Green Tara Yoga & Healing Arts teaches Iyengar Yoga, a form of classical yoga that uses breath and alignment to create integrated action and awareness. We offer weekly yoga classes for adults, Family Yoga for parents and kids, restorative yoga, and monthly workshops on special topics.
The Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse lets overnighters relax in standard two-queen rooms, enjoying numerous amenities set steps from the Cleveland Clinic and minutes from University Circle. Each room coddles guests with a dining table, refrigerator, desk, and a pair of beds built to the exact dimensions of the Queen of Hearts. As cars slumber in a complimentary gated parking lot, guests can watch TV in their rooms or surf the web with the lobby's free WiFi.
While critics laud Canadian-imported comedians, crooners, and hockey stars, Canada is also known for the liberal scientific-workout ethics that gave birth to a genetically engineered exercise more useful than square watermelons and seedless squares. Spynga is a hybrid exercise species of Canadian origin that combines the slow, focused poses and stretching of yoga with the heart-thumping intensity of cardio spinning. The two exercises are not performed simultaneously, as severe and violent tangling would be unavoidable; instead, they are performed one after the other. The skilled and motivational instructors at Buddhaful coach students through a stationary-bike session, revving hearts up to a maximum beating point. This calorie-burning workout is immediately followed by a yoga mat session on the studio's expansive hardwood floor. Muscles, joints, and tendons pushed to their limit by the bike session are stretched and relaxed, easing post-workout pain and tension while aiding in the development of core strength. The studio also offers classes that concentrate solely on yoga or spinning if students prefer to master the techniques separately before attempting a double major. Classes are offered daily; check the schedule and call to reserve a space.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The eco-stewards at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes work to conserve a natural bundle of lakes, streams, marshes, fields, ravines, and forests on the lush site's 20 acres, in addition to teaching environmental-education classes and hosting community-building events. The household membership contributes to the cause and nets families a grab bag of nature-center goodies, including discounts on programs and workshops, facility rentals, and early registration for all outdoor adventure camps. Lapsed naturalists can hopscotch along two trails, where flora such as sycamores, hickory, and sassafras surround the habitats of raccoons, red-tailed hawks, red foxes, Redd Foxx, and salamanders. Or feel free to spy on the flight patterns of local birds; the Audubon Society dubbed Shaker Lakes as an Important Bird Area for its population of autonomous aviators.
Taking a more casual approach to dance, the instructors at BYOB Ballroom invite guests to bring along their own wine or beer to sip during classes. Their goal is to create an environment that's welcoming and fun?and most importantly, not intimidating. Classic ballroom and Latin-style dancing kick off with easy-to-follow steps that are well-suited for beginners, but also enjoyable for seasoned toe tappers.