By Lauren Howard, Thankful for Connection and Smiles

Yoga for me is more than just a physical practice; it is a spiritual and emotional connection to my deepest self, others, and the world. The strength I gain from yoga extends all over my body, from my brain all the way to my toes. As soon as I lay my body down on the mat, I feel complete peace and safety.

The great thing about Blue Ridge Yoga is that it is centered around what works best for you, and there is no pressure to be “the best.” The instructors reinforce this concept and are always encouraging you to challenge yourself but not to the point of pain or discomfort. One of the many amazing qualities at Blue Ridge Yoga is that it is so focused on building community and connections and, for me, it has really brought me out of my shell and become like a second home.

Shortly after joining, I quit my 9-5 job and started pet sitting. Jess at Blue Ridge Yoga helped me share my services, leading me to gain a lot of clients within the studio! My passion is health and wellness, and I am proud to say I am alcohol free for three years and plant based for two. I just recently got into juicing and love it! A couple of things I enjoy is spending time with my fiancé, cooking, thrifting, drinking matcha & teas, and being outside.

I have to give many thanks to Blue Ridge Yoga for giving me my sense of belonging and purpose. The people I’ve met in the studio are all so kind and really make my day each morning I come in. My goal is to learn from everyone at the studio and say hello to as many as I can. The more smiles I see, the more I find myself smiling. Blue Ridge Yoga is a beacon of positivity and love.

More than a yoga studio, we are a community.

Blue Ridge Yoga 
623 N Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934