Barre


This class is taught by:

Elyse Morckel

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!


  • I love my... because:

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.


Elianae Stone

Elianae has been dancing for over 25 years, and practicing yoga for over 15. She is honored to be part of the Release Yoga family, and hope that dance and movement arts become a staple of many Yoga Centers in the future. Her classes are open to all, and are a great compliment to your yoga practice. It is always rewarding to try something new! Join her!

 

  • My teaching style is: Enthusiastic, positive….I like to show students they can do things they thought they weren’t capable of.


  • My favorite yoga pose is: Downward facing dog-great full body stretch!


  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Bad habits and take better care of myself, and also has helped me gain flexibility and longevity as a dancer and avoid injury.


  • I love my belly because: I love my belly becasue it is the part I am most self-conscious about, and through bellydance and core work I have been able to find ways to use it and make it stronger.


  • My favorite deity or god/goddess is..... because: I like examples of the compassionate, giving, motherly female archetype, such as Kwan Yin, Lakshmi, or the Virgin Mary. I like the gentler aspects of yin/yang personified, and the idea of a deity you could go to for help or comfort.


  • You must try this healthy snack: Peanut Oatmeal bars. Mix equal parts honey, peanut butter and oats together, then press into a pan and refrigerate. Cut into squares. They’re like no-bakes, clean and healthy, and awesome for energy between classes!


  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is... because: I’ll admit I don’t know alot of Sanskrit, but I love Mudras, and use them all the time in Bollywood class. ABHA is a name that means Light. I like Lightness of being a lot.


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: As a beginner in any discipline, including dance and yoga, you are in an exciting place. There are so many new things for you to learn! Trust your instructor-they are here for your growth. You found the right place at Release Yoga.


  • I’m most grateful for: A lifetime of dance and movement, and being able to share what I’ve learned with others.


  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: I have danced/ performed at weddings in fancy hotels such as the Duquesne in Pittsburgh, or on the rooftop garden terrace of the Canton Museum of Art.


  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be... because: Shiva Rae because she’s so down to earth and dances too!


  • I’m... to take my yoga to the next level because: I want to deepen my practice and use it as a compliment to my dance.


  • My heroes are: David Bowie


  • My one wish for the world is: That we could find peace and cultural tolerance and understanding.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Jul 29 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Jul 31 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Aug 05 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Aug 07 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Aug 12 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Aug 14 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Aug 19 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Aug 21 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Aug 26 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Aug 28 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Sep 02 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Sep 09 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Sep 11 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Sep 16 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Sep 18 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Sep 23 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Sep 25 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Sep 30 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - Green
  • Mon Oct 02 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm with Elianae Stone
    at Release - Green