Speak Your Truth and Find Your Power

“Speaking is the most powerful truth we all have.” Oprah – This quote from Oprah describes what being a yoga teacher is about! You will learn physical alignment, anatomy, teaching skills, sequencing, philosophy and meditation…all a great framework for you to speak your truth in what you feel in your body and express thru your heart!

For more information on our Yoga Teacher Training starting on January 22, 2018, check out our website at http://marinpoweryoga.com and read thru the application for all of the details. You will finish the training ready and able to teach Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yin! The training is located in San Anselmo at Marin Power Yoga and is led by Grace You, Wendy Wilkinson and Araceli Santos!

Getting Lucky in 2018 Takes Consistent Practice

Are you looking for secrets to success in 2018? Is there a magic pill or change in diet or mantra that will give you everything you want in 2018? Probably not.

The secret to success at Marin Power Yoga is Consistent Practice!!! Look at our classes and the schedule and commit to a consistent practice, whether it is meditation, TRX, TKO, BootCamp, Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga or Yin Yoga. You can do any combination of classes, do them regularly! You will see our teachers work hard to show up regularly to their classes, they do this because their growth is tied to consistency also. When our teachers show up regularly to their classes, they become better teachers. Our teachers are students, their habits for success are what they have learned by experience. We ask our teachers to lead by example, so that you know we are living our truth!

Why do we have so many choices? Because we like to do a lot of different activities. We added TKO (kick boxing) in because we love Cardio! Our TRX and BootCamp classes bring pure Strength, Dance brings Cardio and Joy into our workouts…Yoga is the balance where we find, Strength, Flexibility and Stability! Try all of our classes, design a schedule you can keep to 85% of the time and show up to class…we will take care of the rest!

Yoga Teacher Training starts January 22 2018

Our 2018, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training starts January 22, 2018! Yes, you will be certified with Yoga Alliance, but more importantly you will be qualified and capable of teaching Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yin Yoga classes!!!

Why do Yoga Teacher Training? Because it is a great way to learn more about yourself. Yes, you will learn about the physical practice, the philosophical and mystical practice, anatomy, sequencing, alignment and teaching methodology. That is the structure we use to deepen our relationship with our self. By the end of the training, you will be able to teach private classes, small group classes and have the skills to build those classes into large classes!

If you are interested in finding out more, the application is on the front page of the Marin Power Yoga website at http://www.marinpoweryoga.com – you can also message me at jamie@marinpoweryoga.com

SugarFoot is Ready For The Holidays

SugarFoot is ready for the Holidays in San Anselmo, Are You? Cruising thru town, the shops are open and San Anselmo is a living representation of small town America. From holiday cheer to creative presents…you will see workshops and clothing at Neve & Hawk to women’s clothing at SideKicks and TumbleWeed and Kismet to something race at Chadwicks and men’s gifts at Utility Goods or little stocking stuffers at Fig Garden and Jewels at Embellish and treats for the dogs at Dogville.

It is so tempting to embed yourself on your couch with a glass of wine and a cozy fire…save that for the 24th! The restaurants are open and filled with energy! Our local food scene in Marin has taken a huge step into primetime foodie heaven with amazing choices from Valenti to Pizzalina to Cucina to LaApparte to Ensalata to MadCap to MHBB and appetizing rewards for those who venture to Picco or Gia in Larkspur to El Paseo in Mill Valley. Even the more normal fair of Taco Janes or Creekside will bring you warm smiles and cold drinks!

We love being in San Anselmo and our retail shop is a great place to ask questions about Yoga, TRX, TKO, BootCamp or find a new pair of Leggings or Yoga Pants! We have t-shirts for littles and “yoga joes” to tanks and yoga mats for adults. More importantly, we have a space for you to be you. Stop in and say hello on your adventures around town…wave hello to your neighbor and sing a happy holidaze to all you see!

