Monthly Archives: February 2018

Meet Your TT Team: Lara Falberg

Meet Lara Falberg, teacher in the 200 Hour Teacher Training program. 200 YTT begins March 23rd! Pay in full by February 23 and save $300 off the full price.  For more information, join us for an upcoming free info session, Sunday, March 4th from 11:45a to 12:30p or Thursday, March 8th from 6:00p to 6:45p.  For more about our program or email applications@yogaonhigh.com or call 614-291-4444 for information or to set up a personal meeting.

What styles of yoga do you teach?
Vinyasa, Creative Free-Form, Experimental.

Please list day/time of Yohi classes.
Monday 12:00p Hot Flow Mixed Level 1 & 2
Wednesday 12:00p Hot Flow Mixed Level 1 & 2
Thursday 6:00p Hot Flow Mixed Level 1 & 2
Friday 12:00p Hot Flow Mixed Level 1 & 2 at Yohi-Grandview

What is your teaching philosophy?
You didn’t come here to leave feeling the same, did you? Change is one of the most exciting things we can experience.

What was the yoga class you took or first class you taught?
Bikram. I quickly realized it was not the style for me.

What made you decide to teach yoga?
First, my mentor and teacher in Atlanta encouraged it and planted the seed. It became all I could think about, and it excited me in a way nothing else ever had. So I signed up for TT, and told myself I was just having an experience but really didn’t want to teach because it made me feel too vulnerable. Then the universe intervened and brought teaching gigs my way.

What are your favorite books (yoga or otherwise)?
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz very literally changed my life by completely calling my outlook into question. Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell’s A Thousand Names for Joy is another.

 Go and open your Spotify account – what are the top three most played songs or the three most recently played songs?
Most recent: Kid Loco’s “Horsetown In Vain,” Bonobo’s “Grains,” and Silver Chair’s “Straight Lines.”

What are you finding inspiring right now?
Going at a slower pace. Exploring a different approach to time management and what ‘accomplishment’ actually means.

Do you have a fave yoga pose – if so, what is it?
Triangle. It’s so intricate and mystical. Half Moon too, which is almost Triangle.

Tell us a fun fact about you.
I’m a Backgammon fanatic.

Play Two Truths and a Lie (give three statements about you – two true and one lie – but don’t tell which is which!).
I’m a twin. 2. I have visited every single state in the U.S.A. 3. I lived on a Kibbutz in Israel.

When you started practicing yoga, what did you find most challenging?  How about now?
At first, it was the breath work and stillness. Now it’s acceptance that my body is changing and needs different things than it did even 5 years ago.

Are you going to any workshops this year?  If so, what are they?
David Keil, anatomy.  Dianne Bondy, inclusivity.

Where did you grow up?
Mostly Cincinnati. Born in Jersey. Moved to Cincy when I was 6, so it cracks me up when people tell me they can hear the Jersey in my voice.

Hidden talents?
Nope.

Hobbies/interests outside of yoga?
Writing, coming up with names for my next dog, Backgammon, spontaneous trips.

 

 

 

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Meet Your TT Team: Anne Weidinger


Anne Weidinger_yohiMeet Anne Weidinger, 
teacher in the 200 Hour Teacher Training program. Over the next several weeks, follow along as we introduce our 200 Hour Teacher Training faculty through a series of interviews.

What styles of yoga do you teach?
Vinyasa/ Ashtanga

Please list day/time of Yohi classes.
Monday 6:00p Hot Flow Mixed Level 1 & 2
Tuesday 12:00p Hot Flow Mixed Level 1 & 2 at Yohi-Grandview
Friday 9:30a Hot Flow Mixed Level 1 & 2 at Yohi-Grandview
Saturday 10:00a Half Primary Mixed Level 1 & 2 at Yohi-Grandview
Saturday 2:00p Hot Flow Level 2
and Staring in March Friday 4:30p Hot Flow Level 1 & 2

What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that yoga is an approachable and sustainable practice that provides an opportunity to get to know yourself better. My classes are alignment focused and centered on a theme—whether it is philosophy, a pose or anatomy. My sequences are a straightforward blend of fluid movement that mesh creativity with breath . . . and a little humor!

