This is What Grief Looks Like

by Marcia Miller

It’s 10:30 in the morning. Standing in my kitchen getting something for breakfast, I notice the bottle of alcohol in the fridge. A thought passes through my mind— “I could have a drink this morning and take the edge off.” The thought took me aback. It was loud and clear and not a thought I have ever had before in the middle of the day. It’s been a rough few months, longer really. My father died last year in April and a few days after the anniversary of his death my dear friend Martha died. A few weeks after that another friend died, and we had just buried him a few days ago. As is often common with grief, all the other deaths in my life were jostling in my heart for attention as well. I’ve been coughing for 3 weeks and counting. I even tripped and fell on the sidewalk the other day and cut my hand and bruised my arm. It felt like a lot—feels like a lot to integrate. A few times I have heard myself asking the universe to stop the death—just for now. Then the question of how long it should stop arises, and what about war in Syria and all the death that is not stopping in other places just because people want it to stop. The truth is death will not stop, the universe has its rules of life and death and just because I am feeling overwhelmed some days doesn’t change that. Sigh. I know this. My real yearning is to be with it, everything just as it is, to show up with soft, open eyes and a spacious heart, and that seems like a tall order many days. I’m grateful for that day in the kitchen considering a drink because the shock of noticing that thought helped me to clarify what I do want. I want to be present to myself and all my feelings. I want to be present to life as it is in all its pain and beauty, and there is plenty of that too. I want to be ALIVE. As my husband once said, “I want to be fully alive, even if it kills me.”

shutterstock_387732847I stood at the counter, amazed that I was considering taking a drink in the middle of the day, something I don’t think I have ever considered before. I was grateful for the clarity it brought me to be able to notice the amount of pain and overwhelm I was feeling. I felt my feet on the floor and my hands on the counter. I considered whether I really wanted to deaden myself inside or find some other way to be with all that was present. I felt my feet some more. Then it was clear that while I wanted some respite from all I was feeling, or at least a different way to be with it, I didn’t want to deaden myself. I thought of all the students I have had over the years who have been addicted to something because of the pain of their lives. Many of them have deep pain without any tools to deal with it, without community to help support them, without even the personal sense that they matter at all. I went outside and pulled ridiculously tall weeds out of one of my garden beds. I felt the air and sweat on my skin. I could feel my aliveness and that was enough for that moment.

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Wild and Free – July Instagram Challenge

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Announcing the Wild & Free July Instagram Challenge
Hosted by @yogaonhigh
Starts July 1

Summertime re-wilding.
Join the movement and set your summer free!

Check @yogaonhigh every day for a pose of the day.  Post a picture of yourself in the version of the pose that speaks through you – creativity counts 🤸🏽‍♂️.  Get outside ☀️ invite friends, invite your favorite crystals, unlatch the hook that’s been keeping you tame… and dive into a daily adventure on your mat.  ✨🌙✨

How to participate:

  • ☀️Take the long way home.
  • ☀️Try something completely unexpected.
  • ☀️Let magic be your guide.
  • ☀️Sparkle.  Howl at the moon.
  • ☀️Follow @yogaonhigh
  • ☀️Repost this challenge post and tag a friend to join you!
  • ☀️Starting July 1st post a photo of yourself in the challenge pose everyday
  • ☀️Tag @yogaonhigh  #yohichallenge in your posts to quality for some amazing prizes from our community partners!
  • ☀️Make sure your account is “public” so we can see! Support your yoga community by commenting and like other’s photos.
  • ☀️Winners will be announced soon after 8/1