 

NEW – Annual Membership

For the first time ever we are launching an Annual Membership! The price is $840 per Adult Membership and is good for all of 2018. Your annual Membership comes with 2 hours of BodyWork and a complimentary MPY Shirt of your choice! This deal must be paid for in Cash or Check and can be arranged with amy@marinpoweryoga.com – Amy can also work out deals for your Juniors or put together a package for an Adult/Junior that works for you!

Why are we doing packages? Our end of year costs and start of January are extraordinary, from facility and equipment upgrades to state filings and taxes. Your annual Membership reduces our costs and helps us to transition thru the season with ease. We created this package to be mutually beneficial, if you have different or better ideas we want to know!

*You want some Yoga Joes that you see in the picture below? Come to The Shop located at 611 San Anselmo Ave in the center of San Anselmo. We have 3 different sets of Yoga Joes with different poses!

Yoga and Running

By Laura Richard

At first, yoga and running may not seem to have much in common; one consists of a variety of poses that take place on a mat as part of a personal practice, the other is a single repetitive motion across space often with some kind of competitive objective. And yet, for me, as an experienced ultra-marathoner they have become mutually constitutive. Actually, that’s not entirely true: While I can’t imagine logging consistent, injury-free miles without some kind of regular yoga, I CAN see myself in a flourishing yoga practice with no running at all.

Many runners “resort” to yoga as a physical solution to loosen chronically tight hips and hamstrings. And while overall muscular and joint flexibility bring enormous benefits for maintaining all-over mechanical health, for me, there are other arguably more valuable aspects of a regular yoga practice, especially for those who run on trails. Most obviously, the lunge asanas help develop the strength-to-weight power ratio crucial for hill climbing and descending. But almost as important, is core stability and balance: you need strong abdominals and spinal support for the full body moves and reflexes that technical single-track running demands—especially downhill. And this is developed not just through planks, but also in the many balance poses that recruit all of the smaller muscles and require your full, relaxed attention. After all, moving smoothly over rough, varied, and unpredictable terrain—and being able to catch yourself mid-fall after the inevitable trips and toe-grabs—is every bit essential to finishing a race as aerobic and anaerobic fitness.

And whether you are holding a bound Low Lunge or Dancer, or trying to get through a rough patch in a trail race, breath and focus are key. Cultivating awareness and control over our inhales and exhales can help to transcend physical discomfort and maintain positivity. Just as it seems counterintuitive to relax, breathe, and push up when we feel we are falling out of a pose, so too can lightness best serve our running. Even on the toughest stretches of trail, practicing landing gently, quietly, and quickly reduces the pounding and brings mental levity—it’s the running equivalent of how we want to live our lives on this earth: with as much spiritual joy and as little physical impact as possible.

With gratitude,

Laura

Photo Credit: Nate Dunn

*Laura Richard is a Mom, Professor, Runner, Yogi. She lives and plays in Marin California.

Winter Art Opening and Holiday Party Fundraiser!

This Friday, December 8, 2017, from 5-8pm, we are celebrating the paintings of Shanna Bruschi and raising money for the San Domenico Fund. Come see her amazing art work hanging on the walls of The Shop! Shanna is collaborating with us to donate 30% of any art sales to the SD Fund! You will find Shanna’s art has beautiful colors and the abstract elements convey a tangible energy.

The Holidays are a great time to get out, see friends and make new friends.  Join us for light snacks, good company and inspiring art!

*The Shop is located at 630 San Anselmo Ave. between Tam Realty and BookSmith and across the street from Dogville and Embellish.

**We have an event on Facebook for the Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/140088086648643/

You Can Change

My dad died on FridayNovember 24, 2017, this photo was from 2 weeks ago, when I saw him last. He was suffering immensely from Alzheimer’s and his passing was natural and necessary. My Mom, Carol Foresta was by his side and my sister Molly Gia Foresta and I are in the Bronx sitting Shiva for the Italian raised Catholic Atheist…his sister, my Aunt Diane Materazzi will be joining us Tuesday to honor and remember my dad.

