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Practicing with Rodney through Tough Times

Rodney_MokuRodney Yee and his yoga DVD helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. I had become addicted to cocaine and had decided that I needed to find sobriety. I declined help at any rehabilitation centers as I knew my addiction was one that I needed to conquer on my own. I could not be trusted to be around anyone who had the same problem I had. I was a manipulative drug addict with a heart as cold as ice.

I had a yoga DVD of Rodney Yee and started to practice with it daily. Faithfully every morning I settled on to my mat, focused on my breath and moved my body along with the cueing from the DVD. I had never done yoga before but explored every pose that I could and watched the more difficult poses with no thought that I would or would not explore those poses later. I think I just assumed that one day I might give that crow pose a try, but for today…..I will just do all I can do. There were days that I actually got on my mat more than once as a way to take my mind to that place where I began feeling secure, comfortable and welcomed.

A long story short, this little DVD led me to where I am today in my yoga practice, and although I am just scratching the surface of this journey I could not have been happier to be allowed to take a workshop with the amazing man who actually helped me through my sobriety. Every day of my life that man was with me, leading me to a place that was far better than any cocaine high I had explored.

He has no idea the impact he has had on my life, and at the end of the workshop he asked for one more person to help with adjustments in his and Colleen’s open class. I could not help but raise my hand. I knew I was way out of my league but could not pass up the chance to actually spend a few more hours learning from these two brilliant teachers.

I may not be the only one Rodney has helped via his DVDs. Everyone has a story….I may never get the chance to thank him for being with me every day on my road to sobriety, but I send love and light when I think about that journey and how I made it through.

MokuJacquie is an RYT-200 and currently enrolled in the 300-hour Teacher Training program at Yoga on High, deepening her knowledge and understanding of yoga practices and philosophy in workshops lead by some of the best teachers in the country. She teaches a deep-release yoga class at Yoga on High and a slow flow yoga class at Grow Yoga. For her full bio, please click here.

Join Rodney Yee for his teacher training workshop: Yoga Practice and Therapeutics September 14-16 at Yoga on High. Or, try Rodney and Colleen’s Urban Zen open class Wednesday evening, September 14th.

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Sad Day Blog

I had such a sad day yesterday—it all started when a beloved character in a book I was reading was killed off. (All the Light We Cannot See—I highly recommend it.) I started crying and couldn’t stop—turned out my sadness wasn’t JUST about that character; it was a segue way into what is mine to grieve. Turned out there was plenty. Though I started this blog a year ago, I was reminded of it now, after 84 people were killed by a terrorist in Nice and a week after policemen and African-American motorists were also killed. When the world seems crazy, the Wendell Berry poem below comes to mind and, remembering it, I mostly feel cleansed.

Marcia Miller is a founder and co-owner of Yoga on High.

The Peace of Wild Things
By Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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Self-Care for Social Change

Social change requires change agents who are energetic, inspired, grounded, rested and relaxed. We need people who can go all in for the long haul in work that is often demanding and frustrating as well as exhilarating. Exhaustion and despair are the enemies of compassion and inspiration. People drawn to social change have often been affected by trauma or a deep challenge in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones. They have a personal understanding of some limit in our culture such as racism or the inability to provide for the poor and are uniquely attuned to the needs involved. In order to be effective in the way they want, they have to be awake and healthy enough to do it over time. They have to have time to care for themselves before they can effectively care for others. Read More…

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Ask More of Yourself: Practice with Kino MacGregor

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 2.23.58 PMI was super excited about the weekend workshop with Kino MacGregor. As a true yoga nerd, I had been following her since well before Instagram was even a thing. Based on the bright colors and huge smiles on her social media, you might expect a yummy yoga workshop -- unicorns and candy canes and rainbows. Kino is not here to take us on an amusement park ride. She is very serious about yoga.

Kino’s personality was certainly bubbly, with a wide smile that so often shines out from her frequent Instagram posts, and a friendly and funny demeanor. However, she has received a lot of unfortunate negative attention for her appearance and clothing style, so based on media criticisms, it might be easy to dismiss her as a frivolous person. Yet, Kino quickly put to rest any question of authenticity by demonstrating a deep and profound knowledge of and commitment to the practice of Ashtanga yoga. She was a devoted student of Guruji, dedicated to his memory; following his guidelines for Ashtanga yoga is her path. Her clear-eyed focus on this path drives her disciplined nature and progress through the series of Ashtanga. Read More…

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July Calendar of Events

ashtanga-vinyasa-with-kino-macgregorStudio Closures:
Friday, July 1: Close Early 3p (Red, White & Boom)
Saturday, July 2: Normal Schedule
Sunday, July 3: Close Early 3p
Monday, July 4: Studio Closed

Workshops:
July 11 – September 12 Reiki Level 1 Training with Bernie McKnight and Angela Lamonte
July 15 – 17 Kino Macgregor 2016 Workshops
July 16-17 From 55-105: Teaching Older Students with Marcia Miller, Angela Lamonte & Mary Sinclair
July 22-24 Reiki Level 1 & 2 Intensive Training & Attunement with Jodi Patton
July 23 The Four Agreements: How to Incorporate Them into your Practice with Lara Falberg Read More…

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A Poem for Summertime

Peaches_Full BloomFrom blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.
From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.
O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
From Blossoms by Li-Young Lee
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Pride in a Difficult Time

shutterstock_426023218by Daniel Sernicola

As the Arch City prepares for its 35th Annual Pride, bulbs in a hue of rainbow colors shine brightly from the arches on High Street and rainbow flags flutter in the wind. June is a month when we celebrate inclusiveness, love, and LGBTA+ pride. However, many of us are feeling spiritually wounded. The events in Orlando leave us with feelings of anger, hurt, and confusion. How could this happen? Why did it happen? How can we have pride when faced with such tragedy?
As a LGBTA+ community, we’ve spent most of our lives living in fear and aware that we are at risk. The Orlando shootings demonstrate that this fear is valid and very real. Many of us are reminded that the shooting could have taken place at any gathering or event. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been out or how far down the road of self-acceptance and love we’ve traveled, we are always aware of the fear within. Read More…

