Welcome to the family.
Raquel Bueno | Donna Ortner | Melissa Shah | Gabrielle Saliba | Aerin Higginbotham | Bethany Joy | Shabaz Ujima | Michelle Mandico | Liz Workman Mead | Jourdan Parenteau | Bharati Gokhale | Meg Kramarz | Sarah Scarborough | Mina Kashani | Amanda Wentworth | Hailey Reynolds | Carlisle Hodges | Bharati Gokhale
Studio Owner | Teacher |
Raquel began practicing in a studio over 20 years ago, when she signed up for an Iyengar yoga class with Jan Campbell in Nashville, TN. The precision of the practice along with the challenge to connect spiritually resonated profoundly within her. After moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles, Raquel was fortunate enough to experience a multitude of approaches and styles. Alongside her passion for yoga, she began the practice of Zen Buddhism; taking her Buddhist precepts (Jukai) in 2002.
Inspired by art, creativity and also by her many teachers (yoga and otherwise, including her mentor and friend, Saul David Raye), Raquel creates a practice that brings to life the holistic and healing nature of yoga. Her faith in the practice of "allowing" inspires people to simply yet deeply access and connect more passionately with their authentic strength, vulnerability, and spirit. This approach, coupled with her background in Zen Buddhism has allowed her to find a natural synergy between yoga and an inner connection. Her teaching style integrates real-life experience and the science and philosophy of yoga; enhancing a spiritual, mental and physical context for your body and mind in the world.
Raquel is the creator of Liberation Yoga Studio in Nashville, YTT Soul Migration creator and teacher, co-teacher to Saul David Raye for the Atma YTT as well as a seasonal guest teacher on Martha’s Vineyard; conducting a multitude of soul-based workshops. Raquel studies mantra with Vedic Priest, Shiva Kumar, Vedanta with Jyothi Chalam, and makes annual pilgrimages to India as well as being a student of herbalism. Raquel is humbled and honored by her students and how profoundly the practice of teaching has influenced her as a constant student of this amazing and beautiful life.
Donna has been studying yoga, meditation and holistic healing for over 20 years. Teaching for 10 years, she brings a holistic, embodied approach, guiding her students to practice from a place of intuitive exploration and personal freedom. With over 500 hours of yoga training, she is currently working towards a 1000 hour certification in Viniyoga therapy, her teachings evolve to offer the healing power of yoga to all.
Studio Manager | Teacher |
Melissa is a new Nashville resident originally from NYC! She found yoga at the age of 12 as a journey to heal her childhood illnesses. Through this journey, yoga helped to form her adulthood and transformed the way she viewed her body, mind and soul. She is blessed to have received training from Nataraja Yoga Center, YogaWorks NYC, as well as Integral Yoga NYC for her prenatal teaching certification. She aspires to make the practice of yoga accessible for all while still exploring the rich history and culture. Melissa teaches all ages and abilities - her classes are innovative, emotional, and empowering.
Teacher | YTT Facilitator
Aerin first discovered yoga as a way to maintain her physical body’s health during the strains she was experiencing as a professional dancer. The continuation of her yoga practice, like many, transformed her life beyond physical healing and opened a path of joy, compassion, and deep spiritual healing. Yoga’s path to be of service to others and to radiate gratitude, has lead Aerin to be a lifelong student. Under the loving guidance of her teachers Lydia and Michael Morton, she received her 200 hour teacher training in South Louisiana. Her classes strive to bring mindfulness, empowerment, and light to all who attend through her continuous study of ancient teachings such as Vipassana Meditation, Dhamma, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin.
Bethany Joy is a certified Naam Yoga Therapist, Life Coach for Women, Circle Facilitator, and Peace Process IMM energetic healer. Bethany’s classes have a deep focus on spirituality and meditation, connecting us with Source and the God/dess of our hearts. Her spiritual influences include Yoga, continued study with shamans and Q’eros in Peru, Mysticism, and any heart-centered practice. Understanding that all Universal truth comes from the same Source, she combines the practice of Eastern yogic asana (postures), mantra and meditation with Shamanism and Mysticism.
Originally from New York, Bethany is a former professional dancer and certified in Pilates and the Gyrotonic Expansion System She is also an instructor of the Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga (certified by Gurmukh) and The Kabbalah of Birth and Beyond. Fluent in Spanish, Bethany travels regularly to Latin America leading spiritual retreats and partnering with local organizations. Bethany produced and starred in her own Naam Yoga Prenatal Yoga DVD in 2012 and co-created and co-founded I Am Consciousness Clothing Co., a yoga apparel company in 2013. She also holds a B.S. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Most importantly she is the mother to three magical children.
