Grapes And Chakras: Winery’s Yoga Class Treats Mind, Body And Palate

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.

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