We watched Borat last night and had the best laugh, at us. I will not ruin the movie for you beyond telling you it is a painfully funny look in the mirror. In between chortling, snorting and choking on laughter, I was inspired to find one person and motivate them to vote early. If you find one person to vote early, we are going to make a positive impact this week. Let’s do this!
This year has added lines to my eyes and gray to my hair (have you seen my face), we don’t change this much without it effecting us. With the aging has come 10 years of experience in the last 7 months, from the obvious adopting to zoom calls and grocery deliveries to living more outdoor lives. Within the constant progress, we have to make space for reflection.
There is a great Meditation today, with Araceli on Week 4 Day 1 of The Journey, it is a little longer and just what you need to hear right now. I don’t have any answers for you, just this reminder to listen. Find 20 minutes for you, get comfortable and sync your energy up with us. Together we are stronger.
Peace, Love and VOTE, Jamie
PS – Local Voters! I am supporting Brian Colbert, John Wright and Alexis Fineman to continue to represent San Anselmo, they have done a great job during the pandemic and they work hard with INTEGRITY and HONESTY for our Town! I am also voting for Tiffany McElroy for TUHSD Board, she is a member and activist! Most importantly, I encourage you to VOTE! I will also encourage you watch every episode of D Ali G, because we need to laugh out loud more!
PPS – While we are on the subject of voting, is this the year for full size halloween candy bars or chocolate covered brussel sprouts????
Have you checked out The Journey yet? we are loading daily classes and meditations, with inspiration and motivation bakes in! HTTPS://online.marinpoweryoga.com – sign up for unlimited OnDemand classes at $40 per month!
Do you remember this scene in A Bug’s Life? The branch falls and interrupts the line of ants carrying supplies, one of the elders redirects the panicking ants around the wood saying, “this is nothing compared to the twig of ’93.” That branch fell on all of us in March and this week has been harder than most weeks. I can try and blame it on the full moon or the planets moving, but we all know that isn’t true. The weight of everything happening right now is real and breaking our collective backs.
I sat in on the Marin Economic Forum presentation this week and I am sharing a screen shot of one of the slides Mike Blakely shared. Almost 32% of small businesses (at most 25 employees) in Marin have closed this year. What? Yeah. That is crazy. I’d say take a walk and look around, but between the smoke and the pandemic, you don’t need proof. What can you do about it? Be intentional about supporting the shops and restaurants you want to have in your Town in 2021. I didn’t hear estimates for how the year will finish, and when I look at the future it is foggy/cloudy/smokey reminding me to focus on today.
More important than the dire statistics, Mike and the Marin Economic Forum discussed “the pivot” businesses have to make, reminding us this isn’t “about adding take-out ordering if you are a restaurant,” and encouraging us to aggressively rethink our business models. I agree with Mike 100% on this. Every local business you know has to think about what role it fills in our community, what services to provide and how to deliver those services. Pivot Aggressively.
These words are hauntingly simple and easily dismissed. Yet when I heard them I chuckled, flexed both arms and chortled “Let’s Go!” Why? We are working on something so BIG at MPY that I have to “pump myself up.” Seriously, like a teenager watching Hans and Franz on SNL. Try it, you instantly feel bigger and stronger, and within seconds the pressure diffuses into laughter, especially if you say it with a thick German accent. The jokes flow quickly when I am nervous, can you tell?
Life Support Design. What? YES. We are changing how we engage as a community. Remember the 5 minutes before or after class? Remember how we used to joke, “the hardest part of yoga is getting to class?” All of us (o.k. – except for like 6 of you), have struggled with setting routines and making progress on our physical and health goals. We have a plan, Life Support Design.
What does it look like? Weekly 30 minute zoom sessions, led by one of our teachers, with a small group of 7-10 members who you grow with for the year. These weekly coaching sessions will empower you to implement positive routines in your life and encourage your usage of our growing OnDemand library of classes.
How much does it cost? Nothing. O.k, it is included with your membership. We are “Pivoting Aggressively,” that means we are putting a new front end on the MPY experience. We do not want to be an online platform of classes, we know there are too many interesting options out there from Peloton to Planet Fatness (I mean fitness). We want to be your community, the people you share your health and fitness journey with, the people you laugh with and the people you cry with. We can do this, together.
When is it starting? Today. This email is a seed, planted in the cool moist soil, layered with nutrients and protection. I am putting together our initial “weekly schedule” over this holiday weekend and I will be sending out an email to all of our annual Members and Online Members next week with links to pick a session. As sessions fill, we will close them and take them off as an option. The sessions will be a mix of days and times, we want to have enough options that you find a time slot you can commit to weekly.
Is this therapy? NO. We are not working on the past. Everything we do will be focused on today and tomorrow. Are you certified? NO. Our team is committed to listening effectively and growing with you. You don’t need to be certified in that. Will we get better? YES. You witnessed our improvement as teachers and a studio over the last 7 years, this is the success we are going to build upon. Are you scared? YES. I have resisted the idea of coaching at MPY since we started. This isn’t a small step or pivot for us. We are about to sprint and make our best attempt to leap across the Grand Canyon, somewhere between Thelma and Louise and Fried Green Tomatoes.
People, this is nothing compared to the twig of 93′. While I joke about that, in 1993, I was switching majors from pre-med to linguistics to communications, I was lost, drifting at the University of Michigan in a pool of failure and shame, not knowing “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” and struggling emotionally and physically. Not so funny and yet strangely familiar. I didn’t have the experience or team to navigate that stress and the results were ugly and painful. I was sad, depressed and alone; running until I physically couldn’t and walking/limping for hours to get home, physically hurt and emotionally better. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can transition smoothly with intention, it takes a village for that to happen.
Life Support Design. We are making small teams to grow together, intentionally.
O.K people. That is my big news and with any luck you will be hearing more about it over the next week. We aren’t doing this to save our business, you can look at the image with statistics to see how risky that is. We are doing this to save our lives, to be with people and grow together. We are democratizing coaching and bring the benefits of small group work directly to you. Pivot Aggressively With Love.
Love and Virtual Hugs, Jamie
PS – I am committed to promoting people and events in our community. As you may know, I am doing my M.S. in Organizational Leadership at the University of Redlands, which merged with the Seminary in San Anselmo last year. I am including a message from Ashley below about renting space on Campus. Yes, spoiler alert, we are trying to figure out outdoor events in Town (please note: air quality, think about what we tell you to do, breathe deeply – we will do outdoor classes when the air is clear).
We at the University of Redlands, Marin Campus (home of San Francisco Theological Seminary) are so excited about partnering with Marin Power Yoga. We know mental and physical health is crucial right now – taking a yoga class surrounded by panoramic views at the top of our campus sounds healing for mind, body, and soul. Be on the lookout for upcoming dates! Until then, if you need to take a minute, you are welcome to come up to the very top of the campus and walk the labyrinth.