My Dad was a Lefty, to most people that is not a big deal, but as a basketball player with an accurate 3 pointer…he was deadly and earned the nickname “Shot Gun.” This followed him into the Military Police for the Air Force where he earned Sharp Shooter designation and served in Vietnam. War and the secrecy and lies surrounding the areas he fought in destroyed him mentally and emotionally. My dad used AA and therapy extensively to survive and be with us as a family.

When my dad cleaned up, he became a teacher in NYC for 25 years. He started in English and History and evolved
Into following his passion for art and teaching kids art. He spent his last years in retirement painting and taking art classes.

My dad taught me 3 important lessons in life. 1) You Can Do Anything. He stopped drinking alcohol because he wanted to stay in our family, from blacking out drunk to 35 years of sobriety. It wasn’t easy, some days he went to multiple AA meetings because he had to. He wrote plays, acted in the theater, screamed, yelled, fought and struggled with the ideas of freedom and justice.
2) Love. I met my dad when I was 7, he didn’t have to love me, but he did and I knew that. I also knew he was crazy, so who knows. I know that he loved my mom and understood that he could never be as smart as her, but by simply copying her he could be a respectable adult. Love makes you do stuff like that, become a respectable adult.
3) Good Music Is Important. My dad loved Jazz from Miles Davis to Thelonius Monk, he loved Motown and would sing the songs from the street corners of Brooklyn in his teens to our apartment in the Bronx growing up. I don’t know if he was a good singer, but he sang a lot better than my mom (that doesn’t tell you much beyond I got my singing from my Mom). He equally loved Crosby Stills and Nash and would turn up the radio if a Jimi Hendrix song came on. Every revolution needs music to tell the stories of our time and my dad loved the music of the revolution.

My dad was definitely not the easiest person for my Mom to Love, nor was he the best father. There were many loud crazy fights and rash decisions made in anger. When he couldn’t be with us he slept in his room, depressed. The struggle was real and the effects of war and PTSD were a life long battle that effected our family.

The biggest change in my life directly attributed to my Dad, is my Sister. I cried when he told me on the phone that she was born, disappointed I wouldn’t have a brother to play football with. I cried again 2 weeks later when I met her and realized she was a tiny baby (evidently I was not the sharpest tool in the shed as a kid). Having a Sister changed my life in a way only matched by getting married and having my own kids. My sister and I are hybrids, genetically mis-matched and raised differently yet exactly the same, we have been deeply loved by our parents and each other.

My dad loved Brooklyn, my Mom, his Sister, my Sister and I, his Grandkids…Music, Art, The Mets and Pro Basketball. He was crazy, yelled and struggled with anger and chemical imbalance. He loved our neighborhood and once he was with people, loved talking with them honestly. He didn’t have many friends and never called people on the phone nor emailed them, but he really did like the friends he had and would always update me about them.

My dad did yoga way before it was cool and would meditate in our living room early in the morning. He came to Marin Power Yoga for gentle yoga and bodywork and loved it. He tried TRX with me once and the Alzheimer’s had progressed past getting his body to learn new things. My dad loved his community here in The Bronx and equally loved visiting our community in San Anselmo. I said goodbye to my dad a year ago, before his health declined and I am grateful he has moved beyond the pain he was living with.

Freedom To Make Mistakes

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Mahtma Gandhi Our yoga studio is a great place for you to make mistakes, for you to be yourself, for you to grow. We all make mistakes, it is how we find our limits and barriers to growth. I always remind myself to balance the big risks with small mistakes. Small mistakes are recoverable. We can take the lesson, evolve and grow with new knowledge.

We have Amazing Teachers! They our Yin, Gentle Yoga, Power Yoga, TRX Classes, BootCamp and TKO (Cardio Kick-Boxing) in San Anselmo, the heart of Marin County. You will find our classes are designed to elevate your strength, spirit and mind. You will get stronger overtime you show up for class! Feel Good, No Feel GREAT! See You In Class!

