The rain is our best friend and our cursed enemy. As soon as it arrives we start panicking, will it ever stop, will it flood, is it cold, dark, dreary. Only if you let it.
According to mythology, rain washes away the past and nourishes future growth. The air is cleaner, the streets, your car. Our reservoirs fill up with water we will drink.
Let the rain cleanse your spirit, even if that means putting away your umbrella and walking in the rain. Clean off all of the failures that have already happened in the start to the year. Re-commit to what you want and need in your life. Be willing to try something new. Start with you.
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.
Gentle Yoga will challenge your mind and ease your body into a better place with a mix of slow strength building. Your flexibility will increase everywhere in your life, from your hamstrings to the line at the grocery store. We start by modifying the poses to work with our body today, we want to feel the poses! Grace teaching Gentle Yoga in this picture.
We start the 30 Class Challenge today! Put your name on the board at the studio, add stars every time you do a class. We will have prizes for those who finish by 2/7/19. The only thing better than finishing a challenge is starting one!
There is no cost to the challenge, beyond your sweat and tears!!! If you want new results this year, do something new. Mix new classes into the challenge, double some days and rest others. Explore our evening classes!
Sunday Service, power yoga with live music! Wendy teaches this class at 9:30am, it is half sweat fest and half spiritual awakening. The yoga will move your body, building heat internally and in the room, this will bring the sweat. When your body is in movement, your mind is free to dance with the music and clear thru what weighs us down. The combination of physical and mental space will make this your favorite way to start your Sunday. This picture is from this morning with Keenan playing live.
Power Yoga, make this your first New Years Resolution for 2019! As you plan out your health and fitness goals, consider adding Power Yoga into your plans. The combination of strength and flexibility is the perfect compliment to your goals for growth and change. Three times per week, every week in 2019, Prescription for your Health!
Gentle Yoga is the way to restart your yoga practice or find a slow way into yoga. We take out the chaturanga, hold the poses longer, offer a modification down to make the pose more accessible and limit the temperature to 80 degrees (maybe a perfect day in Marin).
We’ve got new and improved globes for a stronger and faster you! These gloves have more padding and we switched the padding to be gel padding for increased protection for your knuckles. These gloves are 14 oz and designed to maximize the effectiveness of your workout! $60 and available at the shop today!
TheShop is located at 611 San Anselmo Ave next to Tam Realty and BookSmith and across the street from Dogville.
I don’t send out enough MPY email…below is the most recent email. We have so much happening between Teacher Training (info on front page of website, starts in January) to Annual Memberships (talk with Nance or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to Amazing Clothes at TheShop to New Teachers at MPY like Jen, Marianne and Megan (see the gorgeous rainbow picture above or click display images so you can). Really, we need to talk about Love.
What? Seriously. Walking thru Town, you will see Change Is Happening. Shops are closing, Cucina is opening a Bar, the new restaurant buildout is evolving, Creekside has over 30 beers rotating on tap and in general the shops are beautifully decorated and stocked for the holidays. All of that is just news. What is real? Love.
I turned 46 this week. I understand this is great, I defied the odds once again and am still here doing the best I can. I see all of the creases, gray hair and soft spots even as my eyes struggle to see things I used to see clearly. This year has been tougher and filled with slow recovery from injuries. I am walking slower and watching carefully where I step, experience is a great teacher. Love is a better teacher.
What can I do better than ever before? Love. I start with myself, from basic manscaping to eating well and hydrating. The Love with which we treat ourselves is the foundation of what we can give to others. This takes time and attention we all deserve and is strangely harder than loving others. When we see the order of operations on a plane telling us to give ourselves oxygen before the kids, I always have to think thru this logic and remember, when we take care of ourselves we have the ability to take care of others. Right?
We have exciting changes coming in 2019 and we have a few weeks of partying and working out and yoga to finish off the year. Drive Sober and Drive Slower. Be kind to your neighbor, your relatives, your friends and family. Treat them all with Love. Treat yourself with Love. Bring The Love. Also, Bring The Chocolate. See you at The Studio or TheShop soon. Peace and Love, Jamie
“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” Rilke
Power Yoga for lunch! Wendy teaching on Monday. Our noon Power Yoga classes are heated to 80 degrees, this makes them our “coolest” yoga class on the schedule! Normally our Power Yoga classes are 88 degrees, except for noon and Sunday at 6pm, those are 80 degrees.
Saturday Morning! Araceli Santos Bieber teaching Power Yoga with Nance Leombruno and Marianne Mullen assisting and Gavin Bieber DJing!
I am at TheShop today if you want to come in and discuss an Annual Membership for 2019, Yoga Teacher Training, Fitness Clothing or who had the best burger in Marin or even Mueller’s indictment strategy. Other topics are possible, that’s what I am thinking about.
Grace Yu leading Stop Drop and Dance tonight! You can keep the Arts in our local Public Schools with a donation to YES on their web site! Thanks to Rebecca Wood Breen for organizing this annual dance! Thanks to Nihal ElRayess for all of the support! http://www.yestokids.org
If you are ready to SWEAT, DANCE, and have a GREAT Friday night…We are hosting a fundraiser for YES! Stop Drop and Dance with Grace Yu !!! You MUST get tickets thru the YES website. Your money supports kids getting an arts education!!! We are bringing the glow in the dark bracelets and turning on the black lights!!! Come Dancing with your friends!!!
TRX is the fastest way to Find Your Strength! It is the same alignment as Yoga without all the stretching! Build your strength, create new positive habits. Twice a week is great, 3x a week is enough! Mix in Yoga or TKO or ride a bike or run or dance to balance out your growth!
Saturday morning at 8am is a GREAT time to be awake! Alonna teaching in the Fitness room and Araceli’s teaching Power Yoga with Nance assisting and Gavin Hardkiss DJing! Join us today, join us in Town tonight at TheShop we will be open until 7pm for the XMas Tree lighting (starts at 5pm)!