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  1. ardha baddha padmottanasana | half bound lotus standing
  2. eka pada galavasana | flying pigeon
  3. navasana | boat pose (partner day!)
  4. vrschikasana | scorpion pose
  5. utpluthih | scales pose
  6. adho mukha vrksasana | handstand
  7. anjaneyasana | low lunge
  8. shiva pose
  9. parivrtta trikonasana | revolved triangle
  10. svarga dvidasana | bird of paradise
  11. vashistasana | side plank pose
  12. dwi pada viparita dandasana | upward facing two-legged staff pose
  13. laghu vajrasana | little thunderbolt
  14. parivrtta surya yantrasana | compass pose
  15. natarajasana | dancer
  16. viparita virabhadrasana | reverse warrior
  17. ardha chandrasana | half moon pose
  18. ardha ustrasana | half camel pose
  19. matsyasana | fish pose
  20. eka pada rajakapotasana | mermaid pose
  21. virabhadrasana II | warrior 2 @ the wall
  22. bakasana | crow pose
  23. gomukhasana | cow face pose
  24. titibasana | firefly pose
  25. skandasana | side lunge
  26. malasana | garland pose
  27. utthita hasta padangusthasana variation | extended hand to big toe variation
  28. utkata konasana | goddess pose
  29. camatkarasana | wild thing
  30. parivrtta anjaneyasana | revolved low lunge variation

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Prizes:
@acrobeard | acro yoga session with Jared Keener
@bohindistyle | essential oil diffusing bracelets
@eksyoga | mala
@enso_tattoo | enso swag
@Jenzang | reiki session with reiki master Jen Zang
@karinewascher | soul journey session with Karine Wascher
@mandukayoga | prolite mat |yogitoes towel | equa towel
@nativecoldpressed | gift card
@pistaciavera | gift card
@rootswithwingsdesign | hand crafted gear
@sekoiastudios |sekoia™ essential oil goodies
@staufs_coffee| coffee voucher
@yogisurprise | 1 year subscription | yogi surprise box

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July Calendar of Events

Studio Closed July 3 at 2p and July 4 in observation of Independence Day

Schedule Updates:
Short North:
Tuesday 5:45p Hatha Level 1 with Colleen Leonardi
Sunday 10:30a Kid’s Yoga (ages 6-11) with Marina Zahran
Tuesday 4:00p Community Class -- Hot Flow Level 1 & 2 with Marina Zahran
Grandview:
Wednesday 6:00p Vinyasa Beginner Drop-in with Erin Shipley

Workshops:
July 1 Sound Journey with gongs, Bells and Sining Bowls with Crown of Eternity
July 6 Sekoia-Buti Yoga with Michele Vinbury, Karine Wascher and Victoria Frey
July 8 Sekoia Spriit Jounrey: Wolf with Michele Vinbury (Sold Out)
July 8 Bend & Brew with Jeremy Grace
July 14 UZIT Convcation 2017
July 14 – 16 Accessible Yoga with JoAnn Lyons
July 25 Book Conversations with Katherine Sweat
July 29 Chakras, Crystals and Ayurveda with Jasmine Grace

Upcoming Series Classes:
July 6 -- September 7 Thursdays 5:45p Prenatal with Mary Sinclair
July 10 – September 18 Mondays 4:00p MS Yoga with Jenn Gebhart
July 10 – August 14 Mondays 5:45p Dialogue about Death with Asana with Marcia Miller
July 10 – September 18 Mondays 6:00p Prenatal with Julie Carpenter @ SBS – Westerville
July 12 – September 6 Wednesdays 5:45p Hatha Basic New Beginners with Cindy Houpt
July 15 – September 16 Saturdays 12:00p MS Yoga with Jenn Gebhart
July 17 – September 25 Mondays 7:30p Prenatal with Jenn Gebhart
July 30 – September 3 Sundays 3:00p 6-Week Ashtanga Foundations with Correna Starbuck

Click here to enroll in series classes.

