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.
Contact Jamie To Sponsor

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!
Contact Jamie To Sponsor

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!!!

Falling With Grace – Flying

Everybody is working towards something. Some people are focused on earning and saving money, others on eliminating pain or improving their health and some on finding happiness. The road is the same for all of us, where ever you are in your journey, yet our perception of reality is tinted by what we are seeking. We all look out the window and see life happening, how we interpret events is what colors our experience.

It is too simple to point out that one person can describe today as mostly sunny while in the same breath someone else can describe the day as partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Maybe more relevant is how both people perceive the rain. It is easy during a drought year to appreciate the rain, yet do we see it as cleaning the air and washing away the past, creating a fresh start. The rain literally turns our hills green and brings life to the yards we walk, bike and drive by every day. If you want flowers, you want rain!!!

I have a love-hate affair with Pixar movies, they make me laugh and cry in the span of 90 minutes. The loss and separation of our childhood innocence brings tears to my eyes as I long to feel connected and grounded to something permanent. The joy of flight as Buzz Lightyear proclaims “we are falling with grace,” describes how I feel as I attempt something new, knowing I am going to swing and miss a few times before I hit it. The bumps in the road make the journey magical. It is our option to interpret the bumps as opportunities or as blocks slowing our journey. When you hit a bump on a bike, you can either slam into it and damage your wheel, or lift yourself up with all of your energy and catch some air!

I feel happiness every day as a choice. Even as I look over the handle bars of my bike and see bumps in the road, I see opportunity. The choice to dread the potential flat tire, the choice to weave around some bumps and fly over others. Sometimes I shake with frustration as I try to lift one leg in Crow, other times I jump back from Crow to Low Plank with ease. I am not sure if this is Flying or Falling with Grace, but at least I’m Enjoying The Ride…

Enjoy The Ride

 

Investing In Our Team – Not A Dilemma

investing-in-employees

 

Recently we have gone thru a lot of changes at Marin Power Yoga. Teachers have been dropped from the schedule and new teachers added. There are no simple answers when it comes to why we ask someone to leave. The immediate conclusion some people jump to is there must be something wrong with management. I thought about this question long and hard, deciding I was more concerned about the negative effects of staying with what was comfortable then people thinking I was making a mistake. There is something wrong with management that does not make hard decisions because of fear of the outcome. There is something very right about making a decision for your team and your community and acting from a place of compassion.

I love the cartoon above, it speaks to fear and how people respond to it. Fear of being left, fear of investing in people and most of all fear of decision making. How do we invest in our yoga teachers? It starts with time. We put our time into their classes and participate in a feedback process with them to keep their classes improving. We are starting to video select classes and review the class with the teachers so they can practice to their own class and evaluate it themselves. We take photos of our teachers to promote their classes and inspire our students. We attend trainings and are bringing talented teachers to work with our teachers and our community thru out the year. Most recently we brought in the very local team of Teo & Oli from EXLI to work with our team on leadership, we drilled into our values, these core values determine how we show up on our mats, with our family and our community.

We are investing time, money and brain power into our teaching team. Why? Because we want to be great. We want our yoga classes to be great. I love what we have built as a foundation and I can see clearly how much potential we have. Reaching that potential is not an accident, it is the result of our intentional action. Our teachers pursue their knowledge relentlessly. They get on their mats regularly and give each other feedback because they truly care about each other and you. It takes a lot of love and dedication to create something like Marin Power Yoga. Our teaching team reflects this behavior working together to help each teacher and each student realize their greatness. This is what Positive Collaboration looks like. This is how we work at MPY. See you on the other side.

Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area (YROBA) is happening Saturday March 15 2014 and we are the Marin Power Yoga Warriors For Change

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”― Anaïs Nin

Anais Nin Picture Quote Risk of staying in Bud

Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area (YROBA) is happening Saturday March 15 2014 and Marin Power Yoga is bringing a team of yogis to San Francisco to practice for the day! Highlights include our AYP teachers, Paige Elenson & Walter Mugwe, Baron Baptiste and a performance by Michael Franti!!!

