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P h y s i c a l Inner Flame, Outer Burn oga strengthens muscles and increases flexibili- ty. “It’s designed to do both, and it pays attention to both,” explains Cleveland Yoga founder Tami Schneider. “We use our own body weight for the strength work. We’re working the whole body, as op- posed to pumping weights, so you’re going to see strong yet sleeker muscles.” Schneider started her career as a group fitness teacher and has always been a runner. But once her body started to “break down” from the hard demands of her life and hobbies, she turned to yoga. “It brings a healthier balance to the body,” she explains. The deeper meanings and spirituality behind yoga can take longer to achieve. Until then, whether we’re yogi wannabes, ath- letes looking for a deep stretch or practitioners with some limi- tations, we can all focus on the poses. The physical nature of the activity becomes its greatest common denominator and can of- ten be one of its biggest surprises. “Cyclists get on the mat, and they realize within the first five minutes how bound up their bodies are,” says Carina Adams, owner of Spynga Cleveland. In her classes, a half hour of intense spinning is followed by a half hour of yoga. Through yoga, she says, her students see an immediate benefit in their other ath- letic pursuits. “They’re giving their muscles the lengthening they need after they’ve been worked out for so long,” she explains. “They get to see a change pretty quickly in their body — not only in their performance, speed or hill-climbing abilities, but more than anything, they learn how to breathe in yoga.” Make no mistake; the men and women who teach these out- liers (spynga, power yoga, hot yoga, hybrid yoga classes aimed at seniors and others with special needs) still want you to make the all-powerful mind-body connection. They still want you to stay present in the moment. And they still (likely) know their San- skrit backwards and forwards. But they also want you to focus on the body: moving it, getting to know it inside and out, and then healing it and strengthening it from the toes up. TRY IT SpyngaFlow Spynga Cleveland, multiple classes During the studio’s signature class students spend 30 minutes on a spinning bike then move slowly onto the mat for a half-hour yoga session. “When we’re on the bike, we’re really getting tight in our hip flexors,” says owner Carina Adams. “So we’ll go to the mat, and I’ll always do a little bit of yin (long stretching) to start the process.” 1846 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-965-0310 Y O G A T R A N S L A T I O N G U I D E Asanas: Yoga poses, originally designed to prepare people to sit comfortably for long periods in meditation. Iyengar: “Iyengar yoga is all about proper alignment and using accessories to get your body in alignment,” says Colette Barry from Yoga Trends. Hatha: Yoga with an emphasis on the physicality of the activity; a rather general term to describe classes that move from pose to pose slowly, as opposed to more flowing vinyasa classes. “I experienced yoga several years back, and it was probably than 14 Shavasana: Also known as “corpse pose,” it’s typically the final pose in a class and features relaxation and meditation while lying still on your back. Vinyasa: Generally translated as “flow,” it’s a somewhat all- encompassing yoga term for classes that are more movement-oriented, rather than a series of static or slow poses. Yin: Slow yoga. “When you’re doing a yin pose, we hold it anywhere from three to six minutes,” says Adams. “It takes that much time to get into the layers of the body.” more diffi cult riding 100 miles ,” says Spynga Cleveland owner and longtime biker, Carina Adams. fall 2012 •