New Leggings at The Shop

Babalu’s by Lucy leggings are now at The Shop! Lucy, the designer grew up in San Anselmo and currently lives with her family in Novato. These leggings will make you smile on the rainiest of days! From dogs to stars to mermaid scales, you will find something that will look great on you. If you want a specific style or size, message amy@marinpoweryoga.com and she will make sure we have them for you!

The Shop is located at 611 San Anselmo Avenue between Tam Realty and BookSmith across the street from Embellish and Dogville.

Thanksgiving Morning – Class!

Thanksgiving is Thursday November 23, 2017. We will be having a BootCamp class at 7:00-7:45am and a TKO from 8:00-9:00am with Nance and a Power Yoga class with me teaching and Live Music from Gabe Harris from 8-9:15am. Yes, you should sign-up in advance or message us if you want us to sign anyone up for you.

Why are we open Thanksgiving? It is a GLORIOUS holiday! Between coffee, walks or bike rides, yelling at the football game, cooking, cleaning, eating and time with family and friends. Time With You. Time With Us.  Time With Your Community. Stronger. Healthier. Happier. Everything is Possible!

Start The Day Right!

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
Stephen Covey

 

Your Vote Counts

Election Day is this Tuesday!!! Your Vote Counts!!!

If you are debating who to vote for in San Anselmo, consider Brian Colbert! He is committed to our town and puts the time in to researching issues and listening to what our local citizens think and want. He does not have an agenda. Brian has solid decision making skills, intelligence and an open mind. Most importantly, he is kind and he cares!!! VOTE!!!

Whether you have tried us once or come to classes every day, I want you to know that I care about our Town, our Community and most of all our Kids. The future is bright, it will take a lot of hard work and love to create the opportunities we have today for our kids in the future. I believe we can get there together. Your voice is important and it starts with voting!
Keep Your Head Up and Your Heart Open.

Full Moon Yin – November 3 2017

This Friday November 3, 2017, Full Moon Yin! 8:30-10:15pm. Come get Heavily Meditated with us! We will have a Slow Deep Stretch led by Jamie, Guided Meditation by Teo and live Sound Bath. Nourish your body, mind and soul with us!!!
*This is included with your Membership or a regular drop-in for guests.

Eat Out San Anselmo

Eating out will benefit your local community and raise funds for relief in Sonoma! Whether you support your favorite restaurant or try a new restaurant, you will see people you know and eat great local food!

Fundraising For Breast Cancer

To Celebrate Life! This Friday we are raising money in all of our classes for Breast Cancer!!!

The organization we are supporting is called To Celebrate Life and it is supporting women in the Bay Area with Breast Cancer. We will have a box for cash and checks! There is a link below for online donations.

We will finish the day with a Pop-Up Stop Drop and Dance this Friday night from 7:30-9:00pm. Please register in advance, we are asking each person to make a $20 donation or greater in person or online!!! If you make an online donation, please send a screenshot or forward the online receipt to amy@marinpoweryoga.com – here is the link: http://tocelebratelife.org/

We Are In This Together!!! We Are Stronger Together!!!

Finding Your Inner Strength

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.” Paulo Coelho

Join Michael Lipson for a journey to your soul, we will meet as group on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00pm. The dates are as follows.

October 4, 18

November 1, 15, 29

December 6

Register here: https://mpy.karmasoftonline.com/member/workshops/3189/book

Would you like to “yoga your life” by bringing more flexibility and flow into those areas of life where you experience “tightness“ and resistance? Come to our alternating Wednesday evening series to pause from life’s rush, increase clarity, and acquire tools to shift undesired patterns.

The first part of each session will help you get quiet, notice what’s going on deep down and get more in touch with your challenges, yearnings and reality. The latter part of each evening will be dedicated to identifying and practicing tools and methods to help each person make positive shifts off the mat. Meditation, journaling, small group exercises, larger group work and more will be incorporated.

Michael Lipson, an experienced executive coach and personal growth practitioner, will facilitate in an open style for participants to co-create how the group evolves. Singles and couples, younger or older, are all welcome. You are encouraged to attend as many of the 6 sessions of this initial series as possible, since consistent practice accelerates ones growth in all yoga, whether on or off the mat.

