300 Hour Teacher Training

Forming Compassion Through the Messy Contradictions


It seemed like just another Friday morning. I woke up too late, had breakfast, rushed 1.2 miles on my bike to the yoga studio. Drenched in summer morning sweat (WHY had I worn long sleeves?), I walked in the studio just in time for iRest® Yoga Nidra class.

For 2 to 3 years now, I’ve engaged in this practice of deep relaxation and guided meditation that helps practitioners heal “the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognizing their underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.”

I don’t know about all that healing unresolved stuff, but the rest and relaxation I receive in this practice more thoroughly combats the stress and toxicity of daily life than any other practice I have tried. It is totally worth all the rushing around to get my 8:15 a.m. Friday morning class.

I had spent nearly the first 2 years doing this practice purely as a way to rest. Most of the time I didn’t hear (consciously) many of the words of the guided meditation. More recently though, I come in and out of a conscious knowledge of the flow of the words of the meditation. I actually engage in the practices which only a totally relaxed mind and body could delve into.

That morning’s practice was a new one to this particular class. After an extended progressive relaxation, we were asked to pick an emotion that was cropping up for us. Then, we chose the opposite of that emotion. Our soothing and present teacher, Stella Cornett, asked us to alternate between the two emotions, exploring how they resonate in our bodies and minds. This part of the practice was not new to me; but the next part was.

My conscious mind had dropped out of the meditation for a few minutes after the emotion exploration. When I woke up enough to hear consciously again, Stella invited us to allow the emotion to take a visual form in our minds’ eyes.

Probably because my conscious mind was so relaxed, an image immediately leapt to mind — I saw myself as a child. She then asked us to interact with the person or image we saw, to ask it for its wisdom.

The wisdom this child-like version of myself offered came not in words or images, but crashed upon me in a huge wave of knowing — she was my own vulnerability, loneliness, feelings of unwanted-ness that I mostly try to escape in my conscious life.

The emotion I had chosen was unworthiness. I had alternated between unworthiness and worthiness. I had rested in what those two opposites felt like. Unworthiness was far more familiar and comfortable that experiencing its opposite, worthiness.

The waves of knowing continued to crash upon me. If we are able to accept ourselves as that vulnerable, hurting and lonely child, and are willing to sit with her in all that glorious mess of conflicting emotions, we are only then able to embrace others in their limited and conflicted selves. We can even learn to recognize the beauty and strength that lies on the sunny side of that shadow.

I did not rush to class that morning to have a life-altering revelation. I just wanted to rest. But, that’s when the practice always opens up so much more for me (for all of us really) when we are not expecting it. This is why we engage in these practices for weeks, months, years. We can rest into the practice long enough for the layers of our mind begin to peel back like an onion.

THIS is the place where compassion is formed: in the place where we develop comfort and even reverence for our messy, conflicted selves. Those shadows always have a bright side, a place from which our giftedness grows. They can then flourish in ourselves when we accept ourselves — vulnerability, flaws and all.

So I ask, what spiritual practice helps you engage your messiness, your conflicts, your unpleasant emotions? Do you have a practice and faithful guides who help you along the way? If you do not, what practices can you begin to incorporate?

Rev. Nicole Havelka has been integrating yoga into her practice as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ for the past 13 years. While serving as a chaplain to at-risk youth, she competed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Chicago in 2009. She now currently serves as Minister for Resourcing, Networking and Creativity for the Ohio Conference United Church of Christ. You’ll find her on her mat as often as possible in her spare time. As an extension of her yoga practice, she swims, bikes and runs in triathlons. She loves exploring the spiritual dimensions of these physical practices and applying them to her work with local churches.

Connect with Nicole by “Liking” her Facebook page, following her on Twitter (@revnhavelka), Pinterest and Instagram. Her personal blog can be found at www.defythetrend.com


March Calendar of Events

Community-9499Schedule Updates:
Grow Yoga:
All mid-morning Grow Yoga classes have moved to 9:30 am start time:
Monday Slow Flow Level 1 & 2 with Cara @ 9:30a
Tuesday Sekoia with Alissa @ 9:30a
Wednesday Slow Flow Level 1 & 2 with Cara @ 9:30a
Thursday Hot Flow Level 1 & 2 with Erin @ 9:30a
Friday Slow Flow Level 1 & 2 with Anne @ 9:30a

Yoga on High: Please see web for most current schedule.

