Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga - $36

This class is taught by:

Yoga Dave Ajamie

Dave Ajamie attended his first yoga class at while working at IBH in 2013. It was a perfect fit for him! He loves helping people on and off their mat, so much so, that he's affectionately been nicknamed "Yoga Dave."

  • My teaching style is: Peaceful and powerful. I love the inner peace and outer strength that your mat can bring you!
  • My favorite yoga pose is: Vrkasana (tree pose). With all its variations, it’s a perfect combination of peace and strength.
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: The chaos of life. Coming to my mat always brings me back in harmony with what is good in life.
  • My favorite music to practice to is: Anything upbeat with positive energy!
  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Namaste, because it acknowledges the beauty in all of us.
  • You must try this healthy snack: Kale chips. They’re good for you, but more importantly, they’re delicious!
  • My advice for beginning yogis is: KNOW that every moment you are Trying to get better, YOU are Already getting better in Anything you do!
  • I’m most grateful for: Love of all forms. Connecting with other people and sharing love is life’s purpose.
  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: On a standup paddleboard, it’s a great experience!
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Tao Porchon Lynch! I have been honored to have accomplished this! She is absolutely amazing and an inspiration to us all!
  • I’m inspired to take my yoga to the next level: Every time I get on my mat. There’s always something that inspires me from my mat.
  • My heroes are: Anyone who takes time and help people before anything else they had to do.
  • My one wish for the world is: That we would all just love one another and treat each other accordingly.

Serenity Messner

Serenity's yoga journey began about six years ago as a way to supplement her workout routine. She found so much positive change and growth through her yoga practice that deepening her journey and sharing yoga with others was a must! She is a recently certified 200 RYT and loves to go anywhere and everywhere to take yoga workshops! She has taken workshops with Bryan Kest, Dylan Werner, and Kino MacGregor, and hopes to continue to travel and learn from teachers all over. Serenity believes that combining the physical movement with a steady intentional breath and calm mind is a recipe for excellent self care and a joyful life.

  • My teaching style is: Creative and spiritual. I aim to create a space where people can tune into their bodies and freely explore. I hope that people leave feeling amazing and maybe learned something new about themselves in the process.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Dekasana (airplane pose)! I really used to dislike one-legged balancing poses. They can be so challenging! I’ve grown to love airplane because of the amount of engagement and opening I feel throughout my body. I am soaring strong with my heart leading the way.

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Anxiety and reactiveness. My whole perspective changed when I finally realized what it meant to take my yoga “off of the mat” – finding acceptance, breath, and trust when I find myself at my edge with daily frustrations, relationships, and everything in between!

  • I love my arms because: They make me feel both strong and at ease. I grow strong in my body through my physical yoga practice and soften when I can open my arms and receive all that is coming.

  • My favorite deity or god/goddess is Krishna because: He stands for joy and destroys pain. He was born to establish the religion of love!

  • You must try this healthy snack: Apples and almond butter. Yum!

  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is ‘prapatti‘ because: It means “surrender.” I find that often when I am struggling or frustrated with something, it is rooted in resistance. Surrendering allows us to learn from what the situation is offering rather than being clouded by resistance, stubbornness, ignorance, etc. 

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Begin! Yoga only requires that you show up and tune into your body. It is an ongoing journey, which is amazing because you never have to “arrive” anywhere. You can just learn and grow and be. If you have the willingness to start, you are a warrior! Enjoy the process.

  • I’m most grateful for: My family. I consider everyone in my life to be part of my family. People who are there to support and love you in all of the big and small ways. I am grateful to have those people to make life more vibrant.

  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: Cancun, Mexico!

  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be Rachel Brathen because: She has such an honest and relatable story, and that sort of rawness is engaging to me. Yoga has helped her heal through some of life’s toughest challenges, and I think it would be impactful to practice with someone who is really honest with who she is and where she’s been.

  • I’m excited to take my yoga to the next level because: I dig a little deeper and learn a little more about myself each time I get on my mat. Doing something great for my body, mind, and spirit is the greatest form of multitasking there is!

  • My heroes are: Anyone fighting to create more peace in our increasingly destructive world.

  • My one wish for the world is: Be less violent and love each other more. I wish that people would stop acting as if we are all so different. When we can look at someone else and see ourselves, we can stop the violence.


Sarah Maloney

Sarah Maloney has been practicing yoga for 13 years and teaching for four years. She began teaching yoga at her CrossFit gym, while earning her RYT 200 certification at The Yoga Place. Sarah enjoys teaching all levels of yoga, but is drawn to leading those just entering their yoga journey, through beginner's classes.

