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May
27
Mon
Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

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May
28
Tue
Iyengar Style Yoga with Marnie Page @ Balanced You Studios
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Marnie Page Photo_SmlAn ongoing series of multi-level, Iyengar style classes open to new students. Please connect with Marnie for more information.
$72 for 6 week series, $15 drop-in, open class, all levels.

Connect with Marnie via email: marnie.page1@gmail.com

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

Alignment Yoga Level (2&3) @ Balanced You Studios
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Tuesday 6:00 -7:15pm Alignment Yoga Level (2&3):

This class is for intermediate students. It could be described simply as more of the above with the addition of more advanced poses, regular inversions, beginning seated meditation and beginning pranayama techniques. However, intermediate students should have a quality to their presentation of a pose. This is the progression in awareness that we seek by doing yoga. We train the mind to pay attention starting with the poses and working with precision versus sloppiness. We want “meditation in action”. We want to hold a pose with “effortless effort” allowing us the time for deep observation.. Remember that Yoga and its eight limbs is about the mind and becoming totally aware.

Here are some general guidelines from workshops and/or intensives that were geared towards intermediate students.

An intermediate student should:

  1. Be able to do an unsupported head stand. (sirsasana)
  2. Be able to kick up unassisted into a full hand stand. (adho mukha vrksasana)
  3. Be able to push up unassisted into a full back bend. (urdhva dhanurasana)

This class is taught as a series only and permission from the instructor is necessary.


Ron Felix BS, MPH, RYT

In 1991 Ron Felix opened Knoxville’s first commercial yoga studio, the Knoxville Yoga Center.

Initially, Ron taught Bikram’s (hot yoga) which he learned while living in Key West, Florida.

In 1992 Ron was introduced to the Iyengar method of yoga which is known for its attention paid to precision and alignment. After 25 years of studying and teaching the Iyengar method, participating in over 50 workshops and/or teachers’ trainings, Ron’s classes are a reflection of the love and appreciation he has for the myriad of effects yoga can have on the total “self”.

In June, Ron retired from the daily rigor required to operate a business studio, but plans to continue to teach part-time classes as well as private lessons.

Ron is registered as an RYT and an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level and has thousands of hours teaching experience having regularly taught 15-16 classes a week.

Alignment Yoga Level (1&2) @ Balanced You Studios
May 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45pm Alignment Yoga Level (1&2):

This class is a natural progression up from Level 1 (beginner’s), which is the level that focuses mostly on the standing poses or “teaches you to stand on your own two feet first”. In addition to refining and reviewing poses already learned classes will now be themed based.

Examples of common themes would be a back bending class, a forward bending class or a class emphasizing twists. In addition, we will be doing the prep work and any modifications necessary to prepare for a safe and regular inversion practice.

This class is taught as a series only and permission from the instructor is necessary.


Ron Felix BS, MPH, RYT

In 1991 Ron Felix opened Knoxville’s first commercial yoga studio, the Knoxville Yoga Center.

Initially, Ron taught Bikram’s (hot yoga) which he learned while living in Key West, Florida.

In 1992 Ron was introduced to the Iyengar method of yoga which is known for its attention paid to precision and alignment. After 25 years of studying and teaching the Iyengar method, participating in over 50 workshops and/or teachers’ trainings, Ron’s classes are a reflection of the love and appreciation he has for the myriad of effects yoga can have on the total “self”.

In June, Ron retired from the daily rigor required to operate a business studio, but plans to continue to teach part-time classes as well as private lessons.

Ron is registered as an RYT and an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level and has thousands of hours teaching experience having regularly taught 15-16 classes a week.

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May
29
Wed
Gentle Yoga with Judson Nichols @ Balanced You Studios
May 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

JudsonGentle Yoga with Judson Nichols

This gentle class mixes yin and restorative yoga with gentle strengthening. Enjoy increased range of motion, relaxation, and a happier back. Open class, complicated bodies welcome!

$15 drop-in, discounts available. Call or text questions to 865-963-6042.

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May
30
Thu
Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

Level 2 Tai Chi with Russell Sauls @ Balanced You Studios
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Level 2: Tai Chi As Martial Art


Russell Sauls offers Level 2 Tai Chi on Thursdays at Balanced You Studios, 6712 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Maximum of 8 participants.

