Member of the Week: Jade Zaleski

1. What is your full name?

Jade Olivia Zaleski


2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Building structures out of cardboard boxes with my grandpa.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Lifeguard, tutor, waitress, intern for a cabinetmaker


4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Gotta be in 7th grade when I tripped on the blacktop during lunch and had my hands in my pockets, thus landing smack on my face and my lip was bleeding everywhere.


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

Backpacking in Yosemite with 2 of my best friends and our dads in 4th grade.


6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Most things my twin says she’s a funny gal.


7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Joining the Drake MTB team in high school, hiking to the top of Mt. Seymour, making 3 tables in 3 months.


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

Take care of your mental health before doing anything else at all in your day and in your week. You cannot be successful when there is something blocking your thoughts.


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

Life’s too short to waste any time and I realized that young. I kind of go about life doing lots of different things fast to check it off a list and keep moving forward. People have told me I am “determined” and “driven” and I do see their point but really I wake up each day and set out to find something that makes me smile, laugh, or feel refreshed before the sun goes down. There’s a lot of things I want to do and so if I am in a situation that isn’t satisfying my enjoyment/quality of life then I will make a change within a day. Some say it’s impulsive, some say it’s decisive and honestly I don’t know which one I am but I got time to figure it out.


10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I first came to MPY with my teammates sophomore year of high school and I got so much out of my first trx class. Nothing makes me work out as hard as someone standing there telling me which parts of my body to work for an hour. I remember being way too sore to walk to class the next day after my very first class and that’s when I knew I had to go back for more. Other reasons I know all yogis who go to MPY can vouch for are the awesome instructors, the inclusivity of the studio, how there are no standards to live up to but self goals, and the happy feeling one has walking out of any class onto Tunstead.

Lizard pose!

Utthan Pristhasana also known as the Lizard Pose, is an exercise that strengthens the groin and inner hamstrings while preparing the body for deeper hip openers.

Happy 6th birthday MPY!

Wow! It’s been 6 years. While these six years have brought hard work, change, and loss, they have also (and most importantly) brought so much joy, laughter, celebration, new friendships, new family, and endless love and support. To my mpy family, thank you for making these last 6 years absolutely wonderful! I always think about that line in the movie Field of Dreams “If you build it, they will come.” How true! Jamie Foresta Ginsberg thank you for having the vision and heart which is the backbone of MPY and for knowing that if we build something out of love, that love will continue to grow and blossom ❤️

-Amy G.

Happy Birthday Marin Power Yoga!

Happy Birthday Marin Power Yoga!!! I “checked in” to our first class at 6:01am feeling very alone on May 15, 2013. Nobody showed up! 6 years later we have 96 classes this week, a great staff and vibrant community.

I appreciate all of our “learning opportunities” and recognize how many people contributed their time, skills and knowledge to us improving and growing into what we are today. We are here because you have come to classes, encouraged us to evolve, shared your lives with us and most importantly, we have witnessed you change.

Thank You!!!

Member of the Week: Elizabeth Hill Prussia

1. What is your full name?

Elizabeth (Lisa) Hill Prussia


2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

During summer vacations, my family would go camping for two weeks with other families to Millerton Lake or the Eastern Sierras. We had a small pop-up trailer for sleeping and cooking meals. My friends and I would spend hours at the beach swimming out to small islands. I also enjoyed the ranger talks in the evening around the campfire.


3. What job did you have in high school?

I had several jobs in high school. I started working when I was 15 years old. The first job I had in high school was in a big mall in Santa Monica, California. I had been taking dance classes for several years and would go to class right after school at a local dance academy. One day my locker at school was broken into and all my dance clothes and shoes were stolen. A friend of mine knew the owner of a local dance wear shop and she offered me a job working there after school. I worked there for one year and then got a job closer to home at the first Pottery Barn.


4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Like many of us, I have a lot of embarrassing moments. However, the first memories that came to mind occurred at work. I was a Ranger Naturalist for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) for 24 years. I worked in the Sierra Foothills for 9 years and in the East Bay for 15 years. One day in 1996, we were carrying lumber to a site we were rehabilitating and I stumbled and fell flat on my face right in front of my supervisor and coworkers. They all laughed, but in a friendly sort of way. However, at the time, I was the first full time female ranger on the crew. There was pressure to perform and meet certain expectations that women could do the work. This made the situation more embarrassing for me. However, I recovered over the years and was able to promote later in my career.


