“All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.” Ranier Maria Rilke
Yes, you can go out on a Tuesday night. Defying the odds, I went out on Tuesday night to the 2nd monthly open mic at Split Rock in Fairfax and heard Laura Seligsohn, Elaine Blakely and Kimi Keating playing guitar and singing, had a Boylan’s root beer and caught up with Devon from Sugar in San Anselmo. The women sang beautifully haunting songs and I was a mix of proud of them for being so brave and happy to witness them in their natural element. When we were “kids” this would have been ordinary, except we would have gone out at 11pm instead of already being home and in bed at 9pm. Why was this an amazing night? The Amazon Effect.
We live at an incredible moment in history, technology is making it possible for us to “live our best lives,” without ever leaving your house, from binge watching streaming shows to uber eating. This is the rat trap. The rat race is on, we have been convinced we will never have enough and we must continue to earn the most money per hour for as many hours a week possible. The trap, is your house. Get Out Of The Trap. Your best life starts the moment you walk to town, take a class with a neighbor or friend, hike up baldy or bike up Tam or bathe in the redwoods or simply read a book at Stinson. The way we defeat the Amazon Effect is we live and play with each other, be more social.
Yoga Teacher Training starts Monday! This is an exciting time of year for us as Wendy, Grace and Araceli share their knowledge and skills and mentor a group of teachers in training. These students will quickly be assisting in classes and you will see them practicing together in the back of the room. This program is designed to create a small and significant shift in your life with a small group of people and an opportunity to create new friendships and know people deeply. I am excited for them and encourage you to check out the application on the front of our website if you are interested in more information and applying.
We are starting our first Evryman grouped by Michael Lipson and Hunter Cressman at MPY on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, providing a unique opportunity for men to gather, meditate, talk and grow together. This starts Monday January 27th as a 6 part series, in the upstairs room on the right side, gathering at 6:45pm and starting promptly at 7pm, ending at 9:30pm. Men doing the work!
I posted a message in our FB group yesterday about driving and parking more carefully, especially in Town. I remind us all that our kids learn how to drive by watching us and that we are all responsible to each other. Our neighbors on the block have children that play in their driveways, please turn around slowly and carefully on Tunstead. Note that there is always another parking space and we will always welcome you to class late. The risks of speeding or parking illegally hurts the whole community actively, please slow down and be an example instead of a warning.
Before I get off my soap box, I encourage you to hug the people you care for, give your mate and/or children more kisses and live the life you want. As Devon and I discussed last night, the future is not promised nor guaranteed for any of us. This beautiful life is supposed to be messy and if you are making mistakes you are doing it right. See on your mat. Love, Jamie
“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.
We did a Sound Journey for Winter Solstice with Gabe and Bodhi on Saturday night, letting go of the heaviness and loss of this year, and intentionally creating our best life. We will do these again in 2020, the magic comes from within, when you these on the schedule, prioritize this energetic shift with us!
Walk San Anselmo & Shop!We have exciting pop-ups at MPY this weekend, Stop Drop and Dance at 6pm on Friday December 20th with Grace and a Winter Solstice Sonic Ceremony and Meditation with Gabe and Bodhi at 7pm on Saturday night! These are amazingly different events that will improve your holidaze and are a great way to torture your family. Have you been to TheShop, walked Town looking at the cute shops and precious items for your friends and family? Whether you get the perfect bag of gummies at Sugar for a stocking stuffer or the cute sweater at Kismet or something magical at Sage and Stone or an amazing hat at Neve and Hawk or yoga pants at TheShop or a gift certificate at any of the fitness places in town…this is the best time of year to enjoy shopping local. The sun literally popped out as I typed that, Right?
The holidays are a brutal experience, they challenge our ability to give gifts, our interest in creating ceremony, the challenges of communicating with our family and of course our relationship with success and failure. As you live thru the next few days, I encourage you to slow down and connect with your people, whether that is over a meal or a drink or a phone call. The experience of connecting with each other is incredibly challenging and the greatest reward. My pro-tip for you to thrive in this is “care more than you think is possible.” Seriously, be very interested in every conversation and encounter you have over the next week and you will have great experiences and learn more about yourself and your people. Yes, some of your people will confirm their crazy factor, some will also surprise you with their depth and brilliance. If this experiment is a failure, take your people for a walk up Baldy and find silence together between gasping for air and burning muscles. Maybe do that either way?
