You Are Strong.

OnDemand Mondays are a thing! Seriously, Monday was always the lowest attendance day with most of you forcing yourselves in for one of the last 3 classes of the day if you managed to drag yourself in. OnDemand makes it possible for you to put the time you want to go to class on your calendar and take “whatever class you want.” I suggest starting with a Series like the Mat Pilates which will build your little muscles and is mostly laying down on the ground and squeezing, you can do it and you will be stronger. 

Mindful Fitness.

This. We slowed down a lot over the last 2 years and there are some incredible changes. Our fitness classes are about connecting your mind, body and soul to create internal strength and balance. Move your body intentionally to increase your power. This is the work.


I’m down to a size 34 pants. I could not wear these in May, they are now comfortable, ok, actually loose on me. In January, I was wearing my size 36 pants and they were a little tight. This is not a humble brag, this is a secret revealed.

No Cholesterol.

There are little bits in this aioli or that burrito and it’s ok. I’m really aiming for 10 or less mg of Cholesterol per day. I call this No Cholesterol. It makes me feel better about it, seriously.

“You can’t out train your diet.” Wendy Barney used to say this and I HATED it. I always wanted to eat a Bacon Blue Cheese Burger, Fries and a Shake, on any day. Not any more. I feel better not eating cholesterol. Literally every single day, I feel better. I’ve also dropped 100 points in my cholesterol level an am at a 2.0 ratio and working my way to even. Nerds, this is good.

You Can Do It.

It seemed impossible for me to pass over Mt. Tam from CowGirl Creamery or some Pt. Reyes Blue or some Toma or even the shredded cheddar that got sprinkled everywhere. It was shockingly easy. I feel better eating “mostly vegan.” Feeling good is addictive. So is the power of choice. Am I right?

I want to share with you some of the secrets I’ve discovered, like drinking water, walking and eating foods without cholesterol will change your body and increase your happiness. It is that simple.

I am doing the work. Mindful fitness twice a week, power yoga 4 times a week, yin a few nights a week. I’m committed to getting my steps up and drinking more water, trying every single day to live in the moment. If I can do it, you can do it also.

Practice. Patience. Perseverance. 

PS -The picture above is from our Cacao Ceremony on Friday night at the University of Redlands Marin campus. Save The Date – our next Cacao Ceremony is on Friday October 22, 2021.

PPS- YES, we are doing classes all week at 9am and on the weekends at 9:30am, mix of yoga and fitness classes to mix into your life. One Day At A Time. Get Stronger With Us.

Running To Stand Still

Build With Us.

People. I am breathing deeply, practicing regularly and eating cleanly. I’d love to tell you I feel better than ever and just do x, y and burn a little bit of z and you will be as young and beautiful as I am…but, you already know the truth. We do the work for the love of the work, not the results. And, I have a hairy face?

Seriously, I have the tingle of nerves moving, not butterflies, occasional trepidation, as we walk forward through the late afternoon fog. I remind myself that yoga builds strong ankles, knowing each step forward requires a gentle balancing of the weight of my body across each foot as the risk of moving forward is weighed against sinking into the deep. This is why we practice.

Two years ago Gavin and I hiked along the Mountain Theater and around the radio towers, over the intergalactic space rocks and beyond the hippie swing; we brainstormed the base of what has become MPY OnDemand. Yes, it took us a year longer than planned and while we can not explain what has happened, we have an incredible OnDemand platform to keep you growing and healthy when you want to work out or meditate at home. This is an incredible platform we are continuing to grow and evolve, it was a pre-pandemic luxury that will be a post pandemic necessity. It’s not “done,” and yet I am proud of what we have built over the last year! If you are motivated, buy an annual subscription and help us grow!

This isn’t an accident.

What about In-Person Classes? When will the Studio OPEN? 

I move between the shame of us being closed and the care and attention required to create safe situations for us to grow together in. It’s a rollercoaster every single day. 

