Give Yoga Memphis is devoted to providing a wide variety of yoga styles in a warm and welcoming environment. Whether overwhelmed by work or school, or underwhelmed by a yoga instructor ordered through an infomercial who turned out to be little more than a cardboard silhouette, Give’s flexible schedule provides numerous opportunities to partake in the art of the bend, breath, and flex. Choose from 21 Vinyasa classes, 10 Kundalini classes, and special fusion sessions that focus on prenatal yoga, restorative flows, and a live-music-backed cornucopia of Kundalini and interpretive movements. Whether you're seeking improved strength and flexibility, or hoping to give your mental and spiritual focus an ethereal six-pack, experienced instructors will guide you down the appropriate path within the beautiful confines of Give's studio. Gleaming wood floors, light walls, and gossamer drapes lend an aesthetically pleasing touch to each rejuvenating yoga session.
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 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.
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.