Bernie experienced her first Yoga class at Yoga on High shortly after the studio opened in 2001. As an asana student, proper alignment emerged as her primary interest and for two years she focused solely on the study of Balance™ with teacher Mary Sinclair. Once she began to embody the principals of natural alignment on which the science of Balance is based, Bernie formally went back to her mat, applying these principals in her yoga practice. She explored many different styles of asana, attended every philosophy class that fit her schedule, and developed relationships with the practices of pranayama and meditation.
After completing Yoga on High’s 200-hour Hatha Teacher Training Program in 2011 Bernie underwent a number of physical changes that resulted in restricted mobility. Through this time she maintained her asana practice and found a sense of freedom in figuring out ways to approach yoga poses within the confines of a set of physical constraints.
Bernie takes an adaptive approach to leading asana classes. She understands physical limitations as momentary facts that are there to be noticed and not judged. She uses gentle movement as a tool to help students recognize their boundaries and that there are many ways to move while staying inside the lines.
There are a number of ways to approach a yoga practice and Bernie believes that if you are interested in the practice you are a yoga practitioner. She has studied with many of the talented and curious teachers at Yoga on High and would be happy to talk to you about the needs you hope to address through your practice to help find the right teacher for you.
In addition to yoga, Bernie is a dedicated Reiki practitioner and Master Teacher in Yoga on High’s Reiki program.
Today her primary teacher is Marcia Miller, one of Yoga on High’s founders. Bernie is deeply grateful for all of the work Marcia and fellow founders Linda Oshins and Martha Marcom have done to support the Columbus yoga community. She is also truly appreciative of Jasmine Grace, Michele Vinbury and everyone who works to make Yoga on High a reality in the world!