Studio Mills' Certified Instructors, Teachers and Staff:
RYT 200, E-500 RYT, CYT and other yoga teacher certifications are explained here, at the YogaAlliance.org website.
Linda Mills, RYT200, E-500 RYT, CYT graduated from FSU in Elementary Education and Special Ed but never had more than a handful of interim positions and substitute teaching, so in the 1980’s Sculptursize was born. Linda took her first dance exercise business into Nashville businesses with 40 some classes per week. Through many twists and turns of lay-offs of other gigs but always passionate about fitness and wellness, Linda opened up Studio Mills in downtown Kingston Springs in 2007. The initial mission was to nurture the soul through yoga, fitness, music and art. Much of that intention continues to evolve and come true for those who enter the doors. Linda initially got certified in the Bikram flow of yoga in 1985, did her 200 hour training program through the Yoga School in 2007 and her 500 RYT and Yoga Therapy certification through The Yoga Teachers School of Excellence (Jackson, TN) in 2012. She incorporates her paths for transformation, her dance background, Laughing Yoga®, creative yoga therapy and life’s experiences intoher work with hospitals, working with the mentally ill and also the mentally well in classes at Studio Mills, Vanderbilt, and others locations. Linda enjoys kayaking, tennis, circle dancing, hiking and her family and friends. Linda says she plans to continue to teach yoga into her 90’s.
Anna Hornsby, RYT200 was born and raised in Sweden and moved to The United States in 1999. She loves spending time with her family- children, dogs, cats and horses in their big yellow house. Anna’s passion for joyful movements of the body began in early years with gymnastics, dance and also working out at the gym and then one day Yoga crossed her path and captured her heart. "Yoga has become my breathing space". Anna was one of the first students to graduate from The Yoga School in 2006 and she is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. Anna offers slow flowing feel good yoga on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. "Yoga is not always comfortable, but it should never be painful. Keep the breath softly flowing and enjoy the joy and pleasure of moving to soft music. Feel the connection- body, mind and spirit." Anna's goal is for her students to feel calm, peaceful, energized and ready for the rest of the day or to culminate the evening. Anna is also certified in Tai Chi for Health and loves how Tai Chi and Shibashi is complementing her yoga teaching in many ways and how it is suitable for everyone regardless of age.
Brian Hallgren, RYT200, was encouraged by Linda Mills to try yoga, and before he knew it, he was wanting more yoga, please. He was living in San Francisco at the time and spent numerous hours in the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF, learning and practicing his yoga in 2009. Wanting to better his own practice, he started Teacher Training in 2012, becoming 200RYT certified in June 2013. He is currently teaching one class a week, Elements, at Studio Mills and shares as he studies the yoga philosophy.
Lindy Murff, Certified Group Exercise Instructor, was born and raised in Nashville, TN. In 1992, she moved to Cheatham County to raise her children “in the country.” She’s a certified group exercise instructor with a wide range of interest. From Zumba to Yoga, Tai Chi to Hoopnotica, Dancercize, S.A.I.L., Walk with Ease, Pound Fit...if it sounds fun, she’ll try it! Currently, Lindy is the Fitness Director at The Senior Center at Ashland City. When she’s not teaching exercise classes, she manages ticket sales for public events in the Southeast. She loves travel, camping, reading, gardening, beaches, people and YOGA, and looks forward to sharing a practice with you soon. Think Good Thoughts!
Sonia Becknell, Pilates, Yoga, Older Adult Fitness (various), looking to slow down & tune in, stepping out of the frazzle of the fast lane & into the blissful experience of gentle movement? Want to walk away feeling energized & calm all at the same time? Whatever your limitations or abilities might be, stop all the activities that keep you from coming to class & practice yoga with Sonja Becknell. This retired ballerina has a lifetime of experience studying movement & over a decade of experience teaching Pilates & Yoga, providing multiple modifications to hundreds of students with different injuries & abilities. “Our body is the home in which the soul resides during our lifetime, so we should care for it with respect & gratitude,” says Sonja. Her students range from young to old, beginners to seasoned teachers, & healthy to those seeking better health. Sonja, a resident of Kingston Springs since 2007, holds Pilates phase I & II certifications, as well as Yoga phase I & II, Older Adult Fitness, & Pre & Post Natal certifications through AAAI/ISMA. She is also certified in BodyFlow through Les Mills & has taken workshops with Shiva Rea, Annie Carpenter, Indu Arora, Faith Hunter, Kristi Taylor, & Cora Wen, to name a few. She is attentive, intuitive, & knowledgeable, but comes to class with a servant’s heart. “We will gently stretch, strengthen, balance, & breathe so that we all walk out feeling better than when we arrived.”
Rebecca Dandekar, RYT200, has firsthand experience with the transformative power of yoga physically, mentally, and spiritually. In 2007, Rebecca began practicing yoga following the birth of her daughter. Like most first-time, type A personality moms, after the infant and all-encompassing toddler years, her body, mind and spirit were all in need of TLC. With lower back pain and the inability to touch her toes, Rebecca admits her first yoga classes were challenging. With time, the practice healed her body, but more importantly, rebuilt her sense of self and nourished her spirit. Over the years, Rebecca’s practice has evolved from emphasizing strength to a gentler, deeply introspect practice with a healthy dose of self-humor.
