BROga (yoga for men) and a santucary that helps restore history

CLEVELAND - The face of Yoga classes across the country is changing. There’s a new trend emerging called “BROga," which is yoga for men.

“I think it’s fantastic," said John Galvez who practices Yoga.

While it’s not gender specific, women traditionally out-number men in most Yoga classes.

Galvez says having mostly women in a class can be a bad thing for macho guys who struggle with Yoga poses.

"There is an intimidating factor about these people are on their heads and twisting like pretzels," Galvez said.

Cleveland Yoga instructor, Amy Schneider, says in an all-male class, egos are less likely to be shattered. 

“Any environment that makes men more comfortable to come to Yoga is a good thing,” she said. 

BROga is hard to find, but it is offered at Vision Yoga in Cleveland. The classes at the studio are geared to teach men the proper alignment for yoga poses. But they will also do strengthening and core moves to build abs and increase overall flexibility.

The classes at Vision Yoga also play music that are more "manly" such as Led Zepplin and Bruce Springsteen. For more information on their BROga classes, visit Vision Yoga's website.

“It’s the first I’ve ever heard of it, but I’ve been talking about it with people before and saying we need to get more guys coming to the studio,” said Galvez. 


Museum of Divine Statues restores history

A sanctuary is providing salvation to religious statues.

Lou McClung is the owner of Museum of Divine Statues. He said it just makes sense, because, “the theme of my life has always been restoration.” 

PHOTOS: Restored divine statues

McClung’s passion for restoration and preserving can be seen at his “Museum of Divine Statues” in Lakewood. “We’re here to inspire everybody," he said. 

The Catholic museum, housed in one of the 50 churches closed by the Cleveland Diocese, has statues from shuttered churches across the region.

 “It was really important we make sure that as much of the artwork stays here in Cleveland to represent the heritage,” he said.  

Many of the pieces purchased from the diocese are in rough shape, like a “Holy Family” statue, which was spray painted white.

“When a piece comes in like that, I have to do my homework and really know what that piece should have looked like 100-years ago," said McClung.

With the real possibility of more Cleveland churches closing in the future, his work is far from done.

“This artwork to me is very beautiful artwork, and it’s sacred, but it also represents the people who sacrificed everything to put it here."


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