  • My teaching style is: Traditional, relaxed, encouraging and therapeutic. I want my students to really experience and feel the poses to better understand their own bodies. I love when my students find relief through their practice and leave my class feeling rejuvenated, with a calmer state of mind.
  • My favorite yoga pose is: Crow because it is fun, challenging and beautiful all at the same time.
  • Yoga has helped me overcome:  My need to always be in control. I am more able to let go and see the fun in life!
  • My favorite music to practice to is: It really all depends on my mood, and the type of practice. I love practicing to indie, rock, some oldies, classical, and traditional chant/meditative sounds.
  • I love my: Butt! Yes, I said it, my big bubble butt. I used to be embarrassed and ashamed of it, but have learned to love my curves!
  • My favorite Deity or Goddess is: Hanuman because he is the provider of hope and courage, as well as a symbol of physical strength and perseverance to leap past your obstacles and achieve outstanding success.
  • You must try this healthy snack: There are too many to name! I love baking! I have a killer recipe for paleo sweet potato brownies, vegan gluten free brownies, and chickpea blondies. Healthy alternatives are a must for someone with a sweet tooth like me.
  • My favorite sanskirt word is: Ananda which means "bliss." 
  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Don't give up! Yoga isn't about how physically flexible you are! It's about learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. The possibilities for your practice to grow and evolve are endless.
  • I'm most grateful for: So many things, but most importantly, my family. I've been so blessed to grow up in such a loving home with support from both my immediate and extended family.
  • The most exotic place that I've practiced yoga is:  On top of a 14,000 foot mountain after hiking for hours to reach the top.
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Adam Levine! He's my ultimate celebrity/yogi crush!
  • My heroes are: My parents. They have shown me it's possible to work through any of life's difficulties, and come out stronger than you were before.
  • My one wish for the world is: Positivity! If we could all just focus on the things we do have, instead of what we are lacking, we could be just a little bit happier.

Casandra Rose

For Casandra, yoga is not just for a certain size or certain kind of body, she believes it is for everybody and every BODY. She is a newly minted 200 RYT with Yoga Alliance as well as a member of the PSUPA (Professional Stand Up Paddle Association). She aims to give a powerful, fun & funky vinyasa style yoga class, driven by music, powered by breath, that will leave you rejuvenated, revitalized, and ready to take on the world!
  • My teaching style is: Fun and Funky. I like for the sweat to sneak up on you.
  • My favorite yoga pose is: I’m just here for the savasana… ;)
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Fear. Anxiety. Insecurities.
  • My favorite music to practice to is: ANYthing and EVERYthing.
  • I love my: Vissuddha (throat chakra) just kidding, but seriously. My throat/collarbone, gives me strength in lots of ways. In communication. In singing. In self-expression. In my femininity.
  • You must try this healthy snack: Im obsessed with Cauliflower Fried Rice!
  • My favorite deity or goddess is: Saraswati, goddess of music, knowledge, and wisdom. She dispels ignorance and unhappiness and is rooted in the supreme reality.
  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Oh but I have two! ‘Camatkarasana’ (aka Wild Thing) which means “the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart.” And ‘Om Sat Nam’ – I AM! I exist. I am real. I am truth. I am my authentic self and united to the divine.
  • My advice for beginning yogis is: “Can’t never could…” you’ll never know unless you do it. Let go of fear, because that is only thing weighing you down. “Canning is only for fruits and vegetables.”
  • I’m most grateful for: My practice! It changed my life, if not saved it!
  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: The Helipad at the local hospital in Canton.
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Meghan Currie. She’s so smooth, like buttah. (and baby blue Krishna LOVED buttah!)
  • I'm excited to take my practice to the next level: And complete my SUP certification this summer. I just love learning in general, which I find constantly helps me to grow as a human being and in my practice as well.
  • My heroes are: The pay it forward people, the faithful people, the broken people that keep on keeping on. Everyday people that shine and lift others in the process.
  • My one wish for the world is: Laughter. Ridiculous joy. You just can’t be angry when you’re laughing.

Sara Bowman

Sara initially came to her mat strictly for the physical benefits, which of course she found. But more importantly she found mental and spiritual benefits through what became a very committed practice. Through her yoga practice, Sara has learned more about herself during the past 2 years of practice than she has during the previous 27 years just living life. Yoga has helped her de-stress, reduce anxiety, stay present and find true joy in day-to-day life.

  • My teaching style is: Empowering and educational. I like to teach one ‘outside the box’ thing per class, whether it be an arm balance, prop usage or proper asana alignment in a common pose. Yoga is a journey, and even the most advanced yogi is forever learning and growing!


  • My favorite yoga pose is: Half Pigeon (yes, I’m serious!). This asana has shown me that through breathe and mental stillness, we can find peace and release in even the most challenging moments. Half Pigeon has grown from my least favorite to my most favorite asana, and I now find total relaxation in it!


