Sharon Gannon at Marin Power Yoga Tuesday October 21st 2014 at 7:30pm

Sharon Gannon is coming to Marin Power Yoga Tuesday October 21st 2014 at 7:30pm. Wait did you hear what I just said??? She is coming to speak and sign copies of her new cookbook “Simple Recipes For Joy.” This is a FREE Event and we will have copies of the book for you to buy if you want a copy! RSVP here!

Animal Rights and Vegan living is part of Sharon’s core message in life! This book provides you with a great mix of simple to exotic vegan dishes that will empower you to minimize your impact on our planet and maximize your kindness to the entire world while eating delicious healthy food!!!  Think about the impact of starting with one meal a week??? Clear your calendars and bring an open mind and heart!!!

“She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development.”

We (hopefully Wendy Rodgers) are making recipes from the book and will be serving them at the Talk!

Want to know more about Shannon Gannon? Check out these links!!!

http://www.simplerecipesforjoy.com/sharon-gannon/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jivamukti_Yoga

http://www.simplerecipesforjoy.com/book-tour/

You can buy the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Recipes-Joy-Delicious-Vegan/dp/1583335595/

 

Simple Recipes For Joy

Body Fit 360 comes to Marin Power Yoga

Who’s ready to dance, tone, and stretch with Grace Yu? BodyFIT 360 starts Tuesday October 14th and will be every Tu/Th 9:30am in the Treehouse room! Here’s a video clip to give you a preview of what to expect. Grace had the privilege of choreographing for Michelle Dozois when she lived in LA last year and she is super excited to share this awesome barefoot cardio and dance conditioning workout with MPY!!! Join her and try something new!!! (This post borrowed and edited from a FaceBook Post).

Search Inside Your Self San Anselmo – October 11, 2014

Free Introduction to Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence Training based on the national bestseller “Search Inside Yourself”

Marin Power Yoga is proud to offer this world-renowned “Search Inside Yourself” training to our community for free.  Join us on Saturday October 11, 2014 from 11am – 5pm for a fun, engaging event filled with self discovery, community and learning!  No prior knowledge or experience with meditation, mindfulness or neuroscience required.  This is an introductory class and appropriate for all ages.
Please register in advance online since space is limited.

The Program
Search Inside YourselfThis program is a “mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training steeped in science” and follows the curriculum developed by international bestselling author Chade-Meng Tan.  Based on the latest in neuroscience research, this program offers attention and mindfulness training that build the core emotional intelligence skills needed for peak performance and effective leadership. This program is typically offered to employees of Fortune 500 companies as part of their employee development and leadership initiatives.

The Curriculum

The Search Inside Yourself curriculum focuses on three primary areas:

  • Neuroscience
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Intelligence

Search Inside Yourself delivers highly practical and scientifically-proven methods of mental conditioning and attention training that improve overall emotional intelligence and well-being, resilience, creativity, communication, productivity and personal and organizational leadership.

Through this program you can expect the following:

  • Enhance mental fitness and clarity
  • Develop agile and adaptive mindsets
  • Reduce stress responses
  • Increase resilience
  • Enhance creativity
  • Develop greater self-awareness
  • Enhance emotion regulation and mastery
  • Develop better communication skills
  • Develop better decision-making skills
  • Increase engagement
  • Develop greater emotional intelligence
  • Experience greater overall wellbeing
Training offered by
Oli Mittermaier is CEO & Cofounder of Marin-based Experiential Leadership Initiative (exli.org) – an organization that offers mindfulness, emotional intelligence and leadership programs to individuals, companies and non-profits.  He is a teacher-in-training with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and is offering this free event in partnership with Marin Power Yoga.

West African Dance with Wendy Wilkinson at Marin Power Yoga in San Anselmo Wednesday and Friday Mornings!

African Funk Dance starts with Wendy Wilkinson this Wednesday October 8th, 2014, and continues forward on Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30-11:30am at Marin Power Yoga.

A mix of Traditional West African, Urban Contemporary, & Old School Funk. “Come get your Groove on!”

Get your body moving, create joy within your body and burn a hell of a lot of calories!!!