What do you have to do? Join our team! Registration is $25 and you commit to raising $250 to support YROBA. We are the Marin Power Yoga Warriors For Change!

Join Our Team here: http://yogareachesout.kintera.org/yroba2014/marinpoweryoga#sthash.zrDeNLmZ.dpuf

Why get involved?

On March 15th, 2014 Yoga Reaches Out will host the 2nd Bay Area Yogathon to benefit Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland’s Center For The Vulnerable Child, UCSF Benioff’s Art Therapy Program and Africa Yoga Project. The Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area Yogathon will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA.

Who?

Yogis from all over the Bay Area, including a bunch of our teachers and students. Think of this as a one day bootcamp where you can take a bunch of great classes, play, rest and hear awesome music with a bunch of great people!!! Get your girlfriends together and let’s do this!!!

When?

Now. Register now. Get some friends to contribute $25. Maybe donate yourself. This is why we are Warriors For Change! We organize and are the catalyst for awareness and good. Use the link above so you are on our team, we will stake out an area and represent. There is a rumor that you are one of us.

YROBA - Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area

Partner Yoga Class- Let’s Do This Together! February 15th

Brene Brown Connection

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. ― Brené Brown

Partner Yoga Flow Workshop THIS Saturday!

WHO: YOU!!! And bring someone you feel comfortable doing yoga with, such as a spouse, friend, sibling, parent, child, etc. No yoga or partner experience is necessary – just come with an open mind!

WHAT: A unique, playful, and fun 90-minute Yoga Flow workshop where we will breakdown and explore a series of partner poses that require you to stay connected with someone else from the beginning of class to the end. Unlike Partner-Assisted Yoga or AcroYoga, where only one individual is doing a yoga pose and the other is assisting or supporting, Partner Yoga poses are mutually beneficial. Both individuals will exert equal amounts of strength, control, and support, and at the same time will receive balance, depth, and openness in each pose.

WHEN: This Saturday, February 15th, from 9:30am-11:00am!

WHERE: Marin Power Yoga, of course!

WHY: Partner Yoga brings your practice to a whole different level!!!

· Give someone you care about an opportunity to try out yoga for the first-time, with you by their side the whole time (literally!).

· Learn trust and communication with one another beyond just words, but through connecting, listening, and feeling each other’s movements and breathing.

· Challenge your body and your mind as you play and discover how to find the perfect balance with your partner in each pose. Let go of control and allow yourself to lean on someone else for once. Or perhaps, let go of dependence, and be aware not to lean too much.

· Surrender to a deeper stretch than you would normally be able to achieve on your own – and be prepared, it will feel amazing!

· Most importantly, share a positive and energetic experience that may have you bursting out in laughter one second, then crying the next (just saying…) with someone you care about.

COST: Free for members and $20 drop-in for non-members

Celebrate Love This Friday! Yoga Jam and Artist Reception!!!

Save The Date!!! This Friday – February 7, 2014

Celebrate Love & Art!!!

*Yoga Jam from 6-7pm – Donation based class to raise funds and awareness for Africa Yoga Project! We are turning up the music and setting the flow loose! Hands on Assists and a Friday Night Jam – Yes, The Disco Ball will be on! We want to raise $1,000 for AYP Friday Night – Do It For The Love!

**Artist Reception from 7-9pm with the amazing Cayen Robertson! You have seen her art in the studio and our retail space, now is your chance to meet her and take home a piece that will create peace and passion in your home!!!

***Emah will be in the Treehouse with the kids from 6-7:45pm – She will keep the young ones busy and supervise the older kids!

****This is a family affair, we will not be serving alcohol but we will have delicious pizza from our neighbors over at True North Pizza!

*****Special Guest Vendors!

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/621206894612940/
Cayen Robertson Artist at MPU

This picture is from Cayen Robertson and is called “Green Earth Below.” This will look GREAT in your house!

How can you get involved? Donate to AYP at the event! Buy a shirt, buy some art!!! We are in this together!!!
What else are we up to?