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

After college, I worked for the Marin Conservation Corps as a crew leader for three years. In the summer of 1991, I was selected, along with 25 other corps members, to participate in a work exchange in Russia. They sent over a small group of people to work with us and then we went to Moscow for five weeks to work in the city doing conservation work in a city park similar to Golden Gate Park. We worked four days a week and traveled locally on the weekends. This was the year the Soviet Union collapsed into fifteen separate countries. It was exciting to work and travel in Russia. We met many nice people and learned a lot about the culture and daily working and living conditions of the Russian people.


6. What makes you laugh out loud?

I met my best friend Anna through work at a consulting firm almost 20 years ago. We shared many funny moments at work. We laughed so much then that our coworkers would just shake their heads and say, “Here we go again”. Since laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, I believe this helped make our work enjoyable and promoted an overall sense of well-being. Not just for the two of us, but our coworkers as well.


7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

When I was in high school, there were two goals I had for the future. First, I wanted to become a park ranger (non-law enforcement) and second, I wanted to continue taking dance classes and perform. I was able to do both. After college I worked at the Marin Conservation Corps and then at EBMUD. I was promoted in 2002 to Ranger Supervisor. During college, I performed with the Santa Monica College Dance Company and also at San Francisco State University. In addition, some friends and I had a dance company and we performed in Los Angeles, where I grew up.


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

One of my first yoga classes at MPY, Grace read a quote from Mary Williamson. The part that struck me the most was “…It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” These two sentences have stayed with me since then and when I am in class or running on the trails or in ceramics class, I give myself permission to do my best. If I could go back to my younger self, this is the advice I would have shared. It is okay to be your best, and in that space others can benefit and feel the same way.


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

It was a lot more difficult to put this answer into words than I thought it would be because this is a pretty meaty question. The kind of question that left me in deep thought for hours before writing the answer. A lot of things came to mind, some superficial, some pretty deep. But as I thought, there were really only two things that mattered for me. I want to be remembered for being a kind, compassionate person and I want to be remembered for giving back. I have been able to accomplish the second as a ranger naturalist. I managed conservation and restoration projects for many years. But I want to be remembered not just as someone who is kind, compassionate, and helps others; I want to actually BE someone who is kind, compassionate, and helps others.


10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I grew up in a sports family. My sisters and brother have all played multiple sports since they were young children. My father ran 20 marathons. They all inspired me to be active. I started in dance, then running, cycling and now yoga, TRX, boxing and running. I started taking boxing two years ago and last June decided to add yoga to my practice. MPY offers a wide variety of classes throughout the day. The teachers and other members are very supportive. It is nice to practice in a diverse community of people who are striving for physical and emotional good health, inner peace and harmony.

Friday Night Stop Drop and Dance Fundraiser for Body Positive!

From Grace:

Help us raise money for The Body Positive this Friday as we #StopDropAndDance together from 6-7:15pm! Jessica Diaz, a board member from The Body Positive headquartered in Berkeley, will welcome us at 6pm, followed by testimonials from a few Drake High School Body Positive club members! Thank you to Zoe Vavrek for reaching out to partner with us at Marin Power Yoga!

IMPORTANT: Please bring $20 Cash or Check at the door, even if you are a member!!! All proceeds will go to The Body Positive. You can preregister online to save your spot, but we will be collecting all the money in an envelope Friday night for the Fundraiser.

The Body Positive teaches people how to reconnect to their innate body wisdom so they can have more balanced, joyful self-care, and a relationship with their whole selves that is guided by love, forgiveness, and humor.

I will be there with my 4 and 7 year old daughters. Please join us and let’s raise money for this amazing organization!!! If you’d like to give online, please click on the DONATE button in the upper right corner: https://www.thebodypositive.org/

https://www.thebodypositive.org/

Get Fit Today

From BootCamp to TRX to Cardio Kick Boxing, our fitness classes will strengthen your body, mind and soul. Natalie teaching. Commit to twice a week! Three times if you are results driven.

