Jamie Ginsberg

Well Behaved Women

International Women’s Day!

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Ulrich

We are 85% women, survivors, mothers, sisters, daughters, teachers and students. We are amazing as a group because of you.

The Present is Female and it is AMAZING!

Together We Can Do Anything!!!

Sanitizing!

Yes, you will see more Simple Green around the studio! We have doubled the number of spray bottles to encourage sanitizing and have increased our cleaning shifts to make sure surfaces are cleaned between the morning classes and the afternoon (we still sanitize every night)! The really good news is we are using twice as much soap in the bathrooms, thank you for washing you hands!

.Simple Green.

KILLS 99.9% OF GERMS. Cleans, disinfects, and ELIMINATES ODORS leaving surfaces smelling clean and fresh. SANITIZES non-food contact hard, non-porous kitchen surfaces, bathroom surfaces and floors.

KILLS 99.9% OF GERMS

Cleans, disinfects, and ELIMINATES ODORS leaving surfaces smelling clean and fresh.

CONCENTRATED

MEETS OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN STANDARD FOR HIV, HBV AND HCV.

SANITIZES non-food contact hard, non-porous kitchen surfaces, bathroom surfaces and floors.

Fungicide

Mildewstat

Sanitizer

Virucide*

Virus Update

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy.

The shit has just started to hit the fan and nobody has a clue how bad this virus outbreak is going to be. I watch the news and I don’t know what I should be more afraid of, the upcoming elections, the stock market, depression or COVID-19. I turn off the news and my brain starts planning escape routes as if it is fire season. What can you do?

  1. Wash Your Hands.
  2. Cough into your elbow.
  3. Stay home in you are sick or might be sick.
  4. Get used to Elbow Bumping instead of hugging or handshaking, it’s only weird if you make it weird.
  5. Prepare for flu recovery.

What are we doing at Marin Power Yoga? We use Simple Green to eliminate bacteria and viruses EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. This is our favorite sanitizer and it is effective against the flu and H1N1. We are adding cleaning shifts during the day and continuing to sanitize the floors and bathrooms. The best prevention is to clean your hands and stay home if you are sick. Each of us needs to exercise personal responsibility and self care to protect each other. This is an every day practice.

I understand if you are freaking out, I have had my fair share of rational and irrational thoughts around this. My paranoid evil twin says we are all getting this and need to have electrolytes and soup for the recovery. Be Prepared. I don’t know about the run on toilet paper, that seems crazy to me but after all the zombie series we have binge watched maybe it is crazy that I only have a pocket knife and not a machete? Seriously, be prepared in a way that is right for you.

Something I am excited about, we are launching our online community this month! We will have some of our regular classes available for free on YouTube and SoundCloud. We will be launching a “premium” online program in April that will provide a comprehensive class offering and provide remote access to learning at MPY. We will need your help. We have been working on this all year and we are moving up the launch date to create options for you to practice at home if you have to stay home.
 
If you want a great playlist to enjoy, below is a link to my current Trevor Hall Compendium. He has an incredible voice and this is excellent to cook dinner with a glass of wine or do some yoga or take a drive down the coast.
https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/jamie-trevor-hall-2020/pl.u-m6KorslaD9j

If you skipped everything above, please note that this is when we check up on our neighbors and friends and family. Protect yourself and look out for the people in your life. We are all responsible to and for each other, extraordinary times call for ordinary heroes like you and me to do more. Together, we are Stronger and Healthier!
Love,
Jamie

PS- Nubia is teaching a special pop-up Bhakti Yoga Flow at noon this Friday. Take advantage of these special classes at MPY to inspire your practice and your life! Nubia wrote a book on Mudras (intentional hand formations to create and move energy) last year and this is a great opportunity to pick up a copy and learn something new!

PPS- If you are interested, there is a small excerpt below from my reading on “Business In Ethical Focus.” MPY has always been grounded in ethical decision making, I am inspired this week to see how ethics can play a greater role in our decision making, what obvious decisions can be reconsidered thru an ethical lens?  My program started this week and while I have to implement new habits for time management, the reading is fascinating and engaging. While this program is really interesting to me, Redlands is launching a Teacher Certification and Masters program, right here in San Anselmo. If you are considering a first or second career as a teacher, this might be a great option for you! 

Be willing to succeed

Be Willing To Succeed.

I’m excited to be starting a new adventure this month, the Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership at the new Redlands University Marin Campus located in San Anselmo. As I registered myself into the first classes, reviewing the syllabus and putting dates in my calendar, all of the doubts and limiting beliefs became a harmonizing Barbershop Quartet, in black hats with buttoned up white jackets singing to me, “You’re too old, there’s no point, you’ll still be you….stilllllll beeeee youuuuuu, beeee youuuuu, youuuuuuuuuu.” All of my experience and knowledge and dreams and potential are useless against a few words of doubt in my brain. “Why get a degree in something you already do?” Before the quartet kicks in, I remind myself I want to be better than I was yesterday. It is not enough to recognize the mistakes I am making, I want to understand how to support our team better and have a greater positive effect in our community. Am I alone in this?

