Meet Us

Jennifer Derryberry Mann

Jennifer Derryberry Mann

Jenni Derryberry Mann opened the doors to the studio in 2014, believing that women deserve a warm welcome into pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. A mama, prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher, restorative exercise specialist, self-care coach, and women’s circle facilitator, Jenni also incorporates training as a doula, childbirth educator, and yoga nidra meditation guide into her work with women as they make their sacred journey into motherhood. Jenni has been part of the Blooma family from the very beginning, when she collaborated on the first Blooma studio in Minneapolis in 2007. At Blooma Nashville, Jenni teaches Prenatal Yoga, BYOBaby Mama-Baby Yoga, Little Crawlers & Movers Yoga, the Blooma Birth Intensive class, Blooma Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, and she leads seasonal circles for women and mothers.

 

Anna Shalray

Anna fell in love with the peace stepping onto her mat would bring, while living in Los Angeles. She’d been caught up in the hustle and bustle, working way too many hours a week as a nanny, and was feeling disconnected, and overwhelmed. Yoga became home away from home, a safe quiet space to get grounded and connected with what was really important. Anna’s passion for yoga, and a desire to deepen her personal practice, also led her to obtain her Yoga Alliance RYT-200hr, along with studying Holistic Health and Nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. When she’s not on her mat or supporting other mamas, you can find Anna and her husband, Stephen, enjoying their two crazy huskies and their rainbow baby, Bently.

Brittany VanHooser

Brittany VanHooser is the mother of two very spirited daughters. In her efforts and endeavors as a mom, she has learned a lot about how crucial self care is. Her passion is to assist others in maintaining great self care through massage and body work. Brittany graduated from the Natural Health Institute in 2006. She is thrilled that her journey has led to helping fellow moms and family members relax, unwind, and stay centered through some of the most exciting years in life: pregnancy and early childhood.

 

Christine Tarkenton

From Dallas, Texas, Christine has always had a love of staying active and as a mom, she realizes the importance even more now. With certifications from SCHWINN cycling, Yoga Sculpt, and barre & reformer Pilates, she loves leading a strong class. Christine served as a pace leader/mentor for the Dallas Running Club & ambassador for Lululemon Northpark Dallas.

 

Claire McKeever-Burgett

Claire first found Nia in 2003 when she moved to Austin to begin nonprofit development work and began experiencing severe neck, shoulder, and back pain. After an MRI and doctor’s visit informing her that she had “Snapping Scapula Syndrome” and that it was only treatable by massage, physical therapy, and exercise, she quickly found her way to a massage therapist who asked her, “Claire, what kind of exercise do you do?” Having only ever walked, played team sports, and run (a little), Claire told the truth, “Not much.” Her massage therapist said, “I think you’d love Nia,” and then invited her to a class. On a Tuesday evening in the fall of 2003 in a Nia studio in South Austin, Claire experienced her first Nia class and immediately fell in love. “I was galloping around a room like a child,” she recalls, “and it felt incredible. It was the first time in months I didn’t think about my shoulder pain.” From 2003 on, Claire has been dancing and practicing Nia and was trained as a Nia White Belt Instructor in June of 2008. Claire also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and is ordained clergy in the Alliance of Baptist tradition. Serving churches in both Nashville and Louisiana and now working as a writer, storyteller, and communicator at The Upper Room in Nashville, Tennessee, Claire has offered Nia to parishioners, friends, and colleagues everywhere she’s lived. “I want people of all ages, all sizes, and all abilities to experience the joy of movement and to fall in love with their bodies, minds, and spirits again and again. This is why I teach and practice Nia wherever I go,” says Claire. It is Claire’s passion to share the joy of dance with people of all ages in Nashville.

 

Erika Hoelscher

RPYT 200: Erika’s passion for all things birth and mothering grew from her own experiences (some beautiful, others challenging) as she transitioned into the role of “mama”. Inspired by so many strong and beautiful women who lit the path around her, she found her own calling to uplift and support women during one of the most important and most vulnerable times in their lives . Erika enjoys helping mamas find their own voice, strengths, balance, mental clarity, and inner peace. Through teaching, she hopes to inspire others to discover their own light, empowering them to open their hearts to find joy, space, love, and compassion for themselves and the world around them. Her classes are fun and playful, designed to feel good, with an emphasis on alignment and inclusivity. Erika is the mother of a beautiful little sassafras, Elowyn Mae (3). Her days are spent attempting to stay (mostly) sane (and occasionally washing her hair) as she herself navigates this crazy/beautiful ride called motherhood. When not on her mat she can be found advocating for women and mamas everywhere, hiking, gardening, exploring the outdoors, sipping coffee and/or mimosas (mostly simultaneously), and soaking up the Nashville music scene with her delightful husband and aforementioned toddler. Erika, registered with Yoga Alliance, completed her 200-hour Vinyasa training with Hot Asana Yoga University in North Carolina and her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Blooma Studios in Nashville, TN. Erika is also part of the Stroller Strong Moms – Nashville and Stroller Strong Moms – Clarksville instructor team.

Heidi Downen

 

Krystal de la Rosa

 

Krystal Torcivia

 

Leslie Severns

 

 

Lyle Oberman

 

Melissa Shah

Melissa hails from NYC and instructs yoga for the prenatal community, kids, as well as all adults! Yoga found her at the age of 12 as a method to heal her childhood illnesses. Through this journey, yoga helped to form her adulthood and transformed the way she viewed her body, mind and soul. She is blessed to have received training from Nataraja Yoga Center, YogaWorks NYC, as well as Integral Yoga NYC for her prenatal teaching certification. Melissa aspires to make the practice of yoga accessible for all while still exploring the rich history and culture. She hopes for yoga to help the world access their innate bliss, their innate talents, and their innate ability to love. Her classes are innovative, emotional, and empowering.
 

 

Nina Coyle

 

Rebecca Kokubun

 

Susan Wood

 

Taylor Broggie

Taylor Broggie, Restorative Exercise Specialist-Certified Personal Trainer (RES-CPT), educates women about alignment and movement so they are empowered to take control of their health. Taylor specializes in working with moms and moms-to-be to improve their alignment for healthier pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery. Many of the “normal” issues of pregnancy (back/hip pain, incontinence, swelling…) can be prevented and healed through better body alignment. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the tools that women need to be strong, active and pain-free during pregnancy and then throughout the stages of their life. Taylor graduated from Westmont College with a B.S. in Movement and Exercise Science, and shortly after became certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She worked as a personal trainer, and then her own health struggles led her to seek out new methods of exercising and new ways of understanding human movement. In 2010, Taylor trained with Aligned & Well founder and biomechanicist Katy Bowman and became certified as a Restorative Exercise™ Specialist. Taylor taught Restorative Exercise™ at the Body Education Alignment Center for Health in Ventura, CA, until moving to Tennessee. Taylor is honored to be part of the Restorative Exercise Institute staff and loves training Restorative Exercise™ Specialists.