Check out the info below for our annual memberships, if you want info on yoga teacher training look at our website for the application. These are great programs to make 2020 the best year possible, they take your time and financial commitment, the personal growth you get to keep for the rest of your life and everyone in your family benefits from your work.
Have a fabulous weekend and include us in your life more. Love and Peace, Jamie
Our Annual Membership drive starts today and runs thru the end of December! These Memberships can be paid cash or check only at TheShop or directly to Amy and are a great Holiday gift for yourself or family!
Why do we do them? Our end of year cost are high and we run a debt cycle. Annual Memberships are critical to keeping MPY healthy and prepared for 2020. Your support helps us keep Membership reasonable for everyone! Thank you for continuing to show up and grow with us!!!! Things to note, yes that’s a Personal Training session included!
Workshops? Yes, we are bring a new format of Workshops to MPY in 2020. Our theme of the year is Education, we will be focusing on trainings to improve what we do and where we want to grow, from yoga to boxing to strength. These will be paid workshops with tiered pricing for Members and Guests. Annual Members will be complimentary in all workshops! We have no idea what this is worth to you, maybe you do one or maybe all 12? Learn with us, Grow with us!
*Shop TheShop. We have the best selection of fitness clothing in the Bay Area, right here in San Anselmo. We will be open late on Saturday for the Xmas tree lighting event in Town (ummm hello rainstorm?). The lighting happens at 5pm and we will be open at the shop until 7pm!
People. I will not be at the Party on Friday, I’m on Day 3 of the flu and while I think the worst is past, I’m still a sweaty mess. Besides the frustration of this being my 3rd significant illness of the year, I never want to miss a party with you. Usually, we have the holiday party at our house for staff only, this year the team decided they want to celebrate with you also!
I know the struggle to leave your couch/dog/cat, safety of your home and go out on a Friday night and see people. It isn’t easy, but it is worth it. You will see people from class, teachers, friends and family. You will find interesting people to talk with, be inspired in your own life and maybe even feel lighter, more energized. If this is stressful because of late notice (Inga I am looking at you), blame me and the flu and stop in and say hello between your other plans. We have an amazing community, come start the holidaze with us!
Find your strength in being with your friends and family, sharing this life generously. Thanks to Amy for teaching yoga this morning and Jen for teaching BootCamp! We are open Friday – Sunday, at the studio and TheShop. Come Sweat With Us!
I am sharing few of the simple techniques we use at MPY to improve search engine optimization (improve how you show up in search) on December 10th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Indie Alley in Fairfax! There is a $10 cost to attend the event, this supports having future educational events at the alley!
From beginner to advance search engine optimization in 10 minutes a day!
Sunday 1/17/19 – you are invited to a conversation about what is possible at MPY! We will share some of our progress (look under the hood) and ask questions about who we are and where we are going! This is our first All Member Meeting! 7:30pm sharp at the studio!
*Consider this picture, the floodgates are open to the alley, the sun is rising above RFP, the leaves of 2019 are expressing a year unique with it’s own struggles and joys, the space between and the limitless potential of the blue sky. What is possible for us to accomplish together?
Technically, it has been a great week, the kids had less school, Monday afternoon at Drake’s beach (see the photo above), with a reminder on Service and Gratitude for our Veterans. What could make it better? An AMAZING SWEATY weekend.
TONIGHT! Pop-Up Stop Drop and Dance with Grace from 6-7pm at the Studio! SWEAT the week out with an hour of cardio dance! Whether you start late or head home for a shower and dinner, you are also invited to the Papermill in Forest Knolls to hear Stickys, a band loaded with MPY Members such as Eric Schroder and Connor Stock and Julian Kwasneski!!! Join me for a drink and a good time!
Sunday is our 1st All Member Meeting, bring your ideas, complaints and energy to the studio Sunday night at 7:30pm. We will start with a meditation, agree to an agenda and put some of our collective brain power to work. At the worst you will get to hang out with me, at the best we will solve some problems and create some ideas! We are better because you are with us! Below is a photo I took walking thru the Mission last weekend, even if the dream seems unreachable or blocked by a fence, remember it is under construction and can be created into a reality, or maybe simply remembering your dream is enough.
Last but not least, the MPY Shop constantly surprises with what an amazing selection of fitness pants we have. I struggle with the excess and waste of shopping and my own superficial retail therapy finding yet another t-shirt I must have or the pair of pants that look as good as they feel. I struggle with encouraging you to buy more stuff, when we know all we need for happiness is within us or attainable in an hour hike up Baldy. That said, Kelsey and Amy have stocked the shop with super cute things “you have to have.” I think I need to struggle less and go with the flow more!
