3rd Annual Charity Yogathon

Spiritual talk, music, Q&A, meditation for world peace

A free public program with Brahmachari Ramanand

Saturday, May 20th  •  1:30 – 3:30PM

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919


Non-drug Therapy for Back Pain


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – New guidelines from the American College of Physicians say the first line of therapy for back pain should be non-drug treatments.

Jay Dee Clayton finds peace from his pain through yoga.

“Whenever I start to feel a little twinge, I pull my knee out and stretch the area that’s giving me a problem and it dissipates. It goes away,” he said.

But, yoga wasn’t the first place he looked for relief.

“I took medication immediately after the surgery and I didn’t like feeling like my head was on a balloon string, so I looked for alternative methods of just managing through it,” he said.

Several months ago, Cecelia Aurand also went looking for relief.

“I’ve had spinal stenosis and back pain for quite a while,” she said.

She, too, first tried the prescription route.

“It didn’t really help. After I had the surgery it did help for a time but it didn’t last,” she said.

So, she turned to acupuncture where she says she saw immediate results.

“Within three sessions, I was walking normal again. It was amazing,” she said.

“Many people are able to reduce or completely discontinue the use of pharmaceuticals to manage pain because of acupuncture,” said Dr. Will Foster, an acupuncturist at Traditional Health Clinic.

The fact that both Clayton and Aurand were able to find relief outside of pain pills doesn’t surprise Dr. Samuel Yoakum.

“There are certain types of pain that pills treat really well. They don’t treat chronic back pain well,” he said.

New guidelines from the American College of Physicians back this up.
The guidelines say the first line of therapy for back pain should be non-drug treatments. For pain lasting less than three months, those include heat wraps, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation. The authors stress that clinicians should avoid costly and potentially harmful treatments like narcotics.

For pain lasting more than three months, treatments include stretching and strengthening exercises, tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness techniques like meditation to relieve stress.

If those fail, anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen should be considered first, then medications that can dull nerve pain, like tramadol or duloxetine.

“Be as active as possible. That’s what we take from these guidelines more than anything else,” said Dr. Yoakum.

Not all insurances cover alternate therapies. It’s important to consult with your physician or a specialist to diagnose what type of back pain you have and what treatment plan would be best.

Silent Meditation & Yoga Retreat

A Weekend Workshop offered at Prama Institute & Wellness Center

It is amazing how only a couple days of silence can create a sense of self discovery and camaraderie. Our Slient Meditation and Yoga Retreats give participants the opportunity to connect with themselves and others at a deeper level beyond the usual discourse.
This weekend retreat will give you the opportunity to revitalize yourself, unclutter your mind, deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and discover sources of strength you may have only glimpsed but now can come to own. Silence allows you the time you always wanted to put things into perspective, find the balance, and recognize what the signs of your life are trying to tell you.
Silent Meditation and Yoga retreats at the Prama Institute are unique:

  • We combine open periods of personal reflection with powerful meditations, both sitting and moving.
  • Yoga classes that combine flow and restorative poses.
  • The nature walks along the scenic trails of our land are ideal for experiencing the beauty and peace around you and within.
  • The visualization exercises help you reflect on where you have been, where you are, and where you are going.
  • Journaling lets you express your discoveries and remember them whenever you want to review them.
  • And, of course, our legendary gourmet meals keep it all in perspective.


When:  April 7 – 9, 2017

Location:  Prama Institute

Program: Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Faculty:  Howard Nemon, Sid Jordan



Shared Accommodation

$350 (Till March 15), $395 (After March 15)

Private Accommodation

$450 (Till March 15), $495 (After March 15)


AcroYoga at Breezeway

Introducing Acro Yoga at Breezeway!

12814103_746257692111_648908030243128729_nStarting on the first Tuesday in November, we’re pleased to welcome Rebekah Luhrs to Breezeway for AcroYoga classes.

Rebekah is a certified yoga instructor who has been doing AcroYoga since 2011. After several years of teaching both in the US and internationally, she is excited to be offering weekly acro classes in Knoxville. Meryl Kerns will be joining her as assistant teacher. 

AcroYoga is a dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts.  New content will be explored each week while reviewing components taught in previous classes and workshops, providing a space for students to form strong foundational skills. AcroYoga as a practice that is available for every body, age, and ability.

Namaste Betty: free yoga on the lawn


Help us celebrate Betty’s legacy to our community.

September 10, 9:30 AM • Farragut High School football field

Join us on the Farragut High School Football field as we gather to continue Betty Kalister’s legacy of community building through the practice of yoga.

All levels of experience are welcome to attend this free event.

Radiant Yoga and Qi Gong workshop

AdobeStock_48419414-SmallRadiant Yoga and Qi Gong workshop

Sunday September 11, 2016 1-3pm with Mebbie Jackson and Belle Kent.

Come experience an afternoon to uplift your energy. Mebbie and Belle will facilitate yoga, qi gong, and dance movements to help reset your energy for the change of seasons. Fall is a time of rest after the busy experiences of Summer. Refresh yourself with movement and laughter in this energizing workshop!

Cost $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door.

To register, connect with Mebbie via email: mebane8@mac.com or call (865) 679-9642


Free Your Pelvis with Gina Baker


Are your hips and hamstrings tight? Does your lower back get sore easily? Then this workshop is for you!

Whether you run, dance, or sit for long hours – doing hip opening postures to release tension in your hips is a good thing.

We will dive deep into the hips and learn a very gentle yoga sequence to release tightness and tension that could be causing low back pain. Learn how to access a deeper quality of listening to your body to release any tension to encourage lightness and well being in the whole body.

Our time together will conclude with a meditation and deep relaxation leaving you feeling more spacious in mind and body.

Come join Gina Baker and take the time to work slowly through this important area of the body. Everyone is welcome ~ Open to all levels.

Gina BakerSunday, Oct. 16 • 1-3:30PM

$30 pre-registration • $40 at the door. Register and pay online – www.ginabaker.me or text 415-858-2417

Instructor: Rev. Gina M. Baker, LMT, RYT 200