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!
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.
Geoff began practicing yoga in 2005. He quickly realized the positive impact, both physically and emotionally, that a regular yoga practice can have in one’s life. “Yoga continually clears my mind and helps to add balance in my life. It’s made me a better friend, husband, employee, and citizen. I’m a stronger person because of it.”
A Graduate of Midtown Yoga’s Teacher Training program in 2007, his flowing alignment-based vinyasa classes contain something for all levels of students.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded! -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Debbie walked away from a 10 year career in gaming hospitality to teach yoga. The quote from Emerson summarizes her approach to teaching, “As we practice yoga, we learn about ourselves through the breath.” Debbie’s personal practice includes traditional asana, meditation, and breath awareness. This enriches her classes and gives her students the opportunity to deepen their own individual practices. Debbie’s classes are challenging and humorous, a true reflection of life off the mat.
Leigh Ann came to her first yoga class to get back in shape after giving birth to her third child, and along the way discovered the beauty and benefits of yoga practice on and off the mat.
Though her family does not practice, she accredits the stress reducing aspects of yoga with saving their lives. (Because without yoga, she may have killed them.)
Since that first class, her practice has evolved into a life altering journey that has lead her to complete the Teacher Training Program with Sarla Nichols at Midtown Yoga.
Leigh Ann is a lighthearted, down to earth teacher excited about sharing the transformative power of yoga. Join her for a fun and challenging class that will inspire you to connect with your body and spirit. You will leave class better able to handle the stresses of everyday life.
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.
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.
Bonnie is a registered yoga teacher (RYT500/Yoga Alliance) and a certified Yoga Therapist registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapist. She continues her path with a personal practice, workshops and studies of Yogic practice and philosophy. Her classes incorporate the many tools she has acquired through continuous training and personal experience. Classes mix asana (individual yoga poses), and pranayama (movement and awareness of the breath). Both Hatha and Iyengar yogic approaches are employed to ensure the correct alignment of bones, muscles and organs. Join Bonnie for a class designed to combine breath with movement to create a body that is flexible and a mind that is calm and connected to the present.
“ 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.
A graduate of Memphis College of Art and a long-term physical fitness instructor before coming to yoga, Arline brings a unique blend of physicality and artfulness to her teaching. The yoga mat serves as a different kind of canvas for Arline, who continues to paint and exhibit her work in Memphis art galleries. Through her teaching as well as her art, she inspires others to feel more and move beyond preconceived notions of personal limitation.
She has been teaching for about 10 years, and keeps discovering new territory within her own practice.
She draws her teaching inspiration from several teachers, though Shiva Rea had a great impact on Arline’s initial direction. “Shiva opened my eyes to the beauty of flow, the freedom that personal power offers us, and the gateway to it on the yoga mat.”
Arline received her teaching certification through Yoga Alliance. She teaches both public and private classes, and takes students on yoga adventures around the world.
I attended Yoga Teacher Training at Midtown Yoga with Sarla Nichols. From this training, I acquired my RYT200 in primarily Vinyasa style of yoga in 2010.
In 2012 I continued with my training by attending the Yoga Therapy School of Excellence in Jackson, Tennessee earning my 500RYT. This training enables me to work with people who have specific needs for which I am trained to address with the client.
Patients with autoimmune illnesses, scoliosis, depression, asthma, insomnia, and neck and shoulder issues are just a few of the issues for which I have been trained. I can provide individualized programs for clients and meet with them privately. I can work with clients following the directions of their doctors.
My go-to books to help me on my journey are: Calming Your Anxious Mind by Jeffery Brantley, and A Life Worth Breathing by Max Strom. I highly recommend them both. In addition, my journey is enlightened by attending workshops, retreats, meditation training, and my daily practice.
Sarah Ledbetter began teaching yoga in 2002 after her first 200 hours with Alison West in New York City. She then enriched her practice by completing Midtown Yoga's Teacher Training here in 2007, where her yoga has fully come into bloom in this delicious community.
Her teaching emphasizes the integration of felt awareness through the senses, exploratory alignment, curiosity about the self, and powerful grounding through physical action. Her class can best be described as refreshing, humorous, contemplative, soft, and vigorous.