Understanding Our Class Levels
Once you have graduated from a 10-week series class, or feel comfortable in a beginner class, you may progress your practice through the following levels. If you are new to yoga or a beginner please click here.
We offer three main types of yoga at Yoga on High: we invite you to explore the differences of Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga to choose a class that is right for you.
Hatha, Vinyasa & Ashtanga Level 1
Hatha Level 1 students continue the study and practice of Hatha yoga fundamentals including warm-ups, asanas (the physical postures), breathing and deep relaxation. Attention is given to increasing body awareness and relaxation within a wide range of poses. Types of poses include: hip and shoulder openers, seated poses, standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and preparations for inversions. Many Hatha Level 1 students spend a year or more at this level developing strength, flexibility and body integration.
Mixed Level 1 & 2
Hatha, Vinyasa & Ashtanga Mixed Level 1 & 2
Our Mixed Level classes are for Level 1 and Level 2 students and above. They are a great transition from Level 1 to Level 2. Teachers continuously share modifications to help you practice safely and effectively, while offering challenging sequences that continue to emphasize the fundamentals of yoga. All of our hour long Hot Flow classes are Mixed Level 1 & 2. In Ashtanga yoga, Half Primary and Mysore are open classes to students who have finished the Beginner Course or have equivalent experience.
Hatha, Vinyasa & Ashtanga Level 2
In Hatha Level 2, you can expect to hold poses longer than in Level 1, while exploring them in greater depth and detail. You will learn poses that require more strength and are introduced to arm balances, inversions, and full back bends. You will also work with the bandhas and more advanced breath practices. In Ashtanga yoga, you will learn the Primary Series, which flows quickly from one pose to the next, with less instruction and a greater focus on breath and adjustments. At this level, in both Ashtanga and Hatha tracks, we assume you can read your own body and practice within your own limits while approaching the more complicated poses in a safe way.
Mixed Level 2 & 3
Hatha & Vinyasa Level 2 & 3
This class is recommended for strong intermediates who are ready to transition into the challenge of advanced level classes. With detailed stepping stones, develop the strength in your upper body to practice fun arm balances and inversions. We also begin flowing through Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar A & B), learn Chatturanga Dandasana, and begin jumping back. Find out about the secret toe movement and how to blossom a lotus!
Hatha & Ashtanga Level 3
Hatha Level 3 is for advanced students and yoga teachers who have had a regular practice for some time. In this class, anything goes. You will become proficient in all types of poses and a wide variety of related practices including Pranayama and Meditation. Special attention is focused on making yoga a lifelong, moment-to-moment practice. In Ashtanga we offer a Second Series practice quarterly and highly recommend advanced practitioners to go to our Mysore classes.
These include classes for people with special physical needs and classes that address specific interests, other than asana practice such as breath techniques (pranayama) and meditation. They also include Series Classes that focus on a particular issue like yoga for back pain or how to develop a Mysore practice. Our specialty classes help us achieve our goal of making yoga accessible to every body. Be sure to check these offerings often, as they change and they may address a topic you haven’t thought to explore. Many of these classes are for beginners, however each class has different requirements so please check the schedule and individual listing for further details.
Prenatal & Family
We offer an extensive prenatal program at multiple locations throughout Columbus, Ohio. We love family at Yoga on High and have classes and workshops for pregnancy, Moms and their partners and Mommy and Baby. Previous yoga experience is usually not required for any of our prenatal and family offerings. Each class or workshop has a unique description and requirement so please check individual listing for details.
*A note about Ashtanga yoga: It is important to understand that Ashtanga yoga by nature is a faster paced practice, done in a heated room and in the beginning can be a much more strenuous practice than Hatha yoga. In continuing to develop your practice we recommend repeating Beginner Ashtanga, Half Primary, or Mysore.
We highly recommend you calling the studio to find a class that is right for you. Pre-registration is required for all 10-week series classes and can be done online or by calling 614.291.4444.