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Pattie Wagner (E-RYT 200)

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 16 years, she has practiced a broad variety of yoga styles including Power, Bikram, Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Iyengar and "crappy work yoga" and infused them all into her teaching style (minus the crappy parts, of course). She is E-RYT 200, Thai Massage Yoga and Reiki Level II certified and is the process of completing her RYT 500.  

  • 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 and (WHEN) I bother to style it, looks AMAZING.
  • 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.
Tamera Anich

Tamera Anich, RYT 200, has been loving yoga for over 13 years and most values how it can offer something to everyone and allow everyone to take it at their own pace. She became a teacher so that she can share that revelation with others, having a great time helping her students discover their path.

  • My teaching style is: Evolving through my experience on the mat and what my students have to teach me.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Triangle (trikonasana) because there is always something new to discover, adjust, experience and learn in the pose. It reminds me that there is no need for perfection to feel good!

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: My sense that everything has to be just right and organized all the time. Sometimes things on the mat get very messy … and that's the day you're growing.

  • I love my: Skin. It covers all of my body in such a nice way. And it’s smooth and creamy! 

  • My favorite goddess is: Durga because she embodies change and gettin 'er done!  

  • You must try this healthy snack: Frozen grapes ... so sweet and decadent, like nature's candy!  
  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Dharma. I find comfort in having a duty, a purpose that I serve during my existence.   My advice for beginning yogis is: Be kind to yourself ... yoga is a never ending process, not a goal or finish line.  
  • I’m most grateful for: My family and my health - they're both such gifts!   

  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: My back yard, especially when the mosquitoes are in full swing! ;)
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: My daughters because it's a great bonding opportunity, and something I can give them that costs nothing but means everything.  
  • I want to take my yoga to the next level by:  I’m taking my good old time to take my yoga to the next level. Why rush that which you enjoy experiencing?                                                      
  • My heroes are: Audrey Hepburn, my daughters, my husband and my parents. They have all had a hand in giving me something to aspire to in myself.  
  • My super power is: getting things done!
  • My one wish for the world is: For everyone to experience as much gratitude as possible - it makes a huge difference!
Icky The Bird

  • My teaching style is: Well, I’m more of a mascot type of guy than a yoga teacher. But I have been thinking about enrolling in Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste in Hawaii. I just need to find the time.
  • My favorite yoga pose is: Eagle, of course. Wait, no, Half Pigeon. I guess I like them both!
  • Yoga has helped me overcome: My fear of flying. See, I’m named after Icarus which who was the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology. Supposedly his dad created wings for him to get the heck out of Crete. The wings were made out of wax and feathers, but Icarus really pushed himself beyond his “edge” and the wax melted when he flew too close to the sun. He slammed back to earth and drowned in the sea.  I see this kind of stuff all the time … like when I see yogis rush into Crow Pose, or jump into a heated class before they’re ready.  The moral? Pushing yourself is great, but not to the point of hurting yourself!
  • My favorite music to practice to is: Icky Thump by the White Stripes , of course. Bird Song by Florence and the Machine is pretty cool too, except she kills the bird and all. Great beat as long as I don’t focus on the lyrics.
  • I love my: Tail feathers. Honestly, some days I just stare at them in awe.
  • My favorite deity is: Shiva is pretty awesome. 
  • You must try this healthy snack: Millet. I eat it constantly. They’re very filling little seeds.
  • My favorite Sanskrit phrase is: "Ahimsa" which is non-violence. Do you hear that, Flo? Stop writing songs about killing birds!
  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Just stay with your breath. It will take you to new heights.
  • I’m most grateful for: My nest. 
  • The most exotic place that I’ve practiced yoga is: Every year I migrate and there is this awesome little pond where I just love to practice. Sweet little girlie birds hang out there too, which is a real plus!
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Big Bird. Have you seen that dude’s handstand? Amazing.
  • I want to take my yoga to the next level by: Well, someday I’d like to be able to achieve Frog Pose, so I’m really working on my hip openers.
  • My hero is: Donald Duck. I met him at Kripalu and you know, he really doesn’t have anger issues at all (which just shows what an incredible actor he is.) And he works very hard in the fight against the Bird Flu and the ongoing stigma it’s created for a lot of us. He’s a pretty cool guy, actually.
  • My one wish for the world is: Set out more bird-feeders, people! Everyone goes on and on about the bee shortage. Really? Bees? What we really need are more birds!
Sarah Maloney (E-RYT 200)

