Member of the Week: Nina Schuyler

1. What is your full name?  

Nina Schuyler

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Reading! Always reading. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was an avid tennis player, so I worked as a tennis instructor at a local club.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

So many, but here’s one: it took me two years to speak up and correct a friend’s pronunciation of my name. 

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

They all seem to be the best. This summer, my family and I visited Berlin. Art and museums and statues and memorials—(if you go, visit the East Side Gallery, where artists around the world have painted on the section of the Wall)– spark the necessary conversation about history so as never to repeat it.  

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My two novels, The Painting and The Translator

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

Decisions sparked by fear rarely work out. 

9. What would you like people to remember about you

I was present. And the times I wasn’t, I regretted.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The teachers are fantastic! Knowledgeable and inspiring, they offer safe, challenging workouts.

The 30 day challenge is on!!!

30 classes in 30 days!!! Each week we challenge you to take a class out of your comfort zone, it can be a different teacher, a totally different class or different time slot. At the end of the 30 days you end up with 26 star stickers and 4 heart stickers for every “different” class you took.

Those who complete the 30 classes in 30 days get 20% discount at the MPY shop.

📷 Jamie Diger

Member of the Week: Katherine Marcus

1. What is your full name?  

Katherine Suzanne Marcus

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I was blessed to have many.  I liked hanging out with my dog Bubbha.  Playing soccer. Karate. Going to choir and ranch camp.  When I look back I really can’t choose just one. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I had three while in high school.  When I was 14 years old I became a cashier at Long’s Drugs Store.  Next I was a courtesy clerk at Lunardi’s Market in Los Gatos. Then, at 16 my father owned a little restaurant and bar called the Almaden Feed and Fuel where I waited tables.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

The last time I wore white was in the third grade.  I wore my favorite white dress to school one day and while enjoying some refreshing chocolate milk, I laughed.  As a result, chocolate milk came directly out of my nose all over my favorite white dress.

Never again!

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

I went to Costa Rica when I was 22 and I will never forget the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Not to mention surfing, zip lining, volcanoes, Imperial Beer and good food!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

“Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.” ~ Anonymous 

I come from some pretty funny people.  Just yesterday I was with my sister and we could not stop laughing.  I work at Bungalow 44 in Mill Valley and I laugh A LOT with my coworkers.  Such a warm, fun loving bunch. I am so blessed! Come see us sometime!

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

To be frank, I hope they haven’t happened yet.

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

Love yourself as you are.  Nobody’s Perfect. Don’t compare yourself.  Forget the Myth. Nothing will be as you thought it would be.  Remember the no plan, plan is an ok plan to have. Chase the AWE.  Keep it simple. Always laugh. Everything is temporary. Everything.  Love every minute of it no matter what. Acceptance is key. Surrender.

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

Perhaps a sense of comfort at my memory.  A slight smile that comes to the surface if I am to be remembered.  That my essence was and is happy. And silly. And love. That I could apologize when needed and stand proud when required.  That I strove for humility and yet sometimes failed. That I was perfectly imperfect and never afraid to show it.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

A girlfriend of mine, Yukti Mehta Jizrawi, introduced me to the studio.  I hadn’t done kickbopxing in years and the movement woke something up in me.  The teachers are amazing and so knowledgeable. The studio just brought so much joy to my life.  I sometimes don’t get there as often as I’d like. Life is in session. But I crave it and look forward to being there all the time.  

Thank you Marin Power Yoga for all that you do for the community. For all that you’ve done for me! I look forward to making more memories there while building community and striving for health.  With endless gratitude, I thank you!

Member of the Week: Ian Hanson

1) What is your full name?

– Ian Christopher Hanson

2) What was your favorite activity as a child?

– As a kid, I always enjoyed being outside. There was a big forest behind our house, and I spent lots of time exploring nature and making up my own adventures.

3) What job did you have in high school?

– In the winters, I taught skiing for a small local ski area. Most of the lessons were the kids after school programs, which earned me a pass, and night skiing after we finished. Summer jobs were lawn mowing, and eventually a job at the fancy golf course picking up range balls, and washing carts. Dream job at 16!

4) What is your most embarrassing memory?

– Wow, so many to choose from! The first thing that pops to mind is having an accident on a school trip to the roller skating rink, and then trying to play off that wearing your sweatshirt around your waste backwards was cool…

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

– My wife and I went to Portugal a few years ago, and it was our first big European trip together. We had a blast, but I have a feeling the best vacation is yet to come!

6) What makes you laugh out loud?