  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Stress and anxiety. I wasn’t able to filter rationally through my thoughts when challenging situations presented themselves…plus I was taking on more than my fair share. After I began my regular yoga and meditation practice, things fell back into place. I had freed up space in my mind to allow for problem-solving, plus I learned to let myself to say ‘no’ once in a while!


  • I love my: Wrists, because it’s inspiring to see something so small supporting so much (in inversions and arm balances.) The small may also be the mighty!


  • My favorite goddess is: Kali, the Hindu goddess of time, change and empowerment. Kali was created by Durga to slay the demon Raktabija, whose blood would spring forth a clone of himself each time a drop hit the ground. Kali slayed each incarnation of Raktabija by drinking in his blood as it fell, preventing anymore clones from manifesting. Albeit a violent story, the message it coveys is powerful…we must take in the challenges we face if wish to conquer them and become stronger. Only then can we truly grow and transform.


  • You must try this healthy snack: Buffalo roasted cauliflower…so yummy, and with a kick!


  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Ananda, meaning bliss and true joy. If we reflect on nothing else at the end of our lives, I believe we will all remember whether or not we lived a happy and joyful life. For this reason, ananda will always be at the top of my priorities…if it doesn’t make you happy, it’s not worth it!


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Listen to yourself and your body…only you know where you should be in an asana…and Breathe!


  • I’m most grateful for: My ability and willingness to pursue my passions and allow myself to be happy.


  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: In the stillness of my own mind. That might sound odd, but it’s so rare that I achieve a truly quite mind in my practice that I can’t imagine a more exotic place!


  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Anyone who has been through the struggles of living life and is ready to allow themselves to find peace. Sharing a practice and energy with that person could strongly influence the next steps in their journey, and I would love to be with them during their first steps towards healing and happiness.


  • I'm inspired to take my yoga to the next level because: Each time I explore a new area of this practice, I learn more about myself and become more connected and present.


  • My heroes are: Anyone brave enough to be their true authentic self in such a critical world. It’s so important to stay true to yourself, which should be so easy…but it takes much more courage than it gets credit for!


  • My one wish for the world is: True joy and happiness. There is no better feeling than being happy and content with ourselves and what we have in our lives.

Deborah Saley

Deborah Saley is a RYT 200 yoga instructor and Level 1 Reiki practitioner, the training for which she completed at Release Yoga. As a licensed professional counselor who specializes in trauma treatment, addition recovery and self-actualization, she believes yoga practice, both meditative and physical, is the most beneficial and responsible way for one to care for their mind, body and soul. Deb’s teaching style is both challenging and loving, and she hopes her students will leave class feeling stronger and more joyful about life.

  • My teaching style is: Challenging, but loving and fun and informative with a focus on form and energy.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Anything that brings me to my edge. It was Utkatasana (Chair Pose) but lately it has been Running Man!

  • My favorite music to practice to is: Whatever fits my mood for the day. It could be the Black Keys, Florence and the Machine or Krishna Das.

  • I love my: Hands! They are warm with power and energy.

  • You must try this healthy snack: Diced avocado sprinkled with cayenne and lime juice.

  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Mandala. Simply translated it means “circle” but the deeper meaning is universal connectivity of all parts into a greater whole.

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Close your eyes, breathe and connect with the sensations in your body…that’s yoga.

  • I’m most grateful for: Being born as a tiny, gooey, little human!

  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: Destin, Florida.
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be: Inmates, the homeless, and other under privileged individuals that deserve to share in the benefits of yoga.
  • I'm inspired to take my yoga to the level: By sharing it with others that they can set themselves free and find bliss.

  • My one wish for the world is: Quiet stillness.

Pattie Wagner

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.
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga will add a bit more challenge and adventure to your yoga practice ... photo ops, laughter and splashes included!

Class kicks off with board safety, followed by a 60 minute yoga class ... ever taken savasana on the lake gazing at the clouds? Join us at the Turkeyfoot Lake Beach (5031 Manchester Road, Akron, OH 44319) in the Portage Lakes State Park.

Enter the park and drive all the way to the back (towards the beach). Park and head down the hill to the right ... you will see your board waiting for you.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before class.

Prior yoga experience is encouraged for all SUP classes.

Other Important Details:
• Classes are limited and will sell out.
• Students must register & pay at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee your spot.
• Dress in yoga clothing or a bathing suit.
• Bring a towel with you in case you fall in!

Portage Lakes State Park is located at:
5031 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319


Please note: A minimum of 4 participants is required to hold this class. If the 4 person minimum has not been met 24 hours in advance, the class will be cancelled. Please help us honor this policy by signing up at least 48 hours in advance.