Beginner Yoga Options
There are many different schools of yoga. All use the same basic poses and offer similar benefits including increased flexibility and body awareness, mental calmness and focus, and the ability to relax deeply and enjoy life more fully. We teach three different styles or tracks at Yoga on High—Hatha (grounded in Iyengar’s methods), Ashtanga (taught from Pattabhi Jois’s philosphy) and Vinyasa.
At the beginning level, Hatha classes are slower with more detailed information on body alignment and body mechanics. They are especially well designed for people with physical injury or limitations, although anyone can begin in a Hatha class. Ashtanga is a more vigorous practice beloved by athletes and dancers and those who are physically fit. It is practiced in a room heated to 80 degrees to warm muscles and to encourage deep cleansing thurough sweating. Even though it is more challenging, it can be taught in modified form so that it is accessible to most people. In upper level classes both forms are equally challenging for different reasons and many people practice both. In Vinyasa classes, Yoga on High offers a creative, graceful and intelligent yoga flow that blends the wisdom of Hatha Yoga with breath-linked movement and a deep understanding of the physical and energetic body.
Register for an open class or series class here.
Benefits of Yoga
Increases strength and muscle tone
Strengthens the nervous system and calms the mind
Promotes deep and restful sleep at night
Supports bone strength and development
Supports cardiovascular health by helping to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and your resting heart rate
Lessens anxiety, worry and depression
Improves balance and spacial senses
Increases body awareness
Improves overall mood and interactions with others
Relieves or eliminates back pain and teaches methods to avoid future back injuries