Yogi of the Month: Jen

Jen Ferguson’s presence has been felt ever since she first came to Yoga on High a year and half ago.  She has made a big impression on all of us, as her commitment to the practice of yoga extends well beyond the mat.  She inspires us all to smile more, to give much, and to live from the center of our open hearts.  Thank you Jen, for spreading your sunshine!   Each month Yoga on High is happy to partner with Manduka to feature a Yogi of the Month. Learn more about this month’s Yogi of the Month, Jen!

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Yoga on High’s Top 10 Essential Oils

The benefits of essential oils are plenty. With a few starter oils, anyone can experience the potentially healing and mood enhancing properties essential oils have to offer. From uplifiting, to detoxifying or energy boosting, essential oils are easy to introduce to your daily rotine. Here are our favorites. Read More…

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Spring Cleaning, aka releasing that which no longer serves you

by Stephanie Estice

There’s an interesting thing that happens when you begin to lean into a more expansive way of being in life. As you listen to your soul’s calling and learn new things and feel things that you haven’t experienced before, you run into your old limits. Or, to put it another way, you reveal deeper layers of your old patterns.

The theme for the month of March at Yoga on High is to release that which no longer serves us. When you go to the High Street location of the studio, in the back hall, there is a display of beautiful photos. Just above this wall of images there are slips of paper where you can write what you want to release and then tie the paper wish to a branch on the wall. It made my heart feel warm to find this display. It speaks to me on many levels: it is aesthetically pleasing and reminds me of the papers that I saw people tie to tree branches in shrines and temples when I was in Japan – the papers containing bad fortunes that they wished to release. Read More…

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An Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Changes

by Jessica Hunt

Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, gives us guidelines for how to live in a state of balance, peace, and happiness. Through healthy diet and lifestyle routines, we can maintain balance and preserve health.

In the Ayurvedic system, seasonal changes are believed to be a contributing factor to imbalance and disease. By recognizing these changes and adapting our lifestyle accordingly, we have the tools to maintain harmony with nature.

The first step to maintain health and balance is to have a consistent sleep schedule. The best time to wake is early in the morning around sunrise. At this hour, the mind is alert and focused which makes an ideal time to fit in your yoga or meditation practice. Read More…

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Harmony, Compassion and Ahimsa

This is one in a series of articles on living with the Yoga Sutras that will appear on this blog over the next  year. Learn about how and why we explore this philosophical yogic text and how you can participate.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali list the yamas, restraints or “don’ts”. The first Yama is Ahimsa, often translated as non-violence or non-harming. Ahimsa is asking us not to be violent in our thoughts, words, and actions. Many of you have often heard me speak about oneness in my yoga classes. If we are dedicated to the oneness or wholeness of life and the interconnectedness of all living things we are naturally supporting living a life of ahimsa. It is the ideal of living a life in harmony with all living things.

Screech! Stop the record! This sounds beautiful but I have found that living ahimsa is a mindful struggle to overcome negative (violent and harming) thoughts. This struggle can be born of  anger, fear and a myriad of other negative emotions. Violence in any form often causes pain and suffering and this is something we all share. Once we realize we are all in this together it allows us to have empathy and operate more freely from a place of compassion and love! Read More…

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Savasana Armor

by Michele Vinbury

Every week in savasana, I ask students to allow me the privilege of helping them find comfort and to trust me, and the space we’ve created, as they close their eyes and begin to release tension in their bodies.  I stand watch, holding space, as they beautifully surrender to gravity and soften their physical armor.

I, on the other hand, am that student every restorative teacher knows, who would rather remain excruciatingly still while a blanket corner digs into my ribs than raise my hand to ask for help. This raised hand, a seemingly simple gesture, signals to me a vulnerability I needn’t expose. I admit that it is irrational – seen in my mind’s eye not as a form of self-care, but instead as a white flag of surrender, a signal of defeat. I need something because I can’t do it myself. I have no such judgments about my students though.  I often think the opposite, that it is the student with the more advanced practice that can accept and allow for comfort and ease. Read More…

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

by Bernie McKnight

Chakras are energetic centers that run along the midline of the body from the base of the torso up to the crown of the head.   The chakras form a system through which energy cycles.  Located in the middle of the chest and the center of this energetic structure is Anahata, the heart chakra. Energy interacts with each chakra differently and as energy rolls around the heart chakra it is in the center of love.

I know my heart chakra to be functioning at its optimal performance when I experience feelings of peace and connection, when I have a sense that everything (even when I don’t judge everything to be perfect) is in its right place.  It’s nice to have what’s referred to as an open heart chakra, but it isn’t always easy.  When the feeling that I’ve been misunderstood or marginalized has me frothing with rage I know that my heart chakra is probably blocked.  It can be fun to think about whether my chakra starts off blocked and causes my outrageous reactions or if something about the situations I react to cause my open chakra to slam shut.  But all of that thinking really does is keep me from the work at hand, to find a way to open up a connection to love in the moments when I want to use all of my resources on being right. Read More…

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Yogi of the Month: Neda

When Neda found herself without a yoga mat, we were happy to select this dedicated Yoga On High yoga student as our first Yogi of the Month. Neda is now the proud owner of an eKo Manduka mat and towel. Thank you Maduka! Each month Yoga on High is happy to partner with Manduka to feature a Yogi of the Month.

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