Kristi Duckworth doesn't mind when her art gets stepped on. In fact, she encourages it, having composed sprawling mosaics for park pathways and sidewalks. These locations are a fitting canvas for her large-scale, nature-inspired work. Her second favorite place to put art, however, is in the hands of children.
Kristi hosts multiple afterschool programs and classes that arm kids with everything they need to make beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. Her mosaic lessons teach students to sift through tiles and arrange them into photo frames, and her ceramics classes cover the basics of sculpting and using a pottery wheel without constantly honking its horn. She also runs Art Night, a supervised three-hour period of freeform creation. Anyone who stops by can practice their mosaic-building skills, painting strokes, or ceramics techniques with the available tools.
The instructors at Cat's Ballroom teach the art of movement—from ballroom dancing to self-defense. During group and private ballroom lessons, they facilitate creative expression though graceful steps, turns, and dips. Wednesday-night practice parties let students put their new skills and homemade papier mâché shoes to the test on the dance floor. Zumba fitness classes fuse Latin-inspired moves such as salsa and samba with energetic beats for a dance-party inspired workout. Self-defense classes round out the studio's offerings, teaching how to defend against attackers with techniques ranging from basic punches and kicks to quick catapult loading.
Like a beacon of fitness, Envision Memphis sits atop the historic Cadre Building in downtown Memphis. There, personal trainers await to whip clients into shape with boot camps, yoga classes, and one-on-one sessions. Visitors working out alone keep equally busy. Cardio and weight machines tone muscle alongside body balls, and ample floor space allows for plentiful pushups or spontaneous break dancing. In addition, a full-size boxing ring with padded safety equipment hosts full-contact kickboxing practice.
All About Yoga?s resident teacher Gabrielle Louise found that a heightened state of well-being, enhanced by yoga and meditation, brought her above the physical pain she experienced on a daily basis. Since then, she's practiced what's known as StressAce yoga, a modality whose movements and breath are patterned to trigger reflex responses not unlike those from childhood. These responses are what help the body and mind release deep stress and may result in sudden, unprovoked moments of joy, increased mental clarity and awareness, and an overall sense of balance, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The classes at Gabrielle's studio range from three yoga modalities to kriya meditation. She guides students through a variety of yoga poses and, in the process, shows them yoga's many benefits, including deep relaxation, boosted flexibility, increased body awareness, and increased overall physical wellness. In addition, she also taps into other Eastern arts, restoring balance and boosting memory with meditation, increasing peace of mind with gentle movements, and activating dormant happiness energies with focused poses.
Diane Sable has been a proponent of bodywork for more than 20 years, accumulating a degree from the Massage Institute of Memphis, a personal-trainer certification through the Cooper Institute, and time studying tai chi chuan under Master Teacher Jean Sullivan. With this vast collection of experience, she opened Artistic Body Movement, where she teaches tai chi classes and sessions in the Bolszak Method to lead her students along the path to inner wellness and balance. A licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, she customizes massages to individuals rather than subjecting them to generalized massages from a robot with opposable thumbs.