Marin Power Yoga Teacher Training

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It is crazy how life unfolds itself, all in its own timing.  You cannot always plan out the future and you definitely cannot predict the future.  All you can do is live your life and let the dots connect.

As a little girl, I remember setting up my stuffed animals on the bed and I would be the teacher.  I read stories to them, taught lessons, and I even made homework assignments for them to complete.

Somehow along the way I had a belief that being a businesswoman would be way flashier and make more money, so I pursued that route in college.  And for some reason I thought I would prove something by finishing college in 3 years, so I took all the classes I needed to graduate.  But then I started dating my husband that 3rd year in college and then realized, why rush to graduate?  I will be working the rest of my life… why not enjoy this college life for one more year?  So I stayed a 4th year and that was the best decision.

I ended up traveling abroad to Hong Kong for a semester, taking a bunch of random classes like Mandarin Chinese and Advanced Piano, and I also enrolled in Teacher Education classes where I was required to volunteer every week in a classroom.  I was reminded then of my true passion to become a teacher, so after college, I said goodbye to my Management Science degree and continued to graduate school to get my Elementary Education Credential and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Technology.

I taught Kindergarten and first grade for 9 years and to balance out the stresses of teaching a bunch of 5 year olds who often don’t listen, I also taught yoga and fitness classes to adults in the evenings.  I became a certified E-RYT Yoga Teacher, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, TRX Instructor, PiYo and TurboKick Instructor.  It was a great balance, and after I had my first child, I decided to take a leave from teaching public schools and be a part-time mom, part-time fitness and yoga teacher.

Fast forward 5 years later, and I am blessed to teach at the Bay Club Marin and am the Director of Operations and TRX at Marin Power Yoga.  In addition to the 15 classes I teach each week, I am so excited that this coming Monday, I will be leading my first 200 Hour Teacher Training program!!!  I definitely never imagined I would be where I am now, but somehow this is the perfect blend of my Education and Yoga/Fitness background.  Instead of stuffed animals and 5-year-olds, I get to teach adults who are passionate about yoga like me!  I am far from being an expert, but I am happy to be a guide in someone else’s journey.

Humbled… grateful… excited.  Happy 2016 everyone.

Weekend Workshop: Geshe Lama Ahbay Rinpoche and Marni Task

We have a special morning planned for you this Saturday, June 27th!  We have cancelled our 8am Vinyasa class, and at 9:30am we will receive a Blessing and Dharma Talk by Geshe Lama Ahbay Rinpoche, followed by a Master Class with Cleveland Yoga’s Marni Task.

This is truly a rare experience and we want you to be there!  Kids aged 3-7 years will have kids yoga next door!

 

Blessing and Dharma Talk with Ahbay Rinpoche

 

Master Yoga Class with Marni Task

Weekend POP-UP BodyFIT360 Class!

 

Join Grace this Saturday from 11am-12pm for an hour of Cardio Dancing, Yoga, Pilates, Corework, and Strengthening, all choreographed with fun, easy-to-follow movements to songs you love!  No experience necessary, and it is even a family friendly class, so bring your babies, kids, parents???

All you need is your yoga mat and an open mind to try something different.  Bring water and a towel and be prepared to sweat!   Dance like no one is watching right???

 

Pop Up BodyFIT360 Workshop with Grace Yu

 

Weekend Workshop: The Yamas and Niyamas

The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele

This Saturday, June 13th, we will have special guest teacher and author, Deborah Adele join us from 11am-1pm.  Deborah wrote an entire book about the Yamas and Niyamas, and she is coming to Marin Power Yoga to share her wisdom with all of us!  Specifically, Deborah will be sharing about how to move through life today with the Yamas and how to cultivate the inner life with the Niyamas.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn directly from an expert!  This workshop will include a lecture, discussion, and reflection.

Yamas and Niyamas Workshop with Deborah Adele

Weekend Workshop: Inversions and Arm Balances

You asked for it, and now it’s here!!!  We will be offering two workshops for the yogi that wants to advance his or her practice to the next level… by getting upside down and balancing on just your hands!  Jessica Kenny will be teaching the “Head Over Heels” Inversion workshop on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 from 11am-1pm, and the following week Rebecca Costa will be teaching Arm Balances on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 11am-1pm.  Get out of your comfort zone and let’s fly!!!

Free for members, $20 Drop-In for non-members.

Check out our other Upcoming Workshops!