Member of the Week: Susan Weiss


1. What is your full name?

Susan Elizabeth Weiss


2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I‘ve always loved being outdoors, as a kid we used play in the yard, or when I was a little older in the woods nearby. I used to also spend hours drawing, playing guitar and listening to music.


3. What job did you have in high school?

Taught Guitar and worked in an office


4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Ummm… not sure I remember


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

Jeez, that’s hard one, early on some great camping and backpacking trips, Paris, Italy, were up there too….hard to pick just one.


6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Cute animal videos.


7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

The abiltly and openess to keep learining from life.


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

Well looking back, there were many situations that felt big and stressful in the moment, I wished I learned earlier on to take things more in stride, the idea that.. this too shall pass.


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

…Whatever touched them about me… ( we Introverts hate these kinds of questions )


10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Love, Love, Love, the supportive community and teachers. “Come as you are” is the real deal at MPY.

Reduce Your Waste!

Reduce your waste with Ukonserve reusable and long lasting products. Perfect for school lunches! Stainless steel containers and 10% off for Members!

Saturday Night – Sticky’s

Multiple Members are in the band…including Eric Schroeder, Connor Stock and Julian Kwasneski! Come on out and listen to a night of original music, homegrown in the Backyard! #maythe4thbewithyou

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 9 PM
Papermill Creek Saloon
1 Castro St, Forest Knolls, CA 94933

Hope to see you there!

Member of the Week: Dave Matli

1) What is your full name?

Dave Matli (honestly, only my mother and the government uses my actual full name).


2) What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing a game called ‘bike chase’ – which is basically tag on bikes… which in retrospect I would never let my kids play now.


3) What job did you have in high school?

I worked on a churro cart at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. It was everything you’d imagine.


4) What is your most embarrassing memory?

Uhhh… skip.


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

Positano Italy with my wife and two daughters; we rented a boat and swam on hidden beaches along the Amalfi coast below deserted castles.


6) What makes you laugh out loud?

When anyone says the most awkward possible thing at the absolute wrong time.


7) What accomplishments are you most proud of?

That my kids seem like they’re growing up to be great people… though that’s probably more my wife than me doing that.


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

Don’t try so hard to avoid failure – it’s a natural part of learning; once you re-frame the things you take too seriously, they become like a game where you are mainly doing it for the fun of getting better at something. …And honestly no one else really notices or cares what you succeed or fail at.


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

That I’m sorry I forgot your first name even though I know we talked that time.


10) Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The best teachers in the Bay Area… I know – I tried over 30 studios when I moved here from LA! And an ego-free studio where everyone can truly feel comfortable and welcome to practice at their own level.

Why Kids?

The benefits of kids yoga at Marin Power Yoga are many, but a few of the top ones are:

•Improve their body awareness

•Improved stress management

•Builds focus and concentration

•Increased confidence and self-esteem

•Improved coordination and flexibility

Thursday at 4:30pm

Saturday at 9:30am

Sunday at 9:30am

Kids Drop-in is $15

Monthly unlimited is $50

If parent is a Member monthly unlimited is discounted to $45. Talk to amy@marinpoweryoga.com to get that deal!

We always have adult classes at the same time!

The Shop – Check It Out!

Chaser Brand Rainbow Pullover sweater. Get it while it’s still available! 🌈 Nance teaches yoga, TRX, Kick-Boxing and BootCamp at Marin Power Yoga! Our shop is located 2 blocks from the studio at 611 San Anselmo Ave. – Check it out!

Member of the Week: Clarisse Lula


1. What is your full name?  

Clarisse Valerie Lula

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I liked being in the woods around my house, building forts, searching out frogs, skipping rocks on the stream with my dad. It was a whole other world for me!  I also built little towns, mostly farming communities made of twigs, branches and stones, around the base of the tree next to the tennis court my father played at with his friends.  And I rode horses. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

Nothing really. That sounds pathetic and I wish there were jobs back then but there weren’t in my town. After high school I went back to my hometown in western Pennsylvania and worked in a small bridal shop for all of one day. I was bored to tears. Then I worked for Fed Ex for a couple months. I was covered in black and blue from loading boxes onto their trucks. 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

???

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

There are two significant trips I made, and many others because I got to travel around the world for the work I did.  But I’ll just describe these two. 

