Words like "restore, relax, reflect, recover" are used a lot in reference to yoga.
While some classes ask you to step outside your comfort zone and work a little harder, there are specific practices and sequences of poses designed to help you settle your body and your mind to a more quiet and inward place.
Some days it's appropriate to challenge yourself physically and use your will-power to accomplish the poses. At other times, it's better to focus on poses that bring stability - and sanity!
If you've taken restorative classes at Evergreen before, you know they are popular classes. They are positive and uplifting. There is the opportunity to leave technology devices and the chatter of the day behind.
This class is appropriate for students of all levels of experience. (The more advanced students will be given time for inversions.)
Class fee: $20
to reserve your spot for September (starts Thursday, September 7).
*must be ready to dive right in!
Learn to face your challenges with an equal measure of inspiration & determination.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher Leah Nichols guides these intense yet playful practices to start your day off right!
Sign-ups are for a month at a time.
Usual monthly class fee: $80. (No drop-ins to this class. No make-up classes.)
September is pro-rated due to Labor Day Holiday ($70)
If you are new to boot camp, email to sign up.
Want to know what boot-campers say about the class? Scroll down.
This workshop has a fresh take on backbends. We will spend the first part of our workshop warming up for maximum flexibility and strength.
Then we will explore some of the fun backbends! My goal is that you will leave the workshop with ways for you to work toward Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose), Paryankasana (Vishnu's Couch Pose), and other invigorating backbends.
You will be guided to see what parts of your body move easily...and to understand where you can strengthen or stretch to work toward each pose. You will receive recommendations for what kinds of support might help you get to each final pose.
Class fee: $30
Healing Meditation Level 1
Next class session starts August 22
Healing Meditation Level 3
Next class session starts August 23
Healing Meditation is about learning to explore the many aspects of meditation that create openings for healing – intuition – energies and movement. In these classes I will incorporate the work of Jon Kabat – Zinn on stress reduction from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Many handouts and information are given. We also have fun.
Scientific Evidence shows that meditating regularly:
(You can repeat class for $125)
Contact Daniel if you are interested in starting with Healing Meditation Level 1.
To register, email or call him at 901-685-2462.
This class meets on Sundays 1-3pm on the following dates:
Conscious Connected Breathwork is a simple, gentle yet powerful conscious breathing technique.
It brings into awareness not only our unconsciously held beliefs and emotions, but also the relationships we have with our bodies, ourselves, our intimates and our world.
When we consciously breathe with this awareness, we make it possible to resolve, integrate and heal previously unresolved issues within ourselves. This frees up energy, bringing greater aliveness and joy. It can allow us to move towards fulfillment of our potential as human beings.
It is a powerful healing method which offers you an experience of freedom and mastery in your life.
Conscious Connected Breathwork brings expanded awareness on all levels: physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
The breath is a sublime healer. It is the umbilical cord to the Divine. By using a variety of smoothly connected breaths; energy which may be called prana, chi, ki, or the life force is taken into the body where it dissolves and brings up anything that is unlike itself. When this takes place, blockages that have been holding us back at the psychological, spiritual, or cellular source surface and a deep inner transformation occurs.
Daniel is a trained certified conscious connected Breathwork instructor.
Cost: $35 per class.
You need to register to come to this event. Space is limited.
To register, or call him at 901-685-2462.
Persons attending need to bring a blanket and pillow.
Please note: If you suffer from a serious ailment such as a heart condition it would be advised to check with you doctor before coming.
I hope to see you there.
His study of yoga began in the 70’s and during the mid-80’s, he became a devoted student of Iyengar Yoga. Randy has studied with the Iyengars in Pune, India as well as many senior Iyengar teachers globally and throughout the United States.
Randy’s devotion to yoga, perfectionism and compassion for his students characterize a dynamic, precise teaching style. His innate sense of humor coupled with an insightful understanding of Iyengar yoga both inspires and challenges his students thus enhancing the depth, clarity and focus of their practice.
Lauren Taylor has been taking the boot camp class since 2014. Here's what she says about her experience:
I never thought that I would say that waking up at 5:30 am twice a week is one of the things I look forward to the most in my life. But after two years of attending Evergreen’s boot camp, I know that it’s one of the best decisions I have made.
This yoga class is such an important contributor to my mental and physical well being. This yoga meets me exactly where I am and pushes me to learn, grow, and try new things at just the right pace.
The yoga I practice at Evergreen makes me return to myself again and again—and too few things allow us to do that these days. So I am grateful.
Here's what Kevin Barton says:
I began yoga as a reluctant participant. My wife wanted me to join her at 5:45AM for Yoga Boot-Camp. At first I thought she was crazy, not only because of the time of morning, but also because I wasn’t sure about practicing yoga. After a couple months of encouragement, I finally acquiesced, and I’m very glad I did. Evergreen Yoga welcomes news students with true warmth. Leah is an incredible and patient instructor who not only manages to bring smiles to the faces of her students at 5:45 AM, but also makes everyone feel welcome whether they are a seasoned yoga practitioner or a sometimes clumsy thirty-something who almost had to be dragged to his first class. In the year I’ve been practicing, my flexibility has greatly increased, and I love the positivity I receive as a participant in Leah’s classes. I travel quite a bit for work and cringe when I know I’m going to miss a class. I would encourage anyone who has an interest to try a class at Evergreen Yoga. You’ll be glad you did.
Here's what Susannah Barton says:
I decided to try the yoga boot camp at Evergreen Yoga in April 2015 after struggling for nearly a year with a back injury, which culminated in 12 weeks of physical therapy. The physical therapy helped my back, but I knew there was still a lot of work to be done, and I figured yoga was a great place to get me back to good back health. But, I was really nervous. The back injury really scared me, and I was afraid that I might injure it again if I wasn’t careful. So on day one, I talked to Leah about my concerns and my issues, and I immediately knew that she was going to work with me to heal myself. I am completely comfortable with Leah and I know that her thoughtful instruction keeps me safe, while also challenging me every class. I am amazed at how I have progressed in a year and a half. I look forward to our 5:45 a.m. classes twice a week – as crazy as that sounds! I have built both physical strength, as well as mental strength in this class. I am more confident in what my body can do, and I am excited as I continue to build more strength and flexibility with each session.
Leah is an incredibly comforting and gentle instructor…but don’t let her warmth fool you, she’ll challenge you! I am thankful for Leah’s guidance and challenging instruction, and I encourage folks to check out Evergreen Yoga and maybe even boot camp!