Founder and owner, Jessica White, has a passion for both teaching and taking yoga! She’s a 200 E-RYT specializing in the Baptiste methodology. Jess loves to learn new methods and is currently enrolled in a 300 YTT + Ayurveda training. She is also a certified Barre instructor and loves to move and groove to a fun playlist when she’s not getting her zen on! Jess earned a BS from East TN State University & a Master’s of Education from Milligan College. She’s a family gal and loves spending time with her husband and their three sons! Jess is an Enneagram type 7 (IYKYK) outgoing adventure seeker that loves Jesus, all things outdoors, and yummy food.
Jess loves sharing yoga with others! For her, it’s not about the physical changes (strength and endurace are a bonus!) but about inner change and self acceptance. Moving, flowing and breathing allows her to open up places that are typically closed off and guarded. She had a vision to create a space that might help others find a sense of peace, comfort and health. Both teaching and taking has shown Jess how to let go of things that no longer serve her and make room for the new.
In her classes, Jess strives for you to believe in yourself, regardless if that’s pushing hard or backing off. In her classes, expect to flow hard, have fun, and find worth in your current place of being. The mind, body, spiritual connection has been life changing for Jess and she loves sharing that with others.
“Don’t be afraid to fall. Be afraid to not try.” – Michael Jordan
Candice (Dice) Moore
(aka: Jaia Chandra =Victorious Moonlight)
I’ve been studying and teaching yoga for over 20 years. While living in NYC, my initial Yoga experience came from the urging of my mother who was at the start of her own yogic transformation. And so I dabbled, and it was love at first “Savasana”!! Since then, I have studied various schools of thought including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Power and Anusara Yoga. I have been blessed with the teachings of many “leading lights” such as Pattabi Jois, Dharma Mitra, David Swenson, Dr. Jeffrey Migdow, Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, Sean Corn, Sharon and David Life, Baron Baptiste and Ravi Singh. I have a 200-hour certification with Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA as well as an Ashtanga certification from David Swenson, Burlington, VT and a Pre-Natal certification from Janice Clarfield at Kripalu. My class is focused on synchronizing breath or “pranayama” with movement or “flow”. In my classes you will sweat, focus, laugh, and evolve as you link postures or “asanas” together with beautiful music, insights, and poetry. You should be prepared to strengthen and lengthen your muscles, align your ligaments and joints, cultivate self-awareness and honor your inner wisdom. Come with an open mind and leave with a lifted spirit!
Kristin (RYT 500) grew up in Lake of the Ozarks, MO and is happiest outside in nature…especially when a boat and sunshine are involved. Her childhood consisted of all things dance and music, and she moved to Nashville in 2002 to pursue a music business degree at Belmont University. After graduating, she discovered yoga and fell in love with its ability to transform the mind, body, and soul. She very quickly realized she had to share this powerful practice with others and became a certified yoga instructor through the Asheville Yoga Center. She has been teaching ever since, utilizing yoga to help her students lead more fulfilled, empowered, and loving lives…on and off the mat. When not teaching, Kristin is wearing one of her many other hats as Owner of Nashville Wedding Yoga, Co-Owner of Maverick Recording, Co-Director of Beacon (part of the Nolensville Performance Collective), and Mom.
Sloan is originally from northern California and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. She discovered yoga at a young age when her PE teacher taught her first grade class yoga. Sloan believes that the child-like energy and playfulness of yoga can be tapped into in order to remind us not to take ourselves so seriously and have fun!
Trained in the Baptiste methodology, she is certified 200-hr RYT. Sloan teaches from the heart with great enthusiasm and passion. Embody your inner power in a transformational Hot Power Yoga practice through your mind, body and SOL with Sloan!
I started practicing yoga during a particularly stressful time in my life, and the movement and meditation allowed me to safely feel uncomfortable sensations and to decide whether I needed to react to them. I got my teaching certification because I wanted to share this quality of spaciousness with others.
I completed my 200 hour training with the EmPower School of Yoga and my 300 hour training with Baptiste Power Yoga Nashville. I’ve also participated in several other educational courses including studio workshops, CPR, and trauma training.
My classes blend dynamic movement and stretchy holds to create a balance of energy and restoration. I hope to see you on your mat!