Upcoming Teacher Trainings:

UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy)
11 Month Program Kickoff Session: Wednesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 27
For questions or more information contact: urbanzen@yogaonhigh.com

Upcoming Info Sessions:
Saturday, July 8th from 3:00p to 4:00p at Yoga on High with Marcia Miller
Saturday, August 5th from 4:00p to 5:00p at Yoga on High with Marcia Miller
Tuesday, August 8th from 7:30p to 8:30p (Phone Conference) with Marcia Miller

Ayurvedic Health Educator (AHE Part 1)
11-Month Weekend Program (equivalent to NAMA’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor)
Kick-off Weekend: August 26-27, 2017

Upcoming Info Sessions:
Saturday, July 29th from 4:30p to 5:30p with Jasmine Grace at Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute
Saturday, August 5th from 2:30p to 3:30p with Jasmine Grace at Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute

200 Hour Teacher Training – Thursday Evening 9-Month Program
Thursday Evening Program Kickoff Weekend September 22-24, 2017

Upcoming Info Sessions:
Saturday, July 1st from 2:00p to 2:45p at Yoga on High
Tuesday, August 15th from 6:00p to 6:45p at Yoga on High
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300 Hour Teacher Training
1 to 3 Year Customizable Program
Rolling Enrollment
For questions or more information contact: linda@yogaonhigh.com


Free 300 Hour Teacher Training Info Sessions:
Saturday, July 8th from 3:00p to 4:00p at Yoga on High with Marcia Miller

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UZIT at Ronald McDonald House

By Lori Bower and Marcia Miller

IMG_0814Meet Mary (not her real name), a past resident of the Ronald McDonald House.  She was staying there to support her critically ill grandson, her daughter and her other two grandbabies.  Her young grandson had been a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for several months. Mary was visibly shaking, anxious, exhausted and so overwhelmed by her family’s situation that she was not sure she could continue to help. She had been trying to hold it together for her family but that day on a scale from 1 to 10 her stress was “off the charts.” We were in an Urban Zen Integrative Therapy session together.  First, I listened in order to gauge her needs, and then I made a plan. I offered her an essential oil and put her in a restorative pose called legs-up-the wall to address her exhaustion. I gave her reiki, a breath awareness practice and a body awareness meditation. Mary began to calm down and her shaking subsided. Toward the end of our session she began to cry and said she had never had the chance to cry. She had been so focused on taking care of everyone else she had forgotten what it felt like to be taken care of. She looked relaxed and was even smiling when we finished our time together. Mary was surprised and delighted to experience what a difference 20 minutes had made in the way she felt and at that point she was refreshed and ready to go back to the hospital to help her family in whatever way they needed.

This is the UZIT work we do at The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of seriously ill children being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other area hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio is the largest in the world serving more than 4,500 families each year by providing over 35,000 nights at the House.  Since January 2017 there have been 8 UZITs offering Urban Zen to families, patients and staff members. Here is what one staff member said:

“The Columbus Ronald McDonald House is beyond grateful to have the support of Urban Zen for our families. What’s so special is that they also support our staff. Attending an Urban Zen session helps me to relieve my compassion fatigue and allows me to regain focus so that I can be a better coworker and sense of support to the families we serve.”

Here is another of the many stories we have to tell……

A young boy with cancer and his mother were both visibly anxious. I could feel the sadness as I began to listen to their story; bearing witness to this family was an honor for me. I offered the mom lavender essential oil, as that was one of her favorite smells. I put them in our most nurturing pose--side-lying child’s pose facing each other. The mother wrapped her arms around the bolster I placed at the front of her body holding on tightly at first. I used a soft teddy bear as a prop for the young boy, which he gently caressed. As I cradled his head to offer reiki I could feel his head melt into my hands. He looked up at me and, as our eyes met, I could actually feel his sense of relief. They rested in that position as I offered them a guided meditation. Later, as they rolled up from the pose, both looking more relaxed and less stressed, the young boy said in a soft voice, “This was fun.” His mom smiled.  Later she wrote,

“My son and I are so thankful for our experience with Urban Zen. Not only did Lori spend time listening to our needs but then tailored an amazing experience to those needs. She was kind and patient! We are so thankful for our experience with Urban Zen!”

