New Short Class

You can change your mood, you can shift your motion. 12 minutes with @danusiah2019 on our NEW portal. Hello core. Our short format classes are strangely right. Mix and match or one and done. online.marinpoweryoga.com $30 a month for live streaming and on demand classes in high quality…with us. Lock in the low price before it goes up in June!

Tuesday Live!

Our new membership site is looking AWESOME! Danuta is live now with Cardio HIIT, we have more Live classes during the day (they will have the selenium or blue filter), our OnDemand classes are below (these have the sepia or antique filter). You will see new OnDemand classes and this idea we are working with of short classes you can do during the day or that you can piece together what you need. We will have lots of short videos teaching alignment and poses, so your whole family can learn together! New Membership $30, lock-in this month before the price goes up in June. You must sign up for a new account, none of our old information is in this system. Have problems? Message jamie@marinpoweryoga.com the new site is located at https://online.marinpoweryoga.com

Our Schedule First Week of May

This is our schedule for the first week of May 2020!

You Are Doing Amazing.

Seriously, this is a ridiculous situation and none of us have ever been here before. Ever. Sit with that. It doesn’t matter how wrong you or I have been over the last 7 weeks. We are here right now for the first time.

Part of me wants to shake myself and scream as loud as I can “THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!!” The other part of me is holding on so tight to the wheel, I can’t let go.

I love science and we are living in an incredible experiment right now. We all have to be patient, use our intelligence to understand what is happening in the world and our hearts to experience it with our families, friends and community. This is the practice.

I do have some really good news for you. The schedule you see above is happening on our new online membership portal. You have to sign up for a new account. This is brand new as of last week. In the month of May you can lock-in introductory pricing of $30 per month. We are streaming classes and have a quickly growing OnDemand library of classes.

People. You are in our homes with us. Yes, this is crazy and strange. You know we are all extroverted introverts right? Then I see families working out together, staying healthy and getting stronger. We are developing this for your whole family and it starts with you.

Look at the incredible streaming schedule we’ve got for you. Check out the OnDemand Classes, we are adding short classes this week so you can mix them into your day. We have kids classes, so we can be a positive force for your whole family, we will add more. Figure this out with us. Remind yourself, this is an experiment. Nobody knows what they are doing. If anybody tells you they know what they are doing, be skeptical. Seriously.

We are all going to fail at a lot of stuff in the coming days, from parenting to dinner to touching something or forgetting your mask. Forgive yourself, laugh at and with yourself, keep going, do your best, it is enough.

Oh yeah, our new platform is awesome. Grow with us. This is not us failing. This is us correcting a mistake and seeing a way thru the darkness. When we are late to a stream or it is tough to find the class you are looking for, take a deep breath, browse thru the awesome selection of classes and practice with us. We are creating an incredible resource with you.

May the Fourth Be With You,
Jamie

Launch!

"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it." John Steinbeck

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” John Steinbeck

As we move thru the weeks of Shelter In Place, time has stretched beyond what we thought was impossible. Remember back when we were going to see what happens in 2 weeks? No, I don’t either. The lessons are happening in real time, we are evolving together.

We are launching our online Membership TODAY. You can click in and sign up from our website, if you join us in the next month you can lock in our introductory price of $30 per month, in June we increase the price to $40. If you have ever been a Member of MPY, I want you to have the choice of joining us online at our lowest rate, we also need and want you to join us again!

What comes with the online Membership? We are starting off with 3 live streams a day, from our homes (see the start of the schedule below, Aracelies is streaming live at 8:30am this morning). Each week we will also be loading up different classes into our new On Demand system, we are building out a library of everything we do, from Power Yoga to Gentle, Yin, TRX, BootCamp, Meditation and Mat Pilates. Yes, we will be adding in kids yoga and fitness classes! No, we can not do Stop Drop and Dance, you can join that thru Grace.

Are our edges still rough? We planned on having 20 classes loaded into the On Demand system by today and things did not go as we planned. Welcome to starting over, changing direction and learning quickly. Yeah, the edges are still rough.

