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 connecting restaurants to healthcare workers and donors to provide meals. Our Chamber created to keep us up to date with local restaurants and Neve and Hawk created 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,

5x5x5 Challenge


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:

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′

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!

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 ([](
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


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,

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!!!


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.


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



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





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.

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!

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?


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.


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?


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!!! 


Member of the Week: Pere Wait

1. What is your full name? 

Perelandra Cogswell Wait

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

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

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked at a bookstore, of course! 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

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

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

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

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

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

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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

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

Do (more) yoga.

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

I listened and I cared.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The classes and the community.

Member of the Week: Shannon Egan

1. What is your full name?  

Shannon Elizabeth Egan

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

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

3. What job did you have in high school?

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

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

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

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

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

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

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

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

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

MPY The Shop

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

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

Beating The Amazon Effect

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

Yes, you can go out on a Tuesday night. Defying the odds, I went out on Tuesday night to the 2nd monthly open mic at Split Rock in Fairfax and heard Laura Seligsohn, Elaine Blakely and Kimi Keating playing guitar and singing, had a Boylan’s root beer and caught up with Devon from Sugar in San Anselmo. The women sang beautifully haunting songs and I was a mix of proud of them for being so brave and happy to witness them in their natural element. When we were “kids” this would have been ordinary, except we would have gone out at 11pm instead of already being home and in bed at 9pm. Why was this an amazing night? The Amazon Effect.

We live at an incredible moment in history, technology is making it possible for us to “live our best lives,” without ever leaving your house, from binge watching streaming shows to uber eating. This is the rat trap. The rat race is on, we have been convinced we will never have enough and we must continue to earn the most money per hour for as many hours a week possible. The trap, is your house. Get Out Of The Trap. Your best life starts the moment you walk to town, take a class with a neighbor or friend, hike up baldy or bike up Tam or bathe in the redwoods or simply read a book at Stinson. The way we defeat the Amazon Effect is we live and play with each other, be more social.

Yoga Teacher Training starts Monday! This is an exciting time of year for us as Wendy, Grace and Araceli share their knowledge and skills and mentor a group of teachers in training. These students will quickly be assisting in classes and you will see them practicing together in the back of the room. This program is designed to create a small and significant shift in your life with a small group of people and an opportunity to create new friendships and know people deeply. I am excited for them and encourage you to check out the application on the front of our website if you are interested in more information and applying.

We are starting our first Evryman grouped by Michael Lipson and Hunter Cressman at MPY on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, providing a unique opportunity for men to gather, meditate, talk and grow together. This starts Monday January 27th as a 6 part series, in the upstairs room on the right side, gathering at 6:45pm and starting promptly at 7pm, ending at 9:30pm. Men doing the work!

I posted a message in our FB group yesterday about driving and parking more carefully, especially in Town. I remind us all that our kids learn how to drive by watching us and that we are all responsible to each other. Our neighbors on the block have children that play in their driveways, please turn around slowly and carefully on Tunstead. Note that there is always another parking space and we will always welcome you to class late. The risks of speeding or parking illegally hurts the whole community actively, please slow down and be an example instead of a warning.

Before I get off my soap box, I encourage you to hug the people you care for, give your mate and/or children more kisses and live the life you want. As Devon and I discussed last night, the future is not promised nor guaranteed for any of us. This beautiful life is supposed to be messy and if you are making mistakes you are doing it right. See on your mat.

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

Member of the Week: Stefanie Michejda

1. What is your full name?  

Stefanie Regan Michejda

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Horseback riding

3. What job did you have in high school?


4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

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

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

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

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband and boys.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

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

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

Do what you love

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

My sense of adventure and love of laughter

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

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