Leighanne Buchanan, C-IAYT 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 Iron Lotus Yoga School, an ongoing 200-Hour and 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training for Registered Yoga Teachers at Bloom. As a Christian, she encourages you to connect with God in all that you do, resting in His grace and love until each thought, breath and movement becomes an act of worship. She is president of Yoga Society Nashville, passionate about making yoga available in our community and beyond.
Rachel King, RYT-200 Rachel is the founder of Bloom Yoga, Lebanon's first public yoga studio. 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. After becoming certified to teach yoga, she longed to encourage others to discover and deepen their own personal practice. Rachel is currently pursuing her 500-hour yoga teacher training through Asheville Yoga Center. She offers private sessions and Bloom and typically teaches progressive flow with creative sequencing and strives to make yoga accessible to everyone.
Whitney R. Simpson, CSF, M-HYI 500 Whitney began practicing yoga as part of her recovery after a stroke and brain surgery in 2005 at age 31. 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 path to recovery. She recently published a devotional with Upper Room Books exploring how we all can use our bodies to listen for God. Prior to completing her 200-hour and 500-hour Master Holy Yoga Instructor training (M-HYI 500) and specialty trainings (Curvy Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive, and Chair/Senior Yoga), Whitney pursued her certificate in Spiritual Formation (CSF) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She offers spiritual direction sessions and hosts regular retreats and workshops. Whitney is passionate about creating soul care resources for exploring the gift of God's peace with breath, body, and spirit.
Our instructors offer classes, workshops, private sessions, and retreats in-studio at Bloom Yoga as well as on-site in our communities including Wilson, Davidson, Smith, and Sumner counties. You may find us at Grace United Methodist Church, Hermitage United Methodist Church, Providence Church, or even on a farm in Watertown sharing goat yoga! Below, meet the additional members of our blooming team who also offer community classes and guest-teach at the studio from time to time.
Deborah Clapper, RYT-200 Deborah's yoga journey began in 2012 after major knee surgery. She completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) certification in 2015. Debbie teaches for Small World Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved communities in Middle Tennessee. Her classes are geared mostly towards adults and seniors and are gentle flow classes. Her classes and are a great place to start your yoga journey regardless of age or ability. Her hope is 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.
Jane Murray, M-HYI 500 Jane began practicing yoga to increase balance and flexibility. While she began practicing for herself, Jane quickly discovered her love for sharing the practice of yoga with others as well. She has completed her 500-hour Master Holy Yoga Instructor (M-HYI 500), Senior/Chair, and Holy Yoga Therapy certifications. Jane cares about the safety of her students, no matter their age or experience. She enjoys teaching Senior and Adaptive yoga and making yoga truly fun for all - no matter the student's background.
Anita Oakley, RYT-200 Anita was introduced to yoga over 18 years ago. She discovered practicing yoga prevented chronic neck, back, hip and hand pain from working as a dental hygienist. She has a deep appreciation for what yoga can offer, physically, mentally, and emotionally. She studied and received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) certification at Spirit Path Yoga in Anchorage, Alaska. Anita is passionate about making yoga accessible to people of all ages and inspiring people to connect to their body and breath. She looks forward to sharing her love of yoga with you in a way that honors our Lord, God and Creator. "Let my meditation be pleasing to Him. Psalm 104:34".
Erica Lowe Erica began practicing yoga to increase flexibility and strength. As she practiced, it began to change her from the inside out. Erica began studying about how yoga and meditation can help people who suffer from mental illness. As a social worker who works with people that suffer from mental illness, she became intent on learning more of how yoga can help people who struggle with anxiety and depression. She strives to offer you a class that will help calm the mind as well as benefit the body. She is currently completing her RYT-200 in addition to working full-time as a social worker in our community.