We are keeping outdoor options through Halloween as long as the weather cooperates with us. I am hoping for better air quality and monitoring the data on Marin, as long as it is safe to be outside, we are keeping this option available!

More Information coming about In-Person and In-Studio options for September-December this week!!! 

I hate teasers. For Real. We are still working out ideas for the Fall and if you have great ideas, or even crap ideas you need to tell someone, message me! We have solid options OnDemand and reasonable for outside. Bring your thunder!!! What have you got?

If you need to shift your day, put on Running To Stand, by U2 and let the music move you.

Peace and Love,

PS – Women Don’t Owe You Shit. Discuss.

Running To Stand Still by U2.
And so she woke up
Woke up from where she was lyin’ still
Said I gotta do something
About where we’re goin’
Step on a steam train
Step out of the driving rain maybe
Run from the darkness in the night
Singing ooh la, ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day
Sweet the sin, bitter the taste in my mouth
I see seven towers, but I only see one way out
You gotta cry without weeping, talk without speaking
Scream without raising your voice
You know I took the poison, from the poison stream
Then I floated out of here, singing
Ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day
She walks through the streets
With her eyes painted red
Under a black belly of cloud in the rain
In through a doorway
She brings me white golden pearls
Stolen from the sea
She is ragin’, she is ragin’
And the storm blows up in her eyes
She will suffer the needle chill
She’s running to stand still

Sunday Is Your Day

Yoga In The Park with Vicky teaching this morning and Keenan playing live. We are in Creek Park on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-10:30am and we are at The University of Redlands Marin Campus in San Anselmo on Wednesday and Friday from 9-10am outdoors! All information for classes is in the app.

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation.

You Can Do It. 
We are moving through an amazing transition in real time, unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. If you only want the information, our weekly live schedule includes the ability to register for livestreams and in-person classes. You can sign up through our new platform using our Marin Power Yoga mobile app or even directly through the website on the schedule page. We have a Cacao ceremony this Saturday night, August 7th, this is a separate event to register and pay for, you are invited to participate in an amazing group meditation and ceremony, and to mark time with us.

People. I am currently thinking a lot about meta cognition and neurodiversity. Why? Because I am 48 and my brain is different than it was in 1988, I believe this is an opportunity for me, traditionally mis-interpreted by society. Most of us were undiagnosed as kids, or rather misdiagnosed as intelligent because we had skills at reading or remembering or processing information. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve recognized that remembering vaults of information is a basic level of intelligence, mostly a barrier to entry in most fields, designed to eliminate people who aren’t very interested in the subject. Memorization is simply a technical competence, like changing the oil in a car or replacing a hip or even a valve on your heart, this does not take intelligence, it is a skill that can be practiced and attained. Think about that and put it in perspective…memorization is not a sign of intelligence.

Beyond all of my “evidence,” when I was a lawyer, even if I remembered the law perfectly, I’d still research and compare recent case law. Quick as always, lawyers point out their real value is in logic and analysis, memory is just a “basic skill” for doing the job. Whether you hand write or transcribe or type or say outloud, the many techniques to remember things have little to do with our ability to think and create. Please hear me, our ability to memorize information is not a sign of our intelligence.

Why is this so important? I am working with the hypothesis that our brain functionality evolves and if we continue to learn and challenge ourselves to think our brain will grow. 

This has to be said, you are not thinking when you do a crossword puzzle, you are retrieving information from a vault in your head. This is not intelligence, it is a reflection of past intelligence. What am I saying?

It is intimidating and humbling to take on learning something new. It may also be the most important decision of our lives. The changing brain is an incredibly beautiful opportunity to use all of your knowledge and experience to explore a new field and develop unknown potential.

Why is this so important? A vein of Chinese medicine says “use it or lose it,” I believe this is true with our brains. We can all point to a picture on the internet, laugh at some darwinian example of modern humans (I like to use Love Island as an example, but you can pick any reality show for easy low hanging fruit) and know in your heart that your life needs more, this generation is about experiencing rather than witnessing. Lebron and Nike had a campaign “We Are all Witnesses,” to Lebron’s greatness. That was a decade ago. Today, spread your arms wide, put your head back and yell as loud as you can, experience your life and feel how amazing your body is…”We Are All Experiences.”

