$5 Hot Power - (5:30 am Class Only)

This class is taught by:

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.

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.

Abby Yackley

Abby rediscovered her yoga practice at Release in the summer of 2017 and decided to further her practice by completing Release’s 200 hour Teacher Training program during the
summer of 2018.  She loves yoga,
photography, spending time with her family and friends, and finding fun, adventurous things to do in NE Ohio!
  • My teaching style is: Pretty chill, I like to keep things simple.
  • My favorite yoga pose is: Down Dog - Depending on the class or how I’m feeling that day it can be restful or challenging!
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: a busy mind abd  a lot of self-doubt!
  • I love my whole self because it’s taken me a long time to
    believe that I am whole and awesome just as I am, so I appreciate my entire being!
  • My favorite deity or god/goddess is Jesus because he is kind and compassionate to all, even his enemies.
  • You must try this healthy snack: All hummus! Homemade red lentil hummus is my favorite!
  • My favorite Sanskrit word or
    phrase is Namaste because it reminds me to recognizes the
    goodness and light in each person I encounter.
  • My advice for beginning yogis is to take it slow, focus on your breath, and speak kindly to yourself.
  • I’m most grateful for my family and friends.
  • If I could practice yoga with
    anyone it would be YOU! Say "hey!" if you see me in class or come to one of my classes!
  • My heroes are: My parents - they are truly the best people in
    my life, and I don’t know what I’d do without them.
  • My one wish for the world is: for everyone to know that they are known and loved.


Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Dec 14 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Maddy Ritenour
  • Mon Dec 17 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Nikki Cvammen
  • Wed Dec 19 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Abby Yackley
  • Fri Dec 21 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Maddy Ritenour
  • Fri Dec 28 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Maddy Ritenour
  • Wed Jan 02 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Abby Yackley
  • Fri Jan 04 5:30 am - 6:30 am with Maddy Ritenour