Jennifer Derryberry Mann
Jenni Derryberry Mann opened the doors to Blooma Nashville in 2014, believing that women deserve a beautiful, warm welcome into pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. A mama, prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher, life 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 Inc. family from the very beginning, when she helped create 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.
Amanda Howard is excited to be back in Nashville after living 12 years in Chicago, where she has been teaching classical Pilates for 7 years. She received her certification from Frog Temple Pilates in Chicago, IL (Pilates Center, Boulder CO) and is also a Pre and PostNatal Pilates Specialist through The Center for Women’s Fitness under Carolyn Anthony. She is a Nashville native and studied dance at The School of Nashville Ballet, Metro Parks Dance Division, and Vanderbilt University. She began taking Pilates at the age of 12 but really began to fall in love with it as an adult, where she noticed Pilates strengthening her as a dancer while keeping her balanced throughout daily life. Her passion is teaching pre/postnatal mamas the power of Pilates and what it can do for our bodies during and after pregnancy. She received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and has been dancing professionally with Chicago based dance company, The Seldoms, both nationally and internationally. She believes Pilates is truly for everybody and hopes to continue her Pilates practice until she’s 100 and feels passionately about helping others do the same!
Ander Wilson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Nutrition Therapist. She works with clients to create healthy, meaningful lives, without chasing diets and weight loss. Ander’s approach includes Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES). Ander holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Lipscomb University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Winthrop University, and completed her post-graduate dietetics training with Lipscomb University. Her past training and experience includes work in clinical dietetics, eating disorder treatment in a behavioral health treatment center, nutrition programming consultant, and university nutrition professor. Ander has a special interest in helping women navigate pregnancy and postpartum nutrition, disordered eating, and disease management. She approaches nutrition therapy with a client-centered, collaborative focus. She operates from the understanding that you are the expert of your body, and seeks to honor your wisdom, knowledge, and experience, while making herself available as a resource and guide. In addition to her work as a nutrition therapist, Ander enjoys spending time with her husband and son, making last minute plans with friends, and helping run @HotHealthyHabits with friend and co-founder, Amanda Adams.
Ashley (Drinnon) Ray has been teaching yoga to adults and children at yoga studios, workplaces, schools, and camps since 2013. After gaining her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification, Ashley completed specialty training in hot yoga and vinyasa yoga. With a wide range of experience in various styles of yoga, Ashley customizes each class to her students’ needs and goals, catering to a variety of levels. Incorporating some light-hearted humor, motivating guidance, and a technical focus on postures, Ashley creates balanced, yet challenging, classes that encourage students to trust and explore the strength and flexibility of their body. Ashley’s favorite classes involve working with children from preschool through high school. Known for her positive attitude and upbeat energy, Ashley engages the children in developmentally appropriate poses, games, discussions and lessons. Her knowledge of yoga principles, fitness and alignment provides a strong foundation to teach and inspire young minds. Above all else, Ashley strives to make sure that her students feel comfortable, acknowledged, aware of their own inner strength and proud of their accomplishments.
Bring Your Own Baby (BYOBaby) Yoga. Mama.
Brittany Anderson, WHNP-BC, Integrative Health Coach, Doula, received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, Bloomington where she was a 4-year varsity athlete. She began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her passion for preventative medicine then led her to the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine where she completed training as an integrative health coach. Brittany received her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University and is now a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Brittany has a passion for helping women reach their health and wellness goals, while supporting them through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She has attended training in mindfulness based childbirth and parenting (MBCP) and completed training as a professional doula. She is currently completing the requirements to become a board certified lactation consultant. Brittany loves preconception and prenatal coaching and education, although she enjoys working with women throughout their life span. As a Level 1 CrossFit coach, pre- and postnatal exercise specialist, and prenatal yoga teacher, Brittany advocates for clean eating, daily movement, meditation, and deep self-care. She seeks to empower women to take control of their health and create the best version of themselves.
Brittany Childs 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.
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.
