It's all about community


I am very passionate about yoga on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Our physical form is amazing and has the innate ability to heal itself but we sometimes struggle with the how. Yoga supports us physically and energetically and helps us back to being balanced and healthful. 

Having my own yoga studio helps to fulfill my  vision of making yoga accessible to every body. There is no one size fits all - we are all individuals with individual needs. We have classes in a variety of styles and compassionate teachers who are excited to guide you along your yoga journey.

Humans thrive when they are part of a group of like-minded people. The Highlands Yoga Room is a place where all people are welcome to experience yoga in a safe and inviting space. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

~ Kyra

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

~ Henry Ford ~

Meet Our Teachers


Kyra Kubrak

500-hour E-YT, Reiki Master, Chakra Therapist

My approach to yoga is to be sensitive of the body, heart, and mind. By simply coming to our mats and breathing consciously, perhaps working with postures and perhaps not, we can begin to create a space where we feel safe and calm. When we can be more focused and start to let go of the world beyond our mat (even for just 5 minutes), we can begin to inhabit ourselves – not just passively noticing our breath and body but really feeling our breath and body. Then slowly we learn to how to take the feelings we create on the mat, off the mat and out into the world.


Amanda Candelora

200-hour E-RYT, PCY, APCY

Amanda's holistic approach to teaching yoga is balanced with humour and lightheartedness which will set you instantly at ease in her classes.  She is attentive and intuitive in order to provide a safe yet challenging practice for everyone.

Her personal experience of living with chronic pain and her passion for teaching yoga has led Amanda to study with physiotherapist and yoga therapist Neil Pearson. She is a certified Pain Care Yoga Teacher and a Professional Pain Care Facilitator.



Andrea Jones

Registered Acupuncturist, Certified Thai Massage Therapist, Certified Meditation Instructor, Reiki Master, BScRN

For more than a decade I have worked within the health care system as a registered nurse. My profession changed my perspective on life and what I value. It made me realize how rich and fragile life can be. Through my own journey of health and being an intimate witness to other's journeys I realized that we need to do more to help people live rich, full, self empowered lives. I began to broaden my training to allow me to work with individuals on a more integrative level. I combine my western health knowledge with my ever growing integrative training to bridge the gap that exists in our current healthcare system. 

Learn more about Andrea and her offerings at Videri Health.


Christy Gallagher

200-hour YT

Coming to her mat has always been a source of peace, contentment and strength for Christy. Nurturing those qualities outside of the studio is what she believes is fundamental to her life. Having experienced illness and injury has deepened Christy's practice, ushering in empowerment through healing the mind, body and soul. It’s through this exploration that she’s gained the insights and inspiration to share with others.
After 10 years of yoga practice, Christy completed her 200-hour Teacher Training through the SATTVA School of Yoga in Calgary.

Isabel Negrete Fry

RYT 200

I'm absolutely passionate about yoga and wellness!

I have been practicing for 20 years and after taking my first 200 hour training, my passion only grew stronger and I felt called to share yoga with everybody around me. My classes are for both the new yogi and the experienced one. I believe that our breath can heal and transform us. I also truly believe yoga to be a path to enlightenment and that it should be accessible to everyone.

I am certified in Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga, Rainbow Kids Yoga. I am a Reiki attuned practitioner as well as a Barre Teacher.


Marianne Baron

300-hour E-YT


My personal yoga practice began about 25 years ago when I needed a low-impact form of exercise. Beyond the physical benefits, I stayed with it because of the numerous benefits, not the least of which was better sleep! I completed my training with Gerda Krebs in 2000 and continue to attend workshops and classes on a regular basis. I love to teach to beginners and I also have experience teaching Yin, Pre/Post Natal Yoga, kids, teens, and family yoga. I believe that laughter is a necessary component of a yoga class.

One of the things I most enjoy about teaching beginners is watching students become more aware of their bodies. There are an amazing moments in our practice when our unconscious movements and patterns become conscious. I love to hear about your ‘a-ha!’ moments.

I am passionate about energetic modalities and have trained in Reiki, Reflexology, and Energy Medicine.

Shakti Akal

Shakti Akal / Lareina

220-hour Kundalini Research Institute, Level One certified instructor

My yoga journey began in 2005. I was introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2013. I remember my first class like it was yesterday...”I have no idea what I am chanting but there is something to this.” Over the years that I attended classes a deep yearning grew to understand more about this different style of yoga. I decided to take the level one Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in 2018.
Kundalini Yoga is often referred to as the yoga of awareness and I can’t really express it any better than that. Through classes, workshops and teacher training I began to wake up. Kundalini yoga shifted the way I think, made me more conscious, helps me be a better version of myself and taught me how to be my own friend. It is a very sacred practice. Although my original intent in taking yoga teacher training was not to teach. I quickly realized that this practice has the ability to help many souls and that it needs to be shared with the world. I feel very honoured to be able to share it with you.

Julius Jones & his Bones

Skeleton Extraordinaire

Like many of us, Julius has an injury that informs his yoga practice. Ever adaptable and adventurous, he enjoys the occasional handstand and ice cream cone. Julius is here to help with any questions you have about the bony body.



Organ Master

Did you know that 60% of your lung capacity is in the back body? Or that the word 'spleen' comes from Ancient Greek and means good hearted or compassionate? M'Organ has the answers to these questions and any others you may have about the body's organs.

Guest Teachers


Susan Sasvari

Pilates, Urban Poling certified, CPEP posture trained

Hi, my name is Susan Sasvari. I have been instructing Pilates for over 20 years and am Urban Poling certified plus CPEP (posture) trained. Currently I instruct both Pilates + Posture and Urban Poling/Nordic Walking in my community.

Having operated a matwork studio in Old Strathcona for a number of years, I was provided with a greater learning of myself and others, more than one can measure.  There, on any given day, were Pilates and ball classes, fitness mash ups, running groups and more. It is always inspiring to witness physical progress in my students.  Those 'ah ha' moments.