Member of the Week: Autumn Matli

1. What is your full name? 

Autumn Juliana Matli

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Climbing trees, running from house to house to play with neighborhood kids, walking to the neighborhood pool, bike riding, camping in the sierras with family and visiting the central coast with family.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Waterslide attendant at water park, hostess at Red Lobster

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

See above 🙂

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

Italy, especially Amalfi coast with my husband, former Member of the Week Dave Matli, and my 2 daughters

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My family, and our silly dinner conversations

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Having lasting friendships (20-30 yrs long) and raising our two daughters (still only 7 & 10 so ask me again when they’re in high school)

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

Don’t ever wait to travel, move to a new location, try a new career, start a business—the time is now, there’s nothing to lose

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

I was true to myself, acted with integrity and was an amazing wife and mother!

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Not only are the classes and instructors some of the best around, I love coming to the studio.  Starting my day with MPY makes the hurdle of what’s to come in my day, much more manageable. Thank you MPY!

Member of the Week: Sara Shaw

1. What is your full name?  

Sara Gabriela Shaw

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I loved writing poetry, rearranging my bedroom and also eating candy. My dad used to tell me I was going to marry a jellybean. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

It wasn’t a paid job – but I worked at the local birth center where I grew up in Pittsburgh. 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

My family was really close with my best friend’s family and we would often eat shabbat meals all together. One Saturday afternoon we were all seated around the table quietly reciting the post-meal prayer. I felt something under the table and thought it was my friend’s dog, Jake, so I reached out to pet him. After a couple seconds I realized I was petting my friend’s dad’s knee. He was giving me the strangest look. The worst part was that I couldn’t explain myself for another minute or so until we all completed saying the prayer. It was so awkward and I’m sure my face was strawberry red. I’m still close with their family and she is still my best friend. 

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

I traveled to Guatemala for a month by myself. Best decision I ever made.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Friends – the television show.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m so proud that I am a labor and delivery nurse. Ever since high school I knew I wanted to be involved in birth somehow. It took lots of hard work, because the sciences never came easily to me, but I made it happen. 

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

Learn to play a musical instrument and get really good at it. Stick with it even though practicing can be no fun. 

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

I want them to remember me as a dependable person who was an excellent cook, a devoted nurse, a decent ukulele player and a great party thrower. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love the structure it gives my week. I try to do a mixture of TRX and bootcamp at least 3 times a week and I feel so good when I walk out of that room dripping sweat. 

Fall In Love Again

Thank You.

This has been an extraordinary few days here in San Anselmo. I don’t know how we would have made it thru without our First Responders, Town and County Staff, Librarians, Neighbors and You. The quiet darkness of nights without the hum and buzz of electricity was eerily calm, I am between missing the peace and so grateful for all we have. While I can’t wait for this round of elections to be over, I am going to encourage you to consider voting for Kim and Steve for our San Anselmo Town Council and Yes on M to rebuild Memorial Park. We are stronger and healthier when we work together!

We have a few exciting changes that you must know about! 1) You are invited to our first ever All Member Meeting on Sunday 11/17/19. 2) We now offer Personal Training with Jordan Assadi running our program. 3) Our Pilates Mat classes are growing on the schedule.

The idea of an All Member Meeting is long overdue at MPY. Join us on Sunday November 17, at 7:30pm in the big room. The agenda will be co-created in our FaceBook Community Group, please add your agenda ideas there. We will discuss our current status and discuss plans for 2020 and beyond. We will start the evening with a brief ceremony, followed by adoption of process for the meeting. We will end promptly at 9:30pm with a closing ceremony. This is a first attempt, expect changes before, during and after!

Personal Training at MPY with Jordan Assadi is launching today! Our Personal Fitness Room at the back of the studio is loaded with thousands of pounds of weights! From bench and squat racks to dumbbells and a rowing machine, whether you want to lift heavy or develop specific areas of strength or heal a specific injury or simply manage your health, our program is designed around you. If you want to book a session, email amy@marinpoweryoga.com and get on the schedule! Prices are listed below.

Members:
$85 for a 55 minute session.
5 pack for $400.
10 packs available for $750.
20 Pack available for $1,450.

Guests:
$100 for a 55 minute session.
5 pack for $475.
10 packs available for $900.
20 Pack available for $1,700.

Groups of 2 can split cost between 2 people. We encourage you to be a Member and attend classes between sessions, whether it is Yin, TRX, BootCamp, TKO, Power or Gentle Yoga or Pilates Mat. This is about you doing the work and experiencing results.

