Monthly Archives: January 2016

February Happenings

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Yoga on High February Print Schedule (PDF)

Upcoming February Workshops and Trainings:
Feb 5 Sekoia Hike
Feb 6 Reiki: Healing in the Language of Love
Feb 7 Charles Gibson: Thai Yoga Massage
Feb 10 Pranayama Teacher Training
Feb 13 Couples Massage
Feb 13-14 Acro Yoga Workshop
Feb 14 4-Part Melt Workshop
Feb 20 108 Hour Ashtanga Teacher Training
Feb 21 Restorative Master Class: Inversions

Reiki Shares:
Feb 1, 8, 15, 29

Information Sessions:
200hr TT: Feb 28 1:15-2:15
Ayurveda: Feb 12 5:00- 5:45

All Life Center – Powell – Drop In Classes:
Monday:
9:30a Slow Burn Vinyasa Level 1 & 2 with Marcy Freed
Wednesday:
7:00p Slow Burn Vinyasa Level 1 & 2 with Marcy Freed

Step by Step Wellness – Westerville – Series Classes:
Monday:
9:15a Mommy & Baby with Janet Braden (Starts Feb 8)
6:00p Prenatal Yoga with Julie Carpenter (Starts Feb 22)
Tuesday:
7:00p Yoga for Runners with Marcy Freed (Starts Feb 9)
Thursday:
6:00p Yoga for Highschoolers (teens 13+) with Katie Whitsett (Starts Feb 18)
Saturday:
11:00a Kids Yoga (ages 6-12) with Mary Lynn Niland (Starts Feb 13)

Yoga on High -- Short North -- Series Classes:
Tuesday:
6:00p EMBER with Michele Vinbury (Starts Feb 23)

Grow Yoga Upcoming Workshops:
Feb 13 Valentine Yoga and Poetry
March 5 Melt Method Introduction
April 16 Ignite Your Personal Transformation

Grow Yoga February Print Schedule (PDF)

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Yogi of the Month: Deborah

Meet this month’s Yogi of the Month, Deborah Forsblom.  She is a long time student of yoga on high and currently in the 300 Hour Teacher Training program. Here’s her #whyyoga:

Why Yoga On High? We moved to Bexley in the late 1970’s and joined what was then the Bexley Food Coop. Marcia was one of the founders, and we met her there. Then we took her yoga class at Bexley Rec. When I was ready to take studio classes, I never considered anywhere else. I am so happy that I can go to great, safe classes and get training and attend world-class workshops 10 minutes from my house. Marcia, Martha, and Linda created something wonderful for Columbus, and Jasmine and Michele are helping to build it and keep it going. Yoga on High has become my home away from home.

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Meditation

linda-3829_0_0The following is a page taken from Kim Stafford’s The Muses among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft.

There was a physicist who played the violin. One morning he took his fiddle to the lab, wrapped it green with felt, clamped it gently in a vise, and trained the electron microscope close on the spruce belly, just beside the sound hole, where a steel peg was humming at a high frequency. Through the microscope, once he got it focused right, he saw the molecular surface of the wood begin to pucker and ripple outward like rings on a pond, the ripples rising gradually into waves, and the steel peg a blur at the heart of play.

When he drew the peg away, the ripples did not stop. In twenty-four hours, the ripples had not stopped. He saw, still, a concentric tremor on the molecular quilt of the wood. The violin, in the firm embrace of the vise, had a song, a thing to say.

In another twelve hours, the ripples flattened and the wood lay inert. Read More…

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Grace

marcia_ReikiI experienced a few moments of grace this past week, and I’m considering how best to honor that experience. I was giving Reiki to a student who has had a troubled and challenging life so far. Though she is not that interested in yoga, she really enjoys Reiki. When I was with her I had such a strong desire for her to feel the love that was present in that moment—love that I imagined had not been a big part of her life. At a certain point it felt bigger than anything I have ever experienced. I was part of a flow of LOVE that felt absolutely holy. It felt like I was channeling a mother-love that was so, so big that it was way beyond anything personal. At one point my mind wondered what was going on or if I was “up to the vastness of this experience.”  That thought felt so much smaller than what I was experiencing that I had to let it go in order to get back to the beauty of what had been happening. Read More…

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Big, Safe Space

scunningham“You’re so calm.”

So many people have said this to me in my adult life that I began to believe it was true.

I am an oncology nurse, a breast cancer survivor. I have witnessed and helped many friends and family members through illness and death. I am the middle child—the children known to be good negotiators, mediators, the calm ones. We middle children go with the flow to keep the family peace. I used these tools my whole life.  By the time I enrolled in the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) training I was convinced I was a calm person.

When Steve, my husband, was hit by a car one month into UZIT training I was sucked in to a space I have yet to leave. His injuries were severe. A brain injury and broken body from head to toe. I have vivid memories from this time. The sound of the voice of the surgeon, and this strange moan coming from my body. Of my niece Lauren’s strong arms wrapping a coat around me. The vibration of the car engine as she drove us to the ER. The strength of Lauren clinging to my arm in the waiting room. Feeling not only my feet firmly planted on the floor but my whole body…in this shape, sitting, breathing…I felt my breath go in and out of my body as I saw Steve’s bloody, bruised face amid the swirl of medical personnel and equipment. Vivid memories in the form of sensation rather than words or events. I shake as I write this. Read More…

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Kitchari: Nourishment in Each Bowl

Seamless texture of spices on blackThe ancient healing medicine of Ayurvedic places a strong emphasis on food as a way to restore health to the body and the mind. In the Ayurvedic tradition, Kitchari is used to balance digestive health. As you will see below in the recipe, Kitchari is a soup of rice, protein-rich mung beans, nutrient- dense greens and seasonal vegetables, spiced with fresh and dried herbs to support digestion and eliminate toxins. It is a nourishing and cleansing meal in itself. It is often the sole menu item during Ayurvedic cleanses. Sometimes just spending a day or two doing a kitchari diet can ease digestive problems. The amount of water added to the recipe determines how soupy the kitchari is, and can vary depending on your tastes.

This recipe that was given to me by Gary Jacobsson, C.A.S., master teacher and talented chef at the California College of Ayurveda.

1 Tbs                      Ghee or Olive Oil
1 Tsp                      Dry Ginger or 1 Tbs. Fresh Ginger, chopped fine
1 Tsp                      Cumin Powder
1 Tsp                      Coriander Powder
1 Tsp                      Black Mustard Seeds
½ Tsp                     Turmeric Powder
½ Tsp                     Yellow Curry Powder
1 Tsp                      Fennel Powder
1 Tsp                      Sea Salt
1 Tsp                      Asafoetida Powder or 1 Clove of Fresh Garlic
1 Tbs                      Braggs Liquid Aminos
½ Cup                    Basmati Rice
½ Cup                    Split Yellow Mung Beans
4-6 Cups               Filtered Water – Add more water to make soupy
1 Bunch                Fresh Cilantro, chopped as topping
1-2                          Limes, quartered and squeezed over top Read More…

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