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Yogi of the Month: Michael

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:24

Meet our newest Yogi of the Month, Michael Agunga! Although new to the Yohi community, Michael is a dedicated yogi, athlete and writer. Michael found yoga after suffering from a herniated disk in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. We are happy Michael has made Yoga on High his yoga home. Yoga on High is pleased to partner with Manduka to feature a Yogi of the Month. Learn more about this month’s featured Yogi, Michael.

 

Meditating with Malas

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:16

Disconnecting to Connect

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:05

By Jennifer Gebhart

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” ~Jesse Jackson

It is etiquette to turn off your cell phone upon entering a yoga studio. This practice helps us to drop into the present moment and tune into our breath, sensations and the community in the room. I’ve taken this practice off the mat and into my life. This summer I’ve dedicated Tuesdays to spending time with both my kids. During this time, I’m not checking email or Instagram, I’m present to my kids and our experiences together. Our connections have strengthened from this practice of disconnecting from the digital world and connecting to each other. We laugh and “play” together. I get to really listen to my children and bear witness to their hopes, dreams and thoughts on life. I’ve noticed how my teenage daughter is also able to stay present to us and, not check her phone every time she hears a chime signaling a new text. I notice I feel less stressed and therefore, my family is less stressed. I know this time with my kids is so precious and fleeting. I want them to know that I’m really there for them. I also want to instill a practice/habit in them that they learn to stay connected to those in front of them instead of the virtual world. I can’t help but wonder, what message are we sending our loved ones when they are trying to talk to us and, we are so focused on our phone.

“We’re living in an era where capturing moments using our phones is more important than actually living these moments with whoever is beside us.” ~Unknown

This blog post was originally published by Jennifer Gebhart on the blog Yoga and Inspiration on June 19, 2014.

Featured image: A Heart of Love made by Gail Spirit Sky.

Yogi of the Month: Andy

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:35

Meet our July Yogi of the Month, Andy Clingman! Andy is a Reiki Master, Ashtangi, musician and runner. Andy presence is reverent and grounding and his thoughtful nature inspires curiosity. Each month, Yoga on High is happy to partner with Manduka to feature a Yogi of the Month.  Learn more about this month’s featured Yogi, Andy!

What’s Your Yogi Color?

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 07:03

Yogi of the Month: Jenn

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 07:05

Meet this month’s Yogi of the Month! Jenn Gebhart is a spirited member of our YOHI community. She teaches MS, Prenatal and Mommy & Baby classes at YOHI, in addition to being a dedicated yoga student herself.   She truly lives her practice and is committed to her students needs, by sharing her wisdom and always being present with a thoughtful ear.  Her bubbly personality is infectious and she truly inspires us all.  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, Jenn!

Doorways of Not-Knowing

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 07:28

by Virginia Macali

Each day that I cross the threshold of a patient’s room during my clinical rotation,  I am aware that I don’t know what I will find.  I enter the not-knowing with a sense of openness and anticipation.  Each new patient is a world of his or her own, with a unique history and personality. 

Referrals for UZ may come from a doctor, nurse, or family member.  Nurses provide some basic health information, but details are often slim.  Sometimes they let us know whether the patient is having a good day or a bad day and whether they might enjoy Urban Zen session today.  Even with those details, we don’t know what we’ll encounter.

When I pass through the doorway and rub the hand sanitizer into my palms, the patient may be experiencing discomfort that is mental, physical, emotional or spiritual.  We’ve worked with people who chose not to continue with cancer treatment, people who have been in car accidents, people with recent knee replacement, people at end of life, and people with memory issues.

We encounter wondrous people on our rounds. A woman who delighted in hearing her name spoken by the UZIT, a woman who spoke proudly of the difficulties she’d been through in her life and how she got through them, a man who used his wit to tease a UZIT, a woman who cruises through the building with her walker, greeting everyone with a smile, a memory care patient who laughs at a video of I Love Lucy.

One week we worked with a patient’s grandchildren who loved smelling a number of different essential oils and hearing the stories about them, a staff member who took time for a short reiki session and shed a tear for patients she worked with, office workers who enjoyed hearing about Urban Zen and having 10 minutes to smell lemon oil, receive reiki, do a brief body scan.  Each of these encounters left people feeling more refreshed and relaxed as they continued through their day.  I feel a deep satisfaction to being of service in this way.  And I await the next doorway and what I will find when I cross the threshold.

Virginia Macali is a trainee in the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program in Columbus, Ohio.  She is enjoying the clinical rotation at Wexner Heritage Village.

The True Nature of Self Care

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 07:24

Be the Change. As much as Gandhi’s words have become, perhaps, overused, I still feel warm-hearted when I see them with a pretty photo backdrop as a friend’s Facebook share. They are heart-centered, uplifting by nature. And yet I remember when it was first suggested to me in a yoga class, some 20+ years ago, that my yoga practice benefitted the entire planet, I doubted it. I wanted to believe that it could, and it even felt really good to imagine that it could. But, when my mind considered it, it made no sense. When I looked at the idea with the focus of a magnifying glass, it fell apart – my little mind, my little world, my little self. “Practicing yoga is selfish,” I heard my little mind say. How could this practice that I thought was so selfish benefit the world? Even as I couldn’t see that it did, I decided that, for a while each week, I could be selfish.

