Member of the Week: Paul Spillane

1. What is your full name?  

Paul M Spillane

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing make-believe, hot wheels and playing with my toy soldiers (some even had names, ha!).   

3. What job did you have in high school?

Auto body shop (sanding cars for painting).  I also did some landscaping work, so I got to play with chainsaws at a young age.  Of course my Dad always had a job for me to do every weekend (no pay). 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Oh that time I sharted at a restaurant.  It was a friend’s birthday party. I had to ditch the underware in the bathroom.  So embarrassing!  

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

There have been so many.  Each time we go to Mexico is great.  

Probably Norway, summer of 1995 was the best.  Kate was my girlfriend at the time (and now my wife). We hiked the Norwegian Fjords over three days, got lost, almost died but it was an awesome experience!  

Funny thing is the worst vacation I ever had was also Norway about ten years later.  It rained for 13 days straight, I pulled my back, broke my sunglasses, lost my contact lenses and got food poisoned.  

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Lately Saturday Night Live & John Oliver.  I once loved all Monty Python stuff, now it is really too silly.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Surfing double over-head in the Humbolt Jetty was pretty cool, but learning Swedish is the accomplishment I am most proud of.

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

Enjoy the moments.  

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

I am grateful for what I have, really proud of my family and looking forward to the future.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

It works for my arthritis.  Take 3 days a week & soon moving pain free.  When people complain to me about their pain issues, I always say “have you tried yoga?”… 

Member of the Week: Suzanne Doerschlag

1. What is your full name?

Suzanne Gordin Doerschlag

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

As a child I loved running. Especially long distance.

3. What job did you have in high school?

In HS I worked at a place called Dancin in Santa Barbara. It was an aerobics studio with a retail store on the street and dance studios in the back. Free clothes and classes.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I hit my car three times in one week including taking out the passenger door of my husbands new car. In my defense I did not have exterior warning cameras attached to my car. Never be fooled raising all my children wasn’t really stressful.

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

We traveled to Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai India for my husbands work. The whole family went. Everything was planned by his associates including transportation. It was unbelievable.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. He appears serious but does the funniest things. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Where to begin. 28 years of marriage with a guy I love more every day.

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

Practice presence, take time to really hear what people are saying, appreciate the ones you love.

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

Kindness

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

MPY has given me back the Self I had lost the past 20 years. For that I am forever grateful.

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

Member of the Week: Belle Marko

1. What is your full name?  

Belle Marko

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Running wild in the woods of Madrone Canyon, Larkspur

3. What job did you have in high school?

Printing press operator

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I looked down my nose at a pregnant lady that was smoking and decided to tell her how lame it is to smoke when pregnant, she took a big draw on her cig, blew it in my face and said: I’m not pregnant…

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

All Girls surf camp in Mexico, it made me realize I wasn’t living fully – I came back and changed my life

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Life

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My Artwork, getting Sober in 1988, proving to myself that I can do what I set out to do, designing a beautiful Villa in Mexico, Lastly, I learned how to be a good friend and feel comfortable in my own skin. 

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

Think Better of yourself and trust the universe

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

That I hopefully made a positive difference in people’s lives

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

Other than how good it makes me feel, it’s a friendly neighborhood community, there are many classes to choose from with great teachers, it’s affordable and it’s a 5 minute walk from my house! I especially like how MPY really gives back to this town.

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

Member of the Week: Pere Wait

1. What is your full name? 

Perelandra Cogswell Wait

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Reading. I was a bookworm and always had a book with me. When I was 13, I went back east to visit a family friend and we drove to Washington, DC for a tour. She had to keep reminding me to look up from my book so I wouldn’t miss the sites.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked at a bookstore, of course! 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

So many to choose from… the one that comes to mind was when I was in high school and working at the bookstore. One evening as I was ringing up his purchase, an older (to me) gentleman asked me if I was free to go out with him on Friday night. I told him I’d have to ask my parents since I was only 16 years old. Maybe that memory is more embarrassing for him now than for me!

