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The Latest at Midtown Yoga
One Track Heart Screening at the Brooks Museum
September 26, 2013
Midtown Yoga is delighted to team up with the folks over at the Brooks Museum for a special screening of the documentary film One Track Heart about spiritual leader and grammy-nominated musician, Krishna Das. Learn the remarkable story of Jeffrey Kagel, who left a successful recording career in the early 1970's to pursue his spiritual journey in India with his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Purchase your tickets in advance and join us for yoga sessions led by Caroline and Cate prior to the film! Please CLICK HERE to find out more about this awesome event taking place on October 3rd!
Yoga Nidra and Meditation with Yo Clark
June 6, 2013
Yo Clark will be offering two new classes monthly at Midtown Yoga!
On the first Sunday of each month, from 7:30-8:30pm, Yo will lead a Yoga Nidra practice. Yoga Nidra or "yogic sleep" is an ancient, guided relaxation technique that invites a state of mental, physical and emotional calm through conscious "deep sleep." Yogis typically recline on their backs making any needed adjustments for added comfort. This class is suitable for all levels of yogi or yogini.
On the third Saturday of each month, from 2-3pm, Yo will offer Meditation class. Meditation, or dhyana, is the seventh limb of the eight-limb path of yoga. For centuries yogis and yoginis have practiced meditation to still the mind. Join us for this one-hour class to practice techniques that will contribute to a more peaceful life. No meditation or yoga experience is necessary to participate in this class.
To learn more about our class offerings or to sign up online, please visit our Schedule page!
Special Guest Speaker from the Himalayan Institute
May 1, 2013
Midtown Yoga is delighted to announce that we will be welcoming acclaimed author and spiritual teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, to Memphis, TN! Panditji will be joining us from the Himalayan Institute to lecture on the Essence of Living Tantra, and how tantric teachings and techniques enhance and deepen yoga, meditation and Ayurveda practices. Please mark your calendars for May 17th, 7-9pm. This workshop will take place at Midtown Yoga- 524 S Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104. Cost is only $20 in advance or $30 at the door. More details coming soon! Visit our Workshops page to sign up! CLICK HERE for complete details!
Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Howard Brown
April 8, 2013
Join former MTY instructor, Howard Brown, for selected reading and discussion of poetry from his book, "The Gossamer Nature of Random Things." Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading. Admission is FREE ~~~ Libations will be served. This book signing will take place at Midtown Yoga on April 27th at 7pm.
YogaBaby with Cindy
March 14, 2013
Get back into shape with the help of your baby! Join Cindy and Sam for this very special 4 week series. Each week will build upon the knowledge from the previous week. According to Yoga Journal, children who are exposed to yoga early on show greater confidence in developmental movement. Doing yoga with your child will not only give your practice an invigorating boost, it will also help foster the bond between parent and baby. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Meets Wednesdays, March 20-April 10 from 1:15 until 2:15pm. Cost is $40. Sign up online...
Reiki Sessions with Bliss Wood Now Available!
February 4, 2013
Midtown Yoga welcomes Reiki Master, Bliss Wood, back to Memphis this month! She will be offering sessions February 28th through March 6th. Sessions last one hour and run $90. Book your Reiki appointment with Bliss today! Just CLICK HERE.
What is Reiki? The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom" or "the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy." It is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's life force energy is low, they are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, they are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Brahmacarya: A Better Resolution
January 19, 2013
If you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution, you’re in good company: The majority of people who make resolutions break them. For many the holidays are all about excess and overindulgence. Too much food and drink, too much money spent, not enough time for rest, exercise and healthy eating. By the time the New Year rolls around we’re so hungry for the promise of a fresh start that we swing to the opposite extreme, setting ourselves up for failure by making overly ambitious resolutions.
For those of us who want to make real and lasting change in our lives – whether breaking a habit or pursuing a dream – what can be done?
Yoga is all about balance, and the practice of brahmacarya is perhaps the best example of this. Brahmacarya is the middle path, often translated as moderation or temperance. Practicing brahmacarya helps bring the balance that is yoga into our everyday lives. The yoga sutras tell us that practicing moderation increases our vitality. Understanding whether our habits make us feel more or less vital is a good frst step toward moderation and balance.
For example, let’s say your original resolution was to lose ten pounds. Begin by taking a simple inventory of your relationship to food. Does the food that you eat make you feel more or less vital? Does your food bring you energy and pleasure, or dullness and anxiety? Ask yourself the same questions about other areas of your life, such as money, work, organization, time management, exercise, sex, and hobbies. Do your choices move you closer to better physical and emotional health and wholeness – or to breaking down your health? If the latter is true, immoderation is the likely culprit.
One way to establish a practice of moderation is on your yoga mat. When we push ourselves too hard, attempting poses that we are not ready for or that cause us pain, we are practicing immoderation. The opposite is also true; avoiding certain poses based on fear or old beliefs about our physical abilities is another example of immoderation. We must search for the middle path. As the Buddhist slogan tells us, all our eforts both on and of the mat should be “not too tight, not too loose.”
As we return again and again to the center, our experience with brahmacarya grows deeper. Old patterns fall away and new ones emerge. Yoga teacher Rolf Gates sums it up best: “The chaos of immoderation brings us pain and anguish, while the calm, clear energy released by moderation actually afords us the opportunity to realize all our dreams.”
Article submitted by Lacy Apperson, longtime teacher at Midtown Yoga and 500 hour RYT.
Notes from Grace
January 9, 2013: A HUGE Thanks to our Students
We at Midtown Yoga are so blessed to have such sweet and patient students! Your smiling faces, as you stand 4 and 5 deep at the front counter while we learn our new system, have done so much to alleviate our stress level during this exciting change. We are all learning! Please email me if you need help navigating our new website. I am happy to help!
January 3, 2013: Join our Incentives Program!
For each dollar that you spend at Midtown Yoga, you will receive 2 cents credited to your account! Credits can be applied toward classes or other purchases. That means you can earn free stuff just by going to yoga class!
When you visit our Schedule page and click "SIgn Up" next to your class of choice, you will be prompted to Sign In or Sign Up. After creating your account, you can pay for your class packages and sign up for classes from home! You must add credit to your account before you can sign up for classes online! We offer 4- and 10- class packages (expire after one year), unlimited monthly passes, 3 month passes and annual passes. Student passes must be purchased at Midtown Yoga. Click here for more info on our Class Fees.
January 1, 2013: Growth and Change
I am thrilled to start this new chapter in my life as owner of Midtown Yoga! My desire is to hold the sacred space and solid foundation of the studio, so that our excellent teachers can continue to impact your lives physically, mentally and spiritually.
I will be making a few changes. Change is how we learn and grow! The studio is now computerized and our new website is fully integrated with the system. You are now able to purchase class passes, workshops and gift cards online. Even sign in and pay for the class that you will be attending via your smart phone or home computer! As with anything new we do expect some obstacles along the way, so please be patient with us.
With the addition of our new integrated computer system, our students will be eligible to earn credits just by attending classes! For every dollar that you spend at Midtown Yoga, you will receive 5 cents credited to your account. These credits may be applied toward passes or other purchases. Set up and personalize your online account by CLICKING HERE.
Class coupons from 2012 will be accepted at full value for the next 6 months, but you can help us by bringing all of them in at one time to receive credit in your account.
It’s going to be a great New Year!