Come say what’s up in Forest Knolls tonight! See some MPY people (multiple in the band), hear some great music and let’s get a drink together! Come on out tonight and listen to a night of original music, homegrown in the Backyard!
This has been an extraordinary few days here in San Anselmo. I don’t know how we would have made it thru without our First Responders, Town and County Staff, Librarians, Neighbors and You. The quiet darkness of nights without the hum and buzz of electricity was eerily calm, I am between missing the peace and so grateful for all we have. While I can’t wait for this round of elections to be over, I am going to encourage you to consider voting for Kim and Steve for our San Anselmo Town Council and Yes on M to rebuild Memorial Park. We are stronger and healthier when we work together!
We have a few exciting changes that you must know about! 1) You are invited to our first ever All Member Meeting on Sunday 11/17/19. 2) We now offer Personal Training with Jordan Assadi running our program. 3) Our Pilates Mat classes are growing on the schedule.
The idea of an All Member Meeting is long overdue at MPY. Join us on Sunday November 17, at 7:30pm in the big room. The agenda will be co-created in our FaceBook Community Group, please add your agenda ideas there. We will discuss our current status and discuss plans for 2020 and beyond. We will start the evening with a brief ceremony, followed by adoption of process for the meeting. We will end promptly at 9:30pm with a closing ceremony. This is a first attempt, expect changes before, during and after!
Personal Training at MPY with Jordan Assadi is launching today! Our Personal Fitness Room at the back of the studio is loaded with thousands of pounds of weights! From bench and squat racks to dumbbells and a rowing machine, whether you want to lift heavy or develop specific areas of strength or heal a specific injury or simply manage your health, our program is designed around you. If you want to book a session, email email@example.com and get on the schedule! Prices are listed below.
Members: $85 for a 55 minute session. 5 pack for $400. 10 packs available for $750. 20 Pack available for $1,450.
Guests: $100 for a 55 minute session. 5 pack for $475. 10 packs available for $900. 20 Pack available for $1,700.
Groups of 2 can split cost between 2 people. We encourage you to be a Member and attend classes between sessions, whether it is Yin, TRX, BootCamp, TKO, Power or Gentle Yoga or Pilates Mat. This is about you doing the work and experiencing results.
We started our Pilates Mat program 4 years ago as an idea, nothing happened. Maybe the time wasn’t right or more accurately we were focused on different priorities. This year, we committed in to experimenting with class formats and developing our skills. Our Pilates Mat classes are a great way to discover pilates or reignite your passion. We are training additional teachers and planning more Pilates Mat classes for the schedule in January.
This is the season of change, I feel the weather shifting with the winds and the light and I am reminded that I too must continue to evolve and grow. I’m taking a class on Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change (seems like an obvious interest right) and reading What is The What by David Eggers, nourishing my mind to inspire my body to be the healthiest and strongest I can be. I hope you can join us on November 17th and that you take advantage of our new classes and services. Thank you for continuing to support our community and growing with us. Love, Jamie
If the Power is On in San Anselmo Wednesday, we are OPEN! We just got power in a bunch of our homes and we are rumored to stay on. We are turning the schedule back on for Wednesday and planning on seeing you! Currently charging devices and taking showers!
We are bringing it back.. This Saturday! Halloween costume yoga class! We will be combining the 8am and 9:30 class together as one at 9:30. Bring your best looks, a great attitude, and get ready to have a blast! We can’t wait!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Get Involved. Moms Demand Action. We walked thru some horrific stats about gun violence tonight. 90% of the kids killed by gun violence in the world are American. This group is doing grass roots organizing whether that is making a call, visiting a legislator to lobby or marching! Join the local group here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarinMomsDemandAction
There is a full schedule of classes from fitness studios in Town from 9am-5pm in Imagination Park, concluding with Picnic on The Plaza!
San Anselmo Fitness Day Friday August 2, 2019!
This Friday! Look at the incredible day our community is doing together! San Anselmo Avenue is closed between Creekside and Ludwigs, we are getting together to celebrate summer, your health and your community! Walk the town, shop the shops, test ride an electric bike, get a fitness check up and see the antique fire truck. Participants will get coupons to Swirl! The day finishes with the kick-off of Picnic On The Plaza at 5pm with live music!
Bring your family, bring your neighbor!
PS- Araceli and Jenny are leading an Intensive Fitness Training this week, info on the MPY website.