If you are noticing changes in your brain, I am really interested in what is happening, please message me and tell me about it. I’m looking for examples and want to know what you do and how things go over the next few years. If you can navigate your ego and the finances, I encourage you to challenge yourself to learn new information, beyond the way you’ve studied in the past. If you can participate in structured education, you will accelerate the benefits of challenging your brain to learn. If it is difficult and seems impossible, you are probably on the right path. If you have heard yourself say “it was easier to learn things when I was your age,” or some other similar statement, think about how crazy that actually sounds and reframe it as “I’ve learned so much over the last decade, I am ready to learn anything.” Your Thoughts Are Important.

I’m sending you my strength to try new things, my belief in your abilities and some love to improve your week. This week outdoors yoga is at the University of Redlands Marin Campus in San Anselmo on Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30am or Yoga In The Park at Creek Park from 9-10am on Saturday and Sunday. You are invited to the cacao ceremony, it is an amazing way to soften your life and bring the magic back in. Believe.


PS- You MUST know this. Positive. Constructive. This is what we are doing. Building. Good. Better. Great. You Can Do This. 

The Schedule This Week

We are transitioning this week!! Our LiveStream classes now happen through our Mobile App! That means we have a class every day Live Stream and we have 4 in person classes outside!!! That feels really BIG!!!

We have a new stand alone OnDemand membership…we are going to continue to evolve this as a stand alone $10 a month subscription product, with great series and classes for your home practice.

Yes, this Summer and the next few weeks will be NEW…that is an opportunity for fresh growth and different experiences!

Adding Clarity and Direction!

I got to class early today to set up our video streaming and recording (started late, colors washed out, buzzing in mic…livestream worked, progress)…Geneva Terrace at the University Of Redlands Marin Campus is beautiful. Seriously, I know I am stating the obvious. This is a great place to find your inspiration, motivation and even perspiration.

We are adding services, launching new software and making it easier to get to class and connect into your community.

1) Marin Power Yoga – our mobile software and web access brings you in person classes and access to live streams from class! Daily messages from Araceli and easy access to the schedule.

2) MPY OnDemand is your home studio for yoga and fitness with short classes, tutorials, series and meditations! Coming soon – podcasts for people who only want audio!

3) Sacred Programming. Create magic with us! Next event is August 7th…Cacao Ceremony.

If you have trouble setting up a new account or getting the intro deal, reach out to amy@marinpoweryoga.com for support!

New Software

Our new software from FitDegree launched this week! Our Mobile App, Marin Power Yoga is live in the Apple store and in Google Play. Register for a new account and get access to our intro deal, view the schedule and sign up for LiveStreams or In Person outdoor classes. This will be what we use when the studio opens to book classes inside the studio and for private classes as well as access to our OnDemand classes. Grow With Us!


Starting over? No. We have so much experience and knowledge from the past, we have to use that! This isn’t about opening up the doors, moping the floors and saying we are open. This is about looking at the past carefully and making sure we create intentionally an amazing space in real life and online that is educational and empowering!

We are integrating in new software, today. There are some nice features around connecting to friends and being able to invite them to class (yes, I have already invited Gavin and Amy to classes this week, you know I love this). More practically the software let’s us manage our class schedule and makes it easy for you to register for classes and have a membership.

You’ve changed. I know. Right? We had to increase our prices, we are close to industry standard now and while that may be surprising, we will continue to work with people who reach out needing financial assistance. We created a new online Membership for our people wherever you are in the digital universe, this will include our live streams and OnDemand videos. As we open for hybrid classes, the online videos will remain available for all full memberships!

