Happy New Year Yoga

It has been awhile since I’ve written a blog and I’ve had this idea in my mind for about a year. I recently shared my idea with a couple of yogis here in Nashville and they encouraged me to start. Since it’s the beginning of 2019 I decided to take the leap. My goal is to blog once or twice a month about the opportunities in and around Nashville for karma yoga (free and donation based), economical ($10 or less) and special events. In a perfect world I would blog more often but I’m trying to be realistic.

I hope to have input from studios and the yoga community in Nashville so more people in Middle Tennessee can experience yoga and receive the benefits that I have from a regular yoga practice. Eventually I’d like to create a comprehensive list of classes that are either free, donation based or under $10. If you know of any that meet this criteria in the Nashville or surrounding area, please let me know! I can’t promise that it will be posted but I will do my best and perhaps even attend myself.

Favorite Nashville Studios

I currently bounce between two studios (Small World Yoga and Shakti Power Yoga) both in the Music Row area. I occasionally go to Hot Yoga of East Nashville and have been a regular at Liberation Yoga. Unfortunately they closed their Woodbine location but once in awhile I get to their Sunday Karma class. Liberation is on 12 South, the Mecca of Nashville yoga, where I look forward to the re-opening of Fahrenheit Yoga. I attended a few classes at 12South Yoga this year which were great reminders of the basics of a yoga practice.

My husband and I took advantage of Donelson Hot Yoga’s introductory offer this past year and hope to get back there again in 2019. One of the teachers is someone I knew long before he was an instructor and we really enjoyed his Hot 26 class, as much as anyone can “enjoy” a Hot 26 class. We joke that it’s volunteering for torture! All joking aside it has been of great benefit to both of us. I was fearful of it for a long time but once I started I fell in love with this type of practice.

I’ve been planning on taking advantage of YogaSoul’s $30 for 30 classes for awhile now. Maybe this week!

A note to the teachers.

I feel a little guilty about creating this blog since I think you are all worth much more than you are paid. However I know I wouldn’t take advantage of the benefits of yoga if it wasn’t for the variety of choices, locations and access to classes and special deals that I find. I know there are others like me. I want to help them find you. Perhaps this will be their gateway into a regular practice and a full time membership at your studio or location.

A word about yoga styles

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for close to 20 years. I started while working on cruise ships which was an interesting practice in balance when the ship was listing! I’ve never been very versed in the different styles and usually can’t tell you what kind of class I’ve just attended unless they told me first. I’ve done many different types over the years including Vinyasa, Hot 26 or Bikram, Yin Yoga, Restorative, Kundalini, Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga. All this is to say, I hope this blog will help you find an affordable, accessible yoga class in Nashville and Middle TN. It is not meant to educate you on the style or specifics of your yoga practice.

Carol Karma Yoga
Me in Sedona approximately 8 years ago.

Happy New Year Yoga to everyone. I look forward to sharing our yoga journey together, whether you are a beginner, a long time yogi or somewhere in between!

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