Prior to opening her business, Woehlke had a job in the health care industry, and said yoga helped her to decompress while she was working a stressful job.
“Yoga had some sort of protective effect on me for the stress,” she said. “And I knew that I couldn’t go on with that much stress in my life—I knew that that was not a healthy way to continue.”
Woehlke said she studied under a renowned yogi in India because she wanted to start teaching.
“I couldn’t find the kind of yoga that I wanted, and I realized that I had been practicing with one of the best yoga teachers in the world in southern California,” she said. “I quit my job, put everything in storage and went to India to study with Pattabhi Jois.”
When she returned to the U.S., she said knew she wanted to open a studio, and opened Epic Yoga on Old Hickory Boulevard in Brentwood in 2011.
Woehlke said Epic Yoga was the first Baptiste studio in the area, which means it is inspired by the teachings of yogi Baron Baptiste, with whom Woehlke said she has done hundreds of hours of training.
“He has created a system that’s accessible,” Woehlke said. “You’re not going to hear chanting in Sanskrit. It’s an approachable form of yoga that helps people access the greatest version of themselves.”
The studio offers a variety of classes, including heated and non-heated sessions, restorative yoga, power yoga, classes for prospective yoga instructors and a basics group for those wanting to try yoga for the first time.
“It’s a place where there are no dumb questions,” Woehlke said.
Classes range from 45-75 minutes and run at all times of the day, with some before work, some during the day and some in the late afternoon.
“People want something efficient and effective that they can get into and out of with ease,” she said.
Six-month and year-long membership packages are available, or prospective students can pay by class. Packages range from $62-$139 a month.
Woehlke said yoga benefits not just the body, but can also improve overall wellness.
“It’s not just a workout,” Woehlke said. “There’s something deeper.”
782 Old Hickory Blvd., Ste. 205, Brentwood
Hours: Classes offered daily, times vary by day