Head Over Heels Inversion Workshop with Jessica Kenny

Arm Balance Workshop with Rebecca Costa

Weekend Workshop: Guest Yoga Teacher Retired Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins

Our workshop this weekend will be taught by guest teacher Retired Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins, a Baptiste Yoga Teacher, a Wounded Warrior, and an Amputee Iraq War Veteran.  You don’t want to miss hearing his inspirational story!

The workshop will be in place of Grace’s Rock and Flow class, from 9:30am-11:30am with Kids Yoga for 3-7 year olds available at the same time.

Save the Date For Our Upcoming Workshops

(Check out the “Workshops” tab on our website to see all the flyers for our upcoming workshops!)

Saturday, May 30th, 2015: Basics of Spinning with Natalie Mayo from 11:00am-12:30pm

Guest Yoga Teacher Retired Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins

Weekend Workshop: Journey Into Healing

This Weekend’s Workshop

We have guest teacher Dr. Abey coming on Saturday from 2-4pm!  Bring a liter of water for him to energize specifically for you!  Here’s a little blurb from Jamie about Dr. Abey:

Dr.Abey visited us a year ago and he is awesome! He blessed MPY and did a healing!!! He brings amazing rice and spices that you can purchase, take home and cook the best meal with!!! He creates an energy with his presence that I could almost see (ok, I could see him =) …this is a fantastic way to spend you afternoon with us on Saturday! Bring your family!!! Bring Your Water to ENERGIZE!!! 2-4pm this Saturday afternoon!!!

*****

Save the Date for our Upcoming Workshops

(Check out the “Workshops” tab on our website to see all the flyers for our upcoming workshops!)

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015: Master Baptiste Yoga Class With Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins from 9:30am-11:30am (childcare is extended)

Saturday, May 30th, 2015: Basics of Spinning with Natalie Mayo from 11:00am-12:30pm

Journey Into Healing with Dr. Abey Workshop

 

 

Weekend Workshop: Spring Detox

Join us this Saturday, May 9th, 2015 from 2:00pm-4:00pm as yoga teacher, Jackie Ashton, leads us in a Spring Detox Workshop!  Flow, sweat, meditate, breathe, and twist out all the toxins in your body!

Spring Detox Workshop With Jackie

Save the Date for our Upcoming Workshops

(Check out the “Workshops” tab on our website to see all the flyers for our upcoming workshops!)

Saturday, May 16th, 2015: Journey Into Healing with Dr. Abey from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015: Yoga With Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins from 9:30am-11:30am

Saturday, May 30th, 2015: Basics of Spinning with Natalie Mayo from 2:00pm-3:30pm

Weekend Workshop: Restore and Renew

Join us this Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, from 2:00pm-4:00pm as we Restore and Renew our bodies with a little bit of Yin and Restorative Yoga mixed with amazing hands-on adjustments.  The workshop will be led by yoga teacher, Alexandra Gargiulo, and massage therapist, Bill Vrabel.  You will leave feeling amazing!!!

Restore and Renew Workshop with Alex and Bill

Save the Date for our Upcoming Workshops:

(Check out the “Workshops” tab on our website to see all the flyers for our upcoming workshops!)

Saturday, May 9th, 2015: Spring Detox with Jackie Ashton from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Saturday, May 16th, 2015: Journey Into Healing with Dr. Abey from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Spring-Rainbow

March is here, and we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.  One of my favorite things about March is seeing all the spring blossoms that begin appearing everywhere.  A normal commute along the usual roads, or a regular walking path around the neighborhood, can be brightened by the beautiful colors and flowers all around, if you just take a moment to notice them.  March is always quite a rainy month, but without the rain, we wouldn’t have rainbows coloring the sky.

My most recent Power Yoga playlist is inspired by this changing of seasons from winter to spring.  I searched for songs that I felt expressed beauty, light, and appreciation for something as simple as seeing a rainbow that appears one moment and is gone the next, or seeing the rays of sunlight peeking through thick, gray clouds.

Hope you can take a moment each day and see glimpses of the beautiful world we live in.  Happy Spring!