In other news – do you know an essential worker who needs housing? Or a Marin resident who has been displaced? We want to support these individuals with priority for our short-term apartment rentals. Whether for a couple nights or a few weeks, these furnished apartments are highly affordable. These are spaces to take time to breathe, cook, sleep, and rest. Any questions? Please contact Ashley Pogue at firstname.lastname@example.org
The news is so terrible this week, you have to look at the selfie of Bazzi and I just so there is good news. Seriously. I had big plans of “dropping our big announcement” today and it just isn’t relevant to what is happening in the World right now. Maybe next week, will be better. We are on the brink of our Second Civil Rights Movement and it feels impossible to make progress.
It isn’t just Wisconsin, this is Tiburon and the police harassing Yema in his own store. This is listening to our neighbors say “changing the name of our high school is too expensive” while ignoring that our kids aren’t feeling safe at school due to racism. If you are struggling to understand the moment, the NBA boycotted last night to help you discuss these issues at your breakfast table. This isn’t big, it is huge. Race is the most important discussion in America right now. Think about how crazy that is, our biggest problem is Equality for Black people, during a pandemic and the most corrupt presidency America has experienced with fires burning across California and hurricanes hitting our Southern coast. We have a serious problem and we need to talk about it.
I don’t know how we take the next steps. I am encouraging all of us to stay informed and look for opportunities to support people doing good work. Start discussions with your family and friends, participate in discussions happening and use your voice to call out racism and start the process of change. As a White person I have been listening and avoiding taking action. This is wrong. All White people are complicit in the institutionalized racism we live within. We all have to speak up when we see racism, it is happening all around us and we have to call it out, get it into daylight and move past it. This doesn’t mean I am trying to “lead the movement,” it means I am going to support the movement and ask you to step up also.
When you hear people calling for a compromise on the school name, as in the Drake Ducks, ask yourself why? Why are we trying to hold onto the racist past instead of acknowledging we know better today and do better now. If you went to the HS and have that much attachment to the name I have great news for you, there is a lot more to life than your high school memories. When you hear people use expense as the reason, laugh out loud (with your mask on) and tell them we all know this has nothing to do with money, this is about racism. Please do not be confused, the name of our local high school is part of the Second Civil Rights Movement. This is one small story in our current history and it is deceptively important.
People, this moment in time is bigger than all of us. If your heart isn’t broken, watch any of the videos of Black people being shot in America this year. It hurts to watch. People of Color need us all to rise up with them and demand Equality. We are in this together. I send my positive energy out to all of the firefighters and first responders battling to save us, to all of the teachers and parents trying to navigate back to school, to the kids who are learning in new ways and most of all to you, because it is you and I who are going to make a difference.
PS- If you are reading this wondering what it has to do with yoga or fitness, you are on the right track. What does yoga mean and how do we practice it? This is yoga today.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou
This is the story of 2020, learn and do better. How many different ways do we need to hear this? Who knew we needed to wear masks in January? Yet, I was 2 blocks from my house on my bike before I turned around to get a mask yesterday. The incentive to wear a mask is pretty high these days, it seems to be the only way we can get reduce risk and participate in society. That said, I can’t even list the number of people I have seen in Town not wearing a mask. I know we are all learning a new habit and it takes patience and nurturing, it might also take a few dropkicks and some F Bombs, Namaste.
I was talking about forecasting with a researcher from Stanford yesterday, I responded to a survey last year and participated in estimating our numbers and follow-up reviews and figured it was over. After all, it is just math. When they reached out again, I told them upfront that our business was blown up by the pandemic and we probably have nothing to talk about. To my surprise, there were more interested in talking. Why? All of my forecasting was right except for 2 metrics. I say this humbly because the reality is, nobody cares, except for the researchers and me. They wanted to know how I did the forecasting and we talked about the current situation and did some light estimates for the future, acknowledging we have no clue what is coming over the next few months.
It is just math. Seriously, I’m actually really proud of getting the forecasting right, I think I “did the best.” I know it is more than just math. I am way too hard on my mistakes, they hurt and I do so much work to move past them and acknowledge successes. I missed so many signs leading up to the shut down, I know we all did, but as someone responsible for gathering people together, I feel that regret. Forget about it. I looked into the future yesterday and felt a mix of cautious optimism. Why? I know better now than I did 4 months ago, so do you.
There is a lot of AMAZING things happening right now, if you choose to see them. Our local high school is getting renamed, the statue honoring a slave trading rapist murderer has been removed from Larkspur landing and the County is discussing renaming SFD. More people are wearing masks, local businesses are innovating (I bought pasta at Amphora with Apple Pay last week, fully contactless without going inside) and we are doing zoom shopping calls at MPY with local delivery and appointments booked on our website. Do you hear how crazy those changes are? Maybe it is because it is Saturday, maybe it is because it is August, maybe because we know better so we are doing better.
We moved from alpha to beta testing of our new coaching program and I am really excited about it. With any luck we will be rolling this out to Membership mid-August as we figure out the details of how to scale this. The vision is weekly coaching and accountability meetings in small groups to support your progress and growth. I am so excited about this, I am afraid to tell you any more, until next week. We have solved a major problem that will directly benefit your life.
Maybe this should be called the all good news edition? You want more? We are negotiating outdoor spaces to bring you classes outside thru the end of October. Expect crazy rules, an amazing location and us. I am not really excited about this and have all kind of concerns, but I am excited for the people who want this. Real talk. Laugh at the picture below, then follow the link to our classes for hula hooping, Josie is an amazing world-class teacher and she has put up enough classes for you to join the circus when this is all over, or maybe start your own circus during this.
I haven’t been saving all of the good news, I’m just sharing a few wins in a sea of losses. I am feeling hopeful because I believe we are demonstrating our learning through our current actions, from the discussions about equality and including anti-racism in our schools’ curriculum to people voting in the upcoming election. We are the generation who will empower the youth to care about the future and do the work in the present to create change. I am sending you a virtual hug and love.
Every zoom call seems to include someone breaking up or forgetting they are on mute, “can you hear me now?” No. We can’t hear you. What? Seriously. We Can’t Hear You. You Must Speak Up.
I’m talking about life, not online meetings. The silence is oppressive and concerning, we need to know what your core values are and what you believe in. Your thoughts are important and when you put them into words and share your ideas they shift into goals and are more likely to become reality. We need to talk about the issues more and learn from each other.
It is not enough that we both do yoga, or ride the mountain or whatever simple enjoyment we find connection through. We must have the difficult conversations and communicate our Core Values. In our lifetimes we were discouraged from discussing religion and politics, that sounds crazy doesn’t it? What else matters? The weather? Baseball? Please. Those days are over.