First, I followed the path of the conquering Ottoman empire from Istanbul to Romania. My parents came from Romania as a part of the diplomatic legation to the US. They became political refuges when the Communists consolidated power in Romania after Yalta. Anyway, in Romania I met my maternal grandmother and my aunt, as well as a number of cousins. This was before the fall of Communism so it was scary, mostly because I was afraid of what would happen to them for having me around. There were spies everywhere. From Bucharest in Romania I went to Budapest in Hungary and then up the Danube to Vienna. It was the first time in my life that I truly felt happy and free. 

On the second trip I went trekking in Nepal for 6 weeks by myself.  The last camp I slept in on the way to Everest was at 16K feet and the next day I hiked up to 19K feet. It’s the only time I took meds for altitude sickness and I wouldn’t do it again. I loved the trip because I felt empowered by it. I also spent several weeks in the Tushita Monastery above McLeod Ganj in the Indian Himalayas where the Dalí Lama lives. I was there the year he won the Nobel Peace Prize and I was perched in a small meditation hut with a balcony overlooking the town in the distance and heard all the preparations for his return including the Tibetans dancing and singing. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband is very funny and he frequently makes me laugh.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I have had a significant meditation practice since the late 80’s with some great teachers and have done easily over 30 retreats of a week to a month long. Recently a colleague who is a psychiatrist asked me how I overcame some very significant difficulties in my childhood. She thought it was psychotherapy and that did help but the truth is it was my meditation practice that transformed my life. 

Another accomplishment that my husband urged me to include is that in my 40s I switched careers from being an economist to become a psychotherapist. I always loved psychology and started reading it in my teens. As a social scientist my path started in understanding the outside world and then evolved to the inner world. 

I’ve been a psychotherapist for 19 years now.  I’ve helped many people change their lives, individuals and couples. I now practice an experiential therapy called AEDP which brings the body into play and leverages advances in neuroscience into the psychological realm. But I also have a traditional psychodynamic and relational psychoanalytic framework. 

Before that I was an economist and my proudest accomplishment in that part of my career was co-founding an environmental consulting firm and leading a team of brilliant professors to design a new type of transportation and urban planning model which was selected by the FHWA and EPA over competitors from all over the world. That model I’m proud to say led to the transformation of transportation planning from an engineering to a household activities-based model.

I’m also proud of practicing yoga for over 30 years and doing it at a level where most younger people don’t realize I’m not as young as them. I’m also proud of finding a way to accommodate my injuries and still be able to practice yoga. Actually I’m delirious about this! And I feel good about accepting that I can only do what I can at this point in my life. But I am still very strong!

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

I worried way too much. Most things in my life worked out. I’d go for what I wanted sooner that I did. 

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

I’ve helped a lot of people as a psychotherapist and I’d like to be remembered for that. When I think of them they brings tears to my eyes. The compassion I’ve had with them and the ability to help them make sense of their lives has transformed people.

When I was 28 I laid out a vision for my life which had 6 things I wanted to do including research and writing, publishing, teaching, owning a business, consulting in finance, strategy and economics, and doing nothing. I have accomplished all of these things. I have one last thing I want to do that isn’t on that list but it’ll be done, too. 

10. Why I practice at MPY…

There are a lot of reasons I practice a MPY. It’s very convenient in that there are a lot of classes to choose from and the cost is more than fair. The style of yoga suits me in that it’s strenuous enough and moves along, it reminds me of ashtanga which I practiced for a long time. The length of the class at an hour class adds to its convenience.  The teaching philosophy really emphasizes that each of us should go at our own pace, rest if need be.  Overall it doesn’t set up a competitive atmosphere for me. But the very best thing about MPY are your teachers!  There are some folks that I’m really drawn to and most yogis know that it’s the teacher that keeps you coming back. 

Marin Power Yoga makes me feel strong and grounded at 65. I really love the teachers I’ve connected with. And most of them have been so supportive of the injuries I’ve sustained in over 30 years of yoga practice. I never feel embarrassed that I can’t do what younger people are doing!  That’s a real blessing. Thank you!

Kids Yoga with Kelsey

Kids yoga with Kelsey! 🙏🏼

Thursday 4:30pm

Saturday 9:30am

Sunday 9:30am

We always have adult classes at the same time! Your kids will learn yoga, meditation and mindfulness all while having fun with other kids!!!