Member of the Week: Tonya Leitz

1. What is your full name?

Tonya Renea Vigeant Leitz

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Dancing, singing, creating, always making art, playing Native American woman in the woods, talking to my imaginary Indian family, crushing berries and leaves and setting up our home and kitchen. I also liked to ride my bike and pretend I was a bus driver.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was always babysitting but my first real job was at United Colors Of Benetton in Newburyport, Massachusetts. 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I let PEOPLE magazine come to our hippie farm wedding in Vermont and take pictures. We were in the Aug 14th, 1995 issue (Sandra Bullock on the cover) It was a feel good story. The bridal shop in New Hampshire that had my wedding dress burnt to the ground 4 days before our wedding. They found a replacement for me, a woman in California had the same dress and sent it my way. There was a large picture of me in my dress and the headline read in bold ‘UNLUCKY BRIDE’ I still laugh, I’m just glad I didn’t go on the Sally Jesse Raphael show, they did call me. 

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

I drove across the country with two girlfriends in a Honda Civic hatchback. We drove from Boston to California. I was surfing in San Diego when I met up with a friend who invited me to join him on a surf trip to Mexico. I said yes, because I could, so I went. We took a few buses to reach Puerto Escondido where we slept in hammocks on the beach, hung out with the locals, surfed, and met inspiring fellow travelers. I chose this trip as one of my best because at age 20 life was different. I had no fear, I was free, I was finding my way, my place in the world, with nothing holding me back. It was not a vacation it was a true spontaneous adventure. I’m also a beach bum so a small bag, bikini, and sleeping between two palm trees was pretty much a dream.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My family for sure, that’s how we navigate through the world together. I was raised to laugh. Friends and private jokes, I don’t hang out with people who don’t laugh. I like fun people. Life is funny. Laughter is healing and I also embrace the occasional cry laugh when needed. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

If you know me, you already know that it’s being a good Mama to my kids, Sadie and Roman. I was a pregnant lady for halloween in third grade, I waited a long time for them. There is nothing more important to me than being a loving, present, giving, teaching mother. I’m thankful I get to do this life with them. They are my greatest accomplishment and gift.

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

Don’t worry so much, the universe will lead you. Positivity is infectious, and happiness is a choice. Only spend time with people that make you feel good. Be the light that attracts the light. Trust your gut and forgive, smile more. Life is better with a dog. Hold hands and pray. Eat peaches, be happy.

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

That I care, that I’m patient, present, fun loving and invested. I love hard, and I’m loyal. I’m mindful, sensitive, creative and intuitive. I’m an empath. I’m a lover not a fighter. I see you, I hear you, I watch you. I’m an artist. You are my muse. I believe that the good things in life are free, friends and family, cooking, listening to music and spending time together. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I first walked into MPY in May 2013, the studios opening night. My first impression of both Amy and Jamie still remains who they truly are. Jamie with his gentle thoughtful wise words and compassion and Amy with her loving, direct, beautifully honest self, refreshing. What a perfect match. We enjoy biking to practice and love the community vibe. MPY is laid back, honest, nonjudgmental, full of amazing teachers, encouragement, and support. The staff and fellow yogis become your tribe, and the space becomes a second home to replenish together. I’m grateful I GET to do yoga at MPY. Namaste!

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