Member of the Week: Diane Amarillas

1. What is your full name?
Diane Amarillas

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Playing outside

3. What job did you have in high school?
Good student

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Falling during recess (tight skirt)

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
1985 – Tour of England

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
SNL re-runs

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
First in my family to graduate college

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

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

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
To stay fit and I enjoy it

Member of the Week: Nina Schuyler

1. What is your full name?  

Nina Schuyler

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Reading! Always reading. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was an avid tennis player, so I worked as a tennis instructor at a local club.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

So many, but here’s one: it took me two years to speak up and correct a friend’s pronunciation of my name. 

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

They all seem to be the best. This summer, my family and I visited Berlin. Art and museums and statues and memorials—(if you go, visit the East Side Gallery, where artists around the world have painted on the section of the Wall)– spark the necessary conversation about history so as never to repeat it.  

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My two novels, The Painting and The Translator

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

Decisions sparked by fear rarely work out. 

9. What would you like people to remember about you

I was present. And the times I wasn’t, I regretted.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The teachers are fantastic! Knowledgeable and inspiring, they offer safe, challenging workouts.

The 30 day challenge is on!!!

30 classes in 30 days!!! Each week we challenge you to take a class out of your comfort zone, it can be a different teacher, a totally different class or different time slot. At the end of the 30 days you end up with 26 star stickers and 4 heart stickers for every “different” class you took.

Those who complete the 30 classes in 30 days get 20% discount at the MPY shop.

📷 Jamie Diger

Member of the Week: Katherine Marcus

1. What is your full name?  

Katherine Suzanne Marcus

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I was blessed to have many.  I liked hanging out with my dog Bubbha.  Playing soccer. Karate. Going to choir and ranch camp.  When I look back I really can’t choose just one. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I had three while in high school.  When I was 14 years old I became a cashier at Long’s Drugs Store.  Next I was a courtesy clerk at Lunardi’s Market in Los Gatos. Then, at 16 my father owned a little restaurant and bar called the Almaden Feed and Fuel where I waited tables.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

The last time I wore white was in the third grade.  I wore my favorite white dress to school one day and while enjoying some refreshing chocolate milk, I laughed.  As a result, chocolate milk came directly out of my nose all over my favorite white dress.

Never again!

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

I went to Costa Rica when I was 22 and I will never forget the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Not to mention surfing, zip lining, volcanoes, Imperial Beer and good food!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

“Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.” ~ Anonymous 

I come from some pretty funny people.  Just yesterday I was with my sister and we could not stop laughing.  I work at Bungalow 44 in Mill Valley and I laugh A LOT with my coworkers.  Such a warm, fun loving bunch. I am so blessed! Come see us sometime!

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

To be frank, I hope they haven’t happened yet.

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

Love yourself as you are.  Nobody’s Perfect. Don’t compare yourself.  Forget the Myth. Nothing will be as you thought it would be.  Remember the no plan, plan is an ok plan to have. Chase the AWE.  Keep it simple. Always laugh. Everything is temporary. Everything.  Love every minute of it no matter what. Acceptance is key. Surrender.

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

Perhaps a sense of comfort at my memory.  A slight smile that comes to the surface if I am to be remembered.  That my essence was and is happy. And silly. And love. That I could apologize when needed and stand proud when required.  That I strove for humility and yet sometimes failed. That I was perfectly imperfect and never afraid to show it.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

A girlfriend of mine, Yukti Mehta Jizrawi, introduced me to the studio.  I hadn’t done kickbopxing in years and the movement woke something up in me.  The teachers are amazing and so knowledgeable. The studio just brought so much joy to my life.  I sometimes don’t get there as often as I’d like. Life is in session. But I crave it and look forward to being there all the time.  

Thank you Marin Power Yoga for all that you do for the community. For all that you’ve done for me! I look forward to making more memories there while building community and striving for health.  With endless gratitude, I thank you!

Member of the Week: Ian Hanson

1) What is your full name?

– Ian Christopher Hanson

2) What was your favorite activity as a child?

– As a kid, I always enjoyed being outside. There was a big forest behind our house, and I spent lots of time exploring nature and making up my own adventures.

3) What job did you have in high school?

– In the winters, I taught skiing for a small local ski area. Most of the lessons were the kids after school programs, which earned me a pass, and night skiing after we finished. Summer jobs were lawn mowing, and eventually a job at the fancy golf course picking up range balls, and washing carts. Dream job at 16!

4) What is your most embarrassing memory?

– Wow, so many to choose from! The first thing that pops to mind is having an accident on a school trip to the roller skating rink, and then trying to play off that wearing your sweatshirt around your waste backwards was cool…

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

– My wife and I went to Portugal a few years ago, and it was our first big European trip together. We had a blast, but I have a feeling the best vacation is yet to come!

6) What makes you laugh out loud?

– Friends, family, people not taking life too seriously? Laughter is the best!

7) What accomplishments are you most proud of?

– I’m proud to be the husband of a wonderful woman. I’m also proud to be more comfortable in my own skin than I used to be.

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

– I would tell myself to start practicing yoga at an amazing studio, but not sure young me would listen… And all the things you hear about gratitude, forgiveness, and self love are real. Try to find new things to learn, and enjoy that part of the process.

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

– Remember after we meet? Remember once I’m dead? Maybe for the former it’s a genuine hug or smile, and the latter… ? How one person could sweat so much in an hour? I’m still stumped myself!

10) Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

– Many of the instructors are truly amazing people, and very talented teachers. I get excited and inspired to practice with such a strong and graceful group of yogis too!

Member of the Week: Bridget Carlson

  1. What is your full name? 

Bridget Austin Carlson

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

My family is very into Cycling, so that was a big activity for me growing up. In college I was on the Cycling Race Team, which is where I met most of my best friends.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I had 2 jobs at different times. During the school year, I was an assistant in a podiatrist’s office. I will never forget cleaning up whole toenails out of the exam rooms. One summer I also had a job at the local Transportation Authority drawing outlines of roads in a computer program every day.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hard to pick one, but just this week at work I walked around my entire office introducing a New Hire to everyone. When I got to the last person, they told me that I had a huge piece of spinach in my teeth; it had been there the whole time.

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

My grandmother and I have been on a number of international trips together. These trips are all really special to me. In November we are going on our first trip since 2011. She’ll be 93 and we will be spending 2 weeks in Thailand.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My parents live in Fairfield and whenever I visit with them they always have hilarious stories about random things going on at the house. They own a couple of chickens and there is always some drama going on in their “pecking order”.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

In May, I summited my first mountain, Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo (Malaysia) with one of my best friends. It was very difficult but so rewarding.

I was also part of a team of 4 that placed 2nd at Collegiate Cycling Nationals in an event called the Team Time Trial.

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

I would tell myself to take it easy more; lots of things seem very important but aren’t in the grand scheme of things. Things will work out as they are meant to. 

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

I would like people to remember me as moral, funny and kind.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

When I moved in Marin in Dec 2017, I was looking for something to help fill time after work and stay healthy. I now don’t need MPY to help fill my time, but I keep coming back because I really love the teachers (shout out to all the 6pm Power Yoga teachers!) and I enjoy the mental clarity that I get from yoga.