Yovana Yoga In Downtown Calhoun, GA! Your 1st month of unlimited classes is only $59
Yovana Yoga In Downtown Calhoun, GA! Your 1st month of unlimited classes is only $59
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 300 hours of yoga for back care.
Sarah completed her 500-hour teacher training with Susan Hopkins E-RYT 500 and I-AYT. She is certified by Judith Hansen Lasater E-RYT- 500, PT, and PHD as a Relax and Renew Restorative Trainer. Sarah was certified by Sarah Powers as an Insights Yoga teacher (Yin Yoga, Yang Yoga, Mindfulness, & Meditation). She is certified in Yoga for Osteoporosis & Yoga for Back Pain by Dr. Loren Fishman MD who continues to do clinical trials on yoga as medicine and wrote the book "Yoga for Osteoporosis". Sarah enhanced her knowledge of Yoga for back care and the "Happy Pelvis" by 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 specialties like Marlysa Sullivan with yoga for chronic pain, Holle Black for Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Amy Haysman & Sedef Dion for Grounded Kids Yoga. Sarah brings this knowledge and experience to help her community in Calhoun and the surrounding area.
Sarah teaches alignment based 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. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Sarah is also the training director for the Yovana Yoga Teacher training program.
Sarah is originally from Calhoun, but has lived all over the country and the world. Chasing her career around the world she lived overseas for nine years in Australia, Italy and England. Sarah has a BS from the University of Tennessee and an MBA in Global Management that she received while living in Australia. She is now settled back in Gordon County. She lives in a 120 year old house in Ranger.
Stacia started her yoga practice in 2012 as a compliment to her running and strength training. Yoga helped improve her muscle length and flexibility. Then backbends changed her life. The addition of back bending into her regular practice has created more space in her spine and her back feels better than ever. Stacia is a physical therapist and is using yoga to help her clients move better. Stacia loves the physical benefits of yoga. She also loves how yoga slows her down and calms her mind.
She is a 2022 graduate of the Yovana Yoga teacher training program. Her physical therapy background married with her own athletic ability gives her the amazing ability to truly teach yoga to anyone. However. she naturally teaches a more athletic practice because that is who she is.
Stacia lives in Dalton with her husband and son.
After experiencing back & neck pain, Kim sought help from a local chiropractor as well as a spine surgery center. She was trying to avoid surgery and sought out more holistic ways to heal from her pain. Yoga was highly recommended. When Yovana moved into downtown Sarah went around to all the merchants to invite them to the studio. Kim owned the Rusty Zipper on Court St. Kim told Sarah about her 5 herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and pinched nerves. Sarah accepted the challenge and Kim's love of yoga began. So far, yoga has fixed her spinal stenosis, released her nerves and her back & neck pain is much less. Kim completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2022 at Yovana Yoga. Now she is ready to share this healing practice as a teacher as well as continue her learning journey as a student.
Kim did advanced teacher training in yoga for back care with Lillah Schwartz E-RYT 500 and I-AYT who authored the book, “Healing Our Backs with Yoga”.
Kim lives in Resaca with her husband Zip. She has sold her stores and is now focused on ways to help her body age better.
Kate’s yoga journey began when she discovered her mom’s Rodney Yee VHS tapes as a teen. As a college student at UGA, Kate took a few yoga classes but began seriously practicing yoga when she was pregnant with her first daughter. Yoga helped her to prepare for childbirth and recover in the months after. Kate continued to practice yoga independently while pregnant with her second daughter.
Yoga became a bigger part of her life when a family friend encouraged her to get certified to teach Yoga. Kate trained under Sue Hopkins, E-RYT 500 and C-IAYT . Training with Sue she found a deeper connection to yoga and a desire to share that connection with others. She completed her restorative teacher training at Yovana Yoga in 2020 under Sarah DeFoor E-RYT 500 and Certified Rest and Renew Restorative Trainer. Kate trained in Yoga for Back care with Lillah Schwartz E-RYT 500 and I-AYT who authored the book, “Healing Our Backs with Yoga”.
Kate is a Calhoun native and lives close to downtown with her husband, Tim, her daughters, Maggie and Susanna and her two dogs. She is also an art teacher at CMS & CHS.
Yes, she is your dentist, but at Yovana we call her Shireen. Because she is here to help fix your downward dog, not your teeth. In 2017 Shireen's daughter, Hannah encouraged her to start yoga to fill the void she knew Shireen would have when she went off to college.
Shireen suffered from chronic back, neck, & shoulder pain from years of being a dentist. Then she had a fall and broke her patella and radius. This brought on arthritis and tendinitis. Which took her to the chiropractor every week. The chiropractor told her as long as she practiced dentistry she would need to see him indefinitely. When she started yoga she found another way to relieve the pain. By the time Yovana opened she was already in love with how yoga made her body feel. She has been a regular student at Yovana since early 2019. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yovana in 2022.
Shireen enhanced her knowledge of Yoga for back care by taking advanced training with Lillah Schwartz E-RYT 500 and I-AYT who is a specialist in yoga for back care and the asymmetrical pelvis.
Shireen loves to challenge you and take you a bit deeper in the pose. She might say if you want to add a little spice do this.
In 2008 Melody began experiencing lower back pain, after visiting a chiropractor she found that she had two slipped discs, a pinched nerve & scoliosis. After many adjustments she began to heal & 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 with Aura Wellness Center, along with mentoring coach Rhonda Shannon of Stretch & Breathe Yoga.
Recently, Melody completed her second 200 hour certification at Yovana Yoga under the direction of Sarah DeFoor E-RYT 500 & Grace Stephen E-RYT 500 & PYT. This allowed her to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. Melody has done advanced teacher training in Yoga for Back Care with Sue Hopkins & Lillah Schwartz both are E-RYT 500 & C-IAYT. She completed her restorative teacher training at Yovana Yoga in 2022 under Sarah DeFoor E-RYT 500 and Certified Rest and Renew Restorative Trainer. Melody teaches alignment based Yoga and Yin.
Melody has been teaching a Monday night donation class benefiting the hot meals program at the VAC for a decade. First at her church then she moved this class to Yovana when we moved into our larger studio. Melody is a long time resident of Calhoun and has been married to husband Randy for 27 years, has two beautiful children, Tucker & Natalie, a lovely daughter-in law, Rachel and an adorable grandchild, Caroline, two cats, one dog and 15 chickens.
Just before turning 50, Amy decided to make some changes in her life. She saw the Yovana Yoga sign and decided to give yoga a try. Although she had tried some yoga on her own, she had never taken a studio class. Once she took a class, she fell in love with the way it made her body feel. She became a regular student at Yovana, and then became interested in developing her practice further.
Amy completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in June 2021 at Yovana Yoga under Sarah DeFoor, E-RYT 500 and Grace Stephen E-RYT 500 & Professional Yoga Therapist. She has completed the 95 hour Grounded Kids Yoga Training with Amy Haysman & Sedef Dion. This makes her a certified Children's Yoga teacher. She did her restorative teacher training in 2022 under Sarah DeFoor E-RYT 500 and Certified Rest and Renew Restorative Trainer. Amy studied yoga for back care with Lillah Schwartz E-RYT 500 and I-AYT. In 2022 Amy started her trauma informed yoga therapist training. She has already seen the benefits of incorporating yoga into her therapy practice.
Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice working with children, adolescents and adults. She has lived in Calhoun since 1999 with her husband, Patrick, and 2 sons, Brian and Connor. In addition to yoga, she enjoys gardening, reading, and hiking.