Sarah Maloney has been practicing yoga for 13 years and teaching for four years. She began teaching yoga at her CrossFit gym, while earning her RYT 200 certification at The Yoga Place. Sarah enjoys teaching all levels of yoga, but is drawn to leading those just entering their yoga journey, through beginner's classes.

  • My teaching style is: Traditional, relaxed, encouraging and therapeutic. I want my students to really experience and feel the poses to better understand their own bodies. I love when my students find relief through their practice and leave my class feeling rejuvenated, with a calmer state of mind.
  • My favorite yoga pose is: Crow because it is fun, challenging and beautiful all at the same time.
  • Yoga has helped me overcome:  My need to always be in control. I am more able to let go and see the fun in life!
  • My favorite music to practice to is: It really all depends on my mood, and the type of practice. I love practicing to indie, rock, some oldies, classical, and traditional chant/meditative sounds.
  • I love my: Butt! Yes, I said it, my big bubble butt. I used to be embarrassed and ashamed of it, but have learned to love my curves!
  • My favorite Deity or Goddess is: Hanuman because he is the provider of hope and courage, as well as a symbol of physical strength and perseverance to leap past your obstacles and achieve outstanding success.
  • You must try this healthy snack: There are too many to name! I love baking! I have a killer recipe for paleo sweet potato brownies, vegan gluten free brownies, and chickpea blondies. Healthy alternatives are a must for someone with a sweet tooth like me.
  • My favorite sanskirt word is: Ananda which means "bliss." 
  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Don't give up! Yoga isn't about how physically flexible you are! It's about learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. The possibilities for your practice to grow and evolve are endless.
  • I'm most grateful for: So many things, but most importantly, my family. I've been so blessed to grow up in such a loving home with support from both my immediate and extended family.
  • The most exotic place that I've practiced yoga is:  On top of a 14,000 foot mountain after hiking for hours to reach the top.
  • If I could practice yoga with anyone, it would be: Adam Levine! He's my ultimate celebrity/yogi crush!
  • My heroes are: My parents. They have shown me it's possible to work through any of life's difficulties, and come out stronger than you were before.
  • My super power is: I'm good at getting things done under pressure!
  • My one wish for the world is: Positivity! If we could all just focus on the things we do have, instead of what we are lacking, we could be just a little bit happier.
Yoga Dave Ajamie (E-RYT 200 / YACEP)

Dave Ajamie attended his first yoga class at while working at IBH 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: Anything upbeat with positive energy!
  • My favorite sanskrit word is: Namaste, because it acknowledges the beauty in all of us.
  • You must try this healthy snack: Kale chips. 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: Tao Porchon Lynch! I have been honored to have accomplished this! She is absolutely amazing and an inspiration to us all!
  • 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 super power is: loving you until you love yourself! 
  • My one wish for the world is: That we would all just love one another and treat each other accordingly.
Tonya Harriman-Fowler (E-RYT 200)

Tonya Harriman-Fowler has been a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and an 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.
Sophia Stevenson

Sophi started practicing yoga in October of 2015. She fell in love at her first class at Release Yoga, and has been doing it non-stop ever since. She has been working at Release Yoga since March 2016, as a Lovely Desk Yogi. She recently graduated teacher training from Release Yoga in August of 2017. She also recently graduated high school from Green High School. She is currently attending Kent State University, where she is majoring in Marketing with a minor in entrepreneurship .

  • My favorite yoga pose is: child's pose, because you are it's so comfortable, and you are shut off from other distractions. 


