Epic Yoga is the result of many years of practicing, studying and teaching yoga. Yoga is a calling for me. It’s transformed me. This crazy adventure has led me half way across the world to study with masters and learn more about myself than I ever bargained for. The definition of epic is “an episode in the life of a man/woman in which heroic deeds are performed or attempted… of impressive proportion.” For me, this is the story of the birth of Epic Yoga… a big adventure to bring a powerful form of yoga to Nashville and Brentwood.
At Epic Yoga it isn’t about having the “right” outfit to wear, or being a certain age or size. It isn’t even about being able to perfectly master the poses. But it is about mastering the inner landscape of your life. We purposely don’t have mirrors in the studio because we want you to focus on what’s going on in the inside. Unlike other studios, our instructors don’t practice with you, so their attention is 100% focused on making sure you get what you need out of your practice. Our instructors will support you every step of the way, giving you the cues and tips you need to keep your body safe and your mind focused. Check out our classes now.
The Epic Vision
We believe in creating a community where transformation is the norm. Where you can rise above your circumstances and limitations and live the BIG life, the epic life, the out of the box, take the lid off…. your life! Where you answer a resounding “yes” to all this life has to offer. We believe in personal and global transformation, both on and off the mat.
Our Epic Mission
Our mission is to empower each and every person who walks through our doors. We seek to empower and inspired through yoga, personal transformation and the power of community. Live inspired!
My Baptiste Journey
Over twenty years ago I found my way into my first yoga class.
I had no idea what to expect, no clue that there were different types of yoga, and no understanding that the teacher in front of me was one of the best in the world. When I walked out of the room, 90 minutes later, I was changed.
That one random event altered the entire trajectory of my life. My love of yoga was instant, my seeking for answers, never ending.
In 1997, I relocated from San Diego to Philadelphia. I remember picking up a copy of Philadelphia Magazine at the airport. On the cover was a bandana clad guy named Baron Baptiste, who had just named “Best Yoga Instructor of the Year.” I was thrilled that there was yoga in Philly and soon made my way to Baron’s classes. They were different than what I had experienced in California, yet I seemed to leave feeling inspired and energized. Baron had the ability to deliver a challenging class and infuse it with empowering messages. His messages were based on traditional yoga philosophy, yet he had a way to strip away all of the “foreign-ness” and make it applicable to the world in which we live.
Eventually, the stress at work took its toll on me. I took a leap of faith. I quit my “good” (if you define “good” by six figures, coupled with daily nausea) corporate job, went to India to study with(Pattabhi Jois, the Guru of Ashtanga Yoga). I was on a quest to find deeper meaning in my life. However as soon as I arrived in India, I realized the answers I was looking for could have been found at home, but my mind was too cluttered to hear the message.
I returned from India and wanted to open a yoga studio, but something kept getting in the way.
I moved from Philly, but kept reading Baron’s books and practicing at Cleveland Yoga, a Baptiste Affiliate Studio when I could. I always left those classes feeling inspired and empowered.
Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2009. My husband and I were out doing some last minute shopping. He had been working a ton at a new job and had not yet bought my gift. As we aimlessly walked through the stores looking at things I really didn’t want, I told him to just sign me up for a yoga training.
That decision changed the trajectory of my life.
He signed me up for Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste.
That program challenged me physically but so much more. It was a gift that allowed me to find me. To begin a journey of self discovery and transformation that would allow me to move past doubts and fears and finally open a yoga studio.
Since then, I’ve completed just about every program the Baptiste Institute has to offer. I’ve had the opportunity to assist on program teams and to mentor a teacher in Africa. I have grown more than I could have imagined and made great friends along the way. Last year I completed Baptiste Fit To Lead, a leadership training program, in the Baptiste Institute.
What I’ve noticed is that people in the Baptiste community tend to be up to big things. They actually begin to dream and then go and make those dreams become reality.
EPIC YOGA is a Baptiste Affiliate Studio. We are a community committed to the transformative practice of yoga and supporting the people who walk through our doors in living their best life possible!