Instructor’s permission to attend is a pre-requisite. Email Russell at russellsauls@gmail.com .


Russell has practiced Qigong & Tai Chi for 38 years. He has taught hundreds of Knoxvillians these arts, & he is delighted to now be a part of the “Breezeway experience”. Russell’s Tai Chi classes are excellent therapies for those individuals who in high-stress life situations and are likely to enhance athletic performance in other day-to-day activities & sports. Russell is a past United States Chinese Martial Arts Council national champion for Tai Chi & Ba Gua Zhang (an sister art of Tai Chi)

Russell also leads Introduction to Tai Chi each Monday at Breezeway.

About Master Russell Sauls:

  • 50th year practicing Martial Arts
  • Specializing in Tai Chi & Baguazhang for the last 39 years
  • Chen Style Taijiquan
  • Wu StyleTaijiquan
  • Fu Zhensong Style Baguazhang
  • Yin Fu Style Baguazhang
  • Mizong Lohan Chuan
  • Qi Gong

Master Russell SaulsUS Chinese Martial Arts Council National Champion

  • 1st Place – Wu Style TaiChi
  • 1st Place – Baguazhang

USKA Grand Nationals

  • 1st Place – Chinese Weapons (Bagua Sword)
  • 1st Place – Chinese Empty-Hand Forms

Russell has trained with Chen Tai Chi Master Wang Haijun since 2003:

  • All-China National Tai Chi Champion
  • 1st Place Empty-Hand Form, Sword, and Push Hands (3 consecutive years)

Private Lessons are available. For more information, email whirlingstillness@gmail.com


Definitions of Tai Chi terms:

 Qi Gong is the Chinese art of Life Force Cultivation.The Level 1 practices that Russell teaches consist of 4 components:

(1) Ba Duan Jin (“8 Brocades” or “8 Treasures”)    

This set of exercises is documented to be at least 2300 years old. Connective tissue stiffness is replaced with youthful pliability. Helps to clear stagnation of Qi. 

(2) Dantien (“Field of Precious Elixir”) Qigong.  Major Qi centers are awakened & balanced via breath training, visualizations, & mindful movement. 

(3) Joint releases. A set of circular movements handed down from Tai Chi masters that release bound energy of the joints. 

May
31
Fri
Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

Jun
1
Sat
Gentle Flow with Laura Clingan, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 1 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

This weekly class focuses on practice sequences of foundational poses while linking movement with breath to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and focus. No preregistration is required.


Laura Clingan, RYT-200

Laura began practicing yoga in 2015 as a way to relieve stress and add a new form of physical activity to her routine.  She was hooked immediately and it wasn’t long before she sensed that yoga was going to be a transformative power in her life.  She’s been truly amazed by the many benefits that yoga has provided in her life including a more positive self-image, self-compassion, confidence, physical and emotional strength, and an openness to embrace life.  She felt a calling to share the gift of yoga with others and completed her 200-RYT training in 2018 with Kim Lomonoco at The Glowing Body in Knoxville, TN.  She enjoys practicing and teaching power flow, Yin, and gentle yoga.

Always seeking new ways to make yoga accessible to everyone, she is currently pursuing her Yoga For All certification with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes. Her belief is that the physical and mental benefits of yoga are attainable for anyone regardless of physical ability.  She works to meet her students where they are and encourages self-acceptance and compassion.

Connect with Laura via email: Laura@LauraClinganYoga.com or visit her website:https://www.lauraclinganyoga.com/

Jun
3
Mon
Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

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Jun
4
Tue
Iyengar Style Yoga with Marnie Page @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Marnie Page Photo_SmlAn ongoing series of multi-level, Iyengar style classes open to new students. Please connect with Marnie for more information.
$72 for 6 week series, $15 drop-in, open class, all levels.

Connect with Marnie via email: marnie.page1@gmail.com

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

Alignment Yoga Level (2&3) @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Tuesday 6:00 -7:15pm Alignment Yoga Level (2&3):

This class is for intermediate students. It could be described simply as more of the above with the addition of more advanced poses, regular inversions, beginning seated meditation and beginning pranayama techniques. However, intermediate students should have a quality to their presentation of a pose. This is the progression in awareness that we seek by doing yoga. We train the mind to pay attention starting with the poses and working with precision versus sloppiness. We want “meditation in action”. We want to hold a pose with “effortless effort” allowing us the time for deep observation.. Remember that Yoga and its eight limbs is about the mind and becoming totally aware.

