South Calgary Yoga Teachers


Calgary Yoga South is thankful to foster a community of qualified and passionate yoga instructors that love sharing the benefits of yoga with others. Our yoga teachers have completed their 200 hour yoga teacher training courses and many have specialized training in prenatal yoga, fertility yoga and yoga for kids.

amy-calgary-yogi-prenatalAmy Martin, Yoga Teacher

Areas of Expertise:

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
Mom and Baby

I took my very first yoga class after the birth of my daughter. My body felt so foreign to me and many other forms of activity felt discouraging and frustrating. That very first yoga class changed the course of my entire life and I am forever grateful to the friend who suggested I give it a try.

Fast forward a few years, a 200 hour teacher training, a Prenatal and a Kids yoga teacher training and I’m now doing what I love everyday- meeting and guiding wonderful new people on their own journey to betterment through yoga. Yoga will transform you both physically and mentally. Through yoga I realized the fears I had holding me back in life were nothing more than thoughts in my head- how I choose to react to these thoughts is what really makes the difference. After my yoga teacher trainings I went on to do what I’d been too fearful to do before- I became a Birth Doula and am now serving many wonderful women on their journeys to motherhood.

“I am so grateful to have added the Holistic Institute of Health & Fertility to my teaching schedule. This is truly a place of healing that welcomes everyone!”

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Ja’net Barchard-Smith, RYT, MScE, Yoga Teacher

Areas of Expertise:

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga
Mom and Baby
Ja Net completed her Yoga Teacher training through Trinity Yoga in 2005, and has specialized training in Yoga for Pregnancy and Beyond, as well as Anatomy and Therapeutic Applications of Yoga.Since 2007,she studies and teaches in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and his son Sri T.K.V. Desikachar. This approach to Yoga has been referred to as Viniyoga, which refers to the application of Yoga to suit the students needs rather than a one-size fits all approach.

Candace photoCandace DeFreitas-Stephenson, Yoga Instructor

Candace started her yoga practise over a decade ago, being drawn back to the mat during times of stress. She realized yoga was helping to create balance in her life. After experiencing two miscarriages and turning to yoga as part of her healing process, Candace knew she was meant to get her yoga teaching certification.

Candace loves teaching Prenatal, Yin Yang, Yin, Restorative and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, believing strongly in the power of an awesome Savasana. One of her favourite aspects of being a yoga teacher is building a practise to work for each individual, and the continuous learning process which comes with it. Each person in a yoga class is at a different place in their yoga journey and she is so honoured to be a part of it.

Eliza Arentewicz, Yoga Instructor

Eliza took her first yoga class in 2000.  She was instantly intrigued and inspired, and still is, so many years later.  Early on, she realized that one day, she would become a yoga teacher; she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others.

Yoga became an instrumental part of her life; it got her through two pregnancies and helped her recover physically and emotionally, following these enormous changes in her life.  In 2015, she took her 200 hour and therapeutic yoga training and now truly enjoys sharing yoga with others, of all age-groups.  For Eliza, watching bodies move and creating a space where one may allow oneself to instill compassion, acceptance, ease and tranquility for themselves is amazing.

“It is a privilege to teach at The Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility; in such a caring atmosphere.”

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Ashley Findlay, Yoga Instructor

Ashley’s  journey to becoming a yoga instructor started after attending her first hot yoga class. “I was hooked instantly to the mental, physical and spiritual challenge and the more I practiced the more I wanted to practice.

After graduating and working in a corporate environment Ashley found that a desk was not for her.

“I attended hot yoga teacher training with Kim McMullen and found my calling. Teaching yoga allows me to help people understand the mind body connection and how it affects their health, while giving me the opportunity to be a lifelong student.”.


courtney-calgary-yoga-245x300Courtney Simmonds, Yoga Instructor

Courtney was introduced to yoga in 2010 after breaking her back and pelvis in a snowboarding accident. It was suggested to her that yoga could be a beneficial way to rehabilitate her injury and calm her mind from the trauma. She fell in love with the mind, body connection! In 2012 she decided to take her 200hr Yoga teacher training and has been practicing/ teaching ever since.

Learning to accept your body as it changes each day and not passing judgment on it is a big part of Courtney’s personal practice.

“What you are able to do today might be different than yesterday and tomorrow. Let us accept with grace, exactly where we are and work with it.”