What am I excited about? The quality of the new Live Streams and on Demand videos are amazing. You can share your Membership in your household, meaning you can do Power Yoga while you partner does BootCamp and your kids do Kids Yoga, all on one account. We are still learning how to use all of the features, you will be able to download videos to your device and watch them offline. This is ideal if we ever get to travel again, or if you want to take your device out under the oak or bay tree in your backyard.

Tips? You may have to lower the quality if your device is further away from your router, this is something that varies with the quality of internet and usage in our houses and neighborhoods. Yesterday we crashed Vimeo between us uploading videos and trying to sign in. Welcome to the pandemic, these are the least of our problems even if they are real. Practice patience with us, laugh and cry with imperfections and forgive us knowing we are doing something new. 

I hope you will consider joining us online, we are applying everything we have learned in the last 6 weeks to bring you and your family the best of MPY online in an ad free premium experience. I’d like to tell you we have plans for re-opening, I am limited by the same lack of information and evolving science that you are. What I can tell you is we are implementing a strategy to improve your health and sanity during this time. If you have financial hardship, message amy@marinpoweryoga.com and she will figure something out for you. We are all in this together.

Keep your head up, stay healthy and consider joining us again,
Jamie

Introductory Offer

Thursday! We are launching our Streaming Classes on our NEW membership site. We are launching with an introductory price of $30 per month for unlimited classes. You can lock this price in thru the end of May, join today and grow with us! We are streaming 3 classes a day and developing an On Demand library for you. Find more info on our website at MarinPowerYoga.com

Volunteering at The Food Bank

Catching up with Marianne Mullen:

For the past month, I have been volunteering with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response volunteer organization, who is working to support Food Banks nationwide. We have been helping to package food for distribution, deliver meals to the homebound, coordinate logistics, organize fellow volunteers, and conduct warehouse management. The Food Bank operation I am helping to manage is in Santa Rosa and is a central hub that services other food banks, food pantries, school meals, senior citizen centers and communities covering a territory that extends to the Oregon border. 

Due to the current shelter in place and resulting economic situation, millions of people newly struggle to get by without jobs or wages and are suddenly joining the nearly 40 million citizens who were experiencing food insecurity before the pandemic. Many are relying on food banks for the first time in their lives. The particular Food Bank I work with went from creating 300-400 food boxes a day, to now up to 3000 per day. Food Banks across the country are hard pressed to meet this increased need, especially since most of their usual volunteer staff are seniors, who currently cannot volunteer due to health risks. 

Even though it’s been labor intensive work, with some very hot, sweaty days for sure, I feel grateful for the opportunity to be of service to the community at such a critical time in our country, and to help to ensure that families in vulnerable communities get the food and supplies they need. 

National Holiday

It is 420 All Day.

As I laugh in my head and out loud that it is 4202020 and we are not only in a shelter in place, but in a surreal existence where time is suspended and the world is battling an invisible killer…the most sobering thought is this is actually reality and no, it is not a sci-fi thriller on Netflix and no, you can’t chill with anybody. 

There have been so many changes in each of our lives during the last few weeks, it almost feels like we have all been in a “Dizzy Lizzy Race,” you know, where you put your hand on top of the bat standing up on the ground, put your forehead on top of your hand and run in circles for a minute as fast as you can and then sprint 20 feet to tag your team mate. When you are crying because you are laughing so hard from either watching or from the run that invariably goes sideways and includes crashing bodies and flailing limbs. Yes, homeschoolers, consider that for “Gym” today. 

What am I talking about? Pausing for a moment of reflection is overwhelmingly difficult and mandatory. Look back at what has happened the last few weeks, the changes made, what is working and what isn’t. Somehow a 2 week shut down has become a month and we are all slowly realizing this is going to be a longer experience than any of us expected. What do we do next? Reflect. Create some space, close your eyes and breathe. The answers will come.

We are shifting our digital strategy over the next week and the changes are bigger than anything we have done in the last month.  I’m not telling you it will be easy, I am telling you it will be worth it. This week we have a smaller team streaming on Twitch with a renewed focus on fitness and strength and personal training. We don’t really know what that means, seriously, we are figuring this out in real time. We are going to have a mix of fitness classes, a yoga class or 3 and this new approach, personal training you can do or watch for inspiration and education. We are trying something new, while continuing to do some of what you know and expect from us. It is an attempt to make this transition smooth and easy for you.

