Classes

Discover joy where you are. 

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All Classes

  • Dynamic Flow

    Students will be taught alignment through creative sequencing, thereby “unpacking” complex poses. Class will end with a long savanna and a seated meditation.

  • Beginner's Yoga

    Designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga, this class focuses on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. These poses are then integrated into a flow. Come to learn, play, and maybe even break a sweat in a supportive environment. All bodies are welcome.

  • Slow Flow

    This class gives all students, including beginners, an opportunity to fully embody the poses of yoga. While guiding students through a slow paced practice, the teacher will emphasize the union of breath and movement, which encourages the mind to slow down and enjoy the present moment.

  • Change Your Life: Qigong and The Tao with Q & A

    This class will include a 40-minute Qigong practice and 20 minutes of The Small World Meditation. Each week we will have time for discussion and Q&A based on weekly readings from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life, Living the Wisdom of The Tao. Taught by Sarla Nichols

  • Align & Flow

    From beginners to seasoned practitioners, this class applies accessible alignment principles to the playful exploration of familiar and new poses with the intention of broadening the range of capabilities of each student.

  • All Levels

    Aerial Yoga

    Aerial yoga includes traditional asanas and breathing while being suspended mid-air to align your body, and clear your mind, all in the comfort of a silk hammock securely suspended from the ceiling. From deep core and stomach strengthening to defining the arms and legs, students reap benefit. This class is open to all levels, including beginners and seasoned yogis. Come fly and see for yourself.

  • All Levels

    Qigong

    Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese mind-body practice that restores wellness, builds mental and emotional strength, reduces stress, and increases vitality. Qigong, sometimes called the grandmother of tai chi, is one of the four major branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Because Qigong incorporates a variety of gentle breathing methods, flowing movements, and mindfulness meditation, it can be practiced by absolutely anyone, regardless of their age, health, religion, or fitness level.

  • Advanced Beginners/Intermediate

    Vinyasa Flow

    Vinyasa is a gradual sequence of poses with orderly transitions that take students safely from one posture to another. The backbone of the practice is a union of breath and movement.

  • Intermediate/Advanced

    Meditation in Motion

    In this flow class, you will focus on breathing to help you anchor in the present, experiencing it in each pose and in each transition between poses. Every class will end with a short Yoga Nidra, an easy yet immensely powerful meditation technique that opens your body to deep, restorative rest.

  • All Levels

    Warm Vinyasa

    Open to all students, this playful flow class encourages participants to explore their creative potential, heal and transform. The room is heated to 75 degrees.

  • Intermediate/Advanced

    Hot Yoga Express

    This class takes place in Studio B, our only heated space. The temperature is typically in the mid 90s. This is a compressed class that is suited to those who want the warmth and whose time budget is tight.

  • Yoga Essentials

    This class includes movement, breath work (pranayama) and meditation. It is designed to help reduce mental chatter that prevents you from connecting with your inner light...your true self.

  • All Levels

    Yin Yoga

    Yin yoga is a more passive practice that often includes a mixture of seated and reclining asanas that are often held for 3 to 5 minutes. Yin yoga is known for its connective tissue extension. It is a great practice for preparing for meditation.

  • All Levels

    Slow & Steady

    Slow and Steady is self explanatory. It is the antidote for hurry and imbalance.

  • All Levels

    Yoga For Life

    Explore both physical power and the mental and spiritual potential of yoga. Mindfulness, compassion, and confidence building are cornerstones of this class. Unity of breath, heart and body alignment are emphasized. All levels are welcome.

  • All Levels

    Rise & Shine

    Salute the sun with with a yoga session that will tonify your body, enliven your mind, and charge your spirit.

  • Intermediate/Advanced

    Shakti Flow

    "Shakti" is a Sanskrit term meaning "power or empowerment.” This class will challenge you to find, awaken, and express your inner divinity. Intermediate/Advanced level.

  • All Levels

    Vinyasa

    Vinyasa is a gradual sequence of poses with orderly transitions that take students safely from one posture to another. The backbone of the practice is a union of breath and movement.

  • Beginners/Advanced Beginners

    Alignment Based Yoga

    Alignment based yoga focuses on proper body alignment while practicing traditional yoga postures.. The intent is to awaken and strengthen core muscles of postural support to optimize body movement.


