Warm Beginners

This class is taught by:

Deborah Saley

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.

Piper Sereno

Piper started her yoga journey only a few months ago when she first walked into Release. Already, she has fallen in love with it and wants to one day become a yoga instructor. Piper is a student at Jackson High School and is involved in the making of Release's community garden.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Cobra.
  • My favorite music to practice to is: Anything calm and low key. 


  • I love my: Hair.  It's fun and it's different. It makes me, me. 


  • You must try this healthy snack: Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings."  A great healthy alternative to chicken wings!


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Well, I'm still a beginner myself, but I would say don't get frustrated if you can't perfect a pose right away. It takes practice! 


  • I’m most grateful for: My amazing family. 


  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Florence Welch because she might sing the whole time and it would be so peaceful to practice to her voice. I have no idea if she does yoga ... if not, we'd be beginners together!


  • My heroes are: My big brother and my grandparents, as well as my parents of course. They have always been there to make me smile and help me grow.


  • My one wish for the world is: Health. 

Tonya Harriman-Fowler

Tonya Harriman-Fowler has been a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and a esthetician for the past 16 years. She feels that taking care of the body as a whole is the best approach. Yoga feeds her body and mind and she opes to make it a bigger part of her life.
  • I Got Into Massage Because: I enjoyed receiving massages myself and was very aware of the therapeutic benefits. Massage is a great stress reducer as well as an all over better health influence. I wanted to share this experience with others while educating clients as to the benefits of massage. Touch is key. Every person should incorporate massage into their lives. It is a necessity, not a luxury.


  • Yoga and Massage Has: Helped me live in the now, reduce stress and discomfort, increase flexibility and be more aware how important my health is.


  • My Favorite Music is: THE 80’S!!!


  • I Love My: Hands because of the relief, pleasure, and comfort they can provide to others. I also love my 3 4-legged children; Boozoo, Bear, and Binky.


  • My Advice for a Beginning Yogi or Massage Client is:Just do it! Quit talking about trying it and just walk in or call to schedule. I drove past the Release studio for almost a year telling myself I would stop in one of these days…so glad I did! Wished I hadn’t waited so long. Release is a great place to be a part of and great people work here!


  • I Am Most Grateful For: My SUPER supportive husband David.


  • My Healthy Snack: KIND bars for something sweet. I have one in my purse and tote bag at all times.


  • My Heros Are: My clients!


  • My Wish For the World: More respect and education for animal advocacy.

Yoga Dave Ajamie

Dave Ajamie attended his first yoga class at IBH (where he currently works) 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: Traditional yoga music. Artists such as Krishna Das.
  • I love my head: Because it’s bald and shiny!
  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Namaste, because it acknowledges the beauty in all of us.
  • You must try this healthy snack: Kind bars, varieties of all kinds. 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: Baron Baptiste. His books and practice are inspiring!
  • 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.

Christa Dillon

Christa began her practice with an open mind, dedicating 30 days to try this “hippie yoga thing.” After her first class, she was hooked. At first, the physical challenge was what kept her coming back, but slowly she began to fall in love with all aspects and discover parts of herself she never saw before. Her passion led her to enroll in teacher training, and she hopes to guide others in their journey on and off their mats.
  • My teaching style is: Evolving. As I learn and grow, the way I teach begins to reflect my own practice. The one thing that won’t change is how I want my students to feel in my class. I want my class to feel like home, regardless of if it is day 1 or day 100, knowing they’re completely accepted for who they are and where they’re at.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Headstand because it was quite the journey to finally get into the pose and every time I enter the pose I feel incredibly grateful.

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: An unhealthy view of my body. I used to search for what could help me achieve the ‘perfect’ body and began yoga for the workout aspect. And in that process, yoga slowly began to transform the way I interact with my body and mind. And now I’m proud to accept my body where it’s at now. I love my: collarbones, because they are an expression of my femininity and a reminder to keep an open heart.

  • My favorite deity is: Jesus, because He calls us to love in such a powerful way.

  • You must try this healthy snack: Almond butter. On a banana, in a pita, add it to a smoothie, straight out of the jar… no shame.

  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is: Ahimsa (nonviolence) because I aspire to have my life molded by that ethical principle.

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: “Practice and all is coming” meaning keep showing up to your mat, even if you’re sore/frustrated/tired because you’ll see growth in so many aspects of your life. Don’t rush the process.

  • I’m most grateful for: My incredibly supportive family and friends.

  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: San Francisco (my favorite city!)

  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be: Adam Levine. Let’s be honest…

  • I’m encouraged to take my yoga to the next level because: There is always something to learn, ways to grow, and goals to reach. Yoga is a never ending journey, which is what makes it so beautiful.

  • My heroes are: The people all over the world that are igniting change and social progress.

  • My one wish for the world is: For curiosity to replace fear. We are all so fearful of things we do not know, and fear is crippling, violent, and all-consuming. If we are curious instead, we have an open mind and heart – with that, anything is possible.




Tiffany Luc

Tiffany originally came to her mat to help her overcome post-partum depression and anxiety - it worked, and so much more! Since then, she has found her individual identity and a deep passion to help others so she enrolled in teacher training and is now a RYT-200. Her favorite quote is "Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out alive" and strives to create a fun yet empowering environment for her students while they are on their mat so they can carry that with them when they leave.

  • My teaching style is: Fun, inspiring and empowering. I want my students to leave knowing they are enough and be proud of themselves.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Half Moon. I always feel so open and strong in this pose!

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: My loss of self as well as depression and anxiety. Yoga has proved to me that I can still be Tiff as well as mom, wife, friend, etc. There is something so powerful about taking the time out for yourself!

  • I love my: FEET! What can I say? They carry me through life with strength but also sometimes trip me up to make sure I am paying attention!

  • My favorite Deity or god/goddess is: Ganesha! Remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, what's not to love?

  • You must try this healthy snack: Apples dipped in peanut butter that has been mixed with cinnamon oil and granola

  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Ahimsa, nonviolence. I apply this to my life in so many ways. We must learn to be non-violent with others as well as ourselves. I believe this is the road we must travel to true contentment.

  • My advice for beginning yogis: Approach yoga with a light heart and an open mind. You will fall, you will step out of your comfort zone, but you will grow as yoga does it's work on you! Go with it and stay grateful in the journey!

  • I'm most grateful for: My family for their unwavering support and encouragement.
    Most exotic place I've practiced: Cancun, Mexico

  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be: Bryan Kest (again!) He is such an inspiring person all around!

  • I am excited to take yoga to the next level because I am working towards completing my RYT-200 as well as discover pre-natal and post-natal yoga first hand and I cannot wait to share my knowledge!

  • My heroes are: First time yogis. You made it to your mat, and that is inspiring to me!

  • My one wish for the world is: To be kind to one another - you never know the other person's story.
Our Warm Beginner's class offers all the same benefits of our "Beginner's Basics" with some sweet gentle heat to help you ease into your postures. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue May 30 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Victoria Hess
    at Release - North Canton
  • Tue May 30 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Deborah Saley
    at Release - Green
  • Wed May 31 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Tiffany Purtell
    at Release - North Canton
  • Wed May 31 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Piper Sereno
    at Release - North Canton
  • Thu Jun 01 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler
    at Release - North Canton
  • Thu Jun 01 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Yoga Dave Ajamie
    at Release - Green
  • Fri Jun 02 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Tonya Harriman-Fowler
    at Release - Green
  • Sat Jun 03 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Christa Dillon
    at Release - North Canton
  • Sat Jun 03 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Tiffany Luc
    at Release - Green