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi

Rumi Quote JoyMarin Power Yoga is located at 141 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo CA. 94960

 

Meditation Coming To Marin Power Yoga – September 22nd!

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir 

We are launching our first Meditation and Mindfulness program at Marin Power Yoga! Monday September 22, 2014! 7:15 pm at MPY!

Teo and Oli led our “Values” program in the Fall and they are back to launch our Dharma Talks and Group Meditation! To find out more about this dynamic duo check out http://exli.org – they are incredible!

Why now? Because autumn is a time of change. It takes a lot of hard work to change your body. It takes a lot of letting go to expand your mind. Yes, you can read books and sit on your floor and meditate at home. Yes, you should! But you should also connect with a group of people, SHARE a thought, get tips for meditating and PRACTICE.  I am always reminded of how strong we are together. What we accomplish as a group, is possible for everyone…Let’s Do This!

This is included with your membership or a regular Drop-In.

John Muir Quote

Marin Power Yoga is located at 141 Tunstead Ave. San Anselmo California 94960

Clean Living Series First Meeting September 3rd at 7:15 pm!

MARIN POWER YOGA
SIX WEEK CLEAN LIVING SERIES
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Welcome!!! We are gathering at the studio at 7:15pm on Wednesday September 3rd to dive into planning our Clean Living Series!

It is so exciting to come together on our journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether you are just interested in learning how to eat a less processed diet or you are interested in shedding body fat, you are in the right place. Through eating “clean” and increasing lean muscle, we will feel so amazing and have energy to burn! And we’ll look better, too.

A positive mindset is really so important so I don’t want us to think about what we are taking out of our diets, as much as what swaps we are making and what we are actually adding. I like to call these “swapportunities.” Along our journey you will discover so many simple ways to replace old habits with new exciting choices!

WHAT IS CLEAN EATING?

The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.

Eat five to six times a day:
Three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.

Drink at least two liters of water a day:
Preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic; we’re friends of the environment here!
Get label savvy:
Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.

Avoid processed and refined foods:
This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.

Know thy enemies:
Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.

Shop with a conscience:
Consume humanely raised and local meats.
Choose organic whenever possible
If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities.

Consume healthy fats:
Try to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, every day.

Learn about portion sizes:
Work towards eating within them.

Reduce your carbon footprint:
Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.

Slow down and savor:
Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite!
Take it to go:
Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.

Make it a family affair:
Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own.

Article printed from Clean Eating: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com
URL to article: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/food-health/food-and-health-news/what-is-clean-eating/

EXERCISE

Exercise is the other piece of the puzzle. It’s very important to move every day. These are my recommendations:

Cardio 3x per week (intervals for speed, hills for strength, and one longer slower workout for endurance and mental well being)

Strength Training 2x per week (Building lean muscle is the ultimate fountain of youth. It is suggested that we lose 1-2% of muscle mass per year as we grow older. This can be offset by strength training. See the article from the Mayo Clinic.)

Yoga — as much as you possibly can! Yoga feeds your body and your soul.

THE PLAN

We will break down the six week program in 2 week blocks. For the first block, we will work on getting the basics down and keeping our food pretty simple. As long as you follow the basic tenets of clean eating you should be just fine, but to help those that would like more guidance I am including 5 basic ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snack ideas for in between. As we progress, I will share tons of recipe ideas and ways to make this really fun. I spend tons of time in the kitchen and this is my passion, so I can’t wait to share!

For the first 2 week block, I strongly suggest eliminating alcohol from our diet. The body reads this as sugar and we are trying to break our sugar habit. Alcohol also slows the metabolism and reduces your willpower to resist things we know aren’t good for us. This is a great “swapportunity”…Fill your wine glass with Pelligrino, a splash of cranberry and a lime. It feels kind of the same and you are taking care of yourself. Give it a try!
We begin on Monday September 8th, so spend these next days getting prepared. Clean out your pantry, go grocery shopping and get your family on board. This is going to be a great journey toward our healthiest selves!

Osho Quote

 

Happy Handstands – Saturday August 23rd in San Anselmo

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” Paulo Coelho – Saturday August 23, 2014 from noon to 1pm Happy Handstands!!! Come find joy in going upside down!

