Member of the Week: Joanna Mazierska


  1. What is your full name?

My name is Joanna aka Asia (pron. Asha) Mazierska.

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing outside with my sister and friends is one of my fondest memories. We were so free and we played so many games (tag, jumping over elastic band, badminton, basketball, dodge ball, climbing over play structures, sledging in winter). Some of the games were completely made up right then and there.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Growing up in Poland in the 80s school was your priority. With about 12 subjects every semester your time was spent studying, doing homework and participating in after school activities. I don’t even think someone would hire you under age in those times. While in teacher training college I started to teach English as a Second Language and I also tutored kids at homes.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hahha, there were many moments when I turned red as a beet, but I think the most embarrassing one was when I cut my own bangs. I cut it super short. I also have a cow lick, so when I blow dried my bangs, my hair on the right side went straight up. Needless to say, I was going away on a summer camp with my older sister the next day and she told me she didn’t know me and that I should sit far away from her on the bus. Of course, she was joking, but her saying that gave me an idea of how bad I looked 😉

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

When in college and then university I travelled a lot every summer. I’d pack my bags and be gone for 4-5 weeks in Europe. One of my best vacations was in Croatia when I drove down the coast and camped at various camp grounds along the way. I will also never forget travelling in Switzerland. It’s such a versatile country with. All the hikes and sightseeing in various cantons were just incredible.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

I guess a good joke or funny situations I or my friends experience. I am not afraid to laugh at myself. I think it’s important not to take life too seriously. Sometimes a good laugh can really have a healing effect during a stressful day.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Firstly, it would definitely be my degrees: BA in Theories and Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language and MA in Cognitive Linguistics.

Secondly, moving to the United States in 2001, all by myself, and living my dream. As an ESL teacher I not only taught a language but I also wanted my students to know more about English speaking countries, cultural aspects, traditions, customs, arts, literature, etc. If someone had told me in 1999 that in 2001 I would embark on the greatest adventure of my life, I would have never believed it and here I am 🙂

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Never give up and believe in yourself. You don’t know how strong you are and what you are capable of. Patience and perseverance equals success.

9. What would you like people to remember about you?

Kind soul, thoughtful friend, a great example of someone who, in spite of many obstacles, has never given up on her dreams.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love the community that Jamie and Amy created. Great teachers, friendly members, variety of classes and activities. MPY is a one of-a-kind yoga place, where after each class you feel not only stronger, but also empowered and more confident in yourself.

Member of the Week: Debby Strenkofsky

My current full name is: 

Deborah Marie Strenkofsky, please call me Debby!

What was your favorite activity as a child?

My favorite activity as a kid in the 60’s was riding my Schwinn Stingray bicycle all over Marin County.  My little brother Danny and my older brother Kevin and I would ride from East Corte Madera, where we lived, to Stinson Beach, Camp Taylor State Park, on bikes that had no hand brakes, and one speed!  There were 8 kids in our family, and our parents had no idea where we were, and that was the standard back then.  As long as you made it home in time for dinner, that was all that mattered.  

What job did you have in high school?

My Dad was raised in a Jewish Orphanage in San Francisco during the Depression, and my Mom was raised Baptist in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  When they met and married, they decided to be Catholic- it was the thing to do in the 50’s.  My Mom loved music, and she demanded that all of us play a musical instrument, starting with piano at 5 years old, then any musical instrument until we were 18 years old.  We attended St. Anselms Catholic Church (my Mom didn’t like the Priest at St. Patricks in Larkspur) and when the guitar mass became hip in the 60’s, my mom was all over it.  She had us singing and playing our guitars every weekend in church, as well as doing funerals and weddings (we were paid cash for the weddings!!!).  I did that all through high school, whether we liked it or not!

What is your most embarrassing memory?

Soooooo many!  When I first graduated from nursing school, I got a job, nights, in a nursing home in Terra Linda.  At about 2am in the morning, on Day 2 of my nursing career, the daughter of an elderly patient came to the nurses station and reported that she thought that her Mom was dying, so I followed her into the patient’s room and we sat and observed her Mom.  The patient was a DNR (do not resuscitate), the death was expected, so we watched as she took in great lungfuls of air, with long pauses in between breaths.  The daughter was alone, no other family for support.  Then her mom expelled her breath with an enormous sigh and appeared to deflate, and no other breath came.  The daughter, in tears, asked “is she gone?”  And I, in my newly minted lack of infinite wisdom, declared, “yes, she is gone”.  We held hands, and I gave her a hug.
20 seconds later, her Mom took in a sudden loud forceful inhale, and both nurse and daughter jumped our of our skin and shrieked!  That, was her last breath.  I was embarrassed, but I learned a very valuable lesson about dying, and living.  Daughter and I looked at each other and cracked up, laughing so hard WE had trouble breathing.
I then listened for a heartbeat with my stethoscope, finding none, we made the calls that had to be made.

