Dakini is a Tibetan word meaning ‘one who moves in space’ and ‘sky dancer.’
Studio Dakini: Liberation offers yoga classes and events that allow participants to tap into their own fluidity and dancer within, embracing the everflowing nature of all things.
Look for two amazing workshops next month.
Sign ups for both workshops coming soon!
Saul David Raye
Saul David Raye is coming back to Liberation Yoga 9/10-11 and we are so excited! Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. Saul’s teaching draws on the depth of the Yoga tradition, Bhakti, Tantra and all forms of universal light, love and wisdom. Through the grace of his teachers and guides he is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom teachings for modern seekers. The depth of Saul’s teaching allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth.
Astrologer and yoga teacher, Chani Nicholas will be coming to Nashville, 9/19-20 for two days of astrology and yoga. When trying to grasp the significance of our life purpose as it is revealed astrologically we must always consider the foundations of our char: the sun, the moon and ascendant. The ancients these three aspects of the chart the “places of life.” The sun’s sign and location in the chart represent the soul’s greatest desires and the moon represents the physical manifestation and actualization or embodiment of that desire. The rising sign tells us a great deal about our style and way of being in the world as well as many other important clues as to how the life purpose will unfold. Readings will also be available by appointment only. You can schedule a session by calling the studio.
Due to all the exciting events we have this week, we’re going to have to cancel a few of our classes. Your amazing teachers will back next week to serve you up their usual yoga awesomeness!
Cancelled: Thursday 6pm Level 2/3 w/Taunia Rice
Cancelled: Saturday 12:15pm Beginning Yoga w/Kristen Frick
Cancelled: Saturday 3pm Awareness Yoga w/Corrine Champigny
Cancelled: Sunday 1pm Yoga Gives w/Raquel Bueno
We are so excited to host Nimo: Open Hands, Open Heart This is such a gift! Nimo is traveling the world connecting our communities through music and storytelling and spreading LOVE! We are so honored to be part of his pilgrimage. Check out the this short video that documents his amazing work:
Thai Yoga Massage: Ancient Healing in a Modern World
Friday/6:30p-8:30p $35: this session is a guided partner class of giving and receiving a healing and relaxing Thai Yoga massage to release tension and lift your spirit. This class can be taken on it’s own!
Saturday/12n-4p and Sunday/10:30a–2:30p $125 (must be taken together): devoted to learning a simplified form of a basic Thai Yoga massage session including rhythmic massage, stretching, theory and acupressure of energy lines and points (nadis and marmas) and principles of energetic healing.
Traditional Thai Yoga massage is an ancient system of healing with roots in Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhist spiritual practice. This unique and complete system of therapy combines rhythmic massage, acupressure, gentle twisting, deep stretching, energy work and meditation. Thai Yoga massage focuses on ten major Sen, energy lines, stimulating the flow of energies within the body; opening the areas that are blocked and restoring the body’s natural healing capacity. It releases stress, tension, aches and pains; increases vitality, circulation, and flexibility; harmonizes imbalances in the nervous system; and creates wholeness of mind, body and spirit in both giver and receiver.
Gigi Chiarello: Gigi is an intuitive healer who has been studying, practicing and teaching Traditional Thai Yoga massage since 2006. She feels blessed to have studied extensively with internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist, Saul David Raye and to have spent time traveling through India, SouthEast Asia and the Yucatan, studying with various spiritual masters and teachers. Her studies in Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Aroma Acupoint Therapy and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and her immersions into Mayan, Hindu and Buddhist teachings, are deeply woven into her being and greatly influence all her offerings. She emanates a deep sense of grounding, which creates a safe foundation for all to open up to their innate healing potential.
The weekend covers an effective and powerful sequence that can be used on it’s own or used as an addition to an existing massage or healing practice. The movements and adjustments you will learn are also a valuable compliment in Yoga teaching.
For more details and to sign up click here:
We have two classes on Memorial Day!
9a-10:15 w/Liz Workman 11a-12:15 w/Raquel Bueno
Join us this Friday night, 5/16 for a high energy upbeat yoga jam taught by our very own Lloyd Robison, with sounds by This is Art. This is the VERY best way to start your weekend!
LOCATION: Event Space 429
429 Chestnut Street, Nashville TN 37203
Map to workshop
More on Saul and the workshop:
Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. Saul’s teaching draws on the depth of the Yoga tradition, Bhakti, Tantra and all forms of universal light, love and wisdom. Through the grace of his teachers and guides he is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom teachings for modern seekers. The depth of Saul’s teaching allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth.
