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Daphne larkin Trust in the flow. That’s how Daphne Larkin lives her life. In 2004, she cofounded Sanctuary for Yoga, Body & Spirit and changed the landscape of Nashville yoga. Larkin had always been inspired by the creative process, and through extensive work as a performing artist with a vibrant 12-year-long career in the music industry, she gained invaluable knowledge about business, promotion, and life experience. When the independent opportunity presented itself, Larkin made the leap away from Music Row and landed directly in her life’s work. “What began as a small studio in the heart of Green Hills grew into one of Nashville’s premier yoga studios,” she says. “Today, Sanctuary boasts a thriving community, a yoga clothing boutique, teacher training programs, and nearly 50 yoga classes a week, including both power and gentle yoga, yin yoga, beginner and advanced yoga, as well as prenatal and postnatal yoga.” Committed to fully immersing herself in her studies, Larkin dedicated more than a decade to traveling and studying, finding inspiration in many teachers and business models. Today, she is a leading vinyasa flow yoga teacher who travels around the country as a guest instructor and is influenced by her previous world travels assisting Shiva Rea, one of the yoga world’s most acclaimed teachers. Larkin holds the highest level of certification as a teacher and directs Sanctuary’s teacher training programs, where she has shared her knowledge with more than 100 aspiring instructors. Her latest project is Sanctuary’s newly released yoga DVD, Vinyasa Flow Yoga for Strength, Stability & Grace. “The DVD features nearly three hours of my signature flows and an original soundtrack by Nashville artist Thomas Anderson,” she says. For Larkin, compromise is never a question. She is grateful to be doing inspiring work direct from her heart, allowing her to share the practice of yoga, give back to the community, and empower others. She fully lives every moment with her partner—the love of her life, Stephanie McElvy. The couple has created a home that is their sanctuary and looks forward to many exciting adventures together. photo courtesy of Daphne Larkin

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