Meditation

linda-3829_0_0The following is a page taken from Kim Stafford’s The Muses among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft.

There was a physicist who played the violin. One morning he took his fiddle to the lab, wrapped it green with felt, clamped it gently in a vise, and trained the electron microscope close on the spruce belly, just beside the sound hole, where a steel peg was humming at a high frequency. Through the microscope, once he got it focused right, he saw the molecular surface of the wood begin to pucker and ripple outward like rings on a pond, the ripples rising gradually into waves, and the steel peg a blur at the heart of play.

When he drew the peg away, the ripples did not stop. In twenty-four hours, the ripples had not stopped. He saw, still, a concentric tremor on the molecular quilt of the wood. The violin, in the firm embrace of the vise, had a song, a thing to say.

In another twelve hours, the ripples flattened and the wood lay inert. Read More…

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Grace

marcia_ReikiI experienced a few moments of grace this past week, and I’m considering how best to honor that experience. I was giving Reiki to a student who has had a troubled and challenging life so far. Though she is not that interested in yoga, she really enjoys Reiki. When I was with her I had such a strong desire for her to feel the love that was present in that moment—love that I imagined had not been a big part of her life. At a certain point it felt bigger than anything I have ever experienced. I was part of a flow of LOVE that felt absolutely holy. It felt like I was channeling a mother-love that was so, so big that it was way beyond anything personal. At one point my mind wondered what was going on or if I was “up to the vastness of this experience.”  That thought felt so much smaller than what I was experiencing that I had to let it go in order to get back to the beauty of what had been happening. Read More…

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Big, Safe Space

scunningham“You’re so calm.”

So many people have said this to me in my adult life that I began to believe it was true.

I am an oncology nurse, a breast cancer survivor. I have witnessed and helped many friends and family members through illness and death. I am the middle child—the children known to be good negotiators, mediators, the calm ones. We middle children go with the flow to keep the family peace. I used these tools my whole life.  By the time I enrolled in the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) training I was convinced I was a calm person.

When Steve, my husband, was hit by a car one month into UZIT training I was sucked in to a space I have yet to leave. His injuries were severe. A brain injury and broken body from head to toe. I have vivid memories from this time. The sound of the voice of the surgeon, and this strange moan coming from my body. Of my niece Lauren’s strong arms wrapping a coat around me. The vibration of the car engine as she drove us to the ER. The strength of Lauren clinging to my arm in the waiting room. Feeling not only my feet firmly planted on the floor but my whole body…in this shape, sitting, breathing…I felt my breath go in and out of my body as I saw Steve’s bloody, bruised face amid the swirl of medical personnel and equipment. Vivid memories in the form of sensation rather than words or events. I shake as I write this. Read More…

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Kitchari: Nourishment in Each Bowl

Seamless texture of spices on blackThe ancient healing medicine of Ayurvedic places a strong emphasis on food as a way to restore health to the body and the mind. In the Ayurvedic tradition, Kitchari is used to balance digestive health. As you will see below in the recipe, Kitchari is a soup of rice, protein-rich mung beans, nutrient- dense greens and seasonal vegetables, spiced with fresh and dried herbs to support digestion and eliminate toxins. It is a nourishing and cleansing meal in itself. It is often the sole menu item during Ayurvedic cleanses. Sometimes just spending a day or two doing a kitchari diet can ease digestive problems. The amount of water added to the recipe determines how soupy the kitchari is, and can vary depending on your tastes.

This recipe that was given to me by Gary Jacobsson, C.A.S., master teacher and talented chef at the California College of Ayurveda.

1 Tbs                      Ghee or Olive Oil
1 Tsp                      Dry Ginger or 1 Tbs. Fresh Ginger, chopped fine
1 Tsp                      Cumin Powder
1 Tsp                      Coriander Powder
1 Tsp                      Black Mustard Seeds
½ Tsp                     Turmeric Powder
½ Tsp                     Yellow Curry Powder
1 Tsp                      Fennel Powder
1 Tsp                      Sea Salt
1 Tsp                      Asafoetida Powder or 1 Clove of Fresh Garlic
1 Tbs                      Braggs Liquid Aminos
½ Cup                    Basmati Rice
½ Cup                    Split Yellow Mung Beans
4-6 Cups               Filtered Water – Add more water to make soupy
1 Bunch                Fresh Cilantro, chopped as topping
1-2                          Limes, quartered and squeezed over top Read More…

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The World Needs Your Gifts: End of Year Letter

Partners-1456eDear friends, colleagues, students and anyone else who is reading this blog,

The following poem is our gift to you at the end of 2015. You have offered us many blessings because you have been a part of Yoga on High this past year. You have come to our classes and workshops, shopped in our bookstore, recommended us to your friends, let us know you are grateful for what we offer and even let us know how we can make Yoga on High better and better.  We are all better as a result of our work together, and we know it.  Thanks so much for being a part of our lives.

