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Studio Rise

Root. Grow. Shine.

Studio Rise is a yoga studio offering classes in a variety of types and styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. At Rise, all that is required to attend is a willingness to learn. We offer a sacred and relaxing environment, excellently trained instructors, and a place to find strength, flexibility, a healthy way to manage stress, mental freedom, and most importantly, yourself. With an open mind, transformation of mind, body, and soul can happen! So join us as we authentically approach discovering our true selves and a balanced way of being!

Roll out your mats, get a little sweaty and be amazed by what happens.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

- Martha Beck -

Pricing + Passes

  • $15; 3-class Introductory Pass
  • $75; 30-days 5x a week 
  • $99; 30-days unlimited pass
  • $45; 5-class pass
  • $80; 10-class pass
  • $5 Student Rate

Buti Saturday

November 18, 1115a

"Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means 'a cure that has been hidden beneath the surface or kept secret.' At Buti yoga, we believe ALL women hold the sacred power to heal their bodies from the inside out. Each of our class formats encourage women to connect with the deepest (and often darkest) parts of themselves to facilitate sustainable transformation. The practice of Buti Yoga draws on ancient cleansing techniques call kriyas to stimulate and cleanse the deep abdominal organs - facilitating detoxification on physical, energetic, and emotional levels." Come discover what lies beneath the surface, connect with the deepest parts of yourself and have fun doing it!

Absolute Beginners: Ask an Expert

Sunday, November 19 3pm

Bring your questions and ask the experts! For absolute beginners that would like to lay a foundation before taking a class or for seasoned yogis who have questions and haven't had the time or space in class to ask, join us for this FREE mini-seminar! We'll de-mystify some of the impressions of yoga, give you a vocabulary lesson so you know what you might hear in a class, demonstrate a few of the basic poses and their correct alignment, and the rest will be up to you! 

Tea and specials on class passes will be available for participants.

Absolute Beginners: Workshop Series

Tuesdays Nov 21-Dec 12 6pm

Often, the first step is often the hardest, so we're here to help ease you into a yoga practice of your own. This four week exploration with Aubrey will lay the foundation you need to create health, feel better, and gain all the benefits yoga has to offer. We will focus on vocabulary, alignment, spinal movement, and how to gradually reach optimal strength and flexibility. You will graduate with all of the tools to take classes at any studio (especially Rise) and know where to begin.

Gratitude in Motion

November 23 9:30-10:45

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What better way to give thanks on Thanksgiving than to give your body the love and gratitude it needs on your mat. Join Aubrey and the Rise community for a pre feast flow on Thursday, November 23 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Enjoy your holiday festivities and food guilt free! This 75 minute class will start your holiday season off right with some free flowing fun, stretchy goodness, and closes with some time for the meditation we can all use during this busy time of year! Celebrate community, give thanks and inspire others!

Cost: $10 pregregistered, $15 on the day

Register for any and all of these workshops! -->


The Uprising

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

An Uprising is coming. A resistance to a life without passion. A revolt against blending in. This movement, this Uprising, is calling to you. You are being called to rise up. You are being called to More. Whether as an instructor in the yoga community or as a leader in the global community, both require all of and the best of you.  Seek and find the best version of yourself.

Studio Rise 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training will launch in March 2018 and we are calling you to join this Uprising. To engage in discovering who you are at your core, realizing the larger purpose for which you were made, and equipping others to do the same--this is the purpose and mission of our training. Through practice of meditation, asana alignment, sequencing, yoga tradition, philosophy, and the “whys” for practical application, set out on a journey to which there is no end. This training is asking for More. You are curious, you know there is more to discover, step out and dive deep.

The structure of this training will be in 2 sessions, 1 in the spring and 1 in the fall. You may enter either the spring or the fall and take the other at your convenience and availability. The time between will allot for practice teaching, as well as, deepening your own practice. 

The Spring Formation will take place March 8 through April 29. And the Autumn Formation will be Sept 6-October 28. Both spring and autumn sessions will take place Thursdays 5pm-9pm and Sundays 12:30pm-6pm.