– Friends, family, people not taking life too seriously? Laughter is the best!

7) What accomplishments are you most proud of?

– I’m proud to be the husband of a wonderful woman. I’m also proud to be more comfortable in my own skin than I used to be.

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

– I would tell myself to start practicing yoga at an amazing studio, but not sure young me would listen… And all the things you hear about gratitude, forgiveness, and self love are real. Try to find new things to learn, and enjoy that part of the process.

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

– Remember after we meet? Remember once I’m dead? Maybe for the former it’s a genuine hug or smile, and the latter… ? How one person could sweat so much in an hour? I’m still stumped myself!

10) Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

– Many of the instructors are truly amazing people, and very talented teachers. I get excited and inspired to practice with such a strong and graceful group of yogis too!

Member of the Week: Bridget Carlson

  1. What is your full name? 

Bridget Austin Carlson

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

My family is very into Cycling, so that was a big activity for me growing up. In college I was on the Cycling Race Team, which is where I met most of my best friends.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I had 2 jobs at different times. During the school year, I was an assistant in a podiatrist’s office. I will never forget cleaning up whole toenails out of the exam rooms. One summer I also had a job at the local Transportation Authority drawing outlines of roads in a computer program every day.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hard to pick one, but just this week at work I walked around my entire office introducing a New Hire to everyone. When I got to the last person, they told me that I had a huge piece of spinach in my teeth; it had been there the whole time.

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

My grandmother and I have been on a number of international trips together. These trips are all really special to me. In November we are going on our first trip since 2011. She’ll be 93 and we will be spending 2 weeks in Thailand.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My parents live in Fairfield and whenever I visit with them they always have hilarious stories about random things going on at the house. They own a couple of chickens and there is always some drama going on in their “pecking order”.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

In May, I summited my first mountain, Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo (Malaysia) with one of my best friends. It was very difficult but so rewarding.

I was also part of a team of 4 that placed 2nd at Collegiate Cycling Nationals in an event called the Team Time Trial.

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

I would tell myself to take it easy more; lots of things seem very important but aren’t in the grand scheme of things. Things will work out as they are meant to. 

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

I would like people to remember me as moral, funny and kind.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

When I moved in Marin in Dec 2017, I was looking for something to help fill time after work and stay healthy. I now don’t need MPY to help fill my time, but I keep coming back because I really love the teachers (shout out to all the 6pm Power Yoga teachers!) and I enjoy the mental clarity that I get from yoga.

Member of the Week: Tiffani Howell

1. What is your full name?

Tiffani élan Howell, though my nickname/professional name is Tes (long story)

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Reading – anything I could get my hands on and sneak into my room.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked for a Dutch cookie waffle place and sold concessions at the minor league baseball field.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

You mean, my least most embarrassing memory that I would want to share with hundreds of people? Nothing is really coming to mind…

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

Probably the first time my husband and I went to Oahu in 2001 (?). I had recently passed my qualifying exams for the PhD and felt like every sunset was a reward for having just slogged through the German canon and (sort of) made it out the other side.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Anything ridiculous

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am a language teacher by training (everything from German language proficiency to critical reading and writing skills), and I am most proud of those moments when I witness a student experience that “aha moment,” knowing that I helped bring it about in some way.

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

Calm down. Seriously.

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

That I would rather laugh than cry.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Because it pushes me to my edge and is filled with all my favorite people!

Member of the Week: Tonya Leitz

1. What is your full name?

Tonya Renea Vigeant Leitz

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Dancing, singing, creating, always making art, playing Native American woman in the woods, talking to my imaginary Indian family, crushing berries and leaves and setting up our home and kitchen. I also liked to ride my bike and pretend I was a bus driver.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was always babysitting but my first real job was at United Colors Of Benetton in Newburyport, Massachusetts. 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I let PEOPLE magazine come to our hippie farm wedding in Vermont and take pictures. We were in the Aug 14th, 1995 issue (Sandra Bullock on the cover) It was a feel good story. The bridal shop in New Hampshire that had my wedding dress burnt to the ground 4 days before our wedding. They found a replacement for me, a woman in California had the same dress and sent it my way. There was a large picture of me in my dress and the headline read in bold ‘UNLUCKY BRIDE’ I still laugh, I’m just glad I didn’t go on the Sally Jesse Raphael show, they did call me. 

