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

Staff List

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Sarah Ledbetter

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.

Laurie Jean Weldon
Laurie Jean started practicing yoga in college and completed her 200 hour certification at Midtown Yoga in 2014. Her principal interest is the study of Vedic philosophy and the integration of its metaphysical principles into daily practice and meditation.
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.
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.  
Michele Mallory

Michele first started her yoga journey as a runner looking to help soothe tight hamstrings and low back pain. She first practiced yoga with VHS tapes at home but finally got the courage to walk into Shantih’s Alignment Based Yoga class at Midtown Yoga and was hooked! After ten years of practice, Michele began teaching and completed her 200RYT in 2014 with Grow Yoga School/ Hot Yoga Plus. Michele’s teaching is both instructional and playful as she combines traditional postures and sequences with some creative choreography & music. Building flexibility is important, but strength is the focus of her flows. Michele lives in East Memphis with her husband, Brian, their two very active boys Luke and Henry, and their family dog, Minnie.

Bliss Wood
Bliss Wood. M.Msc., LMT, RYT, is a Reiki Master, yoga instructor, and musician. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for nearly 25 years. The author of the acclaimed book, Empowering Your Life with Yoga, Bliss has also produced some exceptional yoga and chanting CDs. Her holistic and artistic approach to health and wellness brings a uniquely personal experience to those who participate in her sessions, classes and workshops across the country. www.ChantDance.com
Kathy Fish

A financial planner, business owner, wife and mother, Kathy Fish is also a devoted yogini who relishes her early morning classes at Midtown Yoga. Her students are equally enthusiastic about their practice with Kathy.

“Yoga has helped me bring balance to a very hectic life. I know about multi-tasking, and am so grateful for yoga – and for the opportunity to share something I love with others.”

Kathy teaches with humor, compassion and grace. Her attention to the subtleties of correct alignment helps her students to both deepen and refine their yoga practices.

Jakie Vaz
Jakie Vaz started practicing Yoga 4 years ago. She completed her 200-Hour Yoga Certification at Midtown Yoga in 2016. Jakie was always passionate about dance and fitness. She started her dance education when she was only 12 years old back in her home country – Brazil. She started practicing Yoga for the physical benefits of the practice but learned quickly the wonderful benefits of meditation and pranayama as well. She incorporates dance-inspired movements in her yoga classes. She is also passionate about teaching hot yoga classes.
Madeline Johnson
Raised in Memphis, Madeline took a four-year stint in Knoxville to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology at The University of Tennessee. While in Knoxville, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training under the direction of Cindy Dollar at The Glowing Body Yoga Studio. As a life-time yogi, Madeline found her passion for an Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa practice, but teaches with a keen awareness of the importance of proper alignment. Madeline believes yoga meets you where you are, and that anyone can practice yoga regardless of age, shape, physical, or mental background. Come to Madeline’s classes ready deepen your practice and open your mind!
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.
Jonathan Steinberg
Jonathan is a Licensed Massage Therapist.  He has experience in Tui Na, Therapeutic/Rehabilitative and Swedish techniques which he has utilized in doctor's offices, PT Clinics, spas & fitness centers in NYC and the Virgin Islands.  After completing Two Souls Thai Massage training, he moved to Thailand to continue his education. 
Amy Weintraub
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, YACEP, C-IAYT, is the founder of LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute.  She is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists and has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for nearly 25 years.  The LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training offers certification for health and yoga professionals, and she presents workshops for every day practitioners internationally.  She developed the LifeForce Yoga protocol, used in health care settings worldwide.  She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood, edits a yoga and mental health research newsletter, and has produced an award winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management.  

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