Another big change is a difference between auto-pay and a one month membership. Your auto-pays help us to have a business, plan classes and staff…your membership is so important to the health of the community we have kept the price lower by $30 per month. Yes, we want you to be auto-pay members!!!

There is more information coming, we are trying to be better communicators and share more information transparently!

First in Person Class Wednesday May 5th at Redlands

First In Person Class.

I got chills up my arms typing the headline above. We are doing our FIRST in-person class Wednesday May 5th, 2021…outdoors on the Redlands Campus. Class will start at 9am. Probably. Araceli is teaching, so when I say class will end at 10am, plan accordingly.

We are doing this for the next 4 weeks as an experiment!

How do you get signed in for class? The App. 

Wait, I am not using the Marin Yoga App? Amy will help you get set-up tonight or Wednesday morning. You can email her at amy@marinpoweryoga.com and get support!

We set up the class for 20 spots and will see how the space fills in. If you can walk or bike to class, please do that. It is an easy way to love living here. 

Will the class be available online? We are trying to record it and upload it on Wednesday mid afternoon. The future is hybrid.

This is a NEW ADVENTURE for us. Please forgive the late notice and any technical issues! 

Why the Redlands Campus? This is an AMAZING resource in San Anselmo and a sacred location where education happens. We want you to know this school is a resource to you and that starts with us collaborating!

These classes are a fundraiser for the Canal Alliance. Right???

I hope to see you Wednesday. We will have weekend classes coming soon, details are still being finalized with Town. If you can’t make it to class or want to donate in a way that is tax deductible, please join our Fundraising Team page and make your contribution here: https://donate.canalalliance.org/team/356484

This is the start of an amazing Spring into Summer. Do this With Us!!!

Yin Residency with Wendy

Love Your Self.

We are kicking off our first Residency of the year with Wendy and Yin at the end of this week. Why? Self-Love People. We are easing into the year with love and devotion for your best teacher, YOU. As the rain alternates between a gentle pitter patter and the wind slamming doors, I feel the cold nip of winter reminding me this is exactly where I am supposed to be, healing and getting better.

Why aren’t we doing a 30 day challenge or a juice cleanse? Because that is so last year. Seriously, you do not need to deprive yourself of bread or meat or rest or wine or force yourself to do chaturangas for 30 days in a row to prove how strong you are. You Are Enough.

I know it doesn’t feel that way. 

Write the next chapter of your life with us; share the soggy trails, epic climbs, burpees, handstands and deep stretches, these are the many paths we are taking to building a healthy community with you.

The Plan

  1. Marin Yoga – Our Mobile Application. This is the new front door to our community. It is free for everyone and provides a complimentary class each day. Our Residency programs will happen on the App in real time each month. This is the secret to your success, we are building positive habits with trackers and communication, we are adding in goal setting this month. 
  2. Marin Power Yoga – Our Paid Portal. This is where our series will be OnDemand along with our full library of classes. We are asking you to be a paid Member for the power of choice, you can do any of our classes any time. You can access this from our mobile app!
  3. Meditation – We are building an incredible meditation program. Why? Because this is the way to mental freedom. You can start with one of our Series, or join in during one of our upcoming Residencies. Aren’t you tired of saying you don’t meditate? 

We have some strange technical issues, like having two different sign-ins for the front end and the back end. Why? Because we are experimenting with technology and living on the edge of what is easy and what is possible. This will get easier and look better this year.

We moved to a private platform because your data is created by the actions you take and it should be yours! If you can’t afford another subscription, we have you covered with an incredible free service, our paid members make this possible!

I’ve been walking the trails looking for clarity and asking myself questions. I know this year is full of potential and we have the opportunity to make huge shifts in our personal and professional lives. Make a series of small consistent steps with us, let’s create this story together. Start with Yin and Wendy, get set-up in the app and ready, more information coming this week.

Peace & Love

PS- Get our new app, sign up as “I Am New” with invite code: thankyou  

Links here:



Our app will help you develop positive habits! Track your health and do yoga, meditation and bootcamp classes with us and improve your life one day at a time. Increase your strength, optimize your health and create happiness in your life with us!

