Tennessee Titan Star Shaun Smith to Host Yoga Classes Benefiting “At Risk” Youth as Part of the “91 Ways” Foundation

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Defensive tackle Shaun Smith of the Tennessee Titans will be teaching two yoga classes to benefit his charitable foundation at Hot Yoga Plus, located at 2214, 3rd floor, Nashville, Tennessee, May 29.

Long-time, standout defensive tackle Shaun Smith of the Tennessee Titans, known for his relentless pursuit on the gridiron, is equally at home on a yoga mat. In fact, the 6-foot-two-inch, 325 pound NFL star will be instructing two yoga classes on May 29th (4 and 5 p.m.) at Hot Yoga Plus, located at 2214 Elliston Place, 3rd floor, Nashville, Tennessee.

“I’ve been doing yoga for some time, and I really enjoy it,” said Smith, who was signed as a free agent with the Titans in 2011. “I’ve found it’s the perfect discipline for enhancing not only flexibility and balance, but also your focus and concentration, which are all things that I will call upon during the season.”

The 45-minute classes featuring Smith are priced at $20 each, with all proceeds benefiting Smith’s “91 Ways” Foundation, created to enrich and empower the lives of at-risk youth, while instilling moral values, emotional stability and academic excellence.

“We’re suggesting $20, but will be very happy to accept more than that for such a worthwhile cause,” said Hot Yoga Plus owner Susannah Herring. “Shaun has been into yoga for a number of years, not only to maintain his weight, but to enhance his flexibility, balance and overall fitness level – all bad news for running backs looking for holes in the Titans’ defense.”

In case you’re wondering, Hot Yoga is just that…hot! “We keep the classroom at 100 degrees and the humidity at a balmy 35 percent,” said Herring. “The temperature and humidity allow our students to realize incredibly deep stretches, while helping to detox the body’s largest organ – our skin. Students often remark about how ‘they’ve never felt cleaner’ than after one of our classes.”

Smith has hosted a number of events to raise money for his charity, including celebrity bowling tournaments, holiday food drives and now yoga. As the son of a high school teacher and police officer -- education, discipline and a desire to “give back” to the community are core to his beliefs.

Herring says novices are welcome to sign up for Smith’s classes at Hot Yoga Plus, where 22 teachers instruct between 150 and 300 students a day. “The great thing about Yoga is there’s no such thing as perfect. Even a millimeter of progress is success. You’re always learning and improving. It really is all about the journey.”

According to Herring, a competitive marathoner herself, all athletes benefit from Yoga. “Yoga promotes improved balance, which is fantastic for any sport. Also, there’s a huge mental aspect to Yoga, which helps enhance focus and remaining calm in the face of a physical challenge – whether it’s a golfer attempting a 13-foot putt, or stopping running backs, which Shaun does for a living.”

Smith, who actually attends classes himself at Hot Yoga Plus, is a welcome addition to the facility – even if it’s only for one day.

“We’re so proud that Shaun will be co-teaching two classes right here at our studio,” Herring said. “Some people might not think a super tough, big guy like Shaun would benefit from Yoga, but it serves to highlight the fact that Yoga is absolutely wonderful for anybody. Yoga is a great counterbalance for traditional strength training.

“We ask people to do challenging things in a challenging environment, while remaining at peace, calm, focused and in balance,” she continued. “If they can do that here, they can take what they’ve learned back to a real world full of stressors and reach their potential.”

For more information about signing up for a Yoga class taught by Tennessee Shaun Smith, call 615-321-8828 or go to http://www.hotyogaplus.com.

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