This class is included with membership or a regular drop-in! Increase your skills and bring play into your practice!!!

Hanna Riley is in town from Bala Vinyasa Yoga in Naples, Florida. She is an excellent teacher and will share with you the secrets of finding joy in your inversions!!!

Paulo Coelho Quote

Marin Power Yoga Family Pot Luck! Sunday August 24th 1-4pm

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lays down in that grass
and the world is too full to talk about.

Rumi

Sunday August 24th – From 1-4pm we are gathering at the field at Robeson Park in San Anselmo to celebrate Summer!

We are having a Potluck!!!  We are bringing Kombucha, Water! Bring a dish to share! If you last name starts with the letter A-M bring a Side dish. If your last name starts with N-Z bring a Dessert! We will get the grill up and cranking and have Hot Dogs, if you want to grill something else…Bring It!
We will have frisbees, footballs etc. Come fly your kite or just hang out!!! We are not bringing any alcohol, save that for later! This is a family affair! Bring you kids, significant others, besties…dress comfortable and be prepared to HAVE FUN!!!

Stephanie Rumi Quote

Time You Enjoy Wasting Is Not Wasted Time

The focus on productivity and profitability is paramount in corporate culture in America. The emphasis on a high hourly wage combines with this to distort the value of our time. How we “spend” our time is important. Having a hobby is a lost art form. Wasting Time is not celebrated in a society that is lost in a rat race.

How do we break the cycle? How do we claim our families and save our souls? Sometimes we have to waste a little time. We have to dive into our passions and enjoy how we invest our time…whether that is watching the waves roll in or feeling the cool mountain breeze. Let your body and mind relax, you will perform at your highest potential. Some days, I need to sit on a rock and enjoy the view, some days a hike or ride and others days I need to get on my mat and do the work. Wring my body out, work thru physical pains and mental blocks. Every time I get on my mat, I have a chance to begin again. You have that chance every single day.Time Wasted

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin

Acro Play on Wednesday Nights at Marin Power Yoga

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ― Alan Wilson Watts – Find your inner acro yogi tonight (Wednesday Nights 7:15-9:00pm) at Marin Power Yoga!!! Joey, Sean and Jennifer are going to be “Washing” and “Jamming.” Are you ready to Play???

AcroPlay

Stop Playing Small

Rumi Stop Playing Small

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” 
― Rumi

Your time is now. Stop Playing Small. Start Living Fully. Find a way to be of service to yourself. Figure out how to share that success with your friend, neighbor or relative. Rinse, Repeat. You are alive with amazing potential, it takes hard work and a lot of love to realize your potential.

Yoga is not the cure all for everything. But it can be a place where you can let go of the stuff in your head, build strength and flexibility, breathe and find out what your potential really looks like. You will relax, sleep better and in general see how sunny it is outside. Start today.

SoulShine Tour at the Greek!

 

 

We are headed to Berkeley this Saturday to practice yoga with Michael Franti and friends, then dance and sing as 4 Bands play including Michael Franti and Spearhead!!! For complete info check out the website for the tour here: http://www.soulshine.com/

Dance is part of the celebration of life. In many ways yoga is a dance, from the choreography or sequencing to the way the body moves and opens whether it is to the rhythm of your breath or the music. The physical practice of yoga and dance moves energy thru your body, blasting some channels open and healing areas that need it in your head, heart and soul. You want joy? You have to sing! Whether you whisper or roar, singing will elevate your life., filling it with happiness.

“Life is Better with YOU!” Michael Franti singing with Jason Bowman on Guitar and Baron Baptiste teaching at Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area.Michael Franti Quote

Acro Yoga – Wednesday Nights at Marin Power Yoga

In some strange way, this picture says everything you need to know about how the acro yoga program at Marin Power Yoga is progressing!

