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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.

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.

- pilgrim peace -

Weekly Schedule // Class Descriptions


Regular weekly schedule

Find the days, times, and styles that fit your schedule and intentions

Class Descriptions

Descriptions can also be found on MindBody or pick up a postcard at the studio!

Pricing + Passes

  • $12; walk-in
  • $15; 1 Week Unlimited Introductory Pass 
  • $90; 10-class pass
  • $180; 30-class pass
  • $8 Student/Senior/Military
  • $30 Student 30 day Unlimited Pass
  • Annual Membership; $60 billed monthly

the yoga of food

march 10, 4pm

The way you eat tells a story. Learn to read your story and ways to edit, not the foods you eat, but rather the way we think about food and all that is put into our bodies. Oh, and I'll be cooking for you. This is NOT a movement workshop. We'll spend time gathering around the table for a shared meal, for discussion, for exploration and inspiring few "Ah-ha!" moments. Bring a journal and a pillow to sit on.

$15, preregistered


Nourish and Nurture

for the vernal equinox; March 15th 6:30p

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Wherever you are at right now, in this very moment; however it is you are thinking and whatever it is you are feeling, it is always fluctuating. It will become different; it will transmute into something new.

Spring is an opportunity for renewal and rebirth—for planting seeds to nurture, and to witness the unending cycle of grow and change. It is also a reminder that we cannot be born again until we experience a sort of death—a shedding of old layers, habits, and outmoded beliefs. When we recognize that each waking moment is an opportunity to be born again, it is here, in the now, that we can experience the sheer joy of present moment awareness. This special offering is designed to facilitate that awakening; to gather and draw energy inward, and then release it outwardly as a metaphorical planting of seeds. We incorporate a practice, journaling and reiki during this offering.

$25 preregistered; $30 on the day

The rise of yoga

Sunday, March 17, 4pm

5000 years ago, yoga was first mentioned in an ancient text outlining the way to live. As you can imagine, in that 5000 year span of time yoga has changed a lot. But it what ways? Explore where it came from and how yoga has become what we know it to be today. The first 5 to register will receive a free Yoga Poster. This poster beautifully illustrates all we will be covering--and then some! (See image)

This workshop will be information and discussion based. Bring a journal and a pillow to sit on.

$15 preregistered

Enneagream: personality typology

Sunday, March 24, 4pm

The Enneagram is believed to be an ancient personality typology which has recently gained a lot of attention. The Enneagram is a dynamic, interconnected system of discovering your true personality. You were created uniquely and wonderfully and, along the way, learned behaviors to cope with the world around you. The Enneagram does not only type you, it calls you to an awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, motivations, ways to stay in a healthy mind-set, and moves you into a picture of who you were always intended to be.

$20, preregistered


Sunday, March 31, 4pm

Meditation is a time set aside to be aware--to know. In this world filled with information incessantly bombarding and fighting for our attention it is nearly impossible to find the headspace to be still. This workshop will introduce what meditation is, and then you will be invited into 45 minutes of rest--restful awareness. We'll explore knowing yourself, your world, and your place. Once you begin to listen, to know, and find peace in the knowing, you'll be able to move with intent and purpose through your life.

Bring a pillow to sit on; $15 preregistered

Yin Workshop

Sunday, April 7, 4pm

If Yang is the more active aspect of yoga, Yin is the passive, reflective, receptive component. Yin's intention is to penetrate the connective tissue in order to expand flexibility. Focusing on static movement, reflection, and breath, a Yin practice leaves you feeling deeply relaxed. Explore this profoundly rewarding practice with a 90 minute workshop. 

Dress comfortably with the ability to stretch and move freely. Bring a mat if you have one. The rest will be provided. $15 preregistered

Movie Night

Sunday, April 14, 4pm

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Gather for a big screen viewing of Gaia's documentary, I Am. I Am follows a Hollywood director who, after a near-death experience, decides to set out to film a documentary which might spark a conversation about what's wrong with the world and what we can do about it. Instead he discovers what's right with the world and that he'd been asking the wrong questions all along. Documenting scientific proof that we are all connected and the emotional stirring to feel that connection, I Am changes the world view of not only the director, but the viewer as well.

FREE! Popcorn provided.

Bring pillows to sit on.

Register by clicking the button below


Moroccan Yoga Retreat

May 18-24, 2019

Land among an olive grove and breathe deeply the warm desert air. You have found yourself in an oasis for your soul as well as an oasis in the busyness of your life. An oasis where you can drink deep the refreshing waters of simply being. Aubrey, along with the staff at Peacock Pavilion, will create space for you to set aside doing and allow curiosity to rise up--Curiosity about the seen landscape around you and the unseen landscape within you. Be free to wander in new places, learn new cultures, and discover the souljourner within.

This retreat will offer opportunities to get lost intentionally and, in doing so, find your way home.

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

Six nights and seven days in a boutique Moroccan resort tucked in an olive grove. All your needs met--and then some.

All Oasis

Whether you seek new 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
Includes meals, room and board, any yoga you choose to participate in, taxes, gratuities, and so many more extra special surprises. Flights are additional



$200 to hold your spot..(only 4 left!)

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Teacher Bios

Who we are and what we're about

Aubrey Bates

Owner // 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 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 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 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.

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."

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.

Off of the mat, you can find Samantha staying home with her two beautiful girls and taking care of her sister's four children during the day. Yes, you read that right!  6 children!  She does well with giving directions, which is a great trait to have as a yoga teacher!  She lives in Lexington, Ohio and enjoys spreading the love of yoga to every group she encounters.  Whether you're new to yoga or you've been practicing for years, Samantha encourages you to join her on the mat to share the love of this practice together!

Christine Canter

RYT-500; Reiki Master

I found my way onto my yoga mat after the birth of my second child.  I had a regular massage therapist at the time that also offered me reiki.  He mentioned to me that my mind and body were disconnected and I should try yoga.  So I did!  I hated almost every minute of my first yoga class. I was new to these sensations, the movement, the names of the asanas.  But would I liked, what I really loved was how enlightened I felt, how I found my own breath, how lifted I felt, how I drank up every bit of intention.  I know now that I was feeling the energy from those around me.  But even more was I had found a form of personal healing. And I also loved Savasana!

I feel like I was divinely guided onto the path I am on today, from not only yoga teacher training, but also with Reiki.  To be able to share parts of my journey to help my students along there way is why I teach yoga. I want my students to feel embodied and empowered in their own skin with who they are today, and give them the tools, the intentions to continue to reach their highest potential on and off the mat.

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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Who We Are

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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709 Claremont Ave. 
Ashland OH 44805


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