Getting Started Yoga Beginners

Getting Started

Yoga Styles

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.

Understanding Our Schedule

Visit our Online Store and Resources page to learn more about our class prices. We encourage you to check the online schedule regularly as print schedules are subject to change.

Open Classes

These classes are held on their designated day every week. Visit our Open Class Schedule and pre-register today! You can come to any open class as often as you like -Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation, Kundalini, Restorative, Urban Zen, or any combination thereof.

Series Classes

Series Classes are pre-registration classes and are limited in size. They are not open to drop ins and are not listed on our Open Class schedule. These classes are priced individually and in general run for 10 weeks from the first week of each quarter. Often we have late start and short run classes so please visit the Series Class schedule to pre-register. If you are currently enrolled in a Series Class and need to make up a class click here.

Student EtiquettE

Be on time: Please allow yourself plenty of time to find parking, sign-in, and settle into class. On your first visit to Yoga on High please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out paperwork prior to the beginning of class.

Pre-Registration: We love to know you're coming so please be sure to pre-register for class. Visit our Open Class Schedule to pre-register. Once you have a class pass you may go directly to your classroom and sign in on the iPad. 

Turn off electronics: Ensure you turn off cell phones and electronic devices before entering the building.

Practice good props management: Please return all props to their appropriate place at the end of class. Be mindful to refold blankets to their original “trained” fold.

Noise control: While in the reception area, please hold your conversations away from the studio doors to be considerate of other classes still in session.

Props: We provide most props and clean them regularly. You may consider purchasing your own props for class or home use from our retail store. For hot classes, we suggest bringing your own towel or renting one at the front desk.

Eye pillows: For hygienic purposes we do not provide eye pillows. We recommend (but do not require) that you purchase your own.

Loaner mats: We have mats you can borrow, but if you practice regularly you will want to own one. Please spray and wipe rental mats with cleaner located near the props before returning to the front desk.

Other Recommendations:

Refrain from wearing scents and chewing gum in class.

Yoga clothes should be stretchy and invite movement within the body. We recommend practicing in bare foot or with yoga grip socks.

Students practicing in heated rooms may wish to come to class with layers of clothing.

Eating two hours prior to class is not encouraged. If necessary, choose something light like a piece of fruit. You may bring water to class or use the drinking fountain located in between the bathrooms. Ashtanga students are not encouraged to drink cold water during class.

Always practice at your own comfort level and let the teacher know if you have any injuries or would like modifications for any pose.

The more you practice yoga, the greater the benefits.

Have fun and enjoy the class.

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