Here are some general guidelines from workshops and/or intensives that were geared towards intermediate students.

An intermediate student should:

  1. Be able to do an unsupported head stand. (sirsasana)
  2. Be able to kick up unassisted into a full hand stand. (adho mukha vrksasana)
  3. Be able to push up unassisted into a full back bend. (urdhva dhanurasana)

This class is taught as a series only and permission from the instructor is necessary.


Ron Felix BS, MPH, RYT

In 1991 Ron Felix opened Knoxville’s first commercial yoga studio, the Knoxville Yoga Center.

Initially, Ron taught Bikram’s (hot yoga) which he learned while living in Key West, Florida.

In 1992 Ron was introduced to the Iyengar method of yoga which is known for its attention paid to precision and alignment. After 25 years of studying and teaching the Iyengar method, participating in over 50 workshops and/or teachers’ trainings, Ron’s classes are a reflection of the love and appreciation he has for the myriad of effects yoga can have on the total “self”.

In June, Ron retired from the daily rigor required to operate a business studio, but plans to continue to teach part-time classes as well as private lessons.

Ron is registered as an RYT and an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level and has thousands of hours teaching experience having regularly taught 15-16 classes a week.

Alignment Yoga Level (1&2) @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Tuesday 7:30 – 8:45pm Alignment Yoga Level (1&2):

This class is a natural progression up from Level 1 (beginner’s), which is the level that focuses mostly on the standing poses or “teaches you to stand on your own two feet first”. In addition to refining and reviewing poses already learned classes will now be themed based.

Examples of common themes would be a back bending class, a forward bending class or a class emphasizing twists. In addition, we will be doing the prep work and any modifications necessary to prepare for a safe and regular inversion practice.

This class is taught as a series only and permission from the instructor is necessary.


Ron Felix BS, MPH, RYT

In 1991 Ron Felix opened Knoxville’s first commercial yoga studio, the Knoxville Yoga Center.

Initially, Ron taught Bikram’s (hot yoga) which he learned while living in Key West, Florida.

In 1992 Ron was introduced to the Iyengar method of yoga which is known for its attention paid to precision and alignment. After 25 years of studying and teaching the Iyengar method, participating in over 50 workshops and/or teachers’ trainings, Ron’s classes are a reflection of the love and appreciation he has for the myriad of effects yoga can have on the total “self”.

In June, Ron retired from the daily rigor required to operate a business studio, but plans to continue to teach part-time classes as well as private lessons.

Ron is registered as an RYT and an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level and has thousands of hours teaching experience having regularly taught 15-16 classes a week.

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Jun
5
Wed
Gentle Yoga with Judson Nichols @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

JudsonGentle Yoga with Judson Nichols

This gentle class mixes yin and restorative yoga with gentle strengthening. Enjoy increased range of motion, relaxation, and a happier back. Open class, complicated bodies welcome!

$15 drop-in, discounts available. Call or text questions to 865-963-6042.

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Jun
6
Thu
Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

Level 2 Tai Chi with Russell Sauls @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Level 2: Tai Chi As Martial Art


Russell Sauls offers Level 2 Tai Chi on Thursdays at Balanced You Studios, 6712 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Maximum of 8 participants.

Instructor’s permission to attend is a pre-requisite. Email Russell at russellsauls@gmail.com .


Russell has practiced Qigong & Tai Chi for 38 years. He has taught hundreds of Knoxvillians these arts, & he is delighted to now be a part of the “Breezeway experience”. Russell’s Tai Chi classes are excellent therapies for those individuals who in high-stress life situations and are likely to enhance athletic performance in other day-to-day activities & sports. Russell is a past United States Chinese Martial Arts Council national champion for Tai Chi & Ba Gua Zhang (an sister art of Tai Chi)

Russell also leads Introduction to Tai Chi each Monday at Breezeway.

