The triangle of women who, 10 years ago, had a vision to create a home for yoga in Columbus.
They are the trikonasana that is Yoga on High-the triangle of women who, 10 years ago, had a vision to create a home for yoga in Columbus. A decade later, Martha Marcom, Linda Oshins and Marcia Miller proudly look back on their work-on the hundreds of students they've helped nurture; the nearly 300 yoga teachers they've helped train; and the therapeutic practices they've championed for people with multiple sclerosis and military veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To celebrate, we asked them to pause, breathe and share the moment with us.
Martha Marcom, 62
Family: Husband Gerard; daughters Mara, 31, and
Mimi, 25; son Colin, 28
Favorite yoga style: Ashtanga. I love the ritual of it; the fact that every day you follow the same path and yet it's never the same.
Favorite yoga pose: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana ("extended hand to big toe" pose). I was hit by a car two years ago when I was riding my bike to work. I had eight hours of surgery and was in a wheelchair for three months. The fact that I can do yoga again and do this pose makes me feel triumphant.
Most memorable place to have practiced yoga: I'm trying to pick between a beach in Hawaii, on the deck of a sailboat, or on Mount Shasta. They were all memorable.
Linda Oshins, 64
Family: Widowed after her husband Joe passed away; son Jake, 42
Favorite yoga style: Eclectic hatha. My focus is on the breathing techniques and meditation. I find the breathing really allows you to control your energy level and mood.
Favorite time for yoga: First thing in the morning. Your mind is at its clearest.
Most memorable place to have practiced yoga: My yoga room at my house. It looks out on woods, and I have some wild birds I hand feed. They see me in there and wait for me to come feed them when I'm done.
Marcia Miller, 58
Family: Widowed after her husband Roland passed away, married now to Kevin Eigel; sons Roland, 24, and Colbert, 21
Favorite yoga style: Eclectic hatha. I love the ritual of going to the mat. There's a lot of flexibility and choice with it.
Most memorable place to have practiced yoga: This will sound really weird, but it was in the crematorium when my husband Roland was being sent off. It just felt right and it helped so much.
What's next for Yoga on High: We are becoming more and more of a regional training center, and we'll continue to promote yoga as a practice for more people. We're really proud of the community that has built up around us and that we're a part of.
Yoga on High
1081 N. High St., Short North
Photo by: Alysia Burton