Yovana Yoga teachers in Calhoun teach to all skills levels.

Sarah DeFoor RYT-500

Sarah's Yoga Journey


Sarah decided to deepen her knowledge of yoga and become an instructor once she experienced how yoga helped her recover from a knee injury. She had already seen the transforming effects of yoga on her back pain. Before starting yoga, Sarah experienced back pain almost all the time. Several months into her yoga practice she realized the pain was lessened and at some point, it went away entirely. She has taken more than 200 hours of yoga for back care. Sarah completed her 500-hour teacher training with Susan Hopkins E-RYT 500 and I-AYT at Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville, GA. Sarah enhanced her knowledge of Yoga for back care by taking advanced teacher training with Lillah Schwartz E-RYT 500 and I-AYT who authored the book, “Healing Our Backs with Yoga”. Sarah has trained with many yoga teachers at the tops of their specialty like Marlysa Sullivan with yoga for chronic pain, Elizabeth Yates with yoga for Osteoporosis & Healthy ageing. Sarah brings this knowledge and experience to help her community in Calhoun and the surrounding area. 

Sarah teaches alignment based hatha yoga, yoga for back care, yin yoga, supported chair yoga, active chair yoga and restorative yoga. Sarah’s goal is to have her students walk away from class feeling better than when they came in the door. 

Sarah's History

Sarah is originally from Calhoun, but hasn't lived in Calhoun for many years. Chasing her career around the world she lived overseas for nine years in Australia, Italy and England. She is now settled back in Gordon County. She lives in a 115 year old house in Ranger. 

Courtney Carroll RYT-200


Courtney's Yoga Journey

Courtney completed her 200 hour training at Etowah Valley Yoga under Susan Hopkin's. She has been teaching around Calhoun for several years.  

She is married to David Carroll and has two kids. 

Courtney teaches Slow Flow Yoga and Yin Yoga. 

Jennifer McClellan RYT-500 & RPYT


Jennifer's Yoga journey

Jennifer began practicing yoga consistently in 2006 after dance and running injuries. A physical therapist mentioned yoga to her, and she saw the many physical benefits of yoga.  Later, she discovered the mind and spirit connection as well. This connection ignited the desire for her to learn more, take her practice deeper, and create a transformation within herself and her students. 

In 2015, she completed her 200 hour teacher certification from New Day Yoga in Kennesaw, GA. Then she went on to compete her 300 hour training at Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville in 2017.  She became a registered pre-natal yoga instructor in 2016.  Always being a student and learner, she continues to deepen and broaden her education and is currently earning her Master's degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University.  She is also currently pursuing a certification in Professional Yoga Therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Kennesaw State University.

Jennifer teaches alignment based hatha yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for cancer, yoga for trauma and restorative yoga.

Melody Parker 200 Hour Certified


Melody's Yoga Journey

In 2008 Melody began experiencing lower back pain, after visiting an amazing chiropractor she found that she had two slipped discs, a pinched nerve & scoliosis. After many adjustments she began to feel better & with the nudging of her big sister decided to give Yoga a try. After just a few classes she fell in love and wanted to learn more and completed her 200 hour certification thru Aura Wellness Center along with mentoring coach Rhonda Shannon of Stretch & Breathe Yoga.

Melody teaches alignment based Hatha Yoga and Slow flow with focus on proper breathing.

Melody is a long time resident to of Calhoun and has been married to husband Randy for 24 years and has two beautiful children. 

Ray Robertson

Ray's Qigong journey


Ray Robertson has been practicing qigong for several years, primarily working with his local teacher, Grace Stephen. Since 2015 he has been studying with internationally known Qigong Grand Master Kenneth Cohen, author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing. 

When Ray first started started practicing Qigong He referred to it as “Meditation with Movement.” At that time, he could never sit still for meditation. Focusing on the movements helped greatly to calm and clear his mind. 

Ray has longed worked in the field of programming as both a consultant and trainer. He uses qigong daily for overall fitness and relief from the stress-laden world of computers. He also practices meditation and other energy modalities. Ray and his wife, Marina, have been married for 36 years and live in Cartersville, Georgia.

Ray teaches qigong as well as qigong meditation. He is also a student of yoga.

Maybe you?

Your Yoga Journey

  • You have at least a 200 hour certification. 
  • Email the styles of yoga you teach and we will talk about making a place for you at Yovana!
  • Bonus points if you teach a different style than we currently have on offer.