Series Launch

This is INCREDIBLE! People we are transitioning to “The New World,” and I am so excited for it! Check out our SERIES on our portal. You can do these OnDemand, your schedule and our classes! This is the Game Plan for starting 2021, we are going to build these SERIES, each month through our App, they will live on our portal so you can do them when you want. In January, we tied together our SERIES in our coaching platform…we are doing the work to get there, grow with us!!! Where is the portal? https://online.marinpoweryoga.com #marin #yoga #meditation #bootcamp #matpilates

Kick Start Pilates Day 6

Kick Start Your Day and Your Life.

People. This rollercoaster of a year is relentless, kind of like Mat Pilates with Megan. Nothing is really happening and I am shaking on the ground. Right? Why let this year leave you in a puddle on the floor when Megan will do that in the first 5 minutes of class? Mat Pilates is brutally hard.

I used to joke that Pilates was for “old ladies,” it was expensive and exclusive, only accessible to the retired women and dancers. That might have been true, but it is not the truth. The TRUTH is Mat Pilates is so difficult the only people who do it are older women, proven tough by time, the survivors who are so strong it takes the toughest core workout to break them…and now me. Seriously, if you step outside today and listen carefully, underneath the gentle whispering and rustling of leaves and in between the tweeting of birds, you might hear my cries echoing in the canyons “I love Mat Pilates.” Why? Because I feel longer and leaner and it is only Day 6, but this is not why I am writing to you today.

I know the next few weeks are going to be challenging for us all. As you panic about buying presents or not buying presents, please remember, you have so much love inside of you to share…your words or a zoom call or a hug from 10′ away is more than enough. As I read those words, multiple times, I know how challenging it is and how soon I will fail and let the season of “not enough” take over.

So, I am asking you for help. Please join me in supporting the Canal District. Our family is joining in support of the Wood/Breen/Nissen Family efforts to support our neighbors. See the message below and join me in helping. Together, we can do anything.


Support those families hardest hit by COVID-19 in our community! Our family will be collecting the following items until December 20th. Please leave items in the bins in our driveway. Gift cards should be brought to the front porch (Please knock!).

❄️27 San Rafael Ave, San Anselmo❄️

Gift card drive for the holidays
During the holiday season, gift cards provide people with the flexibility and autonomy to make the purchases they need most to support their family’s health, stability, and celebration.

Of particular value are gift cards from Visa or MasterCard, which can be redeemed at most stores. Gift cards for Target or Safeway are also appreciated as these stores are located near the Canal where many families live. Gift cards in increments of $25 up to $100 are most useful.

Canal Alliance is currently seeking donations of certain items that are in high demand in the Canal community. They are currently accepting these items:

❄️ Adult & Child Masks
❄️ Hand Sanitizer
❄️ Diapers & Baby Wipes
❄️ Formula
❄️ Gloves
❄️ Packs of Toilet Paper
❄️ Basic Hygiene Products (Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste)
❄️ Feminine Hygiene Products

Donate school supplies for first-generation, college-bound students
Support students and their educational goals by donating school supplies.

Donate directly on our fundraising page:

Feel free to contact us at (415) 306-3990 or Rebecca.breen@gmail.com with any questions!

The Wood Nissen Breen Family

New Sign

Slowing evolving into our new shape. The sign from the shop is now up at the studio! Each step is strangely significant. This logo started our commitment to meditating more with our goal of spreading love, giving it away to create more. One of the stranger positive outcomes of this year is our meditations! Our meditation series is exactly what you need to transition to 2021!!! Look around at the back end of our portal and you will see our transformation happening in real time over the next few weeks as our Series balance out with our “regular programming.” https://online.marinpoweryoga.com for our OnDemand Portal! Mat Pilates Kick Start launches Friday!!! #marin #sananselmo #yoga #meditation #pilates

Your Turn

Now It’s Your Turn.People. Before I started writing you this morning, I deleted 30 emails trying to sell me stuff. It is almost laughable to try and reach you today, but there is something so important about today, that simply writing you is an act of hope. The last 10 day of Gratitude Practice has been enlightening, challenging and easy, is that even possible? 

