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524 South Cooper-Main Studio
Memphis, TN 38104
816 South Cooper-MTY Too
Memphis, TN 38104


This class is taught by:

Kandace Stewart

Kandace is a lifelong dancer trained in classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, competitive cheer and Pom.  She came to yoga in search of balance and eventually decided to become a certified Yoga teacher.  She trained for her certification at Midtown Yoga and graduated from the 200 hour YTT program in December 2014.   Kandace is an avid runner and her vinyasa practice is often tailored for runners.  She has found the practice of yoga helps her with both recovery and breathing.  

Christy Washington

Christy’s passions include traveling and new experiences, such as backpacking through Latin America, teaching English in China, embarking on roadfood trips throughout the United States, and navigating the judicial system. She received her 200 Hour RYT Certification from Sarla Nichols at Midtown Yoga, and her style combines vinyasa, restorative, breathwork, and meditation. Her classes encourage you to create a personal practice that fits your needs and lifestyle while also offering opportunities to challenge and nurture yourself.

“I practice yoga to balance my roles of family member, friend, attorney, animal lover, and traveler, to suspend analyzing and problem-solving, and to be in the moment. By reconnecting with my breath, I remember that I am more than the sum of my roles, and I am able to connect with something greater than myself. Through teaching, I strive to guide my students to reconnect with themselves and to find joy in life.”

Traveling and meeting people from around the world have taught Christy that we have more in common with each other than may initially appear, so set aside any notions about what yoga should or should not be, bring an open mind and heart, and join her on the journey that awaits you – to experience your True Self! Namaste.

Brenna Owen

Brenna is an intuitive mover. After a lifetime of grinding away at the gym and in sports, she looked to yoga to find mobility and ease in her daily life. After practicing yoga for 5 years, Brenna knew it was time to take a step towards sharing the practice she loved. She has said "Yoga has given me the chance to be with myself in freedom. No expectations, no judgement, just tapping into my inner voice and finding balance. Balance is one of my biggest take aways, everything is just fine if it is in balance."   Before she completed her yoga teacher training at Midtown Yoga in 2016, she graduated from University of Memphis with a B.S. Ed. in Exercise and Sport Science. Brenna has completed collegiate level anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology with top scores. She has had received over 200 hours of instruction in AcroYoga and Acrobatics and has been performing and teaching since 2017. 

Shantih Smythe

Knowledge, experience and commitment distinguish Shantih’s teaching. Her calm, down-to-earth demeanor endears her to Midtown Yoga students. Her classes are grounded in her ongoing study of anatomy and inspired by her love of movement.

“I believe that flexibility of the body brings flexibility of the mind, and that strength of the body builds confidence and creates courage both within the yoga practice and out in the world.”

Shantih’s ability to clearly relay fundamentals of the asana practice and to maintain a compassionate and supportive environment result in students that are among the most loyal at Midtown Yoga.

Blayne Burns

“ Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul, create the symphony of life” B.K.S.Iyengar

What started out as an attempt to continue rehabilitation for shoulder surgery has turned into an ongoing passion for the practice of yoga. I feel that yoga literally saved my life and found me at the exact time I needed it the most. Since 1998, when I walked into my first yoga class, I felt at home. I feel incredibly grateful for the balance, calmness and strength that yoga has brought into my life.

With a background in dance and a lifelong commitment to health and fitness, yoga was a natural progression. I love to share yoga with others that need it and those that don’t know they need it yet. One of my favorite quotes is that, “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” I believe that the practice of yoga literally changes your attitude and ability to handle the challenges in life.

Kristina Brack

Kristina’s journey began when a friend suggested to try yoga as an alternative way to seek relief from rheumatoid arthritis. She quickly realized not only the physical benefits from practice, but the mental and emotional ones as well. She dived fully into her practice, attending workshops and many classes a week. Within a few years of practice, she knew that she wanted to share this gift with others, and in 2015 completed her 200hr program through Midtown and also an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification through the Himalayan Institute in conjunction with Midtown Yoga. Her classes tend to focus on longer holds and dynamic sequences to allow you to be more present in the body. She also incorporates her love of sound through the use of crystal singing bowls in savasana.