In 2015, Rebecca completed a 200-hr RYT Yoga Alliance certification at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville, Tennessee studying under her long time teachers, Daphne and Tom Larkin. A continuous student, you may find her practicing at the Sanctuary, the Bellevue YMCA, or outdoors as the weather warms. Thrilled to share her passion with others, Rebecca can be found teaching at the Bellevue Nashville Public Library in support of the Be Well @ NPL initiative, at Brentwood United Methodist Church, and at Bowie Nature Park in Fairview, Tennessee.
Self-compassion, finding the ease, and maintain body-spirit connection are her goals, both on and off the mat.
Jenni May, Licensed Massage Therapist, From a young age, sense of touch has always been meaningful to me. In touch I’ve found that each person has a different vibration which has always been apparent and of interest. Going through life with a sensitivity to these things has allowed me to form a unique way in which I interact/work with others. Besides these natural gifts, I was also gifted with an upbringing involving holistic healthcare. My parents chose to raise me on good nutrition, essential oils, tinctures and other forms of natural medicine. It didn’t take long for me to realize that these gifts could be used as tools and in using these tools I found my way to a career that has not only blessed me but has allowed me to be a blessing to others.
By the time I was 17 I had decided to spend my time learning about the art of healing. Now over 10 years and thousands of bodies later, I am even more passionate about helping people live their best life as holistically as possible. In each session with me you will find comfort, communication and personalization are always present as meeting your specific needs is my highest priority. My motto is ‘Mind at Peace, Body at Ease’. I graduated from Kneaded Energy School of Massage in Greensboro, North Carolina over 8 years ago and have been licensed as a Massage and Bodywork Therapist since February 2011. Two years ago, I moved to Tennessee with my husband and have been licensed here since. I have worked in spas, wellness centers and mostly chiropractic offices. My focus for the end of each session is that you’ll feel a positive difference. I’ve worked mostly with pain management and the treatment of injuries, however, I prefer to intuitively blend the following modalities in which I have been trained: Deep Tissue, Orthopedic Conditions, Myofascial Release, TriggerPoint, Rossiter, Swedish, Prenatal & Aromatherapy. My future interests are in Cupping and Sound Therapy! If you or someone you know is in need of healing, please contact me! Massages also make great gifts
Gayle Goad (GG), went to the first yoga class in Nashville at the OLD YMCA downtown in1965 with first teacher Roy Scoggins. When he left a short time later, I continued and became the second yoga teacher in Nashville. Since then I have taught at the YMCA on Harding Place, Knowles Fifty Forward, Jewish Community Center, Vanderbilt and many other places in the Nashville area. I have also taught in such exotic places as Fiji, Dominican Republic and Jamaica. I try to make my classes easy enough for a beginner with options for challenging more advanced students. I'll be teaching at Studio Mills some Wednesday's at 9:00 a.m. in January and February.
Barbara Ross has practiced yoga for 17 years and has been teaching for 6. Barbara completed her 200 hour teacher training at Kali Yuga Yoga in Nashville and is currently pursuing her 300 hour teacher certification at Sanctuary for Yoga. Barbara teaches vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga. She is also a holistic health coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a certified Reiki master, a personal trainer, and a hula hoop dancer. She likes to weave yogic philosophy into her classes and highlight specific teachings that have been meaningful for her in her own yoga journey.
Barbara Ross, has practiced yoga for 17 years and has been teaching for 6. Barbara completed her 200 hour teacher training at Kali Yuga Yoga in Nashville and is currently pursuing her 300 hour teacher certification at Sanctuary for Yoga. Barbara teaches vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga. She is also a holistic health coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a certified Reiki Master, a personal trainer, and a hula hoop dancer. She likes to weave yogic philosophy into her classes and highlight specific teachings that have been meaningful for her in her own yoga journey. Barbara teaches Yin with Gentle Flow. This class will begin with Yin postures which are each held for 3 minutes. Varying from other forms of asana, Yin yoga blends Hatha yoga with traditional Chinese medicine to activate meridian lines within the body and to move stagnant energy. This practice goes beyond muscular stretching; Yin yoga exercises our cartilage and connective tissues, strengthens our bones and ligaments, and passively lengthens our fascia while also increasing our flexibility and range of motion. After the yin postures, Barbara will guide students through a gentle flow where students will experience greater mobility as a result of the beginning yin practice.
Reiki with Dawn Song, Dawn offers Reiki and Chakra Clearings. Reiki just feels good and can be a conduit for healing body, mind and spirit. Chakra Clearings help facilitate releasing of negative energy that has served its purpose and is ready to be let go. Sessions are generally 1 hour long by appointment only for $30-$50 sliding scale. Let Dawn know if you are interested by emailing her at email@example.com.