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, 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 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.
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 and specialty trainings (Trauma Sensitive, Kids Yoga, Curvy Yoga & Chair Yoga), Whitney completed her Certificate in Spiritual Formation (CSF) through the United Methodist Church at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. In 2017, she published a devotional with Upper Room Books. Whitney is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) offering yoga for all ages as well as spiritual direction sessions. She hosts regular silent retreats and workshops and works with survivors of human trafficking, longing to create safe space for all. You can visit her blog at: www.ExploringPeace.com.
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. 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 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, 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.