You Can Grow

Jenny G is an AllStar. She started teaching Cycle with us and almost left immediately to train with SoulCycle in NYC…she decided to stay and when we closed Cycle she became a TRX, BootCamp and TKO teacher for MPY. Last year Jenny took our 200 hour yoga teacher training and became a Yoga teacher for MPY. All of her classes improved, because she picked up new skills and applied them. She has grown with us and continues to evolve!!!

Yoga is for You

Yoga is for Every Body. Looking around the room, our people are skinny and fat, short and tall, young and old, healed and injured, modified down and modified up. Everyone has to have a first class and everyone will grow by their hundredth class. Your mat, your practice…Together we are Stronger, Healthier and Happier.

Saturday Mornings in Marin

Yoga, Meditation, TRX, Cardio KickBoxing, BootCamp and BodyWork…these are our keys to happiness! We believe your physical, mental and spiritual health combine to create a life able to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Find and Develop your strength with us!

This morning in San Anselmo!

New Plans For Royal Sweet in San Anselmo

Are you ready to see something new and exciting in San Anselmo??? How about the old Royal Sweet building getting new life!

There is a Planning Committee meeting February 12th at 7pm. You can email in comments, show up and speak or if you are old school mail in a letter!!!

This is a surprisingly big building and the new plans call for a roof top deck and a complete rebuild of the interior.

I have heard rumors about dreams for this building since Royal Sweet closed. All of my prayers for delicious old fashioned doughnuts have gone unanswered…yet, this deck looks like the next best thing???

We all have opinions, ideas, dreams. It takes a lot of work, sweat, tears to create anything. You can participate by adding your voice, showing the plans to your friends and neighbors, talking about it, walking by and seeing the large plans in the window!!!

I believe we should earn nice things. As impossible as it seems at times, we live in heaven…we have the best backyard in the world and have access to the best Farmers Market in the country and truly delicious local food. If you think Royal Sweet has been empty long enough and this evolution looks good to you…experiment with how you can show support! Take a selfie with the plans and share them! Get on Next Door, give the silent middle finger to the haters, drop some positive comments on any of the postings about this space! Show up to the meeting and let Town Council know you want to see this building evolve!

I love San Anselmo and want to see our town evolve. I want it cleaner and safer, with a variety of shops and services we can use and participate in! I will support good people doing creative dreams!!!

The Struggle

Some days you do something mind boggling scary, whether it is dance with 30 people or take a gentle yoga class, other days we choose Rest and BodyWork. The balance is a struggle and real. It starts and ends with you. We are not striving for perfection, we are working towards self acceptance and love. Marin Power Yoga.

Full Moon Classes start this Wednesday January 31 2018!

Our 2018 Full Moon classes kick off this Wednesday night! The Pulse! Wednesday January 31st from 8:30pm-10:00pm, a mix of Yoga, Movement, Breathing and Cathartic Release followed by Yin…reset your energy and ignite your life with Tiana Baumsteiger!

*Check your calendar, save the date…we want you to join us this year!!! Yes, these classes are included with your Membership! Yes, you should rally a friend to join you. Yes, this will improve your quality of life!!!

Gentle Yoga at Marin Power Yoga

Gentle Yoga, a mix of strength and flexibility in a class that moves slowly with modifications down offered for each pose. Your body, your yoga practice, your opportunity to create your happiness.

Slowing down is under appreciated in America. We are constantly encouraged to accomplish more in less time. When you slow your yoga practice down, it becomes more challenging. You can feel your muscles strain and stretch, you can hear your breath moving they your nostrils and you can see your body sink into alignment.

We have Gentle Yoga classes on Saturday at 11am, M-W-F at 10:45am and we just started a Bhakti Yoga class with Naia on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:30am. Bhakti is the yoga of Devotion and Love, a sweet and gentle practice to nourish your spirit and your muscles!

See you in the studio!

Indu Bath Bombs available at The Shop

Taking a bath is somewhere between a luxury and a revolution. It is an opportunity to relax your muscles, soften and accelerate your healing. Indu Bath Bombs bring the scents of lavender and Ling Lang with the power of salts to draw the toxins out of your body while slowing down, easing into a better space. The large Bath Bombs are $7 and in stock at The Shop. Treat yourself!

The Shop is located at 611 San Anselmo Ave. You might see some leggings there as well.

Create Your Day

Monday. It is sunny and beautiful out. Keep your head up and your heart open. We have to remind ourselves constantly of our own power to create the reality we want. Make today a beautiful day.

Amy Ginsberg is teaching Power Yoga below, if you have any questions about Membership, joining or taking a class, booking BodyWork, billing or questions about classes you can email her at amy@marinpoweryoga.com for information.

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