Our Team:
teachers, djs, motivators, Unique bad-ass beings

 
Inner Light Yoga Instructor Abby Blair

Abby Blair

Why you love yoga: I love yoga because it makes me feel alive, strong, and extremely grateful.

First Concert: Michael Bolton (You know it.)

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Listening--to others and myself.

Why teach at ILY: I teach at ILY because it gives me the freedom to creatively hold a space for people to set their own life to music. Each class gives me the opportunity to share the unique energy that comes when the music takes over and people step confidently into their bodies.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Annie Diomedes

ANNIE DIOMEDES

Why you love yoga: Yoga gives me the ability to shift my focus to the internal; which allows me to recognize that inside we’re all the same!

First Concert: The All That Music & More Festival- LFO headlined!

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Presence- I try to be more present in conversations, in transit, in everyday moments; so I can always recognize and acknowledge the sweet ones!

Why teach at ILY: ILY is the fusion of my 3 big loves: music, yoga, and people! I love being able to gift students time and space with their self :)

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Carla Gunter

Carla Gunter

Why you love yoga: It is a mirror that reflects and allows me to connect with all the parts of my being--the fiery radiant pieces that can light up the world and the sometimes darker insecure pieces that still need more love, attention, and kindness.

First Concert: Incubus

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Vulnerability. Connecting with others. Keeping my heart soft in a sometimes hard world. When we share our stories, our successes, our struggles, our hearts it in turn allows other to do the same.

Why teach at ILY: It fosters a community built on empowering yourself and others. I love seeing the effect music can have in one's practice and the journey someone can have in 60 minutes on a little 2' x 6' universe.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Caroline Olmsted

CAROLINE OLMSTED

Why you love yoga: Yoga has taught me to have a new appreciation for my body and mind and the importance of caring for both equally.

First Concert: Kelly Clarkson

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Taking time to connect with people: phone calls, asking a barista how their day is going, letting someone know I’m thinking of them.

Why teach at ILY: It’s very special to share my love and passion for music with the wonderful people of Nashville and beyond who walk through our doors. Seeing someone smile big in class is such a gift.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Cece Batch

CECE BATCH

Why you love yoga: It's a beautiful practice for everyone that allows growth spiritually and physically.

First Concert: Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Awareness when it comes to impatience, stress, anxiety. I've learned to take a few deep breaths and really ENJOY the present moment.

Why teach at ILY: I love teaching at ILY because there is so much love and encouragement to be as you are. There's no reason to pretend to be something you're not, and we are all here to grow and learn together.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Dolo Hackett

Dolo Hackett

Why you love yoga: My yoga practice enables me to cultivate a sense of peace, buoyancy, and connection.

First Concert: Shania Twain

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Connection and contentment. Reminding myself that every interaction has value and each moment is worthwhile.

Why teach at ILY: ILY provided me a home and a yoga practice that I didn’t know I needed. It is a place of love, space for growth, and freaking fun! I am truly humbled to be able to teach here.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Emmy Singer

EMMY SINGER

Why you love yoga: This practice never fails to give me freedom to feel, express, release and connect.

First Concert: Dashboard Confessional

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Awareness and connection. Saying hi, looking someone in the eye, giving a hug, so much goodness to be found in every day life.

Why teach at ILY: Having the opportunity to connect with every single person who walks in the door, and witness them experience music, movement and breath...It's my heart beating outside of my body.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Landon Funk

landon funk

Why you love yoga: Yoga healed me and continues to heal me.

First Concert: Backstreet Boys

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Breathing through my emotions and letting them process.

Why teach at ILY: The first time I walked into ILY, I felt so welcome. It was unlike any other studio I had ever been in. I want people to have that same experience when they encounter me, my classes, ILY on the gram, wherever.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Liz Cople

liz copley

Why you love yoga: Yoga reminds me of love, my worth, and the light within me.

First Concert: Hannah Montana & The Jonas Brothers

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Being present & self-love/worthiness.

Why teach at ILY: ILY allowed me to feel held, seen, heard, and able to do whatever the F I wanted. Now I love offering and sharing that with others.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - MC Hoffner

MC HOFFNER

Why you love yoga: My yoga practice has this really beautiful way of bringing me back to myself.

