Practice with us!
Whether you join us at our Community Studio or at one of our many community locations around Nashville, we can’t wait to see you on your mat!
In support of our mission to make yoga accessible for everyone, we have a full calendar of public classes around Nashville that are either free or have a $5 suggested donation. These classes are in a variety of styles, from power flow to gentle flow and kids’ yoga to chair yoga. All are welcome!
While we have free mats available at some of our public class locations like the libraries, we don’t have them at every location, especially any outdoor classes. If you own a mat, bring it! If you don’t, message us on socials or shoot us an email the day prior to check if mats will be available at the class you’re planning to attend.
Bring anything else you’d need to be comfortable (water, a block, a face mask, etc.). If you’re attending a restorative or gentle class, you might enjoy some comfy socks and a sweater during savasana.
You can sign up for any public community class here on our website (view full calendar and sign up) or through the MindBody mobile app. The only exception to this is our Cheekwood classes (sign up for those at cheekwood.org).
If you don’t have or use the MindBody app, you’ll still be able to use MindBody on the web. When you sign up on our website, that calendar is powered by MindBody, so you’ll create a MindBody account (if you don’t already have one) in order to sign up.
If you’d prefer not to use MindBody at all, never fear! Simply show up to your class ten to fifteen minutes early, and the teacher on site will get you all squared away. If you’re attending a $5 class and can’t pay through MindBody, we accept payment through Venmo, Kindful, and cash.
We’re so glad to have you! We recommend arriving at your class ten to fifteen minutes early to orient yourself, meet the teacher, and make sure you’re signed up properly. If you haven’t already signed our waiver (and possibly the location’s waiver), the teacher will ask you to do that. Other than that, roll out your mat and know that doing so helps us fulfill our mission to bring yoga to all!
Yes. We believe yoga is for every body.
If you’re thinking, “I can’t even touch my toes,” you’re in the right place. In fact, you’re why we teach! All of our community classes are designed to be accessible to any experience level, and we instruct people of all ages and abilities every day. We’re not here for Instagram-worthy flexibility; we focus on building functional mobility, physical strength, and mindfulness. All of our teachers are trained in trauma-informed yoga, and we are committed to creating a safe, welcoming environment.
You don’t have to be able to touch your toes in order to do yoga. You just have to have a body! So if you’ve got one of those, come hang out with us..
Regardless of the style of yoga you choose, all of our classes are beginner friendly and our instructors are happy to guide you through any modifications you might need for your practice. We teach community classes in a variety of styles:
- Power yoga: Build strength and cardio, improve flexibility and balance, and have a good sweat.
- Gentle yoga: Build strength, improve flexibility and balance, and move at a slower pace.
- Restorative yoga: Cultivate mindfulness, improve flexibility, and move slowly.
- Family/kids yoga: Enjoy a fun practice for all ages, often featuring partner poses and games.
- Chair yoga: Build strength and improve functional mobility and balance, all while seated in a chair!
First off, props for trying something new!
We recommend arriving at your class ten to fifteen minutes early to orient yourself, meet the teacher, and make sure you’re all set. If you haven’t already signed our waiver (and possibly the location’s waiver), the teacher will ask you to do that. The teacher will also likely ask if you have any injuries or conditions they should know about that might affect your practice. Share what you’re comfortable sharing, and know that the question is simply in service of empowering your practice and keeping you safe.
Throughout class, your teacher will likely offer pose modifications to the whole class or suggest the use of a block if they’re available. As you practice, take breaks when you need them. There is no judgment around skipping things, taking a seat, and coming back to the poses when you’re ready.
After class, feel free to introduce yourself to other students if you’d like! We’re a community-oriented crew and our students love meeting new people.
Our Community Studio is the only non-profit yoga studio in Nashville! We offer high quality heated and unheated yoga in a full-service boutique studio with some of Nashville’s best instructors for only $10 per class. By practicing with us, you’re helping us fulfill our mission to bring free yoga to the Nashville community and beyond.
Every dollar donated at the SWY Community Studio directly supports SWY’s mission to connect people and create community through yoga. By attending a class at the studio, you play a role in increasing access to yoga at community centers, prisons, schools, recovery centers, homeless shelters, libraries, and more. Thank you for your support!
Regardless of the style of yoga you choose, all of our classes are beginner friendly and our instructors are happy to guide you through any modifications you might need for your practice. We teach studio classes in a variety of styles:
- Power Flow: Build strength and cardio, improve flexibility and balance, and have a good sweat. Heated and unheated options available.