If you are thinking that is confusing and doesn’t sound very big nor even exciting, give us a week and watch us try and figure this out. Consider, if this week is a Dead Show and we have just entered “Space,” you have a choice, go get a drink and complain about how the lack of music sucks, sit back and “change your mind” as the band figures out how to make music, and possibly “once in a while you get shown the light, In the strangest of places if you look at it right.” Scarlet Begonias. Listen carefully, you will hear the music.

The website sucks. It is ugly and the technology has broken all week. Our team is creating new classes privately this week, testing new technology and experimenting. We will finish April with a new launch of our studio streaming online on our website with higher quality streams, better archives and a wide variety of classes. We will have chats on the videos and it will be easy to use. We are evolving to a Membership model that will be affordable and accessible, with great teachers and classes. 

How will it work financially? We are committed to doing the right thing, you know that. We will be reaching out to all of Annual Members this week and everybody who donated since we closed and getting you set up in the new system. Amy will make this easy. If you were on auto-pay before we will send you a registration code and an opportunity to register in at a discount, we plan on doing the same thing for everyone who has been a Member of MPY. If you have ideas on how we should do this, tell me, you can reply to this email, message me on Facebook, or send an owl or carrier pigeon. Suffice it to say, more information is coming.

What else? Respect. This is the word of the week. I have been struggling with the idea of masks the last week, from the historical context in America of thieves wear masks to our ideas on freedom and choice. Consider the idea that wearing a mask is RESPECT, to other people around you who may be vulnerable or have compromised health. It is a new habit for all of us and we all struggle differently. I encourage you to embrace the mask and set new standards for how we interact in the real world. This isn’t the time to cite studies or theories on why you don’t have to change you ways, that is so 2019. It really doesn’t matter whether you think this is dangerous or not or if there has been a study of 2,000 people that says people with your name won’t get it or have already had it. There is too little information and too few tests done to say anything is a fact in terms of safety and health. Instead of being right this week, practice RESPECT, wear a mask, stay in your neighborhood and stay away from anybody you don’t live with.

Sorry for the rant, I know we are all trying and that we all feel differently about what is happening. There are no easy answers. Be patient with yourself this week, do the little things to protect yourself and your people, keep your head up and a mask on. If you need help, ask for it.

Love, Respect and Happy 420,
Jamie

PS- We have info on how to subscribe to Twitch for free with your amazon account on our blog, a few posts back. Here is our channel: https://twitch.tv/marinpoweryoga

The Challenge Starts Today

Live Out Of Your Imagination, Not Your History. Stephen Covey.

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” Stephen Covey.

Sounds like pretty basic advice for getting thru a pandemic, yet each day I have been holding on to the past, dragging me into a fight I will lose every time. Our past has to inform us when possible, but we have to move forward beyond the comfort zone of “the way things used to be.” We are not going back. None of us.
Last week sucked, right? We all bottomed out, people did irrational things they can’t explain, whether it was my Mom in NYC taking a walk to the park (which requires navigating an elevator used by 180 people) or my friend who was talking to the mailman without wearing a mask (you know mailman are super spreaders, be careful) or how I let my teen son take a hike with 2 friends because they promised to stay 6′ apart and wear masks (is that worth risking my family quarantine safety, we know teens are struggling also). The depression was a real as the frustration, the mistakes of last week do not define us this week. Start Over. Begin Again.
What have we been doing at MPY to support you? We launched a new course “5 Day Fitness Challenge,” it starts today! Araceli and Laura built this Course to get us thru this week and it includes a mix of fitness and yoga classes and meditations to get you stronger and create a positive shift in your life. You may have done some of these classes with us, that will not make them any easier to do! I am encouraging you to do this as a 5x5x5x5 Challenge.
Invite 5 of your family members and friends around the world to join you for free on our website. Torture your Friends! Seriously, save their lives. Take All 5 Days of Classes for free on our website.Buy 5 Gift Certificates to Your favorite restaurants.Buy 5 Gift Certificates to Your favorite shops.I understand we all have fear and concerns right now. Every business and restaurant you know is getting punished by a cash liquidity problem right now. You can help. Some of our neighbors started https://Dine11Marin.org connecting restaurants to healthcare workers and donors to provide meals. Our Chamber created https://SanAnselmoEats.com to keep us up to date with local restaurants and Neve and Hawk created https://SanAnselmoShops.com to keep you up to date as to what is happening with our shops in Town.
I wish I had some easy answers for you, whether that was some b.s positivity, an end date or toilet paper. The reality is this week is very important for all of us and it is going to be difficult. We all need to dig deeper, find our perseverance and practice our patience. Do NOT try and create new permanent routines, this is the time to stay in motion, keep shifting, making improvements and adjusting. Take it one day at a time. You can do this.
What else? We moved the website to an upgraded server and got better at building courses, we are cross training each other this week. We have a team of teachers streaming on Twitch and you can see the schedule below. Our teachers are creating playlists for your workouts and posting them up on our website. We applied for SBA loans and some random grants that every business in the country is applying for. We zoomed into meetings and stared at the refrigerator wishing the inside looked different. We started wearing masks. We can do this.
There is nothing going on right now and everything is happening at once. We will all make mistakes this week and I can almost guarantee every day will be a bad hair day. You have a choice to celebrate your wacky hair, send your positive energy to people who are sick and find little moments in each day to celebrate. We are going to create the new world together, it will take all of our abilities and all of our strengths. Are you in for the 5x5x5x5 Challenge?
Pease, Love, 6′ and a Mask and Gloves,
Jamie