What was the yoga class you took or first class you taught.
I took a Bikram yoga class a long time ago! But it was my first “hatha flow” class (vinyasa) that really caught my attention. I loved the connection between movement and breath.

Anne Weidinger_YohiWhat made you decide to teach yoga?
There are so many reasons! 🙂 As a former dancer and dance teacher, movement was a big part of my life. Yoga was already part of my personal practice. But, the turning point for me was when my husband and I moved to Columbus. I witnessed his career change into doing something he was deeply passionate about and I was inspired to teach.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Currently Acadia National Park.

Go and open your Spotify account – what are the top three songs most played song or the three most recently played songs?
“Lost in Space” by Emmit Fenn, “Astronaut” by Mansionair, “Line of Sight” by ODESZA.

Who would you consider your main yoga/meditation teachers?
Jason Crandall, Richard Freeman, Tiffany Cruikshank.

Do you have a fave yoga pose – if so, what is it?
Ustrasana. The beauty of this pose is both the strength necessary to do the backbend and the willingness to be soft in the pose itself.

Hidden talents?
I can play the piano. I was brought up playing classical music but played and sang Tori Amos songs in my free time!

Hobbies/interests outside of yoga?
I love to cook and bake. I usually plan dinner when I’m drinking my morning coffee!

Our next 200 YTT begins this March! Pay in full by February 23 and save $300 off the full price.  For more information, join us for an upcoming free info session, Sunday, March 4th from 11:45a to 12:30p at Yoga on High-Short North or Thursday, March 8th from 6:00p to 6:45p at Yohi 1020. For more about our program or email applications@yogaonhigh.com or call 614-291-4444 for information or to set up a personal meeting.

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Teacher Training Journey: Jeremy Kundtz

Completing Yoga on Highs 200 Hour Teacher training program changed my life. Better said, it was not the completion, but the process of living through each day of the program, that made me new. Undoubtedly, the most valuable aspect is the power of this program—a chance to develop a practice. A true, dedicated, daily practice. And living that kind of dedication, this thing we do on our mats—the stretching and breathing and asana, pranayama—becomes bigger than itself. It becomes sacred. It becomes something that, if you let it, will be with you all your life. Something that will pick you up when you’re feeling weak. That will carry you, breath by breath, posture after posture, through the ugly and sad parts of your life. And then, these same simple, magical movements you’re going to learn to perform, will sustain you in moments of elation. They’ll bring you back to, and then beyond yourself.

When we talk about yoga, often we talk about inner-peace, and love, and light, and all of that. And, in truth, if we are lucky, we can and will live into those experiences, those wide and soundless spaces. But the beauty of yoga—the beauty of studying it with other dedicated practitioners, and of working these teachings into our bodies, and then minds, and then hearts—is that yoga becomes a tool. A massive, life-encompassing tool that we can use every single day for the rest of our lives. Every. Single. Day. We can do this thing and return to ourselves.

I know that all of what I’m saying about teacher training and the practice might sound like fluffy, bull*hit poetry. But when I found yoga, when I found Yoga on High, I was in the process of moving back to Columbus after living away some while. I felt alone and lost and like I was perpetually falling. And then—like it was the simplest, easiest thing to do in the world—the people in the teacher training, and the people who make Yoga on High the safe-haven it is—Marcia, Tom, Lara, Breanna, Adam, Michele, Jen, Marina, Meredith and everyone, everyone—they opened for me a door into their lives. They took me in. Welcomed me as family. Treated me with love despite all my craziness and confusion. That’s what Yoga on High’s teacher training is to me. And beyond that, I don’t have words.

Jeremy KundtzI’m writing this from Ibagué, Colombia, while on a Fulbright Scholarship. Colombia, you may know, is living a complicated, near-impossible historical moment. In short, as a society, Colombia is attempting to move-forward from 55 years of Civil War. When I applied to come here as a grantee, I talked about a lot of things. Among them, I talked about teaching yoga, and about the effect the practice could have in the lives of the people I would encounter, and about the effect the practice could have in the peace process in general. And now here I am, with this skill set to offer—these magic postures, these little seats of meditations—teaching yoga, watching it work its way into people’s lives. That is a gift I am so grateful for, and all of it is thanks to Yoga on High.

