Member of the Week: Anton Koukareko

  1. What is your full name? 

My full name is Anton Evgenyevich Koukareko. Those familiar with Russian language name customs could deduct that my fathers name is Evgeny.

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I used to play soccer a lot after school hours. We played inside the hockey box, every day regardless of weather. There were several street lamps around, so we could stay till late hours or until our angry parents brought us back home. Bicycling was my passion too all the way till I suffered a concussion and broken arm at the age 12. And, of course, I was dancing every day which later became my profession.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was a plumber two summers in high school.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

At my second semester at mechanics-mathematics faculty I failed my algebra exam. Around that time it was my first world dance championship in youth division in Paris, we did well, and I kind of took it too easy in preparations at university.The most embarrassing moment was to tell my grandmother the news. After that I promised myself to be well prepared for anything!

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

Family trip to Nice, France.  My son was at a really fun age to travel and we saw many things in the surrounding area. Including seeing the set-up for Formula One in Monte Carlo, riding the train to Cannes, and exploring Saint Paul de Vence.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Things that my son, Edmund, says and does sometimes.   Also, I like to read Russian antidotes and they make me laugh a lot.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Definitely my biggest accomplishment is my family, I am very proud of my wife and two beautiful children- helping them discover who they are.

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

I would tell myself to learn from the best, challenge myself and never give up.

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

I want them to remember that I am descent human being.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

This is the studio I took my first yoga class at one and a half years ago and I am in love with knowledge, passion, instructions of my teachers, and, to my surprise, I realize how quickly one can improve -I am very grateful to have MPY in my life!

Meet Anton!

I love finding out about our Members of the Week. This week it’s Anton Koukareko! Read all about him and leave him a comment below!

1. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I used to play soccer a lot after school hours. We played inside the hockey box, every day regardless of weather. There were several street lamps around, so we could stay till late hours or until our angry parents brought us back home. Bicycling was my passion too all the way till I suffered a concussion and broken arm at the age 12. And, of course, I was dancing every day which later became my profession.

2. What job did you have in high school?

I was a plumber two summers in high school.

3. What is your most embarrassing memory?

At my second semester at mechanics-mathematics faculty I failed my algebra exam. Around that time it was my first world dance championship in youth division in Paris, we did well, and I kind of took it too easy in preparations at university.The most embarrassing moment was to tell my grandmother the news. After that I promised myself to be well prepared for anything!

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

Family trip to Nice, France. My son was at a really fun age to travel and we saw many things in the surrounding area. Including seeing the set-up for Formula One in Monte Carlo, riding the train to Cannes, and exploring Saint Paul de Vence.

5. What makes you laugh out loud?

Things that my son, Edmund, says and does sometimes. Also, I like to read Russian antidotes and they make me laugh a lot.

6. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Definitely my biggest accomplishment is my family, I am very proud of my wife and two beautiful children- helping them discover who they are.

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

I would tell myself to learn from the best, challenge myself and never give up.

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

I want them to remember that I am descent human being.

9. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

This is the studio I took my first yoga class at one and a half years ago and I am in love with knowledge, passion, instructions of my teachers, and, to my surprise, I realize how quickly onecan improve -I am very grateful to have MPY in my life!

Member of the Week: Christina Amini


1. What is your full name?

Christina Maheen Amini

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing soccer!

3. What job did you have in high school?

I volunteered to make and deliver meals as part of an AIDS meals program.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Wow, this is a tough question. Hmm . . . Did I block it out? Nothing is coming to mind. Maybe I can work on doing more embarrassing things. I’m sure my kids would love that. (Because when we recently went to a Women’s National Team soccer game, I wore a Statue of Liberty hat, and my daughter told me I was embarrassing her.)

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

Last year, I was able to take a sabbatical from work and travelled with my wife and young kids to Paris, Rome, Florence, and Orvieto for almost two months. When things got challenging, we got gelato.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

When my six-year-old daughter notices a pause in conversation and says, “Awkward. Silence.”

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My two children! My marriage!

In terms of work: I am in publishing, and I love making good things with good people. I am proud of the beautiful books and gift products that I’ve made.

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

Protect your light.

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

She could almost do an arm balance. Kidding.

I’d like people to remember the feeling of love.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love the feeling of being in class with such committed teachers and practioners. And then I love the feeling of calm strength that stays with me all day.

Yin yoga

Yin yoga poses stimulate and remove blockages in the myofascial meridians in the body, which in turn balances the body’s internal organs.

📷: Jamie Diger

Member of the Week: Lisa Razon


1. What is your full name?

Lisa Razon

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

The memories that stand out most clearly are of me spending time with the family pets. I used to dress my cats Doogie and Spike up in doll clothing, pushing them around the house in little strollers, much to everyone else’s amusement. Spike even sported glasses for me while I recited lines from whatever book I convinced my parents to buy for me at the school book fair. I remember our black lab, Sadie, when she was a puppy, she chased my brother and I through the backyard and when she finally caught us, she tugged at the hems of our jeans until they were shreds & we all got called inside for dinner.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was fortunate enough to not have to work in high school. My parents were more concerned with me focusing on my education. I’m so thankful for that privilege; high school was challenging enough without balancing a work schedule on top of everything.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I’m doing a lot of healing around shame so, respectfully, I decline to indulge the demons by answering this question.

