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Nicole attended her first yoga practice at 9 years old, alongside her mother, a long-time yogi. To some degree, yoga had always been present in her life, but it wasn't until college that she realized it was actually the greatest gift she had ever received. As she grew older, she quickly learned that the effects of her practice went so much deeper than just the physical. After witnessing the impact of her practice in her own life, she knew she had to share what she was experiencing through yoga. In 2011, Nicole completed a 230Hr teacher training through Asheville Yoga Center and is currently on the path to completing her 500Hr Prana Flow certification with Shiva Rea.
Nicole considers her yoga practice to be her saving grace, and the time she spends on her mat is what makes her whole. Every time she steps onto the mat, she is reminded that each breath is a chance to make a change, and every day is a new challenge and new opportunity. When we learn to quiet the mind and listen to the breath, something magical happens, and the heaviness of life begins to vanish. She is eternally grateful to her mother who introduced her to this practice at a young age, and her teachers who have encouraged her throughout her journey.
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Even though Rebecca had a few early introductions to Yoga, it officially took root in Rebecca’s life in 2008. It felt as though Yoga was the perfect blend of physical, mental, and spiritual connection. She fell completely in love and continued on a path to explore and expand her practice and knowledge of this wonderful way of life. After years of practice and filled with a strong desire to share the benefits of yoga with others, she completed her 230 Hr. Teacher Training at the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina under the guidance of her teachers, Stephanie Keach and Shala Worsley in early 2010. In 2014, she completed the additional 300 Hr. Advanced Yoga Studies program at the Asheville Yoga Center and earned her 500 Hr. Certification. She is incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from such amazing teachers through the course of her trainings and to have studied a wide and in-depth array of yoga styles and teachings.
Rebecca's teaching style is influenced and inspired by an eclectic blend of hatha yoga traditions. Her weekly classes are currently predominantly creative Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative. She also has training in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, and Yoga in a therapeutic approach, and SUP yoga. Her classes balance the range of physical intensity from dynamic to restorative to allow all students to explore their own unique yoga practices. Rebecca’s classes create an open, nurturing environment for students to explore their practices with creativity, strength, and freedom. She views Yoga as an art and science to address all the layers of our human system, from the physical to the spiritual, and teaches in a heartfelt way to allow her students to feel guided and supported while creating awareness and balance. She always encourages her students to move and breathe mindfully, to create space externally and internally, and to dive deeper into their own Self study to explore more fully the connection to truth, wisdom, and light held within us all.
She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology and she loves art and painting.
Allison grew up in the North Shore of Chicago and has been practicing yoga for the past eight years. She began her practice with Bikram Yoga and eventually moved toward a vinyasa-based practice. Allison was an avid runner and gym rat for years, while living and working in the art world in New York City. She fell in love with yoga as an escape from the streets and treadmill, and has found it is a proactive way to be more respectful of her body and mind.
In March 2016, Allison graduated from the emPower School of Yoga with her 200-hour RYT certification, focusing on vinyasa yoga. Outside of yoga, you will find Allison pining after art, appraising, making too many playlists and traveling.
Allison loves the space yoga has created for her throughout so many different periods of her life: good, bad, weak, strong, and she hopes to enable students to come to their mats as they are and share with them the space she finds within her practice.
Rae Anne took her very first yoga class while living in Atlanta in 2008. Little did she know she would once again find her inner child through yoga as she experienced during childhood through the art of dance (ballet & jazz.) She moved to Nashville in 2010 after the unexpected passing of her little brother. It was almost a year before she had the courage to step back into a yoga class due to the fear of silence, being alone in her own head for the duration of a class. Yet, when she finally did she found healing and restoration and she has never looked back.
Yoga for her became a source of healing, peace, and strength… a reassurance that everything will be okay despite the chaos of life. Thus, leading her to complete her 200 hour yoga teaching training through Empower School of Yoga in 2016. Outside of yoga Rae Anne hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and works as a therapist at Rooted Counseling. She is also the Director of a donation based wellness studio called ASPIRE where all the proceeds go to children’s charities within the Nashville area. She enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and her puppies. She loves traveling specifically to the beach where she feels most at peace.
It is Rae Anne’s intention that each of her students will leave her classes inspired, energized, and hopeful that “everything is going to be okay!” She teaches a power vinyasa flows class that are sure invigorate the mind, body & soul.
Over the years, Derrick has become a sports and fitness enthusiast and is excited about helping children and adults of all ages to reach their fitness goals.
He holds his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specialties in Suspension Training, Corrective Exercise, SAQ, Cardio for Performance, Cardio for Fitness and Core Training.
Whether your goals are to alter body composition, increase sports performance or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, Derrick is here to help. He feels that as a trainer his responsibility is to provide his clients with support along with accountability.
His mission is to help people push past their comfort zones and towards a stronger and healthier lifestyle.
Ryan came to Nashville in 2012 from southern New Jersey. Ryan completed his undergraduate degree at Rowan University where he studied Health Promotion and Fitness Management.
Playing sports throughout his life, Ryan then turned his passion for fitness into a career as a personal trainer. After personal training for many years, Ryan became interested in the other facets of health including nutrition. Ryan became a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is currently pursuing his Masters in Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Ryan loves helping clients find habits that suit their lifestyle and cause lasting changes in their fitness and wellness routines!
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Mckenna is a Maryland native and attended college in Boston at Berklee College of Music. She moved to Nashville the summer of 2016 to pursue a career in music. Along her journey in music, Mckenna had always been an avid sports player and fitness enthusiast. Moving to Nashville, Mckenna felt her heart pulling her toward a life and career in fitness and wellness in addition to her musical aspirations. Mckenna took it upon herself to push out of her comfort zone and work toward her goals of being a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Mckenna has always had a passion for touching other people’s lives. Whether she is in the writing room or studio or pushing and encouraging her group fitness classes, Mckenna is on a mission to spread positivity and help you be your best self.