Jeremy completed his 200 Hour Teacher Training at Yoga on High and currently lives in Ibagué, Colombia where he teaches yoga.

Yoga on High’s next 200 Hour Teacher Training begins March 23.

Our next 200 Hour Teacher Training program begins March 23. For more information, join us at our upcoming Free Info Session.  Watch the Yoga on High Teacher Training video here. Enroll and pay by February 23 to receive $300 off the full price of the program. To apply or for questions, contact Breanna at applications@yogaonhigh.com

 

 

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Meet your TT Team: Michele Vinbury

Meet Michele Vinbury, teacher in the 200 Hour Teacher Training program. Over the next several weeks, follow along as we introduce our 200 Hour Teacher Training faculty through a series of interviews.

What styles do you teach?
Vinyasa, Trauma Sensitive, Pranayama, Meditation.

Please list day/time of Yohi classes. 
Sunday 10:15a Sekoia
Various series classes throughout the week (these classes you sign up in advance for.)
Quarterly Sekoia Spirit Workshops

What is your teaching philosophy? Michele Vinbury YTT Columbus Ohio_3
The breath is primary.
I offer invitations to students to “take yourself less seriously.”
Everything you need for this crazy adventure is already inside of you . . . you just need to find the time and space to listen.

What are you finding inspiring right now?
Energy. Nature. The Moon. Fog has been showing up in my meditations – very visceral, the sense of magic and mystery. Both what is seen and unseen . . . it offers itself to deep explorations of both trust and fear.  I’ve always had a connection with the WIND, it is a portal for me into the mystery – opening to that which is unseen and yet, known – a force that is undeniable, uncontrollable, powerful, and sensual. It has been a teacher for me almost as long as I can remember and continues to inspire.
It was very clear that I wanted to teach yoga to women who had experienced trauma. I have worked and volunteered serving this population my entire adult life, and I knew that this was the path I wanted to take with yoga.

Michele Vinbury YTT Columbus Ohio_2What is your favorite vacation spot?
Ohohohoh!!! Mountains and/or the Beach and/or the Desert.  I am a fan of heat, and love the jungle – Hawaii and Costa Rica fit the bill. I also love alpine mountains – Northern Cascades are dreamy and I visited Banff, California for the first time last year and will visit again this year. Last spring New Mexico captured my heart--I want to return there with my family. This year though, our big family trip will be to Peru, the nation of my birth!

When you started practicing yoga, what did you find most challenging?
Self-judgment.

How about now?
Making sure I protect time for my personal practice.

Are you going to any workshops next year?  If so, what are they? 
I’m diving deep into my meditation practice again this year. I have a four-day iRest silent retreat this month in California. In April I will do a seven-day solo, self-guided, silent retreat through a Buddhist center in southern Colorado. I’ll be in a small one-room, secluded, mountain-side cabin (with no electricity or running water). Just me, mama earth, the wild animals, and my (wild) thoughts (ahhhhh!) 😉 This summer I will attend a ten-day iRest silent retreat. Finally, I’ll be in Banff, California again this autumn to assist in a meditation training, and after that training is complete I’m hoping to schedule a few days off the grid.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, two dogs. One real, Soph and one imaginary, David. One fish--Neptune.Michele Vinbury YTT Columbus Ohio_1

Hobbies/interests outside of yoga?
Outdoor adventure. Photography. Poetry. Swimming in the ocean. Touching moss.

What are your nicknames? 
Birdie (literally since the day I was born), Vinny, Shel, Shelli, Shel-Belle, Chilli, Elle.

Who would you consider your main yoga/meditation teachers?
Marcia and Linda.  Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez.  Adyashanti. I’m influenced by Annie Carpenter, Sianna Sherman and also Doug Keller. I enjoy Meghan Currie’s practices too.

Do you have a fave yoga pose – if so, what is it?
Ustrasana – because my body so needs this shape.

Our next 200 YTT begins this March! Pay in full by February 23 and save $300 off the full price.  For more information, join us for a free info session, this Saturday, February 10 from 11:00a to 11:45a. Watch a video to learn more about our program or email applications@yogaonhigh.com or call 614-291-4444 for information or to set up a personal meeting.

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