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

There have been many “best vacations” depending on how I define it but the most recent standout is New Zealand. We loved the amazing natural beauty of the country, as well as the incredibly nice people and great food.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My silly dog, Sugar. In our backyard we had a large apple tree with a bench built around it, that attracted squirrels all day long.  Sugar was always rushing out to chase them and once jumped up from the bench into the crook of the tree, probably 5 feet off the ground. Fortunately she didn’t try to go higher, and she did figure out how to safely jump down!

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Cliché as it may be: my kids, Emma (18) and Harry (15). I can’t believe how lucky I am to be their mom and to help them grow into the fantastic young adults that they are. It’s more their accomplishment than mine but I’ll at least take credit for getting them this far.

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

Do (more) yoga.

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

I listened and I cared.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The classes and the community.

Member of the Week: Shannon Egan

1. What is your full name?  

Shannon Elizabeth Egan

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I couldn’t wait to get outside.  Riding bikes, building forts, making up games – we lived in a great neighborhood where I could be gone for hours on end.  The independence at that age significantly shaped who I am today.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked in the kitchen at the military academy in town.  It was a great job for after school and all my friends worked there too.  I was the first female to break through the historic gender traditions of girls serving the cadets on the food line and boys working in the dish room. I am a fierce to reckon with when operating a Hobart with a high-pressure hot water sprayer.  

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I was in early middle school, my adult “eye teeth” grew in pointed like fangs.  I couldn’t close my lips without them sticking out like Dracula. My older cousins would make me put my fangs out when we were on road trips to scare other kids on the highway.  It’s a wonder any of us make it through puberty.  

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

When my sister Holly graduated from college, she asked for a family vacation for her graduation present. So, we rented a van and drove across country starting in Wisconsin and ending in Oregon. I was 19 years old, and for the very first time, I got to experience my family as adults. Having grown up as the youngest, this was a big transition. The trip was amazing and exposed me to the west with stops at Yellowstone, the Bad Lands, the endless mountains and my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean.  But the realization that my little family of nagging parents and my older sister were actually the best friends I would ever have – made it the trip of a lifetime.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

The stupidest things make me laugh out loud.  Maybe it’s because I have my head buried in work for so much of the day with chasing deadlines and details that the simple things are so refreshing. Cat memes and screaming goats can make me cry for days.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Being a good auntie to my niece and nephew.  Moving here to be closer to family was the best decision I’ve ever made.  The ability to be part of their life has changed my perspective and made me a better person. I love having a relationship with them that distance would never have allowed.  It’s a forever foundation that I can’t wait to see evolve as they grow into monster teenagers and incredible adults.  

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


Be present. It’s so easy to get caught up in the drama of your life. Whether it’s work, kids, or other obsessions.  Time moves so fast and you can’t get it back. Remembering to be present in the moment and to give your attention to the people you are with has taken me a long time to learn.

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

That I’m nice.  Just that. Not that I saved the whales or created world peace – just that I have a big heart and do my best to help wherever I can.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I never saw myself as a yoga person – but when this studio opened right down the street from my house, I had to give it a shot.  I was new to San Anselmo at the time and looking for a place to belong. The stress relief that practicing here brings me is incredible. It’s a safe place – full of positive energy, regardless of what’s happening in my day. There are classes that feel almost like a sermon to me.  The impact is greater than I could have imagined.

MPY The Shop

MPY shop coming in clutch with all our yoga and fitness needs! The Shop is located at 611 San Anselmo Avenue in the center of Town. We carry everything from accessories to technical fitness and yoga clothing, hello yoga pants!

Beating The Amazon Effect

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

“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

Member of the Week: Stefanie Michejda

1. What is your full name?  

Stefanie Regan Michejda

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Horseback riding

3. What job did you have in high school?

Lifeguard

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I was photographing the Silversun Pickups at a small venue South of Market during MacWorld. Because the venue was so small, there was no photo pit for press, so I was crouching on a set of stairs that led to the stage. Just as I popped up to take a few shots, there was a crowd surge and I got propelled forward, basically belly sliding onto the stage, camera gear flying. The lead singer stopped singing and asked if I was ok while retrieving my camera. Pretty embarrassing!

