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Yoga Joins Juice, Pastries, Fancy Nails & Pretty Plants in German Village

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Balanced Yoga joins popular local shops Fox In The Snow, Native Cold-Pressed, The W Nail Bar and STUMP in bringing a second location to the bustling corner of Thurman Avenue and Jaeger Street in German Village.

Balanced Yoga owner Leah Westwater signed a lease at 210 Thurman Ave, the historic building that once housed Thurmania movie theater.

Balanced Yoga shares the building with the newest Fox In The Snow Cafe location. The yoga studio will fill approximately 2,000 square feet in the 1920s theater space while the former theater lobby will transform into the coffee and bakery hangout.

“German Village has a wonderfully unique vibe—both historic and urban—and we are so excited to join the neighborhood,” says Westwater. “To be honest, a second location wasn’t on our radar until the building and the neighboring businesses made it an easy decision. We look forward to contributing to an already thriving community.”

Balanced Yoga’s German Village studio aims to open in spring of 2017 with a yoga class schedule crafted with downtown living in mind.

“Picture this: exposed brick, a restored fireplace, show-stopping light fixtures, beautiful hardwood floors — a place to connect with yourself and others. Very warm and inviting, yet edgy and industrial,” says Tessa DuPont, studio manager and director of marketing.

Westwater purchased the longstanding Clintonville yoga studio at 3520 N. High St. in May 2015 and began rebranding the business and revitalizing the space not long after.

“We’re here because yoga has the capacity to change lives, and we operate from that truth in everything from our values to our schedule,” says Westwater’s partner, Nicole Klasa. “From our management team to staff and yoga instructors, we strive to give the city gathering spaces full of heart. We are an extremely inspired group passionate about serving Columbus.”

The second location will share in hosting Balanced mainstays, including its biannual yoga teacher training program, yoga and live music events, masterclasses with local and national instructors, and donation-based classes to benefit Balanced Yoga’s GIVE Yoga Fund, among other nonprofit outreach.

About Balanced Yoga: Balanced Yoga offers more than 70 classes per week with opportunities from Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Prenatal and Family Yoga. You can find Balanced Yoga Clintonville at 3520 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, visit balancedyogastudios.com.

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Former OSU Linebacker partners with local CBD Company

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Former Ohio State University All-American linebacker, and NFL Fox analyst, Chris Spielman has announced a partnership with CBD Health Collection. Speilman was first introduced to the company while looking for solutions to his “nagging pain”, the result of injuries sustained throughout his football career. CBD Health Collection was founded in 2017 by Rick Bauer in conjunction with his son and daughter who run production and marketing respectively.

In conjunction with the new partnership, CBD Health Collection will be launching a Spielman branded line of CBD products targeted at former athletes and weekend warriors experiencing residual pain from sports. The new products will initially be available online as the company finalizes their retail distribution plans. 

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It’s no longer necessary to do squats outside of your gym, for now

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Gym rats rejoice! Those who’ve been missing the arduousness of wiping down salty equipment after each use or hoping that they come across some top-secret CIA information on the lockerroom floor are in luck.

Since the closing of all non-essential business on March 24, gyms have been void of protein shakes and Affliction t-shirts. Following a court order on Tuesday, workout facilities are now allowed to open their doors earlier than the previous May 26 ruling. Those who were adamant about getting leg day in while also exercising their first amendment rights will no longer have to do so outside of gym complexes.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci ruled on Tuesday that state and county health officials, including Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton and the Lake County General Health District, won’t be able to take any action against fitness facilities violating the original reopening date. This comes following a complaint filed by The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of 35 Ohio gyms, including Columbus’ Ohio Strength.

The general public would be harmed if an injunction was not granted. There would be a diminishment of public morale and a feeling that one unelected individual could exercise such unfettered power to force everyone to obey," Lucci wrote in the injunction

"The public would be left with feelings that their government is not accountable to them. Prolonged lockdowns have deleterious effects upon the public psyche."

When Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced several opening days this past Thursday, guidelines that gyms would have to follow to remain open were also outlined. Gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios must keep employees and clients six feet apart, which also includes equipment. Upon entering these facilities, everyone will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. 

Fitness facilities will not be asked to close if they follow these guidelines.

This doesn’t mark the end of the lawsuit, though. Restrictions placed on fitness centers are being temporality lifted while the case makes its way through the court system. A successful lawsuit, however, could mean that gyms could sue the state for lost income.

“The ruling by Judge Eugene Lucci of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas explains that private property rights are fundamental rights in Ohio, and that the Ohio Department of Health has both violated those rights and exceeded its own authority,” according to a statement from Cincinnati-based Finney Law Firm.

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Pelotonia launches virtual program for 2020 event

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For the past 12 years, Pelotonia has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research with an annual three-day bicycle race. Due to current social distancing measures, riders will not be able to gather this year to trek across central and southern Ohio.

The non-profit cancer research organization, though,  has found a way to allow riders to participate virtually. Launching on June 2, My Pelotonia will allow participants to set their own fundraising and biking goals for the year in place of the three-day event. A fundraising requirement will not be required. 

“While so much has recently changed, the need for critical research funding and the goal of Pelotonia has not,” said Doug Ulman, Pelotonia President and CEO.

“My Pelotonia will be an experience that is more inclusive and personal with more ways to engage and participate than ever before.”

My Pelotonia is also encouraging families to participate. To make this more possible, Pelotonia has waived registration fees and an age requirement. The fundraising deadline has also been extended until October 31.

The program is also encouraging people to not just exercise on their bikes. Running, walking, and volunteering are just some of the activities that count toward a rider’s personal goal.

In lieu of the traditional Pelotonia Opening Ceremony, a live broadcast celebration will be held on August 7.

100 percent of every dollar raised will go toward providing critical funds for cancer research at the OSUCCC-James.

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