About Master Russell Sauls:

  • 50th year practicing Martial Arts
  • Specializing in Tai Chi & Baguazhang for the last 39 years
  • Chen Style Taijiquan
  • Wu StyleTaijiquan
  • Fu Zhensong Style Baguazhang
  • Yin Fu Style Baguazhang
  • Mizong Lohan Chuan
  • Qi Gong

Master Russell SaulsUS Chinese Martial Arts Council National Champion

  • 1st Place – Wu Style TaiChi
  • 1st Place – Baguazhang

USKA Grand Nationals

  • 1st Place – Chinese Weapons (Bagua Sword)
  • 1st Place – Chinese Empty-Hand Forms

Russell has trained with Chen Tai Chi Master Wang Haijun since 2003:

  • All-China National Tai Chi Champion
  • 1st Place Empty-Hand Form, Sword, and Push Hands (3 consecutive years)

Private Lessons are available. For more information, email whirlingstillness@gmail.com


Definitions of Tai Chi terms:

 Qi Gong is the Chinese art of Life Force Cultivation.The Level 1 practices that Russell teaches consist of 4 components:

(1) Ba Duan Jin (“8 Brocades” or “8 Treasures”)    

This set of exercises is documented to be at least 2300 years old. Connective tissue stiffness is replaced with youthful pliability. Helps to clear stagnation of Qi. 

(2) Dantien (“Field of Precious Elixir”) Qigong.  Major Qi centers are awakened & balanced via breath training, visualizations, & mindful movement. 

(3) Joint releases. A set of circular movements handed down from Tai Chi masters that release bound energy of the joints. 

Jun
7
Fri
Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Wayne Stagg, RYT-200

Unlike Hatha Yoga, this gentle Kundalini class employs lots of movement but does not require precise alignment or advanced knowledge of yoga asanas.  Unlike vinyasa or Pilates, it’s not a physical workout in the usual sense.  The emphasis is on meditation, focusing on the breath to lead the movements and cultivating awareness of every sensation in the body.  We begin with gentle stretching of the spine and back, progressing through the legs and torso in a sequence expertly designed by KBK to awaken the innate energy we all possess. This practice aligns with Vedantan and Tantric traditions emphasizing integration and unity, experiencing the infinite in ourselves right here, right now in the very body we’re in. Some mantra is used, but it isn’t emphasized.  Class ends with about an eight-minute narrated relaxation in Shavasana (corpse pose). Donations are welcome but no one is turned away for lack of funds.


waynestaggWayne is retired from UT after 32 years in communications. He discovered Yoga through Hari Bhajan Kaur (HBK), a certified Kundalini instructor, and student of Yogi Bhajan and a founding member of his ashram in Espanola, NM. She modified a very rigorous practice to accommodate injuries sustained while serving in the US Air Force. The result is a gentle Kundalini class almost anyone can do. When she moved to Florida, she entrusted Wayne with the continuation of her classes. He has been teaching Yoga at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Heather, enjoy music and share their home with two remarkable cats. Wayne is an amateur bass player in an informal weekly jam with swing-era jazz musicians.

Jun
8
Sat
Gentle Flow with Laura Clingan, RYT-200 @ Balanced You Studios
Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

This weekly class focuses on practice sequences of foundational poses while linking movement with breath to develop strength, balance, flexibility, and focus. No preregistration is required.


Laura Clingan, RYT-200

Laura began practicing yoga in 2015 as a way to relieve stress and add a new form of physical activity to her routine.  She was hooked immediately and it wasn’t long before she sensed that yoga was going to be a transformative power in her life.  She’s been truly amazed by the many benefits that yoga has provided in her life including a more positive self-image, self-compassion, confidence, physical and emotional strength, and an openness to embrace life.  She felt a calling to share the gift of yoga with others and completed her 200-RYT training in 2018 with Kim Lomonoco at The Glowing Body in Knoxville, TN.  She enjoys practicing and teaching power flow, Yin, and gentle yoga.

Always seeking new ways to make yoga accessible to everyone, she is currently pursuing her Yoga For All certification with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes. Her belief is that the physical and mental benefits of yoga are attainable for anyone regardless of physical ability.  She works to meet her students where they are and encourages self-acceptance and compassion.

Connect with Laura via email: Laura@LauraClinganYoga.com or visit her website:https://www.lauraclinganyoga.com/