With love and deep pranams (bows),

Marcia, Jasmine and Michele

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January Open Schedule Updates

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New Year! New Schedule! For most accurate and complete schedule updates and changes, please check out our online schedule.

Yoga on High

PDF January Print Schedule

Monday:
9:30a Aerial Level 1 with Dale Anne

Tuesday:
5:30p Mysore with Tom – now at TTI

Wednesday:
12:00p iRest $5 Karma Class with Stella
6:00p Sekoia with Amy L.

Thursday:
9:45a Sekoia with Michele V.

Friday:
3:00p Free Community Class with Nicole and Katie

Saturday:
8:00a Free Pre Practice Meditation with Alissa M.
8:30a Sekoia with Alissa M.

Sunday:
12:00p iRest $5 Karma Class with Michele V.

Grow Yoga

PDF January Print Schedule

For most accurate and complete schedule updates and changes, please check out our online schedule.

Tuesday:
4:30p 6 Week Vinyasa Beginner Series with Abby *Jan 19 Start Date

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What is the Ashtanga Primary Series?

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David Keil and Tim Miller will be guest faculty members for the Yoga on High 108 Ashtanga teacher training. To get to know David Keil, and for a concise look at the components of the Ashtanga Primary Series, click here.

For more information on the Yoga on High Ashtanga teacher training, please click here.

If you would like more information on this program, call us at 614-291-4444 or email Enrollment Director, Stacee Hill, at applications@yogaonhigh.com.

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Yogi of the Month: Fernando

Meet this month’s Manduka Yogi of the Month, Fernando! Fernando was invited to give Yoga on High a try when one of the Partners met him on a friend’s backyard deck where a group had gathered to chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra 108 times.  He decided to stop by for a class with Gina, and the rest is history.  Fernando has unrolled his mat all over the world, a native of Venezuela, he now calls Columbus home.  A true adventurer, you’ll find him taking pranayama, vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga classes, as well as supporting Yoga on High Foundation events (and patiently teaching Michele Spanish whenever they meet!).  Fernando’s open heart and welcoming nature inspire both students and teachers alike to remember that a committed daily practice is not only possible, it can be joyful as well.  We are grateful to have Fernando as part of the YOHI community!

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A Dialogue about Death

marcia-3982_0_0“Seeing the end of your life is the birth of your ability to love being alive. It is the cradle of your love of life.”~Stephen Jenkinson

This is the quote that I posted on Facebook a few months ago as I started to read the book Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson. I tagged a couple of people who I knew faced death regularly in their work and asked if they wanted to read it with me. In one day I had over 40 people on a list who wanted to read it together and were asking if we could meet as a book club to talk about it. Dialogue About Death was born.

Last night 10 of us sat around my living room and two others joined us on Skype. More had wanted to come but were kept away by exhaustion or other circumstances. We came together because we had read, or thought about reading, Die Wise. We laughed more than you might imagine and got teary a few times too, as people shared their stories about why they came out on a dark Tuesday evening to speak of death. One of us is 88 and was relieved to find a group of people willing to talk about death since many of her peers won’t. Several of us have cancer and are already living in the “More Time” part of our lives that Jenkinson talks about. We love these people or others who are in a similar time of life. One of us teaches people who have cancer, yet is not “allowed” to talk about death even though her students are dying and the other students are eager to explore the topic. We came because we want to learn to speak of death more directly with the people we know and we want a safe place to experiment.

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Panchakarma: Cleansing and Rejuvenating the Mind, Body and Spirit

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As many of you already know, I became an Ayurvedic Panchakarma Specialist this summer through the California College of Ayurveda. The course, steeped in the ancient healing tradition of Ayurveda, was a specialized training which, when added to my Clinical Ayurveda Health Practitioner certification, allows me to help clients rebalance their doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) while cleansing and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.  Click here for further information on the doshas.

So what is Panchakarma, exactly? It is a detoxification that cleanses the body, mind and spirit. Normally our body has a natural ability to efficiently process and remove waste materials and balance the doshas, but as a result of repeated dietary and lifestyle indiscretions, poor digestion, genetic predisposition, and hormones, the body becomes imbalanced. This causes the spread of toxins throughout the body, and may lead to disease.  According to Ayurveda, the waste matter expelled when our body is out of sync is called Ama: a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that coats the internal passageways and tongue. Panchakarma works to eliminate Ama from the body and reset the digestive system. Read More…

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