You will deepen your relationship with yourself and learn techniques for sharing your authentic self with your professional and personal world. Wear comfortable clothes, each session will include a short meditation, journaling and discussion.

Cost of Series is a minimum donation of $100 to The Cedars.

Your Yoga Mat

Your yoga mat is the least important part of your yoga practice and the most important. When I am feeling cynical I remind myself nobody used yoga mats 2,000 years ago nor did they use them 100 years ago. Why spend so much money on a rubber yoga mat?

The primary reason is comfort. A nice yoga mat is more enjoyable to practice on. I love the Lulu yoga mats because I never slip on the mat, I feel steady and that gives me the confidence to go a little bit further in my practice. Slipping on a yoga mat can be dangerous to little muscles, more relevantly you should not slip on your yoga mat!

We discover amazing things on our mat…from how to heal an injury to how our body works to clearing our minds and feeling good again. Make sure you have a decent mat and do the work to find a consistent yoga practice, it will improve the quality of your life.

*yes, we do sell Lululemon yoga mats at The Shop.

New App is Coming

Our new Mobile App has been submitted to Apple and we are waiting for approval! It has been a week and one more week is normal. Yes, accessing our new software from a website is a pain, from a different perspective it is amazing that you can see a schedule online, have updates to the minute and see a teacher’s bio and when they are teaching!

I keep thinking about how when we first did a Mobile app it seemed crazy and it took us what felt like forever to get people to download the app. 4 years later, the Mobile device is what most of us use for everything!!! This is a great time for me to practice patience, kindness and perseverance…while checking the app store twice a day to see if we have been approved!!!

95 classes a week, a spectacular TKO program and wide variety of yoga classes from Yin to Gentle to Power…Make your week amazing with us!

 

Working Together Sucks

It’s true and we all know it. The hardest most painful projects in school were group projects. It takes all of us working together, collaborating to create positive change. Be part of the solution.

All you have to do is sign into Next Door and you can witness demeaning and insulting conversations between neighbors and bitter insults with no intention of creating solutions. Your voice and actions count. Consider taking the Pledge here: https://elevatethediscussion.org

Back To School

We are going Back To School. We have launched new software to more effectively run Marin Power Yoga. If you already have an account, set your new Password Here. We are embracing the season of change and learning how to find our accounts, classes, sign in for classes. It is just as painful for us as it is for you. There is also something exciting about it. What if we can communicate better? What if we can have a better relationship with each other? What if our Core Values are the Foundation of Everything we do?

We are really excited about offering new classes and special series from TKO Fundamentals with Jordan to Meditation Workshops with Casey to The Pulse with Tiana and TurboKick with Natalie and Full Moon Yin classes with a Live SoundBath from Jamie and Gabe to a Deepen Your Power Leadership Series with Michael! We have 95 classes each week created to improve your health and increase your connection to your self and our community!

We are all capable of learning and we all learn in different ways. Part of our search is based in understanding how we each learn and applying that technique to varied information. This is where our growth is. We learn from each other. One of our Members, Jeff Hopkins, helped us by creating a document on how to update your credit card in your KarmaSoft account.  Another Member, Trish Owen, shared this link for resetting your password. We are stronger because of our talents and combined skills!!! Thank you to all of our Members and Guests growing with us thru this!

As you navigate the season of change whether it is saying goodbye to friends and kids, starting a new grade or school, or starting a new relationship, choose the words with which you speak to yourself kindly. Acknowledge what you are doing and believe in the positive outcomes you want to create. Your Community Is Here. We Believe In You. I have to tell myself this all of the time. I take very seriously the Trust you put in us and I commit to getting better at what we do every single day. We Are In This Life Together.

As Bill said to me the other day, Peace is an action. As is Love. We all must take action, practice what we want to create. I encourage you to start with what you can do. Pick up some trash on the street when you are walking, acknowledge your neighbor and hug people who need to know you love them. We must actively create the world we want to live in. Start Now.

