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.
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Donna has been studying yoga and meditation for over 20 years and teaching for 12 years. She brings a mindful and holistic approach, guiding students to practice from a place of intuitive exploration and personal freedom. She guides students to develop a connection to their body, breath, and inner resource to foster an integrative and embodied experience of the practices. Donna teaches group yoga classes and one-on-one yoga therapy. She has studied yoga and meditation with master teachers since 2000 and is a E-500 Registered Yoga Alliance teacher, Yoga Therapy certified, Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga Nidra Certified and trained in Yoga for Cancer and Trauma Informed Yoga.
Teacher | YTT Facilitator
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
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.
Jourdan is an RYT-500 Level Teacher. She completed her 200-hour certification with Linda Fenelon at NuPower Yoga in 2018 her 300-hour certification with Raquel Bueno (Liberation Yoga) and Linda Fenelon (NuPower Yoga) in 2020. 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.
RHi, my name is Lindsey! I am a RYT 500 instructor and I have been consistently practicing yoga for the last 6 years. Yoga has brought so much light into my life as well as a wonderful Nashville community of some truly amazing humans! Since 2015, I have been living in Nashville with my silly pup named Leia but originally I am from New York. When I am not on my mat, you can find me outside exploring, reading, cooking and traveling with my boyfriend Carson. I loveee to travel and explore the world so please share your favorite travels with me! My current favorite pose is pigeon...yes, you read that right :) and I can’t wait to meet you all in the coming weeks!
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.
Sadie Hart is a musician, yoga instructor, and touring singer-songwriter who leads new moon women’s circles, kirtan, and healing yoga workshops along the way. Sadie completed her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teaching Certification with Sacred Seed in Costa Rica, and relocated from NYC to Nashville in 2014. Sadie has continuing education in Yoga For Trauma, Bhakti Yoga, and is a certified Y12SR Leader. Sadie completed her 300-Hour Advanced Yoga & Ayurveda Teaching Certification online in 2020 with Indra Yoga Institute. Sadie’s classes are a gentle, loving, empowering, and playful space to come home to the body and regulate the nervous system with breath, presence, intention, and lots of bhakti love. She is so grateful to continue teaching online with Raquel at Liberation. Learn more at http://sadiehartmusic.com & @sadiehartmusic on all social platforms.
Ashley grew up as a very physically active child - her mind moved so much when her body was still, and she discovered that movement gave her restless mind a needed pause. Fast forward to her early 20s, Ashley went to her first yoga studio and fell in love with the way yoga unites breath with movement. After several years of practicing in an asana focused studio, she realized she wanted more stillness from her practice. In 2019, she decided to take Liberation’s YTT with Raquel Bueno. The training equipped her with the tools she needed to find stillness in the mind, even while the body was still (even if just for a moment!) Since graduating, she has also had the privilege of assisting Raquel in Liberation’s 2020 YTT, allowing her to strengthen her foundational knowledge of the tradition of Yoga.
In addition to her passion for yoga, Ashley is a bit of an exercise science nerd. She is Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist (FRCms) and Functional Range Assessment (FRA) provider, and is currently on the path to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in. While maintaining a firm belief that yoga transcends the physical realm, Ashley also recognizes that her educational background allows her to create intelligently sequenced classes (with a splash of creativity) that are safe and accessible for all levels, always giving the opportunity to modify.
When she isn’t practicing yoga, you can find Ashley running with her dog Maya, swimming, biking, creating art, or spending time with her family and friends. She loves humans a whole lot, and would be pretty giddy to chat with you!
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.
Teacher | YTT Facilitator
Nivi Palanivel started practicing yoga in Chapel Hill, NC as an undergrad in the nursing program. She finished her 200 RYT yoga teaching certification in 2016 and recently started teaching in 2020. She has practiced in the Baptiste style for several years and is a certified Baptiste instructor. She finds value in a strong physical practice for preventing injury and increasing resilience in her daily life. However, she has been exploring more restorative and therapeutic forms of yoga to round out her practice. She is passionate about finding joyful, accessible movement for every body and loves feedback from her students. Her classes aim to increase resilience, soothe overactive nervous systems, and find joy and gratitude within ourselves. The purpose of her personal yoga practice and what she offers to students is simply the practice of self-care and finding grounding and inspiration to get back out in the world and work for something bigger than ourselves.
Nivi is also an ICU nurse at Vanderbilt and has found her mindfulness practice to be incredibly soothing and beneficial to balancing the different components of her life. Outside work and the studio, you can find her cooking for her friends, dabbling in watercolor projects, and exploring coffee shops and great hikes around town.
Carol’s first yoga class was a lesson in balance, literally. While working as a musician onboard Carnival Cruise Lines from 2000-2003, Carol learned the basic postures. Moving to Nashville, she continued her journey, learning from a variety of teachers of various styles and traditions.
After 19 years of practice Carol was encouraged by teachers and friends to attend teacher training. She chose Liberation Nashville’s 200hr training because their focus encompassed the whole of yoga. Carol’s original intention was not necessarily to become a teacher but to deepen her own practice, learn more about the history of yoga, meditation and pranayama. After the first weekend of training everything changed and she couldn’t wait to become a yoga instructor.
Carol’s goal as an instructor is to encourage beginners, inspire all experience levels and journey through the Eight Limb Path of Yoga together. Each class includes a short introduction to a yoga concept, pranayama, asana, and meditation.
Since 2007, Catherine has worked as a board certified art therapist, a master’s level mental health professional engaging clients in their own art-making, creativity, and discussion to help find ease among life’s many challenges. Catherine has long incorporated the practices of mindfulness in her sessions and, after completing a 200hr yoga teacher training with Liberation Yoga, has most recently included mindful movement as well. For the past 8 years, Catherine has worked at Nashville’s Centennial Medical Center, where she witnessed the profound benefits of mindfulness practices on mental and physical health while working with individuals admitted to the hospital’s services in oncology, pediatrics, bariatric and orthopedic surgery, and intensive outpatient mental health. This came as no surprise, as Catherine has experienced first-hand the benefits of a regular yoga and mindfulness practice herself when facing moments of grief and loss, chronic pain from surgeries, and life transitions. Because of this professional and personal experience, Catherine enjoys the creative aspects of planning yoga flows and meditations that revolve around specific intentions for healing and well-being. Catherine is excited to continue sharing these valuable teachings through Liberation Yoga as well as her private practice, HeartSpace Wellness Studio.