What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

Last year I took two weeks off and stayed home.  I read books, took leisurely walks with my husband and dogs, ate at wonderful restaurants.  THAT was my best vacation ever.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Late night talk show hosts crack me up, and keep me sane.  During this tumultuous political time, Seth Myers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah keep it real, and keep me laughing!

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Definitely graduating from college.  I started college when I was 30 years old, taking basic math at College of Marin, taking all the ‘bonehead’ high school classes that I failed to pass as a teenager, then worked my way through college classes, then pre-requisite nursing classes, then finally nursing school, all while working at the Kaiser Pharmacy as a technician, and managing a severely brain damaged daughter and 2 younger children as a single mom.  I had to maintain a 3.8 GPA to keep my full scholarship to Dominican College, which I did, graduating Summa cum laude.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Be Here Now

What would you like people to remember about you?

I don’t much care if anyone remembers me, but rather the lessons I have learned that have helped me cope – which is why I tattooed BE HERE NOW to my arm – I forget it is there, but when someone notices it, it reminds me to practice it!

Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I started yoga at 57 years old, 3 years ago.  I was a runner, but after jogging for 40 years, the body started to break down.  Yoga seemed like a good idea, but I’m kinda a ‘tomboy’ type of person, yoga seemed too ‘froo froo ‘ to me.  I checked out a couple other studios, and felt out of place.  I landed at MPY, and it clicked.  Jamie and Amy are really, really nice, down to earth people.  I felt instantly at home.  The teachers are all fantastic.  The members are a kind, family minded bunch.  I wish I had found a place like this when my kids were young, if I had, I would have started Yoga at 27 rather than 57.  Thank you MPY owners, teachers, and fellow yogis, you help make me a better person, and as each person become the best version of themselves, our community becomes more resilient 

Member of the Week: Trenton Truitt

What is your full name? 
Trenton (TJ) Truitt

What was your favorite activity as a child? 
I asked my mom what my favorite activity was as a kid. Her response “riding my big wheel down the hill until I wore my shoes out”.

What job did you have in high school? 
Professional Swensen’s Ice Cream Scooper

What is your most embarrassing memory? 
At MPY? When my head bumped into a woman’s rear while changing positions in Araceli’s yoga class and every time Laura, Jenny, and Nance lift more weights than me in TRX/Bootcamp class. Outside of MPY? Those are locked in the vault.

What is the best vacation you have ever taken? 
A tie between bareboat sailing charter in the BVI’s and a Montana Dude Ranch

What makes you laugh out loud? 
When my kids say the things that only kids can say. If you’re a parent, you get it.

What accomplishments are you most proud of? 
Being a great big brother to my sisters, my continuous efforts to improve as a Dad and husband, being there for others, my world famous chocolate chip pancakes

What advice would you give to your younger self? 
The headwinds are temporary. Don’t be so hard on yourself – it’s all going to workout.

What would you like people to remember about you? 
That I was a rock – you could always count on me to be there for you.

Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 
The people make MPY. The acknowledgment that fitness is a process, a lifestyle, and nobody at MPY judges you for how far along you are on the journey. “You be you” is the expectation.

Member of the Week: Jessica Lapic


1. What is your full name? 
Jessica Marie Lapic

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Listening to music, playing high jump, and playing with Barbies 😛

3. What job did you have in high school?
Worked at a bakery.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Fell on my face at a party!

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
Visiting a friend on Kauai-I rented a convertible jeep, hiked the Na Pali Coast, swam in the Ocean, and kayaked the river.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
My children being joyful, unexpected funny occurrences, and a good, clean joke.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being Member of the Week of MPY-ha!, Growing and learning everyday, being a mom and a wife, and, hopefully, positively influencing the many children I teach and have taught for the past 20+ years.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be positive-minded, challenges make me stronger, withhold judgement, and everything I need is already inside of me.

