about us

This project came about when two, athletic, science-minded yoga practitioners decided to create a hand-out for our students about heated yoga practice.  During that process, we found much misinformation about yoga and the heat when we searched online.

We have a deep sense of respect for the human body and its potential, especially our body’s amazing ability to seek balance in every moment.  Optimal performance is our goal, as is peak health, be it in the gym, on the trail or in the yoga room. We hope you find the information on this site helpful.

Karen R. Kelly, M. S., PhD
Dr. Kelly is the Physiologist for the Department of Warfighter Performance-Naval Health Research Center. Her current projects are with Naval Special Warfare (US Navy SEALSs) and the US Marine Corp. Formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathobiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Kelly is also currently a professor of advanced Exercise Physiology at San Diego State University.

She is also a competitive athlete and has won the women’s division of the Towpath half marathon in 2009, came in third in 2009 in the women’s division of the Buckeye 50 mile ultra marathon, and finished first in the Buckeye 100 miler summer 2010. More recently, she was the 2nd woman overall in the Pacific Coast Trail run-Pt. Mugu 50k. Dr. Kelly is an avid yogini as well, and also teaches Pilates.

Sandy Gross, E-RYT 500, ACSM H/FI
Sandy is the founder/director of Evolution Yoga in Cleveland, Ohio since 2004. Her regular yoga practice consists of vinyasa, Iyengar and she was a part of the OM yoga teacher training faculty, directed by Cyndi Lee, for 6 years, where she also earned her 200 & 500 hour certifications. She has also worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 1987, and has been teaching yoga and mobility training since 1999.