Bonnie Keene: Yoga Alliance RYT 200, E-RYT 500, IAYT Yoga Therapist
After retiring as a media producer, I decided to elevate my practice and take the 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training. That changed my Life. I began teaching Yin yoga at Midtown Yoga Memphis and that altered my approach. 500 YTT, Yoga Therapy training and a continued number of workshop opportunities have helped build my yoga tools.
I teach at a variety of venues: studios, private organizations and support facilities.
I offer private therapy sessions to support clients with challenges (i.e. Hip, knee replacements, arthritis, Parkinsons Disease).
Practicing Yoga, Teaching Yoga, therapy clients and my own life journey have led me to balancing movement, breath and stillness in yoga sessions with the flexibility to adapt and support client
situations. My intention is movement where movement is needed, breath as the carrier of life, and stillness as the opportunity to grow and heal. It is a privilege to share yoga.
Tuesday Alignment Based Slow Flow 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Carole Manley: I feel that it is an honor to teach the gift of yoga. My consistent practice began fifteen years ago. Early on, I recognized that yoga offers many life changing experiences.
In 2011, I successfully completed my RYT 200 Hr. Teacher Training Program at Midtown Yoga in Memphis, TN. My RYT 500 Hr. in Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training was accomplished through Delta Groove Yoga Studio in Memphis. I believe that yoga has brought strength and balance in my mind, body and spirit. Teaching since 2012, it is my privilege to share my passion for yoga with others.
Monday Alignment Based Slow Flow 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM
Carrie Muldavin began her yoga journey out of curiosity based on her desire to find a more peaceful way of living. A life where perhaps my mind was less chaotic. Practicing yoga creates wellbeing, groundedness and a sense of being integrated - body, soul, and mind.
Yoga, mindfulness, meditation and breathing practices have had an impact on Carrie's life in a grounded, rooted way and it's been a journey that continues in an enlightened way. Carrie became a yoga instructor in order to deepen her practice, and share the gift of yoga with others. She continued with her study of yoga by adding 300 more hours to become a Yoga Therapist.
Ellen Kinney, a native Memphian, attended her first yoga class at the age of 15 and instantly realized this was the path for her. What began as a purely physical practice led Ellen to discover the many spiritual and mental benefits of a well-rounded yoga practice.
She decided to deepen and strengthen her practice by completing the 200 hour YTT program at Midtown Yoga. She believes we practice yoga to truly live and celebrate life.
As a teacher she gives the practitioner opportunities to develop flexibility, strength, and balance. She encourages students to take care of themselves while breaking through their perceived limitations both on and off the mat.
Wednesday ALL LEVELS FLOW 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Erin Williams: I love that yoga helps connect my front body to my back body, it helps them to meet in the middle. I love that the practice of yoga helps to open space in my mind and bring it to a calmer state of being. For me practicing yoga has been just that, a practice. It was never like “Bam” I’m instantly cured of all my ills but I always feel better after taking class or after practicing on my own. Yoga definitely has the potential to heal if you are willing to show up and partake in the work. It’s nice looking back from where I started, I can see now just how much yoga has helped me become the person I am today. I am very grateful for this practice.
I went through my initial teacher training to help bring myself to a more disciplined practice so that I could in return have a deeper understanding of what yoga was in order to share with others the great benefits yoga has to offer. I later received my certification as a yoga therapist because I enjoy
applying yoga in a more therapeutic setting. Everyone is able to be positively affected by yoga. To me, it is not just a workout, but a lesson in awareness that can bring one to a healthier state of being.
Tuesday ALIGNMENT BASED YOGA 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Leigh Pittenger: Like many yogis I entered the practice initially by seeking pain relief. I suffered from chronic neck and shoulder tension, exacerbated by stress. Attracted to the promise of cultivating strength, flexibility, balance, and ease in my body, I was hooked by yoga from the day that I started. I’ve never left a class without feeling noticeably better in body and mind, thinking “I want more of this!”
I am most interested in the therapeutic potential of yoga. Having earned my 200-hour teacher certification at the Therapeutic Yoga Center of Memphis in 2014, I now want to help other practitioners access the tools that yoga offers for supporting their own healing and transformation. I teach various styles of yoga, ranging from alignment-based asana to slow flow and yin. I guide
practitioners in cultivating enhanced breath awareness, body awareness, and mental focus—always emphasizing the importance of listening to their own bodies and wisdom.
wednesday & Friday ALL LEVELS FLOW 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM
Friday Yin Yoga 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Meri Maple: I started my yoga journey in 2005 in a health club simply as a form of exercise. At the time I was raising four children and found yoga really helped take the edge off of my hectic schedule. I was hooked.
A couple of years later my instructor confronted me about getting certified to teach because she was moving out of state. So I did & 12 years later I'm still going strong.
Yoga truly is a journey, a process. It is a place where I can really be mySelf. Through this experience I began to connect with the deeper essence of me. To heal my spirit. To love myself. To love others. To love God. Yoga has made me a better person. My favorite part about the Yoga asanas is that they are a form of expressing ourselves on the outside.