5x5x5 Challenge

HTTPS://TWITCH.TV/MARINPOWERYOGA

Take the 5x5x5 Challenge below (also in your email). We have an amazing schedule up on Twitch, streaming Live to you from our homes. The classes are free, ad supported, you can also subscribe and get rid of the ads and MPY gets a small piece of revenue there. If you want to help us, get your friends and family working out with you on our Twitch channel. There are instructions on our blog on how to subscribe for free using your amazon prime account. We have a great mix of classes each day with great teachers, you can take one or all, with access to 2 weeks of archives if you prefer a different time or class.

This is a MASSIVE experiment for all of us. We are going to figure out how to create a daily MPY experience on our Twitch Channel. So far, we are filling in classes and teachers, check out the schedule, we are posting it up daily on Instagram and FaceBook and we are putting out a weekly schedule each Sunday night and evidently in email on Monday night. Seriously, week 3 of Shelter in Place is on and we are all somewhere between new routines, appreciating how quiet things are and going bat shit crazy.

I don’t want to share the trivial struggles of us right now, there are real pandemic problems happening across our country and we all have a contribution to make. Did I say country? Our little Town is at risk. You can help save it. Seriously, use some of your time to research how you can give to the givers right now. This week we have a 5x5x5 Challenge for you. Can you do 5 classes on our Twitch channel, buy 5 gift certificates for shops in San Anselmo and 5 buy gift certificates for restaurants in San Anselmo? Are you in? This is a critical week in our collective existence, let’s make this shift together. Here are some online resources:
https://www.sananselmoshops.com/

www.sananselmostrong.org

https://sananselmoeats.com

We are getting ready with you, masks and all. You can laugh at my t-shirt mask in the photo below, legit mask is in the works. The point is, start with whatever you have and improve. This is what we are going to do together, get better.
Peace, Masks, Gloves and 6′
Jamie

Twitch Free Instructions

If You have Amazon Prime, you can get rid of the ads on our Twitch channel for Free. Please try this process to Subscribe for free to MPY on Twitch and tell us if we need any changes? Thanks to Michael H for working this up for us! https://www.twitch.tv/marinpoweryoga

Connect Your Twitch Account to Amazon Prime
Connecting your Twitch and Amazon accounts is necessary to unlock Twitch Prime and also to use paid features such bits (cheers). Here’s how to do it.
1. Make sure you’re logged in to both your Amazon and Twitch accounts within the same web browser.
2. Click on the yellow Connect your Twitch account button in the upper right corner when you go to the link on this page.
3. Follow the shown instructions and click the purple Confirm button. Your accounts should now be connected.

Your Twitch and Amazon accounts only need to be linked once. As soon as it’s done, the connection will work across other devices where you use Twitch such as the iPhone.