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Why Yoga Teachers Read Poetry

red-love-heart-typographyA year and a half ago, I moved to Seattle where I don’t know many people, formed a book group at my condo with my one good friend in the building, and the nine of us met to pick the books we would read in the coming months. I suggested a non-fiction book, What the Stones Remember by Patrick Lane, and a work of fiction, Gillead by Marilynne Robinson, and on a whim I included a book of poetry, The Way It Is by William Stafford. In the discussion about which to pick, several people mentioned that they don’t know how to or don’t like to read poetry, but a couple people were really interested and their enthusiasm carried the day. I was stuck leading a club meeting on poetry for people who don’t like to read poetry. Read More…

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June Schedule

Yoga on High

Workshops:
June 3 Ayurveda: Igniting Shakti and Reconnecting with Your Feminine Self with Jasmine Grace
June 5 Introduction to Yoga for Beginners with Marcy Freed at All Life Center (Powell)
June 10 Sekoia Hike with Michele Vinbury
June 10 – 12 Doug Keller: Shoulders and Asana
June 11 Doug Keller Master Asana Class
June 17 Ayurveda, Asana and Pranayama: Cooling and Calming with Joanna Arnason & Marisa Barsotti
June 18 The Four Agreements: How to Incorporate Them Into Your Practice with Lara Falberg
June 22 – 26 iRest Yoga Nidra Training Level 1 with Stephanie Lopez
June 25 The Natural Breath and Beginning Pranayama with Linda Oshins

Jasmine-1511eSchedule Updates:
5p Sundays Vinyasa Beginner Drop-in with Cara
6p Fridays Deep Release with Jacquie
8a Saturdays Sekoia Pre-Meditation – cancelled
8:30a Saturdays Sekoia with Sarah

Grow Yoga
Grow Yoga Series and Workshops:
June 7 – 28 Tuesdays, iRest Yoga Nidra Series with Katie Whitsett / $40
June 11 Melt Introduction with Crystal Fauber
June 25 Roll into Summer: Full Body with Crystal Fauber

Grow Yoga Schedule Updates:
6:15p Mondays Sekoia with Joanna

Summer Schedule All Life Center – Powell

Michele-1872eDrop – In:
Wednesdays 9:30a Slow Burn Vinyasa Level 1 with Kelli Joyce

Workshops:
Introduction to Yoga for Beginners with Marcy Freed
Sunday, June 5 from 4:00p to 5:45p / Upstairs studio / Cost: $20

Series:
6 -- Week Foundations of Hatha Yoga with Melanie Miller
Tuesdays from 4:00p to 5:30p / May 31 -- July 5 / Upstairs Studio / Cost: $75

6 -- Week Hatha Level 1-2 Series with Melanie Miller
Thursdays from 9:00a to 10:30a / June 2 -- July 7 / Atrium / Cost: $75

Sunrise Series: Sun Salutations for Beginners with Marcy Freed
Tuesdays from 6:00a to 7:00a / June 7 – June 28 / East Patio / Cost: $50

Sunset Series: Slow Burn Vinyasa Level 1-2 with Marcy Freed
Thursdays from 7:45 p to 8:45p / June 2 – June 30 / West Lawn / Cost: $60

Marcia_Ohio-3783eUpcoming Teacher Trainings:
200-HR Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica July 1 – 23, 2016
Meditation Teacher training -- Begins August 20, 2016
200-HR Yoga Teacher Training  -- Begins September 9, 2016
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy – Begins October 27, 2016
300-HR Yoga Teacher Training -- Rolling enrollment

For questions regarding Teacher Trainings, contact Breanna@yogaonhigh.com

Free Information Sessions:
UZIT: Tuesday, June 7 from 5:30p to 6:30p ET -- Conference call
UZIT: Wednesday, June 8 from 4:15p to 5:15p at Yoga on High
Ayurveda: Friday, June 17 from 4:00p to 5:00p at TTI

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Yogi of the Month: Marissa

MarrisaNickname: Auntie M (to my niece and surrogate nephews)

Occupation: CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist)

Fun fact:  I’m fascinated by public transportation.

Favorite instructor(s):  I’m in constant awe of all the Mysore and Led Primary teachers who amaze and inspire me.  I’m also wonderstruck by Michael Murphy’s Hot Flow classes, which make me forget time exists.

What inspires me:  traveling, language, humor, my family.

Where can you find me when I’m not on the mat:  working, running, spinning, reading, cooking.

Favorite Short North hangout:  I love running through the neighborhoods of Victorian and Italian Villages.  I’m fascinated by the old homes and their porches, windows, doors, slate roofs, and gutter systems.  The homes here are true works of art.

Favorite yoga pose:  My heart has been captured by all the poses with which I struggle — Shirshasana would be the favorite and most difficult for me.

Song on every yoga playlist:  I’d love to hear more Pink Floyd, Queen and most songs from the 70’s on a yoga playlist.  I’ll settle for Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root.

Intention for yoga practice:  Peace (for myself and the universe).

How long practicing yoga:  I’ve been practicing yoga since 2007 and started because of pain from years of running and insomnia from working night shift. Yoga has brought balance to my body physically and calmness and wonder to my spirit.

Why YoHi?  Mysore at 5:00am and the variety of classes and workshops offered. The YoHi Teacher Training program and both the guest and local workshops have truly been transformative for me and for that I am forever grateful.

 

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