First Concert: The Allman Brothers

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: This practice allows me to show up for the world in a kinder, more aware way.

Why teach at ILY: My favorite part of teaching at ILY is the community. The teachers, staff, and students are all deeply connected to the studio's mission...you can see it on the smiles on all the faces, you can hear it in the laughter and connection in the hallways, and you better believe you can feel it in the breath and movement in the yoga room. There's just nothing like it!

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Morgan Hertik

MORGAN HERTIK

Why you love yoga: Yoga gives me the space to breathe, to check in, to lose my thoughts, to gain clarity, to challenge, to rest, to dance, to feel, to be grateful.

First Concert: Cher (thanks, Mom!)

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Being as present as possible even in the small moments, and coming back to my breath in times of challenge or discomfort.

Why teach at ILY: The energy inside the ILY yoga room is like nowhere else. I love watching people get out of their own head, step into joy, and experience yoga and movement in a way they never have before.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Rachel Anderson

rachel anderson

Why you love yoga: Yoga will always be there; it is a practice for a lifetime.

First Concert: NKOTB

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Counting to TEN and taking a DEEP breath.

Why teach at ILY: ILY is an incredibly FUN place to teach. I find so much joy in providing a safe space for people to practice yoga without any reservations.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Rachel Withers

Rachel Withers

Why you love yoga: Yoga allows me to reconnect with my truest self; it serves as a volume knob to turn down my fears and anxieties, helping me to begin again with a clear head and an open heart.

First Concert: NKOTB

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Gratitude and connection. Whether it's writing a thank you note or smiling at someone you don't know in the hallway, this practice helps me become more aware of the little moments every day where I can cultivate more joy and build my community.

Why teach at ILY: Walking in the door at ILY is like coming home. You are supported and encouraged to come as you are and explore your practice in the way that feels best for you. The combination of breath, music and movement is magical and helping others discover this for themselves is one of my greatest joys.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Staci Whitworth

STACI WHITWORTH

Why you love yoga: It gives me a sacred place to work through my experiences, anxieties, and emotions, connect with the divine, and get aligned from the inside out with my most authentic, compassionate, strong, whole, and loving self.

First Concert: Disney on Ice

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Cultivating stillness and gentle awareness of being, self-love, grace, and compassion that overflows into acts of love, peace, and service in the world.

Why teach at ILY: It's a community of real people that love and enjoy each other unlike any other. It's a place where anyone can feel welcome on the mat to be who they are- to find their most free, true, and beautiful mess of a self through music, movement, breath, and connection.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Tiffany Napper

Tiffany Napper

Why you love yoga: Yoga is home to me: it can be a loud, boisterous home filled with Taylor Swift and 20 friends, or it can be a quiet peaceful home filled with only Sia and my breath, but it's always just what I need when I need it, and it never fails to return me to the best version of myself.

First Concert: Better than Ezra

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Breathing through challenging situations - traffic, needles at the doctor's office, extra long conference calls. Your breath can get you through anything!

Why teach at ILY: The infectious energy at ILY drew me in from the moment I first walked in the door. I laughed and cried in my first class, and I immediately knew this would be my future teaching home. Manifestation, baby!

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Travis Cooper

travis cooper

Why you love yoga: Yoga tends to reconnect me to my most authentic self.

First Concert: John Mayer (Maroon 5 was the opening act)

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Being present.

Why teach at ILY: ILY offered me the space to show up as I was when I desperately needed it. Now that I have the chance I want to offer that space to others.

Inner Light Yoga Instructor - Valerie Martin

VALERIE MARTIN

Why you love yoga: Yoga, more than almost anything else, helps me to stay in my body and find an anchor in my breath — two things that are usually lost in our disembodied, distracted modern world.

First Concert: Incubus

Favorite way of taking yoga off the mat: Ahimsa (non-violence) — being a vegan animal rights activist spreading the good word about cruelty-free ice cream, pizza, cute shoes, makeup, and more.

Why teach at ILY: I love that ILY feels more like play and dance than a rigid or prescriptive "workout" (but if you love getting your sweat on, you will not be disappointed!)

 
 
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