Bethany leads open yoga classes, workshops, and retreats as well as offers private yoga and coaching sessions.
“Touch someone’s heart and you will change them completely. This is the highest form of Yoga, the highest form of Kabbalah. It is the highest form of spirituality to move from saying ‘I’ to saying ‘we’.” - Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, Naam Yoga Founder
Colorado native Michelle Mandico offers a heart-based flow class focused on restoring and strengthening our connection to our own inner voice. Every transition, an invitation for the body to help move the mind into stillness. Every class, an opportunity to be gentle, honest and playful. An intuitive instructor and artist, Michelle encourages a practice that engages personal meditation through breath and healing mantra. A common teaching phrase that she often repeats to herself, is "breath in, I know I am breathing in, breath out, I know I am breathing out." Humbled by the complexity found in nature and the simplicity it takes to see it, Michelle approaches her own practice as a relationship and true art form.
Michelle is a spirited songstress and her passion for singing and songwriting is what initially brought her to Music City, but has found Nashville to be a fitting city for this chapter of her life in many ways. Before teaching yoga, Michelle was an alpine ski instructor based in Denver, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors. Also a visual artist and ceramicist, Michelle has her master's degree in gifted arts education and is always looking new ways to get messy and adopt a beginner's mind.
Michelle completed her 200 Hour Atma Teacher Training with Saul David Raye and Raquel Bueno at Liberation Nashville.
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Liz received her Masters at Columbia and has been an educator for twelve years. While teaching high school History in the inner city of New York, she began leading yoga classes after school. Yoga helped her students overcome emotional obstacles and fall in love with their lives again. Thus motivated by her experience, she received certification from Laughing Lotus yoga studio in New York City. Her practical approach and off-beat hip demeanor make Liz’s classes fun and inviting. She loves a challenge and will be sure to push your practice to the extremes, but with humor and lighthearted playfulness.
LIZ WORKMAN MEAD
Gabrielle Saliba is an embodied fitness practitioner. A professional dancer and educator, she has worked with countless movers of all ages and abilities nationally and internationally for over twenty years. Her work is a culmination of her training and performance in master dance techniques, autobiographical theater and her personal journey in mental wellness. She offers yoga practices that draw from these roots to encourage coordination, strength, wisdom and joy while emphasising subtle body awareness.
Gabrielle is also an ACE certified personal trainer and is currently finishing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Liberation Yoga.
Sarah Scarborough of Tea Huntress and Firepot Nomadic Teas has devoted the last twenty years of her life to discovering the beauty and magic of the Leaf! She has traveled the world over to learn ancient traditions of Tea Ceremony and to source the finest, ethical, organic and high vibrational varieties.
A yogini of 25 years and RYT 200, she offers classic vinyasa yoga inspired by various energies of the Leaf!
Mina began practicing yoga over 20 years ago when running was a big part of her life. Thinking yoga was just a “compliment” to her active lifestyle she didn’t think much of going deeper until a back injury prevented her from running. Yoga became a very important part of her life not just for physical healing but emotional as well. Since then, Mina has completed 200 hour Prana flow teacher training and has become devoted to deepening her knowledge not just as a teacher but student as well. Mina teaches all levels classes with a focus on alignment and strength making it accessible to all.
Amanda Wentworth (C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 & RCYT) studies life based in
movement experience. Her evolution began with the varied disciplines of gymnastics, modern dance, capoeira and anthropology, yet her present focus is breath-based vinyasa to guide one towards deeper experiences of self. Teaching yoga full time since 2004, she received her primary 1,000-hour Hatha Yoga certification through the Iyengar tradition at the Southern Institute of Yoga Instructors in Nashville. Following this she studied and taught yoga in New York City for a decade basing her work in the therapeutic style of Katonah Yoga. During this time she also created, directed, and led the Hatha-Vinyasa Teacher Training program (RYS-200) at Om Factory Yoga Center in Manhattan for 5 years.
Currently, Amanda is teaching and studying in the Krishnamacharya lineage of TKV Desikachar under the guidance of D. Wertenbaker and C. Bossart. She graduated in 2018 from their 3.5 year and 1,000-hour yoga therapy program YATNA, an International Association of Yoga Therapists- accredited school. She teaches yoga therapy group classes, private sessions, and research protocol with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. There she specifically works with yoga for back pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, sleep conditions, cancer care, and more. She also enjoys teaching yoga to children of all ages. Through the simple integration of mind, breath and movement, Amanda shares a safe and nourishing exploration of one’s unique experience of being.
