Local Community Friends

Yoga Society of Nashville
Founded in January 1977, this nonprofit organization has been dedicated to promoting interest in yoga and advancing its study for more than 25 years.

Gray Bear Holistic Retreat Center
Nestled in the rolling hills of West Tennessee, Gray Bear is a richly warm, rustic retreat ideal for indulging in the healing powers of relaxation and yoga.

Baby+Co. is Nashville’s first freestanding birth center, staffed by Vanderbilt midwives, offering high-quality maternity and well-woman care in an intimate setting, outside of the hospital.

Peregrine Center
Located in the 12South neighborhood, this is a therapeutic and holistic bodywork center. The lead practitioner, Michael Stahl, has training  that spans western and eastern traditions, including neuromuscular therapy, Active Release Therapy (ART), acupressure, Swedish massage, and fascial stretching. These are wonderful services for yoga students seeking both general wellness and pain relief. 

12South Dharma Center
12South Dharma Center is located just up the street and shares in our commitment to increase mindfulness and gratitude in one’s daily life. It is home to four sanghas (Buddhist communities), each of which has a distinct form and character. They offer regularly scheduled meditation sessions, study groups, and special events. No prior meditation experience is expected; all are welcome. Feel free to email 12southdharmacenter@comcast.net with any questions.

National / International Friends

Hollyhock Retreat Centre
Hollyhock is an international center for people to come together to promote vision, renewal, strategy, skill building, team building, well-being, and social change.

Feathered Pipe Ranch
Since 1975, Feathered Pipe Ranch has offered seminars and workshops in yoga, holistic health, psychology, the arts, and bodywork. They also sponsor tours throughout the world to foster personal growth, study ancient tribal traditions, and experience the transformative energies of places of pilgrimage.

Veterans For Peace
Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras, including World War II; the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. We draw on our personal experiences and perspectives gained as veterans to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of militarism and war—and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives.

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement) is a national nonprofit organization promoting a vegan lifestyle through public education and grassroots activism to end the use of animals for food. We believe in the inherent self-worth of animals as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health.

Community Contributions

12South Yoga believes that active citizenship builds a better community. We are proud to support the efforts of these inspiring local organizations. We are also active sponsors of our many local schools and daycares through gift donations and provide educational outreach when possible.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
The Second Harvest Food Bank provides a central distribution center for companies, groups, and individuals who wish to help provide food for Middle Tennessee’s hungry. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community.

TCEF is dedicated to help preserve the endangered Tibetan culture. The Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation (TCEF) is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1995, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture by educating and assisting Tibetans, raising awareness of its culture, and by empowering Tibetans to manifest these goals. Aretha met the director of TCEF, Karma Tensum, at Feathered Pipe Ranch in 2002 and was inspired by his passion and service to his community. We have been sponsoring the education of a child in his school ever since.

General Information about Yoga

With the greatest respect and profound appreciation, 12South Yoga promotes the teachings of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. Mr. Iyengar’s contribution to yoga is immeasurable.  

Mr. Iyengar’s website
This website provides details of Mr. Iyengar’s profile and his lasting contributions to the practice of yoga as well as a directory of Iyengar certified teachers.

B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga/National Association of the United States
The B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) is committed to disseminating and promoting the art, science, and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. We highly recommend that devoted students of the Iyengar method purchase a membership to IYNAUS. Through your membership to this distinguished organization, you will receive a quarterly newsletter with informative interviews, articles, and an events calender. You will also receive discounts and preferential treatment for participation in IYNAUS sponsored workshops.