9. What would you like people to remember about you?
Tenacity, strength, and live fully everyday

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
Exercise keeps me sane, grounded, and ready for whatever comes my way. MPY has the best instructors and offers a variety of classes. Also, the community is welcoming and supportive 🙂

Member of the Week: Sandra Foley

1. What is your full name? 
Sandra Johanna Foley

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
When I was a child, I had more than just one favorite activity – I used to drawing, coloring books and listen radio all time, however, I remember that every time we when out with my mom I always grab a book to read and still I doing it, so I love to read.

3. What job did you have in high school?
Well I didn’t work while I was in high school, I don’t remember having a job, maybe because I grow up in Colombia where we don’t have long summer breaks, so I used to spend my break on my grandma’ house helping her with the chores and learning her recipes.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Well I know don’t recall any specific story or memory, but my husband identified that someone else give complements, in front of a third person, I always get my face red and feel a little shy. I am thankful by the complements but I not sure why I feel shy by them.

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
Five year ago, I traveled to South Asia, I was my first trip by myself so I booked a tour to go for three weeks to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and to my great surprise I ended meeting my hubby on that trip, find love and moving to San Anselmo!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
All Disney movies, I can watch them thousand times and always laugh.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
A few, from completed two masters degrees, one in design and other one in adult education at Australia in a language that was not my native language ( Spanish),…

Learned to ride my awesome bike that allow me to get to MPY when I was 34 years old haha completed my first lap to the block during winter while getting my hands were frozen.

But, mainly I am proud of the strong, loving and caring relationship that I have with my family, even when we live in different countries.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do not let fear gain the battle of reaching a goal.

9. What would you like people to remember about you?
I am not sure… I will think my smile, I tend to be a quiet person, but I always like smile to people and seeing they smile back.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
You feel the love and dedication of each of the trainers every time that you cross the door, Jenny, Nance, Grace, Araceli, all the MPY team is wonderful and it is always so reenergize at the end of the class, it feels good, not only on my body, but on my soul too.

Member of the Week: Melissa Werner

1. What is your full name? 
Melissa Sue Werner

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Creating… stories, dance routines, songs.

3. What job did you have in high school?
Waitressing and cooking at our neighborhood pharmacy’s fountain and grill.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 
One of many… I was 8 years old when Wayne’s World came out and my “cool” uncle let me watch it with my older sisters. A few days later, my Dad heard me repeatedly shouting in the backyard (probably with dance moves) “Muka laka hiki, come on ya wanna lei me.” Dad and I had a talk after that, but I continued using words and expressions I didn’t know the meaning of for at least a few more years…

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken? 
This is a hard one. I will say Cinque Terre, Italy. Hiking through gorgeous countryside on the Mediterranean, wine and 3-4 hour dinners was a pretty ideal vacation.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
My kindergarten students.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Moving to California and becoming a teacher.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Things will work out when they are supposed to. Don’t take no for an answer – shift your thinking, be creative and find a different way to figure it out.

9. What would you like people to remember about you?
She cared.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 
I leave feeling uplifted, strong and shiny. I love this place – thank you!

Member of the Week: Les Scanlan

  1. What is your full name?  

Les Anthony Scanlan.  It is a good Irish Catholic name!  My last name is Irish, but my ethnic origin is Samoan.  My Samoan name is ‘Tasele’.  It was my grandfather’s name.  It is the name of a knot that is used for a shark’s noose.  Yes, we catch big sharks using a noose!  My last name comes from my great, great Irish grandfather.

     2.  What was your favorite activity as a child?

Both of my parents came from an island smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  My favorite activity as a child was fishing, clamming, picking opi, urchin, mussels, chasing and catching grunion.  I grew up in a beach town during the 60’s and 70’s, just north of Los Angeles.  My playground was (and still is) Mother Ocean. 

     3.  What job did you have in high school?

From 1974 to 1978 I had the following jobs.  Picking strawberries from 5 am until the late in the afternoon.  Flipping hamburgers at McDonalds (the burgers were made of real meat back then).   Gas station attendant when gas was 50 cents a gallon.  Toy department at Sears during Christmas season dressed as Santa Claus.  Landscaping in Malibu during the summer.  I had a few other jobs that I can’t recall.  But I do remember that I had interesting jobs.  Not to mention, the jobs paid much better than the allowance my parents gave me!

     4.  What was your most embarrassing memory?

I don’t know about this one.  Hmmmmmm……so many that I am too embarrassed to write about it.

