Namastizzle


This class is taught by:

Nate Jackson

Nate completed his 200 hour teacher training and has been teaching yoga for almost a year and practicing for over 5. He sees yoga as a playground for communal healing and challenging growth. When he’s not teaching yoga, Nate works in middle school based mental health with a local nonprofit. He can also occasionally be spotted Heely-ing through the streets of Cleveland.


My teaching style is: down-to-earth and physically innovative (integrated strength and mobility work).

 

My favorite yoga pose is: locust so I can pretend to be a jet (and maybe challenge some ujjayi breathing).

 

Yoga has helped me overcome: neck pain and body shame.

 

You must try this healthy snack: Krave Jerky it's healthy and unconventional flavors of various dehydrated meats.

 

My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Namaste because I’m basic AF, but seriously because it truly is a lifestyle of appreciating the imago dei (image of God) in everyone.

 

My advice for beginning yogis is: start with your breath. Master your ujjayi (ocean breath)… google it, study it, practice it at least 5 minutes every day for your first month. It affects everything.

 

I’m most grateful for: 8 awesome niblings (nephews and nieces).

 

The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: in my mind… it gets crazy up there.

 

If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be with my beautiful sister, Tricia, because she introduced me to both yoga and a deep well of grace and compassion.

 

My heroes are: Aladdin and Abu.

 

My one wish for the world is: for compassion to become more contagious and invade areas of personal and systemic suffering.

Maddy Ritenour

Maddy recently graduated from Kent State University with her BS in community health education. She hopes to find a career helping others find their own balance in health and wellness through yoga and education. She first began practicing yoga at Release and fell in love with it immediately. She is a huge animal lover and loves to learn and try new things.

  • My favorite pose is: child’s pose because it is a place of rest in my practice that I know I can come back to my breath in.

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: my struggles with anxiety and stress, and learning to appreciate my body.

  • I love my arms because: I continue to see them get stronger through different asanas that I once couldn’t do.

  • My favorite deity is Ganesha because: he represents knowledge and all of his physical features represent so many important characteristics we should live by.

  • You must try this healthy snack: Air “fried” potato or zucchini fries sprinkled with a little bit of Old Bay seasoning - it’s the best!

  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is drishti because: it means to focus or concentrate, and it serves as a reminder to set your focus ahead of you and continue to concentrate both in a yoga class or in life.

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Don’t focus on the other people in the room. You will get so much more out of your practice if you focus on yourself. I promise nobody is looking at you!

  • I’m most grateful for: My amazing family and friends that always support me.

  • My hero is: my mom. She is the strongest, most selfless & loving person I know & my best friend all in one!

  • My one wish for the world is: that we can live in harmony with animals, each other & the Earth without harming one another.
Have fun with a combination of hip hop beats and classic vinyasa flow sequences that make for an intense and challenging experience. This is a high intensity class that combines strength, creativity and raw self-expression, in the music and practice alike. Full on rap music (yep, there will be swears), twerks, and fun. Don't bring the kiddos to this one gang!
Temperature: 90°

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nate Jackson
  • Mon Aug 27 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nate Jackson
  • Mon Sep 03 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nate Jackson
  • Sat Sep 08 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Mon Sep 10 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nate Jackson
  • Sat Sep 15 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Mon Sep 17 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nate Jackson
  • Sat Sep 22 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Mon Sep 24 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nate Jackson
  • Sat Sep 29 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Maddy Ritenour
  • Mon Oct 01 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nate Jackson