How to Claim Your Free Twitch Subscription
With your Amazon Prime membership, do the following to redeem your free subscription:
1. Open a web browser on a computer and navigate to the Twitch channel you wish to subscribe to ([twitch.tv/marinpoweryoga](http://twitch.tv/marinpoweryoga)).
2. In the top-right corner of the screen, or below the video to the right, there is a purple Subscribe button. Click it.
3. Once clicked, a small box containing a variety of subscription options should appear.
4. Click the Subscribe Free button to begin your free Twitch subscription for this channel.
Unlike paid Twitch subscriptions, the free one does not automatically renew each month. Free subscriptions must be renewed manually.

How to Renew Your Free Twitch Subscription
Since the free Twitch subscriptions don’t automatically renew on their own, you will need to visit your chosen channel in a web browser again and manually re-subscribe every 30 days. The process is identical to the way one would subscribe to a channel for the first time. Your subscription streak will continue as long as the subscription to the same account is renewed within 30 days of its expiration.

Closing Friday

THIS ISN’T EASY.

People, our mission is to improve the health and happiness of our community. We can not do that and continue to hold public classes. We do not have enough information to tell you that it is safe to be in groups of people. We are halting all public classes indefinitely, to be evaluated on a day by day and week by week scenario, as of Friday March 13th, 2020. I understand it sounds almost comical to say we are closing because of a pandemic on Friday the 13th, this is real.We are going to relaunch our website overnight and it will be a “Membership Based Online Learning System.” We are going to do our best to recreate our community online. Yes, it will be new and different. You will have to sign into your account again and it will not be synchronized with your regular account. I will try and make this as smooth as possible, we are doing the best we can! We are figuring out today and over the next week programming and a balance between live streaming and archived classes you can choose to do at your convenience. We will need your energy and support to make this transition.

As soon as it is safe or we can develop a process to hold public classes, we will re-open the studio to public classes. Until then, laugh with us when our stream doesn’t work, help us to figure out how to do this the right way and take safety pre-cautions that will keep you, your family and your neighbors safe. Look at the picture of Amy’s peach tree at the top of this message, the vibrant color and potential hope of sweet peaches this summer, contrast that with the black and white image of our fitness room, this is where we are.

I will send out messages with real information when I have it. Sign into our website tomorrow and set-up your new account with us. Expect things not to work. We are starting a 7 Day online Journey as of tomorrow, we want you to join us for this and grow with us. Do the classes, meditations and participate. We are going to use all of the digital tools and talents in our community to create a positive and safe experience for you.

If you think we are doing this wrong or have ideas on how we can do this better, please write me and share your thoughts with me. If you think this is all ridiculous, I understand and want you to be right. We need your energy and support to do this. Introverts, you have been preparing for this for decades. Extroverts, are you even on this email list? Seriously people, keep your distance and know that all contact is inappropriate right now. More to follow, Friday.

Peace, Love and 6 feet,
Jamie

Member of the Week: Anne Pia

1. What is your full name?  

Anne Valentina Pia

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing office with all my parents’ junk mail

3. What job did you have in high school?

Ice Cream shop worker at Snowbird Ski Resort

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Falling down the stairs and crashing into a metal garbage can in the marble foyer during lunch at my high school. The noise made sure that literally every eye was on me laying on the floor!

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

Last summer my husband and our kids went to Spain and Morocco. We did everything from sleeping in tents in the Sahara desert to relaxing in the quiet beach coves in Menorca. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Thinking about certain scenes from the movie Bridesmaids.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I would have to say it’s raising two solid and kind kids (who are actually adults now!)

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

Do whatever you can to end up in a career that truly fills your soul.

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

That every day I tried to do my little part to make the world a better place. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I am so grateful that I found Marin Power Yoga! In the last year, I have become so much stronger and met so many awesome people. I honestly love all the teachers and always look forward to going to class. The teachers create an environment that is fun and motivating and where everyone can feel good about where they are in their fitness journey. MPY has been such a gift  in my life!! 

Well Behaved Women

International Women’s Day!

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

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

The Present is Female and it is AMAZING!

Together We Can Do Anything!!!

Sanitizing!

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

.Simple Green.