Rosalyn Ross

Rosalyn is a former marketing professional turned yogini. Her yogic path began in 2004 when she sought out the practice to help relieve the stress of a high pressure work environment. From her very first class she was hooked. After years of trying to find a way to make a teacher training program fit into her hectic schedule, the universe provided the perfect opportunity for Rosalyn to submit herself to her passion’s calling. She was laid off. And within two months of that life event Rosalyn was in New York City embarking on the next step along her path as a participant in Sonic Yoga’s Summer Intensive 200 Hour Certification Program with a Vinyasa concentration. She completed her teacher training and received her formal certification in August of 2011 and registered with Yoga Alliance that same month.

Grace Harwood

A classically trained dancer for more than 20 years, Grace found that yoga filled the void that dance left in her heart and spirit. A wife, mother of three and present owner and director of Midtown Yoga, she values all aspects of yoga both on and off the mat. She is a certified E-RYT 200, and her desire for more playfulness and beauty of flow drove her to train in aerial yoga as well as to receive certification in AcroYoga. Her study of Ayurveda, through the Himalayan Institute, has opened her eyes to the world of self love, care and healing. Lifelong Memphian, Grace is committed to the continued growth of Midtown Yoga as well as to the entire Memphis Yoga community!

Shelby Luigs

Shelby was first introduced to yoga in high school, and although her interest was immediately piqued, she did not begin practicing in earnest until a few years after graduating from college when she began attending classes regularly at Midtown Yoga in 2013. She quickly realized the positive impact that yoga had on her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The practice became a place of solace. She completed the 200 hour YTT program at Midtown Yoga in 2017. She hopes to teach classes that encourage opening in the physical body and focused awareness on the breath, seeing the breath as the link between the physical body and the mind. She also hopes to continue to deepen her own practice and knowledge of the many aspects of yoga and its history, and bring the lessons learned from the mat into her life.

Steve Black

Steve, in his personal practice and as a teacher, takes a playful, exploratory, sometimes raucous, approach to yoga, focusing on gracefully and dynamically linking poses to the breath. A graduate of the Savannah (GA) Yoga Center’s 200 hour program and the Asheville Yoga Center’s 500 hour program, he has had the privilege of studying with a number of gifted teachers, including Stephanie Keach, Kelley Boyd, Desiree Rumbaugh, Cora Wen, Doug Keller, Max Strom, David Keil, and Scott Blossom. Steve approaches yoga as a movement meditation that deepens our awareness of our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Steve is an RYT 500/ERYT 200 certified teacher.

Vinyasa means "flow" or merging movement with the breath. These classes focus on breathing and seek to move students through a sequence of postures as the breath flows in and out. Using this breath, heat or "tapas" warms the body allowing the practitioner to move deeper into postures and eventually deeper into their own personal practice. Vinyasa yoga increases strength, stamina and flexibility while calming and steadying the mind. This class style is inherently diverse and sequencing will vary with each instructor's personal flavor. Open level.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Dec 16 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Kandace Stewart
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sun Dec 16 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Christy Washington
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Mon Dec 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Brenna Owen
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Mon Dec 17 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm with Shantih Smythe
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Tue Dec 18 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Blayne Burns
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Tue Dec 18 8:30 am - 10:00 am with Kristina Brack
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Wed Dec 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rosalyn Ross
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Wed Dec 19 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Grace Harwood
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Wed Dec 19 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Kandace Stewart
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Thu Dec 20 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Rosalyn Ross
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Fri Dec 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Shelby Luigs
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Fri Dec 21 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Bethany McRae
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sat Dec 22 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Shantih Smythe
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sat Dec 22 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Kandace Stewart
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sat Dec 22 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm with Steve Black
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sun Dec 23 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Kandace Stewart
    at Midtown Yoga