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3/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

After three years in business, Yoga Bliss expands

FAIRLAWN — Recently, Yoga Bliss expanded its space, opening a juice bar, adding a massage room and increasing capacity in the hot yoga room and lobby/boutique area.

Having opened in February 2011, Yoga Bliss has 14 certified yoga teachers and offers more than 50 classes a week of varying levels in both a hot and nonheated setting.

On Feb. 23, Yoga Bliss celebrated its three-year anniversary with Bliss Day, a day of free workshops and classes, followed by a member appreciation party.

“It is amazing to see the close-knit community that has developed over the past three years as Yoga Bliss has developed into a magical place where people can come to put in the effort that is necessary to be their best selves,” said owner Caroline Gronowski.

During 2014, two nationally known kirtan musicians (Mike Cohen and Girish) and three internationally renowned yoga teachers (Seane Corn, Tiffany Cruikshank and Bryan Kest) will offer workshops at Yoga Bliss.

Yoga Bliss also continues its commitment to the practice of Seva, or selfless service to others. In 2011, Yoga Bliss raised more than $25,000 for Off the Mat into the World’s Global Seva Challenge to benefit women and children in Haiti, and Gronowski traveled to Haiti on a two-week service trip. In 2012, Yoga Bliss raised $21,000 to benefit girls rescued from the sex trade in India, and Gronowski again traveled to India on a two-week service trip.

In 2013, the Seva project was kept local, with the teaching of yoga classes at ACCESS Inc., a local homeless shelter, on Wednesday evenings. Yoga Bliss also collected toiletries throughout the year and raised $10,000 for Seva Smile, its project to provide dental care to ACCESS residents.

Individually, teachers and teacher trainees led community classes to raise money for causes close to their hearts, such as The Upside of Downs, and to buy latrines for those without access to proper sanitation in Asia. Two teacher trainees started the Summit County chapter of 100+ Women Who Care. The next meeting will be April 11 at 6:15 p.m. at Yoga Bliss.

“Most people start a yoga practice for the physical benefits, but it becomes a lifestyle  because it is so much more,” Gronowski said. “When you start to see the huge difference between your reactions prior to establishing a yoga practice and after establishing a regular yoga routine, you realize how essential it is to your mental and spiritual health. Those long lean muscles are just a nice side effect. It’s so cool to see the effect that a bright shiny person has on the environment around his or her self.”

 

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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