.
For me, yoga is a balance of strength, movement, and meditation. Through yoga, I have cultivated a mind-body connection that is powerful on and off the mat. Yoga has helped me settle my need for constant movement and be more present while still.
I enjoy practicing with different teachers and trying different styles to keep going deeper into the practice and encourage students to do the same. I believe in props and enjoy the playfulness of experimenting with them in my home practice and love sharing that in class.
I am currently pursuing my MBA at University of Houston - Downtown and expect to graduate in December 2020. Can't wait to see you in class!