Brand new & Continuing beginners

These classes focus on alignment, breathing and the transitions between postures. Experience is not necessary

Advanced beginners & Intermediates

More vigorous than beginners, these classes focus on a wider range of poses as well as more complex transitions. 

Intermediate/Advanced

For the more experienced student, these classes are more challenging and may include arm balances and inversions.

All Levels

Modifications for the more challenging poses are included for newer students while accommodating the more experienced student.

 

Class Passes

Teachers

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Sarla Nichols

I started yoga 37 years ago when I realized that compulsive exercise could not alleviate my anxiety and depression. I left my first class in tears and went back the very next day. I knew intuitively that yoga would help me find my way out of the darkness into the light. Little did I know that the light I so desperately wanted was inside all along. Teaching is a calling, a way of life. It is my dharma. I know that I am a vehicle, a channel for the wisdom that has been shared with me by so many others who have made this journey. I believe that yoga will give my students, as it did me the tools they need to live richer, fuller lives. Yoga is like a road map and I am but a guide, someone to help you when and if you get lost or confused. Ultimately, if I do my job well and you keep practicing yoga, you won’t need me anymore. Your path will be lit from within and then we will travel as one.


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Anne Ayres

I am fascinated by the mind-body-spirit connection. When I started yoga as a young single parent, I found that movement, breath work, meditation, and community all provided a gateway to connecting to myself and to the healing power of the divine. As a psychologist and yoga teacher, I’ve been teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga to veterans for many years. I am delighted to be a member of the teaching community at Cooper Street Yoga.


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Leslie Jones

Feeling lost and lonely after moving from Arizona to Memphis, I attended a yoga class one Saturday morning in 2005. The power and energy I felt that first morning continues to resonate every time I step on the mat. With every class I teach it is my hope to foster a similar sense of discovery in my students, to help open their hearts to compassion, and to help them recognize and embrace their own strengths.


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Margaret Shaw

I am extremely passionate about health and wellness. In addition to teaching yoga, I teach Pilates, spin, aqua aerobics, and High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT). I have a nutrition science degree and I’m becoming a certified holistic nutritionist. I love yoga because it combines body, mind, and spirit into one beautiful, harmonious practice. I hope to inspire others towards more inner awareness, environmentalism, and dignity towards other sentient beings through yoga.


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Kirsti Carroll

Kirsti sees yoga as the perfect marriage of physicality and spirituality. She is certified as an E-RTY500 through Yoga Alliance. She holds a Chakra Teacher Certification, a Divine Sleep Yoga teacher certification, and is a Lifeforce Yoga (yoga for anxiety and depression) practiotioner. Kirsti is currently studying Bhakti Yoga with Saul David Raye.

Kirsti’s practice and teaching are premised on the idea that yoga is a path to self awarenss, both on and off the mat.


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Jimmy Lewis

Jimmy is a student of yoga because it affords him stability. His reveres silence and stillness that lessen haste and heighten discernment. Jimmy teaches to share meaningful teachings he has learned from others and epiphanies that have emerged from within during his decades long yoga journey.


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Leigh Pittenger

I am most interested in the therapeutic power of yoga. Since earning my 200-hour teacher certification at the Therapeutic Yoga Center of Memphis in 2015. I have continued to study healing modalities such as Yin Yoga (with Master Paulie Zink) and Yoga Nidra (with Dr. Nick Atlas). I now want to help other practitioners access the tools that yoga offers for supporting their own healing transformation.


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Carrie Muldavin

Yoga creates opportunity for mental clarity, and physical and psychological strength. My practice is calm. I teach from my heart and I see yoga as a gift, both on and off the mat for the teacher and the student alike.


Rosalyn Ross

Rosalyn R. Ross walked into Sarla’s beginners’ yoga class in 2004 and from the first set of asanas she was hooked. She also immediately knew that she wanted to teach the practice. Since being certified to teach in 2011, Rosalyn has infused her classes with equal parts effort and ease, challenge and accessibility. And every time she steps onto her mat, more of who she is is revealed to her.


