TRX for Strength

Legs and glutes getting toned int TRX class at 9:30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday! Marin Power Yoga also has KettleBell, BootCamp and KickBoxing classes to build your strength!

📷:JennyG.

The Creek is High and we are Open

As long as Town is open, we are open! The creek is high right now, but the water is flowing.

We are prepared, half our flood gates are up, but we are hoping the rain eases into a “gentle atmospheric river.” We are open, all classes running! Check our Facebook page and Instagram for any changes!

Member of the Week: Sandra Foley

1. What is your full name? 
Sandra Johanna Foley

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
When I was a child, I had more than just one favorite activity – I used to drawing, coloring books and listen radio all time, however, I remember that every time we when out with my mom I always grab a book to read and still I doing it, so I love to read.

3. What job did you have in high school?
Well I didn’t work while I was in high school, I don’t remember having a job, maybe because I grow up in Colombia where we don’t have long summer breaks, so I used to spend my break on my grandma’ house helping her with the chores and learning her recipes.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Well I know don’t recall any specific story or memory, but my husband identified that someone else give complements, in front of a third person, I always get my face red and feel a little shy. I am thankful by the complements but I not sure why I feel shy by them.

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
Five year ago, I traveled to South Asia, I was my first trip by myself so I booked a tour to go for three weeks to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and to my great surprise I ended meeting my hubby on that trip, find love and moving to San Anselmo!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
All Disney movies, I can watch them thousand times and always laugh.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
A few, from completed two masters degrees, one in design and other one in adult education at Australia in a language that was not my native language ( Spanish),…

Learned to ride my awesome bike that allow me to get to MPY when I was 34 years old haha completed my first lap to the block during winter while getting my hands were frozen.

But, mainly I am proud of the strong, loving and caring relationship that I have with my family, even when we live in different countries.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do not let fear gain the battle of reaching a goal.

9. What would you like people to remember about you?
I am not sure… I will think my smile, I tend to be a quiet person, but I always like smile to people and seeing they smile back.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
You feel the love and dedication of each of the trainers every time that you cross the door, Jenny, Nance, Grace, Araceli, all the MPY team is wonderful and it is always so reenergize at the end of the class, it feels good, not only on my body, but on my soul too.

Meet Alonna Cox

Teacher highlight of the month starting off today! Happy to spotlight Alonna Cox. You can find Alonna at the studio at all times of day and always with a smile on her face. Read all about her and leave a comment below. ❤️❤️

1. What do you teach at Marin Power Yoga?

A little bit of everything! Weekly I teach power, gentle, yin, and TRX. But I love subbing, so you’ll find me teaching TKO and bootcamp as well.

2. What song always gets you dancing?

Night Moves by Bob Seger. And anything on Paul Simon’s Graceland album. A good dance sesh can cure just about anything.

3. If you could have a coffee date with one person throughout history who would it be and why?

That last question has me thinking about rock n roll. Can it be a rock and roll coffee date? Bring in Jerry Garcia, Tom Petty, John Lennon, Prince, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, ask them about some wild stories and then they all play together! I’d bring my dad along with me. He was the one who gave me my love for classic rock and these songs help us connect and bring my dad so much joy and sparks his memories of “good ole days”.

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

Last year I traveled to Playa Del Carmen with my partner (Lyle) and his family. We soaked up the sun, saw incredible Mayan ruins, went scuba diving, dove in cenotes, ate a lot of tacos and drank margaritas. It was the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. A close second is a backpacking trip I took with my dad in New Mexico back in 2013. It was a 75-mile trek through the Rockies in an area called Philmont. It was a spectacularly beautiful and spiritual trip. We grew so close and he helped me while I helped him. Philmont is my dad’s favorite place in the world. He was able to backpack here with both my brother and me. I am so grateful I got to share in this experience with my dad and we will forever have the memories and pictures.

5. What makes you smile?

I’ve worked with children over the past 6 years and they always bring me so much joy. Their innocence, authenticity, curiosity, excitement, and mischievousness make me remember what life is all about.

6. What are three words that describe you?

Compassionate, adventurous, silly

7. What is one thing on your bucket list?

I love to ski, there are two seasons in my life; ski season, training for ski season. I would love to ski in Japan, South America, the Alps, Canada. Be a worldwide skier!

8. What’s your secret talent?

I’m pretty dexterous and have a “finger” dancing talent. Ask about it next time you see me haha.

9. What’s your favorite quote that resonates with you?

My dad and I always say “Have a blast while you last!” It’s a reminder to enjoy and be in the moment. To not take life too seriously. To remember life is unpredictable and short, so do what you love. Being human is one of the most miraculous things that can happen, and we live in such a beautiful world and we have endless opportunities to really truly live life to the fullest.