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June Calendar of Events

Schedule Updates:
6:30a Sekoia Level 1 & 2 with Marisa

Workshops:
June 2-4 Abiding in Silence Retreat with Linda Oshins & Marcia Miller
June 4 Ayurveda: Spirituality and Wellness with Hari Sharma
June 8 Book Conversations with Lara Falburg
June 9 Ayurvedic Goddess: Teas and Churnas with Jasmine Grace & Meredith Bury
June 16-17 Reiki Level 2 Linda Oshins and Michele Vinbury
June 24 Sekoia Spirit Journey: Otter with Michele Vinbury
June 25 Subtle Body Energy Linda Oshins
June 26 Reiki Share with ?
July 1 Sound Journey with Gongs, Bells, and Singing Bowls with Crown of Eternity
July 3 at 2p and July 4 Studio Closed for Red, White, and Boom and Independence Day

Upcoming Series Classes:
June 6 – July 18 Tuesday 11:15a Mommy & Baby @ Step by Step Westerville with Janet Braden
June 6 – July 18 Tuesday 4:00p 6-Week Hatha Level 1 & 2 @ All Life Center Powell with Melanie Miller
June 9 – June 30 Friday 6:30a Pranayama Level 1.5 with Michele Vinbury
June 13 – July 11 Tuesdays 6:00a or 8:00p Summer Sunrise and Sunset Movement and Meditation Series @ All Life Center Powell with Marcy Freed (See web for detailed date and times for this series)
Pre-register for Series Classes here.

Upcoming Teacher Trainings:

UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy)
11 Month Program Kickoff Session: Wednesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 27
For questions or more information contact: urbanzen@yogaonhigh.com

Free UZIT Info Session:
Saturday, July 8th from 3:00p to 4:00p at Yoga on High with Marcia Miller

Ayurvedic Health Educator (AHE Part 1)
11 Month Weekend Program (equivalent to NAMA’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor) Kick-off Weekend: August 26-27, 2017

Free Ayurvedic Health Educator Info Sessions:
Saturday, July 15th from 12:30p to 1:30p with Jasmine Grace at TTI
Saturday, July 29th from 4:30p to 5:30p with Jasmine Grace at TTI

200 Hour Teacher Training – Thursday Evening 9-Month Program
Thursday Evening Program Kickoff Weekend September 22-24, 2017


Free 200 Hour Teacher Training Info Sessions:
Sunday, June 11th from 11:45a to 12:30p at Yoga on High
Saturday, July 1st from 2:00p to 2:45p at Yoga on High
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300 Hour Teacher Training
1 to 3 Year Customizable Program
Rolling Enrollment
For questions or more information contact: linda@yogaonhigh.com


Free 300 Hour Teacher Training Info Sessions:
Saturday, July 8th from 3:00p to 4:00p at Yoga on High with Marcia Miller

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Celebrating the Life of Martha Marcom

Martha_Marcom_FeatureDear friends,

Many of you have been asking how we will be celebrating and memorializing the life of Martha Marcom, and this blog lists our plans.  Her obituary is below, and embedded in it is the information about a reception and celebration service we’ll have on Sunday, May 21. Notice of the other events follow.

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Martha Marcom with friends and co-founders of Yoga on High, Linda Oshins and Marcia Miller.

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Martha Bergstein Marcom, co-founder of Yoga on High, has entered her final Savasana. Martha was a passionate teacher and yogi, and we know that her lessons of caring and joy filled many people with the incredible wonder that she felt for life. She was a lifelong community leader and heartfelt supporter of many progressive causes. Her smile reflected the love and beauty that she carried both inside and out. Her life is celebrated by Gerard “Jerry” Marcom, her husband of 39 years; children, Mara (Steve) Christine, Colin Marcom, and Mimi (Michael) Flynn; granddaughter, Maggie; mother, Mary Bergstein; sister, Connie (Buzz) Dow; brother, David (Margaret) Bergstein; and numerous other family and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Frank Bergstein and brother Tom Bergstein.