     5.  What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

This is impossible to paint a picture with words!  Tahiti in 1995.  I was there for almost 2 months.  I flew to Papeete Tahiti to meet my girlfriend.  She had sailed from Mexico to the Marquises Islands, then to Tahiti.   We  hadn’t seen each other in months.  Back then, there were no cell phones or email.  Just good old fashion love letters.  The anticipation and a tropical paradise……pure bliss.  We were young and both madly in love with each other.  We had an adventure of a lifetime.  I came back with a tattoo!

     6.  What makes you laugh out loud?

My brother and my sisters.  They are pretty damn funny.  In the Polynesia culture, laughter is important.  Because if you can’t laugh at yourself and laugh at others, you would be considered pretty damn grumpy!  My favorite “laugh out loud” movie is Nacho Libre, starring Jack Black.

     7.  What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Besides being able to doing the crow pose!!!   My 10 year old son, Nalu.  Deep, deep, love right there.  Also, when I became a Police Officer in the 1980’s.  I was one of only 6 Samoan police officers in the SF Bay Area.  Kinda of a pioneer, I guess!

     8.  What advice would you give your younger self?

My advice to my younger self:  Gratitude is the attitude.  Cherish Love.  And always respect and thank your parents for advice!   I tell my son these things, but most importantly I try my best to live it.

     9.  What would you like people to remember about you?

I only hope that I can influence a positive change in someone’s life.  Whether it be a big or a small positive influence.  If someone remembers me for this, then it is a life well lived.

     10.  Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The Ohana.  Ohana means ‘family’ in Hawaiian.  The genuine kindness and love from all of the instructors, is what keeps me coming back.  I tell all of my friends and acquaintances about the greatness of MPY!  Thank you Amy and Jamie.  It’s all about the Aloha Love at MPY.

Member of the Week: Tracy Sands

1. What is your full name?

Tracy Jo Sands

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Daily adventures in the neighborhood with friends

3. What job did you have in high school?

Worked at a kids consignment store in San Anselmo

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Too embarrassing to share 😳

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

Two week spontaneous camping trip to Tetons and Yellowstone and Costa Rica Osa peninsula amazing adventure!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My sister Sam, she is hilarious and when we get going we can’t stop

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My 30+ marriage and my nursing career very rewarding

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Chores can wait play more when the kids are young

9. What would you like people to remember you for?

Positive attitude loyal fun with a bit of a mischievous mind

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

MPY keeps me coming back by hiring and retaining the best teachers ♥️ I love my 0600 gang of misfits we have fun!!

Member of the Week: Allyson Josephs


1. What is your full name?

Allyson Ames Josephs

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

This one is hard. I passed it and answered the others first. I thought about lying and saying soccer or dance.  But then I considered being truthful.  Sometimes when we share our vulnerabilities it helps others and ourselves heal.  My favorite activity as a child was surviving. And I killed at it.

3. What job did you have in high school?

My first job was at the public library.  To say I worked would be a stretch.  My friend and I would hide under the shelves and take naps. Maybe afterwards put a book or two away.  The Dewey Decimal system really freaked me out.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

How long do you have?  Maybe the time I wiped out in the street in front of the N Judah in SF while it waited for me to get back up.  Or could have been the time I lost my footing in front of Penn Station during rush hour and pulled down the 4’6” girl in front of me to catch myself.  Or could be the time I split my yoga pants during a class and only realized after a friend told me, at the end of class.

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

Two years ago we went back to “live” for the summer in London after having lived there for 5 years starting in 2005.  We went to Paris, Spain and Morocco, as well as the 5 weeks in London.  Could have also been getting engaged in Santorini, Greece after having lived in Madrid for  a year. (brag much?) I LOVE traveling.  Love it!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Sadly anything that would make a 14 year old boy laugh out loud. And my whole family. My daughters are hilarious. If you’re  not funny in my family, you can look for another.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My 3 lovely, amazingly kind daughters

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?

It gets better, it’s not your fault and love yourself.  Love yourself as much as you can!

9. What would you like people to remember about you?

Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  I want to be remembered how I made a person feel.  And how I made them laugh.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Not sucking up at all – Grace’s dance class is my happy place.  I have thought about wrapping her in bubble wrap so she doesn’t get hurt so she continues teaching for as long as my body will allow. Which I’m thinking is at least another 13 months.  And of course the sense of community MPY gives.

Thanks Jaime and Amy!  Keep on going please.

Marin Power Yoga Teacher Training

TeacherTrainingPoster2016

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!!!

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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!

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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

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“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