I lived the life of a vagabond before moving to Nashville in 2008, with my current home being my 43rd residence since birth. Yoga came into my life in 2010 when a friend brought me to my future mentor Gillian St. Clair’s class, though I didn’t make time for it regularly until 2013. My practice began as a purely physical endeavor, but the mental health benefits immediately came to fruition. I began to notice that the peace I felt after devoting time to breathe and make shapes gradually enveloped my thoughts and interactions outside class. I am also a pediatric occupational therapist which is similar to teaching yoga in the sense that in both I facilitate growth from a place of compassion. I strive to create an atmosphere where individuals feel comfortable exploring movement and effort as well as rest. I respect and honor the traditions of yoga and give gratitude to all the generations of teachers who have given their knowledge and this practice to us. I’m a mother of 4, wife to a beautiful sage who gives me roots, and a sister to many: all roles I honor. I am a fierce challenger and foul-mouthed lover of Coen Brothers and Wes Anderson films, an avid traveler who loves to photograph and experience the world, food, and listen to people’s stories.
Marina Mukandala is the President and CEO of L.I.F.E. with Marina. She is an entrepreneur, leader, master yoga teacher, and motivational speaker. Marina is also a proud lululemon Ambassador.
From March 2012 to August 2020, Marina owned, managed, and operated a successful yoga studio, Mind Body Flow Yoga, Inc., in East Amherst, New York, where she touched countless lives through teaching, mentoring, coaching, and empowering.
In November of 2020, Marina began a new chapter in her life and established L.I.F.E. (Living Inspired, Fit & Empowered) with Marina, a full-service company providing an array of offerings to serve the mind, body, and spirit.
Marina has a passion for helping others and believes that each and every one of us was put on this earth with a gift to share with the world.
She believes that living a life that’s filled with joy, peace, and happiness is everyone’s birthright. She knows first-hand that life isn’t easy and that having tools to help us experience joy, peace, and happiness is essential. One of these tools that she is extremely passionate about is yoga.
In 2012, Marina attended the Baptiste Foundations in Action program in Toronto. That same year, she opened up her own yoga studio, Mind Body Flow Yoga, Inc., in East Amherst, New York, and attended Baptiste Level One Training in the Catskills. In 2013, she attended Baptiste Level Two Training in Texas and Art of Assisting in Rochester. In 2014, she became certified as a Baptiste Yoga Teacher. In 2015, she apprenticed and assisted at the Baptiste Advanced Art of Assisting program in Miami.
In 2018, Marina launched a power yoga DVD, Power Yoga Ignite – which includes 7 chapters of power yoga moves that are sure to challenge and empower your mind, body and spirit.
In 2019, Marina launched and brought forward a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at her studio – later graduating and certifying 17 aspiring yoga teachers from the Teacher Training program. Her yoga studio was in business for 8 and a half glorious years.
Marina was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and their three children. In her spare time, she loves spending time with God, family, and friends. She also enjoys writing, running, and power walking. Marina has a strong faith in God and affirms that she wouldn’t have gotten through the hardest times in her life if it weren’t for her faith and the grace of God.
Marina believes that life is an incredible journey and that the beautiful thing about it is that it’s boundless. The journey of life is always alive with unlimited possibility, so long as we have breath in our lungs and a beating heart.
I want everyone who comes to my yoga class to walk away feeling better, stronger, and more confident. Yoga is about discovery- the discovery of truth. Ultimately, those thoughts in your head about why you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” are not true. My goal as an instructor is to motivate, inspire, and encourage students to appreciate their bodies and be at peace with themselves.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, my marriage brought me to Tennessee over 17 years ago. After the birth of my first son, I resigned from my career as an Aesthetician to be a stay-at-home mom. Three boys later, I found my personal development lacking. My focus was on my children for years to come.
Staying in physical shape has always been important to me. Exercise became my release- the only activity I was truly doing for myself. I have been a runner for many years, completing numerous half marathons and a trail marathon. Yoga entered my life about seven years ago. It was obvious that my body felt better and performed better as an athlete when I was practicing regularly. Finishing my 200-hour yoga training has been my most challenging experience- both physically and emotionally.
