Candlelight Restorative

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.

Michelle Murray

Michelle is always always buzzing around with tons of energy. By day she is a marketing/advertising Project Manager. In her free time she enjoy being with my family and friends, as well as staying active by practicing yoga, distance running, hiking and golfing.

  • My teaching style is: Inclusive...I want everyone to feel welcome in my classes.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Supta Bhada Konasana -- It truly makes me feel open and relaxed.

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: anxiety and boost my self-confidence.

  • I love my arms because: they keep my stable and help me open my heart.

  • You must try this healthy snack: greek yogurt with almond butter and granola.

  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Namaste because: I bow with gratitude to all of the amazing people around me everyday.

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: be gentle with yourself -- mind, body, and spirit. Somedays are easier than other for yogis at any level.

  • I’m most grateful for: or the support of my family and friends, without them I don’t know where I would be.

  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: Scottsdale, AZ surrounded by mountains.

  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be Betty White because: I think she’s be a hoot to do yoga with and she more than likely has so much knowledge to share.

  • I’m excited to take my yoga to the next level because: I want to help change people’s life with yoga like it changed mine.

  • My heroes are: my grandma, mom and sister. The toughest women I have ever met. If I can live to be half of what they are I will consider that a success.

  • My one wish for the world is: for everyone to have more compassion and understanding. You never know what the person next to you is going through and a simple smile or hello could totally change their day.


Lit by candles, Our Restorative Yoga is a practice of stillness and ease. We'll use blocks, bolsters, blankets to relax deeply into restorative yoga postures. This style of yoga is an ideal complement to its more fiery counterpart: Power Yoga. Relieve stress, melt away tension, and calm your nervous system with this deeply healing practice.
Temperature: 78°-82°

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Dec 17 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
  • Wed Dec 20 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michelle Murray
  • Wed Dec 27 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm with Michelle Murray