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Aubrey Bates

Founder // Alchemist

E-RYT 200

Aubrey Bates began a yoga practice in 2010 and something stirred.  She followed that stirring and in a hot power vinyasa class, something awoke.  Not knowing what that "something" was, she continued following her practice, finally identifying it during teacher training at Amazing Yoga in 2014. Herself.  Yoga has taught her how to overcome her fears, to feel strong and free and to courageously follow the passion of helping others to do the same.  As a teacher, her favorite classes will make you sweat, challenge you to places beyond where you thought you were capable. And then, best of all, she'll celebrate alongside you the mental, physical and spiritual breakthroughs we experience as lifelong yoga students.  Aubrey completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Diana Vitantonio and Soul Activist/Breathless Yoga.  

When Aubrey isn't living yoga off the mat being taxi/cheerleader/chef/housekeeper/nurse to her 3 kids, or friend/partner/lover to her husband, and when she isn't drinking coffee/wine with her friends, cooking or eating a great meal or even doing her favorite hobby, reading, she'll gratefully be on her mat, being reminded that she is enough.

 
 
REBECCA ZICKEFOOSE   Rebecca will tell you she discovered yoga quite by accident when her insatiable need for new experiences landed her in a 5:30am class in the new studio in town but, as she believes in the larger order in the seemingly random chaos of the universe, figured she was in all actuality placed there purposely. In one hour every perception she had about yoga was tossed out the same window that had newly opened to her body, mind, and spirit. And even though she suspected theUniverse was playing her like a fiddle, she happily and heartily agreed to follow the tune. It was that good.  She has been practicing for 5 short, but full, years and received her 200 hour RYT certification through Studio Rise in Ashland in 2017. Yoga has become her way of looking at life through a thing she does, connecting herself to herself and to her community in a way she didn’t know was missing, and her heart’s greatest desire is to see that connection flourish in others as they move on their mats.  Rebecca’s favorite thing to do is experience moments with her favorite people, mainly her steadfast husband, Michael, and their 2 inquisitive, energetic children. History and Humanities lessons and a sprinkling of the fantastic abound in their household and resonate through their vacations, frequent trips in the Nature, choice of reading materials and entertainment, and topics of conversation. You’ll most likely catch her talking or eating on camera and if you find her in a tree with a book you’ll know she’s Home.

REBECCA ZICKEFOOSE

Rebecca will tell you she discovered yoga quite by accident when her insatiable need for new experiences landed her in a 5:30am class in the new studio in town but, as she believes in the larger order in the seemingly random chaos of the universe, figured she was in all actuality placed there purposely. In one hour every perception she had about yoga was tossed out the same window that had newly opened to her body, mind, and spirit. And even though she suspected theUniverse was playing her like a fiddle, she happily and heartily agreed to follow the tune. It was that good.

She has been practicing for 5 short, but full, years and received her 200 hour RYT certification through Studio Rise in Ashland in 2017. Yoga has become her way of looking at life through a thing she does, connecting herself to herself and to her community in a way she didn’t know was missing, and her heart’s greatest desire is to see that connection flourish in others as they move on their mats.

Rebecca’s favorite thing to do is experience moments with her favorite people, mainly her steadfast husband, Michael, and their 2 inquisitive, energetic children. History and Humanities lessons and a sprinkling of the fantastic abound in their household and resonate through their vacations, frequent trips in the Nature, choice of reading materials and entertainment, and topics of conversation. You’ll most likely catch her talking or eating on camera and if you find her in a tree with a book you’ll know she’s Home.

