A Yogi's Guide to Nashville: 9 Best Studios, Parks and Spas
Nashville is constantly morphing into a new place. A bigger city with more and more people and stuff and things to do. New, young urban professionals are moving in mass to this city and creating places to meet their needs, while enjoying established Nashville birthrights.
Many of them practice so there are lots of studios that are new and thriving. And wellness is a top priority, along with beings outdoors in the beautiful southeastern weather.
So yogis rejoice! 9 places to love (4 studios, 2 scenic parks, 1 massive garden and 2 healing spas). These perfect spots are sure to deepen your practice, enliven your heart, and wake your spirit. Have fun body, mind and spirit.
- Shakti Power Yoga: Get ready to sweat and flow. This is a beautiful space on Music Row, with a bright, lovely vibe. Expect a vigorous power flow in a warm room in a gorgeous old building. All the teachers I've experienced there are generous and fun, and I've never been disappointed. I took my first hot yoga class from Kelly back when she was with Hot Yoga Plus in the 2000s and followed her here to her own studio she started with her sister, Lauren. They put a lot of thought into this awesome yoga business, and it shows. http://www.shaktiyoganashville.com/
- Inner Light Yoga: This space on booming 12th Avenue South is newer and is fun as hell. They are all about a party here, and not in a bad way. They have a focus on music, which is very appropriate when you're in music city. In the middle of their room are inspiring words every yogi should be reminded of (especially in the middle of a wonderfully challenging class): "With hustle and heart, anything is possible." And you can tell from the mood here, there is a lot of heart being put into this studio. And hustle. And personality. Fans of this trendy studio call it Ily as in "il-ly." Their creative classes make you work hard, but you'll have a great time every time. http://www.innerlightyoganashville.com/
- Sanctuary for Yoga: This studio is the father of all the other yoga studios in Nashville, in my opinion. I remember being very, very young taking a class in a serene upstairs room and feeling so good that I fell in love with yoga completely. This place is a rooted establishment in busy Green Hills and so is truly a calming, upscale sanctuary. It became so popular at some point while I was in college that they had to move out of that little upstairs room and expand into a new building around the corner with two awesome rooms, where a variety of well-taught classes take place throughout the day. And really, there is no more experienced teachers in Nashville than Daphne or Tom Larkin, the founders of this awesome studio. http://www.sanctuaryforyoga.com/
- 12South Yoga: If Sanctuary is the father of Nashville yoga studios then 12South is the mother. You can tell by now what type of yoga I am into. It should come as no surprise that I prefer vinyasa flow, at least at this point in my life. But I have dabbled in a lot of other traditions, and I love Iyengar. And if Iyengar is your cup of tea, then you are going to love 12South Yoga. Obviously, this studio is on 12th South too, but it is a totally different vibe from ILY. Iyengar is very structured and precise with a lot of prop use so you can expect wonderful, qualified instructors at this serene space. You can take any level or a gentle, restorative class and feel aligned and fabulous when you leave this well-established studio. http://12southyoga.com/
- Radnor Lake: This place makes me so happy, I can't even tell you. The trails in these woods are a balm to my soul. I have come here to uplift many a hard day. The wooded trails around the lake are flat or if you want hills, you can have them on the other side. Whatever kind of hike you are looking for, you will find it. Want to spot some wildlife? How about turkeys, beavers, turtles, ducks, geese, and deer galore. I have seen a deer every single time I go to this state park. You can't walk or bring dogs into the wooded trails, but you can bring them to the road that runs along the other side of the lake. Check that out and read signs for what to do. Lots of awesome signs also about plant and animal life. Sit and take in the beauty of Tennessee hills for a moment or a majestic waterfall. That's right, I said waterfall. http://radnorlake.org/
- Percy and Edwin Warner Parks: My best friend got engaged in this park on the edge of Belle Meade and Forest Hills. It is the spot to get engaged because it is a breathtaking place, whether you simply drive through or hike the trails. There are all kinds of scenic, expansive views of Nashville if you care to spend time and venture around to find these secret spots. I've spent a lot of time in this park (getting lost for 7 hours, 17 years after the fact, is now a happy memory somehow), and I have a sweet, nostalgic memory on every trail (like the one time a deer walked up to me, and I felt like snow white or the time I genuinely hugged a tree, and my ex-boyfriend's sister walked up). This is a massive, expansive, adventurous park that will make you lose yourself in the beauty of it all. With little treasures all over the place. http://warnerparks.org/
- Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: As long as you're up there at Percy Warner Park, you have to stop by Cheekwood. Art, gardens and history. Everything is beautiful on this sprawling estate. There are all kinds of events, year-round. It's really so beautiful and so impressive. You could spend an entire day here, just soaking it all in. Just relishing the horticultural show you could see in 12 gardens could take two afternoons. This place really is Nashville's pride. https://cheekwood.org/
- The Lotus Room Ayurveda Nashville: Jenna Wolf is cool as hell and her ayurveda studio is calming and healing. Every time I have left her and the fantastic work she does, I have felt renewed. I started going to her in 2010 before she launched Lotus Room and have gotten to watch this business grow. Whether you want a simple deep tissue massage or an Ayurveda Body Therapy or an opening, sensational Thai Yoga massage, you will walk away different, relieved, happier, healthier. That is what it is all about. https://thelotusroomnashville.com/
- Escape Day Spa: If you're talking about spas in Nashville, you cannot not talk about Escape. I do love this place. And their expansion since they started has been crazy to watch. Their meditation room is the sh** with a nature screen to make you lose your mind, literally. And all their practitioners are winners. Whether you want a traditional massage or a facial or hydrotherapy, whatever it is. This big, bad spa will relieve you. http://www.escapespaces.com/
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