Monday – Friday

6:00 – 7:00 am (Vinyasa)
9:00 – 10:15 am (Vinyasa)
10:45 – 11:45 am Yin ( T & Th) and Gentle Yoga (M & W & F)
12:00 – 1:00 pm (Vinyasa)
4:30 – 5:30 pm (Vinyasa) (Friday is Yin)
6:00 – 7:00 pm (Vinyasa)

Saturday

8:00 – 9:00 am (Vinyasa)
9:30-10:45 am (Rock N Flow)
12:00 -1:00 pm (Vinyasa)
4:30 – 5:30 pm (Basics)

Sunday

8:00 – 9:00 am (Vinyasa)
9:30 – 10:45 am (Ubuntu Flow with Live Music)
12:00 -1:00 pm (Vinyasa)
4:30 – 5:30 pm (Yin)

Courage is the Most Important Virtue

Maya Angelou Picture Quote

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou

If somebody asked you, would you say you act courageously? Have you considered it a virtue before? What the hell is courage?

Courage is what enables you to walk thru the studio doors and find out what our yoga classes are all about. Courage is what gets you up in the morning, whether it is to make the kids lunch or to start your work day. Courage is what let’s you do that presentation in front of your team or simply invite a new friend on Facebook.

Our head works overtime telling us to be careful, proceed slowly and look before leaping. We all dig deep and act from a place of courage every single day, hundreds of times. Sometimes courage is simply stepping outside of the box you have drawn around yourself. Shedding what is known and comfortable. It took me a year to admit I like coconut, o.k really it took 38 years, but then it took a year to actually say out loud “I love coconut covered cup cakes.” It strangely doesn’t sound very courageous, but eating the first bite took years!

Forget the big stuff. Whether it is saving someone’s life out of a burning building or defending your sworn enemies right to freedom of speech, when the time is right you will have the courage to do the right thing. Start practicing now by acknowledging the details in your every day life that are possible because of your courage. Maybe it is letting your 3 year old walk up the stairs without you, attempting crow or hand stand in the middle of the room or trying something new on the menu even though it might not be your favorite. Be willing to be surprised by how strong you really are.

Explore Your Personal Values – Live With Intention!!!

“Mindfulness”, “Emotional Intelligence” and “Social Intelligence” are terms that have gained recent widespread popularity.  Companies like Google, Cisco, and American Express are pouring lots of time and money into programs designed to help employees gain these vital leadership skills.
 EXLI.org founders and leadership trainers Teo Nissen, MD and Oli Mittermaier will provide hands on insight into how these programs work and why they are so effective at creating happy and empowered employees (i.e. people!).  In this 2-hour workshop, participants will:
– Explore their core personal values
– Identify “blockers” that knock them out of alignment with their values
– Cultivate strategies that build resilience and greater empowerment to overcome blockers
Come prepared to interact, explore and learn how to make values a central part of living a wholehearted and engaged life at work and home.
This workshop is from 9:30-11:30am on Saturday February 1st at Marin Power Yoga. It is complimentary for Members and a regular drop-in of $20 for guests. There will be kids yoga club for ages 3-7 in the tree house at the same time! Where comfortable clothes and bring an open mind to the discussion!!!
 
Please contact oli@exli.org for more information.
Successful Leaders Quote
“Successful leaders are not only aware of their values but are consistently able to act in alignment with them.”

Acro Flying Yoga lands at Marin Power Yoga – Thursday Night at 7:15pm

7:15-8:30pm on Thursday nights is now an Acro Flying Yoga club!!! This is a Donation based class with Donations going to Africa Yoga Project.

Come hang out with Sean SilveraJennifer Silvera and Alli Shapiro – no partners needed! This is not an asana based class, in fact it is not a class!!! Are you ready to fly???

  1. Donate what you want.
  2. You can warm up however you want, there is no formal structure.
  3. Connect with people.
  4. Learn Acro.
  5. Have fun.

Any Questions???

Experience Love

Bob Marley - Experience Love

“You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.” Bob Marley

Yoga empowers you to experience Love and Joy, it starts with getting on your mat. As you practice, your body grows stronger and more flexible. Thru the physical practice your mind gets clear and your heart opens.

