Monthly Archives: August 2017

Journey to Self-Acceptance: Shelley Brunicardi

FullSizeRenderYoga found me during a particularly challenging part of my life.  Although I had only been practicing for about a year, I decided to attend the informational meeting for teacher training at YOHI. When Michele Vinbury stated that the YOHI philosophy was based on “radical self-acceptance,” I knew it was the place for me; I was in need of some serious self-acceptance.

It wasn’t until I was partially through the training that I realized just how little I knew about yoga. All of my experience had been in gyms. I knew no Sanskrit and little about yoga philosophy. With the guidance and support of my mentor, all the wonderful teachers in the program, the teachers at YOHI public classes, and my fellow students, I did my best to keep my ego in check and I persevered.

At times I questioned if I should have waited to take the training. As I reflect on it, however, I know the timing was just when it needed to be. I have continued to work on my own personal practice and my teaching. I teach four to five classes per week now with full confidence in the training I received at YOHI.

Most importantly, I have learned to trust myself, accept myself and believe in the “perfect” timing of all things, even when the timing does not seem so “perfect.” I would recommend to anyone with that pull in their heart to trust the timing, trust their heart and accept themselves just as they are.

IMG_0130Shelley completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training and EMBER 100 hour Trauma Sensitive certification through Yoga on High. She enjoys practicing yoga with her children and currently teaches at the Hilliard YMCA, Prairie Township Community Center and her children’s school. She teaches Vinyasa yoga, Pilates, senior & teen yoga. She is passionate about helping her students find strength, and flexibility in their bodies, while also offering tools to assist them in finding a deeper connection to themselves, each other, and to rediscover a part of themselves they may have lost along the journey of life.

Our next 200 Hour Teacher Training program begins September 22nd.  For more information, join us at our upcoming Free Info Session Sunday, September 10th from 11:45a to 12:30p with Michele Vinbury at Yoga on High. To apply or for questions, contact Breanna at applications@yogaonhigh.com

Watch Yoga on High Teacher Training video here.

 

 

 

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September Calendar of Events

Schedule Updates:
Short North:
Saturday 10:30a Hatha Beginner Drop-in with Melanie Miller
Monday & Wednesday 7:00a Mysore Beginner Drop-in Stella Cornet*
*Check web for up-to-date teacher updates and subs.

Free Classes @ Bend Active Lane Avenue
Sunday, September 3 from 11:00a to 12:00p Beginner Ashtanga with Correna Starbuck
Sunday, September 10 from 11:00a to 12:00p Vinyasa Flow with Jeremy Grace
Sunday, September 17 from 11:00a to 12:00p  Sekoia with Karine Wascher
Sunday, September 24 from 11:00a to 12:00p  Vinyasa Flow with Lara Falberg

Click here to pre-register for Free Bend Active classes.

Workshops:
September 1 Mala Workshop with Evan Schlarb
September 8 Meditation Teacher Training Kick-off Weekend with Jasmine Grace
September 9 Bend & Brew with Jeremy Grace
September 11 Ayurvedic Foundations for Personal Wellness & Vibrant Living with Jasmine Grace
September 13 -15 Rodney Yee: Yoga Practice and Therapeutics
September 14 Flow through the Senses: Yoga at Olentangy Indian Caverns with Danielle Dugan
September 15 Open Class with Rodney & Colleen
September 16 Rodney Yee and Colleeen Saidman Yee: An Urban Zen Class
September 21 Slow Flow + iRest Meditation: Yoga at Olentangy Indian Caverns with Katie Whitsett
September 22 200 Hour Teacher Training Kick-off Weekend
September 23 Sekoia Spirit Journey: Panther with Michele Vinbury
September 29 -- October 1 A Weekend with Radiance Sutras with Lorin Roche

Upcoming Series Classes:
Monday, September 11 – October 30 from 6:30p to 8:30p
Ayurvedic Foundations for Personal Wellness & Vibrant Living with Jasmine Grace

Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24 from 11:15a to 12:00p
Mommy & Baby @ Step By Step Wellness – Westerville with Janet Braden

Tuesday, September 19 – October 24 from 4:30p to 5:45p
6-week Hatha Level 1 & 2 @ All Life Center – Powell with Melanie MIller

Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24 from 5:00p to 5:45p
Parent & Kid Yoga (ages 5-10) @ Step By Step Wellness – Westerville with Mary Lynn Niland

Tuesday, September 26 – October 31 from 9:30a to 10:45a
6-week Sekoia Series @ All Life Center – Powell with Alissa Jackson

Click here to enroll in series classes.