  1. Note Sean on the right Spotting the move. He is focusing on his hand placement at the wrists to support the Flyer and protect the Base.
  2. Joey is rubbing Jenn’s wrists, this basic Thai Massage improves her blood flow and reduces the risk of injury.
  3. Our guest teacher is actually flying, Joey is assisting. The team works together for your success.
  4. From kids to high school aged teens to old dudes, everyone is encouraged to try Acro Yoga!!! You only need to show up with a positive attitude to find success!
  5. Safety, Learning, Care, Teaching and Fun. That is what happens at Acro Yoga!

For more photos see the full album from this class on Facebook  here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.717031295036252.1073741837.484400724965978&type=1

Acro Yoga  Helen Keller

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

Teen Programming at Marin Power Yoga

Starting June 2, 2014 we have strengthening and lengthening for Teens in June! We have added in 2 amazing classes just for Teens! On Monday at 4:30pm in the Tree House we have Strength Training with Wendy Rodgers. From Light Weights to Interval Training we will build muscle and develop new habits of health! On Wednesdays Claire Bernard is teaching a Teen Power Yoga class in the Tree House at 4:30pm! Teens are always invited into all of our regular classes, we are putting some classes on the schedule that will give the teachers to focus in on their strengths and eliminate weaknesses. We want them to have tools to grow with! Claire Bernard Yoga Teacher Wendy has trained young athletes for everything from football to skate boarding! This is a great opportunity for teens get in touch with their muscles and build some energy for their summer plans! Classes are $20 Drop-In or $70 a month for access to all of our classes! Make your Teen a Member! Wendy Rodgers San Anselmo Yoga Teacher

Claire Bernard Teaches Monday and Friday at 6am

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

― Anaïs Nin

Light up your mornings with Claire! She teaches the 6am on Monday and the 6am on Friday at Marin Power Yoga. Her classes will strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and empower you to lead the life you want!

Claire is in Dancer Pose below. This pose requires power and ease! Her left foot is grounded, creating a strong foundation. Her right knee is drawing in to the centerline of her body, as her right foot reaches to the sky. Note the smile, if you can’t smile during a pose you need to pull back and find the sweet spot where your body can express the joy it feels!!!!

Anais Nin Quote Claire Bernard

Debi Grilo Guest Teaches at Marin Power Yoga Friday June 13 2014

Join Debi Grilo for a power yoga class Baptiste style. Debi will guide you through a flow that will connect you to your legs and core, as your foundation for heart opening backbends that will leave you in love with yourself and your practice. All Levels Welcome!

Debi is an awesome teacher and we are excited to welcome her into our community for Friday The 13th of June! 6-7:30pm – This hour and a half power yoga class will rinse you out completely!!! What better way to get freaky and sweat up a storm? Roll out your mat and flow with us! We are digging deep and rising high together! Connect with your soul, your body and your community!!!
Join Our Event On FaceBook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/578172662301698/
Bio
Debi was first introduced to yoga in 1986 while attending school 1 mile down the road from the Kripalu Yoga Center. Debi enjoyed yoga and continued to practice, but it was not until after completing her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work and working as a psychotherapist that she realized the transformational power of yoga. It was always Debi’s dream to find a way to combine the powerful aspects of the physical practice with the insight and process work of psychotherapy. In 2008, Debi attended her first training with Baron Baptiste and realized that she had found what she was looking for- a powerful asana practice, with authentic sharing, and a global community that is committed to empowerment and service.
As a teacher, Debi has the knowledge and tools to deliver a thoughtful, dynamic asana practice and the insight and intuition to speak to your heart. Debi has an in-depth understanding of yoga and body mechanics that allows her to move seamlessly from teaching a power vinyasa class to a deeply meditative restorative practice, incorporating alignment, therapeutics and personal growth. Debi shares of herself courageously, inspiring others to connect to their spirit, and generate possibility.
Debi Grilo is an E-RYT 500, Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor, and the Director of Teacher Development at Bala Vinyasa Yoga. She began teaching in 1997 and facilitates the BVY 200 and 500 hour Teacher Trainings. Debi credits Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Tias Little, Aadil Pakhivala and David Swenson for inspiring her practice and teaching. Debi is a mentor for The Africa Yoga Project, is on the Certification Panel for the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute,  and a lululemon Ambassador. Debi also works as a consultant in team building, communication, and empowerment.
Debi GriloGuest Teaches at Marin Power Yoga

Guest Teacher at Marin Power Yoga May 29 – 30 – 2014 Kevin McQuillan

Join us next week on Thursday and Friday May 29-30th as Kevin McQuillan joins us for 2 classes. Kevin owns The Costa Rica Peace Retreat with his wife Hali. He is an excellent teacher with a calm strong presence and the intention to improve your day and your life! Get ready to sweat, shake, stretch and lengthen your entire body!