Your Summer Vacation

This your Summer Vacation. It doesn’t matter whether you are working or not. You get this Summer. This chance to take the hike, explore a new beach, visit Healdsburg or Yountville or Sonoma or Napa, go out to dinner in San Francisco or simply take the Ferry to the City as a “treat.”

Everything slows down in Summer…except for the fun! Whether you bike up Mt. Tam, Hike to Cascade Falls or to the top of Mt. Baldy, run the Dipsea or try a new Yoga class or TRX or BootCamp. You get this Summer. This chance to find some more freedom, to re-invent yourself and to live a little bit better.

What is the secret? Nike told us years ago…Just Do It. Make the Plans, Break the Plans, Create the Plans! The only thing in the way is you!!! Give your self space to experience something new. You’ve got this summer!!!

Full Moon Yin with Sound Meditation

Sunday July 9, 2017 – Join us from 8:30pm -10:15pm for a Deep Stretch and guided Savasana into a Sound Meditation! I (Jamie) will be leading the Yin for about 60 minutes and Gabe Harris will play live for the entire class, leading the Meditative Sound Bath.

Summer is an opportunity to reset your body, mind and soul…a chance to truly relax! Bring your mellow vibes, tight hamstrings and positive intentions…we will handle the rest!

See you on your Mat!

Fitness Trainer Certification at Marin Power Yoga

We are leading an MPY Fitness Training Certification Program! The Application is here.

June 19th-29th – 9 Days.
Monday – Friday 1:15 – 4:15pm
Graduation: Thursday, June 29th: 3:30pm

Cost: $500.

All of the details are in the Application. You will learn how to teach a great group fitness class with an emphasis on TRX, BootCamp and TKO. You will deepen your knowledge about alignment, learn how to share your knowledge effectively, craft a variety of classes, integrate mindfulness and meditation into your classes!

You will be ready to teach great fitness classes when you graduate!

Turning 4 – Our Birthday!

This Saturday, May 13, 2017 – We are celebrating our Birthday!!! From 7-10pm we are having a Dance Party with a DJ at the Log Cabin. Tickets are $20 and there is a cash bar downstairs! We are going to raise our glasses (probably plastic cups) up high, shake our butts low and move our feet!!! See your friends, neighbors and family, be prepared to have a GREAT time! contact amy@marinpoweryoga.com to reserve your ticket, half the tickets are already taken and you can not buy tickets at the door.

Remember Where You Came From

Looking back, we have come a long way! It took 6 months just to get our  lease, the landlord was ok with yogis, but not so thrilled with the idea of hot yoga. We negotiated and talked and came to an agreement that achieved both or our goals, we installed a floor and painted and opened a few weeks after signing. We started with 25 power yoga classes on the schedule, 5 of them 6am classes!!! 4 years later we have 95 classes a week! Yes, we have 40 Power Yoga Classes and added to the mix are Gentle Yoga, Yin, Meditation, Stop Drop and Dance, TRX, TKO (Kick Boxing) and we are testing Turbo Kick and Zumba!!!

How else have we grown in the last 4 years? We have teachers who have babies, Members have fallen out of love and found love, we have fought cancer and strokes, raised thousands of dollars for our local schools and national non-profits and the Africa Yoga Project, created a Yoga alliance certified Teacher Training Program for 200 hr and 300 hr. yoga teachers. We launched a Power Cycle program and killed the program. Our failures have been just as real as our successes!

What are we working on now? We are launching the Marin Yoga Foundation this month! The purpose of this Foundation is to provide Yoga, Meditation, Fitness, Leadership and Training to underserved women and children in Marin County. We want to extend the benefits of what we experience to our greater community, to people who can’t financially afford luxuries such as pre-emptive healthcare and who are willing to do the work. In some ways this is the biggest thing we have ever done. In other ways, this is all we do.

