Vegan Yoga Instructor - Nashville

photo cred to the awesome  Morgan Carr

photo cred to the awesome Morgan Carr

The "yamas" within yoga philosophy are principles for living in right relationship with others. Ahimsa, one of the five yamas, refers to refraining from acts of violence, harm and unkindness to others, to the earth, and to oneself.

Veganism and other forms of animal activism are some of the best ways we can practice ahimsa. It's important to practice the principles of yoga not just on the mat, but also off the mat in our daily lives.

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher, and I offer private and small group yoga lessons in the Nashville area. 

Maybe you're interested in starting a yoga practice but don't know where to begin — or, perhaps you attend classes regularly and want to know how to take your practice to the next level.

I teach classes regularly at Inner Light Yoga Nashville and also offer private and small group yoga lessons in the area. To schedule your private or small group yoga lesson in the Nashville, TN area, please drop me at line!

Regardless of your experience level, there are many benefits of private yoga lessons: 

  • Detailed instruction from a skilled teacher can help you learn the poses with the greatest safety and integrity

  • Every body is different, and in a class setting, a teacher is limited with the amount of individualized attention and guidance she can provide

  • Though yoga classes are typically designated by just 3 levels, private instruction can be much more tailored to your unique needs

  • For those new to yoga, starting in a public setting can be intimidating

  • You can work with your instructor on addressing specific physical, mental, and spiritual challenges

  • Couples and small group sessions offer a unique shared experience different from the usual dinner or coffee date

  • Similar to working with a coach or personal trainer, working with a private yoga instructor can increase your accountability and thus your motivation to follow through with the goals you set

What are your credentials and training? 

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, the gold standard of yoga teacher certification. I completed my 200-hour training with Daphne and Tom Larkin at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville, and am continuing to pursue additional training toward my ultimate goal of a 500-hour certification. In 2o16, I completed a trauma-sensitive yoga training with Janelle Railey at the Asheville Yoga Center, based on the best practices for TSY developed by David Emerson at the Trauma Center. I am also a Licensed Master Social Worker with five years experience as a practicing psychotherapist and a special focus on mind-body-spirit integration. I have completed Anodea Judith's Mind-Body Integration training and SomEx (module 1) with Kent Fisher and Michelle Rappaport, and I'm also an EMDR-trained trauma therapist.

What makes you different from other yoga teachers?

My background in social work and psychotherapy allows me to bring a deeper integration of mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing often missing from modern yoga classes that are more purely focused on physical fitness. Specializing in recovery from eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and mood and anxiety disorders also uniquely equips me to tailor yoga classes and sessions to most effectively and sensitively address these specific issues. I am a body-positive teacher and supporter of Health at Every Size, which unfortunately is not common enough in the yoga community as a whole.

What kind of yoga do you teach?

I teach primarily a vinyasa flow style of yoga (inspired by Prana Vinyasa , an evolution of traditional vinyasa developed by Shiva Rea), often modified to integrate principles of trauma-sensitive yoga, which I've also done some training in. Vinyasa yoga focuses on synchronizing the breath with the movement of the body, and moving through a flow of poses sequenced within an intentional arc. I can also develop classes and lessons targeted more specifically for certain goals, like relaxation/stress relief, developing a positive body image, and trauma resolution. I am fascinated by the chakra system and sometimes structure classes for balancing these different energy centers of the body. In addition to the asanas (the physical poses), vinyasa yoga also integrates meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques), which I individualize based on the needs of the particular class or person.

How many lessons do I need to get results?

You can think of it somewhat like personal training; if you meet with a trainer just once, you can learn a few new techniques that will be helpful takeaways for your own workouts. If you meet weekly for a period of time, you could learn a variety of techniques and work toward individualized goals. And if you did your "homework" in between sessions, you'd likely feel stronger and more fit after the first month or two — but if you just did your training session every other week and didn't pick up a weight outside of those sessions, you probably wouldn't notice many significant differences.

Though you'll certainly gain from simply doing the private lessons, you'll benefit a lot more by doing the assigned practice in between lessons. Again, it's very customizable — the "homework" could be done in as little as 15-minute segments a few days a week. I know you're busy! As meditation teacher Gabby Bernstein put it, "When people say to me, 'I don't have time to meditate,' I reply, 'Do you have time to feel like crap?'"

For some folks, doing a few private sessions may be enough of a foundation that they can comfortably go out into public classes or do at-home video practices with greater knowledge and improved technique. Others may want to develop a longer-term practice and working relationship with a private instructor. Your needs and preferences will be totally individualized, but be assured that I will not pressure you to do any more sessions than you want to do.

Where do you teach? 

Private lessons will be offered in my office space on Music Row in Nashville. I may also be able to come to you, especially for group classes.

Do I need my own mat or other equipment?

I can provide a mat and other props for 1-on-1 sessions or small groups of 2-3, but for larger groups, you'll need to BYO mat. (And always feel free to bring your own mat if that's your preference.) For groups of 3+, either you'll need to furnish an appropriately sized space, or we can discuss the cost of renting a space for your customized small group experience.

Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?

Definitely not! This is a common myth about yoga. Everyone starts from a different point of flexibility and has their own unique anatomy. Sure, the more you practice yoga, the stronger and more flexible you'll get over time. But ultimately, yoga is not a contest for who can do the craziest looking arm balance or prettiest handstand. It's a system, based in ancient philosophy and proven with modern science, for engaging your mind, body, and spirit to more fully live your values — both in how you take care of yourself, and how you relate with your loved ones and the wider world.

Small Group Yoga

Whether you're planning a bachelorette weekend, want to treat your partner to a unique "date" experience, or you're looking for a way to destress with your team at work, semi-private and small group yoga lessons are a great option that offer the customization of private lessons with the ability to share a special experience with your family and friends (and at a lower cost per person.)


Contact me for information about my rates for private and small group lessons, and package discounts.