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Yoga Studio Caters To Military Families

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By Adam Ghassemi

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. Yoga can simply be an escape. Every pose and moment that passes can strengthen the body and mind.

But what you're trying to forget can turn it into a lot more than a workout.

"You're literally in the present moment and you're not really thinking about anything else," said Felicia Mason, owner of the new Agni Yoga Studio in Clarksville.

Mason grew up doing gymnastics, and eventually yoga. She opened the studio quietly in July to continue a balance she's done her entire life, trying not to over think if a loved one will come home.

"Always, pretty much, he's going to come home," she said tearing up Thursday.

Mason's husband, Henry, is stationed at Fort Campbell, and goes on regular deployments. She watched her father do it, and now her husband. Yoga is how she hopes others will learn how to cope.

"We have to be the head of the households and we have to keep things together and for yoga, I would say, it's almost like our outing," Mason said.

One of her instructors, Sara Hayes, is in the same boat. She's a military spouse trying to help others live in the present.

"I think it offers a way to let go of whatever happened," Hayes said.

Both hope starting a new studio, that's military minded, will not only give spouses and families a place to let go, but also service members themselves.

"Really teaching them how to breath to be able to cope with PTSDs, and anxieties and things like that," Mason said.

Agni Yoga Studio offers free weekly "Connected Warrior" classes for veterans and their families.

Its grand opening is Saturday, August 31from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 101B Hatcher Lane in Clarksville. You can go to or call (931) 553-0079 for more information.

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