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

I’m a fan of stay-cations. Maybe it’s because it’s hard to travel with a 120-pound dog that hates the car, or that I thrive on keeping a routine, but who says you can’t travel to other places from the confines of your own home?

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

I’ve got a dark sense of humor. Lately, though, I’ve really been tickled by the doodles of Nathan W. Pyle (a quick Facebook/Google search will inevitably lead you down the rabbit hole of hilarity – I highly encourage you spend some of your screen time here).

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m proud that I’m in a position in my life where I can finally see what it means to love and accept myself for who I am, and to be kinder to myself and the world around me. Undoing all of these unhealthy coping mechanisms I’ve accumulated is hard work and even lot of the time I feel like I’m fumbling around in the dark about it, but I’m proud to have the courage to start this journey.

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

Love your body. It’s the only body you’ve got, and no amount of shame or hatred for it will magically transform it into perfection. Your body is such beautiful tool, and a magnificent gift – cherish it and be kind to it.

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

I hope that people will remember me as being an encouraging, supportive and honest presence in their lives.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I practice at MPY because it’s my lifeline to sanity. The strength and force of the community at MPY inspires me to be open, to be kind, to challenge myself, and learn to “tolerate the consequences of being myself.”

Self defense workshop!

Our first self defense workshop was a hit!

2 more to come!

Saturday June 15th and 22nd (2-3:30 PM)

Next week John will spar with us and go deeper into the self defense techniques. You can sign up thru the MPY App or contact Nance.

Namaste’

Namaste’

“My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”

📷: Jamie Diger

Self Defense For Women Workshop!

This Saturday our self defense for women workshop starts! Free for our members! You can register thru the MPY App or contact me. Regular drop-in for guests!

When: Saturday June 8, June 15. June 22.

Time: 2pm till 3.30pm

If you can’t make it to one of the Saturdays it’s no problem, you sign up for the class you want to attend.

It’s going to be amazing💥🙌🏻💥

Puppies, Prosecco and Power Yoga!

Let’s Mix it Up: Yoga Outside + Prosecco, Puppies and Pacifics Baseball

On Sunday June 30th the MPY team is heading to San Rafael for a unique experience….We’ll be at Albert Park, the home of the San Rafael Pacifics baseball team, teaching a yoga class right on the ball field. We hope you’ll join in! After the class, you can snuggle some puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind and enjoy a glass (or two) of Prosecco with the group before the Pacifics play the Sonoma Stompers. We will not be teaching any classes at MPY on this day, the studio will be closed.

MPY is partnering with the Pacifics to help raise awareness and money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Standard ticket price is $25, but Marin Power Yoga members can purchase a ticket for $15 (kids 4 and under are free) which includes the Yoga, Prosecco (or sparkling water) and the baseball game.

Gates open at 11am, class 11:30-12:30 and first pitch will be at 1pm.

Please email amy@marinpoweryoga.com and let her know how many tickets you would like. To get the special discount price we will make one group purchase. You can then charge the tickets directly to your account. You must confirm by June 23, 2019 to Amy! You can also find our event on FB and and sign up thru the event, click the image below.

We hope you’ll join us for a fun day!

Member of the Week: Sara Rainbolt

1. What is your full name?

Sara Chun Rainbolt

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Dancing! And roller skating. And playing endlessly with my sister.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was a hostess at Chili’s in Cupertino. To this day, I can’t even smell fajitas without having a flashback to those days.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I have them daily. Everything embarrasses me.

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

My honeymoon was pretty epic. After traveling around Italy and France, we ended up in Paris for the final stage of the Tour de France where my sister in law and brother in law met us. We drank rosé all day and watched the cyclists ride around the Champs Elysees – that was 10 years ago!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Everything! I love to laugh. My husband, my son and my dog crack me up. And my best friend. I also love a good dirty joke.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Even though I’m extremely hard on myself, I’m actually proud of the person I’ve become. I’m also proud of the cool, compassionate, sweet dude I’m raising.

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

Travel more. Worry less. It doesn’t really matter what every random person thinks about you, as long as the people you love love you, its enough. And love yourself.

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

I hope I’m remembered for kindness and compassion and maybe my sense of humor. Not for the fact that I can be a little grumpy before having coffee or if it’s raining.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Somehow MPY has found the secret sauce to my perfect workout. The fitness classes are SO challenging. I’m working on doing more yoga (it was my new years resolution) and love practicing at MPY. But my favorite part is the amazing community of students and teachers at MPY. Everyone is NICE and nobody has attitude. I feel so lucky to call these people my friends. It makes working out fun!