A pioneering and inspiring presence in Yoga’s evolution in the west, Saul’s authentic and heart-centered teaching has influenced thousands of students and teachers around the world. He holds certifications in Yoga, bodywork and energy healing and is an ordained minister and musician who infuses his classes with healing music and chants. He has been on the faculty of International and National conferences and festivals for years, and has presented alongside many luminaries in the Spiritual world.
Fri Evening 5/9 7pm – 9:30pm
Heart Medicine: Yoga, Chanting + Deep Meditation
A deep healing flow of heart centered tantric yoga, meditation and chanting. We will invoke the inner teacher, the inner light, which is the spiritual essence of the heart to guide us in our Yoga practice and path. Yogic techniques for deeper meditation and awakening the intuition will be shared. Class will include asana, breathwork, chanting, meditation and live music.
Sat 5/10 9:30am-12:30 pm - Agni & Soma: Alchemy of Fire & Water
Agni & Soma are the Sacred essences of fire and water respectively, they are both inner and outer, cosmic and microcosmic. Agni is the principle of light or energy and realtes to the solar plexus as our individual energy. Soma is in the region of the head and is the cosmic essence of Grace and rejuvenation. Interestingly the Heart is where the two merge and balance. Cultivating, strengthening and balancing these 2 forces creates great health, energy and balance. Class will include practices for cultivating both Agni & Soma; some lecture, asana, breathwork, meditation & chanting.
Sat 5/10 2:30 -5:30 pm - Soma Shakti: Nectar of the Moon:
Deep relaxation, Meditation & Rejuvenation
Finding balance in the modern world requires honoring both our inner and outer selves. It is essential to go within and learn to let go of deep mental and emotional stress, to realign our minds and hearts and reset our being. In this workshop we will cultivate the rejuvenating energy of Soma through the techniques of yogic relaxation, meditation and affirmation to reset the nervous system, mind and body and allow the deep energy of the soma (moon) to flow within us. You will learn simple and profound practices that you can practice on your own and easily incorporate into the flow of your life.
Aum Shreem Somaya Namaha
Saturday 5/10 Night 8pm – 10 pm
Ananda Cosmic Kirtan
A Soul-stirring Evening of Ecstatic Chanting, Dancing, Meditation and Prayer
Saul David Raye and special guest musicians: Jim Beckwith, Amy Barnes and more..Come together as one for this transforming evening of sacred music and vibration from the heart to the heart – the practice of kirtan. Kirtan is the devotional singing from the Bhakti (Yoga of the Heart) tradition of Indian saints done in an ecstatic and meditative call and response style. Singing and dancing have long been sacred healing practices to awaken the life force, connect us to spirit and embody an ecstatic connection to the Divine force that sustains all life. Jai Ma ! Aum Namah Shivaya ! ONE LOVE
Sunday 5/11 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Heart Medicine: Igniting the Inner Warrior through Love, Wisdom & Light
We live in a time of great challenge, a time of spiritual fire. A time for humanity to awaken and evolve. Yoga is the process of that connects us to our deep source + light. The center of that is the Heart; Courage, strength, love, devotion and wisdom lie within each of us waiting to be brought forth. This class will cultivate a strong and open heart through through a balanced practice of asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, wisdom teachings and the space to access your own inner heart.
Sign-up here: Workshops
Ashley Stebbins will be offering two new series beginning with a free class on April 4!
April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 9, 16, 23
Mommy & Me at 1-1:45pm
Yoga creates a community for mamas and babies from 6 weeks to 2 years old. This class focuses on repairing the abdominal muscles and strengthening the lower back and pelvic floor muscles. In addition, Mommy and Me Yoga increases the spiritual, emotional and physical bond between mama and baby. We will work through breathing, mama-assisted poses for baby, partner poses, side laying poses (mama can practice breastfeeding on the side, if comfortable), and finally a short savasana (resting pose).
Prenatal Yoga at 2-3:30pm
Provides the strength and relaxation benefits of yoga, as well as a chance to nurture yourself while bonding with baby. The special selection of postures are designed to prepare the body for changes that occur during pregnancy. We will work on opening the hips, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, and meditation. Most importantly, Prenatal Yoga can help you bond with your baby and empower you through the community of other pregnant women. Prenatal Yoga is safe for all stages of pregnancy and is generally slower, offering time to talk to other pregnant women and ask questions. Special teas and oils created and customized specifically for this class will also be utilized.
