YSN - The Yoga Society of Nashville 

Connecting Bodies, Minds and Spirits Through Yoga in Tennessee

In 1977, a group of people who practiced yoga decided to build an organization dedicated to helping others learn about the benefits of yoga and make it possible for people to find teachers and classes. They started YSN, a not-for-profit organization with volunteer officers dedicated to helping the yoga community thrive and grow. 


The Yoga Society of Nashville unites students and teachers of all traditions through study, practice, and service.

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YSN Yoga Fair     Sat. Feb 7, 2015

Purchase your ticket to the Yoga Fair below with paypal or you may donate cash the day of.

Yoga Fair 
February 7th, 2015
at Scarritt Bennett Center: Laskey Great Hall

9am Yoga for Y'all with Jessie Damico
10am  Ayruvedic Perspectives on Pain with Susan Lewis
11am  Vinyasa Flow with Jessalynn Hakanson
12pm   LUNCH  (Enjoy local restaurants within walking distance)
1:30pm Radiant Hearts with Dez Stephens
2:45pm  Rage Busters with Barbara Burgess-Camardella
4pm Yoga for the Asymmetrical Body with Cassie O'Sullivan 
5:15pm Gong Bath with Alan Snetman


Jessie Damico, RYT, CYT

As owner of Yoga for Y'all and practitioner of yoga for
more than 11 years, Jessie utilizes her transformational experiences
to educate and empower others to find their true self through the
practice of yoga. Jessie blends her passion as a yoga instructor. She
brings to a gentle and invigorating style of teaching that supports
each individual's true nature.  Jessie is recognized as an active
member of the Yoga Alliance, International Associations of Yoga
Therapists, ACE, and the Tennessee Board of Education. Jessie
completed her primary 200 hour training at Joyful Yoga Studio in
Bonita Springs, Florida.  Her continued education includes: Yoga
Therapy Teacher Training and 500 Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga
Center of Jackson's Teacher School of Excellence, here in Tennessee.
Additionally, she earned her Usui Reiki Master/Teacher certification
at the Labyrinth in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Yoga for Y'all 

Hatha class with a variety of sequences of asanas
or poses.  This type of exercise is designed to align and balance your
skin, muscles, and bones.  Additionally, the practice of these
postures helps to open the many energy channels of the body, primarily
the spine.  This allows energy to flow more freely.  Hatha yoga is
balancing.  By practicing this type of yoga, we will develop a balance
of strength and flexibility, as well as the masculine and feminine
aspects of self. Also, we learn to balance our efforts and surrender
in each pose.  This type of yoga can be used as a powerful tool for
self-transformation.  During a hatha yoga class, we bring our
attention to our breath.  This helps us to still the fluctuations of
the mind and to be more present in the moment. 


Susan Lewis        
Ayurvedic Perspectives on Pain

Susan began studying Ayurveda in April 2010 with Sonia Masocco, Phytotherapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner. In September of 2010 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and began full time studies with Dr. Vasant Lad, and Dr. Claudia Welch BAMS, DOM at the Ayurvedic Institute. These studies resulted in a 1260 hour level 2, Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate in June of 2012. During this time, she also received Yoga teacher training education with Chitra Giauque at the Ayurvedic Institute focusing on Yoga therapeutics. In 2013, she studied in India and completed Dr. Lad's Gurukula program at the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda. She has been practicing yoga since 1999 in the BKS Iyengar system and has been meditating regularly since January 2008.

Prior to this training, she graduated from Tennessee State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then Vanderbilt University in 1998 with a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nurse Midwifery. She has practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) since receiving her degree. The settings in which she has practiced in include birth center, hospital and clinic settings caring for many women and families over the years. She has attended approximately 700 births and has instructed many student nurses, student nurse midwives, medical students and residents in the principles of low risk obstetrics and gynecology. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.


Jessalynn Hakanson, E-RYT 500, RPYT, LMT

Humbled by the presence of breath and heart, yoga awakens grace within the movement of Jessalynn’s practice and life. Her vinyasa classes encourage a smile or two, dynamic movement, pranayama practices, and the sweet surrender of ego to reveal peace. 

Practicing yoga since 2001 and sharing her experiences since 2004, Jessalynn holds certifications in prenatal, postnatal, and a 200 hour RYT yoga certificate through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She has a background in various styles such as vinyasa, ashtanga, jivamukti, yin, and restorative. Jessalynn is grateful to her teachers in Minneapolis and all her fellow practitioners along the way. Her 500 hour RYT certification is through Sri Dharma Mittra’s Life Of A Yogi Teacher Training. Sri Dharma’s training focuses heavily on the classical teachings of yoga with a strong emphasis on the eight limbs, spiritual dimension of yoga, as well as the physical discipline and pranayama practices. She is grateful for experiences with many gifted and seasoned teachers, and feels blessed with the influence of Sri Dharma Mittra, Seane Corn, and Shiva Rea. 

