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

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!

Camp kids playing Beach Volleyball

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is now open!

Although the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, at Wembley, we have been hard at work planning a great summer camp season for our members!

This year, camp will run from June 1 through August 6. Each week will have a focused theme. Each week will include one tennis clinic, swim lesson, and fitness class. Your child also has the option to add tennis lessons, and join in the summer swim team.   

Busy families also have the option of opting in to use the the before, and after-care facilities that will also be staffed by our camp counselors. 

Capacity this year is limited once more due to the ongoing pandemic, register today for Wembley’s summer camp! 

Grow & Glow From Within With Your Yoga Practice

Namaste: A greeting we use in Yoga practice to express honor to the community we share. Wembley embodies that community, fosters lifelong friendships, and promotes a sense of oneness that this centered around positivity, love, and respect. It was fate that brought me to Wembley, and it is the same fate that brought me to find this podcast episode/series and subsequent self exploration of my own spirit and the role that spirituality plays in healing the whole person.
namasté
As a physical therapist and fitness instructor, it was easy to see the importance of the physical body and the mind’s control over that body, however I could never have imagined the role of our spirit in both the development of or healing of disease processes. We are all miracles, we are all on a journey, and we all have a purpose. We are meant to be where we are right now. Here’s to your journey and those you meet along the way. I am sure glad it has been this Wembley Family!

Take a moment to listen to one of Jessica’s podcast picks:

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
Guest: Caroline Myss: Discovering Your Life’s Purpose

the triangle of yoga

By Jessica Pisano, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CIDN

The Wembley Club offers yoga everyday of the week, mornings and evenings, youth and adult. Modifications are always given for ANY level class.  Commit yourself to trying a yoga class for the first time this week, or continue your practice with one of our many offerings.

Wembley Fitness Classes

Take a look at these different blogs relating to yoga!

Check out this blog to see all of our yoga instructors in their favorite poses!

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Check out our YouTube Page to see some of Jessica’s yoga classes!

Wembley on cover of Club Business International

Wembley in Club Business International

The article about Wembley in Club Business International is a great celebration of a dream come true. I would just like to thank everyone who made it possible.  The evolution of Wembley from a troubled, and mostly abandoned facility in 2014, to a vibrant center of exercise and friendships in 2021 happened through the love and effort of amazing members and staff.

The Beginning

From the beginning of the journey, it has always been the goal to build the most positive, and spirited atmosphere.  Every hire for the staff has been made with the determination to have the most friendly, and welcoming club.  In the beginning, we quickly promoted our future stars Ali Hively, Garry Tyson, and Michelle Scacchi to take on club leadership positions.  In the early years, we grew due to the charisma of the staff, even while the facility was still in need of much improvement.  I am extremely proud that the same key people continue to put their imprint on the Wembley atmosphere.

Later years

As the years have moved on, new club leaders have elevated us to outstanding levels of positivity and success.  Colleen Ryan and Katie Allan have the rare ability to impact every corner of Wembley with their incredible versatility and ability across the entire spectrum of Wembley activities.  The acceleration of Wembley’s facility and programming are in direct correlation to Colleen and Katie’s leadership over the last couple years.

The development of our fitness program is a true jaw dropper. We went from 7 classes per week, to 54 classes filled with love and good vibes.  We are fortunate to have the same kind of spirited leadership with our tennis and pickleball pros.  Our team of Dre Mick, Sherif Abohabaga, Ben Slade, and Robert Golsmith fulfill that vision of positivity.  Heather Horschler and Laura Bursee continue that customer-focused friendly and skilled instruction in the pool.

The Heroes Behind the Scenes

Our behind the scenes heroes are also a huge part of Wembley’s ascension.  Kelly’s unwavering support through every stage of the journey has been incredible.  I am not sure how many wives would have been so willing for her husband to abandon a successful career to take on a dream.  Trevor, Bob, Ira, Larry, and Tino have been instrumental in improving the facility, which has been a big challenge from day one.  Kathy gives us great reliability and stability in the front office.  The Wembley 2021 team is the foundation. It is my pleasure to be able to work with such great people every day!

I am enormously grateful for our members, who feel more like family.  It still amazes me when I think back to 2014. So many special members that endured all of the tribulations, and continued to support the club.  To the investors who believed in our potential, and helped us to move on the path to success, thank you.  And to all of the members who have joined over the years, you have made Wembley the best place for the combination of exercise, and friendships.  I have visited many dozens of clubs all through the Midwest, and northeast. I can say with certainty that there is not a single club anywhere that matches our camaraderie, and fun spirit.  You have created something truly unique, and I am so proud to be a part of it.

-David Barr

When you have a chance, please take a few minutes to check out the article about Wembley in Club Business International.

Wembley on cover of Club Business International

Want to learn more about the club? Check out the rest of our website!