A memorial celebration will take place Sunday, May 21, at The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215. There will be a reception from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., and a service from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to take some time to enjoy life and time with friends and family. Donations in Martha’s honor may be made to: The Martha Marcom Memorial Fund/Yoga on High Foundation -- http://yogaonhighfoundation.org/donate, Planned Parenthood -- https://www.plannedparenthood.org, or the Arc of Appalachia/Highlands Nature Sanctuary -- http://arcofappalachia.org. Arrangements entrusted to O. R. WOODYARD CO.

Martha Marcom Memorial Morning Mysore Practice, Tuesday, May 9, 5:00a to 8:00a with invocation and a very few words at 6:00a.  Practice will be held at the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute (TTI), 1020 Dennison Ave on the corner of Dennison and W. Starr.  Martha believed in Morning Mysore as the best way to practice Ashtanga Yoga and worked hard to start and keep the Yoga on High program alive. For those of you who value this practice we invite you to come together on this day to honor her role in bringing Ashtanga Yoga to Columbus.

Chanting 108 Om Tryumbakums, Wednesday, May 10, 5:45p. Held at the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute (TTI), 1020 Dennison Ave on the corner of Dennison and W. Starr. Chanting this sacred mantra is a powerful ritual we perform at the death of our beloveds.  As we honor the life and death of our friend and teacher Martha, this chant also helps to free us of our own fear of death. If you don’t know the chant at the beginning of the 108 you will certainly know it by the end!  It is listed here if you want to practice in advance. (Printed copies will be handed out on May 10.)

There is no charge for these events.  Please let us know if you are attending.  Click here to pre-register for Chanting 108 Om Tryumbakums and click here for Martha Marcom Memorial Morning Mysore Practice.

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News about Martha Marcom, Founder of Yoga on High

Martha_Marcom_FeatureMartha Marcom, lifelong yogini and co-founder of Yoga on High, left her body on Friday night, April 28.  She died during a wild electrical storm and we like to think of her riding out on a lightening bolt into the Light of her next journey. We are planning some events to honor and celebrate her life and her many contributions to our community and the world at large. These will be posted as details are confirmed. Gratitude to you, her community, for your ongoing blessings, Reiki and prayers during the end of her life.  We have felt your love with us and have been much supported by it.
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Building Empathy during Tough Times

IMGP6243 - Version 2As we deal with Martha’s impending death and the grief of her family and close friends, perhaps we can use this time to address how best to empathize with one another during hard periods in our lives. I know that SO very many of you care about her family and close friends, and you might not know what to say or do. There are some ways of showing your care that are easier for most people to receive. Let’s use this devastating event of the death of Martha to learn some tools that will likely serve you the rest of your life.

I’d like to start by recommending one of my favorite new books about offering empathy, There is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do when Life is Scary, Awful and Unfair to People You Love, by Kelsey Crowe, PhD and Emily McDowell. It includes many great suggestions on what to say or not say, what to do or not do, illustrated with amusing picture and lots of painful and inspiring stories.

Here are two examples from the book of good ways of dealing with loss:

Instead of saying, “I can’t believe this happened,” you could say, “I’m sorry you are going through this.”

Instead of saying, “I lost my wife and I was devastated,” you could say, “This must be so hard,” or “I can’t imagine how you are doing.”