Jessalynn is a licensed massage therapist and holds a bachelors degree in science, certifications in prenatal and postnatal yoga, and working on completing her Birth Doula certification. She also has completed both Level one and Level two of the Thai Yoga Bodywork Basics Program through Tanya Sowards , and continues to study and practice this modality.

Vinyasa Flow

A flowing style of yoga that seamlessly moves through the poses one breath at a time to cultivate inner and outer alignment, strength and flexibility, stamina and grace.



Barbara Burgess-Camardella, CPT, CYT 

Hello, there. I am Barbara, and I am a yoga doer. I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. My practice started in jiu jitsu and a lot of meditation. When I was in my early 20s, I bought a yoga book for 25 cents at a yard sale called Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan by Richard Hittleman, and shortly thereafter I was training daily and teaching others. I have a unique teaching style, so if you ask me what kind of yoga I teach, I'll tell you I teach my own special kind of yoga, THEYOGADOER Method™. This method enables you, the yoga doer (because you are whether you know or not), to have choices while you are on your mat. My mantra is Yoga is personal. Every body is different. Every. Body. Two words. For more information about me, my work, and what I can offer to your practice, visit www.THEYOGADOER.com.


Rage Busters – Yoga for Handling Rage and Frustration

It happens. We all get angry. We all get frustrated. It doesn't matter how zen you are. You are human, and you feel all kinds of things! But what do we do with our rage? What can we do to keep ourselves from holding it all in and letting it eat away at our spirit? I will tell you: We can WORK IT OUT! Through a series of powerful, fluid movements, standing balances, and “yoga push-ups”, we learn to channel our feelings into a positive experience that gives your body a workout and gives your mind clarity. This class is for all levels, and you need only a mat and sense of humor.



Dez Stephens

Dez is founder of Radiant Health Institute, a consortium of holistic educators, providers and practitioners dedicated to enhancing lives through special events, holistic life coaching and Holistic House Calls. Dez is a certified life coach, master trainer & marketing strategist who is known for her great insight and compassionate support.

Radiant Hearts

This experiential workshop includes a demo-lecture based on the benefits of heart openers, heart mathing and the newest research on how the heart works.  



Cassie O'Sullivan   
Yoga for the Asymmetrical Body 

Yoga was introduced to Cassie as a form of breath work in a class at the University of Michigan.  She began a committed practice while living in San Francisco and found a natural cure for her migraine headaches and a variety of heartaches through the yogic path.  She is now preparing for the Iyengar Introductory Teacher’s Certification. 

Cassie discovered the wonders of the Iyengar community while living in New York City, via her 500 hour teacher training with Alison West at the Yoga Union Center for Back Care and Scoliosis.  Alison introduced the notion of working with asymmetries in the body and brought several of her beloved colleagues, who are also Senior Iyengar teachers, into the training.  Elise Browning Miller’s work remains the most influential in Cassie’s studies. 

Ultimately, Mr. Iyengar’s passion for pristine alignment has traveled across the world with Elise to erase Cassie’s debilitating back pain brought on by hereditary spinal curvature.  Eternal gratitude is much too small a phrase to ever express Cassie’s appreciation for the ability to reverse her scoliosis almost completely.  


Alan Snetman

Gong Bath

Sound therapy uses hand-selected singing bowls and Chinese gongs to lull you into a deep state of relaxation while turbocharging your body’s natural healing capacity.

benefits include:

-feelings of relaxation, peace & overall well-being
-boosted self-esteem, confidence, and motivation
-increased strength & reflex responses
-accelerated metabolic functioning
-improved cognition & memory
-relief from stress & anxiety
-alleviation of chronic pain

Directions to the Yoga Fair:


The Yoga Fair will be at 

Scarritt Bennett Center

1008 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212 
(615) 340-7500 

in the Laskey Building on the first floor



  •  There is metered parking on 19th Ave S in front of the center.
  •  Scarritt Bennett Center Parking Lot A & B are accessible from 18th Ave S.
  •  Parking Lot A is the closest to the Laskey Building where Guest Check-in is located.


Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine                      
with Dr. Sarasvati Buhrman

March 6 – 8, 2015

One2 yoga Studio, Nashville

$250 early bird discount / prior to Feb 15         $275 after Feb 15                                                                                                

A three-day introduction to the basic concepts which underlie the theory and practice  of traditional Ayurvedic medicine, including a beginning overview of Samhya philosophy, definitions of health, Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, causes and symptoms of imbalances,  and the stages of development of disease.  Instruction in practical skills of assessment of prakriti and vikrti, including observation, questioning, and pulse and tongue diagnosis.  A  beginning  understanding of three of the five basic healing modalities of the Ayurvedic medicine toolkit:  lifestyle (including dietary habits), therapeutic Yoga, and panchakarma.  Students will be assigned relevant written project work each evening of the training in order to ensure correct understanding and retention of information. 