Being a born Wanderlust, Karen backpacked throughout Europe and Asia. Finding herself in the homeland of yoga, Karen fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a yoga instructor as she gained her 200-hour certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasana flow and chakra meditation at Ayurveda Retreat Hospital in Coonoor, India. Naturally, Karen’s interest of prenatal yoga peaked with during the pregnancy of her first daughter, Liliana. As Karen’s family grew so did her yoga practice. Karen traveled to YoMama Yoga Studio in Boulder, Colorado, where she earned a certification spanning the spectrum of fertility, prenatal, postnatal, Mommy & me, and family yoga. Karen is inspired by both the strength and grace of a mother. She believes in empowering mothers to live a life filled with self-love. Karen’s yoga mantra is borrowed from a quote by Barbara Rothman: “Motherhood is not about making babies, it is about creating mothers. Strong, competent, capable mothers who believe in themselves and their inner strength.” With the birth of her second daughter, Jewel, Karen is inspired to lead family yoga classes. Karen wishes to create a healthy environment for parents and children to love and support one another. A main goal of family yoga is for families to improve communication both on and off the mat.
Kari Jenkins loves being part of the heroic journey women take during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Through more than 10 years of serving pregnant women, Kari has seen that this life experience is often the first time a woman must deeply trust her body and herself. As a woman learns how to honor her pregnant body, how to birth, and how to be a mother, Kari provides guidance and support. A mother of two children, Kari has walked that path herself, and she feels that it is an honor to walk with women and their families on that personal, life-changing journey. Through education, encouragement, and loving kindness, Kari dedicates her practice to helping women believe in their amazing, powerful bodies. Kari is a certified Birthing From Within mentor educator, and she is an apprentice midwife at The Farm Midwifery Center. She is a DONA-trained birth doula, and has been attending births for 7 years. Kari is also a certified pregnancy massage therapist and infant massage instructor, and has practiced massage therapy since graduating from Atlanta School of Massage in 2003. Kari lives in Chapel Hill, TN, at Henry Horton State Park with her Park Ranger husband, their two boys, River and Wren, and a collection of animals.
Prenatal yoga. Mama.
Prenatal yoga. Postpartum doula. Mama.
Bring Your Own Baby (BYOBaby) Yoga. Mama.
Megan Xidas, Lead Yoga Teacher
Megan Xidas brings the pure bliss of an open heart to every class she teaches. She also regularly blends in the sweet tones of singing bowls during savasana, for a perfectly melty meditative experience. At Blooma Nashville, Megan teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Everyone, Prenatal Yoga, and BYOBaby Mama-Baby Yoga. For Megan, yoga is about connection and balance. She began practicing in 2004, and in 2010 she decided to pursue it with real connection. As a teacher for the past few years in Nashville, Megan has learned that she is a perpetual student on and off the mat. A lesson learned in the past year is the intentionality of prenatal yoga. Megan sees her opportunity to teach prenatal yoga at Blooma as a calling fulfilled: Teaching prenatal and mama-baby yoga, she says, is a heart-opening gift that gives her a place to offer support, strength and community to expecting mamas and new mamas. In Megan’s personal practice, she strives to seek balance and a link to a greater sense of peace. No matter where a woman is in her life’s journey or where she has been, yoga is helpful in the process of rediscovering strength and embracing her sense of self, Megan says. Megan completed her Yoga Alliance certified prenatal yoga teacher training at Sanctuary for Yoga in 2013, and her 200-hour training in 2013. She is in the midst of completing her 300-hour training. Megan loves to share her passion for yoga, and she says she is humbled to offer her time and attention to the lovely mamas at Blooma.
Sarah Jane Chapman
A native upstate New Yorker, Sarah Jane is happily settled in Nashville after exploring the country and the world. She has been teaching Kids Yoga since 2010 when she obtained her certification from Karma Kids Yoga in NYC. She soon wanted to expand her teaching skill set and went to Rishikesh, India in 2012 to obtain her Hatha Yoga certification to teach adults too! Her classes are playful, fun and are catered to the individuals that are there, no matter who she is teaching! Sarah Jane has, in the past few years, opened up more knowledge through learning prenatal yoga (Karma Kids Yoga, 2014), massage therapy (Mind Body Institute, 2013), and is currently working to be a Doula! She is honored to be part of the Blooma Family and all that it has to offer for the yoga community (and beyond!) in Nashville.