NIKI SPONSLER    RYT-200   Yoga wasn’t a last resort for our beloved Niki, but she found it after a lot of trial and error.  “I tried so many different exercise options: cardio, weights, running — and I hated all of it. I don’t like being pushed or pushing myself to the point of burnout, and I don’t like being in pain a day after a workout...I didn’t know much about yoga, but it seemed to be more the pace I was looking for in a workout.”  It started with a DVD set with Shiva Rea, and then when she heard Studio Rise was opening, she felt comfortable attending a class in a space dedicated to yoga.  “I felt good after yoga. I felt refreshed, energized, and ready to take on whatever came my way. I wasn’t gasping for breath and ready to collapse in a puddle of my own sweat.”  It wasn’t Niki’s goal to become a teacher, but she loved the physical practice and the mental and emotional benefits she discovered.  “With yoga, I was better at living my life,” she said. “I wanted to know more about this amazing thing that made my life so much better.”  In early 2017, Niki completed her 200-hour yoga training at our studio, and she continues to marvel at a room full of people practicing together whenever she teachers.  “Either flowing or strongly holding a pose — it’s beautiful.”  Niki teaches in the vinyasa style and chair yoga. All levels are welcome in her classes.  “I believe everyone can find benefits in some type of yoga,” she said. “Come with an open mind and as you are. No experience is required. Try a few different classes with different instructors. There is something for you!”  Outside the studio, Niki is a wife and mother who cherishes her time with her family in Ashland.   If you had the power to heal one thing in the world, what would it be?   "Self doubt. It is so crippling."   What is your life's mantra?   "'I am...' Usually its just those 2 words, to remind myself that just being or holding space is enough, but also to remember that I can fill in the blank after those 2 words with anything."

NIKI SPONSLER

RYT-200

Yoga wasn’t a last resort for our beloved Niki, but she found it after a lot of trial and error.

“I tried so many different exercise options: cardio, weights, running — and I hated all of it. I don’t like being pushed or pushing myself to the point of burnout, and I don’t like being in pain a day after a workout...I didn’t know much about yoga, but it seemed to be more the pace I was looking for in a workout.”

It started with a DVD set with Shiva Rea, and then when she heard Studio Rise was opening, she felt comfortable attending a class in a space dedicated to yoga.

“I felt good after yoga. I felt refreshed, energized, and ready to take on whatever came my way. I wasn’t gasping for breath and ready to collapse in a puddle of my own sweat.”

It wasn’t Niki’s goal to become a teacher, but she loved the physical practice and the mental and emotional benefits she discovered.

“With yoga, I was better at living my life,” she said. “I wanted to know more about this amazing thing that made my life so much better.”

In early 2017, Niki completed her 200-hour yoga training at our studio, and she continues to marvel at a room full of people practicing together whenever she teachers.

“Either flowing or strongly holding a pose — it’s beautiful.”

Niki teaches in the vinyasa style and chair yoga. All levels are welcome in her classes.

“I believe everyone can find benefits in some type of yoga,” she said. “Come with an open mind and as you are. No experience is required. Try a few different classes with different instructors. There is something for you!”

Outside the studio, Niki is a wife and mother who cherishes her time with her family in Ashland.

If you had the power to heal one thing in the world, what would it be?

"Self doubt. It is so crippling."

What is your life's mantra?

"'I am...' Usually its just those 2 words, to remind myself that just being or holding space is enough, but also to remember that I can fill in the blank after those 2 words with anything."

 
 
SAMANTHA POLLICK   In an attempt to live a more healthy lifestyle, Samantha started an online fitness program that included the yoga practice in 2016. She wanted to learn more about yoga and began to attend regular classes at a local studio. Due to struggling with difficult back to back pregnancies, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and multiple mental health issues, Samantha quickly began to notice the effects yoga had on her overall well being. Her love for the yoga practice continued to grow rapidly, and her loving sister-in-law encouraged her to continue to deepen her knowledge. In March 2017, Samantha began the 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio.  Yoga on High allowed Samantha to explore the art of yoga as more than just a physical practice. She was challenged to think outside of the box and dove into a culture of diversity. She trained under Michele Vinbury & Marcia Miller, co-owners of the YoHi Studio. She began teaching a few months prior to graduating with her certificate in December 2017. Samantha teaches various types of yoga and always adapts her classes to each individual student.

SAMANTHA POLLICK

In an attempt to live a more healthy lifestyle, Samantha started an online fitness program that included the yoga practice in 2016. She wanted to learn more about yoga and began to attend regular classes at a local studio. Due to struggling with difficult back to back pregnancies, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and multiple mental health issues, Samantha quickly began to notice the effects yoga had on her overall well being. Her love for the yoga practice continued to grow rapidly, and her loving sister-in-law encouraged her to continue to deepen her knowledge. In March 2017, Samantha began the 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio.

