Cultivate Yoga finds Lakewood home at former Trinity Church property

Anke Neustadt

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A key part of the Scalish Construction’s plan for the proposed $3.75-million adaptive-reuse project for the former Trinity Church property on Detroit Avenue is health and wellness.

This leads to the recent announcement Cultivate Yoga is coming to Lakewood.

“We’re a nonprofit space yoga organization,” said Cultivate Yoga founder Evan Scharfeld, who has called Lakewood home for 13 years. “What that means is everything we offer is free to the community.

The idea is rooted in indigenous cultures and gift-based economies with Cultivate Yoga choosing to gift out its services into the community.

“We do ask that there’s a responsibility in receiving that gift and a certain reciprocity to it so people who come practice with us can choose to give back in any way they want,” Scharfeld said.

“If they’re able to donate financially to us, we gladly accept that and definitely need that to operate, but if they can’t that’s completely cool. We ask, for example, maybe you donate an hour of your time to a food bank.”

Started roughly five years ago, the charity-minded Cultivate Yoga had ties to a traditional yoga studio operation before opening two years ago its first location in Avon.

As for moving to Lakewood, Scharfeld said that’s a product of his 25-year friendship with Scalish Construction President Frank Scalish. After the former Brush High School classmates lost touch for many years, the two reconnected over a shared love for yoga, local community and sustainability.

It was roughly four years ago when the developer mentioned his intention to make the Lakewood property wellness-oriented and a local community-driven space.

“This past summer he reached out again asking if I was you still interested,” Scharfeld said. “The fact we’re successful in Avon and sustainable with that business model made me comfortable to sign up with Frank officially.”

While a timeline for the former Trinity Church property hasn’t been announced, Cultivate Yoga plans on opening this September in the front lower part of the existing school building.

“We can make yoga accessible to everybody and anybody,” Scharfeld said. “The practice is not just important for individuals but can help build a whole community beyond the practice of yoga. We can get everybody out there doing their work to make us a better community.”

The health and wellness component associated with the adaptive-reuse project for the former Trinity Church is tied to the development becoming FitWel certified.

“Cultivate Yoga is an instrumental piece of the puzzle as it speaks to the mental health aspect of our mission at Trinity,” Scalish said. “All of our employees and tenants will have direct access to yoga. Although not a specific requirement of our wellness certification, it’s instrumental in my commitment to raising the bar for the construction and development industry and further supports my devotion to health and wellness.

“Furthermore, Evan is making yoga accessible to the masses, which in turn benefits the entire Lakewood community. This couldn’t have happened at a better time in the process as we are nearing completion of leasing our storefronts and now focused on the appropriate tenant mix of synergistic businesses for the church and schoolhouse spaces.”

Read more news from the Sun Post Herald here.

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