Joy and Vitality Instructors
Our desire is to partner with the best instructors in the city! Great people who share our core values, love others, and value the health and wellness of their body and soul.
The whole atmosphere is loving and welcoming. Yoga teachers are encouraging and helpful. It’s a fabulous place to be!Dana Vankoughnett Burgess
Amazing experience! I attended Mom’s Night Out. It was my first time trying yoga and everyone was so friendly. It truly is a yoga studio that means no experience necessary and will work with you. Met some incredible ladies from all walks of life. The yoga studio is like none other. Beautiful facility!Jaclyn Pearce
Such an amazing afternoon!!! Mom and daughter Buti yoga was so much fun!! Great job Joy and Vitality family and Rachel:) I love the family friendly environment while also focusing on adult health… job well done.Brooklyn Johnson
Like so many, I turned to yoga as a form of exercise – a way to strengthen my inactive body after a battle with chronic pain. I went to my first class looking to find a way to strengthen my body, but what I found was so much more than I could have imagined. When I stepped onto my mat for the first time, I found a sense of calm and a connection to my body and emotions in a way I had never been able to feel before. A way to tune in, let go of the stress and chaos of life, and connect with how I truly felt. I cried, I felt weak, and I felt completely empowered and whole for the first time in my life. I felt like I was me. Worthy.
That was the beginning of a sporadic yoga practice. Fast forward a few years, and I bought an intro month of unlimited yoga and the rest was history. When I finally decided to stop dancing around what I knew I wanted and needed and commit to it, I found my center in a way I didn’t know was possible. I quickly fell in love with all things yoga. With the movement, with the calm, the strength, the softness, the breaking open, and the tuning into my body and soul. The more classes I took, the more I wanted to attend. I found myself going to classes once and twice daily. Life shifted and changed as I turned to yoga as my therapy, my safe space and my place where I could truly feel and let myself be raw. It was then that I knew this was my passion and my calling. I found the magic in yoga, and I wanted so desperately to be able to share that with the world. It took me a bit to commit to my Teacher Training, but the second I did, I knew it was right.
I took my 200RYT training through the Alberta Yoga College. My training is Iyengar based, which gave me a strong and safe alignment focused style. I take joy in teaching all ages and levels of yoga and am trained in many styles. Falling in love with all things yoga more and more every day, I continue to learn and grow as a teacher. Like all aspects of my life, my classes are fun, powerful and heartfelt.
I have always been passionate about living an active, healthy life style. I grew up dancing and competing in Track and Field, so when I was introduced to yoga it was the perfect fit for my life. When I was 18, I had my second knee surgery and had to give up dance and track – I was devastated. During this time, yoga was my saving grace and I became immersed in it as a means of healing my body and soul.
I have been practicing yoga for the last 10 years and am a 400 hr RYT certified to teach Buti yoga. I feel a lightness in my heart when I am practicing yoga and it is my wish to share yoga with others.
My yoga journey began by accident thirteen years ago, shortly after the birth of my second child. I tried a yoga class out of curiosity and was immediately hooked! The idea of a practice that could encompass physical, mental and spiritual health spoke to me deeply. I developed a strong home practice, but have always desired to share the gift of yoga.
I completed my 200 hour Hatha Method from Breathe in May 2016. The intrinsic benefits of yoga shine through me; providing me energy to chase after my kids, care for my many pets and show compassion and non-judgement in my daily life.
“Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.” – Anonymous
Having a strong personal yoga practice for over ten years, Sara knows all the amazing benefits to a regular practice. Having been introduced to yoga by a close friend, she felt both the physical ease the mental calm and clarity that yoga gives. Yoga assisted in the healing of some serious injuries and continues to support her body, mind and soul!
As both a teacher and a student, yoga has become a source of strength and healing from the inside out. As Sara has become more flexible in her body, she has also become more flexible in her mind. Having struggled with A.D.D. for most of her life, Vinyasa Flow yoga turned into a moving meditation and Sara has learned, and continues to learn, about the power of your own body, mind and breath – leaving your body and mind calm and energized.
Sara teaches a Vinyasa Flow class that aims to create a kind and safe space where every body can feel good about trying new things. She always teaches with compassion and believes a yoga practice can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of gender, age, religion, health status, or flexibility.
When Sara is not in the yoga studio, she’s climbing mountains or out on the water! As well as teaching yoga in the studio, Sara teaches yoga on stand up paddle boards in the summer. Her creativity, humour and zest for life is contagious and Sara is grateful to be able to inspire, affect change and help transform lives through yoga!
Danny De Frias
No stranger to creating his own path, Danny left the corporate world to become a yoga teacher. Danny now lives his mantra everyday: chill out, have fun and smile more.
Danny is a RYT 500 certified yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for almost fifteen years. Danny’s classes are breath-driven and energetic with mindful attention given to body alignment and developing strength, flexibility and balance.
Danny now calls Calgary his home and loves road trips in his restored VW Westfalia van.
Cara Marshall is a spiritual teacher and intuitive wellness practitioner. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and is registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. Her training includes Reiki, Shamanism, Cranial Sacral, Visceral Manipulation, Nutrition, Nia and Psychosomatics. During her spiritual journey she also awakened her innate abilities as a medium, psychic and intuitive. She works with crystals, herbs, and essential oils, infusing their healing benefits into both her daily life and her sessions, classes and workshops.
I believe we all ‘awaken’ at some point in our lives…and how that occurs is unique for each and every one of us. For me, it occurred in stages. First was the re-awakening of my physical body through exercise and nutrition. I couldn’t get enough… I was feeling alive, healthy, mentally clear and was loving my mind-body connection. Little did I know there was a soul aspect as well… I lost my sister, in the physical form, and found myself looking for answers about the soul and ‘heaven’. Through this soul searching, doors started opening for me. I began attending spiritual classes and workshops and started opening up to mediumship, intuition, energy, chakras, etc… The internal growth was exponential. I discovered there was more to ME than I had been living. It was time to follow this new passion for life and share my experiences. I left my engineering career of 15 years and opened a business, Anam Cara ~ Your Soul Friend, where I could help others find joy through mind, body, and soul connection, all while continuing on my journey in the school of life.
I enjoy a good book, soaking in a bath, hiking, camping, swimming, sitting by any body of water, teaching and connecting with people of ANY AGE! I’m fascinated with listening to other people’s journeys… My heart immediately opens wide and I get happy inside. I am grateful my work allows me to experience this on a regular basis.
Sarah is excited to meet the students who will be joining us at the Joy and Vitality yoga studio. She has contagious energy and is happy to chat about all things yoga! She has a regular yoga practice and also enjoys teaching. She finished two yoga training courses in the last year and is always keen to learn and share her knowledge with anyone she meets. Yoga has been an integral part of Sarah’s mind and body health, healing her physically and emotionally. When Sarah isn’t at the studio, she’s on adventures with her two dogs, having fun, and trying to live her best life.