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.

Nikki Cvammen

Nikki is attends Kent State Stark and is studying Music Technology and Audio Recording. She loves to sing, compose music, teach yoga, do art and eat!. The number one thing on her bucket list is to visit and camp under the Northern Lights.
  • My favorite yoga pose is: Tripod.


  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Stress and self-consciousness


  • I love my heart because it is my center and helps me make new relationships.


  • My favorite goddess is Athena she is the symbol for wisdom and strength, which I find very important in my life.


  • You must try this healthy snack: celery juice, you put celery stalks in a blender and drink the juice. It’s a fun twist to eating a healthy snack and it's very refreshing.


  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Bhakti because its root word is “bhai” which means to love and worship God. I love this word because it reminds me that I can worship the Lord along with doing my practice.


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Breathe, it's the most important part of everything we do.


  • I’m most grateful for: My family and opportunities I have been blessed with.


  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: In the middle of a river on a huge rock! Frightening, but also exhilarating. 


  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be Michael Scott.
  • I’m ecstatic to take my yoga to the next level because: I cannot wait to succeed at positions that I cannot get currently and I just love doing yoga, it's a part of my life now.



  • My heroes are: God and my mom.


  • My one wish for the world is: Appreciate the little things and the natural bliss of the Earth.

Elyza Morckel

During Elyza's four years in high school, she has done synchronized swimming for our Catalina Club. Throughout the summer months (2015-2016-2017), she was a synchronized swim coach at two different clubs in West Akron and Fairlawn. She has been dancing for the last 11 years at her dance studio in Green and has studied dance at two visual and performing arts schools (total of 9 years of studies).
In the fall 2017 she will begin studying at KSU as a dance major. Elyza loves going out on the town and doing exciting things with friends and family.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Dancer.
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Stress.
  • I love my feet because they take me everywhere and keep me grounded.
  • My favorite goddess is Athena because she is known for her wisdom.
  • You must try this healthy snack: Kale chips.
  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Satyai represents truth and honesty -- I always try to be honest in life, in everything I do.


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Don’t be afraid to touch your toes and just keep doing yoga, don’t stop.


  • I’m most grateful for: The people in my life and their faith and strength in the Lord.


  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: The beach -- I highly recommend it!


  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be Legolas from Lord of the Rings because he is the coolest fictional character known to the world.


  • I’m excited to teach because I have always had a love for yoga.


  • My heroes are: Family, Friends and Thor.


  • My one wish for the world is: World peace, no more wars.

Kaysey Newbold

Kaysey, mother of three, fell in love with barre after watching it tone and transform her own body. She has always had a desire to stay in shape and has explored many different avenues in fitness, cardio being her go to. She has been in the beauty industry as an advanced esthetician since 2009 and has some nutritional education as well. Release Yoga gives her an opportunity to use her experience to support others to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

  • My teaching style is described as: intense and fun.

  • My favorite barre exercise is: a Plie’ in 2nd position.

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: patience.

  • I love my butt because no matter how far it falls, I can always lift it back up!

  • My favorite goddess is: Aphrodite

  • You must try: coconut water and bananas to help with cramps from your barre workout.

  • My favorite Sanskrit word is Advaita (one reality), because sometimes in life it is what it is.

  • My advice for beginning barre is: to take an intro class or modify every move.

  • I am most grateful for: the needs met in my life and the simple moments of happiness.

  • My heroes are: my children.

  • My one wish for the world is: that we all can see from one another’s perspective.
Take your barre to the next level. This class will still cover the basics of proper alignment, positions, props and terminology but will step up the challenge a little bit with added options and modifications to suit any level of student. Please bring along your yoga mat (or plan to rent one of ours).
Temperature: 72-73°

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Aug 18 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
  • Sun Aug 19 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Elyse Morckel
  • Mon Aug 20 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm with Elyse Morckel
  • Wed Aug 22 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Nikki Cvammen
  • Fri Aug 24 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Elyza Morckel
  • Sat Aug 25 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyza Morckel
  • Sun Aug 26 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Elyse Morckel
  • Mon Aug 27 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm with Elyse Morckel
  • Wed Aug 29 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Kaysey Newbold
  • Fri Aug 31 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Elyza Morckel
  • Sat Sep 01 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elyza Morckel
  • Sun Sep 02 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Elyse Morckel