Yoga at The Arena

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been around for over 5,000 years. Its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, and for good reason. From physical health benefits, to mental and emotional benefits, practicing yoga can have a profound impact on your life. Here are some of the most notable benefits of yoga.

Yoga at The Arena

Improved Flexibility:

One of the most obvious benefits of yoga is improved flexibility. Through a series of stretching and twisting poses, your muscles become more limber, reducing the risk of injury and improving your range of motion.

Increased Strength:

Yoga is not just about flexibility; it also builds strength. Holding various yoga poses, such as downward-facing dog, requires you to engage and strengthen your muscles, which can help improve your overall fitness.

Better Balance:

Many yoga poses require you to balance your body weight, which can help improve your balance and stability in other areas of your life. This is especially important as we age and our balance starts to decline.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety:

Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels by promoting relaxation and mindfulness. By focusing on your breath and the present moment, you can calm your mind and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Improved Sleep:

Yoga has been shown to improve sleep quality by reducing stress and anxiety levels, and promoting relaxation. Incorporating gentle yoga poses and breathing exercises into your bedtime routine can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Improved Cardiovascular Health:

Certain yoga styles, such as vinyasa and power yoga, incorporate dynamic movements that get your heart rate up and can improve your cardiovascular health. By practicing regularly, you can strengthen your heart and improve your overall fitness level.

Improved Mental Clarity:

Yoga has been shown to improve mental clarity and focus by promoting mindfulness and reducing stress and anxiety levels. This can help you be more productive and efficient in your daily life.

In conclusion, there are countless benefits of practicing yoga. From improved physical health to reduced stress and anxiety, practicing yoga can have a profound impact on your life. Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing for years, there is always something new to learn and discover in the world of yoga.

Check out our fitness page to see our fitness schedule! Add yoga to your daily routine!

Look at our yoga page to see what types of classes we offer!

Blog post written by Ben Slade

Arena Fitness: Yoga at the Arena – a conversation

As construction progresses and we get closer to unveiling the new fitness spaces at The Arena, we are excited to feature a series of video interviews of key fitness personnel at the Wembley talking about their impressions of the new fitness space and what they are most excited about.

This week, our Fitness Director, Colleen Ryan, shares her take on the new Yoga studio in the Arena!

Stay tuned for more vides from other familiar faces at Wembley coming soon!

The Cleveland Challenge is here!

Do you consider yourself one of the best doubles players in Cleveland? Come on out and prove yourself at the Cleveland Challenge this weekend! Or cheer the teams that play!

The following divisions will be played:

Women’s Flights – 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0
Men’s Flights – 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5
Mixed – 9.0

Wembley plays two matches, at home on Friday, April 22 with the women starting us off at 6:30 PM and at Western Reserve on Sunday, April 24 at 3 PM.

Come out to play or to cheer the club players on!

The Man in the Arena

The Man in the Arena

“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer. There are many men who feel a kind of twister pride in cynicism; there are many who confine themselves to criticism of the way others do what they themselves dare not even attempt. There is no more unhealthy being, no man less worthy of respect, than he who either really holds, or feigns to hold, an attitude of sneering disbelief toward all that is great and lofty, whether in achievement or in that noble effort which, even if it fails, comes to second achievement.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world. Among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are.

The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength. It is war-worn Hotspur, spent with hard fighting, he of the many errors and valiant end, over whose memory we love to linger, not over the memory of the young lord who “but for the vile guns would have been a valiant soldier.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

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Wembley Waves summer swim team registration at the Wembley Club

Can you hear the birds? Can you feel the warmth in the air? Hopefully this is not yet another “False Spring” followed by “3rd Winter” that North East Ohio is famous for.

We are about 86 days from Memorial day and for those of you who like to plan out the whole summer; Wembley is recruiting for its summer swim team! The Wembley Waves is a fun experience for swimmers of all ages and skills levels. We have daily swim team practices with morning and afternoon options to choose from. Swimmers can attend swim team practice during or after summer camp hours. The fee includes access to all practices and swim meets. The swim meets are scheduled every week and include home and away meets at local neighborhoods and clubs.

Come join the Wembley Waves team! It is more fun here!

You can get more info and register online on the website or email swim@wembleyclub.com for more information!

Personal trainer, Erin

Our own Erin Hagen repping at Arnold Festival this weekend!

We are wishing great success and the best of luck to Erin Hagen who is off to the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend in Columbus Ohio! She is participating in the Pro bench bash starting at 2 PM on Saturday! You can also view the whole event on Pay-per-view on Fanmio.

She will be competing in the 56kg division. Erin will go up against 25 of the best powerlifters who have been invited to compete. These include powerlifters across all weight divisions, ages and genders. She will be attempting to build on her success from winning at Nationals last June!

Did you know that in between competing in powerlifting tournaments and driving her kids around to various soccer and baseball practices and games; Erin also teaches fitness classes at Wembley and runs a successful personal training program!   Come join one of her sessions to experience getting trained by a National Champion!

Wembley tennis teams repping at State Championships this weekend!

This weekend, the NEO district hosts the 2021 Combo Ohio State Championships.

NEO will be represented by two Wembley teams: The 6.5 Women’s team captained by Andrea Ayyappan and the 6.5 Men’s team captained by JP Ayyappan.

Please drop by to cheer the teams on at Western Reserve Racquet and Fitness club at 11013 Aurora Hudson Rd, Streetsboro, OH 44241

The men’s team is scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM, while the women’s team is scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday at Noon. Please note that matches can be called up to 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.

Go Wembley! We hope to see you there!

Presidents’ day at the Wembley Club!


If your kids have Friday and Monday off for the Presidents Day holiday; make the most of your extended holiday weekend with visit to the Wembley Club.

We are excited to announce special presidents’ day weekend hours for the Wembley Club pool! The pool will be open from 7AM to 8PM on Friday and 11AM – 8PM on Monday!

Bring the kids, bring a friend (guest charges apply) and make some time to also check out some group fitness classes or book a court for a round of tennis or pickleball while you are here!

See you here soon!

First summer swim meet of 2021

The Wembley Waves swim team attended their first swim meet this summer. The meet was at Barrington Golf Club swimming pool against the Barrington “Barracudas”.

This was the first swim meet ever for a large number of swimmers (and their parents). But, we also had some veteran swimmers and families on hand. And with expert guidance from these veterans and the coaches, everything went well!

Kudos to the entire swim team staff who managed the meet and worked with the swimmers to make this a successful event! Looking forward to the next meet of the season!