Member of the Week: Melissa Werner

1. What is your full name? 
Melissa Sue Werner

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Creating… stories, dance routines, songs.

3. What job did you have in high school?
Waitressing and cooking at our neighborhood pharmacy’s fountain and grill.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 
One of many… I was 8 years old when Wayne’s World came out and my “cool” uncle let me watch it with my older sisters. A few days later, my Dad heard me repeatedly shouting in the backyard (probably with dance moves) “Muka laka hiki, come on ya wanna lei me.” Dad and I had a talk after that, but I continued using words and expressions I didn’t know the meaning of for at least a few more years…

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken? 
This is a hard one. I will say Cinque Terre, Italy. Hiking through gorgeous countryside on the Mediterranean, wine and 3-4 hour dinners was a pretty ideal vacation.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
My kindergarten students.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Moving to California and becoming a teacher.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Things will work out when they are supposed to. Don’t take no for an answer – shift your thinking, be creative and find a different way to figure it out.

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

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 
I leave feeling uplifted, strong and shiny. I love this place – thank you!

Member of the Week: Les Scanlan

  1. What is your full name?  

Les Anthony Scanlan.  It is a good Irish Catholic name!  My last name is Irish, but my ethnic origin is Samoan.  My Samoan name is ‘Tasele’.  It was my grandfather’s name.  It is the name of a knot that is used for a shark’s noose.  Yes, we catch big sharks using a noose!  My last name comes from my great, great Irish grandfather.

     2.  What was your favorite activity as a child?

Both of my parents came from an island smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  My favorite activity as a child was fishing, clamming, picking opi, urchin, mussels, chasing and catching grunion.  I grew up in a beach town during the 60’s and 70’s, just north of Los Angeles.  My playground was (and still is) Mother Ocean. 

     3.  What job did you have in high school?

From 1974 to 1978 I had the following jobs.  Picking strawberries from 5 am until the late in the afternoon.  Flipping hamburgers at McDonalds (the burgers were made of real meat back then).   Gas station attendant when gas was 50 cents a gallon.  Toy department at Sears during Christmas season dressed as Santa Claus.  Landscaping in Malibu during the summer.  I had a few other jobs that I can’t recall.  But I do remember that I had interesting jobs.  Not to mention, the jobs paid much better than the allowance my parents gave me!

     4.  What was your most embarrassing memory?

I don’t know about this one.  Hmmmmmm……so many that I am too embarrassed to write about it.

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

This is impossible to paint a picture with words!  Tahiti in 1995.  I was there for almost 2 months.  I flew to Papeete Tahiti to meet my girlfriend.  She had sailed from Mexico to the Marquises Islands, then to Tahiti.   We  hadn’t seen each other in months.  Back then, there were no cell phones or email.  Just good old fashion love letters.  The anticipation and a tropical paradise……pure bliss.  We were young and both madly in love with each other.  We had an adventure of a lifetime.  I came back with a tattoo!

     6.  What makes you laugh out loud?

My brother and my sisters.  They are pretty damn funny.  In the Polynesia culture, laughter is important.  Because if you can’t laugh at yourself and laugh at others, you would be considered pretty damn grumpy!  My favorite “laugh out loud” movie is Nacho Libre, starring Jack Black.

     7.  What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Besides being able to doing the crow pose!!!   My 10 year old son, Nalu.  Deep, deep, love right there.  Also, when I became a Police Officer in the 1980’s.  I was one of only 6 Samoan police officers in the SF Bay Area.  Kinda of a pioneer, I guess!

     8.  What advice would you give your younger self?

My advice to my younger self:  Gratitude is the attitude.  Cherish Love.  And always respect and thank your parents for advice!   I tell my son these things, but most importantly I try my best to live it.

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

I only hope that I can influence a positive change in someone’s life.  Whether it be a big or a small positive influence.  If someone remembers me for this, then it is a life well lived.

     10.  Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The Ohana.  Ohana means ‘family’ in Hawaiian.  The genuine kindness and love from all of the instructors, is what keeps me coming back.  I tell all of my friends and acquaintances about the greatness of MPY!  Thank you Amy and Jamie.  It’s all about the Aloha Love at MPY.

Member of the Week: Tracy Sands

1. What is your full name?

Tracy Jo Sands

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Daily adventures in the neighborhood with friends

3. What job did you have in high school?

Worked at a kids consignment store in San Anselmo

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Too embarrassing to share 😳

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

Two week spontaneous camping trip to Tetons and Yellowstone and Costa Rica Osa peninsula amazing adventure!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My sister Sam, she is hilarious and when we get going we can’t stop

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My 30+ marriage and my nursing career very rewarding

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

Chores can wait play more when the kids are young

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

Positive attitude loyal fun with a bit of a mischievous mind

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

MPY keeps me coming back by hiring and retaining the best teachers ♥️ I love my 0600 gang of misfits we have fun!!