Kevin will teach the 6am and the noon on May 29, 2014 at Marin Power Yoga!

We are still working out class times for Friday…update to follow! kevin mcquillan

Moving Forward! It takes a Team!

What has the first year taught us? It takes a TEAM! Below is an amazing group of people who are committed to bringing great yoga to San Anselmo! We have officially been open a year and every day we get a little bit stronger and a little bit more flexible as a team and as a community. We are finding the connection with ourselves and plugging that right into the headlands as we take our yoga practices and hike, bike, swim and dance our way thru Marin County! From Woodacre to Sacramento to Boston to Washington DC to Naples Florida to New York City, Cleveland and Detroit! We have come together at this point in time to bring you “An Ordinary Love.”  You know what I am talking about?As Coach Nick of B-Ball Breakdown would ask, Are you in???

MPY Staff May 2014

Mother’s Day – Thank You for the Courage and the Strength

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu –

We are celebrating all the Mothers Sunday! MOTHERS: Thank You for the Strength and the Courage!!! Stephanie is teaching the 8am and Wendy W. is teaching the Ubuntu Flow at 9:30AM with Gabe on Drums!

 

Jamie is assisting Stephanie’s 8am and Sean is assisting Wendy W’s 9:30am with Gabe on Drums! We are pumped up for an amazing day!!!

Moms, bring your Kids…Kids bring your Moms!

Lao Tzu Quote

Drumming Class with Gabe Harris Starts Thursday Nights In San Anselmo

Drumming comes to Marin Power Yoga with Gabe Harris. This 6 week series starts this Thursday from 7:15-8:30pm. The price of each class is $20 cash paid directly to Gabe! We will have drums for purchase, but bring a drum if you have one.

You may know Gabe from his drumming at our Ubuntu Flow on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am! He is AMAZING, learn from the best!

Grapes at Honig Winery

We will have fun learning good technique, rhythmic awareness, and traditional rhythms from West Africa on djembe and doun doun drums. Some drums will be available during class and for purchase.

 

“People pretend not to like grapes when the vines are too high for them to reach.” ― Marguerite de Navarre

Nothing To Lose

A person with nothing to lose is dangerous. My gut check is usually, “what is the risk?” Essentially I am asking myself, “can I afford to lose this?” This is a question we should ask ourselves every time we loan our bike or car to a friend. Forget the car, can you afford to lose the friend? Will you still like them when they don’t fix the car they broke the way you would have? Can you afford to not have your car?

In some senses, this is why the government loans us money to get an education or buy a house, it is in society’s interest for you to have something so valuable you will not want to lose it. This shows up in our relationships with each other. We fear losing the relationship so we hold back, not knowing the other person wants us in all of our glory.

What do we have to lose? Trust. When I look at our community I appreciate how much you trust us. When I look at my personal relationships, I see they are all founded upon trust. Especially when I look to my kids Alex and Olivia, I see how much we are trying to create an understanding of trust. We are discussing a fragile relationship, a thin line that we walk on.

When the trust is lost, we have nothing to lose and we become free. We often call this trust, integrity. Our word is backed up by our actions. How we hold ourselves accountable, is what becomes our integrity. It is our professional standard. It is yoga. It is the union between our mind, body and relationships. As we sail thru this world, trust in your relationships and maintain your integrity when it is challenged. I am conscious that my most valuable asset is trust. As we make changes around here, hold us to that standard. Look around at your own life both personal and professional, if the trust is not there, you have nothing to lose…you are free.

