The new Honor Yoga in Fairlawn promises a welcoming environment for people of all fitness levels

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A visit to Honor Yoga is an immersive one, as the hip, modern décor with a relaxed vibe is prevalent throughout. You can’t help but feel at peace. Pictured above is Kelley Jones, assistant manager at Honor, in the meditation room. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Olivia Bloom

Local fitness instructor Rinette Scarso saw a need in the area for a different type of yoga studio—one that embraced a more welcoming mindset and offered a judgement-free environment. She also understood that not everyone “gets” yoga. So, in an effort to appeal to those just getting started, and to promote the idea of community, she launched Honor Yoga in Fairlawn.

“Fitness, and, specifically, yoga, can transform your life, both physically and mentally,” Rinette says. “I’ve seen the positive impact of the practice and knew I had to show others how powerful it is. With a wide array of classes, there are many different formats and avenues to discover yoga.”

A visit to Honor Yoga Fairlawn is an immersive one, as the hip, modern décor with a relaxed vibe is prevalent throughout. Eco-friendly and simplistic in design, there are two practice rooms and a meditation room. “The studio is spacious and easily accessible,” says Rinette.

More important than the space is the feeling of community.

“From the time you walk in the door on your first visit, you’ll know that you are a part of something special,” says assistant manager Kelley Jones.

“We strive to really get to know our members. If we understand what they are looking for in their yoga practice, we can guide them and make recommendations suited to their personal goals. Our instructors are tuned in to the needs of their students and are always helping them to grow.”

Tree pose in Aerial Yoga

As a full-spectrum yoga studio, you’ll find Honor Yoga Fairlawn’s instructors eager to share their practice in traditional classes like Gentle, Roots and This is Yoga, all great for beginners.

For students looking for more of a challenge, Flow, Strong & Calm, and Power Flow are available. If you’re looking to unwind and de-stress, the Restore class focuses on calming the central nervous system and deep relaxation. Aerial Yoga and Yoga Barre will be offered in early October. Members are also welcome to visit the meditation room for a guided meditation before or after their class, or any time the studio is open.

For those looking to deepen their practice, several workshops are offered throughout the year: Family Yoga, Art of the Vinyasa, Alignment Refinement, Honor 108 and the regularly scheduled This is Yoga Series.

For a limited time, Honor Yoga Fairlawn has a promotional price of $30 for 30 days of yoga. This includes unlimited classes, workshops, free guests, and discounts on merchandise.

“The promotion allows people to try many different classes to see what fits best with their schedule, and to take advantage of the different workshops,” Rinette invites. “Also in September, when new members purchase the $30 trial plus their first month of membership, they receive the second month for free.”

Strong & Calm class showing reverse warrior

But regardless of which class or classes you decide to participate in, Kelley and Rinette want you to know there is a place for everyone at Honor Yoga. “We want people to know they can come to our studio and feel accomplished.”

If you love to practice yoga but are unable to commit to a membership due to financial constraints, HY offers a program where yogis exchange their talents for studio membership. Contact Rinette or Kelley at the studio for more information.

Honor Yoga Fairlawn had its ribbon cutting and soft opening in July, but will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday October 5.

“We invite the community to come out and enjoy free classes, aerial demos, reiki and chakra sessions, a vendor expo with mini massages, make-and-take sugar scrubs, and many special promotions.” Studio hours on during the event will be 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Honor Yoga is located in the Fairlawn Towne Center Plaza at 2727 West Market Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; weekends, 8 a.m.-noon. The phone number is 216-309-2175. for details or stop in the studio.