Here are some things yoga has taught me that I yearn to share: If I show up on the yoga mat, I can show up everywhere else in my life. Who I am is enough. I will give up, freely, what no longer serves me and create space for inspiration.Accept yourself in this moment and realize you are enough
I found yoga when beginning my recovery journey, after being a lifelong competitive and collegiate athlete. I’ve been teaching yoga for about 5 years, and have taught many different styles. I’m also certified in NuSculpt and Trauma Sensitive Yoga, with additional vinyasa and anatomy training. I’ve volunteer taught and assisted with Joined Forces Yoga, an organization that brings free yoga to members of the military.
During my classes, I teach with the intention for students to reconnect with their breath and bodies. I encourage mind-body connection and awareness, while offering variations of different postures to best suit students needs and comfort levels. I do my best to provide all inclusive yoga, and am always learning how I can make my classes a positive experience.
Besides yoga, my other interests include being outdoors, reading, drinking good wine, playing with shelter pups, and spending time with my husband and chosen family.
Ashley Rasmussen is originally from Ohio, but spent the last 8 years living in San Francisco. Her family of 6 just couldn’t resist the kindness of Tennesseans 🙂 and made the cross country move to Nolensville in June 2021.
She is certified in barre and HIGH Fitness and loves how the strength training from barre and aerobic exercise from HIGH compliment each other and keep her muscles guessing. Group fitness is something that she is extremely passionate about. There is something so special about being in a room full of people from all different backgrounds, that are choosing to show up for themselves, celebrating what their bodies can do, and cheering each other on in the process!
Ashley loves music, the outdoors, hiking, eating good food, and spending time with her husband and four kids as they explore their new hometown!
Courtney is no stranger to the barre. She spent over twelve years of her youth training in ballet and dance in Memphis, TN. It wasn’t until after the birth of her second daughter that she discovered the strength that can come from barre workouts as an adult. Courtney fell in love with barre classes – the music, the weights, and the movements. She did them all throughout her third pregnancy and never felt stronger. Having gone through it herself, Courtney is great at helping people with modifications in barre, especially women who are pre/postnatal. A few years after moving back to Tennessee, Courtney became certified to teach barre through Tracy Mallett’s barreless program and has been teaching ever since.
David is an RYT 500, E-RYT 200, and YACEP teacher.
David’s mindfulness journey began in 1974 when he learned Transcendental Meditation™ during graduate school. Since then, he hasn’t had a single day without meditating. He is a life-long learning, adventure-seeker who has been practicing yoga for over two decades. David completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training at Epic Yoga in Brentwood, TN, and his 300 hour training at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville. He completed the 150 hour Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling Foundation Program with James Bailey of the Sevanti Institute and he is a Certified Heart Math Mentor.
David brings to his yoga teaching, his love and excitement for adventure and challenge. Off the mat, he has made over 2300 skydives, is a commercial hot air balloon and airplane pilot, as well as an avid flying trapeze flier. While his yoga classes are conducted on the ground, he helps people’s spirits to soar because he believes that yoga is much more than exercise. He has seen yoga and meditation positively transform many lives, including his own. He also knows that yoga can be adapted for anybody, regardless of physical ability.
As a psychotherapist and consultant, he has spent most of his life preventing violence by teaching federal and local law enforcement and many other professionals how to communicate in extremely difficult situations, ranging from hostage negotiating and interviewing potential assassins to giving difficult workplace performance feedback.
Jennifer fell in love with yoga the first time she experienced savasana in 2008. The yoga high has been a powerful and fulfilling journey ever since. Jenn has taught over 3,000 classes including many different styles of yoga. Jennifer believes there is a style (or many styles) of yoga for everyBODY! She has experience teaching many styles of yoga including hot, power, vinyasa, childrens, prenatal, yin, restorative and yoga nidra. When not on her mat, Jenn enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, meditation, DIY anything, hiking, farmers markets, reading, cooking, and traveling. Jennifer looks forward to meeting you on your mat wherever you are on your yoga journey.
Ellen Joiner is a native Nashvillian who has lived in Nolensville the past 7 years. She became obsessed with group fitness even as a young child and started teaching at her university in 2004. After college Ellen began teaching dance cardio classes at the YMCAs of middle Tennessee. After a lot of success at the Y, Ellen launched and her own fitness company brand, formats and studio that she called beatboxFIT. She ended up creating 17 different formats that were all music based to thousands of songs. She is excited to be teaching at NoloSol!