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” Paulo Coelho

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Live Out Of Your Imagination

Stephen Covey Quote I,agination

In some senses, Stephen Covey’s quote defines us. This is how we are building Marin Power Yoga. We are constantly re-imagining what will make this place an amazing space to be in. Yes, we draw from the past. Yes, we try and avoid mistakes we have made and do more of what worked. But yes, we are also trying to find something new, something we have always wanted yet never knew how to describe it.

Why forget the past? The successes and failures do not define us. It is not the past that will determine the future, it is simply part of our experience. As you look to the present moment in your life, create your contribution to the world from the depths of your soul. Figure out what you can give and share that with all of us! You are free!!!

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” Stephen Covey

Music Sweet Music

This is a GREAT few weeks with Michael Franti and Spearhead! I am kicking off the festivities with the AWESOME Franti Playlist (posted below) for the 6am Tuesday class I am subbing for Sean. I tested it tonight on the 6pm tonight and played it loud!!! Yes, it rocked!!!

Wednesday night Amy and I are headed to the Do It For The Love fundraiser at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. As the kids say, this is a “Hella” Expensive event. Small show with Michael, BOOM!

June 21st, tix are on sale at the Greek in Berkeley to see Michael Franti and Spearhead, there is a Yoga Class before the show at the Greek. Hell Yes!!! We are taking the kids and spending the afternoon in the East Bay!!!

Michael is an inspiring guy, from his music to touring around the world in bare feet to support kids without shoes. He is a Bay Area native who sings from the heart and will get your feet moving. If you love life, you will stir your soul and DANCE. Are you ready???

michael Franti Playlist

Celebrate Earth – What Are We Working Towards

Bon Tempe John Muir

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” John Muir

What Are We Working Towards?

Some days it feels like we are slowly moving thru a heavy fog. The air is cool and the mist is just thick enough that you don’t want to be in a car. You can see it moving, but you don’t want to move. There is safety in staying exactly where you are.

That feeling of safety is actually dangerous. It quickly becomes complacency and before we know it we are old. Most of us suffer from a rarely diagnosed disease called FOC…Fear Of Change. We prefer to stick with something we know, because the risk of not liking the unknown is not worth it. This always plagues me when I look at the menu for Sol Food. I want to order something different, but I know the chicken sandwich will deliver and if it doesn’t I can always guarantee joy with a generous dousing of their vinegary hot sauce.

What is the risk vs what is the reward? This is a normal question for us to ask ourselves multiple times a day. It should be the basis for most of our decisions! The real question is not about risk however, it is about degrees of joy and uncharted waters.

Sometimes we have to abandon our risk equation and simply focus on experience. Will the experience provide something new in our lives? Do we know the maximum benefit? I know the maximum joy I will experience with a crow pose, do I know the potential joy if I jump back into low plank? What about if I order a salad instead of the chicken sandwich?

We are sailing into uncharted waters at Marin Power Yoga and there is no question in my mind we will be hitting fog so thick the road will disappear. When in doubt we will check our compasses: Does this serve the greater good of the community? Will this create increased health and joy for our members? Are we doing this for the love of it? The answers will keep us on track. It takes a little bit of faith and a lot of courage to walk down the road without knowing what is in front of us. “Some days are better than other days, these days, life is better with you!” M. Franti.

Michael Franti Quote

In True Love – Yoga

“In True Love, You Attain Freedom.” Thich Nhat HanhDana Damara at Marin Power Yoga

From San Francisco to Berkeley to Marin, the yoga available in the Bay Area is off the charts amazing. All you have to do is show up. Get on your mat, do the work, sweat and shake. Your muscles will grow stronger and more flexible. Your mind will take care of itself.

**The above picture was shot of Dana Damara from my old iPhone, looking out at the Pacific Ocean with San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge in the background. She is subbing in for her first class at Marin Power Yoga on Tuesday April 8 at 9:00am. Tap into your love and maybe you will find your freedom.