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

KILLS 99.9% OF GERMS

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

CONCENTRATED

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

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

Fungicide

Mildewstat

Sanitizer

Virucide*

Virus Update

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Member of the Week: Michael and Jeanne Lipson

1. What is your full name?  

Michael Lipson

Jeanne Lipson

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

 M:  Amusement parks and pinball machines

J:  Jumping on the trampoline, waterskiing and tubing at our summer lake house in Minnesota

3. What job did you have in high school?

M:  Many: Delivery boy & cashier for a pharmacy. Coolest part was getting paid to drive around a Mustang. Drove an ice cream truck 1 summer near the beach. Shoveled snow. Mowed lawns. Even worked flea markets w/my own leather belt & buckle biz.

J:  I worked at a big department store in Fargo, ND, where I grew up.  I worked in accessories — handbags, jewelry, scarves.  I remember demonstrating all the ways you could use a scarf clip to ladies who bought them and who definitely weren’t going to remember how to use them when they got home. (I can’t remember now, either.)

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

M:  I ordered dancing shrimp in a remote part of Thailand, which is live little shrimp in seasoned lime juice served trapped between 2 plates. They “popcorn” from being in the acid. I didn’t know you wait until they’re dead to consume, so I was eating shrimp spastically flipping all over the place including up my shorts.  The locals were hysterical… 

J:  This moment is based on the fact that I grew up in a part of the country that is table-top flat. When driving across the country on my move to CA, I pulled into a gas station in the foothills of the Rocky Mtns because my car (a not-so-powerful Ford Pinto) seemed to be losing power steadily. I explained this to the mechanic, who gave me an incredulous look and said, “Lady, you are going uphill.”

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

M&J:  A 7+ month family trip around the world living out of backpacks when our kids were in 3rd & 6th grades. We traveled through SE Asia, India, Middle East & Africa. Not exactly a “vacation”, but a life-changing experience for all of us.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

M: Unexpected body sounds 

J: Recent example: Belly laughs with our kids (18 and 21!) playing card games over the holidays.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

M: Living life on my own terms. Making my children a priority over work and money. Leaving investment banking cuz it didn’t feed my soul. Growing & evolving w/Jeanne throughout 26 years of marriage. Prioritizing experiences, relationships and health over money, status and power. Finding ways to truly love life and BE ME.

J: Honestly, the phrase “blessed with” resonates more with me than the phrase “proud of”.  Bringing two amazing human beings into the world. Creating a partnership with my husband based on values which became our vows to each other.  Creating a life in this community where I give back and receive so much in return.

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

M:  Don’t hold back. Failure leads to becoming better. 

J:   You’re enough.

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

M: My zest for life. And my caring for others.

J:  That I was kind.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

M:  To promote body awareness & maintain physical vitality for as long as possible. As an avid bicyclist, yoga is the perfect offset to all those hours in the saddle. And to be part of the community.

J:   Mind, body, spirit.  Yoga has been a part of my life for years, and I’ve been going to MPY since the studio opened. Jamie and Amy — and some exceptional teachers —  have created a welcoming space and a wonderful community, with classes that are convenient, affordable and available to all.

Member of the Week: Paul Spillane

1. What is your full name?  

Paul M Spillane

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

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

3. What job did you have in high school?

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

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

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

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

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

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

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

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

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

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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

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

Enjoy the moments.  

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

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

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

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

Member of the Week: Suzanne Doerschlag

1. What is your full name?

Suzanne Gordin Doerschlag

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

As a child I loved running. Especially long distance.

3. What job did you have in high school?

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

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

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

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

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

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

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

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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

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

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

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

Kindness

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

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

Be willing to succeed

Be Willing To Succeed.

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

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

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

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

Love,
Jamie

Member of the Week: Belle Marko

1. What is your full name?  

Belle Marko

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Running wild in the woods of Madrone Canyon, Larkspur

3. What job did you have in high school?

Printing press operator

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

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

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

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

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Life

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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

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

Think Better of yourself and trust the universe

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

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

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

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

Friday I’m in Love

Schedule What Is Important To You.

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

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

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

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

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

Love,
Jamie

Member of the Week: Pere Wait

1. What is your full name? 

Perelandra Cogswell Wait

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

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

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked at a bookstore, of course! 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

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

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

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

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

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

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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

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

Do (more) yoga.

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

I listened and I cared.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The classes and the community.