Yoga isn’t just another fitness craze—it’s a full-body workout promoting strength, flexibility and emotional well-being for men and women of all ages. But finding the right-for-you studio can be tricky, since every yogi has different needs and preferences. If you’re looking for the best yoga studios in Nashville, these local spots shine brightest in terms of instructors, reputation and overall vibe.
The Best Yoga Studios in Nashville
Sanctuary for Yoga
Green Hills’ Sanctuary for Yoga opened in 2004, which makes it one of the most established studios in Nashville. Whether you’re new to Sanctuary or yoga in general, founders Tom and Daphne Larkin—plus their team of experienced instructors—will graciously ease you into the flow. Sanctuary offers everything from traditional vinyasa to yin yoga to restorative classes. Other perks: Ample parking out front and back, and a boutique with yoga mats, accessories and clothing.
Hot Yoga Plus
Hot Yoga Plus is among the most popular hot yoga studios in Tennessee. The company’s Elliston Place studio—its only location in Davidson County—specializes in hot yoga but also has non-heated rooms with power flow and restorative classes. Two Nashville instructors we have extra #HYPlove for are Dawn Cunningham and Brent Coleman.
Steadfast and True Yoga
Steadfast and True Yoga, which recently relocated to historic Germantown, was founded by Gillian St. Clair in 2010 and continues to gain traction and dedicated new followers. Many classes here are ashtanga- or vinyasa-based, and all are fluid and rooted in proper alignment. Try an acroyoga session if you’re looking for an extra challenge.
Hot Yoga of East Nashville
Hot Yoga of East Nashville, located just across the Cumberland, has been heating up the local yoga scene since 2012. The studio focuses on bikram style but keeps things well-rounded with vinyasa, buti and prenatal classes. Don’t pass up the new-student deal: 10 classes for $20, to be used within 14 days.
Kali Yuga Yoga
Since its beginnings as a casual yoga club, Kali Yuga Yoga has been known for its tight-knit community and deep-seated passion for the traditional practice. A full-fledged studio since 2007, Kali Yuga offers a range of classes in both heated and non-heated rooms plus workshops and teacher training.
Shakti Power Yoga
In 2012, sisters Kelly Farina-Carter and Lauren Farina founded Shakti Power Yoga on the pillars of gratitude, growth and community. And it shows: They’ve developed a tribe of loyal followers who spread the Shakti gospel via word-of-mouth and custom merch. Popular classes range from a heated power flow to a nourishing restorative session.
Inner Light Yoga
The newest addition to Nashville’s yoga scene is a standout for many reasons, including its sleek studio on 10th Avenue South and signature free-flow vinyasa classes. Also of note: With loud beats and class themes ranging from Coldplay to ’80s tunes, music is at the core of Inner Light—the playlists are even documented on the studio’s Spotify page.
No gimmicks or distractions here—if you want to get serious about yoga, head to Liberation. With a background in Zen Buddhism, owner Raquel Bueno encourages students to find healing and an inner connection. The result: physical, mental and spiritual benefits as well as a deeper understanding of the practice.
Iyengar Yoga Center / 12 South Yoga
Get a firm understanding of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar’s method at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Nashville (also known as 12 South Yoga). Expect attention to detail and focus on body alignment, as well as the use of props to strengthen your practice. All levels are welcome.
Small World Yoga (Coming Soon)
Small World Yoga is a nonprofit organization providing nearly 150 free yoga classes at dozens of locations throughout the city. Small World Yoga will soon have a dedicated studio on Music Row at 1701 17th Avenue South. Most classes will be donation-based or offered at reduced rates to accommodate yogis of all incomes and backgrounds. Stay tuned for more details on the new studio, which is slated to open spring 2018.
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