This is the day and age of transparency and authenticity, we must all live our truth and share our journey. It is easier to say than to do, for all of us.
Yes, I am thinking about schools, teachers, kids, parents and our system of education; trying to understand how we transition during a pandemic. There are so many questions and attempts being made to figure this out. I know it isn’t lost on you that we are participating in a global science experiment. I hope you find it as funny as I do that the people who “don’t believe in science” are equally participating in this, nature does not care whether you believe in climate change or how viruses spread.
This is a strange week in Summer. It is the lull before the storm, the quiet stillness that allows the chirping birds to cut through the distant hum of cars commuting on the 101, the rays of sun slicing thru the trees and burning off the protective cloak of fog that promises to return by early afternoon. These are the reminders to love each other fiercely, to summon the strength to be kind and the patience to listen carefully and understand.
This is an election year and there are less than 100 days until we get the opportunity to vote. This year is very important. We will vote on local candidates for Town Council and the School Board as well as the President. We learned that “anybody can be elected to be President,” but not everybody is qualified to be a Public Servant Leader. We know first hand how important local politics are and how we have to educate ourselves beyond slogans and pithy statements. Get educated and vote for good people.
We will all make mistakes this week. You will forget your mask in the house, miss a zoom meeting and run out of almond milk. Forgive the small mistakes and call it Summer. Take the time to call someone instead of texting them, listen carefully to what they are going through and be available as a resource. This is the work, caring and being interested in each other, small acts of love generously shared.
This is the most exciting time of our lives, we are in the middle of a pandemic during an election year that has ignited the 2nd Civil Rights Movement. We have the opportunity to rebuild our public education system with an anti-racist philosophy and look at equality with our eyes wide open as we balance knowledge transfer and socialization and the safety of our teachers and students. This is our time. Rise up and face the challenges of the week with an open mind and a full heart. We need you.
Slow down. Let Summer happen. You don’t have to try so hard. I say these words more for me than you at this point. I can’t figure out the rhythm, the mix of suburban sounds of gates opening, the gentle hum of traffic picking up, the cool morning fog and the blur of days melting into nights. I know these are precious moments I should appreciate more, yet FB tortures me with memories of past traveling adventures and watching the news is an experiment in disbelief and shock. It is tough to live in the present moment.
The schedule for the week is above and a few pictures from our beach day are shared below (thank you Breana). We are keeping the Live schedule minimalist as we reset our systems for the Fall, we are modifying our streaming set-up over the next few weeks improving our quality and production abilities, while we shoot more videos for the OnDemand system so you have a library of classes available. This is the scene in the movie when the plane is taking off from the dirt jungle airport strip, loaded with supplies, praying we make it above the trees at the end of the runway and doing everything we can to make that possible. I know the adjustments we are making right now are critical.
Speaking of movies, we watched Greyhound the other night, a Tom Hanks big screen thriller filled with war time tension (or 2 hours of you life you will never get back). As they cross the Atlantic, being hunted by German Submarines during the war, they make these small calculations in navigation that result in significant differences in their location. This is where we are now, making tiny adjustments that will make sure the torpedo misses us and we have enough fuel to get across the sea. Feel that tension?
We are in Alpha testing of an exciting new adventure in health and fitness coaching. We are all going thru the same crazy cycles and struggles with motivation and positive habit building. We are testing a new system and I can tell you from my personal experience, the results are immediate. This is new for us and we want to get it right. If you want to test this with us, reply to me and I will put you into one of our Beta groups coming this week. We aspire to have this fully functional in mid-August.
If you are looking around this week going, “WTF is happening?” that means you are paying attention. I can’t explain to you how 4 months into a pandemic we have less valid information that when we started, but we all know the current government is a joke and made up of corrupt people who are less intelligent than you or I. How embarrassing is it that we drive down a road named after a rapist, murdering slave trader? Or that we send our kids to a school named after him? We don’t get to pick and choose our racism, we have to do the work of educating ourselves and changing the story. The current civil rights movement is doing that, we are the generation who can document and share the injustices of the world and shine light on the people creating the change we need. Your voice matters.
I don’t have any easy answers for you, I am encouraging us all to stay in the process of asking questions gently this week. Get out in nature and take a hike, get to the beach and listen to the waves crash onto the shore breaking down our barriers to love and inclusion. This is the time to remember who you are and what skills you have to contribute to our collective evolution. Listen carefully to the people in your life, hear the struggles they are going thru and love them relentlessly.
Peace and Masks,
Photo Credit: Breana Thomas – Thanks for the images from class at the beach!
“IF THE OCEAN CAN CALM ITSELF, SO CAN YOU. WE ARE BOTH SALT WATER MIXED WITH AIR.” ― NAYYIRAH WAHEED
We are headed to Drake’s Beach this morning, we are gathering at 10am today July, 18, 2020, class at 10:30 that will be yoga and bootcamp or you can just lay on the beach and watch the waves wash up against the shore. We will social distance and be safe! Yes, bring anyone in your family who wants to hang out at the beach! Note the awesome water color from our neighbor and friend Christina Minutoli, yes, she wants you to share the image and message!
While we are there, we may rename the beach! This is our time to rise up against the oppression of the patriarchy, elect qualified women leaders, fight for Black Lives until we have equality, provide care for the people who need it and food for those who are hungry. Our beaches, roads, statutes should reflect our common values of love and family. To be clear, we are not protesting today. We are gathering to enjoy a day at the beach, together (yet 6′ apart).
If you have been having a rough time or even notice you are in a terrible mood. Consider the power of your mind. After all of these years taking the ferry, I was surprised to find out the statute between the launch and San Quentin is a Statute of Sir Francis Drake. Seriously, every time I have passed it I have admired it thinking, “Joan of Arc was such a badd ass.” Part of me wants to laugh and part of me wants to cry at my own naiveness and the beauty of perspective. Why would you see the statue as SFD when you can see it as Joan of Arc??? Seriously, good luck, you can’t unsee Joan once you have seen her. My bigger point, you understand, you have the power to see things differently.
I know parents are freaked out about the school year, kids are freaked out they still live with us and because we don’t have a national testing program we all should be freaked out we have no idea what is happening with the spread of this pandemic. So…let’s go to the beach. Watch the waves come in, remember how tiny we are and how amazing nature is. Allow the sun and cool breeze to invigorate our souls and free our minds from the questions which have no easy answers. Salt water, Vitamin D, Movement. Hello Saturday.
Drake’s beach is about an hour away and there is no cellular service. Simply attempting to meet us this morning is a small act of faith. We will be off to the right side in the protection of the cliffs, about 100 or 200′ from the parking lot. Bring whatever you need at the beach including drinks and snacks, layers because we live in California, sunscreen etc. Please Note: we are going to a public beach and you are expected to have a mask in the parking lot and observe all social distancing norms.
