Pranayama is defined as the conscious control or expansion of the breath. It is a subtle and quiet practice that has powerful benefits. It can be a wonderful addition to your asana practice.
One of the most important aspects of the practice from the very beginning until the more advanced stages is that you be relaxed, quiet, and receptive. Will power has its place in the practice of asana but not in the practice of pranayama.”
- John Schumacher, Senior CIYT
The practice of pranayama:
Pacifies and eliminates stress from the body
Improves circulation and releases toxins
Calms and strengthens the nervous system in order for you o handle the every day stresses of life
Transforms emotions stuck in the mind and body that keep us anxious and disturbed
Fosters a peaceful and tranquil mind
Each class will begin and end with a deep relaxation to put the brain in a receptive state. A few familiar supportive poses will be taught to prepare the body. The prop set up will be taught so you will be equipped to begin practice on your own.
6 months yoga experience required to attend
Contact or text 901-483-9642 to register or with any questions
“THE BREATH IS A GIFT YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO RECEIVE”- Jon Kabat Zinn
January 12 - February 16
3:30 - 4:45
Sunday afternoons This course is designed specifically for beginners.
The series is progressive, building on skills week-to-week as the student develops strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and confidence. Classes will emphasize postural alignment and precision in the basic standing and seated poses and end with final relaxation. Shoulderstand will be introduced.
Students will build a solid foundation needed to progress to other classes at Evergreen Yoga. Mats and props are provided. Those with previous yoga experience wishing to refine their understanding of the fundamentals are welcome. Teacher: Tedrah Smothers.
Contact to be notified when dates are announced. Course fee: $80
Co-teachers: Theresa & Tedrah
This class started on the 12th, but there is still room if someone wants to join the Course on the 19th.
BBAREFOOT BOOT(less) CAMP
For the early-morning adventurer
Next session starts Monday, February 3 Classes meet Mondays & Thursdays @ 5:45am - 6:45am
Learn to face your challenges with an equal measure of inspiration & determination. Build strength and endurance. Develop flexibility in body and mind. Cultivate a strong will and a fierce heart through a consistent yoga practice. With persistence and consistent practice every person has the capacity to change. Each person will be challenged according to his or her experience-level.
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.
Boot camp class fee: $80 per month
No drop-ins to this class. No make-up classes. Email Leah with any questions.
Conscious Connected Breathwork
Meets the following Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm: January 19
Conscious Connected Breathwork / is a safe and powerful breathing process that releases tension from the body, freeing it, so that we may live to our highest vision and unlimited potential. The breath is the ultimate healer. It is the umbilical cord to the divine. By using a variety of smoothly connected breaths, energy which may be called Prana, Chi or Ki, or life force, is taken into the body dissolving and washing away anything that is contrary to life. When this takes place we become aware of our blocks and what has been holding us back; an inner cleansing occurs. Teacher: Daniel Lamontagne
Class fee: $35 per class
Email for more info or to sign up for the class. Or call him at 901-685-2462
Healing Meditation Classes with Daniel Lamontagne
8-week Course Level 1 Starts January 21
Tuesdays 4 - 5:30pm Teacher: Daniel Lamontagne $175**
8-week Course Level 3
Starts January 22 Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:45pm
Teacher: Daniel Lamontagne
Courses can be repeated at $125
Daniel’s personal journey in the last 37 years has taken him to explore many styles of meditation, which includes Taoist/Buddhist/ Confucian traditions. In the past he also studied with the Memphis School of Metaphysics and the Nexus holistic community, taking classes in self-development, meditation, and healing.
In 1997, Daniel was selected to participate in John Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He also completed training programs with ARTI, Loving Relationships Training, and Mindfulness Schools Curriculum K-12. In 2012 Daniel received the Natural Awakenings favorite Meditation Teacher Award in Memphis. Read Daniel's complete bio.
Scientific Evidence shows that meditating regularly:
Improves overall health by strengthening the immune system
Reduces anxiety and stress
Makes you smarter
Promotes body awareness
Increases Alpha Rhythms (which is a relaxed state but not drowsy)
Breath rate decrease
Heart rate decrease
Lowers blood pressure (even when you’re not meditating)
Turns on genes that prevent disease, turns off genes that promote disease.
Enhances psychological and emotional health
Helps expand your mental and physical potential
Helps you concentrate
Lowers the amount of cortisol and lactate acid in your body
Daniel's classes are constantly updated with the latest research on meditation.
Lots of handouts are given in each class for home practice and contemplation.