- Yogi Beats: Combine creative flows with dynamic, rhythm-based movements for a full body workout.
- Unheated Power Flow: Get a full workout in this unheated class.
- Deep Rest: Cultivate mindfulness, improve flexibility, and move slowly in this unheated class.
Yes, our Studio B room is unheated, and we offer an unheated power flow once a week and restorative classes there twice a week.
We heat our Studio A room to about 95° and use humidifiers. You will sweat. A lot. The heat elevates your practice and gives your heart, lungs, and muscles a more beneficial workout. The day prior to your class, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Hydration starts the day before!
For class, wear breathable clothing, bring water, and take it slow. Take breaks when you need them, especially if you feel light headed. Your breath will be key to keeping you tuned in to your body. If you’re short of breath, take a seat on your mat and catch your breath, breathing in and out of your mouth, and resume your practice when you’re ready.
After class, continue to drink lots of water to replenish fluids after all that sweating. Consistency is key to building up your tolerance to the heat, so keep coming back, and you’ll notice an improvement in your body’s (and mind’s) ability to endure and eventually thrive in the heat.
Many of our studio teachers offer hands-on assists during class. These are meant to empower and support your practice, and they’re entirely optional. At the start of class, if a teacher is offering assists, they will ask who does/does not want to be touched during class. This is typically done during child’s pose, so that your response is anonymous to the rest of the class. As a student, you can opt out of hands-on assists at any time, even if you said yes at the start of class. Assisting is always optional, and you can always change your mind—just let your teacher know.
We recommend comfortable, athletic clothing you can move and sweat in. We also recommend bare feet during class so you have better traction and stability (socks get hot and slippery!).
A yoga mat and a water bottle! We have filtered water on site. A hand towel or mat towel is always a good idea, though we have these at the studio, too. You may leave your shoes and any personal items in the cubbies; we will lock the doors while the class is in session.
Yes, we offer $2 Manduka mat rentals. We also sell B Everyday Mats for $96 and B Strong Mats for $114. Additionally, we rent full-length mat towels for $2 and sell water bottles for $2.
Yes, it’s best if you sign up in advance. You can sign up for classes on MindBody or ClassPass. We do allow walk-ins if the class is not at capacity.
Yes! We offer 5-, 10-, 20-, 30-, and 50-class packs for purchase online or in person. We also have a monthly unlimited membership that auto-debits for just $99/month and gives you special perks. Additionally, you can purchase one month unlimited for $110 and one year unlimited for $999.
Yes! In MindBody, you can purchase a gift card redeemable for yoga at the studio. They can be set to any dollar amount, and will be sent to the account of your choosing. You can also set this up in person at the studio if you’d prefer.
Particularly for your first class, please arrive 10-15 minutes before class to ensure enough time to check in and orient yourself to the space. The doors will be locked when class begins.
Yes, you can sign up for the waitlist of a class that’s already full. If someone cancels, MindBody automatically pulls people off the waitlist based on who signed up first. If you are moved off the waitlist, you will be notified via email up until one hour before class. You can always drop by the studio if you’re on the waitlist and try your luck to see if someone doesn’t show up last minute.
The doors will be locked at the start of class to protect student safety and respect their time. It is at the teacher’s discretion to let in students who arrive a couple minutes late. If you know you’re going to arrive right at class start time, give us a call to let us know.
There is free parking in the lot in front of our studio, including five spaces specifically designated for Small World Yoga. There are a handful of spaces with public parking signs. We share our parking lot with several other businesses and organizations, so on weekdays during business hours, we ask students to avoid spots with signs for other businesses. On evenings and weekends, however, most spots are fair game. There’s also free street parking on 13th behind the studio.
Yes, we have two individual showers and rent bath towels for $2. We also have complimentary shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in each shower.
Yes, we have three private, individual stalls for all genders, separate from our sinks and showers. One stall is wheelchair accessible.
We have a lost and found bin in the studio. Feel free to stop by and pick up your items––studio doors open 30 minutes before a scheduled class. Additionally, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 784-9642 if you have left anything.
You can cancel registration for a class up to one hour in advance at no additional cost. If you cancel within one hour of your scheduled class, you will automatically be charged a $10 fee.
All purchases and donations for classes, workshops, events, and merch are final sale. If you have any questions or issues, please email email@example.com.