Over the years I added other practices – meditation, alternative therapies, body work, essential oils. With each new addition, I still felt selfish. And, I felt better. When I left a class or a session, I glowed. This was met with different reactions from different people. Sometimes I would walk into work, and my self-care glow was met with scowls. This reaction confirmed to me that these practices must certainly be selfish acts. And, now I look back and consider that their reactions can come from any variety of story, just as my conclusion about their reactions came from my story. Another time I was walking down the street and heard from a stranger, “You’re glowing! Whatever you’re taking, I want it!” I chose to enjoy this freely-given comment, and it sparked in me a desire to share that these acts of being selfish just might actually have a way to benefit others.

When our younger daughter was 7, she sat in meditation with me. After practicing with me for a few days, we were in the car, and from the back seat I heard, “Mommy?” “Yes, honey, what is it?” “Mommy…the world would be a better place if everyone meditated. People would be happier and nicer to each other.” And so perhaps we choose these acts of self-care, whether or not we yet know, at the core of our being, that the glow is vibrating out to those around us, and on to the world at large. Consider choosing to be selfish, to care for yourself. Through these choices, we are the change.

Release your Inner Warrior

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 07:32

Home Practice: Props

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 07:20

Studio Spotlights: Mike McGrew

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 07:03
It’s hard to explain the mental state that (yoga) puts me in but if I come in and I have had a stressful day I find it relaxing.  I can use it throughout the week to cope with everyday situations.

Why yoga?
I never gave it a thought until the Recreational Amputee Support Group of Central Ohio invited me to a class that Stacee Hill is teaching.  I got a free pass to Yoga on High, came the next day and have been coming ever since.  Its’ very helpful physically and mentally.  It’s hard to explain the mental state that it puts me in but if I come in and I have had a stressful day I find it relaxing.  I can use it throughout the week to cope with everyday situations.  It’s almost like going to church for me.  I come 2-3 times a week now.

Favorite yoga style?
Hatha

Favorite pose?
Gotta be the warrior pose.

How long practicing?
Since last Dec 2013

Dream yoga retreat?
Never gave it any thought. But not knowing much about this but I would like to try yoga outside—maybe the summer yoga in the Columbus Commons.

Greatest yoga lesson learned?
The health aspects of practicing.  Marcia has explained a lot about the good yoga does for you.

Favorite thing about YOHI?
There’s a lot of good there.  I can’t get over how friendly and trusting everybody is.  From all the classes I have taken so far, how much I have enjoyed them and how beneficial they have been to me.

I enjoy photography, exercising in general-especially bike riding; I like to be outdoors.  I’m retired from the State of Ohio. I’m really glad I was introduced to yoga and I hope to continue the practice for a really long time.

Yogi of the Month: Zuri

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:46

Meet this month’s Yogi of the Month! Zuri lights up any and every room she walks into with a beauty that shines inside and out.  Zuri has an infectious smile and a playful and lighthearted way about her.  Don’t let her laughs fool you though, she is a seriously yogi and her commitment has not gone unnoticed.  Zuri leads by example with an open heart, willingness to try new things and unfaltering dedication.  We feel lucky to have her as a part of the YOHI community!  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, Zuri!

Take Root

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:02

by Bernie McKnight

The first chakra, Muladhara, is also known as the root chakra. As its name implies, it is related to our personal sense of foundation.  Located at the base of the spine, the first chakra is the physical space where we connect with the ground or its representation (the floor, a chair).  Getting grounded is an important activity as it provides the stability from which we can efficiently move forward in both momentary and lifelong pursuits. Sending roots into the earth is a common image offered during grounding techniques.  While this is clearly a metaphor, it isn’t unusual to focus on the body parts that touch a chair or the floor, and have the sensation that some part of the self is descending towards the center of the earth.  Ground is useful to focus your mind first thing in the morning, at the end of the workday or any time your experience frantic, scattered feelings.

Getting grounded honors the first chakra. As we pay more and more attention to this energetic center we can begin to see the details of other information housed there, the nature of the foundation from which we rise.  As children and adolescents we are initially rooted in the traditions and values of our families of origin.  Maturing into adulthood we often find that at least some of our assumptions and habits do not serve us.  Trying out different practices is a common rite of passage, and when we find a practice that feels right for us, it can be very satisfying to set down roots in a like-minded community.

Transitioning out of the dormancy of winter and moving through April, a month whose showers bring with them the promise of flowers, offers the invitation to ponder the state of the soil in which we are rooted. Taking a bit of time to be still and connect with our first chakra, we can begin to notice if we are in the correct growing conditions.  And as we grow and change, the practice of taking in information through our root can tell us if we have found the grounds through which our needs can best be met.

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