Discover your potential at Marin Power Yoga in San Anselmo!

Wild Salmon Collard Wraps – Dinner Tonight!

Here is a another great recipe from Kia Sanford!

Wild Salmon Collard Wraps

Serves 2

  • 8-10 ounces wild salmon, cut into 6 even strips (roughly 1/2 thick and 4 inches long)
  • 3 large collard greens
  • 2 nori sheets (each sheet cut into 8 rectangles)
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 large chunk of ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1⁄8 cup brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1.5 tablespoons wheat free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • cilantro leaves for garnish
  • sunflower sprouts for garnish

    To make the Marinade:

    Whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, mustard, and tamari. Stir in minced garlic and ginger. Place the sliced salmon into a bowl and add enough marinade to cover the fish. Marinate for 20-30 minutes

    To Make the Collard Wraps:

    Remove the stalk from the collards to give you 2 separate leaf pieces. Lay them onto your work surface, dark/shiny side down. Place 1-2 nori sheets on the middle of the collard leaf. Place 1 salmon strip onto the nori. Top with some carrots, fennel, cilantro leaves, and sprouts. Drizzle some of the marinade over everything. Roll the collards up (like a sushi roll)

    To Cook:

    Place salmon rolls onto a steamer dish. Steam for approximately 5-6 minutes. Serve alone or with brown rice and lime wedges

Pumpkin Coconut Stew – Great For The Cleanse!

Another great recipe from Kia Sanford to support your Cleanse!

Pumpkin Coconut Stew

Serves 6-8

  • 1 lb pumpkin, butternut squash, or acorn squash, halved, peeled and seeded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 large thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 sticks of lemongrass, outer leaves removed, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • a generous splash or two of olive oil
  • 1 white onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups whole coconut milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 limeRoast the pumpkin at 350°F until flesh is tender.
    In a large soup pot cook the onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent and brown. Add the chili powder, curry powder, lemongrass, ginger, pumpkin flesh, coconut milk, shredded coconut and stock. Stir for a minute to coat and then bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper and season with fresh lime juice, tasting as you go. Serve in bowls OR add it back to the pumpkin shell for a beautiful presentation.

    Top with chili powder, some shredded coconut or cilantro leaves if you like.

Yintegration – This Saturday!

Bonus Yintegration class with Helaine Sheias is replacing this Saturday’s Workshop! This class will be from 9:30-11:00am and is paired with a Kid’s Yoga Class for ages 3-7 in the Tree House! Drop the kids off and get a deep luxurious stretch!!!

If you have taken any of Helaine’s classes you know what you are in for!

Black and Blue Smoothie

Another Smoothie from Kia Sanford:

Black and Blue Smoothie

1/4 cup mixed blueberries & blackberries 1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup plain whole coconut milk
ice and/or water

1 serving high-quality protein powder or smoothie base

Shiitake and Sesame Buckwheat

From Kia Sanford: A great recipe to support your Detox Cleanse!

Sesame and Shiitake Buckwheat
1 cup toasted buckwheat
2 Tbs white or hulled sesame seeds
1 cup dried shiitake or other dried mushrooms* 21/2 cups boiling water plus 1⁄2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbs toasted sesame oil

Place buckwheat, and sesame seeds in pot over medium heat and dry toast for 2 to 3 minutes, or until seeds begin to pop.

*Remove pot from heat and very carefully add boiling salted water and dried shiitake mushrooms.
Place pot back over low heat, bring to simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes turn off heat and leave covered for 10 more minutes. Fluff with fork and drizzle with toasted sesame oil and serve. Or cool and use for salads.

***Exercise extreme caution when adding the boiling water to the hot pot.
Remove the pot from the heat, and add the water quite slowly until all sputtering has stopped.

*You can substitute dried porcini, morel, chanterelle, or any other exotic dried mushroom for the shiitake mushrooms.
Spice options: Add 1 tsp fenugreek, cumin, mustard and/or fennel seeds during toasting process.
Serves 4

Cucumber Mint Salad

Kia passed this simple recipe along to us. There is a link to buy the book below if you are looking for a new cookbook!

