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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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@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


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
Wednesday 6:00p Vinyasa Beginner Drop-in with Erin Shipley

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:

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
Watch Video Here




300 Hour Teacher Training
1 to 3 Year Customizable Program
Rolling Enrollment
For questions or more information contact:

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


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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