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

After I visit a new place, it always becomes my current favorite… so in this case, my favorite is Chile – I was just there in Oct.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband and boys.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m super proud of my kids and that I’ve found a career path that allows me to do what I love and not sacrifice time with family.

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

Do what you love

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

My sense of adventure and love of laughter

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love MPY – I love to push and challenge myself in class and I love how strong I’ve become, but most of all I love the friends I’ve made and the amazing community Jamie and Amy have created. I can’t imagine life without it!

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

Member of the Week: Matt Riecken

1. What is your full name?  

 Matt Riecken

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

 Riding my bike

3. What job did you have in high school?

 Ranch hand during summer breaks

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

 Realizing I’d left my bike wheels at home when I drove to Seattle to start a cross country bike ride

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

 The summer I bicycled across the US

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

 When common sense is twisted into the ridiculous

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My children 

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

Don’t worry about what other people think.  Worry IF they think. 

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

I helped other people get more out of their lives

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

1. The instructors. 2. The availability of classes 3. The reasonable fees. 

Member of the Week: Emily Uzelac

1. What is your full name?  

Emily Ann Uzelac

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing dress up with my best friend and making up dances, putting on fashions shows, and visiting our local stores in character.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Babysitter and hostess at Chili’s in Danville

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I couldn’t say my “R’s”, I had been at a Belgian public school and switched to an International school in 3rd grade.  I was in ESL and taking speech lessons.  My parents after dinner said to us kids, “Guess what’s for dessert?”  With great excitement, I blurted out “maaaaasss baaaaaas” (we were having “Mars bars” for desert, and that’s when I heard my speech impediment for the first time). 

The next morning I could say my “R’s” ☺

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

Italy with my husband Brad before my son Logan was born.  We went to Venice, Capri, the Amalfi coast, Marina Del Catone, and Rome.  So romantic, such great food, beautiful culture and the people have so much to be proud of.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Brad’s and Logan’s dance moves during our impromptu dance parties.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Getting my BSN and BA while working full time.  Having a beautiful 5 yr old boy. Being happily married to the man of my dreams.

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

Start yoga as soon as you can walk

Be confident in who you are. 

Don’t date anyone not as cool as your husband Brad.  

Start having kids younger so you can more of them.

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

Kindness

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Wonderful Staff!!!  Best yoga studio ever!

The teachers are amazing, love all the classes, the variety, the music, it’s a great place.

Last Member of the Week for 2019: Ned Webster

1. What is your full name? 

Ned Webster

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

Any sport, but specifically lacrosse from which I’ve made a career.

3. What job did you have in high school? 

I caddied at a golf course. Maryland summer humidity in khaki pants was challenging, but cash in hand each day was sweet.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Oh, there are just so many. In the early days of dating my now lovely wife, Megan, we went out for a romantic dinner and I was prepared to order the Prix Fix. “Yes, my good man,” I said to the waiter. “I will have the ‘PRICKS’ Fix.” And in an effort to not embarrass me- to his credit- he politely replied, “Yes, the ‘PREE’ Fix, a fine choice, sir.” I think Megan may have been laughing so hard, wine flew out of her mouth. The night ended with her still laughing at me as I locked her out of our apartment. Ahhh, good times!  

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

Paris at Christmastime with Megan. We had only been dating for a year, still getting to know one another. We walked everywhere together and because it was cold, we walked closely. I get a buzz just thinking about it.

6. What makes you laugh out loud? 

My wife and daughter, whether with them or at them. Seinfeld. David Sedaris. ‘80’s movie comedies.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of? 

With Megan, raising Ella, who we believe to be a sweet, kind, thoughtful, chunky-cheeked little cutie.

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

Speak up sooner about your learning disability and attention disorder. I battled very hard through my education only to feel like I squandered it.

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

I try to lead my life like the Maya Angelou quote, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” While I can be a bit quiet and reserved, I hope my kindness and smile are contagious and people feel comfortable and happy in my presence.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

I’m a “It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with” kinda guy. The instructors are all super studly- they know their stuff- but, more so, they really seem to care. And everyone is so chill and friendly. It’s just a really comfy atmosphere to walk into and shed stress and breathe and be present.