Photo Courtesy Kristina Milia
Left: A yoga class practices at the new Inner Bliss Huron Road location with one of its many intructors. Recently opened, the studio isn’t far from campus, and Inner Bliss personnel say they hope to attract Cleveland State clients. Right: A “Class in Session” sign hangs from the studio’s door handle. If a session is disturbed, the physical, spiritual and mental connection could be lost.
Yoga studio opens near campus
Downtown Cleveland gained a new yoga studio called Inner Bliss this past winter whose owner, Tammy Lyons, says she hopes will involve Clevelanders in the physical, mental and spiritual exercise.
Owner of studios in Westlake, Rocky River and now downtown Cleveland, Lyons chose the new 1224 Huron Road location because she loves the energy of Playhouse Square and the proximity to Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field.
The new studio is not only close to campus, but it has a connection to Cleveland State as well. Kristina Milia, the studio lead at the Inner Bliss studio, will soon be a yoga instructor there while she studies as a Cleveland State special education graduate student.
Milia said it is hard for many people who attend school, work or live downtown to make time to attend yoga classes, especially when Inner Bliss had studios only in Rocky River and Westlake. She said that with the new downtown location, Inner Bliss wanted to make yoga more accessible and affordable for students and residents in Cleveland.
Milia has practiced yoga for more than six years. A former competitive dancer for 12 years, she said she was in search of that one thing that got her back into her body — yoga. She said not only has yoga helped her get back in tune with her body, it has helped her in many aspects of her life.
“Yoga teaches me how to be easy, begin again, and spread kindness,” said Milia, who practiced yoga as an undergrad at Cleveland State four to six days a week. “Even if I could not get into the studio, I rolled my mat out at home.”
Milia said that yoga is extremely beneficial for all college students, regardless of their major. She said that the exercise can help students focus on exams, write longer papers as well as take advantage of the breathing techniques so they can effectively communicate in moments like class presentations for example.
Milia said yoga also has other benefits. The exercise can decrease high blood pressure, increases oxygen intake into the lungs, and decrease stress, anxiety and muscle tension. She credited it with increasing immunity, regulating hormones, and alleviating backaches and soreness, especially with students in college who slouch. But, according to Milia, the most important benefit is self-love.
“We have been creating experiences of breath and movement through the practice of yoga for 15 years,” Lyons said. “We are certain that it is a healing practice that brings people together and elevates their mood, their energy and their kindness. We love Cleveland and wanted to offer Inner Bliss downtown.”
Lyons started yoga 17 years ago. She opened her first studio in Lakewood in 2002, then moved it to Rocky River with the additional locations following after. According to Lyons, she fell in love with yoga as a way to be fully present for moments at a time and rise above her doubts and into possibility. She wanted to share that experience with others.
Lyons said her business at the three studios has done well and receives much attention. Since the Cleveland studio opened in December, Lyons said it has been getting great business, but she wants more students to become involved.
At each Inner Bliss location, a drop-in or walk-in price would be $14, but being a student or part of the military lowers the price to $10 for a yoga session. Two-week class passes for new students to Inner Bliss are $30. A five-class pass is $50 for the downtown location only. The schedule is different at each location and is created to meet the majority of their customers’ schedules. However, more than 125 classes take place each week throughout the three-studio chain.
Both Milia and Lyons said they hope students will take advantage of yoga because it will have a lasting impact on them.
According to the Lyons’ and Inner Bliss’ website, she believes in Cleveland because of the people.
“We are a city of resilient, creative, dynamic people,” said Lyons. “We are the people that have faith in the power of community, the value of innovation and the need to rise above doubt.”
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