Rain is for us to grow

The rain is our best friend and our cursed enemy. As soon as it arrives we start panicking, will it ever stop, will it flood, is it cold, dark, dreary. Only if you let it.

According to mythology, rain washes away the past and nourishes future growth. The air is cleaner, the streets, your car. Our reservoirs fill up with water we will drink.

Let the rain cleanse your spirit, even if that means putting away your umbrella and walking in the rain. Clean off all of the failures that have already happened in the start to the year. Re-commit to what you want and need in your life. Be willing to try something new. Start with you.

Member of the Week: Allyson Josephs


1. What is your full name?

Allyson Ames Josephs

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

This one is hard. I passed it and answered the others first. I thought about lying and saying soccer or dance.  But then I considered being truthful.  Sometimes when we share our vulnerabilities it helps others and ourselves heal.  My favorite activity as a child was surviving. And I killed at it.

3. What job did you have in high school?

My first job was at the public library.  To say I worked would be a stretch.  My friend and I would hide under the shelves and take naps. Maybe afterwards put a book or two away.  The Dewey Decimal system really freaked me out.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

How long do you have?  Maybe the time I wiped out in the street in front of the N Judah in SF while it waited for me to get back up.  Or could have been the time I lost my footing in front of Penn Station during rush hour and pulled down the 4’6” girl in front of me to catch myself.  Or could be the time I split my yoga pants during a class and only realized after a friend told me, at the end of class.

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

Two years ago we went back to “live” for the summer in London after having lived there for 5 years starting in 2005.  We went to Paris, Spain and Morocco, as well as the 5 weeks in London.  Could have also been getting engaged in Santorini, Greece after having lived in Madrid for  a year. (brag much?) I LOVE traveling.  Love it!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Sadly anything that would make a 14 year old boy laugh out loud. And my whole family. My daughters are hilarious. If you’re  not funny in my family, you can look for another.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My 3 lovely, amazingly kind daughters

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

It gets better, it’s not your fault and love yourself.  Love yourself as much as you can!

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

Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  I want to be remembered how I made a person feel.  And how I made them laugh.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Not sucking up at all – Grace’s dance class is my happy place.  I have thought about wrapping her in bubble wrap so she doesn’t get hurt so she continues teaching for as long as my body will allow. Which I’m thinking is at least another 13 months.  And of course the sense of community MPY gives.

Thanks Jaime and Amy!  Keep on going please.

Arm Balance and Inversion Series!

Tuesday at 10:30am!!! Four week arm balance and inversion series starts this week in the upstairs yoga room (above fitness room). Vicky is teaching!

Included with your Membership, or a regular drop-in! This is a great way to advance your Yoga practice! Meet new people or bring your friend who is ready to fly!!! Practice with us!

Gentle Yoga Not Easy Yoga

Gentle Yoga will challenge your mind and ease your body into a better place with a mix of slow strength building. Your flexibility will increase everywhere in your life, from your hamstrings to the line at the grocery store. We start by modifying the poses to work with our body today, we want to feel the poses! Grace teaching Gentle Yoga in this picture.

30 Class Challenge Starts Today!

We start the 30 Class Challenge today! Put your name on the board at the studio, add stars every time you do a class. We will have prizes for those who finish by 2/7/19. The only thing better than finishing a challenge is starting one!

There is no cost to the challenge, beyond your sweat and tears!!! If you want new results this year, do something new. Mix new classes into the challenge, double some days and rest others. Explore our evening classes!

Sunday Service – Practice with your community

Sunday Service, power yoga with live music! Wendy teaches this class at 9:30am, it is half sweat fest and half spiritual awakening. The yoga will move your body, building heat internally and in the room, this will bring the sweat. When your body is in movement, your mind is free to dance with the music and clear thru what weighs us down. The combination of physical and mental space will make this your favorite way to start your Sunday. This picture is from this morning with Keenan playing live.

First New Years Resolution for 2019

Power Yoga, make this your first New Years Resolution for 2019! As you plan out your health and fitness goals, consider adding Power Yoga into your plans. The combination of strength and flexibility is the perfect compliment to your goals for growth and change. Three times per week, every week in 2019, Prescription for your Health!

Yoga Joes at TheShop

Yoga Joes! Available at TheShop, kids will play with them for hours, adults will have “almost as much fun” with them. We have 2 different packs, Basic poses and Advanced poses. $24 each set.

TheShop is located at 611 San Anselmo Ave in San Anselmo, California. We are across the street from Dogville and next to Tam Realty and BookSmith.