Member of the Week: Vanessa Mitchell

  1. What is your full name? 

Vanessa Rose Mitchell

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Swimming was one of my favorite things to do as a child. I remember when I was little, “secretly” wearing my swimsuit under my clothes on the weekends in the hopes that we would end up somewhere with a pool. Whenever we did get to go swimming, I was always the last one out of the water.

3. What job did you have in high school?

In high school, my love of swimming translated into a job as a lifeguard and teaching swim lessons.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Oh geez…. One time, I was so tired when I got dressed in the morning that I put my yoga pants on inside out and wore them like that all day. I didn’t notice until I got to yoga class. Luckily, inside out yoga pants aren’t that noticeable right?

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

I absolutely love to travel and hope to someday see the whole world. I’ve been fortunate to have found the best adventure buddy in my amazing husband Michael and we have been to some pretty awe-inspiring places around the world. When we first started dating, we used to talk about the places we wanted to see and Italy was always at the top of my list. That was the first country we travelled to together and stepping off of the train station in Venice, Italy is one of my favorite memories.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

It’s a tie between my brother and two of my very best friends in the world, Kate and Giana. They can all make me laugh so hard that my cheeks hurt from smiling.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

A few years ago, I summited Mount Shasta and the year after that, I ran a marathon. I am really proud of those two accomplishments because both challenged my body physically to a level that I didn’t know I was capable of. I learned that with hard work, my body really is capable of whatever I challenge it to do. I am also in graduate school right now at Dominican University getting my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I worked really hard to get into this program and I am super proud to be pursuing a career I am passionate about.

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

“When you talk about yourself, or to yourself, try to picture yourself talking to your daughter or your friend. Because you would tell her she is beautiful and you wouldn’t be lying. Because she is. And so are you.” – Amy Poehler

Over the past few years, I have been on a journey learning to be proud of my body and to embrace who I am. I’ve learned a lot about the body positive movement and I love that there is a shift happening right now encouraging women to be proud of who they are at any size. So many conversations I have been a part of with women throughout my life have centered around weight loss, diets, or what we wished our bodies looked like. I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self to embrace who I am and stop speaking negatively about my body.  

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

One of the best compliments I’ve ever received was when I was told I was “inspiring.” I hope to inspire people around me by working hard, staying grateful, and radiating kindness and positivity. Mostly, I just hope when people remember me, it’s with a smile.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I started practicing at MPY a little over a year ago because I needed some balance and stress relief from school. I quickly fell in love with this community’s “come as you are” motto. Everyone at MPY, from instructors to students, are friendly, kind, and nonjudgmental. I love that in every class I’ve done, whether yoga or TRX, the teachers cater to all skill levels.

THANK YOU to all of the teachers at MPY for always greeting me with a smile and making me feel welcome!

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