Today, our light shines on Molly Spessard: beautiful being, co-owner of Studio Dakini, amazing teacher and divine mother and wife. We thought you’d like to know a just a little bit more about this person who seems to move so effortlessly throughout our world at Studio Dakini! If you’ve never taken her class, you might just want to sprinkle yourself with a bit of Molly-dust!
What is your favorite pose?
Depends…If I need grounding: balasana (child’s pose). If I need to fly: pincha mayurasana (forearm balance). If I need liberation in my spine: fluid cobra (sahaja bhujangasana). If I need heart opening: urdva dhanurasana (wheel). That’s why a well-balanced practice incorporating all of these qualities leaves us feeling centered and steady.
Who do you love to spend time with? The obvious people and the not so obvious!
The obvious…My Family. We are blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of family right here in Nashville. We have six children, and it nourishes my soul when we are all together laughing, playing, relaxing, cooking, just being. Friends. Living in the town where I grew up, I am surrounded by childhood friends and though in many ways we have walked different paths as adults, there’s still comfort in having many of them close. I’ve found some of my best friends in the world who are from all over the world though yoga, truly it feels like discovering my soul sisters and brothers! And through my children, I have bonded with the families of their friends, which feels like a big loving village where we are all supporting each other in raising our families.
The not so obvious…When Mike and I get the chance to slip off to dinner or sneak away on an adventure, we always enjoy sharing stories and experiences with the other travelers we meet on the path. From restaurants to yoga festivals and trainings to just waiting in a line, there always seems to be an interesting being to connect with. Suddenly you begin to realize we are all in this together!
What attribute do you admire most in a person?
Patience. We are living in a time in the world when creativity is an open door and innovation so widely accessible because of the many ways we are able to share knowledge and support each other. Though without the ability to root into patience and slow intentional devotion for our passions in life, many of these creations run wild or get lost. With patience, we can stay connected to the natural pulse of sustainable living in every realm of life. Thank goodness my husband has an excess of patience so he can remind me to slow my rhythm and stay steady in my fire.
Can you describe a moment you had in a class where something shifted or broke open for you?
Two times come to mind immediately. Many years ago I was taking a class at Jivamukti in NY. The teacher walked over to me while I was in Vira II and whispered slowly, “Stop trying so hard…” It really shifted my perspective and made me realize it was time to relax into myself. My practice became a lot more integrated after that. I began to see that by softening into the mudras, I was able to tap into an endless reservoir of energy and emanate my outer expressions from that place. Soon after, I was at Kripalu in my first teacher training with Shiva Rea. As I sat listening and bathing in the morning sun that poured through the windows on me, she began to tell us that what students really need is to become a bird and remember how to fly…I knew in that moment that this was my path and that she was my teacher.
What would the perfect day look like for you?
That’s easy! Rise with the sun. Sit quietly with warm tea. Greet my children as they slowly emerge, make them breakfast. Walk our dogs. Dive into my yoga practice. Massage my body with my Ayurvedic oils and shower. Then I’m ready for anything…teaching or meetings or going on a family adventure or relaxing at home. I love eating a big, warm lunch (usually Indian, Thai or lentil soup and veggies at home). Afternoon walk in the woods, maybe with a girlfriend. Relax in a hot bath with bath salts. Then cook family dinner with whoever is around or out with Mike at our favorite place, City House. In bed early (especially in winter), sleep by 10
What is you favorite indulgence?
Sweet: Olive&Sinclair dark chocolate with sea salt
Savory: Avocado tacos and bean soup from Mas Tacos
Soulful: a trip to the Foot Spa!
Jeremy Arndt will be playing for Raquel’s Tuesday night 1/28 class. If you’ve never practiced to live music, this will be such a gift!!
Happy Solstice (12/21) and Full Moon (today)! All of our ancestors were deeply connected to these cycles of the sun and the moon, drawing their potency into the heart and creating a bridge between the individual and the cosmos. With the wisdom of yoga, we are able to live with connection to our own prana or source and also expansively with full awareness of those around us. We have a few more days of fertile darkness that will take us into a new time of emerging light. It’s time to recycle and renew, to regenerate and realign, bringing closure to the past and awakening individual and collective visions.