Give Yoga Memphis’s team of talented instructors pushes students to new heights of flexibility, body awareness, and fitness in a beginner- and family-friendly studio environment. Nine types of classes introduce curious neophytes to a variety of techniques, including a kids' yoga series and the gentle Slow Flow class, which improves poise with a steady stream of postures that serve as a comprehensive introduction to the studio's more challenging Vinyasa Flow classes. Students pad barefooted across the cozy studio's bright hardwood floors to a morning Rise & Shine Kundalini class, which hones yogis' focus with controlled breathing, chants, and meditation. Late-night classes round out the studio's schedule, allowing even the busiest parents and commuters to pick up yoga basics during the Foundations class, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and melts stress like a microwave melts a dixie cup to offer a much-needed buffer between a fast-paced day and a relaxed, peaceful night.
It takes an extensive, nine-week training program—during which one must attend yoga lectures, practice Bikram yoga in a 105-degree-room at least twice a day, and complete a comprehensive training regimen—to achieve a license to teach Bikram yoga. Renowned yogi Bikram Choudhury passes down his wisdom during this program, and every single member of Bikram Yoga Memphis’s staff has been there to receive it. Today, in classes taught seven days a week, they share the exercises and lessons they learned in that fiery classroom.
The recently renovated 1,400-square-foot classroom at Bikram Yoga Memphis features industrial-heating equipment capable of melting stiffness in muscles as if it were a popsicle on the sun. Students of all skill levels work up a sweat as they bend, twist, and stretch through Bikram’s 26 asanas and two breathing exercises.
Eccentric Fitness' experienced and passionate instructors help clients of all fitness and skill levels boost their self-esteem and diminish their waistlines with pole-dance, yoga, and dance classes. Learning flirty choreographed strip-tease routines, guests saunter atop the studio's hardwood dance floors accented by black and purple walls. Ladies leap onto poles to tighten their upper and lower bodies with spin techniques, or annihilate calories shimmying to hip-hop dance numbers. Reaching beyond the body to the mind and spirit, Eccentric’s instructors lead guests through a variety of yoga classes, including those with a focus on flexibility, men's yoga, and moves to strengthen the muscles used for pole dancing or impersonating your favorite letter of the alphabet.
All About Yoga’s resident teacher Gabrielle Louise sought to change her life after years of stressful work in the financial industry caused her both chronic pain and emotional strife. She quit her job and hightailed it to Africa, where her studies in plant medicines along with ceremony and ritual earned her initiation as a traditional healer. Over time—some spent in India and Tibet—she 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. She describes this process as releasing deep stress from her body and mind, which is also referred to as stress ace yoga or natural stress control. Today, she shares this effort with her students at her studio, where her classes range from three yoga modalities to kriya meditation.
Gabrielle Louise 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.
Paula’s Yoga is all about flexibility. In fact, Paula’s Yoga is so flexible that its owner and yoga instructor teaches three types of yoga classes at locations around town, including Wellworx Sporting Clubs, Mullins United Methodist Church, and Singleton Community Center. From these centers, Paula helps students of all levels increase their flexibility and reduce stress. In the therapeutic Viniyoga class, students focus on breath work and form, whereas the Coreball Challenge class builds strong core muscles with fitness-ball exercises instead of having students push a wrecking ball down the street.
Located in a refurbished school, patrons have flocked for years to Singleton Community Center’s facility to take over 100 different classes in everything from fitness, to arts and crafts, to dancing, music, tutoring, drivers ed., cooking, and more. Guests can work up a solo sweat or gather in the group-exercise studio for fitness classes, which include yoga, Zumba, and bench aerobics.
The facility also offers a preschool for children ages 2 to 5. Singleton Community Center also offers arts and crafts classes, such as pottery. Click here for a full list of activities available.