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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

  • $10; walk-in
  • $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
  • $25 Student 30 day Unlimited Pass
  • 6-Month Auto-Pay Membership for either 30-day option. Receive discounts on workshops and retail as a member!


5 session workshop series December 7-21 7:45p-8:45p

2018 is quickly coming to a close, which means 2019 is peeking over the horizon. This new year for many means a resolution for new habits, new lifestyle, hope for positive changes. But only 8% of people who make resolution are able to keep them. It takes a rhythm of attention, preparation, practice, and even a few setbacks providing the change to try again, to re-create a habit. We are providing that training ground to set you up for seeing the life you desire come to fruition.

Manifest are a series of classes for anyone at any level. No yoga experience/knowledge necessary. This 5 session workshop will give you opportunities to grow not only how you believe things could happen, but discover what your hearts desires actually are through intentional movement, relaxation, yoga, writing, breathing, self-love and being. 

This time is for you. Don't make a New Years Resolution--Make it Manifest

$60 for the series
$15 single sessions

{en}vision 2019!

January 1, 2019 10a

What does the turning of the calendar to a New Year mean to you? To me, it is a time for change, a time to put the past in the past, a time for a fresh start. Join me (Rachel) on January 1, 2019 to {en}vision the year ahead. We will detox, visualize and set intentions for 2019. Feel free to come only for the Yoga or stay and put your vision down on a board for you to recall and be reminded of your dreams, plans, and goals as the days, weeks and months go by.

Cost: $10 preregistered; $15 on the day

Register by clicking the button below


Kids Yoga Teacher Training

*Please note date change* January 12-13, 2019; 9am-6pm

Bright Yogis 20hr Children’s Yoga Teacher Training was created from the heart by Bright Yogis Co-Founder Addie-Grace Mehling, 500 E-RYT who has joined forces with Hanna Fidler 200 RYT & Youth Trauma/AHDH specialist.  Together they have formed this incredible one of a kind certification which offers a combination of yoga and movement exercises with social/emotional skill-building activities directed towards developing lifelong wellness habits for children and teens. You will learn a variety of tools for mindfulness as well as breathing techniques, games, and youth friendly yoga sequences that you can carry with you and use in a variety of settings.  You will acquire methods to skillfully support children of all ages, backgrounds, and learning styles.  Whether you are planning on using your certification to teach formally or you plan to utilize your training experience at home with your own children, in your classroom or beyond, you will leave with a heart and mind full of tools to share. This training includes an extensive manual that will become a treasured resource to inspire you far beyond graduation. The tools, techniques, resources and confidence you gain will help you offer children and teens experiences that will enhance their well-being in both mind and body.


Yoga Philosophy for Children

Breathing techniques and tools for mindfulness

Creative yoga flows for children and young adults

Kid friendly yoga inspired games, songs, and activities

Class preparation and methodology

Tools to help children come into better emotional balance and support their capacity to make good choices

Effective communication with children

Yoga for children with learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD

Holding space for children who have experienced trauma

 Business and marketing ideas to utilize your certification

Identifying how to increase your own effectiveness with mindfulness based self-care


Save $50 if registered by 12/31! ($350, regular price)

I'm ready!

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's next Formation begins in March 2019 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.

Training takes place 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. 

We are now accepting applications for the Spring Formation, March 7-April 28, 2019. Both spring and autumn training sessions are 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.

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


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-200, aspiring 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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