Live Be Yoga ambassadors Jeremy Falk and Aris Seaberg are on a road trip across the country to share real talk with master teachers, explore innovative classes, and so much more—all to illuminate what’s in store for the future of yoga.
It turns out that Music City strikes a chord in the yoga community, too. Here, the ambassadors learn to balance responsibilities with personal space, witness the powerful act of sitting through a flow, and acknowledge how they are letting go of attachments.
6 Ways Yoga Is Teaching Us to Create Space
Transitions Take Time
Nashville marked roughly six weeks on the road, and it turned out to be a time for reflection: How can we best adapt to the thrills and responsibilities of this new adventure while also maintaining a balance with our personal lives? Aris wrote a piece about how she’s staying grounded during travel, and I shared my thoughts on how we use yoga in our relationship. Against the backdrop of the colorful culture in Music City, it was a little easier to find our own grooves.
There Is a Community for Every Yogi
When it comes to making yoga more inclusive, there is still a lot of work to do and many complex conversations to have. Even so, it is beautiful to see yoga creating community—and in so many different ways! Each community we’ve come across is just as diverse and unique as the individuals who comprise it.
The Mat Helps You Tap Into What You Truly Need
When we practiced with Small World Yoga, a nonprofit with a big heart, we felt right away the energy of a vibrant and welcoming community. The room was electric as people greeted each other with hugs and high fives, and we began to anticipate a high-powered practice. We all began to flow, yet after a short time, our neighbor settled into a seated meditation and grinned through the rest of class. He reminded us that sometimes the most powerful thing is simply showing up and being.
A Little Slice of Devotion Has Lasting Effects
Our visit to Liberation Yoga in Nashville was a pleasant and sweet surprise. We enjoyed the bhakti flow with studio owner, founder, and teacher Rachel Bueno. (Bhakti is classically defined as the yoga of devotion.) The practice was wonderfully restorative` because it included breathwork and chanting, both of which have been left out of many of the classes we’ve attended. Although the space isn’t the largest we’ve visited and the style is not as “competitive” as some popular types of yoga, Rachel’s soul-centered devotional practice has truly impacted people’s lives. That’s why this studio, a rare jewel in the South, has been around for years. We recommend a visit if you’re in town!
Even Music Can Find a Place in the Yoga Scene
Known as “Music City,” Nashville did not disappoint: Local spots feature artists every day of the week, and while we were there, CMA Fest even offered free access to some music venues downtown. Local studio Innerlight Yoga clearly loves its city and embodies its own music scene. Practitioners come to the studio for its high-energy playlists that motivate you on the mat—and well into your day.
Once You Let Go of Attachments, Yoga Does All the Work
There are a lot of different types of yoga out there. We both come from a more traditional approach to yoga that honors the original purpose for the practice and lineage. It isn’t always easy for us to attend classes that don’t align with that. When it comes to sending messages through studios, classes, and marketing, there is a lot of room for growth in the Western Yoga world. However, the variety of styles and studios out there reaches a lot of people. What we have learned along the way is that yoga comes to you where you are and in the form you need it. From there, the practice does the work.
A body that looks like a pretzel during yoga can be a good thing, but getting our nutrition from one probably isn’t. With our lives constantly in motion these days, the turmeric, green tea, ginger, beetroot, and cherries in our Nirvana Bars keep our energy up and our inflammation at bay.
Flexibility is the freedom to move through life with grace and ease. We’re grateful to be flowing freely through the Live Be Yoga tour with our kicks from Figs by Figueroa.