Member of the Week: Inga and Andy Sweet

1. What is your full name? 

Inga and Andy Sweet

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Inga – I grew up in the mid-west and loved being with my neighborhood friends. We rode bikes, played outdoors and in the winter went ice skating afterschool on an outdoor open rink. 

Andy – Anything outside. My fondest memories are of camping with my family.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Inga – I worked in a deli/catering take out and also spent time working for the family orthopedic business. 

Andy – I worked at Let’s Eat in the Cove Shopping Center in Tiburon.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Inga – there are so many…

Andy – The first time someone told me my hair was thinning!

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

Inga – Europe with our three kids a few years ago. It was awesome to see them take in the history, culture and people of new places, navigate the cities, enjoy the food and experience it together.

Andy – What she said. Without a doubt.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Inga – our dog, Riley.

Andy – Inga. Trust me, she is funny.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Inga – Raising our three kids.

Andy – Working hard, which allows me to live and raise my family in Marin County.

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

Inga – slow down, worry less and wear sunscreen. As a pension consultant, I also have to throw in save for retirement.

Andy – don’t let yourself become a Cal football fan.

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

Inga – that I was kind to them.

Andy – that I was a wonderful husband, father and friend.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Inga – The wonderful teachers!

Andy – I have felt very comfortable at MPY since my first yoga practice about two years ago and the teachers keep me coming back. They are awesome.

Benefits of TKO?

High intensity aerobic cardio boxing on bags in an intimate setting designed for 20 students. This class will raise your heart rate, build endurance and fire up your metabolism to keep you burning calories all day long.

Member of the Week: Holly Arnold

1. What is your full name?

Holly Egan Arnold. It used to be Holly Lynn Egan, I changed it when I was married, 18 short years ago.

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I loved playing in the woods. I spent hours and hours climbing trees, hiking, picking berries, picking flowers, playing in the creek. Alone, or with friends, it’s where I felt most free. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

My first job was at LeDuc’s Frozen Custard, washing dishes and slinging frozen custard. I also worked in the kitchen at St. John’s Military Academy. Many of my high school friends also worked at St. Johns, it was a fun high school job, lots of shenanigans… 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Seriously, embarrassing things happen to me every day. If no one is around to see it, it’s like it never happened… Ok, but most recently, I was struggling to understand a custodian in the airport bathroom who was sweetly trying to tell me I had toilet paper stuck to my shoe. I’m glad I took the time to understand what she was trying to tell me. 

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

This year my family took a 2 week vacation with my family on one end and my husband’s on the other. We started in Pittsburgh PA, drove to Niagra Falls, and ended up on Cape Cod. We saw lifelong family friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, celebrated my mom’s 70th birthday, went to my family’s 85th family reunion, rode roller coasters, dragged the kids to see all of our college apartments, ate ice cream, saw Niagra Falls, ate buffalo wings in Buffalo, NY, went to the beach, played mini golf. It was pretty great.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. He gets me. And he’s hilarious. He makes me watch the most ridiculous videos on America’s Funniest Home Videos. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Raising two incredible kids who are turning into big-hearted, hilarious people that I really enjoy spending time with. 

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

Care less about what people think of you, care more about what you think of yourself. It matters much less what other people think if you truly believe in who you are. Also, don’t take things so seriously. 

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

I love this beautiful place where we are lucky enough to live. I’m not super outgoing, but I love the people that I’ve met through yoga, and how the practice has influenced me as a person. I feel like I’m definitely a better person for having discovered this practice. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

When I came to MPY for the first time years ago, I came because I liked the sign (graphic design minor) and I was curious. I did not really think that yoga was for me, but I wanted to give it a try. 4 or 5 years later, I am so much stronger. I am not afraid to try the arm balances, even though I literally fall on my face. I love watching the amazing people on the mats next to me, and I love trying things I didn’t think I was capable of. I treasure the time I carve for myself on Saturdays mornings, and love the community that MPY has become. 

Get Involved!

Change Starts With You.