Injury Recovery With Massage

Let’s face it, we all know that a therapeutic massage just feels darn good, but do you also know that a massage can improve the quality of your life – maybe just making things a little better?  Think about the possibilities of… 
  • Increased flexibility.
  • Reduced chronic pain.
  • Quicker injury recovery.
  • Increased circulation (increased blood flow delivers nutrients & oxygen to muscle tissue & reduces restrictions, which helps muscle function).
  • Deep relaxation & stress reduction; massage stimulates the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers).
  • Stimulation of the lymphatic system (which speeds up the elimination of wastes).
The nerve receptors in our skin are linked to our nervous system. Massaging the skin can stimulate and release chemicals in the brain like serotonin that help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  Massage boosts the immune system, stabilizes blood sugar levels, improves lung function and breath flow.
These physical / direct benefits along with the feeling of being cared for and well treated by your massage therapist can create a genuine feeling of well-being. Massage & yoga go hand in hand as the core work & stretching in yoga can increase your muscle flexibility.  Therefore, the more flexible your muscles are, the less stress they put on your joints, which in the end can lead to less pain.  Continue to commit to yourself and your quality of life!

Oprah Quote Wisdom

Walter and Anthony from Africa Yoga Project teaching at Marin Power Yoga this week!

Walter Africa Yoga Project Teacher

From Nairobi, Kenya to San Anselmo!!!

Walter and Anthony are coming to teach at Marin Power Yoga this week!!!

I am excited about the next week here at MPY. Why? Because we are hosting Walter Mugwe and Anthony Eniem as they visit the Bay Area! I can barely wait to take their classes and experience first hand teachers trained by and with Africa Yoga Project. Walter and Anthony are Baptiste trained and work directly with Paige Elenson teaching at the Shine Center in Nairobi and all over Kenya! From an awesome kids class to power yoga and workshops, we have great programming coming your way! All of these classes are donation based with limited edition clothing from AYP in the retail store for one week!!!

Anthony’s goal for 2014 is to Inspire and Transform lives. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of Anthony’s goal and share this as a community!
See you on your mat!
Jamie

Friday March 14, 2014

9:00 – 10:15am Anthony

Lighting up the studio all the way from Nairobi, AYP is bringing partnership and possibility thru a challenging and invigorating yoga practice!
Sponsored by Lululemon Corte Madera

6:00 – 7:15pm – Anthony and Walter
Friday Night we are celebrating life and creativity with the guys co-teaching a special 75 minute yoga flow.
Sponsored by Magnolia Avenue Salon (Karen Davis)

Sunday March 16, 2014

9:30 – 10:45am – Anthony and Walter Teaching Power Yoga with Live Music from Wade Peterson
We are going to move our feet and lift our spirits. We gather together and create joy thru our practice!!!
Sponsored by Acumen Industrial Hygiene (Spillane Family)

Monday March 17, 2014

9:00 – 10:00am – Anthony and Walter are Teaching the Kids!!! Age 5 and up invited to this “all ages” kids practice! The kids are taking over the main yoga room for a lively class filled with laughter and joy!
(there will be an adult class upstairs in the tree house)
Sponsored by Allison and Sam Black

6:00 – 7:15pm – Anthony and Walter are Teaching Power Yoga Monday night, blowing off steam and detoxing! Join us as we close out the day with a deep practice!
Contact Jamie to Sponsor

Tuesday – March 18th, 2014

6:00 – 7:15am – Walter and Anthony
Rise and Shine with us as we light up the day and fire up our spirits! This is the 6am class you want to be at!!!
Sponsored by Danielle Salk, Zamira Solari and Beth Sasan of Bradley Real Estate

1:30 – 3:30pm – The Power Of Connection – Walter and Anthony are leading a workshop in assisting. Get hands on and dive deep into assists! Do you love a good firm assist in yoga class? Want to learn how to give assists? Improve the assists you give? Learn safe and effect assists!
Contact Jamie To Sponsor

Wednesday – March 19th, 2014

9:00-11:00am – Hand Stands and Hugs – Walter and Anthony teach a special Inversion Yoga Class! You will sweat, flow and fly!!! This will be a full class with a bonus break out into inversions.
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7:15pm – Acro Yoga Workshop with Anthony and Walter! From standing and balancing to flexing and flying, get ready to connect with your mind, body and soul!
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Anthony Africa Yoga Project Teacher

Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Spring-Rainbow

March is here, and we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.  One of my favorite things about March is seeing all the spring blossoms that begin appearing everywhere.  A normal commute along the usual roads, or a regular walking path around the neighborhood, can be brightened by the beautiful colors and flowers all around, if you just take a moment to notice them.  March is always quite a rainy month, but without the rain, we wouldn’t have rainbows coloring the sky.