We started our Pilates Mat program 4 years ago as an idea, nothing happened. Maybe the time wasn’t right or more accurately we were focused on different priorities. This year, we committed in to experimenting with class formats and developing our skills. Our Pilates Mat classes are a great way to discover pilates or reignite your passion. We are training additional teachers and planning more Pilates Mat classes for the schedule in January. 

This is the season of change, I feel the weather shifting with the winds and the light and I am reminded that I too must continue to evolve and grow. I’m taking a class on Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change (seems like an obvious interest right) and reading What is The What by David Eggers, nourishing my mind to inspire my body to be the healthiest and strongest I can be. I hope you can join us on November 17th and that you take advantage of our new classes and services. Thank you for continuing to support our community and growing with us.
Love,
Jamie

Power is Back On!

If the Power is On in San Anselmo Wednesday, we are OPEN! We just got power in a bunch of our homes and we are rumored to stay on. We are turning the schedule back on for Wednesday and planning on seeing you! Currently charging devices and taking showers!

Member of the Week: Christopher Nelson

1. What is your full name? 

Christopher James Nelson. It might be interesting to note that my middle name comes from a person who helped my father out of a jam. When my father was in the Navy, he accidentally blew up some toilets, and was looking at spending the rest of his life doing menial chores. ‘James’ rescued him from eternal KP and elevated him onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. This kind of intervention, divine, mortal, or otherwise, is a constant thread throughout my life story.

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

Drawing, reading, daydreaming, and hiking, which are still some of my favorite activities. As a child I grew up in southern California out in the desert, and as crazy as it sounds, I used to walk to Kindergarten on my own. And, as absurd as this sounds, sometimes instead of going to school, I would opt to wander out into the desert to catch lizards and tadpoles, eventually making my way to school at my own leisure. Avoiding responsibilities is still another favorite activity.

3. What job did you have in high school?

When I was 11, I asked my father for an allowance, and the next weeked he got me a job scrubbing dishes at a deli. In High School I upgraded to working the swing shift at a convenience store.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hmmm. It might end up being this questionnaire. I’m a pretty insecure person, so just about every living, breathing moment is fraught with the potential to recede into an embarrassing moment. It’s better if I just keep on keeping on.

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

Is there really such a thing as a bad vacation? Oh wait, there was that time to Legoland…

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Dumb, immature, jokes. The weird and curious things my children say.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I have lots to be proud of: my marriage, my wife, my children, my sobriety, my professional career, just to name a few. I have a long gratitude list and constantly thank the heavens for my good fortune.  

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

Sigh. The same advice others were trying to give to me but I ignored: know right from wrong, and pursue the righteous path; it’s the sure way to happiness. 

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

That I wasn’t an asshole, I had the occasional piece of good advice, or a good joke; that I loaned my tools freely, and I tried my best to be an attentive and loving person.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

As usual, I started writing a long winded response, but I’ll spare us and just end with this quote from Chuang Tzu: Make the inexhaustible your body / and wander beyond origins.

Halloween Class

We are bringing it back.. This Saturday! Halloween costume yoga class! We will be combining the 8am and 9:30 class together as one at 9:30. Bring your best looks, a great attitude, and get ready to have a blast! We can’t wait!

Member of the Week: Natasha Najafi

1. What is your full name? 

Natasha Najafi 

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

ballet and tennis 

3. What job did you have in high school? 

worked for the gap, limited express and my father’s 

Real Estate Brokerage 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

when i was at a party late at night and my parents found out, and showed up to take me home! 

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

there are so many! I love to travel….but I would say my 2 top favorites would be Croatia and Morroco. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud? 

just talking with my girlfriends! 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of? 

being a mother to my son Bentley…By far the best accomplishment of my life. 

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

Wear sunscreen! 

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

loyalty 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

makes me happy and feel amazing after i’m done! I always look forward to going. 

Member of the Week: Inga and Andy Sweet

1. What is your full name? 

Inga and Andy Sweet

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Inga – I grew up in the mid-west and loved being with my neighborhood friends. We rode bikes, played outdoors and in the winter went ice skating afterschool on an outdoor open rink. 

Andy – Anything outside. My fondest memories are of camping with my family.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Inga – I worked in a deli/catering take out and also spent time working for the family orthopedic business. 

Andy – I worked at Let’s Eat in the Cove Shopping Center in Tiburon.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Inga – there are so many…

Andy – The first time someone told me my hair was thinning!

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

Inga – Europe with our three kids a few years ago. It was awesome to see them take in the history, culture and people of new places, navigate the cities, enjoy the food and experience it together.

Andy – What she said. Without a doubt.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Inga – our dog, Riley.

Andy – Inga. Trust me, she is funny.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Inga – Raising our three kids.