As we shift in this season of change, there are 4 things you must know are happening at MPY. First, we are doing phone banking today for Moms Demand Action, see the details below, if you want to create common sense gun reform, join us! Second, we added new classes in 2019 from Pilates Mat to Power Sculpt, these are a great way to challenge yourself to learn something new and get different results (or drill into power yoga basics with Wendy on the first Sunday of each month from 11-12 upstairs (today). Third, we are hiring! We are looking for someone to “tighten up the studio.” This position starts at 10 hours a week and can grow, message amy@marinpoweryoga.com your bio to find out more. This is a great way to contribute to your community, shift your life and get paid. Last but not least, TheShop is an amazing resource for fitness clothing, accessories from mats to gloves, help with your membership or our mobile app, holiday shopping and retail therapy! The Shop is located at 611 San Anselmo Avenue, it is a great reason to walk downtown.

Join the fight against gun violence through phone banking. We’ll teach you how at this free event. Today (Sunday) 11:30am-2pm at MPY for a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Phone Banking event. We will be calling North Carolina and patching people into their Senator’s office to ask for Background Checks. Bring your laptop or iPad, phone, headset and a yoga mat or chair to sit on. First-timers welcome! Moms Demand Action! Join the Marin FaceBook Group to get involved in future events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarinMomsDemandAction/

We want to be an important part of your life, a place where you can be yourself and create a healthier and stronger life. We are alive at one of the greatest times in history, we have access to more information than ever before and the power to connect with each other and grow together is in our hands. Create positive routines in your life with us, one day at a time, starting now.

Moms Demand Action Phone Banking

NEXT SUNDAY 10/6 11:30AM-2PM AT MPY:
MARIN MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUNS SENSE PHONE BANKING EVENT
Join the fight against gun violence through phone banking. We’ll teach you how at this event.
We’ll be making out-of-state calls using the Gun Sense Action Network (GSAN) to mobilize people to contact their Senators for background checks and red flag laws.
Driving calls to Senators is crucial right now to let them know America wants them to vote on this life-saving legislation that Mitch McConnell has blocked for over 7 months.

Member of the Week: Tom Mayes

1. What is your full name?  

Thomas Bernard Mayes. But call me Tom. My friends and parent’s friends from school days still call me little Tommy. 

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

No favorite activity. I was always a jock. I was always playing some type of ball game. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked at the Marin Art & Garden Center setting up for weekend weddings and fashion shows.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Wow. There are way too many! Showing up for a costume ice skating party ( I was an elf with green tights and long green elf hat ) and finally noticed that I was the ONLY person in costume.

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

Every vacation is the best ever. As a family, we love going to Sea Ranch up the California coast. We just got back from a truly memorable week – so best vacation in recent memory. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Young Frankenstein, Annie Hall, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, and all of my really funny friends. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Building beautiful houses and gardens for my family over the past 25 years.

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

Definitely start yoga at age 30. Still playing high level sports in my 30’s & 40’s, I thought my body would handle the grind forever…But age definitely caught up. 

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

That I was always inclusive, happy and willing to lend a hand.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

That is 2 questions. 

1. I started practicing yoga as an opportunity to improve my core strength ( I kept throwing my back out from years of back abuse ). Six years later, I love the daily ritual; riding my bike to class to avoid finding a parking spot, doing Gentle Yoga and Yin Yang for the physical routine and results and most importantly for the sheer enjoyment of the peace it brings. It is so nice to truly relax for 1 hour during an otherwise hectic day.

2. Why do I practice at MPY? I feel really lucky to be part of a tight, fun and relaxed community of friends. I’ve never practiced anywhere else – so I can’t compare. But, I can’t imagine that any other studio has so many generous, compassionate and thoughtful teachers who enrich our lives like all of you at our humble retreat on Tunstead Ave. Thank You!!

Member of the Week: Andrea Spencer

1. What is your full name?  

Andrea Spencer

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing outdoors with my sisters and friends.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Teaching ballet.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Dropping my headpiece during a ballet performance.

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

Our honeymoon to Bora Bora.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

When my daughters are silly.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Moving by myself to San Francisco from Germany

Raising our twin daughters.

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

Explore the world and its people.

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

That I was here and my love for the beauty of this world.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Great community, great variety of classes, great teachers!

New class alert! 🚨

Power sculpt! What is it? Power sculpt is a strength-focused practice inspired by a traditional power yoga flow. Start with yoga flows to warm up the body, traditional strength training moves with weights, yoga poses for core stabilization and strength training!

Member of the Week: Diane Amarillas

1. What is your full name?
Diane Amarillas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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