In 2020, health and immunity were in the international spotlight like never before. Unfortunately, especially at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, serenity and tranquility weren’t easy for many of us to achieve, and our physical fitness took a proverbial back seat.
Now, with yoga studios across Middle Tennessee open for classes, you can pursue improved personal wellness—both inside and out—in a community of like-minded students. Today, we’re bringing you our list of the best local yoga studios in Middle Tennessee. While things may be a bit different than they were pre-pandemic, classes are in full swing; the only thing missing is you!
Sanctuary Yoga was founded by Daphne and Tom Larkin in 2004. Since its doors first opened, Sanctuary has remained dedicated to its founding principle: providing the people of Nashville with a space to evolve and grow as they take a creative yoga journey.
Currently, Sanctuary offers classes in-person and online. As part of their focus on community wellness, the owners have decided that temperature checks are required upon each student’s check-in, and masks must be worn.
Sanctuary Yoga offers a variety of classes, including:
Free Flow Yoga won “Best Yoga” this year in Williamson’s Best, and it’s easy to see why. Between their infectious cheer and dedication to supporting every kind of body within Franklin’s community, Free Flow has easily endeared itself to a huge following. Whether you want a monthly pass, a once-in-a-while class, or a place to host a birthday party for someone quite small, Free Flow Yoga has you covered.
During the pandemic, they’ve made changes to keep their clients safe. In their larger studio, only 8 students may attend in person per class, while their smaller studio only holds 4. Check their app to preview class capacity; you can easily see how much space each participant will have by viewing the “instructor bubble.”
Hola Yoga’s “less is more” approach focuses on classic, alignment-based yoga. By focusing on essentials, each student is given the tools to embrace yoga at every stage of their lives. This inclusive studio has made substantial procedural changes to keep Nashvillians safe during the pandemic, including:
Requiring masks until students are situated on their mats
Frequent sanitization of surfaces and fixtures
High-tech air purification along with open doors and windows, weather permitting
Temperature checks at the counter
Reduced class size that preserves a 6-foot distance between each student
Towels, lockers, and showers temporarily not available
Arden Yoga is Murfreesboro’s yoga therapy resource. The owner, Kira Whitaker, has had a career arc that includes nursing, yoga certification, and health coaching. Thanks to her nursing background, she has always been careful to disinfect her studio and wash her hands between classes. In addition to her ongoing disinfection protocol, Kira requires students to wash before entering class. She is not performing hands-on adjustments at this time.
Arden Yoga is open for in-person and online classes through Zoom. Rather than offering multiple types of instruction, Kira incorporates the following 8 pillars of wellness into each session:
Gillian St. Clair, owner of Steadfast & True Yoga, has built this intentional community around the mantra “right actions, less distractions,” with an emphasis on ensuring that the yogic practice is accessible to all. Since its opening in 2010, Gillian’s studio has continually expanded. Today, more than 40 classes are taught every week at Steadfast & True.
This studio’s COVID-19 response includes the following:
Temperature checks at the desk
Masks are required
Social distancing is enforced
In-person classes are capped at 8 students
The studio is disinfected after every session
Live and recorded virtual classes are available
Pre-registration for each class is required
No hands-on instruction will be conducted
No studio mats, blocks, or towels are available
Students who are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with anyone who has felt unwell, must remain at home
Students with unlimited passes may only attend 1 in-person class per day, but may attend as many virtual classes as they like
Santosha is a word meaning complete contentment. On the Eight Limbed Path of yoga, Santosha describes the joyful deep peace within. Santosha Yoga strives to challenge your entire being by strengthening, meditation, and deep heat. Prepare to sweat and discover your inner source of energy and connection with others. Because every yoga pose offered can be modified, Santosha yoga is ideal for all bodies and ability levels.
Santosha Yoga has established the following COVID-19 protocols:
No equipment or towel rentals due to COVID; showers are closed
Masks are requested until you are settled on your mat
At Lotus Rising, you’ll learn under the mantra, “Yoga isn’t about getting better at posing. It’s about getting better at living.” Rather than focusing on perfection, students are encouraged to discover their highest, truest selves through attention to purpose rather than an obsession with perfection.
Lotus Rising’s COVID-19 protocols include:
Masks required until you are settled on your mat
Bring your own mat, towel, and blanket
In-studio classes are capped at 8 participants
Studio surfaces and fixtures are disinfected between each class
Slow Flow + Restore
Heated Power Flow
Private sessions are also available for all levels. Private lessons may be booked for individuals or small groups.
NuPower Yoga and Barre blends the flexibility training of yoga with the strength training of traditional weightlifting through the use of the ultra-gentle, perfectly ergonomic Nubell system. Join this safe, nurturing space to connect with your community, pursue your fitness goals, and embrace the healing power of yoga.
NuPower’s COVID-19 protocols include:
Pre-registration for each class
Temperature checks at the desk
Masks required until your instructor says you may remove it
Cubby and mat numbers will be assigned to ensure social distancing
Each student must bring their own mat, towel, and props
Students may purchase props and water upon arrival to the studio
Brentwood’s The Hot Room is a member of the Original Hot Yoga Association dedicated to promoting the therapeutic benefits provided by the practice of hot yoga. Since its opening in 2015, The Hot Room has gained a loyal following among wellness-minded yoga students. Grab your mat and towel and arrive ready to sweat it out!
The Hot Room’s COVID-19 protocols include:
Social distancing is required
Ozone air filters are activated daily
UV light and air filtration
Disinfection of all high-touch surfaces
Open studio door, weather permitting
No lavender towels are available
Flotex antimicrobial, antibacterial flooring
Students who are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with others who are feeling unwell, are asked to remain at home
Hot Yoga of East Nashville seeks to help students feel more at ease in their bodies, more at peace in their minds, and connected to their communities both mentally and spiritually. By nature, hot yoga is challenging, requiring hard work in pursuit of improved strength and stamina. Arrive prepared to sweat and strive for your best self!
Hot Yoga of East Nashville’s COVID-19 protocols include:
Limited class size to permit 10-foot spacing between mats
Pre-registration for each class is required
Temperatures will be checked at the desk
Students are asked to bring their own mats
Towels, straps, and lavender towels are not provided
No hands-on adjustments at this time
Studio is rigorously sanitized
Showers are offered at very limited capacity; students are asked to shower at home
Students who are not feeling well, or have been exposed to others who are not feeling well are asked to remain at home