By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Akron Beacon Journal
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A Yoga class with wine…the premise is to work out and then wind down, but the yoga-before-alcohol thing isn’t a hard and fast rule. The owner says at least one class member customarily drinks wine before class. CHEERS!
SHARON TOWNSHIP, Ohio
What kind of wine pairs well with a warrior pose?
All of them, apparently.
At least that’s the case at High & Low Winery, where Yoga & Wine is a Monday evening routine. Yoga aficionados gather there each week for 45 minutes of stretching, strengthening and mind-clearing, followed, of course, by a glass of wine.
On a relentlessly warm evening not long ago, I was kind of wishing the wine part came first.
I had agreed to join in a class, sacrificing my less-than-limber body and my dignity for the sake of journalism.
Never mind that I haven’t touched my toes since approximately 1987.
Never mind that the thermometer in instructor Amie Appling’s car registered 87 on the drive over.
Never mind that the class took place on the winery’s back lawn, in full view of a dozen or so patrons gathered around tables on the patio.
My aging self was on display for all the world to see, and in tights, no less. To the spectators, I can only say I’m sorry.
Still, it wasn’t a bad experience. In fact, I kind of liked it. Even without the wine.
Yoga & Wine started shortly after owner Matt Snyder opened the winery in November. It was a big hit pretty much from the start, he said, so the winery has added Yoga & Mimosa on Saturday mornings.
In winter or bad weather the classes meet in the winery’s High Tasting Room, an elegant second-floor space. When it’s nice outside, classes move to the lawn below the back patio, where a rock waterfall provides its own sort of soothing background music.