Yoga on High allowed Samantha to explore the art of yoga as more than just a physical practice. She was challenged to think outside of the box and dove into a culture of diversity. She trained under Michele Vinbury & Marcia Miller, co-owners of the YoHi Studio. She began teaching a few months prior to graduating with her certificate in December 2017. Samantha teaches various types of yoga and always adapts her classes to each individual student.

MARY MILLER   RYT-200  Mary started doing yoga about 3 years ago to help her relax from working night shift. Mary did a home practice for a year a half, before coming to Studio Rise. Some of Mary's favorite things are being in nature and by water. She spends time with her family, which includes her dogs. Mary completes her training at Sequioa Wellness Center and is also Reiki certified.   Tell about an "ah-ha" yoga moment:  It was the first time I got crow pose for a split second and then I fell on my forehead! I'll keep trying to get crow pose again.   If you could heal one thing in the world, what would it be?  Depression-too many people close to me suffer from it and I want to help them all

MARY MILLER

RYT-200

Mary started doing yoga about 3 years ago to help her relax from working night shift. Mary did a home practice for a year a half, before coming to Studio Rise. Some of Mary's favorite things are being in nature and by water. She spends time with her family, which includes her dogs. Mary completes her training at Sequioa Wellness Center and is also Reiki certified.

Tell about an "ah-ha" yoga moment: It was the first time I got crow pose for a split second and then I fell on my forehead! I'll keep trying to get crow pose again.

If you could heal one thing in the world, what would it be? Depression-too many people close to me suffer from it and I want to help them all

 
MEG MARIE SMITH   Yoga has become Meg's true love and passion. It is her channel for strength, peace, and love. She finds joy in practicing and is honored to share this practice with others. During a very difficult time in her life, yoga taught her how to breathe and how to be still in every moment while growing through change.  Meg received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Bhumi's Yoga & Teacher Training in 2014. She is now an E-RYT 200 and working towards her RYT 500. Meg is also a Reiki Master Teacher and enjoys sharing not only her yoga practice, but also the healing art of Reiki with her students.

MEG MARIE SMITH

Yoga has become Meg's true love and passion. It is her channel for strength, peace, and love. She finds joy in practicing and is honored to share this practice with others. During a very difficult time in her life, yoga taught her how to breathe and how to be still in every moment while growing through change.

Meg received her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Bhumi's Yoga & Teacher Training in 2014. She is now an E-RYT 200 and working towards her RYT 500. Meg is also a Reiki Master Teacher and enjoys sharing not only her yoga practice, but also the healing art of Reiki with her students.

TIA SPONSLER   Tia’s heart is to help you explore the 4th century definition of yoga which is to unite the Self with the Lord. For many years Tia unknowingly has been living this definition of Yoga while most recently incorporating the Asanas (the poses) during yoga teacher training. Tia completed The Uprising yoga teacher training in April.   Her practice and her lifestyle are both enriched by being still. The practice of stillness results in the skill of presence. Presence is the key to acceptance of all that exists in every moment. Tia’s life has been full of many praises and many laments and in all of them she has been refined by being fully present within them.   She teaches classes full of prayer and intention to bring healing physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tia has a wonderful husband and two amazing children (one to join us on this side of the womb soon!) She loves spending time at their historical store (Olivesburg General Store) and feeling soft grass under her feet while the wind blows around her. Tia can’t wait to “just be” with you!

TIA SPONSLER

Tia’s heart is to help you explore the 4th century definition of yoga which is to unite the Self with the Lord. For many years Tia unknowingly has been living this definition of Yoga while most recently incorporating the Asanas (the poses) during yoga teacher training. Tia completed The Uprising yoga teacher training in April.

Her practice and her lifestyle are both enriched by being still. The practice of stillness results in the skill of presence. Presence is the key to acceptance of all that exists in every moment. Tia’s life has been full of many praises and many laments and in all of them she has been refined by being fully present within them.

