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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.

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy

- friedrich nietzsche -

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
  • 6-Month Auto-Pay Membership for either 30-day option. Receive discounts on workshops and retail as a member!

the yoga of food

march 11 4pm

The way you eat tells a story. Learn to read your story and ways to edit, not the foods you eat, rather the way we think about what is put into our bodies. Oh, and I'll even cook for you.  This is NOT a movement workshop. Rather, time for discussion, exploration and a few times when you may say "Ah-ha!" Bring a pen and a pillow to sit on

the rise of yoga

march 18 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 10 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.


march 25 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. This journey of self-rediscovery is essential, not only for you, but in navigating interpersonal relationships. Come with a pen, journal, and pillow to sit on.

Meditation: be still

April 8 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.

Elements of Design

April 15 4pm

Ever been curious about what goes into a yoga class and why? What makes a class great vs. just ok? Or maybe there was a song that has been just right and connected with your emotions and added a new dimension to a class. I'm sharing some insider secrets in this workshop! (Some. Not all.) :)

Explore the ways songs are chosen for a playlist, how poses are strung together with intention and creativity, and the framework these things fit together for an effective, complete, yoga class. There will be some physical practice within this workshop. Dress comfortably and bring a journal and a pen.

Yin Love

April 22 4pm

If Yang is the more active aspects 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.

Movie Night

April 28 4pm

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. Popcorn provided. Bring a pillow to sit on.

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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


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

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.

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

709 Claremont Ave. 
Ashland OH 44805


$200 to hold your spot..(only 12 remain!)

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teacher bios

Aubrey Bates

Owner, 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 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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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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Ashland OH 44805


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