A community-focused yoga center in the heart of Memphis.

I started Evergreen Yoga Center in 2006....

...with the hope of creating a friendly, accepting and welcoming place for anyone to experience yoga. At first, I taught all the regular classes myself, and Laura Allen taught the prenatal classes. Now we have 5 teachers including myself: Tedrah Smothers, Erin Williams, Susanne Bulington & Theresa O'Toole.

Practicing yoga transformed my life in all areas. Yoga helped me get stronger & more flexible. And the unexpected benefit was finding a way to deal with my life! I wanted to share that with other people.

Practicing Iyengar Yoga (from patient and skilled teachers) taught me more than just stretching and "working out."

I went to yoga class for the first time when I was 26 years old. I came to class because I felt more centered and relaxed afterward. Having tried seated meditation, I realized sitting still was not for me. I had low expectations that yoga would help quiet my mind and relieve anxiety. During the first year of practicing, I looked forward to the last pose (Savasana), and felt better afterward.

Gradually (and with practice), I became physically stronger, more flexible. Then more centered. None of it happened quickly, but it over time small changes led to bigger ones.

In 2001, I had the opportunity to teach yoga and jumped right in. I have been teaching and furthering my training ever since.

In 2006, I leased 1,500 square feet of a 100-year-old building. I named the studio after our beloved neighborhood: Evergreen Historic District. I called it "Evergreen Yoga Center" to emphasize the centering aspects of yoga. The day after signing the lease, the ceiling fell down. So I took out a loan, got my work jeans on, climbed a ladder and started a renovation. I taught the first class here on November 5, 2006.

I'm lucky I get to wear yoga pants to work, but you might see me holding a mop, hunkered over something in need of fixing, or up on a ladder wielding a wrench. (Had I known that my yoga-teacher education would require building-repair and renovation, I may have reconsidered...ha!). I love yoga and want to share this practice with anyone who wants to learn -- and a little physical labor never hurt anyone.

I'm still practicing. Although time has changed things -- from my hopeful 20's, my hard-work 30's, and now moving toward middle age. I cannot imagine life without it.

Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are knowledgeable teachers.

-- and must pass a series of assessments covering asana, anatomy, philosophy, and special health concerns. In order to even apply for the very first Iyengar Yoga certification assessment, you must be an Iyengar Yoga student for at least 5 years, and then you can apply for assessment.

The prospective teacher must also have a  recommendation from a mentor-teacher who thinks you are ready.

(All our teachers have at least 5 years of constant training/apprenticeship and are working toward assessment. Leah is certified at the Introductory 2 Level. Tedrah is certified at the Junior-Intermediate 2 Level.)

Our teaching style is clear, intentional, and accessible to everyone.

Yes. You can improve strength, flexibility, a clearer mind.
Our classes are designed to give you a strong yoga foundation. Over time you may want to take on new challenges, and we'll be there to guide you and cheer you on.

If you are looking for the highest-quality yoga instruction, you are in the right place.

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Our center's director, Leah Bray Nichols, opened EYC in 2006 because she wanted to teach yoga in an authentic and clear way.
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We are located at 1541 Overton Park Avenue in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in Midtown Memphis.

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Memphis, TN 38112
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