Most of you will not come meet us today, I know that. I want you to know you are invited, you are always welcome whenever we gather and I equally understand when you aren’t there. This is summer.
People. Looking into the mirror is painful and necessary for improvement. It is more than just trimming the beard and “attempting to keep up appearances.” It is looking at what we need to do more of and what we need to do less of. Before I tell you what I have seen and am improving, I want to share the secret ingredient you can mix into your Summer. “You can get it if you really want.” Jimmy Cliff sings this in the movie he starred in called, The Harder They Come, in this 70s Jamaican crime thriller, if the horn line doesn’t hook you, the lyrics will. Experience teaches us we can do the work, learn and grow…if we really want. In between updating you on the schedule and our plans for the beach on Saturday and relaunching TheShop as a Zoom shopping experience, I want to remind you, You Can Do It.
Seriously, this is an easy time to fall into common stories and patterns such as lack of confidence or not believing in yourself. We are in the middle of a revolution (pandemic, poverty, corrupt government, civil rights movement and an election year) and the summer fog is cold and thick, if you don’t feel like you are riding in the front seat of a rollercoaster, you will. From sheer drops to twists and turns and going upside down in the dark, this is like riding Space Mountain at Disney, except we can not get off the ride unless we believe in the power of us working together. We Can Do It Together.
How do you know? I don’t. I Believe. Why? Experience.
The Bay Area is a beautiful teacher of impermanence, between the Summer fog shifting us from shorts into layers and start-ups booming and crashing, our roads are as beautiful to photograph as they are to drive. I always joke we proved Newton’s law of gravity is wrong, what goes down must come up (in true dad joke fashion, it is funniest when you are exhausted going downhill on a mountain bike on Tam). You know we will be doing a lot of uphill climbing this Fall, that may be enough reason for you to enjoy the Summer, Be Here Now.
We are relaunching TheShop this week! No, we are not open for walk-ins, that is the way we used to be. This week we are launching our first attempt at “Zoom Personal Shopping.” We are booking appointments on Calendly at https://calendly.com/marinpoweryoga – you reserve a time slot and you will get an invite to a Zoom meeting with one of us. Yes, we are still figuring this our and the schedule is limited to a few hours a day. We will deliver within a day to start and same day as we get it together. This is a way we can create shopping experiences that are more enjoyable than online shopping by yourself and we can help you find the best active wear for your life. Yes, we will do different times and you can tell us what time will work for you and we will accommodate that, we will evolve this quickly. The future of retail is coming and this is our experiment, we have awesome fitness clothing for you.
You are invited to our first Beach Day of 2020, we are heading to Drake’s Beach (seems like this may be due for renaming) this Saturday! This is a family affair! We are arriving around 10am and class starts at 10:30, we will do yoga and fitness together and hang at the beach. Plan on bringing all of your own stuff, from sunscreen to drinks and snacks. We will socially distance and encourage you to be responsible for yourself and respect our mutual safety. There is no cellular service out there, map it before you leave home. There is a good sized parking lot and we will be off to the right if you are facing the Ocean. It will probably be a chilly day and you will probably get sun burnt, we will not be sharing things – just enjoying a beach day. Come As You Are.
It is critical we continue to “stay awake” during these next few weeks. We are in an amazing moment of time. We are debating issues that will determine the future for generations, from the simplicity of wear a mask to the complexity of what does school look like in 4 weeks to looking at the statutes and street names in our community. I am worried there is a difference between protesting and call out culture that is so subtle we may lose the power of our voice being angry about everything, when we have the opportunity to shift the scales of justice in favor of equality. Wake Up.
I encourage us all to “ask the questions gently,” avoid being “right,” and use our discussions to bring us closer. We are all in this for the first time and my understanding of a pandemic is, “shit gets crazy.” In between the drama, we have a plan for MPY to come back healthy and strong, with you.
People, there is a save the date at the bottom of this, more information coming next week and possible changes as our local rules change! We are taking baby steps…
I am struggling to understand the planning for the upcoming school year. I am worried for my sister who is a public school teacher in The Bronx in New York City, concerned for all of our experienced teachers who are in higher risk groups and especially for our kids and students who are walking into the biggest shit show of their young lives. We must organize and help. Can you imagine teachers buying hand sanitizer because the district has not supplied enough for your kids? You know teachers have bought supplies for our kids every year out of their own pockets because schools are under funded. Are you betting teachers have enough supplies to protect the health of your kids when we know hospitals don’t have enough supplies? Have you tried to get hand sanitizer over the last 4 months?
I grew up with parents who taught in the public school system their entire careers, I was the kid who never missed school because my parents were teachers (I did skip school for senior cut day). MPY is closed for public classes because the risk of killing people we love is too great. I know you understand this, it is worth repeating. We are not open because it would be dangerous to your health to come to class.
There is something incredible beautiful in what is happening right now. We are all getting to learn together, in real time with all of our mistakes visible, documented and shared immediately as breaking news. We are life long learners and we have a lot to learn. We have equality issues to solve with access to technology and learning spaces, we have special needs students that the system needs to figure out a new way of teaching, there are no easy answers here. We need to address these issues now, we already know these problems and we can solve them if we put our brains together (on zoom).
There is an amazing opportunity in front of us. A chance to fix some massive problems in our society, from text books that do not tell the truth about our racist past with the Native American people and of course Black Americans to classrooms that are overcrowded and under supported with basic supplies. Can you imagine a school curriculum that tells us the truth about our atrocious history with Native Americans and slavery of Black people? Probably not, we grew up with lies! This is our chance to get rid of the structure of standardized testing and funding designed to keep poor neighborhoods under educated and on a schools to prison track instead of schools to work. We survived the education system of our youth, this is our chance to rebuild it for a new future.
Anytime you find yourself trying to “get back to normal” or “the way things used to be,” check your privilege and question why you want to return to the way things were. This isn’t breaking news, “normal wasn’t working.” We were all guilty of continuing a racist society designed to oppress minorities and reward wealth rather than work. We Are The Change. We can build a new culture where we reward learning and promote equality, where we build things and share the benefits of our growth. We can build an education system that nurtures our kids, teaches them important skills and develops them into good, smart, empathetic humans while protecting the safety of our teachers and learning how to live in equality. We can do this because we understand the system was not working before.
This is the biggest battle of our lives, the future of the world depends upon what we do over the next 18-24 months. We all have a contribution to make, whether that is getting on a zoom call about the plans for education or organizing your community to support frontline workers or talking to your kids about how they are doing. We all have the capacity to give more and this is our collective summer challenge. I encourage us all to think about our teachers, students and loved ones. What can we do to protect their health and create a positive learning experience for them?