Dr. Sarasvati Buhrman

Dr. Buhrman holds university degrees in Biology (College of William and Mary) and Anthropology (University of Colorado), as well as graduate work in genetics. She has practiced yoga since 1973, and has studied extensively in all aspects of Yoga and meditation with her spiritual teacher, Baba Hari Dass, since 1976.  Sarasvatiji is a yogic  monastic in the Vairagi Order  of North India, and is a member of the World Council of Yoga.  She was trained and qualified to practice Ayurvedic medicine with the late Pranacharya Dr. R.P. Trivedi, Professor of Ayurvedic Medicine at Benares Hindu University.  She has maintained an Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Therapy practice in Boulder, Co. since  1987, and co-founded the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda in 1990, a nonprofit  educational institution for training Yoga therapists, Yoga teachers, and Ayurvedic practitioners. She has also taught at Naropa University, Metropolitan State College, and a number of Yoga Centers including Mount Madonna Center and the Salt Spring Centre in Canada.  Sarasvatiji has published several articles in Yoga International and in the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine.  She is a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.


Friday, March 6 -  12:30 pm – 6:30 pm                                one2yoga studio

Saturday, March 7 -   Noon – 6:30 pm                                223 Donelson Pike

Sunday, March 8 – 10 am – 6:30 pm                                   Nashville, TN  37214

Benefits of the Training:

The primary intention of the introductory training in Ayurvedic medicine is to empower participants to improve their own personal wellness by acquainting them with the basic tools for personal health through the knowledge of specific foods and herbs which can be used to successfully treat, or to help manage, specific common illnesses. In addition, the course is also a valuable aid for health care professionals who would like to understand more about Ayurvedic medicine for the purpose of referring patients or working with Ayurvedic professionals.  Lastly, the course is a valuable addition to the professional training of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultants and Yoga Therapists.


This is the first of a series of three Ayurvedic Medicine workshops with Dr. Buhrman planned for 2015 in Nashville.  Combined, they account for 90 hours / 3 credits.  Those completing the training will received a certificate of completion. 


To register, contact Jan Thrasher at 615-498-5992 /  one2yoga@comcast.net    Space is limited.

Painting Journal Yoga Retreat

with Julie Russell

at Big at Big East Fork Retreat Franklin, TN

Sunday, April 19,2015  

9:00a.m. -4:30p.m.
$75 prior to April 9th, $100 after

Exploring the profound aspects of breath, meditation, qi going, Self-Breema and The Painting Journal, opens further the inner path toward healing and clear vision. Julie will introduce each of these practices weaving them into a day of movement, laughter, reflection, healing and inspiration.
Bring food to share for a communal lunch.

Supply List for the Yoga Painting Journal Retreat~

* wear comfortable layered clothing
* Spiral sketchbook - 14"x11" or smaller 
* water color paints (simple set is fine)
* brushes
* a lidded jar
* a dream or dream fragment
* a pen
* food
* blanket
* yoga mat
Directions: 5375 Big East Fork Road Franklin, TN 37064
Look for yoga Fair signs to help you turn in the correct drive way. 

Take Hwy 96 West to Old Hillsboro Road (Route 46). Make a left on Old Hillsboro Road (Route 46) and proceed 1.4 miles to Waddell Hollow Road. Turn right on Waddell Hollow Road and after 0.4 mile, turn left at the stop sign and proceed 2.0 miles onto Still House Road up to to the top of the ridge and under the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge.  Contintue down the other side of the Trace to the bottom of the hill.  The Big East Fork Retreat Information Center is on the left {5375 Big East Fork Road}.

I-40 West to Exit 192. Turn right on McCrory Lane and continue 4.0 miles to Hwy 100. Turn right on Hwy 100 and continue 3.6 miles to Hwy 96. Turn left on Hwy 96 (to Franklin). After 0.8 mile, turn right onto Old Harding Road (to Fernvale), and then take a quick left (0.2 mile) onto Big East Fork Road. Go 4.0 miles on Big East Fork Road. The Big East Fork Retreat Center is on the right {5375 Big East Fork Road}.


THE PAINTING JOURNAL invites you to become an active creator in your life, exploring new possibilities in perception, and growing daily toward the self-empowering and self-affirming being you were intended to be.

You will begin the journey of capturing daily events that often pass by without reflection. Revisiting the journal and seeing with fresh eyes the ordinary made extraordinary in your own life, deepens your appreciation for yourself as you are. In The Painting Journal course you will be guided in tracking and interpreting dreams, clarifying family and love relationships, expressing feelings, releasing toxic patterns and learning to embrace the tigers in your life. Working spontaneously with color allows a wide range of expression, and often humor is the hallmark of such a journal. The Painting Journal course is for those who seek an imaginative, colorful, surprise filled vehicle for transformation, and who enjoy laughing and lightheartedness. No drawing or painting experience needed. Only wonder...

Register by clicking the paypal button below. Call Leighanne 615-788-9731 with any questions.