I’ve struggled for the last few years with the idea of mentorship, what does it mean and why do you have ask someone to be your mentor, or maybe it is how do you ask someone to be your mentor, or really it is the fear of rejection or is it humbling to ask or why isn’t it clear to me? During this Gratitude Practice, I realized I was thanking all of my chosen teachers, my mentors. This simple word, chosen. ENLIGHTENING People. My struggle with asking for help is too close to asking someone to be my mentor. While someone “mentors you,” they can not say, “Jamie I am your mentor.” The student always chooses the teacher, even as the teacher chooses the lessons. We’ve all made a lot of mistakes in choosing teachers and mentors along the way. Part of my commitment to myself is do more of what is working. In this case, it is thanking my teachers.

Yesterday, in amongst the bills and advertisements to sell and buy, a shiny silver package, sparkling with my name on it arrived in the mail. I laughed, opening the package from Pauline, it is a signed copy of her new book, Pivot change isn’t coming, it’s here. Of course I bought the book when it was released, I wanted to support her launch and in reality we were testing a new idea for how we engage online for MPY that was so radically different, I needed to check in with Pauline and share with her what I was seeing and how we were pivoting in this.

Our 3rd pivot was looking to be so “hard,” was it even possible. Hah! Pauline’s other title is “The Queen of Possibility.”  In her book, she calls this waking up to possibility or “you don’t know what you don’t know,” on the other side of our perceived limitations, is opportunity for growth. In September and October we worked towards our possibility with a little encouragement from her book, we rolled out the beta testing that is evolving with our new platform, we took the first steps towards “The New World.” Thank You Pauline for always listening to what I am trying to do and helping me stay on the path!

Today, I encourage you all to acknowledge one of your Teachers and thank them. We have been posting thank you videos to Teachers in our FB Group for the last 10 days, planting seeds for all of us. Do it on the phone, over FaceTime, on FB in our Group or on Instagram or whisper it or do it like Rocky and yell it out your window (Adriennnnnnee). Share Your Gratitude. When we use our voice or words or creative outlet to thank our teachers, we create a ripple of positive energy in our whole community. Turn that ripple into a wave with us. 


PS: This is your short cut to get started with our new app.
Download it, sign in as “I Am New,” with invite code: thankyou
The Apple Mobile App is Here.

The Android Mobile App is Here

Our app will help you develop positive habits, track your health, do yoga, meditate, do bootcamp and improve your life one day at a time. Increase your strength and flexibility, optimize your health and create happiness in your life with us!

Trailer for our App!

Get our new app, sign up as “I Am New” with invite code: thankyou  

Links here:



Our app will help you develop positive habits! Track your health and do yoga, meditation and bootcamp classes with us and improve your life one day at a time. Increase your strength, optimize your health and create happiness in your life with us!

Thank You Teachers!

Thank You!

I have so much to be thankful for today, from my warm seat in the morning sun that I write to you from, to the brief conversation with my daughter who turns 15 today. This is a practice and each day is more rewarding. 

As I lay under the covers this morning, my left hand dangling in the cool morning breeze, resting gently on Bazzi as she snored. I thought about how much I have struggled to learn, how hard it has been to understand simple concepts and the challenges between technology and my brain and life. At the edge of depression, I leaned over, inhaled slowly and deeply fresh air, and allowed the energy of gratitude to carry me back home. 

I am grateful today for all of the school teachers in our community who are researching safety protocols and learning about exponential growth of air borne viruses while mastering a new digital platform…all of this while caring immensely about our kids and thinking about how they can support the mental, physical and emotional health of their students. It is a lot. 