We are learning in real time, consider the challenges in front of us, pick off a small piece and work on it. We will make progress. Stay healthy and get stronger, that is the best way to support your physical and mental health. We are doing the work to make sure MPY is ready in mid August with quality programming to support your life and your family. We are streamlining our delivery of classes, our teachers are practicing new safety standards to protect each other as they shoot classes and create for our platform. I know we are all frustrated and ready for change. We can do this together.
The schedule! We are slow like summer this week and building into an amazing summer! Practice Live with us or take our “Class Of The Day” or Choose Your Own Adventure. Get Stronger and Stay Healthy With Us!
Gil Scott Heron told us The Revolution will be live and direct, yet Friday night I watched Hamilton streaming on Disney + with Amy and Olivia and I could feel how close we are. I know I am the last person to actually see Hamilton with my eyes, the music is a beautiful story. I joking say “the revolution will not be televised, it will be streamed to your phone,” knowing the revolution isn’t a passive experience, it will require your active participation.
Today isn’t about celebrating beating the British or a start-up country, today is about breaking the chains of oppression, fighting the patriarchy, creating equality because Black Lives Matter and wearing a mask because we believe in science. Today is about freedom for all people.
Last week was shit, there were some good moments amongst a lot of bickering, moody days and sleepless nights. A reluctant acceptance of Summer 2020, fueled by frustration. Nobody said a pandemic was easy, yet I am strangely surprised it is still happening. This isn’t the new reality, we are in the middle of the greatest transition of our lifetime and we are the generation that doesn’t read instructional manuals even though they are printed in multiple languages.
Remember when we used to fly places? Every flight, as the noise cancelling headphones unfolded deep bass lines and I’d slow my breathing to relax into the take-off, I’d watch the stewardess demonstrate how to put your oxygen on first, before helping others. That’s what this weekend is. Recharge your batteries. Soak up some sun. Do some yoga with Araceli this morning at 9:30am or our first streaming live class with Wendy and Gabe launching Sunday Service. Fill up with deep breaths and gather your strength. We need you in this fight.
The challenges will get more difficult with each week of summer, between the outbreak at San Quentin, the staggering increase in hospital beds filled in Marin, the challenges of opening schools and protecting our teachers and the kids they love, fighting for equality for Black people and the elections in November. This is the most extraordinary battle of our lives and this is what we have been preparing for. Every single moment has led us to where we are right now, together.
I want to tell you about the pop-ups we are planning for 3 Saturdays this summer, they are renegade dreams we will do our best to make happen. Dates will be coming, directions to difficult to get to locations, supply lists and us in masks living and playing together. It might be delusional, if we can pull it off safely, we will.
Crank up the Gil Scott Heron, Hamilton and the newest album from Michael Franti and while you are dancing and singing, remember that you are an important part of this revolution. Listen to the birds, allow the sun to warm your spirit and the fog to clear your energy. Today is yours.
We were at the studio testing out the set-up on Friday and we got so excited we shifted our strategy and moved our streaming classes to the studio. Anybody know what it feels like to walk into a brick wall? Yeah, welcome to Monday. We didn’t go live today and we scraped our schedule for the week and started over, with less.
Why are we doing less? Because the theme of the pandemic is make a small mistake, adjust and do it better. Each time we get up and try, anything is possible.
We adjusted the time for our lives classes each day, changed the names of our classes and we are digging a little deeper. Each day we will post an additional featured OnDemand class if you want to do something different and we will have all of the regular OnDemand classes! We are recording new classes for OnDemand this week at the studio, our goal is to start adding them into the mix in July. This is us, shifting into summer.
Every strategy takes fine tuning, adjusting to work. The current Civil Rights movement is going to go thru a few changes, from protests to petitions to teach-ins and elections. Start local with https://www.alliesoftheblackcommunity.com – Allies of The Black Community is working here in the Bay Area to support local Black owned business and voting. There is so much work to be done, we all have to be patient and lift together. We can do this.
There is something magical about the feeling of summer that was captured in Dazed and Confused, whether it was breaking the rules by having a pizza delivered to class or playing music too loud while driving around in a muscle car, even a hater like myself could nod my head along with Led Zeppelin. You don’t have to like the movie, or the soundtrack to fall in love with this summer, you just have to get to the ocean and remember how small and insignificant this moment is in the existence of time and be fully here.
As we stumble into the strangest summer of our lives, I am caught between the reality I see around Marin and the reality of what is happening across America and the World. If you look around the internet you will see videos of your local racist neighbor/relative verbally attacking BLM protestors in Fairfax, if that is happening here in Marin, what is happening in Los Angeles or Atlanta? As we recognize Juneteenth, for possibly the first time, honoring the freedom of Black people in America from slavery, we have to continuously confront the racism that exists within our local institutions, whether it is the Mayor of Mill Valley making racist comments or the Central Marin Police Department excusing their lack of diversity as a reflection of the community they server rather than acknowledging that Black Lives Matter and they must take steps to let the public know they are not going to kill Black people.
Amongst the education and fundraising, here is a local effort to support Bay Area Black owned businesses. https://www.alliesoftheblackcommunity.com/ – we can all participate in creating the change in our local community, whether it is by sharing information, contributing dollars or using your voice to create equality. If each of us contributes $100, we will create a wave of support for real people who are our neighbors, friends and family. You know we are all made of the same star dust right? Seriously, use your voice and use your dollars, because you can.
I am watching the world turn and you have to know we are out of alignment with science and logic right now. We are in the middle of a pandemic, there is no treatment protocol which means if you get sick you are relying on your genetic luck as doctors don’t understand how this attacks the body or how to “save you.” At the same time, we are slowly waking up to the fact that we all should have started wearing masks in January. This is an airborne disease that doesn’t care how well your stocks are doing or how much your house is worth or whether you drive a nice car or ride a carbon bike. While the future is unknown, this is not a forever problem, it is a simple test of your patience, perseverance and intelligence. Don’t trust me, do your own research.
People are excited for Town to partially close off on the weekends starting tonight so the streets will be walkable. I am a big fan of the idea and believe the key to saving our downtown area is to close San Anselmo Avenue off to cars completely and create a situation like the Barlow, where you can hang in Town and get local delivery from our restaurants. Less cars equal more people socializing and enjoying the decadence of where we live, imagine picnic on the plaza 7 days a week. That said, I will not be at this party during a pandemic. Low density is what makes us safe in Marin, anything that encourages close proximity or more people closer together is increasing the risk of transmission. Science is about experimenting and I appreciate watching a good experiment and am open to whatever the results are, currently the results are more people have COVID-19 in Marin each week, what are you betting will happen with more people commuting to the city for work and people gathering in our local Towns?