  • Yoga has helped me overcome: My weight struggle. When I first started yoga, I only tried it for the workout aspect, but I soon realized that it was only the beginning of what yoga was doing for me.


  • I love my hair because: it is long, and natural, also I can do just about anything with it.


  • My favorite god/goddess is Jesus because: my faith in Jesus is one of the things that keeps me grounded.


  • You must try this healthy snack: Apples and almond butter, or anything with almond butter really.


  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is namaste because: it appreciates the love and life in everyone.


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: to try it! You never know whether you will like it or not. Also don’t give up after your first time, it takes work and dedication.


  • I’m most grateful for my musical talent, it is an outlet for me, similar to yoga.

  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be: Adele, because I am obsessed with their music, and she's a freaking QUEEN.
  • I’m eager to take my yoga to the next level because: yoga has had such a huge impact on my life already, and I cannot wait to see what else it’s gonna do for me.


  • My heroes are: Anyone who has served in the military, pushed for social change, and my Mom and Dad.


  • My super power is: my determination to prove myself with hard work!


  • My one wish for the world is: For everyone to stop caring what others think, and for everyone to stop judging others. That everyone is happy.


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 super power is: managing 4 work schedules, giving good advice, and dance! 


My one wish for the world is: More love and understanding, less hate and aggression.

Nate Jackson

Nate completed his 200 hour teacher training and has been teaching yoga for two years and practicing for over 6. He sees yoga as a playground for communal healing, challenging growth, and exploring physical movement.

My teaching style is: down-to-earth and physically innovative (integrated strength and mobility work).


My favorite yoga pose is: locust so I can pretend to be a jet (and maybe challenge some ujjayi breathing).


Yoga has helped me overcome: neck pain and body shame.


You must try this healthy snack: Krave Jerky it's healthy and unconventional flavors of various dehydrated meats.


My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Namaste because I’m basic AF, but seriously because it truly is a lifestyle of appreciating the imago dei (image of God) in everyone.


My advice for beginning yogis is: start with your breath. Master your ujjayi (ocean breath)… google it, study it, practice it at least 5 minutes every day for your first month. It affects everything.


I’m most grateful for: 8 awesome niblings (nephews and nieces).


The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: in my mind… it gets crazy up there.


If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be with my beautiful sister, Tricia, because she introduced me to both yoga and a deep well of grace and compassion.


My heroes are: Aladdin and Abu.


My super power is: my toe ;-)


My one wish for the world is: for compassion to become more contagious and invade areas of personal and systemic suffering.
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 super power is: staying calm when others are freaking out, and offering a helping hand when needed.
  • My one wish for the world is: Appreciate the little things and the natural bliss of the Earth.
Greg Schumacher
  • My teaching style is: Evolving with an emphasis on safety & exploration.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Downward Facing Dog


  • Yoga has helped me overcome: My inner “critic”. I am learning that yoga can be a path to self-acceptance which potentially is one of the most difficult paths to follow.


  • I love my feet because: It is our feet that support us every day in our physical endeavors


  • My favorite deity or god/goddess is Shiva Bhairava, the Beggar with Dogs, because: This deity represents those who have been disfranchised from society. As an educator, I advocate & work with students with disabilities. Many of these students are considered on the fringe of society, & predominately come from poverty. I have also been blessed with the companionship of dogs whose example of unconditional love continue to inspire me.


  • You must try this healthy snack: Spinach…raw, steamed, sautéed, even fried!


  • My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Jai because: It means victory, specifically victory to one’s Higher self.


  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Keep at it, & let it permeate your being.


  • I’m most grateful for: Those individuals in the past & present who have taught me something about myself.


  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: I don’t know if I consider this “exotic” but it was an interesting experience: A mixed gender, all- nude yoga class in the Castro District, San Francisco, CA


  • If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be Mom because: I miss her.


  • I’m motivated to take my yoga to the next level because: I am learning that as I embrace the deeper aspects of yoga (not just asana) that life, though chaotic at times, can be more centered.


