Yoga is an ancient and complex practice, rooted in Indian philosophy, that originated several thousand years ago. Yoga began as a spiritual practice, but it has become popular as a way of promoting physical and mental well-being. Although classical yoga also includes other elements, yoga as practiced in the United States typically emphasizes physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana). Popular yoga styles such as iyengar, bikram, and hatha yoga focus on these elements. Several traditional yoga styles encourage daily practice with periodic days of rest, whereas others encourage individuals to develop schedules that fit their needs. Click on the calendar in the right side bar to see our schedule of classes.
The standardized "24 forms tai ji quan" that is taught at New Heights Wellness Center is a physical activity, but its purpose is metaphysical (beyond that which is physical) and internal. It is a formalized set of stylized movements (which are borrowed from the Chinese martial arts) that are used to balance the practitioner’s yin and yang energies. By balancing these energies, this style of tai ji can provide physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness benefits that support and nurture the practitioner's body, mind, and spirit. For more details about jai ji at New Heights Wellness Center, and for costs and class schedules, see the
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. It can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness, eventually achieving a higher level of awareness and connection of body, mind & spirit. Click on the calendar in the right sidebar to find class schedules.