Why am I so aware of the risks? We are super spreaders as a business. We come in contact with a large portion of Town on a weekly basis, with a group of people breathing deeply in close proximity to each other and the person with the most exposure to the most people talks for an hour. Well, at least we did. This is a perfect storm of density, proximity and time. I understand the risk of MPY very well, I love MPY and have dedicated the last 7 years of my life to “improving the health and happiness of our community.” You understand why we can’t be responsible for “outbreak,” right? If you haven’t seen Outbreak, don’t, it is too scary, but if you have, you remember the movie theater seen. That is what I think of when I imagine too many people gathering together.
Thanks for the heavy warnings on wearing a mask and staying isolated and supporting Black equality on this amazing beautiful Friday starting summer. I understand this is a radical idea, you can go surfing today and still care deeply about the people around us. You can take a hike and still donate to Allies Of The Black Community. You can ride Mt. Tam and still wear a mask as you bike thru Town and you can still educate yourself and your children about the incredible importance of the time we are living in. The love inside of you is alive and powerful, use it wisely.
Summer plans seem impossible this year. We have been waiting for changes every 2 weeks for 3 months now. From drive thru graduations to zoom parties, this school year ended with a collective sigh of relief and a shrug of the shoulders, like when they announce the opposing team at a basketball game and after each players name we shout, “Who Cares!” We do. Summer is what dreams are made of, we make friends that last a lifetime, physically grow out of the clothes we don’t destroy, fall in and out of love, taste the sweetness of melon and sweat thru the longest days of the year. Even this year.
We all have to let go of the summer we had planned to discover the summer waiting for us, today. This is the start of your summer of change and it starts with setting some goals. What will you do by August 15, 2020? Make a note in your phone or a google doc or send me a reply to this email, this first action of documenting your goals is the first step into making them a reality, if you want to dramatically increase your chances of success, share them with a friend or the internet, you can even rally in an accountability buddy, someone you will check-in with over the summer.
Make some sections, from physical goals to business goals to learning goals to whatever is part of your life; list some specific goals in each section, considering how you will measure your progress. Keep it simple, like core work 5x a week or hold a plank for 3 minutes or hike Sorich once a week, or finish the back corner of your garden. I my goals I included finish my summer classes with great grades and a weekly sunset at the beach in my goals, sharing them with you will encourage me to finish my current paper and balance the sunsets with my reading.
This is the biggest summer of our lives. Seriously. We are in the middle of a global pandemic spreading rapidly and indiscriminately. As the economy reopens, avoid getting COVID-19 trying to relive some memory of what life used to be like. We are only 3 months in to “The Great Transition,” we are still ramping up, learning what is broken and where have we gone wrong. While I joke about some restaurants I will never visit again or how I will not sit on a public bench or taste someone’s coffee or shake hands, these are small examples of the changes we must still make. People, Hollywood has prepared us for this, we know there will be a second and third wave of this, imagine you are binge watching a series on Netflix or Police Academy 7. Speaking of the police, we are on the cusp of the second civil rights movement of modern times and the first of my lifetime. Black Lives Matter.
As we protest and rally online, the police departments across the United States have struggles over the last few weeks as we told them to end police brutality against Black people and a movement started to shift the allocation of funding from the militarization of the police to social services, commonly referred to as defunding the police. If you don’t think it is time to redefine the work done by the police, consider it is a reflection of the real world where all of us are looking at our jobs and figuring out our contribution to society. The police have to do that also. I want to be clear, I am not saying fire or cut the police, I am saying redefine how we police in America and essentially who we police. If we need to say this more simply, the police have lost the public trust and have to earn it back again. It starts with saying Black Lives Matter and continues with adopting reform that will eliminate the murder of Black people.
3 step plan to make this the greatest summer ever
1) Create some goals for the next 8 weeks;
2) Stay healthy during this pandemic;
3) Fight for freedom for Black people.
This will not be easy and everything will continue to evolve weekly. You don’t need to have all of the answers, perfect hair or complete a single goal. Failure will happen this summer, it is part of the process of pushing our limits and growing. Get up and try again, maybe a smaller step or incremental goal. Include the BLM in your goals, together we can create the change we need.
You will get more messages from me encouraging you this summer. I will remind you to fight for freedom for Black people, this is going to be a battle. I will also share with you tips and secrets for getting physically stronger and living your healthiest life (Meditate, Drink Water, etc.). I know that great health will not save your life if you get COVID-19, it is still random and unknown what happens. I also know that you have the best chance of survival if you are mentally and physically as healthy as possible. Our online learning system is designed to support your health, all of our health. Start with the Core Challenge we launched last week, or do a short class or whatever you find appealing in our class lists. If you have never taken a hula hoop class with us, Josie will take you back to 1982 and teach you some serious skills. Do the Work. We Are In This Together. Reply to this with 3 Goals for Summer.
This week I have been moody a.f. – from old man cranky to frustrated and angry with moments of contentment and elated happiness. The only thing keeping me sane is I can look at the world and see my experience is a reflection of the craziest time in our lives. Nothing about this is normal, nothing.
San Anselmo is opening up in small bursts, with the Town closing some streets on the weekend to allow for dining downtown and greater movement when you are walking. I am a huge fan of closing the streets to cars and encouraging us to walk more, I am also very concerned about density and spacing. You should be also.
The desire to return to normal seems to be winning the war against creating a new normal, as I say that I think, outdoor dining in San Anselmo is certainly new along with curbside pick-up and delivery. We are innovating and changing, the pace will be slow and we will restart several times trying to figure this out. I refuse to rant about the lack of mask wearing I am seeing, that seems so 3 weeks ago of an issue, but as I observe our collective behavior, I see a struggle to adapt to new habits. Yet this is something within all of our control, each of us can make a choice with our actions.
Why am I concerned? We are in the same place we started from, we know there is an airborne virus that can kill you, we don’t have a treatment protocol yet. That said, I am very optimistic a treatment protocol will be here by the Fall. There are a few companies working on this, particularly Regeneron, they developed a treatment for Ebola that is in the process of approval and are on track to be testing their Covid-19 drug on humans next week. The key to managing the risk starts with an end plan, what will we do in the worst case scenario. The cocktail approach to treatment will not work for everybody and every variation, but it will change the risk significantly and empower us to take greater risks in our behavior.
One of the common arguments I have been hearing is “are you going to live your whole life this way, in fear?” This makes me feel the full length of my 47 years on this planet, filled with so many memories and experiences I could not convey even a brief period of my life in the short period we have been sheltering in place. Can I wait a few more months and see if this treatment protocol is effective on humans? No, the truth is my actions have been riskier the last few days and our cleaning systems are a little looser. My kids are out and I know they are kids and do not understand my concern with a 3% chance of not surviving, I’d like that to be closer to a .5% chance. I am very aware of how much my risk has increased the last week. This isn’t fear, it is acknowledging the truth that even with my careful practices I am not being careful enough. Be patient, the best is yet to come.
