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 14 years, she has practiced a broad variety of yoga styles including Power, Bikram, Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative, Iyengar and "crappy work yoga" and infused them all into her teaching style (minus the crappy parts, of course). She is E-RYT 200 and Reiki Level II certified and hopes to complete her RYT 500 in the near future.
- 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.
- 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.
Elyse is a a recent RYT 200 graduate from Release Yoga, and is a certified Buti Yoga instructor. She also teaches dance at Dianna Durkin Dance Studio. Elyse took her first yoga class in high school, but didn't find a deeper connection to the practice till later on. For Elyse yoga is a moving meditation that keeps her mind and body refreshed. She hopes to encourage students to never stop learning and exploring all that their bodies can inform them about each time they step onto their mat.
- My teaching style is: Always changing! I am always open to learn more from others and share that knowledge with students. I approach teaching with a light hearted attitude, as we are all learning and growing together.
- My favorite yoga pose is: Currently, it's a tie between Triangle and Warrior III. I love the strong sense of grounding and alignment I experience in Triangle, and it also a a great time to check back in with your breath. Many people build mental blocks around Warrior III, but it allows you to break those fears down, you confront your fear/self doubt and take flight with strength and confidence!
- Yoga has helped me overcome: Different insecurities and feelings of self doubt that I have carried for many years about myself. When I come to my mat I am reminded that I am capable of so much more than I realize!
For along time I had insecurities with my body, but now I am finally embracing it because it's here to stay!
- My favorite deity or god/goddess is Jesus because:
He lived his life in the service of others, always thinking of them before himself. He sought to help people not judge them for their problems, something more people should focus on.
- You must try this healthy snack: toss popcorn with salt & pepper, lime juice and a bit of Sriracha for some heat! Or keep it simple with an apple and your choice of nut butter!
- My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is... because: Om Namah Shivaya - which translates to “I bow to the inner Self”. Answers and knowledge can come from within you if you look close enough.
- My advice for beginning yogis is: Don't let yourself get caught up thinking the challenging/advanced poses are everything. Asanas are just a small part of what it means to be a yogi! Always remember your yoga journey is uniquely yours!
- I’m most grateful for: The support of my family. They have been a lifelong source of encouragement and unconditional love, and I would not be here without them.
- The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: THE BEACH!
- I’m ready to take my yoga to the next level because: I want to continue to open myself up to all potential happiness and joy that yoga holds for me and for those around me.
- My heroes are: Teachers (not just from my yoga experience) who gave me the courage to believe I was more than I perceived.
- My one wish for the world is: More love and understanding, less hate and aggression.
Tamera Anich, RYT 200, has been loving yoga for over 13 years and most values how it can offer something to everyone and allow everyone to take it at their own pace. She became a teacher so that she can share that revelation with others, having a great time helping her students discover their path.
My teaching style is: Evolving through my experience on the mat and what my students have to teach me.
My favorite yoga pose is: Triangle (trikonasana) because there is always something new to discover, adjust, experience and learn in the pose. It reminds me that there is no need for perfection to feel good! Yoga has helped me overcome: My sense that everything has to be just right and organized all the time. Sometimes things on the mat get very messy … and that's the day you're growing. I love my: Skin. It covers all of my body in such a nice way. And it’s smooth and creamy! My favorite goddess is: Durga because she embodies change and gettin 'er done! You must try this healthy snack: Frozen grapes ... so sweet and decadent, like nature's candy! My favorite sanskrit word is: Dharma. I find comfort in having a duty, a purpose that I serve during my existence. My advice for beginning yogis is: Be kind to yourself ... yoga is a never ending process, not a goal or finish line. I’m most grateful for: My family and my health - they're both such gifts! The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: My back yard, especially when the mosquitoes are in full swing! ; ) If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: My daughters because it's a great bonding opportunity, and something I can give them that costs nothing but means everything. I want to take my yoga to the next level by: I’m taking my good old time to take my yoga to the next level. Why rush that which you enjoy experiencing? My heroes are: Audrey Hepburn, my daughters, my husband and my parents. They have all had a hand in giving me something to aspire to in myself. My one wish for the world is: For everyone to experience as much gratitude as possible - it makes a huge difference!
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.