Each formation is $1400, however, you can save 10% if you register for both sessions at the same time, making the total $2520.

first step

Become who you are determined to be. Lead others to do the same


Arise Whole

The next 30-day Transformational Experience will begin January 2018

Lifestyle Renewal

If you've ever felt stuck, or sluggish, or knowing there's got to be more to your life-- more to how you feel, more energy available, more freedom--but you just don't know how to go about getting it, this 30-day life-giving, transformational journey may be just for you!

It is 30 days of recreating and renewing your lifestyle; an avenue for the transformation of body + spirit. The 30 days are NOT about right and wrong. They are NOT about unconsciously doing what I or anyone else tells you. These 30 days are about taking a look at your habits---good at bad---and looking at the motivation for why you do some of the things you do which prevent you from living the most complete and whole life possible!

The way we eat tells a story about what we believe about the value of your soul. So through reflection and observation, while honoring our bodies with exercise and healthy eating, you'll discover what YOUR story is. You'll keep the good parts and be able to live into that goodness consciously and confidently. And you'll gain the power and tools to rewrite what needs rewritten about false beliefs and fear. For those who participate in a 30 days experience (and beyond!) my hope and prayer is that we'll learn together how to be light and free in both body + spirit and ARISE WHOLE!!

How it works

A scientifically developed, researched, proven, and SAFE nutrition program.  I looked into many options and this one met every requirement and aligns with the soul of our mission. 

A group experiencing transformation together.  We may all have different goals, but being side by side improves the chances of reaching those goals--through celebration and in holding one another accountable. 

What is included:

  • 2 meals a day 
  • + 6 amazing Arbonne Nutrition products
  • menus and grocery lists 
  • individualized coaching through any challenges
  • 30 days of yoga 3x a week (included, but not required) 
  • A support team

What is required from you:

  • Commitment to yourself and to other group members 
  • Open mind and willing heart
  • $300 (just $10 a day!) 


A whole life is ready and waiting for you!

Click here to begin your transformational journey

Arise Whole

Moroccan Yoga Retreat

May 20-26, 2018

Aaron and Aubrey are journeying to Marrakech, Morocco to host you on a vacation of a lifetime! A yoga retreat like none other...

Part Adventure

Shopping in ancient medinas, camel rides on the beach, personalized henna art, and, oh yeah, yoga in an open air pavilion. Just to name some of what you can expect in your travels...

Part Vacation

6 days and 7 nights in a boutique Moroccan hotel tucked in an olive grove. All your needs met--and then some!

All Oasis

Whether you seek news experiences in food, drink, sights and sounds. Or if you just need a respite from the grind of daily life. 

It waits for you in Morocco...


plan your journey

$2000 per person

Cost includes lodging, meals, excursions, taxes, gratuities and many more extra special surprises. Flights are additional

$200 to hold your spot..(only 14 remain!)

take me there

Teacher Bios

Aubrey Bates--RYT-200, Owner

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 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.

Jamie McDaniel


Tell me about a time you experienced a yoga "ah-ha" moment.

Yoga had me from the very start. I attended my first class thinking it would be a nice easy thing to do while on vacation, but it quickly got my attention when I was dripping with sweat and shaking uncontrollably. It was love at first class! Originally it was about the workout yoga had to offer me, since then it has transformed into so much more! Everyday a new layer is uncovered. I love the transformation and healing that yoga can bring to the body, mind, and soul!

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

When I look at the world I see a so much beauty and so many gifts that people have to offer. I would love for people to see their own ability and strengths and empower them to live them out. I am constantly amazed at how unique each individual is and what they have to offer our world, yet see so often people don’t believe in themselves or see their own gifts. I want everyone to know they are enough (even more than enough) just as they are.

What is your life's mantra?

My life mantra is “you live, you learn.” There is so much learning in life and I am so grateful for it! Sometimes the learning is hard, and sometimes it’s fun, but it is all a part and piece of our journey.

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 theseemingly 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 3 short, but full, years and recently received her 200 hour RYT certification throughStudio Rise in Ashland. 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.