My most recent Power Yoga playlist is inspired by this changing of seasons from winter to spring.  I searched for songs that I felt expressed beauty, light, and appreciation for something as simple as seeing a rainbow that appears one moment and is gone the next, or seeing the rays of sunlight peeking through thick, gray clouds.

Hope you can take a moment each day and see glimpses of the beautiful world we live in.  Happy Spring!

*****

Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Introduction / Pose Breakdown / Breathwork:

Silence

Sun Salutations A & B:

1) “Beautiful Day,” by U2, 4:08

2) “Under the Sun,” by John De Sohn, 3:13

Standing Work Series:

3) “Ray of Light,” by Madonna, 5:21

4) “Brighter Than the Sun,” by Colbie Caillat, 3:50

5) “Let the Sun Shine,” by Labrinth, 3:00

6) “Go Outside,” by Cults, 3:23

7) “Island in the Sun,” by Weezer, 3:21

8) “Beauty in the World,” by Macy Gray, 3:50

Backbending / Core Work:

9) “It’s a Beautiful Day,” by Boyce Avenue, 3:12

10) “Good Life,” by Tyler Ward, 3:27

Hips / Deep Stretching:

11) “Hello Mr. Sun,” by Joe Brooks, 3:18

12) “Beautiful Day,” by Joshua Radin, 3:32

13) “A Good Day (Morning Song),” by Priscilla Ahn, 3:24

Savasana:

14) “Long Time Sun,” by Girish, 5:24

*****

“How quick and rushing sometimes life can seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.”

~ Graham Swift

Evolution Of Man

Get the Evolution of Man Flyer!

This  event is  being offered by Travis Trotter, Founder and Executive Coach at Trotter Coaching and Consulting and Morgan Gregory, Co-Founder of the WY Leadership Retreat Center.  Travis and Morgan are passionate about finding ways to help men tap into their authentic selves. To create a fulfilling life there needs to be risk.   To accept risk is to be vulnerable.  To be vulnerable is to be courageous. This workshop series is about creating a space where you can step into your courage and create an authentic life.
Have Fun – We will network, discuss rich content, create valuable learning, move our bodies and build a community for men who are ready to dive deep and get real. Take a Stand – We believe that to show your vulnerability is to be courageous. Remove the armor that prevents you from showing up as your most authentic self. Speak Up – We will focus on important topics from the perspective of men as it relates to career, family and self. Push Yourself – We will explore new perspectives to gain greater insight, create fulfillment and make a difference.
Who should attend:  Men who are interested in personal and professional development, improved relationships and having positive impact on others.
Why should you attend: Because you want to be a better version of yourself and be a role model for your community and the next generation of men.
What will you learn:  You will improve your communication skills, emotional intelligence, gain greater insight into yourself and realize your impact on others.
What will we do:  We will have group discussions, learn more about ourselves and others, engage in experiential exercises and connect to our bodies through yoga.
Where: Marin Power Yoga
135 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo, Ca 94960
Date: March 21, 2014
Time: 12:45pm – 6:00pm
Contact: 415-250-1672
$65 in Advance: RSVP by 3/14
$75 at Door: Limited availability
Wear Athletic Attire

Grateful – Our March Challenge!

Grateful

The Gratitude Challenge kicked off this morning! Here are the details!!! 1) Monday – put your name up on the board, commit!!! 2) Become aware of when you are complaining. 3) Create Positive change in your language -Take Action!!! 4) Post up on the Blackboard what you are grateful for. 5) Extend this challenge to your friends and family and neighbors – we are all in this together.

This is our March Challenge to ourselves, to you as our community, to you as our family. What are you Grateful for today? Right Now? We are creating the positive lives we want to live, it starts with a feeling inside and extends to every part of our lives. Let’s Do This!!!