What is it like to be finally entering kindergarten? We still make mistakes, we rarely draw in between the lines, we are just as likely to fall down as we are to hit a home run and we have so much to learn. We have to face our fears, real and imaginary, every time we start something new. We have to get up every time we are knocked down. We have faith there is light at the end of the tunnel, especially when it seems impossibly dim. We believe in the power of Kindness, Compassion and LOVE.

As we finish our 4th year, I am so grateful to our team of teachers and support staff who keep Marin Power Yoga evolving, our Members who witness us change in real time, all of the guest teachers who have taken time out of their lives to share their knowledge and experience with us, our amazing Town of San Anselmo (from fellow residents to the local government) and most of all to the Littles – the kids who remind us of the importance of improving our Health and of living a life of Service and Joy.

We Are Stronger Together!!!

Art of Tonya Leitz

We are really excited to officially open The Shop and present the Art of Tonya Leitz a.k.a French Planet on Instagram. This Friday, May 5, 2017 – start your Cinco De Mayo with us from 6-8pm! We will be looking at art, having light snacks and enjoying great company!!!

Tonya is a creative spirit, resident of San Anselmo and Member at Marin Power Yoga. When she isn’t biking thru town, jogging or herding her kids Sadie and Roman around, you can find her practicing yoga or enjoying a glass of white wine!

Tonya’s art conveys energy and passion balancing color and dynamic strokes!

You can see the amazing painting below hanging in the window at Marin Power Yoga – The Shop!

Tonya Leitz is showing her art work at Marin Power Yoga – The Shop in San Anselmo, California, in the heart of Marin County. The address for the shop is 530 San Anselmo Ave, 94960.

Move to Release

I’m sure you have all heard the term, ‘I workout because it’s cheaper than therapy’. Ain’t that the truth?

After a workout you feel better. It doesn’t matter what kind of workout it is, just as long as there’s movement. When you move, things shift. Energy begins to flow and pump through your body and creates a pulse that emanates from your being. With this movement comes sensation and awareness.

Have you ever broken down during a workout? Whether it’s cried, screamed or laughed? Movement is the cause and your reaction is the affect. Our bodies store our emotions. Physical, mental and emotional traumas get stuck inside us. Our skin is like a capsule, keeping all of that bottled up nicely for us. If we don’t get them out, they will cause major issues; muscle tension, clouded judgement, even disease, to name a few. Have you ever broken down the word ‘disease’? DIS-EASE: a body not at ease. 

We need to take better care of ourselves on every level. When you workout, of course do it for the physical change and strength, but take it a step further. Do it to release your traumas. Scream, cry, laugh LET IT OUT!!! You will feel so much better and your mind, body and soul will thank you.

I will leave you with this…..

“Tears, movement, and sound are part of your emotional digestive system. They help release blocked energy in your body. Moving through pain by feeling your way through it is ‘the pain that ends the pain'”. -unknown

Namasté 

Tiana

Tuning In To Music

Music is the culture of Revolution. It gives voice to the masses, it communicates what is in our hearts. The subject of music is widely discussed in yoga studios. Should we only play Indian music honoring the past (did they even play music in their yoga classes 4,000 years ago), should we avoid music and observe noble silence, does music interfere with our thoughts, does the music guide us on our journey, is the music obscure enough, too much pop, too loud, too quiet?

I love music. In some senses, I hear music everywhere I go. The whirling rhythm of bike wheels spinning, the back beat of car doors slamming, the wailing of a child cutting across the soundscape like a Gibson Hollow Body Guitar. When I lay my head on my pillow and the silence becomes overwhelming, I hear songs playing. No voices telling me to do things, just music guiding the rhythm of my life.

When looking at sound options for Marin Power Yoga, I listened to a variety of speakers and talked with experts. I knew we needed the voice to be clear and crisp, with throbbing bass underneath. I knew we needed to be energized by the depth of the kick drum and motivated by the crack of the snare. Our souls vibrate at their own frequency, guiding our bodies and freeing our minds. It is our choice to hear the music, to listen carefully, to understand the deeper meaning.

