Candlelight Restorative


This class is taught by:

Erika Anderson

Erika is our new Assistant Studio Manager. She has been practicing yoga with us for a little over a year. She has fallen in love with not only the physical changes that yoga has made in her life, but also the release from stress it brings her. With her 5 years of managerial experience, she will be a great addition to the team.
 

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Half Pigeon. Its such a great emotion release pose.

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Stress. I hold on to a ton of things that I shouldn't, and yoga has given me a sense of peace in my life.

  • I love my shoulders because: They are small and feminine, yet they are such a source of strength.

  • You must try this healthy snack: Any kind of veggies with red pepper hummus.

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: To just give it a try. It was so life changing for me, I truly believe everyone should give it a shot at least once.

  • I am most greatful for: My mom, she is such a strong independent person, and I wouldn't be who I am today without her.

  • The most exotic place I've practiced yoga is: My favorite city in the world, NYC!

  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be LeBron James because: He is a phenomenal athlete and is nice to look at as well!

  • My hero is: Beyonce. She is a powerful, intelligent woman who has built quite an empire for herself. 

  • My once wish for the world: Is for everyone to slow down. So much of our lives pass us by, and we don't soak it in.

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.


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.
 
 
 

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.
 

Pattie Wagner


Pattie Wagner, E-RYT 200 and YACEP®, took yoga when she was four years old with her flower child mom. Yoga found her again when she had her second son and needed a release from a demanding career in a foreign city. Over 14 years, she has practiced a broad variety of yoga styles including Power, Bikram, Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative, Iyengar and "crappy work yoga" and infused them all into her teaching style (minus the crappy parts, of course). She is E-RYT 200 and Reiki Level II certified and hopes to complete her RYT 500 in the near future.



  • My teaching style is: Very hands on, fun, upbeat and spiritual. I love assisting my students, so be prepared for adjustments, neck rubs and guidance.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Padahastasana! I love the release that Gorilla pose provides.  It’s a simple forward fold that is accessible to all levels of yogis. It also calms the mind, helps with digestion and improves circulation in your hands and wrists. It’s great for people who work on computers all day long.
 
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Wow, so much. I began practicing when my 2nd son was born to help with post-partum depression. From there, I fell in love! Anything is possible on a yoga mat.
 
  • My favorite music to practice to is: I love heavier music such as Florence & the Machine and the Black Keys for a power class. I get a lot of help from my sons who help keep my music cutting edge ... I love offering a brand new sound or unknown artist to my students, especially local CLE bands such as The Modern Electric. 
 
  • I love my: Eyes and hair. My eyes are hazel and can turn to a beautiful complex green/gold. My hair? I rarely blow it dry.
 
  • My favorite goddess is: Akhilandeshvari. She is the “The Always Broken Goddess”.  Basically, she celebrates that we are always just a little broken, a little on the edge. This allows us to try something new and unfathomable in our lives and break away from our toxic routines or attachments. And she rides on a crocodile … how cool is that?!  There is a great article about her on Elephant Journal by JC Peters. Check it out!
 
  • You must try this healthy snack: Sprouted pumpkin seeds. I love their mealy texture.
 
  • My favorite Sanskrit phrase is: "Om Namah Shivaya". Chanting this mantra is incredibly powerful … be careful what you wish for!
 
  • My advice for beginning yogis: Focus on building the very basics of your practice. Your breath is everything and will guide you both physically and spiritually. Don’t worry about how flexible or strong you are … and don’t worry about the heat, Release has plenty of options! 
 
  • I’m most grateful for: My wonderful family who supported me when I took on the major life change of starting my own yoga studio. I may be crazy, but I’m loved!
 
  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: Tahiti in my personal hut by the water. Wait, that hasn’t happened yet!
 
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Adam Levine and Bradley Cooper. Brad (he lets me call him Brad) and I would practice at the back of the room and giggle at Adam showing off.  But when Brad wasn't looking I would be completely gawking at Adam :-)
 
  • I want to take my yoga to the next level by: Assisting all of the fabulous Release teachers and students in reaching their full potential.  
 
  • My heroes are: Anita Roddick (founder of The Body Shop), Maxine Clark (founder of Build a Bear) and Oprah (founder of everything). They each built profitable businesses from the core of their passions, took immense risks, and focused on giving back to their employees and communities. And they did it with kindness, compassion, fun and profitability. That’s the way business should be!
 
  • My one wish for the world is: Be kind. Be grateful. Be forgiving.
Seeking to enhance your life with a therapeutic yoga release? Our Restorative class with the added beauty of candlelight and just a touch of heat! Treat yourself to an all-level, gently warmed yoga class that allows you to explore a variety of yoga postures while incorporating the healing benefits of breath, restorative postures, meditation mixed with some gentle flow sequences. Our experienced instructors assess the needs of the class and adjust as needed. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed May 24 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Michelle Murray
    at Release - North Canton
  • Sun May 28 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Erika Anderson
    at Release - Green
  • Sun May 28 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - North Canton
  • Wed May 31 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Michelle Murray
    at Release - North Canton
  • Sun Jun 04 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Tiffany Luc
    at Release - Green
  • Sun Jun 04 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Tonya Harriman-Fowler
    at Release - North Canton
  • Wed Jun 07 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Michelle Murray
    at Release - North Canton
  • Fri Jun 09 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Erika Anderson
    at Release - Green
  • Sun Jun 11 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Pattie Wagner
    at Release - Green
  • Sun Jun 11 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Elyse Morckel
    at Release - North Canton
  • Wed Jun 14 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm with Michelle Murray
    at Release - North Canton