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Just Relax

  • Belle Tavern 117 Barboro Alley Memphis, TN, 38103 United States (map)

How many of you get a solid 8 hours of sleep a night? How many feel stressed with no sight of relief? Come learn about the science of relaxation. Life coach Susan Waits of Midtown Yoga will talk about the science behind yoga, and then Dr. Valerie Crabtree, a psychologist at St Jude will tell us all about the science behind sleep disruptions. This is one event you won't want to sleep through, but you'll certainly sleep better after.



Doors will be open at 6:30pm. Enjoy a bounty of food and drinks (both with and without alcohol) at Belle Tavern while chatting with new friends.


Following a brief introduction to taste of science and thanks to our sponsors, we will hear from our speakers with plenty of time between for questions and refills.

Seating is limited; only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

Yoga and the Mind Body Connection


Susan Waits

Susan Waits is a RYT200 yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, certified Martha Beck Life Coach, and author.

Yoga is recognized in the west as a means to fitness, but we will explore the science of yoga as an antidote to our culture of stress, anxiety, and disconnect from ourselves. A regular practice of yogic breathing patterns (pranayama), physical movements (asana), and meditation can have a dramatic effect on the body, mind, and spirit. 


Sleep: What is it Good For? (Absolutely Everything)


Valerie Crabtree, PhD

I am a pediatric psychologist who is certified in behavioral sleep medicine. I serve as the Chief of Psychosocial Services at St. Jude. 

Sleep is a fundamental pillar of health but is very poorly understood. Learn about the role of sleep in "cleaning" your brain, helping you learn, regulating your mood, maintaining a healthy weight, and protecting your heart function. Find out about the changes in sleep/wake rhythm over time and why very early school start times are detrimental to the health of teenagers as well as those around them.

Meet our hosts...



I am originally from Chicago, went to school in Michigan and Texas and now I am a postdoc at St Jude




Avid cyclist, passionate microbiologist, and proud Memphis transplant, I enjoy bridging people and communities together. 

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