Upcoming Teacher Trainings:

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

Upcoming Info Sessions:
Sunday, September 10th from 11:45a to 12:30p at Yoga on High

Watch Video Here

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

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A Teacher Training Journey: Kelly Schulze

IMG_0094Entering Yoga Teacher Training at 41 years of age was a bit intimidating. I remember asking if I had to be “super bendy,” and wondering if I should know my spiritual union to be a Yoga Teacher. I interviewed several yoga schools, making a chart of the benefits and challenges of each, and I tried to take as many classes at each location as I could before I made a commitment. I was taking time away from my family—I have a husband of 19 years and 2 kids—plus diverting money towards something specifically for me and not the entire family.   June of 2016, I chose Yoga On High Teacher Training Institute and committed.

I chose YOHI Teacher Training Program because it was the only program that offered a diverse group of mentors who shared the teaching and each shared their own styles and interests. Following the Yoga trail for over 20 years, I knew there were lots of theories and that each student had their own experience. I wanted to meet as many teachers as I could and learn from them, to know how they guided these experiences. This program delivered that ten-fold! Also, for the entire year, I also chose to dedicate my practice to my family. Each time I stepped onto my mat to practice or into the studio for class, I started with remembering those who were supporting me at home.

Diversity was not just limited to the mentors; it included our family of student teachers, all of whom had amazing backgrounds and paths that all lead to YOHI. Each of us came to our mats every week, open and ready to learn not just from the mentor teachers, but from each other as well. We were lawyers, college students, artists, teachers, stay at home moms, and that is just the outward titles we used, we grew to know some of the deeper differences and see how yoga has truly transformed lives. Meeting each week allowed us to see each other consistently, building friendships that we are still nurturing after graduation.

Introduction weekend was a whirlwind! History, Philosophy, Terminology, Sanskrit, and hints about anatomy quizzes left me in a tailspin. Stopping that tailspin was the amazing staff, who were constantly observing us (not judging, but watching) for signs of overload. A break would be given, or an instructor would infuse humor, and before I knew it the weekend was over and I was left INVIGORATED!

Be open to the entire experience. Each class left me personally with something to work on in my own life. So, if nothing else, take a breath and soak in all that you can to deepen not just your practice, but who you are in this world.

Kelly Head ShotKelly was introduced to yoga her Freshman year at Ohio State with a Rodney Yee VHS tape. Twenty-two years later her yoga journey continues having earned her 200 Hour Teaching Certification from Yoga on High Teaching Training  Institute. Fifteen years of teaching high school students gives Kelly a presence that calms even the most nervous new student and, yet allows long time practitioners to know that she is there to guide each of them in their journey. Having a son with Autism has grown a passion for working with kids and teenagers that Kelly didn’t know she possessed. She enjoys working with kids of all ages, 8 to 99 years old!

Our next 200 Hour Teacher Training program begins September 22nd.  For more information, join us at our upcoming Free Info Session Sunday, August 27th from 11:45a to 12:30p with Michele Vinbury at Yoga on High. To apply or for questions, contact Breanna at applications@yogaonhigh.com

Watch Yoga on High Teacher Training video here.

 

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Forming Compassion Through the Messy Contradictions

 

It seemed like just another Friday morning. I woke up too late, had breakfast, rushed 1.2 miles on my bike to the yoga studio. Drenched in summer morning sweat (WHY had I worn long sleeves?), I walked in the studio just in time for iRest® Yoga Nidra class.

For 2 to 3 years now, I’ve engaged in this practice of deep relaxation and guided meditation that helps practitioners heal “the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognizing their underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.”

I don’t know about all that healing unresolved stuff, but the rest and relaxation I receive in this practice more thoroughly combats the stress and toxicity of daily life than any other practice I have tried. It is totally worth all the rushing around to get my 8:15 a.m. Friday morning class.

I had spent nearly the first 2 years doing this practice purely as a way to rest. Most of the time I didn’t hear (consciously) many of the words of the guided meditation. More recently though, I come in and out of a conscious knowledge of the flow of the words of the meditation. I actually engage in the practices which only a totally relaxed mind and body could delve into.

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News about Jerry Marcom, One of our Teachers

From Marcia Miller

Dear Yoga on High community,
Seems like I have been writing a lot of blogs recently that are hard to read. This will be another of those. I’m not going to say “brace yourself.” I can imagine you doing that already and instead I invite you to feel into your feet and the surface you are resting on. Get grounded and stay as open as possible.

Our dear Jerry Marcom has been recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.  He is in the hospital now awaiting surgery, currently planned for this Friday, August 4.  We will know more about the type of tumor and what comes next after the surgery. Much is still unknown.

Now, feel your feet again, and let your breath keep coming and going. Read More…

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