Generally when you are with someone who is grieving, do your best to take the lead from them and keep the focus on their needs in the moment. Many of our favorite ways of “helping” often shift the focus to ourselves in ways that don’t feel good to someone in pain. If you are familiar with Nonviolent Communication these are called “empathy blockers.” Here are some examples of things not to say—some very common and mostly painful ways that many people share their love and care:

  • Saying you know how they feel because (fill in the blank): Honestly, you don’t know how they feel, and asking them to acknowledge your feelings takes energy away from the other person to you. You are no longer focused on them; you are telling your story.
  • Giving advice: You probably know lots of people, practices and things that have helped you over the years, and you’d like to share them so that others feel better too. Please don’t. When someone close to us dies, feeling better is beside the point. Giving advice may make you feel better by thinking you are useful and it can also be a way for you to avoid feeling your own discomfort of being with someone in pain.
  • Saying your husband, wife, mother or friend (or even worse your goldfish) just died. As in the above scenario, the focus is now on you again, and not the other person’s experience. And now they are in the position of having to listen to you and your pain.
  • Asking how they are. Seems innocent doesn’t it, and likely you really care and want to know. But imagine they are feeling totally grief-stricken and someone asks them that question casually, while walking in the door of the studio together. How do they respond? Perhaps they sense you don’t really know what you are asking to hear. Saying that they are fine is hard as well, requiring some extra armor around the heart. If you have time and feel that the other is open to a real conversation, only then ask how they are doing, and be willing to
  • Asking for details—please, just no.
  • Being positive (we yogis are way too good at this sometimes). It might sound like this: “You’ll get through this with the strength of your practices.” Or “Just keep your head up, you’ll be fine,” or “It’s all for the best,” or “You’re so brave.” Again, just no. Each person finds their own way; you do not need to guide them.

And a few other phrases to please avoid:

  • “She’s in a better place now.”
  • “There’s another angel in Heaven now.”
  • “She fought a great battle and lost.”
  • “At least she is out of pain.”

You may be thinking that I have just taken away all your tools. That’s Ok, there are other tools, mostly non-tools. You can show up in little and kind ways. Send prayers, chant for the well-being of Martha and the family, and write notes and cards about what Martha has contributed to your life. In person, you can let them know they are in your hearts and prayers. You can listen if they want to talk. You can make donations in their names. Maybe bring flowers or food, but only if you know that will be welcome, and only if you don’t need your container back. Refrain from general offerings and be specific if you can. “I’d love to take you on a walk in the woods on Saturday if you would be interested in that.” “I’m very handy—are there any little projects you are not getting to that you would like help with?”

Keep it simple and give the person you are talking to the chance to say more or to stop the conversation. Don’t take it personally if the other person doesn’t feel like sharing. They are navigating a lot in their own way.

Some things that have been meaningful to me over the last month or so were really simple gestures…a few friends are texting me from time to time to check in with how I am doing and asking about my own self-care. I’m receiving this as a loving embrace. Others are asking if I would be open to a hug—almost always yes! The other day a woman let me know that if there was ever anything she could do for me that I could let her know. I was touched by her sincerity; I felt her care for me. Another student quietly brings me flowers from her garden. Others are letting me know they are sending me Reiki and keeping me in their prayers. I swear I can feel this support and love pouring in.

Many of you reading this are likely yogis. Showing up for someone in pain is a lot like showing up for yourself on the mat. Get started, be mostly quiet, listen deeply and make responses based on what you are noticing. You’ve got this.

Finally and perhaps most importantly, don’t be too worried about getting it wrong. We have all offered advice, told our own stories and not listened as well as we might like. Offer yourself as best as you can. Perfection is not the goal here, connection is.

What I Learned from My Mother

I learned from my mother how to love
the living, to have plenty of vases on hand
in case you have to rush to the hospital
with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants
still stuck to the buds. I learned to have jars
large enough to hold fruit salad for a whole
grieving household, to cube home-canned pears
and peaches, to slice through maroon grape skins
and flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point.
I learned to attend viewings even if I didn’t know
the deceased, to press the moist hands
of the living, to look in their eyes and offer
sympathy, as though I understood loss even then.
I learned that whatever we say means nothing,
What anyone will remember is that we came.
I learned to believe I had the power to ease
awful pains materially like an angel.
Like a doctor, I learned to create
from another’s suffering my own usefulness, and once
you know how to do this, you can never refuse.
To every house you enter, you must offer
healing: a chocolate cake you baked yourself,
the blessing of your voice, you chaste touch.