*****

Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Introduction / Pose Breakdown / Breathwork:

Silence

Sun Salutations A & B:

1) “Beautiful Day,” by U2, 4:08

2) “Under the Sun,” by John De Sohn, 3:13

Standing Work Series:

3) “Ray of Light,” by Madonna, 5:21

4) “Brighter Than the Sun,” by Colbie Caillat, 3:50

5) “Let the Sun Shine,” by Labrinth, 3:00

6) “Go Outside,” by Cults, 3:23

7) “Island in the Sun,” by Weezer, 3:21

8) “Beauty in the World,” by Macy Gray, 3:50

Backbending / Core Work:

9) “It’s a Beautiful Day,” by Boyce Avenue, 3:12

10) “Good Life,” by Tyler Ward, 3:27

Hips / Deep Stretching:

11) “Hello Mr. Sun,” by Joe Brooks, 3:18

12) “Beautiful Day,” by Joshua Radin, 3:32

13) “A Good Day (Morning Song),” by Priscilla Ahn, 3:24

Savasana:

14) “Long Time Sun,” by Girish, 5:24

*****

“How quick and rushing sometimes life can seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.”

~ Graham Swift

Partner Yoga Class- Let’s Do This Together! February 15th

Brene Brown Connection

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. ― Brené Brown

Partner Yoga Flow Workshop THIS Saturday!

WHO: YOU!!! And bring someone you feel comfortable doing yoga with, such as a spouse, friend, sibling, parent, child, etc. No yoga or partner experience is necessary – just come with an open mind!

WHAT: A unique, playful, and fun 90-minute Yoga Flow workshop where we will breakdown and explore a series of partner poses that require you to stay connected with someone else from the beginning of class to the end. Unlike Partner-Assisted Yoga or AcroYoga, where only one individual is doing a yoga pose and the other is assisting or supporting, Partner Yoga poses are mutually beneficial. Both individuals will exert equal amounts of strength, control, and support, and at the same time will receive balance, depth, and openness in each pose.

WHEN: This Saturday, February 15th, from 9:30am-11:00am!

WHERE: Marin Power Yoga, of course!

WHY: Partner Yoga brings your practice to a whole different level!!!

· Give someone you care about an opportunity to try out yoga for the first-time, with you by their side the whole time (literally!).

· Learn trust and communication with one another beyond just words, but through connecting, listening, and feeling each other’s movements and breathing.

· Challenge your body and your mind as you play and discover how to find the perfect balance with your partner in each pose. Let go of control and allow yourself to lean on someone else for once. Or perhaps, let go of dependence, and be aware not to lean too much.

· Surrender to a deeper stretch than you would normally be able to achieve on your own – and be prepared, it will feel amazing!

· Most importantly, share a positive and energetic experience that may have you bursting out in laughter one second, then crying the next (just saying…) with someone you care about.

COST: Free for members and $20 drop-in for non-members

Gentle Flow Yoga with Grace

Maybe the word “Power” is not exactly a term that is attractive to you, and is in fact, a term you eagerly walk away from. What if the word “Power” was replaced by the word “Gentle?” What comes to mind now?

At Marin Power Yoga, yes, we do offer primarily Power Yoga classes throughout the week. But starting on Wednesday, January 22nd, we will begin offering “Gentle Flow” classes from 10:45am to 11:45am on Mondays and Wednesdays. This Gentle Flow class will be geared towards beginning yogis, seniors, pre- and post-natal women, individuals healing from injuries, or anyone who just wants a more relaxing, calm, and lighter yoga practice for the day.

What does a Gentle Flow yoga class look like? We will gather in a warm, not heated, room, and prepare our practice with not only our yoga mat, but we may use optional props such as blocks, straps, sandbags, or blankets. Breathwork, heat-building, strength, balance, and surrender will be the pillars of the practice.

We will first clear our minds and establish a steady and controlled breath that will be maintained throughout the class. Then we will create natural heat in the body by flowing our breath in sync with simple to follow physical movements. We will allow adequate time to mindfully settle into standing, seated, prone, supine, and possibly inverted poses in order to ensure proper alignment, allow for modifications, and create deep sensations within the entire body. Transitions between poses will be performed in a smooth and careful manner to prevent injuries, especially when transitioning to/from the floor, and physical adjustments may be given to enhance your yoga experience. Above all, this gentle flow class serves as a guide for your body and mind to discover all the benefits of yoga in a non-threatening environment that accepts you just the way you are.

We welcome you to try our new Gentle Flow class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:45am to 11:45am, or invite someone who you know may be interested or new to yoga. No pressure, no competition, just show up, have an open mind, and leave class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!

Carl Bard Quote

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
Carl Bard