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 150 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 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. 

Rita Lusk RYT-500

Rita's Yoga Journey

Rita’s yoga journey began in 2013 with a prescription from her doctor to alleviate back pain. She soon discovered the healing benefits as well as the mind‐body connection of yoga and became a passionate student. Completing her 200 hour teacher training with the intention of enhancing her own practice, Rita realized she loved sharing yoga with others and now teaches private sessions, studio classes and retreats. In 2017, Rita completed her 500‐hour teacher training at Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville, GA under the excellent tutelage of Sue Hopkins E‐RYT 500 & I‐AYT; and is now studying yoga therapy. She has had the honor of a focused yoga education from recognized teachers including: Nicolai Bachman E‐RYT 500, Holle Black C‐IAYT & E‐RYT 500, Candace Goch MSPT, RYT‐500, RPYT, Matthew Sanford E‐RYT 500, Michael Sitzer LMT, Grace Stephen RYT 500 & IAYT and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, C‐IAYT E‐RYT 500.

Rita teaches gentle yoga, chair yoga, adaptive yoga, back‐care yoga along with meditation and yoga nidra.

Jennifer Prescott 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.

Maybe you?

Your Yoga Journey

  • You have at least a 200 hour certification. 
  • A slow flow teacher would be a great addition. 
  • 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.