  • My heroes are: Those everyday people who help others.


  • My super power is: holding space for others while they engage in self exploration. 
  • My one wish for the world is: That everyone takes the time to get to know themselves.


Jill Sandefur

Jill is a self proclaimed tree hugging, bee keeping, ocean conserving, shark loving, garden tending, aerial yoga fanatic, clothesline drying hippie just trying to make the world a better place!
My teaching style is: Very fun and laid back. Nothing too serious in my classes.


My favorite yoga pose is: Tree Pose.


Yoga has helped me overcome: Yoga has helped me learn to relax.


I love my tattoos because they tell stories from my life!


My favorite deity or god/goddess is Gaia because without her we’d be nothing!


You must try this healthy snack: Local honey!!


My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is Prithvi, because it means “earth” and I will always stand for what I stand on!


My advice for beginning yogis is: We all start as beginners!


I’m most grateful for: Being able to have done all the things in my life that got me to this point!


The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: Sand dunes in Mosselbaai, South Africa.


If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be my sister because we always do things together!


I’m determined to take my yoga to the next level because I like to set goals for myself.


My heroes are: My sister.


My super power is making a healthier, better version of anything you can find in the beauty, pharmacy or cleaning section at the store. And making any kind of jam or applesauce you want!

My one wish for the world is: That she thrives and survives with or without humans!


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.
Amy Pablo

Amy started her yoga journey at Release Yoga over 3 years ago. She was looking for a good “workout” but
found so much more.  She recently graduated teacher training from Release and is a mother of 3 
beautiful girls. 
  • My teaching style is: Warm, loving and about self-exploration. Yoga is about the connection with yourself through yourself.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Tadasana- Mountain Pose.  This pose allows me to connect and engage every part of my body and mind.

  • Yoga has helped me overcome: Low self-confidence and self worth. My yoga practice has allowed me to connect with my true self and has given me the tools to love and accept myself.

  • I love my eyes because they allow me to see the beauty in the world.

  • My favorite goddess is Parvati, Goddess of love and devotion because love is all you need!

  • You must try this healthy snack: Vanilla protein shake with banana and spinach.

  • My favorite Sanskrit phrase is Atma Prema – unconditional self-love because it reminds me to love the light in others and myself.

  • My advice for beginning yogis is: Be kind to yourself. Yoga is about the journey not a destination to the poses. It is your journey not anyone else’s.

  • I’m most grateful for: Finding Yoga! It really has changed my life!

  • The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: The beach at sunrise.

  • I am excited to take my yoga practice to the next level because I learn something new every time I come to my mat.

  • My heroes are: My 3 girls. They remind me every day to be present, loving and kind. 

  • My super power is: seeing the positive in all situations!
  • My one wish for the world is: for all to be kind. Be kind to others, the planet, and animals and most important to THEMSELVES.

Piper Sereno

Piper started her yoga journey 2+ years ago when she first walked into Release. Over the years, she has fallen in love with it and has been teaching throughout her studies. Piper is a student at the University of Dayton, 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 super power is: seeing the best in people! 
  • My one wish for the world is: Health. 
Malory Roth
Malory Roth graduated from Stark State College in December of 2017 after studying massage therapy. She loves being able to help those in pain and in need of some stress relief. In her free time, Malory loves staying active, cooking, and spending time with family.

  • My favorite yoga pose is: Warrior pose because it gives me a great stretch in my legs and also allows me to work on my balance.

  • I love my: Hands because they have learned to adapt to so many different body types and also have the ability to relieve people’s stress, aches, and pains.

  • You must try this healthy snack: Energy Balls, they are made out of oats, cranberries, honey, cinnamon, and almond butter; all rolled up into a ball of deliciousness!

  • I’m most grateful for the people who believe in me and my goals and continue to support me through it all!

