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!
Grace Harwood instructs the following:
Aerial Yoga is the practice that fuses together the two art forms of yoga and aerial dance. All classes utilize an aerial hammock that is made from a soft fabric strong enough to support our body weight (and then some!). This hammock is a wonderful tool to teach students how to align their bodies within a variety of yoga postures as well as experiencing inversions without any compression on the spine! Only those students who have experience with aerial yoga or aerial silks may attend. Only 4 spots available in class. Class reservations must be cancelled no more than 24 hours in advance. Open level.
AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of therapeutics, and the dynamic power of acrobatics. These three lineages form the foundation of a unique practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. Building upon the framework of cultivating skillful partnership, AcroYoga provides a vehicle to explore positive and supportive relationships with an emphasis on honest, clear and compassionate communication. The practice inherently creates a strong bond and fosters a sense of community among the participants. This class is partner work including a base, a flyer and a spotter. Our aim is to provide a safe area to practice and to play. No partner necessary. No experience necessary. Open level.
Aerial Core Class
Challenge your workout by using the aerial sling to power up your core as well as upper and lower body. No experience necessary. Only 8 spots available in class. No less than 24 hours cancellation of class reservation.
This class will teach the very basics of the yoga postures. Learn how to find a sustainable yoga practice for your body. Enjoy the benefits of meditation and final relaxation.
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.