Our instructors make us unique, offering you experience and knowledge on your yoga journey. Bloom Yoga Studio now functions as a co-operative studio as Leighanne, Rachel, and Whitney partner in this space to bring you class offerings, private sessions, and workshops. As our community has grown, we now offer additional wellness opportunities from our yoga students and other local instructors. Meet our instructors below.
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 & 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training for Registered Yoga Teachers at our studio. 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 James, RYT-200 Rachel is the founder of Bloom Yoga Studio, Lebanon's first public 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, RYT-200 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 and specialty trainings (Trauma Sensitive, Kids Yoga, Curvy Yoga & Chair Yoga), Whitney pursued graduate work and a certificate in Spiritual Formation (CSF) focusing on retreats and spiritual direction. She recently published a devotional with Upper Room Books. Whitney is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and offers yoga & meditation as well as individual and group spiritual direction sessions. She hosts regular retreats and workshops and works with survivors of human trafficking, longing to create safe space for all. Find her at: www.ExploringPeace.com.
Our instructors offer classes, workshops, private sessions, and retreats in-studio as well as on-site in our communities including Wilson, Davidson, Smith, and Sumner counties. Below, meet the additional members of our blooming team.
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.
Allen Guimbellot, Broga® 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 the physical and mental abilities. Broga® has given him a chance to both stay active and push himself, while having a goal of bringing more men to the mat! Allen is now a certified instructor offering Broga® in the greater Nashville area as he continues his yoga studies.
Erica Lowe, RYT-200 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 recently completed her RYT-200 in addition to working full-time as a social worker in our community.