I am not the only one who wants to be better tomorrow than I was yesterday, in fact, I see all of you coming to classes at MPY, doing the work to be the best versions of yourselves. Whether it is to heal an injury, improve your strength or flexibility, create more peace or love or simply for physical goals or to be more chill, we are all at MPY for some form of improvement. How does this mesh with “I love you just the way you are,” hello Billy Joel. The changes we do are for ourselves, not to make someone else happy or accept us. You can stay the same and evolve into something better at the same time, I know, mind blowing.

 What does this really mean for MPY and you? Maybe nothing. I’ll be reading books and asking questions, writing papers analyzing methodologies, thinking about process and challenging my assumptions (read at night, classes are on Saturdays). I will need and use every skill I have to execute the plan we have for 2020 and pursue this personal growth. I will also make mistakes, this is nothing new, you have witnessed me make mistakes for the last 6 years. Improvement is a series of mistakes and feedback, I think.

I’ll be at Yin with Kelsey tonight (Thursday) at 7:15pm and looking forward to Mirza’s discussion on Belonging and Connection. I share with you my plans because I want us all to be part of this evolution together, whether that is in class today or in the changes that come, we are better because we show up and do the work, because we try new things and find new ways to fail until we get it right. Whether you want to run a 5K or a marathon or learn a new language or make a better salad (thanks for the vinegars Jeff) or learn how to ride a bike this year, let go of your limiting beliefs and be willing to succeed. You can do this.

Love,
Jamie

Friday I’m in Love

Schedule What Is Important To You.

“Monday you can fall apart
Tuesday Wednesday break my heart
Oh, Thursday doesn’t even start
It’s Friday I’m in love”
Robert Smith

This meme floated around the inter webs reminding me how effective putting events on my calendar has been this year. I’ve been making it to classes I missed last year because I do what’s on my calendar. It really is that simple. I am better than most at “reprioritizing” my schedule, adjusting projects based on need and ability to complete. This makes it easy to skip class and move something up because it is “more important.”

Total nonsense. What could be more important than your health or falling in love? What if putting it on your calendar is the missing sauce? What would you even put on your calendar? Between TKO and TRX and KettleBell Hell and Mat Pilates you will barely have time for Power Yoga and Gentle and Yin! Balance. We tell you about how yoga will strengthen your small muscles in your feet and improve your balance, but does that help with scheduling or cooking dinner? Probably not, but it is worth the risk of trying.

Look thru the schedule, try a new class or a new teacher, challenge yourself to be a better version of yourself this year. Make it easier to be successful by using the supercomputer called your iPhone to put the classes on your schedule. Try a special class we do, like next Thursday night February the 13th at 7:15pm we are doing a special Yin Candlelight class with guest philosopher Mirza Khan from San Domenico sharing wisdom and inspiration. While you are updating your calendar for next week, consider blocking out Friday with “I’m In Love.”

Last but not least, we have a great selection of Tanks at TheShop! We are sweetening your Valentine’s Day plans…Members, Buy any Yoga Pants at the Shop in the next week and get a free MPY Tank! This is limited to Members Only and is good for one tank per Member thru Valentines Day 2020! Yes, your mate or child can buy also and get the deal!!! 

Love,
Jamie

“All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.” Ranier Maria Rilke

Beating The Amazon Effect

“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

“All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.” Ranier Maria Rilke

MLK Day – Equality For All

“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.

"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

Sound Journeys in 2020

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!

Talk A Lot, Listen More

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

Annual Membership

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!

Introverts Unite

Party with us!

*This Friday night, 12/6/2019, starting at 8pm at EV Lounge (500 San Anselmo Avenue) our first community Holiday Party!!! There will be a cash bar which serves wine, bubbly, sparking water etc. 

*Teacher Training! Early bird tuition ends on December 15th! Sign up to get a $400 discount off the regular price. Dates and details can be found here: https://marinpoweryoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Teacher-Training-Application-2020.pdf

*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!

Sweats, Chills and Love,
Jamie

Thanks Giving

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!

1,000 Can Food Drive

Bring in canned food to support the Marin Food Bank thru Thursday of this week! We have set a goal of contributing 1,000 cans to the San Domenico annual Food Drive!

All cans must be dropped off in the Yoga Room or Fitness room by Thursday, November 21st end of day! We can do more together!!!

First All Member Meeting

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?

Better Communication Weekly

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! 

Peace and Love,
Jamie

Stickys in Forest Knoll’s Tonight

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!

Tonight, November 15th, 2019 at 9 PM

Papermill Creek Saloon

1 Castro St, Forest Knolls, CA 94933

Fall In Love Again

Thank You.

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 amy@marinpoweryoga.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