Tell me about an "ah-ha" yoga moment.

The first time yoga made me cry and I realized how deeply movement was connected to our emotions. That our minds, fascia, muscles, nerves, hormones, feelings, desires, energies, synapses, thoughts, perceptions, organs,  were all the same thing, they move as one...kind of the like the Holy Trinity...parts but all made of the same thing and responding at the same time. I remember feeling foolish that it had not occurred to me before (more than on a mental level) and then immediately laughing at myself for thinking I know so much. Then wondering what else I don't know yet. Followed directly by wanting to know more.

What is your favorite song to yoga to?

Don't ask that song question. Anybody who cares enough about music to care about that question would never answer it.

How about if I phrase the song question like this: if this song comes on, you can't help but move. Right now, what is that song?

Never, never Going to Give you Up by Cake (cover)

Niki Sponsler


Niki, a wife, mother of 3, and an Ashland native. She began practicing yoga in her living room with Shiva Rea in 2013 and she knew right away that yoga was going to be her thing.  Not long after Studio Rise opened its doors she became a regular, and her practice and her love for yoga grew into something much more than she ever expected.  Niki completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Studio Rise in April 2017 and loves sharing her passion for yoga with the Ashland community.  When Niki is off the mat, you will find her at home spending time with her family and 4 cats.

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."

Amy Evans


Amy came to yoga at the very beginning the of new year of 2016.  She just welcomed her 3rd son and knew she needed to find somehing for herself. Dragging herself to her first class-which was Power Yoga at 5:45am!-and getting her butt kicked was apparently all it took to get her hooked! Amy completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Studio Rise in the spring of 2017. She loves the power of an arm balance and the confidence of an inversion, so if you see Amy, she may be hanging around upside down in Bakasana or Pincha Mayurasana! When Amy isn't on her mat, you'll find her with her family. Being a mom of boys, life is always an adventure! Her days are filled with not only boyness, but also 2 dogs, 3 cats and a whole lot of chickens! In Amy's classes you will find focus on strength and flexibility. She will introduce things you may not think you can do or have ever dreamed of trying. You'll leave feeling positive from head to toe and ready to take on anything!

Describe an ah-ha! yoga moment: When someone once said, "In yoga, its more mental than it is hard." So much of everything in yoga and in life is that way! Your head has a way of making something more difficult than it actually is.

What is your life's mantra? Life doesn't get easier, you just get stronger!

If you had the power to heal one thing in the world, what would it be? Hate. If we could learn to love more and hate less the world would be a better place.

Rachel Pheneger

My journey started years ago when I realized how uncomfortable I was in my own skin. Meditation and yoga quickly became my weekly routine once I got started. I was determined to feel better, regardless of what the number on the scale told me. Studio Rise jump started me into self discovery! I had never made settling my mind a priority, or purposely tried to be alone with my thoughts. Many meditations and practices later, I feel such peace with my true self. Though I have lost 50 pounds+ over the years, it is such an enlightening feeling to feel true love for yourself. Mind, body, & soul! The greatest gift I have given myself is the freedom to choose love. The freedom to be and love my true self every day. To love and treat others the way I wish to be treated. To embrace the beauty in every person and everything. Not every day is rainbows and sunshine, but it’s now easier than ever to find my way back to peace. Yoga has always been my favorite form of physical activity. I love the mental challenge, the flexibility, and the full body stretch. The class that I teach provides the same benefits, which is why I enjoy it so much! Hope to see you soon. May you be safe, may you be healthy, may you be happy, and may you be at ease in your community. (Last line from my favorite meditation guru, Rolf Gates)

Mary Miller


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

Suzie Lux

tai chi for health and wellness

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Suzie has been enjoying tai chi for five years, originally in Maine and this past 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 tranditional tai chi with current medical knowledge.  Suzie became certified to teach in March and she's also certified in CPR and First Aid.  

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We are a community of passionate people who, through the practice of yoga, are continuously working to find strength and balance in the tension of life and to reach our healthiest personal potential in order to influence the world around us.


The true light, who is reflected in me, honors the true light who is reflected in you.

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