Somewhere along the line, yoga teachers became DJs. We monitor and control all aspects of the ambiance in the room, from the lights to the heat to the music being played. It is your choice to let go of control and dive into the experience, or to see the lights as too bright or too dim and the music as too loud or inappropriate. Whether you find Bob Marley in Savasana offensive or the pulsating bass of Michael Franti annoying, you always have the option to let go and allow the music to move you.

There is a time for silence and it has it’s place in every class. As you listen carefully you will find the silence deafening, whether it is your pulsating heartbeat blowing your ear drums out or the sound of a fire truck passing thru town or a little Huey Lewis reminding us it’s hip to be square. Stop fighting the music and start moving with the rhythm of life the envelopes your soul.

Below is a link to one of my favorite playlists of Michael Franti & Spearhead Songs. Best if played LOUD.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/ampypowerfranti-i-wanttoseeyoujumping/idpl.34ce78187245407d8ac097192d370416

Why I Meatless Monday…

I have given this a lot of thought over the last few months. Why should I begin to change my Monday’s? Why should I go meatless? Can one day a week of not eating meat really make a difference?

Meatless Monday’s are self explanatory. Don’t indulge in eating meat, of any type, every Monday. Given the research I have done, refraining from eating meat one day a week makes a huge impact not only with saving animals, but with environmental impacts, as well as body health.

If saving animals isn’t enough to want to take a pause on meat then maybe this will change your mind. Research shows that eating a plant-based diet, especially those low in processed meats can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating more veggies, fruits and whole grains can lower your risk for heart disease, curb obesity and limit cancer. All that aside, a change in your diet can help you live longer, stronger and happier. Now who doesn’t want that?

If I haven’t got you hooked yet, maybe your wallet will. Cutting back on meat indulgence will help keep money in your wallet. Meat is expensive. The amount of money it takes to produce meat; feed, transportation, etc., is a lot. The flip side of it, healthcare expenses. As stated above, the health reasons for cutting back are strong enough, but if you think about all those potential doctor bills, well I’ll skip a day of meat once a week for some clean, lean and green eating. 

Lastly, let’s do it for our environment. If we all cut one day out of eating meat, we could rapidly reduce water usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and our dependence on fuel. Approximately 1,850 gallons of water is what it takes to produce 1 pound of ground beef, and only 39 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of greens. 

The final kicker … do it to save a life. To often we live in an out of sight out of mind mentality. We don’t do the dirty work, so we don’t see what happens. I started following “The Humane League” on Instagram. It’s not always the happiest of pictures, but it is a reality. I like to keep it real, with all that I see on social media, it’s good to have a reminder of what is going on in that, out of sight out of mind location.

So go ahead, jump in with me and ride the wave with Meatless Mondays! Your mind, body and spirit will thank you💖

Namasté

Tiana

Change is Good…Right?

The only constant in life is change. Whether we feel it’s good or bad, it’s all in how we perceive it. 

Change can be liberating. It can lift baggage and weight from our shoulders. The freedom that can come from change is invigorating. It’s euphoric. Creating space for new pathways for us to journey down. New adventures are always fun!

However, change can be scary. It can alter our emotions, cause rifts in our thinking and create painful marks on our hearts. Anxiety gets heightened, panic goes up and if we don’t get a hold on it, it can turn into depression. Being able to recognize what is happening in the body and the mind during change can be the difference between a long internal battle, or a short struggle.

How I have overcome my anxieties and depression (which can be a roller coaster) has been through the practice of yoga. Specifically through the moving meditation (asanas) and the breath work (pranayama). Every movement is a reminder to breathe deep. To reconnect with myself. To notice what is happening inside of me and to be ok with it. Creating change and space in the body to allow the journey to unfold. When I practice yoga I will sometimes “hit” a break-through; a pose, a deeper engaged breath or even a new thought. This is the change I seek. A new path has unfolded for me.

So if you struggle from anxiety, depression or any obstacles, know you are not alone. Step onto your mat, take a deep breath, envision the path before you and embrace the change. 

Namasté

Tiana