Cucumber Mint Lime Salad

from Grub by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry

3 medium cucumbers peeled and thinly sliced 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
coarse sea salt

freshly ground white pepper

In a large bowl combine the cucumbers, lime juice, and mint. With clean hands, toss well for 1 minute. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and white pepper to taste, Toss for an additional minute. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Taste and add more salt and/or pepper if needed.

grub cook book

Releasing Toxins

Detoxification and the New Year go hand in hand, and there are less enjoyable ways than a hands-on session to help release the accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes that accumulate through the year. Massage offers a great cleansing addition to a detox program by assisting in the movement of both the blood and the lymph.

The lymphatic system, along without circulatory system plays a vital role in helping to cleanse our bodies. Gentle stroking and rhythmic rocking techniques assist in the bodies’ passive flow of lymph fluids helping to speed the reduction of lactic acids, uric acids, nitrogenous wastes and free radicals out of the body, allowing for your cleanse to be deeper and more thorough.

By increasing the circulation deep to the joints, in and around the lymph nodes and to the furthest extremities of the body as wastes are carried out, so too are beneficial nutrients carried in. Remember to hit the broth, and plenty of good brown rice before the session and be prepared to replenish after! Spring is coming…

Bill Vrabel Massage Therapist

The Reset Cleanse with Kia Sanford Starts Today!

The 40 Day Yoga Challenge is On! We are starting our cleanse Today!!!

Kia Sanford is kicking off the Cleanse at our meeting tonight. What do you need to know?

This is the link for the General Recommendations for Detox Cleanse. Read the PDF, print it if you want. This document has all the info to support you moving forward with the Cleanse!

Here is the Link to buy supplements for you smoothies. Buying thru Kia gets you a 20% discount! You have to register thru the site, but you will figure it out!!! If you want to order thru the phone, tell them you are working with Kia Sanford so you get the 20% discount! The number is 1-800-654-4432.

If you want supplements and can’t wait for mail order, these are some suggestions from Kia:

  • Metabolic Detox Complete (vanilla is best) by Metabolic Maintenance (#MET32), or PaleoCleanse by Designs for Health (Available at Gathering Thyme)
  • Renewal Greens by Innate (#I40111), or Vitamineral Green by HealthForce (Available at Gathering Thyme)
  • PaleoFiber by Designs for Health (#PAL21), or Triple Fiber by ReNew Life (Available at Gathering Thyme)

What else? Stay Strong! Share recipes with us in our Group on Facebook here.

Martin Luther King Day 2014

“I believe the day will come when all God’s children, from bass black to treble white, will be significant on the Constitution’s keyboard.” Martin Luther King

Every time I see this quote on the monument honoring MLK at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, I feel the power of these simple words. I feel the connection between music, freedom and joy. For a moment, I embrace being one of God’s children. Hoping, even praying that day will come.

It is hard to avoid the overwhelming treble whiteness of the yoga world in America. From our little studio in San Anselmo, to the Yoga Journal Conference or Wanderlust – yoga is very white. Around the world, yoga is being practiced everywhere. From the work Africa Yoga Project is doing in Nairobi to India to Asia, people get on their mat and flow. It doesn’t matter what color you are or where your ancestors came from, all that matters is you show up and try.

Yoga means unity. We all come from the same matter and we all return to matter in the end. We are connected despite the attempts by the media and world leaders to separate us. When we come together and practice, stepping forward into Warrior I, we step forward for all people everywhere. Martin Luther King embodied the spirit of yoga, he lived passionately and fought with his words and ideas, not his fists. When you get on your mat today, dedicate your practice to equality and peace. Dedicate yourself to love.

Martin Luther King Picture Quote

Spiritual Sundays!

Brene Brown on Spirituality

“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.”― Brené Brown

8am with Eric, 9:30am – Live African Percussion and Yoga with Wendy W. Noon vinyasa flow with special guest teacher Stephanie Phelan imported from LA via Oregon and 4:30pm Yin with Helaine! SUndays rock at MPY!