As one of Cleveland's first Vinyasa yoga studios, Evolution Yoga Studios & Boutique promotes a personal yoga experience in an eco-conscious studio setting. Founder and director Sandy Gross embraces mindfulness and meditation in each of the studio's array of sinew-stretching classes. Beginners nurture alignment during introductory technique and practice sessions, advancing to heated Vinyasa classes that expel sweat. Bodies build pristine core muscles during 50-minute Pilates sessions, and restorative yoga focuses on the breath in tandem with subtle bends and twists. The studio's schedule hosts multiple sessions daily for all skill levels.
Heights Wellness Center's owner Sandra Lawrence set out to open a practice that improves upon the skills of a single practitioner by combining them with the skills of an entire team of health specialists. She has assembled registered dietitians and massage therapists who work neck and neck with acupuncturists, yoga instructors, and life coaches to help clients overcome a range of physical and emotional ailments.
In addition to working one-on-one with clients, the team leads group workshops. Body Karma Healing classes help women find a healthy body image, and breathing workshops help the body reduce asthma and panic attacks brought on by the realization that chickens aren’t going to put up with this egg-stealing stuff forever.
In a newly constructed, modern studio, Chagrin Yoga offers a multitude of classes for your journey across the yogaverse. Newbies and veterans alike are guided by friendly, highly skilled instructors who offer years of experience and tank loads of motivation. Learn basic poses and breathing techniques with beginner basics, or clear your mind muscles with gentle yoga, which focuses on meditation and postures. Higher-intensity classes such as power Vinyasa yoga and hot 26 yoga help increase flexibility, release toxins, and strengthen your core from the cozy belly of a heated room. Develop muscle tone, reduce inches, and increase energy as you focus on controlled movements.
History pulses through Lemko Hall, a turreted brick building in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Over the past century, it has served as a saloon, a ballroom, and a movie set where stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken filmed a scene for The Deer Hunter in 1978. Nowadays, one of the space's tenants, Studio 11, channels an even older legacy: the yoga tradition of ancient India.
The studio's seasoned teachers impart moving meditations that have been passed down from generation to generation via careful instruction and epic games of telephone. Classical Hatha poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength and flexibility as they learn to center their minds and control their breath. Students steep their minds in yoga's meditative qualities during flowing, breath-focused Vinyasa routines or explore the practice’s athletic side during Ashtanga sessions teeming with dynamic poses and vigorous thumb-wrestling bouts. Those seeking a more private yoga experience can engage in a Thai massage, in which a trained practitioner guides the body through assisted poses and stretches.
Yoga-inspired Pilates sessions revolve around centuries-old isometrics that promote balance and help chisel the core. Students seeking a full immersion in yogic history can enroll in studio-sponsored trips to India, which pair yoga classes with sunset meditations and spiritual discourses.
Spread across three stories and 110,000 square feet, the Cleveland State University Recreation Center enables students, faculty, and members of the community to tailor custom workouts and play a variety of sports. Weight rooms and cardio equipment help members form balanced workout regimens. Alternatively, athletes can hit the basketball, volleyball, or racquetball courts or take a dip in one of the Busbey Natatorium's two lap pools. Above the facilities, a 7,000-square-foot rooftop patio allows guests to cool off amid light foliage and a view of the campus.
Inspiral Motion offers mat classes in yoga, Pilates, and GYROKINESIS, with instructors from the top schools in the country. The center's yoga mat classes are rooted in the Vinyasa yoga discipline, a flowing style with asanas, or postures, linked together by verbal cues. Pilates students just starting out are introduced to the fundamentals of breathing, flexibility, and pelvis stability in their quests to become top Pelvis impersonators, while advanced practitioners of the Pilatic arts can discover how to Boomerang, Jackknife, and Shoulder Bridge with the best. In GYROKINESIS, students will stir their senses through a dry-scrubbing body massage, jumpstart the body’s energies through a series of movements, and further invigorate the body with mat exercises.