Thank You Teachers for continuing to learn and inspire us with your pursuit of knowledge and growth. Thank you for adapting the material to how my brain works, for project based learning opportunities and creative presentations. Thank you for staying after class or showing up early to class to explain to me, again in a different way, so that I could find a little bit more of my potential.

I know it is Monday and you have probably deleted 20 junk emails already. If you only close your eyes for a few seconds and picture a teacher in your head and send them your energy, you will have created value from this message. This is a Gratitude Practice because it is messy and each time you do it the benefits grow in unique ways. Practice with us.


PS – Yes, please post a video in our Community Group on FB expressing your Gratitude to your School Teachers! Why? Gratitude magnifies when you give it away!!! 

PPS – Get set-up in our new mobile app:

  1. Go to our Launch Site at https://marinyoga.co
  2. Download the App.
  3. Sign up as “I Am New” with Invite Code: thankyou
  4. Sync your connected device, like Apple Health for the Apple Watch or your Strava or Garmin or FitBit.
  5. Notifications On – You will get a message from Araceli each morning!
  6. Join the Leader Board! We are tracking Steps Weekly!
  7. Create Positive Habits with Us!!!

Growth Starts Inside

Growth Starts Inside.

I am getting a Masters in Science in Organizational Leadership at Redlands University, newly located in San Anselmo, can you imagine a better year to be thinking about how and what we do? We had one class in person before the pandemic kicked in and we went online, the structure of being in a program has progressed my learning intentionally and kept me motivated when my spirit has felt broken. Has the reading and studying helped? Does a bear poop in the woods? We have a new app and potentially a game changing shift for our community because of the learning I have been doing, as the Beastie Boys said, “here’s a little story, I’ve got to tell…”

I’ve struggled for years with coaching, the lines blur too easily with therapy and life coaches never seem to be successful business people but they want to hear about my business. Do I sound like a typical smart ass New Yorker yet? Jaded. Total hater. We covered coaching a few classes ago, over some light reading I sat with my struggle, trying to understand my revulsion…to being helped. Worse than not asking for directions, worse than Monty Python’s Black Knight, was I actively going to fight getting helped or coached? To exacerbate the issue, we got into feedback and praise, what do you mean we only give positive feedback? 

Yes, I struggled with the questions and my resistance. Is there anything wrong with getting help? Would I prefer to “be me” unchanged, or am I going to do the work to “be a better version of me.” Coaching is exclusive, like pilates, only available to the wealthy when it should be available to…those who need it. My experience of studying and experimenting proved to me that we all need coaching and we respond better with positive feedback. I am still struggling to re-train my brain, to look for positive feedback opportunities and not only be coachable but to be coached. Understanding the solution was great, but did we even have a problem?

You think you are alone suffering to do online yoga and fitness? NO. In Business Analytics, I looked at the data and wrestled with the idea of how should we use data and how do measure our ability as an “Analytical Competitor?” People, if you have seen The Social Dilemma, you know my reasons for concern, our identity creates data which is monetized by companies, otherwise described as “they sell our information.” Acknowledging the dislike so many people have for the social networks and lack of psychological trust in sharing publicly, I looked for a way to make our relationship private yet include the benefits of community. Your data is private on our new platform, your activity is not shared and we don’t do notifications to monetize you or your activity. We are using the data to create a stronger connection with each other, we typically call this building community/

Welcome to MPY Online 3.0, right? We started with a learning management system and realized the limitations, we implemented 2.0 on the Vimeo platform and we have a world class live streaming and OnDemand platform for our classes. Our Mobile app is a coaching platform that plugs into Vimeo, this is a new front end or entrance way to our world. There are automatic and manual trackers to “coach” you into positive habits, Araceli sends out a message each day, connecting you in to our energy for the day. There are links on the main page to a class of the day and we will be leading programs to inspire your life through the app. We are making changes every week as we adjust to the times we are living in.

