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Your Turn

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Jamie

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Thank You Teachers!

Thank You!

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Jamie

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

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

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

Growth Starts Inside

Growth Starts Inside.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge Is Power,
Jamie

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

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

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

Get the new App!!!

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

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

Pivot Hard with Jamie and Ariane

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

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

Jamie launches Gratitude Practice

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

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

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Wendy launches 10 Day Gratitude Practice on MarinYoga

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

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

#yoga #meditation #gratitude #mindfulness https://marinyoga.co

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

CayCay launches 10 Day Gratitude Practice on MarinYoga

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

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

#yoga #meditation #gratitude #mindfulness https://marinyoga.co

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

Megan Launches 10 Day Gratitude Practice

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

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

#yoga #meditation #gratitude #mindfulness https://marinyoga.co

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

10 Day Gratitude Practice Launched Tuesday!

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

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

#yoga #meditation #gratitude #mindfulness 

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

Launch site: https://marinyoga.co

Launch Day!

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We Launch TODAY!

Thank you for being here with me, today! There are links in the email to our launch site for our 10 Day Gratitude Practice, that starts Tuesday, get registered today for this free program! 

As we have prepared for this Gratitude Practice over the last few weeks I have reflected on my own successes and failures this year, seeking answers and secrets to share with you. The anguish and difficult  truth of the word Gratitude can only be communicated in one word, FAMILY. 

What? How can this simple word be the root of joy, pain and gratitude? Please, you know I am not a therapist, your reflection may reveal the complexity of this simple word. I know we all have different relationships with our family, looking at the image above you see a simple highlight from the weekend. Amy’s parents stopped by on Sunday to commiserate over the Michigan game and catch up. The afternoon sun, brief moments with the kids and the ability to see each other safely distanced. It isn’t the same, but I FaceTime with my Mom in The Bronx and bring her into my kitchen, sharing meal prep or a walk with the puppy over headphones. Small moments we can enjoy together. 

Most of you are reading this because you know my personal Gratitude Practice is based in Community. Twenty years ago my friend Kim told me, “Jamie, you will find community when your kids join swim team.” I knew she was speaking the truth, yet Amy and I didn’t have kids. Can you only experience community with kids who swim? Clearly we answered that with MPY. It turns out the most important part of Community is YOU. No pressure.

Right? We are launching our new Mobile App, Marin Yoga, with a 10 Day Gratitude Practice. There will be a meditation posted each day and a yoga or bootcamp class. Araceli will send you a message each morning with some inspiration for your day and a reflection for you to journal or take a hike or run with or discuss with a family member. I am not saying this will be easy, I am telling you it has the potential to change your life.

I am really excited to practice over the next 10 days with you and welcome you into our growing community online. Yes, this is all free. If you want to pick and choose your classes, please join our premium MPY membership that comes with all of our classes. We are trying to find the balance of making sure that everybody benefits from yoga, meditation and fitness while creating a self-sustaining community. 

Get registered into our new mobile app by Midnight Monday so you start Day 1 with us Tuesday!

#thankyou 
Jamie

PS- Run Like a Girl.

PPS – I sat in on a great discussion at San Domenico last week on Finding Your Purpose, through Awe and Gratitude. Whether it is looking up at the nights stars and sitting with the idea that we are all made of the same genetic material or we are noticing our breath, there are many paths to freedom.

PPPS- Sign up as “I Am New” and use Invite Code: thankyou

Shop The Sale

Do you love a deal? Save 30% off everything at The Shop! We are closing the shop and putting all of our resources into this next shift. Help us close the shop! We are doing private zoom shopping! Book an appointment and get a deal! calendly.com/marinpoweryoga

*We have amazing deals! Revolution Balance Boards to Straps and Wheels for stretching and HandStand Blocks! We have an amazing collection of yoga pants!

Vote

Encourage One Friend To Vote.

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????

The Change

Exciting Changes Coming 

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 marin_events@redlands.edu

Slowly breaking my heart

You Should Be Broken Hearted.

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.

Love,
Jamie

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.

Happy Weekend

“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.

Happy Weekend,
Jamie

This week online!

Can You Hear Me Now?

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.

Peace and Masks,
Jamie

Slow Down

You are trying too hard.

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,

Jamie

Photo Credit: Breana Thomas – Thanks for the images from class at the beach!

Beach day

“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.

Sunshine, Sand and Waves,
Jamie

This Weekend

You Can Do It.

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.

Love,
Jamie

Education

We LOVE Teachers.

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.

Peace, Love and Education,
Jamie 

This Week!

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!

The Revolution will be streamed

Will Not Be Televised.

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.

Love and Freedom For All,
Jamie

NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY.

Do It Anyway.

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.

Love,
Jamie

The Only Reason To Like Led Zeppelin

From your Email.

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.

We are all in this together, 
Jamie