Intro to Chakra Balancing - Prepare for the Fall Equinox | $29 | $5 Credit Towards A Private Reiki Session

This class is taught by:

Alisha Leytem

Alisha Leytem is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT), Reiki Level II Practitioner and a Certified Wellness Coach. She was 100% hooked on yoga after feeling as though she was floating above her body during her first savasana ever (true story). Since devoting herself to helping others live their happiest and healthiest lives possible as a Wellness Coach, Alisha knew that becoming a certified yoga teacher was the next natural step for helping others reach their best selves. Her teaching style reflects the way she lives her life: by combining yoga and wellness coaching concepts she ensures that her students leave a class feeling empowered, inspired, and with a positive frame of mind. Alisha is also Reiki II certified. 
  • My teaching style is: Upbeat and challenging, yet relaxed and encouraging. I want my students to leave a class feeling open, rejuvenated, and with a sense of accomplishment that they just found their edge and tried something new.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: You're going to make me choose? Okay, I pick dancer ...or pigeon! (Can't pick just one!) I love feeing graceful, yet powerful in dancer and there is no better hip opener than pigeon.


  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Not being my true authentic self. It's helped open my eyes to my own strengths and potential and challenged me to work through my self-doubt. The more I practice, the more confidence I have on and off the mat.


  • My favorite music to practice to is: Depends upon my mood. But it's generally either indie or reggae- anything that is chill, yet uplifting!


  • I love my: Hair! Having a mom who is a professional hair stylist probably has something to do with it.


  • You must try this healthy snack: Dates filled with raw almond butter and a sprinkle of shredded unsweetened coconut flakes. Sooooooo good! (Shameless plug- check out my site, for lots of healthy recipes!)


  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Namaste because of how universal and loving it is. Many people have heard of it before (who are new to yoga or haven't tried it before) and when learning that it means it's acknowledging the beauty in both me and you, it becomes very special. Namaste!


  • My advice for beginning yogis is:  Just do you. Don't worry about not being able to do a certain pose or that you will know what to do. The fact that you are showing up to your mat and putting yourself out there is such an incredible first step. Every time you practice you are growing and getting better. Enjoy the journey!


  • I’m most grateful for: My health and family. Health is truly the greatest wealth there is and the most important thing to me in my life is my family.


  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: Budapest, Hungary!


  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Tara Stiles because I think she's really down to earth, a revolutionary yogi, and super inspirational.


  • My one wish for the world is: For everyone to truly experience healthy, happy and satisfying lives.

Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)

Pattie Wagner, E-RYT 200 and YACEP®, took yoga when she was four years old with her flower child mom. Yoga found her again when she had her second son and needed a release from a demanding career in a foreign city. Over 16 years, she has practiced a broad variety of yoga styles including Power, Bikram, Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Iyengar and "crappy work yoga" and infused them all into her teaching style (minus the crappy parts, of course). She is E-RYT 200, Thai Massage Yoga and Reiki Level II certified and is the process of completing her RYT 500.  

  • My teaching style is: Very hands on, fun, upbeat and spiritual. I love assisting my students, so be prepared for adjustments, neck rubs and guidance.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Padahastasana! I love the release that Gorilla pose provides.  It’s a simple forward fold that is accessible to all levels of yogis. It also calms the mind, helps with digestion and improves circulation in your hands and wrists. It’s great for people who work on computers all day long.
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Wow, so much. I began practicing when my 2nd son was born to help with post-partum depression. From there, I fell in love! Anything is possible on a yoga mat.
  • My favorite music to practice to is: I love heavier music such as Florence & the Machine and the Black Keys for a power class. I get a lot of help from my sons who help keep my music cutting edge ... I love offering a brand new sound or unknown artist to my students, especially local CLE bands such as The Modern Electric. 
  • I love my: Eyes and hair. My eyes are hazel and can turn to a beautiful complex green/gold. My hair? I rarely blow it dry and (WHEN) I bother to style it, looks AMAZING.
  • My favorite goddess is: Akhilandeshvari. She is the “The Always Broken Goddess”.  Basically, she celebrates that we are always just a little broken, a little on the edge. This allows us to try something new and unfathomable in our lives and break away from our toxic routines or attachments. And she rides on a crocodile … how cool is that?!  There is a great article about her on Elephant Journal by JC Peters. Check it out!
  • You must try this healthy snack: Sprouted pumpkin seeds. I love their mealy texture.
  • My favorite Sanskrit phrase is: "Om Namah Shivaya". Chanting this mantra is incredibly powerful … be careful what you wish for!
  • My advice for beginning yogis: Focus on building the very basics of your practice. Your breath is everything and will guide you both physically and spiritually. Don’t worry about how flexible or strong you are … and don’t worry about the heat, Release has plenty of options! 
  • I’m most grateful for: My wonderful family who supported me when I took on the major life change of starting my own yoga studio. I may be crazy, but I’m loved!
  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: Tahiti in my personal hut by the water. Wait, that hasn’t happened yet!
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Adam Levine and Bradley Cooper. Brad (he lets me call him Brad) and I would practice at the back of the room and giggle at Adam showing off.  But when Brad wasn't looking I would be completely gawking at Adam :-)
  • I want to take my yoga to the next level by: Assisting all of the fabulous Release teachers and students in reaching their full potential.  
  • My heroes are: Anita Roddick (founder of The Body Shop), Maxine Clark (founder of Build a Bear) and Oprah (founder of everything). They each built profitable businesses from the core of their passions, took immense risks, and focused on giving back to their employees and communities. And they did it with kindness, compassion, fun and profitability. That’s the way business should be!
  • My one wish for the world is: Be kind. Be grateful. Be forgiving.
As summer shifts into fall, it is important to stay balanced energetically.  Learn about the magical energy of chakras and how we have the power to heal and nourish ourselves (and others).

Chakras are energy centers that we all have in our bodies. Physical, mental, emotional, psychological and environmental changes can cause these energy stores to become depleted and/or blocked. The ancient art of Reiki can help refill these ‘energy gas tanks’ and remove any blockages that might be preventing well-being.

Together we will explore these topics and prepare for the Fall Equinox (Sunday, September 23rd). Class includes gentle yoga movements centered around the 7 main chakras. Please bring or plan to rent a mat.


$5 Private Reiki Session Credit is good for purchases made on day of workshop.  Private session must be scheduled within 12 months of purchase.

Class is open to all and eligible for 1.5 RYT CEUs.  A minimum of 5 paid pre-enrollments 36 hours in advance is required to hold this workshop.