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.” Read More…


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
Wednesday 6:00p Vinyasa Beginner Drop-in with Erin Shipley

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

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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:

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
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Free 300 Hour Teacher Training Info Sessions:
Saturday, July 8th from 3:00p to 4:00p at Yoga on High with Marcia Miller


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. Read More…


June Calendar of Events

Schedule Updates:
6:30a Sekoia Level 1 & 2 with Marisa

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 Read More…


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 --, Planned Parenthood --, or the Arc of Appalachia/Highlands Nature Sanctuary -- Arrangements entrusted to O. R. WOODYARD CO. Read More…


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.

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.”

Read More…


May Calendar of Events

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

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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