What is really important this week? We are experiencing a revolution in America, the biggest protests of our lives are happening and we are witnessing in real time how our actions can create the changes we want in the world. I am part of this, you are part of this. We understand the systemic racism we grew up with has to change, we have the opportunity to support this, whether it is marching and protesting or having difficult conversations or simply struggling with our own bias.
I carry a lot of guilt for supporting Africa Yoga Project less the last few years. When Sean and Jen opened the Baptiste Studio in SF, I knew there was adequate Bay Area support and it was an easy time to focus on more local issues. The fact is, AYP has created more Black Yoga teachers and reached more Black people in America with Yoga than any other organization I have found. They are relentless in their commitment to community outreach and supporting underserved communities. Paige is an amazing leader who has impacted our lives in America with her actions in Kenya. I am linking 2 easy ways you can donate below, directly to AYP or you can support an off-shoot studio, Yoga Heart Kenya, that is delivering food and services in the slums of Nairobi. https://www.gofundme.com/f/yoga-heart-kenya-c19-food-relief-prog-in-the-slum And https://give.africayogaproject.org/give/240539/#!/donation/checkout
You don’t have to donate, you can like them on your social platform of choice and share their content or just educate yourself as to how they are participating in fulfilling their purpose. I know my role is to continue to listen and learn, I also know that I have a role in reminding us to support organizations doing good work from our Town to across the World and to keep saying Black Lives Matter until we are all saying it together.
Love and Masks, Jamie
PS – I am on Day 3 of our Core Challenge, that is one way to beat the blues.
Start Tomorrow.Seriously, it might be too much to ask you to start right now, or even today, so I am encouraging you to start tomorrow. Last week was crazy, there is a movement to change America by eliminating police brutality and making Black Lives Matter spreading across our country one protest at a time. These protests are taking many different forms, from marching in the streets to sharing resources from Black owned businesses to support to books to read and talks to listen to. This is an incredible opportunity to educate ourselves and share this knowledge with our community.”The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” James Baldwin
I am not sharing links to donate to causes or books to read today. I am encouraging you to do your own research, read and watch the stories unfolding across the country, keep your eyes open and be willing to feel the pain of freedom. We each have an important role to fill in this time of change, that role is not defined because your first job is to figure out what solution do you want to be part of, finding this is a combination of researching what people are doing and how they are doing it combined with movement that frees your mind to see clearly, some people call this exercise. This movement is your time for reflection, whether you sit and breathe and meditate or you do the core challenge starting Tuesday or you run or bike the mountain or do our live or OnDemand classes or you do the same VHS tape you have been rocking for 30 years; use your physical exercise to intentionally clear your mind, the role you are to fill or your purpose will slowly become clear to you.
Don’t rush. Seriously. It’s Monday. Practice today. Make a small attempt. Maybe a few small attempts. Laugh at your success and your failures. Take yourself less seriously. Why? Our society is broken, there is no re-opening or return to normal coming. We need you to observe, question, learn and take action to create a new world in which racism does not exist. You have an important role in this. Find your voice and use it.
Our yoga and fitness studio is online for $40 per month at https://online.marinpoweryoga.com – The streaming schedule is below, the OnDemand classes are awesome. We are streaming from our homes to your homes, get stronger and healthier with us. Our approach to the pandemic is we are not hosting in person classes, we have officially gone all online. You are invited to join us!
Welcome To June. There is a new schedule for this week and we are going to do our best to make it happen. This morning was tough, the internet worked against us and we had some streams fail. I’d feel bad about that, but it is so minor compared to the poor display of leadership on a National level. The level of frustration keeps rising along with the anger and need for some kind of release. I am paying attention, watching and listening to what is happening in America right now. This is an important time to be alive and we all have a role in eliminating racism, it starts with us caring enough to listen to the painful stories being told. Maybe it inspires you to support a Black business or donate to BLM or simply share something you have learned about the Black experience in America today. Maybe you simply get angry, the truth is very painful right now.
We are shifting the price Tuesday, because I feel bad for people who don’t open their email or have been as overwhelmed as I have been. If you haven’t subscribed online, you can still sign up for $30 a month today. This might be the only good news today, seriously. Tuesday that becomes $40! Here is where you sign up, your email is not in the system, this is our new system, you must start fresh. Please note, all of our studio Memberships were stopped on March 13th, this is the only Membership we currently have!
From Your Email: People. Between freaking out about how close the protestors are and viewing videos of the protests happening around the country and seeing the videos of the police taking tactical action, I am somewhere between heart broken and angry. While our country heaves under the strain of Corona, we are forced to take action, to choose a side and stand up for what we believe in.
Power To The Peaceful. One of my favorite statements from Michael Franti and maybe something we can aspire to as the coming days and weeks unfold. I encourage you to watch his video, Same As It Ever Was – https://youtu.be/-rJbvVX2ADQ – The words and video could have been made this week, but it was made 6 years. Turn it up and feel the goose bumps on your arms as the truth washes over you. We have come a long way and we still have so far to go. I have been a Michael Franti fan since the 90s, he has gotten me through some tough times and danced with me into the good times, music can bring us together. Let it.
Black Solidarity – Come Together To Support Black People. Seriously. It might be that easy. This has been happening our entire lives, since I was a child in the 70s, I have witnessed protests and marches demanding equality for Black people, demanding justice. I don’t go to protests anymore, I am afraid of large groups and what the police or national guard will do. I know we are supposed to do things we are afraid of, move past it, I can’t. I don’t trust our government enough to participate in peaceful protests and I can’t see past the risk of being beaten by a police officer on a horse or tear gassed. I understand the risks are low, but you also understand that my fears are rational. Can you imagine being a Black Man today? I can not.
We are all made of the same stuff, the same mutated cells that change our height or hair also change our skin color. That said, we are all different people, with our own understandings of the planet we live on and our purpose for being alive right now. Struggle through the uncomfortable conversations with us, share your knowledge and experiences and concerns and fears. Help us all to see and hear each other. Especially Black people. Try saying it out loud, Black Lives Matter. Create the reality we need with your words.
Between everything happening today and this week, it sounds trite to remind you that we launched MPY Online and we want you to sign up. Our introductory pricing ends today, you can get in for $30 a month for streaming and ondemand classes, with us. Monday, June 1, 2020, the pricing goes up to $40 a month, we will run different specials, but the pricing today is the best deal. I know you understand this, the future of MPY depends on the actions we take today. We built a premium online experience, with classes for you and your entire family. You are invited to join us online. You need to sign up for a new account, password resets won’t work as we did not bring over information from KarmaSoft. If you have trouble, reply to this email, text me, send a carrier pigeon or an owl, I’ve got your back and will work through any technical issues with you.
Local teens are organizing to protest the murder of Black people in America. If you are protesting Sunday, keep it peaceful and keep your social distance safe. Be Heard. In front of the Little Theater at Drake HS. 4:30-6pm Sunday May 31st, 2020.