Andy – Working hard, which allows me to live and raise my family in Marin County.

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

Inga – slow down, worry less and wear sunscreen. As a pension consultant, I also have to throw in save for retirement.

Andy – don’t let yourself become a Cal football fan.

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

Inga – that I was kind to them.

Andy – that I was a wonderful husband, father and friend.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Inga – The wonderful teachers!

Andy – I have felt very comfortable at MPY since my first yoga practice about two years ago and the teachers keep me coming back. They are awesome.

Benefits of TKO?

High intensity aerobic cardio boxing on bags in an intimate setting designed for 20 students. This class will raise your heart rate, build endurance and fire up your metabolism to keep you burning calories all day long.

Member of the Week: Holly Arnold

1. What is your full name?

Holly Egan Arnold. It used to be Holly Lynn Egan, I changed it when I was married, 18 short years ago.

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I loved playing in the woods. I spent hours and hours climbing trees, hiking, picking berries, picking flowers, playing in the creek. Alone, or with friends, it’s where I felt most free. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

My first job was at LeDuc’s Frozen Custard, washing dishes and slinging frozen custard. I also worked in the kitchen at St. John’s Military Academy. Many of my high school friends also worked at St. Johns, it was a fun high school job, lots of shenanigans… 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Seriously, embarrassing things happen to me every day. If no one is around to see it, it’s like it never happened… Ok, but most recently, I was struggling to understand a custodian in the airport bathroom who was sweetly trying to tell me I had toilet paper stuck to my shoe. I’m glad I took the time to understand what she was trying to tell me. 

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

This year my family took a 2 week vacation with my family on one end and my husband’s on the other. We started in Pittsburgh PA, drove to Niagra Falls, and ended up on Cape Cod. We saw lifelong family friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, celebrated my mom’s 70th birthday, went to my family’s 85th family reunion, rode roller coasters, dragged the kids to see all of our college apartments, ate ice cream, saw Niagra Falls, ate buffalo wings in Buffalo, NY, went to the beach, played mini golf. It was pretty great.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. He gets me. And he’s hilarious. He makes me watch the most ridiculous videos on America’s Funniest Home Videos. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Raising two incredible kids who are turning into big-hearted, hilarious people that I really enjoy spending time with. 

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

Care less about what people think of you, care more about what you think of yourself. It matters much less what other people think if you truly believe in who you are. Also, don’t take things so seriously. 

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

I love this beautiful place where we are lucky enough to live. I’m not super outgoing, but I love the people that I’ve met through yoga, and how the practice has influenced me as a person. I feel like I’m definitely a better person for having discovered this practice. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

When I came to MPY for the first time years ago, I came because I liked the sign (graphic design minor) and I was curious. I did not really think that yoga was for me, but I wanted to give it a try. 4 or 5 years later, I am so much stronger. I am not afraid to try the arm balances, even though I literally fall on my face. I love watching the amazing people on the mats next to me, and I love trying things I didn’t think I was capable of. I treasure the time I carve for myself on Saturdays mornings, and love the community that MPY has become. 

Get Involved!

Change Starts With You.

As we shift in this season of change, there are 4 things you must know are happening at MPY. First, we are doing phone banking today for Moms Demand Action, see the details below, if you want to create common sense gun reform, join us! Second, we added new classes in 2019 from Pilates Mat to Power Sculpt, these are a great way to challenge yourself to learn something new and get different results (or drill into power yoga basics with Wendy on the first Sunday of each month from 11-12 upstairs (today). Third, we are hiring! We are looking for someone to “tighten up the studio.” This position starts at 10 hours a week and can grow, message amy@marinpoweryoga.com your bio to find out more. This is a great way to contribute to your community, shift your life and get paid. Last but not least, TheShop is an amazing resource for fitness clothing, accessories from mats to gloves, help with your membership or our mobile app, holiday shopping and retail therapy! The Shop is located at 611 San Anselmo Avenue, it is a great reason to walk downtown.

Join the fight against gun violence through phone banking. We’ll teach you how at this free event. Today (Sunday) 11:30am-2pm at MPY for a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Phone Banking event. We will be calling North Carolina and patching people into their Senator’s office to ask for Background Checks. Bring your laptop or iPad, phone, headset and a yoga mat or chair to sit on. First-timers welcome! Moms Demand Action! Join the Marin FaceBook Group to get involved in future events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarinMomsDemandAction/

We want to be an important part of your life, a place where you can be yourself and create a healthier and stronger life. We are alive at one of the greatest times in history, we have access to more information than ever before and the power to connect with each other and grow together is in our hands. Create positive routines in your life with us, one day at a time, starting now.