Our instructors make us unique, offering you both experience and knowledge on your yoga journey. We are invested in the practices of yoga and meditation ourselves and long to create safe space for your practice in our studio.
We offer classes, workshops, private sessions, and retreats in-studio as well as on-site in our communities including Wilson, Davidson, Smith, and Sumner counties. Meet our blooming team below.
Leighanne Buchanan, C-IAYT, RYT-500, Co-Owner Leighanne has been practicing yoga for over 30 years. She has pursued many trainings over her two decades of teaching including her certificate from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Leighanne has been dedicated to teaching asana, pranayama, and meditation since 1998. Her style is gentle enough for the beginner yet challenges the experienced yogi with variations, attention to the breath, alignment, and meditation within each pose. Leighanne is the director of Bloom Yoga School, an ongoing 200-Hour & 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. As a Christian, she encourages you to connect with God in all that you do. She is president of Yoga Society Nashville, passionate about making yoga available in our community and beyond.
Whitney R. Simpson, CSF, RYT-200, Co-Owner Whitney began practicing yoga as part of her recovery after stroke and brain surgery in 2005. She was hesitant a yoga practice could ease her chronic pain. Needless to say, she was wrong. Embracing the practices of yoga and meditation have been foundational for her recovery. Prior to completing her first 200-hour yoga teacher training, Whitney completed her Certificate in Spiritual Formation (CSF) as a spiritual director and retreat leader. In 2017, she published a devotional with Upper Room Books. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) offering yoga & meditation for all ages as well as spiritual direction sessions. She hosts regular silent retreats and workshops and works with survivors of human trafficking. You can visit her blog at: www.ExploringPeace.com.
Rachel James, RYT-200 Rachel was the founder of Bloom Yoga Studio, Lebanon's first public yoga studio, that continues to bloom and grow into two locations since that time. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) who has a deep fascination with the human mind/body connection and loves learning more about all aspects of yoga. When she became serious about her practice, she discovered a sense of clarity about herself. Yoga has helped her cope with anxiety and stress during very difficult times in her life. Rachel is currently pursuing her 500-hour yoga teacher training through Asheville Yoga Center. She teaches progressive flow with creative sequencing and strives to make yoga accessible to everyone.
Deborah Clapper, RYT-200 Deb's yoga journey began in 2012 after major knee surgery and she completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) certification in 2015. Deb teaches for Small World Yoga and Team Red White and Blue, both local non-profits giving back through yoga. Deb's classes are geared mostly towards adults and seniors and are primarily gentle flow classes. Her classes and are a great place to start your yoga journey and challenge yourself, regardless of age or ability. Deb hopes to create a safe space for you to come and be present on your mat, to feel your body, mind and breath; and to leave your mat calmer, confident and more connected to yourself and others around you.
Allen Guimbellot, RYT-200 With a background in swimming collegiately, Allen was looking to keep his flexibility and strength after coaching swim for 4 years. He fell in love with the constant challenge of different yoga poses that push both physical and mental abilities. Yoga has given him a chance to both stay active as well as push himself. He enjoys teaching yoga for strength and flexibility and you'll most often find him teaching a power yoga series. Allen completed his 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) training with Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville.
Allie King, RYT-200 Allie found her way to yoga after the birth of her second child, almost 18 years ago. Instantly hooked, she practiced as often as the schedule of a young mother would allow until moving away from Nashville in 2010. In new surroundings, her personal practice developed as she fell more in love with movement, breath, stillness, and the calm that goes on long after the practice is over. Over many moves and careers, Allie returned to Nashville and enrolled in yoga teacher training. She is currently pursuing her 500 hours at the Asheville Yoga Center as well as with Josh Summers School of Yin Yoga. Allie primarily teaches Yin and Restorative classes, you can also find her teaching Slow Flow and Chair classes in the Nashville area.
Debbie McBroom, RYT-200 Debbie discovered yoga 8 years ago as a perfect addition to her life-long commitment to fitness and well-being. Yoga practice supported her training as a triathlete and distance runner, as well as a busy mom and pre-school teacher. As an exercise enthusiast, Debbie has enjoyed all kinds of group fitness classes, but yoga found a special place in her heart for its wholistic approach to body, mind and spirit. After taking a sabbatical with her husband in 2017, she felt a yearning to help others experience the peace of sabbatical in the midst of everyday life. This inspired her to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) in 2018. In addition to the restorative benefits, Debbie focuses her personal practice on building strength, balance and flexibility and is eager to help other yogis do the same.