  • My super power is: the ability to fall asleep mid-sentence, mid-instagram scroll (yes, there’s video evidence), and also mid-movie watching!
  • My one wish for the world is for everyone to be more understanding and patient. You never know what someone else is going through.
April Templeton Brenneman
April Templeton Brenneman first started her dance training at the age of 8 under the late Richard Moore. Over the years, she continues to study her craft by traveling to numerous conventions, studios, and never turning down an opportunity to take class or perform. April hopes to continue inspiring students, and that she may be a teacher who makes a difference in the lives of others while she is teaching, training, and collaborating new innovative concepts to bring to her classes.
  • My teaching style is: Hip hop dance
  • My favorite hip hop pose is: I love a good “peace sign, curled lip” action.
  • Hip hop has helped me overcome: Feelings of insecurity. In the world of dance, things can become very critical, especially when it comes to appearance. The genre of hip hop allows me to have more freedom in how I move, what I wear, and the type of attitude I want to portray.
  • I love my Smile because: it can affect others in a positive way.
  • My favorite deity or god/goddess is (blank) because: “Bia,” The goddess of force and raw energy.
  • You must try this healthy snack: Celery sticks and peanut butter. Have loved them since being a kid!
  • My favorite phrase is: “Your energy speaks before you do.”
  • My advice for beginning hip hoppers is: Trust that you are not alone in thinking you will not be good at it. Getting yourself through the door is the first step— from there, it’s just about positive vibes and a lot of sweating!
  • I’m most grateful for: The love and energy that I receive back from my students. There is no way I would be able to accomplish a great class without their hard work and dedication.
  • The most exciting place I’ve practiced hip hop is: New York City, teaching last summer for “The Broadway Dance Center.”
  • If I could practice hip hop with anyone it would be Michael Jackson because so many things I do in my own practice have been influenced by him!
  • I’m ready to take my hip hop to the next level because: I adore being a student. I truly believe that there is an infinite amount of knowledge and skill to be learned in the dance world.
  • My heroes are: My husband because he has been such a supportive part of my dance/teaching career— and my longtime Theatre 8:15 mentors that have really pushed me to be the best teacher/dancer I can be.
  • My one wish for the world is: To not hold back on anything. If you have a dream go for it.
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 super power is: I can almost always find a positive/bright side to any situation!
  • My one wish for the world is: that we can live in harmony with animals, each other & the Earth without harming one another.
Olivia Raydo

Liv is currently a student at Jackson High School and is also also taking classes at Stark State. She is passionate about photography and has been since elementary school.  She is someone who loves to try new things, yoga for example!  She aspires to be a yoga teacher someday and knows it just takes patience and practice. 

My favorite yoga pose is: Child's pose because it is where I feel most relaxed.

Yoga has helped me overcome: Stress at certain times in my life.  Once I start focusing on my breathing, I forget all the chaos going on in my world.

I love my legs because: They’re the strongest part of my body.

My favorite deity or god/goddess is:  Jesus. He is my strength.

You must try this healthy snack: Wheat toast loaded with peanut butter, banana slices, and honey. It's sweet, delicious, and healthy!

My favorite Sanskrit word or phrase is: Namaste because it acknowledges others in the room and builds a connection between everyone. It reminds me that we all have greatness within ourselves.

My advice for beginning yogi is: It may be challenging at first but the more you do it, the better you will become.

I’m most grateful for: I have so many things to be grateful for, but the top of my list would be my friends and family that love me unconditionally.

The most exotic place I’ve practiced yoga is: Florida, I went to a yoga class that took place on a covered porch while it was raining. The mix of fresh air and the sound of rain made my experience so peaceful.

If I could practice yoga with anyone it would be:  Tash Sultana because she has such a beautiful and chill personality. She also makes amazing music, check her out!

I’m eager to take my yoga to the next level because: I want to grow and further my skills and hopefully teach one day.

My hero is: Music because it always puts me in a better mood whenever I'm having a bad day.
My super power is: putting in my best effort at everything I do! 
My one wish for the world is: For everyone to be loving and supportive of one another.

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