This studio, their mission and encouragement from one of their teachers inspired me to start this blog. I first heard about Small World Yoga attending Shakti Yoga’s Sunday Karma Class (more about them in a future blog) and again at Nashville Paddle (something for the summer). I have also attended their yearly fundraiser, Music City Yoga Festival twice. SWY is Nashville’s first non-profit yoga studio offering free classes to the public at Nashville Public libraries, as well as in prisons, schools, hospitals, recovery centers and more. In 2018 they opened a physical location at the corner of 17th and Wedgewood. You can see the $5 Yoga sign on the front lawn at 1701 17th Avenue South.
What’s the class like?
Small World Yoga has a mix of classes. I’ve mostly taken the heated power flow classes. We usually start with a community “ohm” then slowly move into a flow of salutations; down dog, chaturanga, warrior and balancing poses, etc. cooling down with a few bridges or full wheel (which I can now do! Never stop trying!!) and some stretches like pigeon or the modification of your choice and finally shavasana or corpse pose.
How much will it cost?
Bring your own water, mat and towel, but if you forget, they rent them for $2 each. Most of their community classes (libraries etc.) are listed as free. The studio classes usually have a suggested minimum donation of $5. Some student teacher classes are offered with no donation required. Of course, if you are able, you can always donate more to help them with their mission.
Another opportunity for a free class is to donate your time. I currently help out on Friday nights before and after the 4:30 class. Come join me and learn more about this great studio with an even greater mission!
I’m in! Now What?
At the beginning stages of this blog I’m trying to decide how to start creating an easily accessible comprehensive list of karma yoga opportunities. I may add a calendar or one dedicated page that I attempt to keep updated.
Readers should always consult the studio website’s current schedule before attending and/or download the MindBody App (my secret weapon) to your Smart Phone.
Happy Yoga Y’all!