There is some strange stuff (yes, everybody is new to the mobile app, it is a separate account) as we work with technology to integrate multiple platforms and figure out what we are doing. Seriously, we are learning with you, growing into this. We are “creating a new business model,” and figuring this out in realtime. Everybody can get the app and take a daily class with us for FREE. This fulfills our purpose of bringing yoga and meditation to everybody who needs it, while democratizing coaching and making it available as a benefit. People who have paid memberships with our Vimeo portal can do any class and get the power of choice in classes. I know, it’s a lot. We are figuring this out.

I have always shared with you everything that I can about what we are doing at MPY, there is something about the raw honesty in our communications that is awkward, yet completely natural. I want you to know what we are doing and why we are doing it. If you see a better way or have advice for me, send it to me. I am doing the work to be a better Human and Leader, your feedback and ideas are critical to my growth and the success of our community. Thank you for making this leap with us, trying new things and continuing to progress and grow in your body, mind and spirit. 

Knowledge Is Power,

PS – Did you know I have been “mostly vegan” the last 18 months? High cholesterol convinced me to change my eating. If you have questions or need help, I am here for you. I haven’t had a new blood test, my goal is to get to 140 combined, a 70-70 split. Let’s Do This!

PPS – Get set-up in our new mobile app:

  1. Go to our Launch Site at https://marinyoga.co
  2. Download the App.
  3. Sign up as “I Am New” with Invite Code: thankyou
  4. Sync your connected device, like Apple Health for the Apple Watch or your Strava or Garmin or FitBit.
  5. Notifications On – You will get a message from Araceli each morning!
  6. Join the Leader Board! We are tracking Steps Weekly!
  7. Create Positive Habits with Us!!!

Get the new App!!!

Get our NEW mobile app! This is free and a subtle yet HUGE shift for us! Why? We know none of us signed up for a pandemic nor an online life, we are putting in place the tools for success. It starts with tracking automatically and manually basic health indicators, like steps and whether you meditated or did class. We want to play a new role in your life, “inspire you.” We are going to motivate you daily with a short message from us. Not selling you anything, just sharing where we are in this. This is a private platform! That means no ads and no fake activity, this isn’t about your attention, this is about your intention!!!

We also have links to classes, from meditation to yoga and bootcamp. The class of the day is free, if you want “all access,” we want you as a premium member. This might sound crazy, we are giving alway 90% of the benefits for free!!! Why? Because our mission is to build a healthy local community. Let’s do this together! #marin #sananselmo #yoga #mindfulness join as “I Am New” with invite code: thankyou at https://marinyoga.co

Pivot Hard with Jamie and Ariane

Catch up on Current events with Jamie and Ariane as they discuss https://marinyoga.co – sign up as “I Am New” with invite code: thankyou

See the note from Shannon Mahoney: Just listened…Jamie Foresta Ginsberg & MPY appreciate you all for continuing to spread the word about Allies (www.aotbc.com) The AOTBC community is growing each week and so is our awareness of why we all need to lean in. A little bit goes a long way, together, is SO true. Thanks to a few successful events, we are getting ready to release our 4th grant ($5K) to a local, Black owned small business and very close to the 5th – which I’m confident we will hit before year end. When we release the grants, we are including a letter that lists the first name and last initial of EVERYONE that has donated to make these grants possible. These grants, while small, are meaningful and helping to back a shift in our community towards inclusiveness that has been lacking. I am with you on national change needing to happen, and find where we can improve things first is ground up and in our backyard. So much to do and it brings a feeling of hope seeing people engaged on many levels, when there are so many lanes of inequity to tackle. xo

Jamie launches Gratitude Practice

Free 10 Day Gratitude Practice for Teachers starts Tuesday. Get logged in to our new Marin Yoga app as I Am New with invite code: thankyou

Thanking our school teachers for learning to teach in new ways and for caring for all of our kids and students. THANK YOU!


#yoga #meditation #gratitude #mindfulness

Our app will help you develop positive habits! Track your health and do yoga, meditation and bootcamp classes with us and improve your life one day at a time. Increase your strength, optimize your health and create happiness in your life with us!