Sandy Gross, Founder
Hi, I’m Sandy. I’ve spent the majority of my life fascinated with the human body. In a word, I am a teacher – I teach people how to resolve their own pain, prevent injury and to live with greater self confidence at any age. I’ve learned and lived this often overlooked detail: everything in your life up-regulates when you move well.
I love to help people solve problems. Grounded in exercise science, functional movement and the best practices of yoga, I design purposeful movement oriented solutions for individuals and groups. I design movement prep and recovery routines for sports teams, help companies upgrade their wellness programs and consult numerous individuals pre/during/post medical treatment to take better charge of their healing. My superpower is simplifying the complex. I also teach you how to create a life of movement that is workable for your busy schedule and always relevant to your goals.
Here’s a bit about my background: I grew up in California and graduated with an arts degree from San Jose State University (Journalism/’88). During my junior year, two things completely lit me up: I got certified to teach aerobic dance and took a 6 unit lab course titled Human Performance. I landed a job at Apple Computers corporate fitness center and connecting the dots backwards, I see now how my work as a “movement educator” has emerged. Movement, aside from “exercise”, is the most powerful tool for managing the downstream effects of technology, reduces health care costs and sets us up to live a life, well into older age, pain free. Here’s a mind-blowing fact: as of 2019, chronic disease is now the biggest killer than the former (smoking). Chronic disease are diseases of diet and lifestyle, many of which we know now are in part due to lack of movement (diabetes, obesity, cancers). In addition, those who sit for an accumulated 6 hours a day are now considered sedentary. Even with exercising or training in a gym for 1-3 hours a day.
In my 20’s, I worked in sports & fashion publishing, two industries that were growing fast. I side hustled as a fitness trainer, traveled the world teaching fitness classes, learned to teach yoga and eventually moved to Cleveland for love.
During my 30 & 40’s I became a parent of 3 and pursued lots more education. I became a E-RYT 500 (experienced-registered yoga teacher), YACEP (Yoga Alliance) continuing ed. provider, Yoga Tune Up® (Integrated teacher), Roll Model® Method Practitioner (Teacher Trainer), ACSM/Health Fitness Instructor and Functional Movement Systems FMS screen – Level 2 Practitioner.
During these decades, I also founded and operated Evolution Yoga, one of the first yoga studios in Cleveland, which became a nucleus in the region where yoga teachers, studio owners, fitness pros and sports coaches came to learn about yoga and other mind/body practices. I also became a caretaker to both of my parents and helped them manage cancer journeys, home health care and their passing.
Now in my 50’s, my work is teaching and consulting. Some of my clients over the years have included the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Kent State University’s 2017 MAC Men’s Basketball Champions, Kent State University’s 2015 MAC Women’s Soccer Champions, Notre Dame College’s 2017 D1AA Men’s Rugby National Champions, Cleveland Browns athletes, several high school and elite sports travel teams. In the corporate world, I’ve worked with executives, teams and top performers visiting David Copperfield’s private island retreat in the Bahamas, Musha Cay.
Many more of my inspiring clients, however, are those who strive for greatness as employees, parents, recreational athletes and non-athletes who simply want more out of life, to stay off the bench and to play the long game.