“Be still and the earth will speak to you.” Navajo Proverb People. You don’t have to believe me, test this with an experiment and discover the truth for yourself. Find a space where you can sit or lay down in a comfortable position, soften your body and your mind and listen.
The truth has been painful this week, between Minnesota and the racial division, rising cases of Corona as we shift phases of re-opening, updates on virtual graduations and a minor heat wave to remind us that summer is coming. It is totally o.k to acknowledge, “I can’t handle the truth.”
I have been struggling with the idea of “others” this week. The language we hear, the stories on the news, the requirements to wear a mask and be 6′ from each other, the people we judge and who judge us, this creates separation and turns us into “others.” We do this to ourselves and people do it to us, we are all complicit. Do not be confused, I am going to continue to encourage you to adopt best practices for safety and to be patient as our Local and National governments struggle to balance public health and a working economy. We all must note, they are re-opening for the economy, not for your safety. Have practiced at the studio with us? Inside the building that was built by Mrs. Canby during the Depression as the first post office of San Anselmo, we have gathered for the last 7 years to “improve the health and happiness of our community.” This is our mission and it doesn’t change because we can not be together in person. One major lesson we have learned over these years is there is no such thing as “others.”
Our local San Anselmo community has a strong connection to the Navajo people, from residents such as our County Health Director, Matt Willis, who lived and worked on the Navajo Reservation to our yoga teacher, Lynne Solarz, who taught 4th grade on a Navajo Reservation to our building owner, Victoria Canby, who is the Director of the American Indian Museum of Marin and Navajo. While Marin has been virtually untouched by Corona as we benefit from low density, resources and luck, the Navajo reservations have been devastated with painfully high death rates and a rapid spread of Covid-19. I’m including some links from Victoria below, one way we can bridge the gap that divides us is to take action that brings us closer together. We can help by working together, whether that is donating to a GoFundMe or sharing links or simply wearing a mask, you can take action that saves lives. When I read about the conditions on the Navajo Reservation I am reminded of how lucky I am to have adequate supplies and easy access to some of the best hospitals in the country, food in the fridge and my health. I can do more.
I encourage you to consider donating, taking a small action to ease the pain on the Navajo Reservation. We are all in this together and our collective actions will determine our future. Keep your head up, your mask on and love alive in your heart. Peace, Jamie
This is a link to a local GoFundMe to send a volunteer nurse with supplies to help on the Navajo Reservation. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-me-help-the-navajo-during-the-covid-pandemic?sharetype=teams&member=4473622&pc=fb_co_campmgmt_w&rcid=r01-159010612619-30d35a4c3a8c4d2b&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmt_w&fbclid=IwAR1vZO7q0tx-bb9AnbarthQaTlPJnlGQSCP58RN4CJk_ahnVASN1ZDMMPIU
This is a link to a larger Navajo GoFundMe that is getting food and supplies to the Reservation. https://www.gofundme.com/f/NHFC19Relief?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR03nv49pu7O3jNlocsI3PPixvHA-O0rq8GTtQwmCvobrmDYTaQ6d9DRX7g This is a link to an activist group of young Navajo people who are delivering supplies. http://keinfoshop.org/donate/?fbclid=IwAR1hxPNDn1Mg9d8W07rkWF_xcZOzaOsNhGkTh-CzPz-Eu2Lj-yG2STd86_o
This is a link to an activist group of young Navajo people who are delivering supplies. http://keinfoshop.org/donate/?fbclid=IwAR1hxPNDn1Mg9d8W07rkWF_xcZOzaOsNhGkTh-CzPz-Eu2Lj-yG2STd86_o
Do you remember that bumper sticker? “If you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention.” Seriously. WTF is happening in our country? Yesterday was heartbreaking, looking at the images and reading what happened to George Floyd, it is hard to justify the cruelty and racism even as I can imagine the fear and challenges that comes with being a police officer. Everybody makes mistakes, most of us are fortunate it isn’t captured on video.
If you have been with us over the last few months, you have seen our mistakes, from streams not working, to errors on the website and bad links. If you are really lucky, you may have gotten a good laugh as we bicker with each other under the stress of trying to get the camera right or the stream live. Even these small acts of anger require a softening, an easing into forgiveness.
Stress. Don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about. Each and every one of us has experienced a lifetime of stress in the last 9 weeks. Seriously. This is my first pandemic, but it feels pretty normal to be stressed and freaking out randomly. Teachers, students, parents, children…the changes we have made pale in comparison to the changes we still have to make.
That said, I have GREAT news. You can NOT start now. We are deep in the analyze phase of this experience, we all need to deepen our understanding of what is happening, do risk analysis and determine options, take a LONG hike in nature and reflect upon our situation. Sit with it, listen to the sounds of the wind swaying the tall trees gently in the heat that foreshadows a long dry summer. Lay on the ground and allow the earth to support your body, relax your muscles and allow gravity to find the balance of being for you, as clouds float overhead morphing into animals and becoming the patterns we aspire to in our lives.
Forgive. Yourself. Start with you. All of the missed goals, workouts, diets, zoom meetings, baking experiments, whatever. We are trying to make a massive shift in our society and it will not happen if you continue to beat yourself up about the past. Each day is an accomplishment, something worth celebrating, honoring. You have made it this far, take a deep breath and reset.
It sounds ridiculous to say, but I am committed to making more mistakes in the future. Continuing to try new things and doing the work to understand how to improve and dedicating the time to practice. Look at the images from our site so you can see how we are making it easier for you to grow with us. If you want to join us online, you have to set-up a new account in our web portal, we could not sync our old memberships into the new system. https://online.marinpoweryoga.com
People, you can learn anything in 5 minutes, then practice it for the rest of your life! Zoom meeting ended early, how about an Eagle tutorial with Amy or Side Angle with Grace or Fallen Star with Laura! These are great classes to do when you are waiting for family to do class with or when you can’t even think of doing an 18 min class but you could rally for 2:58, we’ve got this! https://online.marinpoweryoga.com intro pricing ends this week, join now for $30/month, live streaming and OnDemand classes!
We have a modified schedule for this week, we are bringing our fitness classes onto our LiveStream on Vimeo while Jenny and Jordan take the week off to recover. Have a great week! https://online.marinpoweryoga.com
Little bits of progress. We have a new Live Streaming Schedule Page on our website, we will update it each Sunday as we look at the next week. Yes, we will improve this process, we are building this with you. Come for the Live Classes, stay for the OnDemand classes!
Some days the Core 20 is just what you need. Other days it will be pose tutorials and a Power Yoga or BootCamp. Hear me now, believe me later…you will strangely love our short classes. Also, Cherries. https://marinpoweryoga.com/schedule/