Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of about 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
For Angie Cherry, yoga was just a workout that helped her stay flexible while running. She practiced yoga like this for more than five years before discovering her passion for the form’s meditative side. Once she gave herself over to the full experience of yoga, she discovered even more benefits; not only was she able to calm her mind and receive a great workout, but she was also able to diminish her chronic allergies. With this newfound enlightenment, she decided to become a teacher to help others achieve a similar marriage between their bodies and minds. After achieving her 200-hour certification, she founded Body Bliss Yoga, where she hosts five different types of yoga classes and private lessons up to seven days a week. She also hosts nonyoga events in her space, such as occasional women's self-defense seminars and candlelight vigils for candles snuffed too soon.