Jourdan fell in love with yoga after experiencing the many benefits it brought to her physical body, and then quickly noticed those same benefits weaving into other, less material, parts of her life, allowing for expansion and growth in ways she hadn’t expected. This led her to pursue her practice as a student for nearly a decade before stepping into the role of teacher.
She completed her 200 hour certification with Linda Fenelon at NuPower Yoga in 2018 and is currently pursuing her 300 hour certification with Raquel Bueno (Liberation Yoga) and Linda Fenelon (NuPower Yoga). Jourdan is also certified in Yin Yoga through Melissa Christiansen.
Jourdan’s classes are as challenging as they are grounding and students can expect to enjoy the balance between effort and ease in each of her sequences as well as her playlists. One of her main goals as a teacher is to foster an environment where students feel safe and inspired, and one where students are able to connect to themselves and to others through their practice.
When she’s not on her mat, you can find Jourdan doing anything she can to help animals, putting her love and her seva into action.
Meg Kramarz lives in Franklin on a small farm with her husband and two children. She found yoga a couple of years after becoming a mom. Yoga helped her reconnect with herself and find balance between being a mom and being her own person. She received her 200 hour teacher training with Linda Fenelon at Nupower Yoga and Barre and is currently in 300 hour training with Raquel Bueno and Linda Fenelon. Meg loves to theme her classes and encourages each person to find what feels good in their body as no two bodies are the same. She behinds each class with grounding and breath work before bringing people into movement.
Hailey Reynolds found yoga 10 years ago during a summer internship in college. She stepped into her first yoga studio looking for exercise and a community away from home, but quickly realized she had discovered a completely new path in her life. Hailey immediately experienced the integrative healing that was unique to Yoga in both a physiological and psychological sense and has been on her mat ever since.
Putting her practice as a student first, she continued to attend many trainings across yoga disciplines in Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee before completing her 200 hour certification with her teacher, Linda Fenelon at NuPower Yoga in 2018. She is currently pursuing her 300 hour certification with Raquel Bueno (Liberation Yoga) and Linda Fenelon (NuPower Yoga). Hailey is also certified in Yin Yoga through Melissa Christiansen.
Hailey teaches from a functional perspective, combining form and movement in creative sequences with accessible cues, giving her students space for exploration while offering insightful guidance along the way. Her passion lies in bridging the intersection of the metaphysical and philosophical aspects of Yoga and the anatomical systems embodied on a scientific level.
Shabaz Ujima in 2014 received his yoga teacher certification from Practice Yoga in Dayton OH. Shabaz has taught yoga in the Dayton school and Montgomery county jail system. Upon moving back to Nashville he teaches and has taught yoga at the Nashville Ballet, the Global Education Education Center, Davidson County Juvenile detention center, as well as at Nashville’s Room at the Inn.
I believe intuitive movement and breath are essential for the evolution of self. I am honored to hold space for others. I put just as much emphasis on softening as I do strengthening. We can shift energy in a matter of seconds. Yoga beautifully awakens our ability to do that. For me yoga is about coming home to self again and again. When we create space and harmony on the inside it has a ripple effect on our entire external experience.
I received my 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training certificate in 2013 through the Asheville Yoga Center under Stephanie Keach's program. I lived and worked as a yoga teacher on Nantucket Island for five years. I am inspired by many of my fellow teachers on the island. Studio owners Meg Rohrer and Shannah Green helped shape me into the teacher I am today. I have attended countless workshops with Lynne Begier, creator of Back Bay Yoga in Boston, who also resides on Nantucket Island. In 2017 I traveled to Maui for a five day intensive with Eddie Modestini. Eddie's practice of Yoga on the Inside profoundly influenced me as a student and a teacher.
I am certified in Reiki levels I and II. I facilitate Intuitive Healing sessions at Osho Collective Salon and Spa in Berry Hill. I am the founder of Wild Intuitives, luxury CBD for the soul. Tennessee hemp products crafted and hand poured by me. Nashville has given me the opportunity to fuse all of this magic together and share a deep integrative healing process with others. I am grateful, love love love.
Bharati Gokhale (PT, tDPT, WCS, CYT), a physical therapist who is certified in women's health physical therapy and also has certification in Viniyoga, Hatha yoga, and Yin Yoga.
She and her family (husband and 2 children) have lived in Nashville now for 18 years. Along with teaching yoga, she loves to travel and try different cuisines. She is passionate about Women’s health issues mainly pelvic health issues and works with that population as a physical therapist at St. Thomas Hospital (Ascension).
She also has started her own company Symbiotic Yoga through which she sees clients who have various health issues and want to do yoga but unable to join the classes. She works with them to help them get back to the community classes and/or create their own personalized practice.