Julia Kasdorf

Martha is receiving great comfort care and has been comfortable much of the time but not always. It is these moments of watching her in pain that help us to let go a bit more each time. We love her so much—we want her to have every moment of the breath that is hers to take and are willing to be with her as she dies when it is too hard for her to keep living. It is unbelievably hard to type those words, yet they are as true as anything I can write.

If you want to support her or the family in some way and didn’t see the first blog with suggestions you can see it here.

This blog post was written with input from Linda Oshins and Jerry Marcom.

 

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May Calendar of Events

CC_May-19Schedule Updates:
Tuesday 7:15p Sekoia Level 1 & 2 with Karine Wascher

Workshops:
May 7 Book Conversations with Lori Guth Moffett
May 12 Ayurvedic Herbs: Herbal Oils and Ghee with Jasmine Grace and Meredith Bury
May 20 Sekoia Spirit Journey: Elephant with Michele Vinbury
May 21 Reiki Share with Marcia Miller
May 26 Richard Freeman: Art of Vinyasa Teacher Day
May 27 Richard Freeman: Art of Vinyasa Weekend Workshop

Upcoming Series Classes:
April 30 -- June 04 Sundays 3:00p 6-Week Foundations to Kundalini with Sada Nam
June 6 – July 18 Tuesdays 4:00p 6-Week Hatha Level 1 @ All Life Center with Melanie Miller
Click here to enroll in series classes.

Upcoming Teacher Trainings:

Ayurvedic Health Educator (AHE Part 1)
11 Month Weekend Program (equivalent to NAMA’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor)
May 20 -- 21, 2017 Kick-off Weekend
Free Ayurvedic Health Educator Info Session:
Saturday, May 13th from 12:30p to 1:30p with Jasmine Grace at Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute

UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy)
11 Month Program
Wednesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 27 Kickoff Session
For questions or more information contact: urbanzen@yogaonhigh.com
Free UZIT Info Session:
Saturday, May 13th from 1:30p to 2:30p at Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute with Marcia Miller

300 Hour Teacher Training
1 to 3 Year Customizable Program
Rolling Enrollment
For questions or more information contact: linda@yogaonhigh.com

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Update on Martha Marcom

Dear friends,

Martha remains in hospice surrounded by family and love. Nothing like a 4-year-old to keep love and light in the room and we have had more laughter over the last 10 days than I ever could have imagined. And somehow we keep having parties with silly hats. Who knew that was a yogic death ritual? And poems, lots of poems about life and death (the best ones always have both.) And Reiki. Thank goodness for Reiki which is so comforting to Martha. It is also the time when the emotional roller coaster of one day she feels pretty good, the next day she feels worse, settles into the space of timeless being. We can re-ground into our inherent connection during Reiki and come out the other side clear-eyed and rooted in love.

Each day I read her the memories and goodbye notes you have sent to me. We hear you are chanting and practicing on her behalf. She lies there in amazement at your love and stories. She takes it in and keeps saying over and over how lucky she is to be dying surrounded with such love. You, your prayers and your kindnesses are keeping her, and all of us, afloat on love. We feel you around us and send love and gratitude back your way.

Martha is receiving great comfort care and has been comfortable much of the time but not always. It is these moments of watching her in pain that help us to let go a bit more each time. We love her so much—we want her to have every moment of the breath that is hers to take and are willing to be with her as she dies when it is too hard for her to keep living. It is unbelievably hard to type those words, yet they are as true as anything I can write.

If you want to support her or the family in some way and didn’t see the first blog with suggestions you can see it here.

In the meantime, I will keep you updated from time to time. Blessings and love to you all.

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