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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.

That morning’s practice was a new one to this particular class. After an extended progressive relaxation, we were asked to pick an emotion that was cropping up for us. Then, we chose the opposite of that emotion. Our soothing and present teacher, Stella Cornett, asked us to alternate between the two emotions, exploring how they resonate in our bodies and minds. This part of the practice was not new to me; but the next part was.

My conscious mind had dropped out of the meditation for a few minutes after the emotion exploration. When I woke up enough to hear consciously again, Stella invited us to allow the emotion to take a visual form in our minds’ eyes.

Probably because my conscious mind was so relaxed, an image immediately leapt to mind — I saw myself as a child. She then asked us to interact with the person or image we saw, to ask it for its wisdom.

The wisdom this child-like version of myself offered came not in words or images, but crashed upon me in a huge wave of knowing — she was my own vulnerability, loneliness, feelings of unwanted-ness that I mostly try to escape in my conscious life.

The emotion I had chosen was unworthiness. I had alternated between unworthiness and worthiness. I had rested in what those two opposites felt like. Unworthiness was far more familiar and comfortable that experiencing its opposite, worthiness.

The waves of knowing continued to crash upon me. If we are able to accept ourselves as that vulnerable, hurting and lonely child, and are willing to sit with her in all that glorious mess of conflicting emotions, we are only then able to embrace others in their limited and conflicted selves. We can even learn to recognize the beauty and strength that lies on the sunny side of that shadow.

I did not rush to class that morning to have a life-altering revelation. I just wanted to rest. But, that’s when the practice always opens up so much more for me (for all of us really) when we are not expecting it. This is why we engage in these practices for weeks, months, years. We can rest into the practice long enough for the layers of our mind begin to peel back like an onion.

THIS is the place where compassion is formed: in the place where we develop comfort and even reverence for our messy, conflicted selves. Those shadows always have a bright side, a place from which our giftedness grows. They can then flourish in ourselves when we accept ourselves — vulnerability, flaws and all.

So I ask, what spiritual practice helps you engage your messiness, your conflicts, your unpleasant emotions? Do you have a practice and faithful guides who help you along the way? If you do not, what practices can you begin to incorporate?

Rev. Nicole Havelka has been integrating yoga into her practice as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ for the past 13 years. While serving as a chaplain to at-risk youth, she competed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Chicago in 2009. She now currently serves as Minister for Resourcing, Networking and Creativity for the Ohio Conference United Church of Christ. You’ll find her on her mat as often as possible in her spare time. As an extension of her yoga practice, she swims, bikes and runs in triathlons. She loves exploring the spiritual dimensions of these physical practices and applying them to her work with local churches.

Connect with Nicole by “Liking” her Facebook page, following her on Twitter (@revnhavelka), Pinterest and Instagram. Her personal blog can be found at www.defythetrend.com

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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.

JerryAs you can imagine, this is a shock to all of us--he and his family are still deeply grieving Martha’s death, and this is a huge punch to the gut and heart. We are sad and bewildered as we come face to face with this new reality. I imagine this is hard for each of you to take in as well. He welcomes your blessings and kind thoughts through all this.  As one family member said, the more love and prayers sent his way the better. If you are a Reiki practitioner, please send Reiki. If you have another special juju send that.

If you want to send notes please send or drop them off at Yohi and I’ll be sure he gets them. We are very aware of and grateful for the big heart of this yoga family. We are so very glad to have you physically and energetically with us.

I am taking much support from some of my favorite texts and practices these days: Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, iRest and The Radiance Sutras, a version of the Vijnana Bhairava, by Lorin Roche. In one of his notebooks Lorin wrote about one of the meanings of the word, “bhairava.” “Bhairava is the aspect of life that accepts our terror as prayer and opens the door to revelation.” I’m tearful each time I read this— I am helped to honor my humanity and not have to be “more enlightened” than I am. I need not transcend these feelings I am feeling—I can be with them and know that LIFE is hearing them as prayers. I can also connect these powerful feelings to the deep love I feel for Jerry and his family. For now it is enough.

I’ll end with Sutra #89 from The Radiance Sutras. This is one I always turn to when life is not going as I wish it were. May it offer you some wisdom as well.

You are stunned, powerless.
You thought you knew
What was going on.
Now you realize you don’t have a clue.

You are stopped in your tracks.
Everything within your skin is shaking.
Enter this shaking.

Right here, in the midst of commotion—
Get curious and look around inside with wonder.
Unmind your mind.
All the walls have fallen down.
Go ahead and dissolve.

The One Who Has Always Been,
Who has seen much worse than this,
Is still here.

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August Calendar of Events

Schedule Updates:
Short North:
Monday 6:30a Hot Flow Level 1 & 2 with Joanna Arnason
Grandview:
Saturday 11:45a Slow Flow Level 1& 2 with Kim Burke

Workshops:
August 12-13 Yoga and Anxiety with Marcia Miller, Michele Vinbury and Jasmine Grace
August 12 Bend and Brew with Jeremy Grace
August 16 iRest Yoga Nidra Level 2 Training with Stephanie Lopez
August 18 Ayurveda, Asana and Pranayama for the Seasons: Pitta with Jasmine Grace
August 26 Sekoia Spirit Journey: Hawk with Michele Vinbury
August 27 Book Conversations with Sabrina White
August 27 Reiki Share with Marcia Miller

Upcoming Series Classes:
Mondays, July 31 -- August 21 at 7:30p iRest Yoga Nidra with Jasmine Grace @ Grandview
Tuesdays, August 1 – September 5 at 11:15a Mommy & Baby with Janet Braden @ SBS -- Westerville
Tuesdays, August 1 – September 12 at 4:00p 6-Week Hatha Level 1 & 2 with Melanie Miller @ ALC -- Powell
Saturdays, August 5 – September 16 at 1:30p Buti Yoga with Victoria Frye @ Grandview
Mondays, August 7 – August 28 at 7:15p 4-Week Advanced Vinyasa with Lara @ TTI
Wednesdays, August 9 – September 13 at 7:00p Yoga for Runners with Marcy Freed @ SBS – Westerville
Tuesdays, August 15 – September19 at 9:30a 6-Week Sekoia Series with Alissa Jackson @ ALC -- Powell
Mondays, August 21 – September 25 at 5:45p Inversions from the Ground Up with Marcia Miller
Tuesdays, August 22 – September 26 at 7:30p 6-Week Ashtanga Foundations with Tom Griffith

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, 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, 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:
Tuesday, August 15th from 6:00p to 6:45p at Yoga on High
Sunday, August 27th from 11:45a to 12:30p 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

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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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