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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. Read More…

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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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Building Empathy during Tough Times

IMGP6243 - Version 2As we deal with Martha’s impending death and the grief of her family and close friends, perhaps we can use this time to address how best to empathize with one another during hard periods in our lives. I know that SO very many of you care about her family and close friends, and you might not know what to say or do. There are some ways of showing your care that are easier for most people to receive. Let’s use this devastating event of the death of Martha to learn some tools that will likely serve you the rest of your life.

I’d like to start by recommending one of my favorite new books about offering empathy, There is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do when Life is Scary, Awful and Unfair to People You Love, by Kelsey Crowe, PhD and Emily McDowell. It includes many great suggestions on what to say or not say, what to do or not do, illustrated with amusing picture and lots of painful and inspiring stories.

Here are two examples from the book of good ways of dealing with loss:

Instead of saying, “I can’t believe this happened,” you could say, “I’m sorry you are going through this.”

Instead of saying, “I lost my wife and I was devastated,” you could say, “This must be so hard,” or “I can’t imagine how you are doing.”

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May Calendar of Events

CC_May-19Schedule Updates:
Tuesday 7:15p Sekoia Level 1 & 2 with Karine Wascher

Workshops:
May 7 Book Conversations with Lori Guth Moffett
May 12 Ayurvedic Herbs: Herbal Oils and Ghee with Jasmine Grace and Meredith Bury
May 20 Sekoia Spirit Journey: Elephant with Michele Vinbury
May 21 Reiki Share with Marcia Miller
May 26 Richard Freeman: Art of Vinyasa Teacher Day
May 27 Richard Freeman: Art of Vinyasa Weekend Workshop Read More…

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Update on Martha Marcom

Dear friends,

Martha remains in hospice surrounded by family and love. Nothing like a 4-year-old to keep love and light in the room and we have had more laughter over the last 10 days than I ever could have imagined. And somehow we keep having parties with silly hats. Who knew that was a yogic death ritual? And poems, lots of poems about life and death (the best ones always have both.) And Reiki. Thank goodness for Reiki which is so comforting to Martha. It is also the time when the emotional roller coaster of one day she feels pretty good, the next day she feels worse, settles into the space of timeless being. We can re-ground into our inherent connection during Reiki and come out the other side clear-eyed and rooted in love. Read More…

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News about Martha Marcom, Founder of Yoga on High

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Here is Martha taking a lick of a mango popsicle.

Our dear friend and one of the founders of Yoga on High is nearing the end of her life. She has received treatments for the ovarian cancer discovered a few years ago, and there will be no more treatment. She is in the hospital at the time of this writing (April 5, 2017) and will likely be entering hospice in the next day or two.

Martha is grateful to have had time to watch her darling granddaughter continue to grow up, to spend precious time with family and friends and to see this year’s riotous spring. Outside her hospital window yesterday we saw a huge, flying hawk unfurl its wide, wide wings right in front of us--so close we could have nearly touched it. She remains glad to experience each precious moment as it comes. And she is accepting of death which she senses is near. She is not “fighting a courageous battle,” she is leaning into death now. Her pain and her yogi’s body, which is not supporting life anymore, and her natural growing detachment from the future, are all making the nearness of death more obvious.

Many of you are already reached out to us and we are grateful for the love, prayers and good wishes. Right now the circle of people able to be around Martha and Jerry is very small and it is the time for this quiet intimacy. We know many of you will miss Martha and may want to reach out in some way. Here are a few suggestions of how you can support Martha and her family during this time of much change.

  • Send prayers and blessings from whatever tradition speaks to your heart. We are all connected at this level and we are feeling your support.
  • Send Reiki if you know how to do that. Those of us with Martha are in the Reiki love pretty much all the time. We are giving lots of Reiki to Martha and we are sending when we are not there. Join us in the energy!
  • Chant the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra with us. This is an ancient mantra, sometimes called the Victory Over Death mantra. It is said to conquer the fear of death and bring calmness in the presence of death. Chanting this mantra puts us in the stream of yogis who have chanted this mantra for thousands of years. We add our voices to theirs to feel encouraged and empowered in the face of life’s challenges. When I told Martha I wanted to ask you to do this practice on her behalf she relaxed into her huge Martha smile and said she would like that—to ride out of this life on the wings of these holy and powerful words chanted by those who love her. That sounded just perfect to her. The words to this mantra are here and an audio is here.
  • Get on your mat! As a longtime Ashtangi, Martha believes in practice. She was a daily practitioner as long as she could be and always honored her time on the mat. In honor of her, get on your mat, practice, and dedicate the benefits of the practice to her or to anyone else in need.
  • Write down a favorite memory of Martha. Did she inspire you in some way? Help you in a time of need? Make you laugh? Write a single sentence or a paragraph or two and send it to me (Marcia@yogaonhigh.com) I’ll read it to her if the timing feels right and share it with her family.

Please know Martha sends all her blessings and love to you as well. It is now her time to turn inward and finish her preparations for this next phase of her life. She is doing this, leading the way in a path that will be all of ours some unknown time in the future.

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iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation: A Living Practice of Connection & Belonging

 

s-lopez-web_7By Stephanie Lopez 
This blog was originally published in the Accessible Yoga Conference newsletter in 2016.

In the course of daily life how often do we feel unseen, disconnected, and disempowered? For many this is an all too frequent experience.

People practice yoga and meditation to discover a sense of ease, balance, and purpose. I believe there is a deeper motivation as well; a longing for connection with one’s self and rest of the world. I’ve found this yearning is satisfied through iRest Yoga Nidra. This transformative yet simple practice uncovers an undeniable ground of well-being and interconnectedness. It brings forth a direct sense of wholeness that is unchanging regardless of life’s circumstances. Read More…

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Sending Reiki

By Marcia Miller

Marcia-8579ccOne of the greatest gifts of Reiki Level 2 is learning to send Reiki through time and space. There is no doubt that in-person Reiki offerings are powerfully loving and satisfying, but many of the people we love and care about are not able to be with us in person: they may be across town, across the world or even across time. (More about this in another blog.) Just as we love people who are not right in front of us, we can also send Reiki as a vehicle of that love for those who are not in our presence.

Linda Oshins and I are currently sending Reiki to our dearest friend who is living with cancer. We are so glad to have a daily way of offering her support. Linda lives in Seattle, I’m sending from my farm west of Columbus and our dear friend is downtown. We have chosen a specific time to send to her each night. The best part is that it feels like we are all together in person as we send energy each day. Read More…

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Richard Freeman: Asana-Poet and Embodied Philosopher

It is my position that the great, traditional asana sequences are like the epic poems of Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and Ovid. Richard Freeman is a voice uniquely situated to interpret the various Ashtanga Vinyasa series, often by breaking them into sonnets and haikus in order to reveal hidden structure and meaning. Richard’s 60- or 90-minute classes might focus on, say, the first third of second series “Nadi Shodhana” or the last third of primary series “Yoga Chikitsa”. As students, we are blessed by the opportunity to read these gigantic works of physical poetry through the lenses of a master teacher. Read More…

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