Mindful in Memphis is a community. The purpose of this site is to bring together those who want to live in the present moment and seek a peaceful awareness of themselves and others. From lifelong practitioners to the newly curious, Mindful in Memphis is here to provide pathways towards learning, insights from fellow travelers, information on places to stop along the way and a forum to connect with others on this journey.
It is our hope that you will not just visit this site, but mindfully engage with it – share your stories, tell us about upcoming events and feel that you have a home here among friends, because you do.
Meet the Mindful in Memphis Team.
MANOJ JAIN, MD
Manoj Jain, MD MPH, is a physician, writer and national leader in healthcare quality improvement. He writes for the Commercial Appeal, Washington Post and Huffington Post. He has been interviewed by CNN and National Public Radio. He received engineering, doctorate and public health degrees from Boston University and is an adjunct assistant professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He teaches meditation, has conducted research on spirituality and medicine with the Herbert Benson Harvard Medical School and co-moderated a White House Roundtable Discussion about Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation, along side pioneer Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is the founder and chairman of the annual Gandhi-King conference on Nonviolence. His most recent publication is a children’s book titled: Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence.
Chanda S. Murphy is an adjunct professor, mother, yoga instructor, sports enthusiast and meditation teacher. Her specialties are helping employees avoid burnout, teaching kids to effectively manage emotions and coaching athletes on how to successfully channel adrenaline. She also uses bio-feedback and mindfulness techniques to help clients reduce stress, manage anxiety and find inner balance. Chanda graduated from Christian Brothers University with a B. A. in Psychology and earned her doctorate at the University of Memphis in Experimental Psychology. Chanda earned her RYT 200-hour yoga certification with Kim Anderson and Tamara McColgan of True Yoga East, completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course with instructor Michael Burnham and completed Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) with Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi.
CHANDA MURPHY, PHD
MARK MUESSE, PHD
Mark W. Muesse, PhD, has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation for over 30 years and recently retired from teaching Religious Studies at Rhodes College. His scholarship focuses on Asian philosophy and spirituality with a special interest in Buddhism, Hinduism and Sufism. Having grown up in Texas in the Evangelical Christian Tradition, Dr. Muesse earned his baccalaureate at Baylor University in English. He then went on to Harvard University, where he received a Masters of Theological Studies and a PhD in the Study of Religion. He is the author of several books, including Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinitiesand The Age of the Sages. He is a longtime faculty member of The Great Courses, which has released his bestselling Practicing Mindfulness: An introduction to Meditation.
Anna Underwood is a writer, meditation teacher, yoga instructor and mother of three. She graduated from Rhodes College with a B. A. in Creative Writing and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Christian Brothers University. After years of teaching, counseling and volunteering with students ranging from kindergarten to college, Anna has seen the effects that technology, busyness and loneliness are having on our current and future generations. She is passionate about mindfulness/compassion intervention. Anna earned her RYT 200-hour yoga certification with Kim Anderson and Tamara McColgan of True Yoga East, completed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with instructor Michael Burnham and completed Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) with Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi.
ANNA UNDERWOOD, MA