She teaches classes full of prayer and intention to bring healing physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tia has a wonderful husband and two amazing children (one to join us on this side of the womb soon!) She loves spending time at their historical store (Olivesburg General Store) and feeling soft grass under her feet while the wind blows around her. Tia can’t wait to “just be” with you!

CAITLIN JONES   I first started to dabble in the world of yoga in 2013, during a big life transition of college to graduate school. I had a major- “wait, is this really it?” moment after finishing school and starting my career as a PA in psychiatry. Being so intimately involved in aiding the mental health of others, I realized I needed my own therapeutic outlets. Eventually, yoga became this foundation for me and I desired to learn more, practice more, and maybe just maybe, lead others in this exceptional experience. I feel the most solid, creative and beautiful standing on my mat, sharing a space with room full of people. I’ve been inspired by dozens of teachers in the rich Wayne and Ashland county yoga communities. I continue to work as a PA in Mental Health and Acute Care and I love to blur the lines between modern medicine and yogic traditions. I live in Wooster with my husband Rhyne and my dog Bruno, where we love to enjoy nature, cook, eat, share and laugh.

CAITLIN JONES

I first started to dabble in the world of yoga in 2013, during a big life transition of college to graduate school. I had a major- “wait, is this really it?” moment after finishing school and starting my career as a PA in psychiatry. Being so intimately involved in aiding the mental health of others, I realized I needed my own therapeutic outlets. Eventually, yoga became this foundation for me and I desired to learn more, practice more, and maybe just maybe, lead others in this exceptional experience. I feel the most solid, creative and beautiful standing on my mat, sharing a space with room full of people. I’ve been inspired by dozens of teachers in the rich Wayne and Ashland county yoga communities. I continue to work as a PA in Mental Health and Acute Care and I love to blur the lines between modern medicine and yogic traditions. I live in Wooster with my husband Rhyne and my dog Bruno, where we love to enjoy nature, cook, eat, share and laugh.

SUZIE LUX    TAI CHI FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS   The ancient art and exercise of tai chi is based on several principles. Among them are slow, smooth, continuous movements, proper weight shifts, an erect but relaxed posture, slow deep breathing, a loosening of joints from within, and having a calm and focused mind. “It’s an antidote to our busy day to day lives, and the release of calming chemicals in the brain energizes and relaxes us. With tai chi’s basis in nature, especially balance, yin and yang, it helps to balance us, so we’re able to slow down, and be better equipped to handle life’s ups and downs,” Says Suzie Lux, our resident tai hi expert.  Suzie has been enjoying tai chi for six years, originally in Maine and the past couple of year in Ohio where she works with Senior Trainer Jim O'Brien in Loudonville and Master Trainer Becky Rahe in Toledo. Suzie teaches tai chi using the Tai Chi for Health Institute program founded by Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and tai chi expert. He developed his tai chi forms with the help of a team of medical consultants, combining traditional tai chi with current medical knowledge. Suzie became certified to teach in March and she's also certified in CPR and First Aid.

SUZIE LUX

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

The ancient art and exercise of tai chi is based on several principles. Among them are slow, smooth, continuous movements, proper weight shifts, an erect but relaxed posture, slow deep breathing, a loosening of joints from within, and having a calm and focused mind. “It’s an antidote to our busy day to day lives, and the release of calming chemicals in the brain energizes and relaxes us. With tai chi’s basis in nature, especially balance, yin and yang, it helps to balance us, so we’re able to slow down, and be better equipped to handle life’s ups and downs,” Says Suzie Lux, our resident tai hi expert.

Suzie has been enjoying tai chi for six years, originally in Maine and the past couple of year in Ohio where she works with Senior Trainer Jim O'Brien in Loudonville and Master Trainer Becky Rahe in Toledo. Suzie teaches tai chi using the Tai Chi for Health Institute program founded by Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and tai chi expert. He developed his tai chi forms with the help of a team of medical consultants, combining traditional tai chi with current medical knowledge. Suzie became certified to teach in March and she's also certified in CPR and First Aid.