March 3-5 Sekoia Teacher Training with Jasmine Grace, Michele Vinbury & Karine Wascher
March 6 Reiki Share with Jasmine Grace
March 10 Ayurvedic Herbs: Making Tinctures with Jasmine Grace and Meredith Bury
March 10 – 12 Yoga for people over 50 with Marcia Miller @ Yogaville Virginia
March 12 Prenatal Partner Workshop with Mary Sinclair
March 18 – 19 Reiki Level 1 Training and Attunement with Marcia Miller
March 22-26 David Keil Mysore – SOLD OUT
March 25 Sekoia Spirit Journey: Snake with Michele Vinbury @ Grow Yoga

Series Classes:
March 6 -- 20 Monday 5:45p Balancing the Hips with Marcia Miller
Mar 28 -- May 9 Tuesday 4:00p 6-Week Hatha Level 1 & 2 Melanie Miller @ All Life Center
Mar 29 -- May 3 Wednesday 6:30p Yoga for Runners with Marcy Freed @ Step By Step Wellness -- Westerville

Upcoming Teacher Trainings:

200 Hour Teacher Training -- 9 Month Weekend Program
March 17-19 Kick-off Weekend
Free 200 Hour Teacher Training Info Sessions:
Sunday, March 12th from 12:00p to 12:45p at Yoga on High
Watch Video Here

Ayurvedic Health Educator AHE I -- 11 Month Weekend Program (equivalent to NAMA’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor)
May 20 -- 21, 2017 Kick-off Weekend
Free Ayurvedic Health Educator Info Sessions:
Sunday, March 12th from 6:30p to 7:30p at Yoga on High TTI

300 Hour Teacher Training – 1 to 3 Year Customizable Program
Rolling Enrollment
Contact applications@yogaonhigh.com

UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy) – 11 Month Program
Wednesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 27
 First Onsite
Contact urbanzen@yogaonhigh.com


February Calendar of Events


Schedule Updates:
Ashtanga Half Primary Level 1 & 2 Wednesdays at 7:30p with Adam Wetterhan

February 3 Beach Yoga Girl Master Class with Kerri Verna
February 4-5 Beach Yoga Girl Weekend Workshop with Kerri Verna
February 10 Prenatal Teacher Training kick-off weekend with Jennifer Gebhart and Mary Sinclair
February 11 Yoga for Pelotonia with Anne Weidinger and Julie Kennel
February 15 Pranayama Teacher Training kick-off call with Linda Oshins
February 19 Acro Yoga Workshop with Jarred Keener
February 19 Couples Massage with Crystal Fauber
February 24 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Marcia Miller
February 25 Sekoia Spirit Journey: Spider with Michele Vinbury @ Grow Yoga

Series Classes:
February 10 – March 17 9:30a Friday 6-Week Sekoia Series with Alissa Jackson @ All Life Center – Powell
February 15 – March 22 5:45p Wednesday 6-Week Advanced Ashtanga with Tom Griffith
February 23 – March 30 4:30p Thursday 6-Week Slow Burn Vinyasa Level 1 & 2 with Marcy Freed @All Life Center – Powell
February 28 – April 4 11:15a Tuesday Mommy & Baby with Janet Braden @ Step by Step Wellness -- Westerville

Upcoming Teacher Trainings:

Sekoia Teacher Training with Jasmine Grace, Karine Wascher and Michele Vinbury
March 3 -- 5

200 Hour Teacher Training -- 9 Month Weekend Program
March 17-19 Kick-off Weekend
Free 200 Hour Teacher Training Info Sessions:
Tuesday, February 7th from 6:00p to 6:45p at Yoga on High
Sunday, February 19th from 12:00p to 12:45p at Yoga on High
Sunday, March 12th from 12:00p to 12:45p at Yoga on High
*Don’t miss our February Paid in full option by February 17, 2017: $2850 (no deposit, no monthly payments)

Ayurvedic Health Educator AHE I -- 11 Month Weekend Program (equivalent to NAMA’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor)
May 20 -- 21, 2017 Kick-off Weekend
Free Ayurvedic Health Educator Info Sessions:
Sunday, February 12th from 6:30p to 7:30p at Yoga on High TT
Sunday, March 12th from 6:30p to 7:30p at Yoga on High TTI

300 Hour Teacher Training – 1 to 3 Year Customizable Program
Rolling Enrollment
Free 300 Hour Teacher Training Info Session:
Sunday, February 19th from 2:00p to 3:00p at Yoga on High

UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy) – 11 Month Program
Wednesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 27
First Onsite
Free UZIT Info Session:
Sunday, February 19th from 1:00p to 2:00p at Yoga on High


June Schedule

Yoga on High

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

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

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


Patterns of Consciousness

DeborahForsbloomDuring my 200-hour Teacher Training, I began to see more and more that being Present suffused every part of yoga.   When I needed a topic for a paper on Yoga Philosophy, I decided to see what Patanjali had to say about being Present.   Stephen Cope’s The Wisdom of Yoga became my guide to the sutras of Patanjali.  This is part of that query.

For 3000 years, renunciates in India have been trying to discover what causes human suffering and how humans can live a happy life.  Through trial and error, they decided that the answer to suffering was Liberation, which meant “freedom from all sources of conditioning that bind us to small ways of thinking and being.  Liberation means being entirely awake and fully alive.”[1]  I am calling this being Present.

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