About Us

Massood Taj

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Massood Taj is a multi-instrumentalist musician creating global meditative music for sacred spaces.  Drawing on influences from the indigenous music of the world’s 
mystical traditions including his own Sufi heritage, he composes live improvised tapestries of sound as musical foundations for various healing & creative endeavors including yoga/ mind body practices & meditation sessions.  

Since 2006, Massood has been presenting at conferences, conducting workshops and facilitating interactive programming with a focus on the transcending properties of sound and the healing nature of collaborative creativity even in the most restrictive circumstances like his work with the cognitive disorder & mental health communities. 
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Co-founder / director of Full Circle Art Co-op 
Co-Founder of Compassionate Nashville

Dina Rae

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Dina Capitani is the creator of the Space Between the Notes, an intentional space to cultivate connection to self, nature and others. To this end, she facilitates and organizes a variety of programs in meditation, yoga, nature connection, team building, community building, circles of trust, mind/body practices, artist mastermind, collaborative music and art making and more.  Her “Mindful Adventures In Nature,” guided nature connection experiences for kids of all ages, is being implemented in local nature camps and clubs.

Dina is also an artist, musician, songwriter, a professional pet portrait artist and the creator of Doggie Doodles by Dina, a line of original caricatures of dogs and cats with captions representing over 75 different breeds, mutts and kitties.

In 2013, Dina cofounded Compassionate Nashville, the local chapter of the International Compassionate Cities Campaign and her work with Nashville’s Metro Human Relations Commission brought Nashville international recognition as a compassionate city.  A graduate of Belmont University, Dina earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Music and English. Beyond her formal education, Dina has extensive training in yoga, meditation, human relations, diversity and inclusion, compassionate communication, peace circle process, interfaith, multi-cultural dialogue and civil discourse across opposing political parties.  She is a member of United Religions Initiative Nashville’s Cooperation Circle and the Nashville’s Better Angels Alliance.

About Us

David Spak

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David Spak

I’m a devoted husband, father of four and a Grammy-award winning drummer and percussionist. Nothing is more important to me than my children’s health and happiness and I know I’m not alone. Many children struggle emotionally and behaviorally and sometimes as a parent you just don’t know what to do to help them.

I know this because over the last four years I’ve been working in the mental health field at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital with children struggling with emotional, mental, and behavioral issues. This is where my love of children and music come together to bring you drumINsync.

As a graduate of the famed Berklee College of music, my career took me to the heights of country and pop music. I’ve toured the world and recorded with superstar artist and TV's, "The Voice" star, Blake Shelton, as well as many other multi-platinum artists including, India Arie, Lady Antebellum, Chicago, and Mindy McCready. After years of touring, recording and producing, I looked to combine my musical life with my passion for children’s health issues. 

My interaction with these children in an inpatient setting, using music groups and therapeutic drumming, led me to develop this unique, drumINsync program.

Tom Larkin

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Yogi  |  Evolution Warrior  |  E-RYT 500

The purpose of yoga is to enact a change...be that in the way we think, act, or live.  But more so it is to evolve.  A teacher is here to be a guide and help you navigate this evolution. To walk with you down your own path to a greater Self. 

I came to the full experience of yoga after many years in the business world creating visual art, playing sports, performing music, studying philosophy, and earning an Art degree from Belmont University.   After my first teacher, John Charping, convinced me to enroll in the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors' 1000-hour 13 month long teacher training program, I realized I had been doing many various aspects of yoga for most of my life in some form or fashion.  

​This really made me think and then laugh. 

As a result of all this, I came to my second teacher, Shiva Rea.  I am so grateful for all that she taught me and guiding me to new levels of personal change.  I spent over 12 years studying with her and look back with a happy heart and fond memories of assisting her around the world.

This path of growth evolved into Sanctuary for Yoga, Body & Spirit in Nashville, Tennessee, which I co-founded with my former wife, Daphne Larkin, to further expand the creative vision we were developing.  Over the last 12 years, we have grown Sanctuary into one of the leading studios in Nashville and we are sought after for the level and quality of our teaching in classes, workshops, and our teacher training programs.

But with all things, change comes and I am loving my  new path of evolution.  This includes Beth, the love of my life, two incredible stepsons, and Torston, an amazing son of our own.  In addition, the universe introduced me to my current teacher, Maty Ezraty.

When I'm not at the studio or on a yoga mat, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, swimming,  hiking, snow skiing or learning more about yoga’s deep roots.   All of this helps me remember to Be Happy, Love All Things, and Give Gratitude with each Breath.

Jai Shambo : Dwell in Joy

Bilateral sound meditation

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Come in for one of our signature HAUM Experience into the Soul sessions which include multi-sensory methods and deep sound healing while suspended in our golden floating yoga hammock.