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

Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

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.

Jocelyn Brunotte

Jocelyn Brunotte is a former dancer and long time practitioner of yoga. She studied dance at Birmingham-Southern College, and moved to New York soon after. In NYC, Jocelyn became a fitness instructor, teaching at some of the best and innovative studios and gyms in the city. She worked with hundreds of people each week, for over seven years, teaching a variety of formats. Jocelyn has her 200-hour yoga certification in Vinyasa Yoga, and a certification in BodyART.

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.

Lisa Rowe

My quality of life is synonymous with my yoga practice.  Quality of life begins with gratitude, mindfulness, and practice.   A yoga practice is to practice stillness (meditation), mindful breathing (pranayama), and postures (asanas).  The three components of yoga is a continuous journey of knowing oneself and to becoming more delightful.  To live light,  spread the light, and be the light.  I started my yoga practice in January 2008. I completed the 200 hour Teacher Training with Sarla Nichols in 2009.  I continue to love my yoga practice and find opportunities to be inspired at yoga workshops with Rod Stryker, Jim Bennitt, Brenna Geehan, Cyndi Lee, Chris Connairis, Max Strom,  Reema Data, and my yoga teachers Grace Hardwood, Caroline Schmidt, Arline Jernigan, Shantih,....to name a few of the veteran teachers at Midtown Yoga Memphis. I love practicing with my peers.  I continue on the path of yoga, and so honored to be a yoga teacher.
 
 
 

Cate Plekon

Cate grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and began practicing yoga there in 2003. She started her regular practice while healing from a bout with pneumonia and rediscovered its magic during the shift from college into the work force. She learned quickly that yoga helped her open up to the changes that were taking place in her life, so she stuck with it and completed teacher training here at Midtown Yoga in 2010.

Through her studies of yoga and through personal experience, Cate has learned the value of maintaining a healthy practice both on and off the mat. Her classes range from restorative, slow flow to heated, powerful vinyasa flow. Her intention is to incorporate strength-building techniques as well as nourishment, reflection and relaxation practices into her classes. Cate truly believes that there is some type of practice out there for every body and she has geared herself toward teaching a variety of styles.

Cate has completed additional trainings in Ayurvedic Yoga and Thai Yoga as well as Reiki. She's a self-proclaimed foodie, a Phish fanatic and a generally awesome individual.

Kandace Stewart

Kandace is a lifelong dancer trained in classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, competitive cheer and Pom.  An attorney by trade, 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.  

Tegan Jemma

Tegan Jemma's love for the human body and movement strengthens her coaching where she teaches embodied awareness to link the mind, body and spirit. She leads student-driven classes in aerial yoga, vinyasa, fusion yoga, acrobatics, aerial conditioning and flexibility training. With 17 years of experience, she has taught movement all over the world in places like South Africa, Vienna, Britain, Canada and Mexico she holds certifications in yoga (RYT 200), aerial arts, dance, gymnastics and cheerleading/acrobatics. Currently, Tegan is completing a PhD at the University of Memphis studying yoga in educational psychology.

Hailey Raley

A graduate of Midtown Yoga's 2014, 200-hr Vinyasa teacher training, Hailey comes to us with fresh eyes and a contagious, enthusiastic energy.
 
Yoga peeked an interest to her in 2010 when she was working as a pole fitness instructor. Having a gymnastic background, she was naturally drawn to the balance of strength and flexibility found in the practice. However, her interest for yoga became a love for yoga when Hailey started to notice the healing qualities of yoga in her body and mind. Prior to her focus on pole fitness, she played rugby for 7 years.

"Yoga changed my life physically. I had a lot of wear and tear after playing a high impact sport for so many years. I came to yoga searching for an increase in flexibility for pole fitness. In addition to, I found a way to gently strengthen, repair, and rebuild my stabilizer muscles that I had damaged and neglected for so long. I am stronger than ever! I'd also like to add, Teacher training was such an eye opening experience for me. I experienced the physical benefits of yoga on my own but getting my RYT-200 showed me how to find balance in my body, mind,and spirit; on and off the mat. That is what yoga is all about and I am so excited to share this experience with everyone."

Kevin Plyler

Kevin's yoga journey began with a bang. It was love at first asana in his first yoga class as he tapped into something he had not previously experienced. Participating consistently, his love for his practice deepened. The most significant impact yoga has had on his life broadened his perspective and continues to heal his mind, body, and soul. Through his devotion, he sparked a way into community with an intention to provide the greater blessing that yoga came to be in his life to others in this world. Grounded with love, Kevin's goal is to provide a beautiful state of union. His intention is to guide people to connect to their true self through asana. "Tapping into the stillness within us, we allow ourselves to be at a state of peace on and off the mat".
Certified in 2014 with a 200 RYT and with expanding practices of Ayurveda, Bhakti, and Yin, Kevin incorporates mindfulness and devotion in every class.

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.

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.

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.

Susan Waits

Susan Waits began her journey into the heart of yoga eight years ago, but became serious about deepening her practice, and her overall knowledge in 2012. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Midtown Yoga in 2013, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. In 2015, she became certified as a Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through Himalayan Institute. In 2016, Susan completed training as a Martha Beck life coach, which brings her healing journey full circle. This fall, she will offer regular workshops at Midtown Yoga that incorporate Mind Body life coaching tools with yoga.

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:

  • Tue Jun 27 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Blayne Burns
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Tue Jun 27 8:30 am - 10:00 am with Kristina Brack
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Tue Jun 27 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Jocelyn Brunotte
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Wed Jun 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rosalyn Ross
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Wed Jun 28 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Lisa Rowe
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Wed Jun 28 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Cate Plekon
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Wed Jun 28 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Kandace Stewart
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Thu Jun 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Tegan Jemma
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Thu Jun 29 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Rosalyn Ross
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Fri Jun 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Hailey Raley
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Fri Jun 30 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Kevin Plyler
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sat Jul 01 8:45 am - 9:45 am with Shantih Smythe
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sat Jul 01 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Kandace Stewart
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sat Jul 01 11:45 am - 1:00 pm with Steve Black
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sun Jul 02 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Leila Marten
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Sun Jul 02 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Christy Washington
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Mon Jul 03 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Leila Marten
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Mon Jul 03 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Susan Waits
    at Midtown Yoga
  • Mon Jul 03 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Shantih Smythe
    at Midtown Yoga