First Fridays - Free Yoga for Addiction Recovery


This class is taught by:

Amy Pablo

Amy started her yoga journey at Release Yoga over 3 years ago. She was looking for a good “workout” but
found so much more.  She recently graduated teacher training from Release and is a mother of 3 
beautiful girls. 
 
  • My teaching style is: Warm, loving and about self-exploration. Yoga is about the connection with yourself through yourself.


  • My favorite yoga pose is: Tadasana- Mountain Pose.  This pose allows me to connect and engage every part of my body and mind.


  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Low self-confidence and self worth. My yoga practice has allowed me to connect with my true self and has given me the tools to love and accept myself.


  • I love my eyes because they allow me to see the beauty in the world.

     
  • My favorite goddess is Parvati, Goddess of love and devotion because love is all you need!

     
  • You must try this healthy snack: Vanilla protein shake with banana and spinach.


  • My favorite Sanskrit phrase is Atma Prema – unconditional self-love because it reminds me to love the light in others and myself.


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Be kind to yourself. Yoga is about the journey not a destination to the poses. It is your journey not anyone else’s.


  • I’m most grateful for: Finding Yoga! It really has changed my life!


  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: The beach at sunrise.


  • I am excited to take my yoga practice to the next level because I learn something new every time I come to my mat.


  • My heroes are: My 3 girls. They remind me every day to be present, loving and kind. 


  • My one wish for the world is: for all to be kind. Be kind to others, the planet, and animals and most important to THEMSELVES.

Yoga Dave Ajamie (E-RYT 200 / YACEP)


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.

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.
Our monthly class tailored to those in substance abuse recovery (and for the people that love them).
 
Friends, family are welcomed and the cost is *FREE!*. Donations encouraged with proceeds going to the Interval Brotherhood Home (IBH).
 
Want more info on our work with recovery yoga? http://releaseyoga.liveeditaurora.com/release-grows-roots
This is always a lively, soul stirring class. See you there!

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Nov 02 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Amy Pablo
  • Fri Dec 07 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Yoga Dave Ajamie (E-RYT 200 / YACEP)
  • Fri Jan 04 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)
  • Fri Jan 11 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)
  • Fri Jan 18 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)
  • Fri Jan 25 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)
  • Fri Feb 01 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)
  • Fri Feb 08 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)
  • Fri Feb 15 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)