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Stephen Black

Stephen takes an exploratory, rock-n-roll approach to the practice, dynamically linking poses to the breath. He began his yoga journey as a student of Iyengar yoga. After studying this alignment-based style for several years, Stephen became a reprobate and entered the Savannah Yoga Center’s 200 hour program and then the Asheville Yoga Center’s 500 hour program. In the 12 years since then, he has taught over 5,000 hours. Stephen approaches yoga as a movement meditation that deepens awareness of bodies, minds, and spirits. You can find his yoga teacher page on Facebook.


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Shelby Luigis

Yoga has been a path for learning, whether it be about my physical body, my mind, or my relationships. I am most inspired by the ways in which practice on the mat can parallel and influence experience in life, offering lessons in adaptability, flexibility, strength, acceptance, openness, and surrender. My intention is to continue on this path of self knowledge, to see how my yoga practice can continue to impact my life in the future, and to share this journey with others.


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Arline Jernigan

The practice of yoga is a gift that I have embraced, It has held my attention so that I can weave through the layers within the mind, body, and spirit. Spirit within the practice gives me the energy, creativity, and grace to live fully along with the ability to expand my life experience. My aim as a teacher is to continue growing in awareness and understanding, so that I can share truth and assist others in doing the same.


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Laurie Jean

Laurie Jean (LJ) Weldon is from South Carolina. She has a BA from Rhodes College in Philosophy and is certified to teach Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. She loves books, yoga, rock and roll, and metaphysics.


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Debbie Denny

Debbie Denny is a Certified Yoga Therapist, an E-RYT 500 teacher, and former director of the Therapeutic Yoga Center of Memphis. Her preferred style of teaching is alignment based. The ability to deconstruct practices and postures is vital to her work as a teacher and therapist. Debbie continues to be active in mentorship, continuing education and various student workshops. She has taught since 2004.


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Kathy Fish

“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world. ” - Oprah

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years. My practice helps keep me flexible strong and fearless, on and off the mat. As a teacher my goal is to help create that spark in my students to practice living each day with joy, inspiration and mindfulness .


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Amy Ulmer

Searching for stress reduction during graduate school, I began practicing yoga in 2010. I earned a PhD in Heritage Studies from Arkansas State University in 2018 and completed the 200 hour hatha-vinyasa teacher training at Southern Star Yoga Center in Oxford, MS the same year. When I started teacher training I began integrating the teachings of yoga beyond asana into my daily life, and I use them to help me develop love and compassion towards myself and others. My goal as a teacher is to promote body positivity and self-acceptance and to help others improve their physical and emotional well-being.


Blayne Burns

What began as an attempt to continue rehabilitation from shoulder surgery has turned into my passion for the practice of yoga. I felt at home since 1988 when I walked into my first yoga class. With a background in dance and a lifelong commitment to health and fitness, yoga naturally suited me. I am incredibly grateful for the balance, calmness, and strength that yoga brings to my life.


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Tegan Jemma

My years of movement and leadership instruction all over the globe helped me understand brain-body techniques that work. I practice and teach mindful movement that bridges our physical and energetic landscape. My advanced degree studies have trained me to take an empirical approach to learning and teaching. My intention is to help us fly and flow together.


Cindy Pensoneau

One of my favorite teachers, Jimmy Lewis, said years ago: “Yoga gives us a way of being.” I came to yoga to heal my spine and deepen my relationship with meditation, and I remain devoted to my yoga practice to enjoy the yogic way of being. I am inspired by yogis near and far who support my path to self-knowledge and authenticity, and I hope to impart that same “freedom to be” to those who practice with me.


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Kevin Plyler

My first yoga class struck a resonant chord of knowing that I was where I belonged. My mind, body and soul have thrived on the yoga mat. My journey led me to teach yoga so that I could share the blessing that it represents in my life. I teach with the hope that yoga will guide people towards their truth and connection to the divinity within.

I'm an RYT 200. I'm a continuing student of Ayurveda, Bhakti, and Yin. I incorporate mindfulness and devotion in every class.


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Lisa Rowe

A daily yoga practice keeps me strong, flexible, and balanced physically and mentally. I am a student of yoga philosophy, asana, meditation, and pranayama. I’m drawn to yoga as a sacred journey through time honored practices that create new possibilities. Teaching yoga enables me to build community and to grow with my students.


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