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

I drove across the country with two girlfriends in a Honda Civic hatchback. We drove from Boston to California. I was surfing in San Diego when I met up with a friend who invited me to join him on a surf trip to Mexico. I said yes, because I could, so I went. We took a few buses to reach Puerto Escondido where we slept in hammocks on the beach, hung out with the locals, surfed, and met inspiring fellow travelers. I chose this trip as one of my best because at age 20 life was different. I had no fear, I was free, I was finding my way, my place in the world, with nothing holding me back. It was not a vacation it was a true spontaneous adventure. I’m also a beach bum so a small bag, bikini, and sleeping between two palm trees was pretty much a dream.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My family for sure, that’s how we navigate through the world together. I was raised to laugh. Friends and private jokes, I don’t hang out with people who don’t laugh. I like fun people. Life is funny. Laughter is healing and I also embrace the occasional cry laugh when needed. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

If you know me, you already know that it’s being a good Mama to my kids, Sadie and Roman. I was a pregnant lady for halloween in third grade, I waited a long time for them. There is nothing more important to me than being a loving, present, giving, teaching mother. I’m thankful I get to do this life with them. They are my greatest accomplishment and gift.

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

Don’t worry so much, the universe will lead you. Positivity is infectious, and happiness is a choice. Only spend time with people that make you feel good. Be the light that attracts the light. Trust your gut and forgive, smile more. Life is better with a dog. Hold hands and pray. Eat peaches, be happy.

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

That I care, that I’m patient, present, fun loving and invested. I love hard, and I’m loyal. I’m mindful, sensitive, creative and intuitive. I’m an empath. I’m a lover not a fighter. I see you, I hear you, I watch you. I’m an artist. You are my muse. I believe that the good things in life are free, friends and family, cooking, listening to music and spending time together. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I first walked into MPY in May 2013, the studios opening night. My first impression of both Amy and Jamie still remains who they truly are. Jamie with his gentle thoughtful wise words and compassion and Amy with her loving, direct, beautifully honest self, refreshing. What a perfect match. We enjoy biking to practice and love the community vibe. MPY is laid back, honest, nonjudgmental, full of amazing teachers, encouragement, and support. The staff and fellow yogis become your tribe, and the space becomes a second home to replenish together. I’m grateful I GET to do yoga at MPY. Namaste!

Member of the Week: Jeffrey Baum

  1. What is your full name? 

Jeff Baum

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing all kinds of sports especially baseball

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked at a place called Joes Pizza delivering pizza and making sandwiches

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

The time I went to the town pool with my mother when I was about 8 or 9 years old and was told not to jump off the high dive since I couldn’t swim very well. Of course, I did jump off and immediately started drowning and was saved by a lifeguard.

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

The best vacations were taking my 4 kids to Disneyland, Disney World, Florida, and Pismo Beach when they were young.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Getting together with my kids and just messing around and playing with my dogs. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

In addition to being a father to 4 awesome kids and watching them grow up to be great human beings, I would say being the lead singer of an AC/DC tribute band for 10 years, being a proficient guitarist and drummer and becoming a Martial Artist in Shaolin Kempo Karate and for the last 3 plus years in Wing Chun Kung Fu.

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

Don’t waste so much time partying and getting in trouble…!

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

That I worked hard, played harder, was caring and kind to animals.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love the positive vibe there. The instructors are truly amazing and the students are awesome. Everyone is so friendly and kind. I love to work out and stay in shape and I can’t think of a better place to practice Yoga than MPY.

San Anselmo Fitness Day 2019

San Anselmo Fitness Day – Friday, August 2, 2019!

There is a full schedule of classes from fitness studios in Town from 9am-5pm in Imagination Park, concluding with Picnic on The Plaza! 

San Anselmo Fitness Day Friday August 2, 2019!

This Friday! Look at the incredible day our community is doing together! San Anselmo Avenue is closed between Creekside and Ludwigs, we are getting together to celebrate summer, your health and your community! Walk the town, shop the shops, test ride an electric bike, get a fitness check up and see the antique fire truck. Participants will get coupons to Swirl! The day finishes with the kick-off of Picnic On The Plaza at 5pm with live music!

Bring your family, bring your neighbor! 

PS- Araceli and Jenny are leading an Intensive Fitness Training this week, info on the MPY website.

Member of the Week: Sarah Laffer

  1. What is your full name? 

Sarah Collins Laffer

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Swimming. I loved to be in the water. My mother would stand next to the pool trying to get me out and I would do somersaults over and over again in an attempt to ignore her. It drove her crazy.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I only worked summers. Mostly, I would do lawn and property maintenance at some properties my father owned. It was always sweltering hot in upstate New York and I cannot tell you how many times I cut the cord on the electric trimmer. It’s a miracle I still have 10 fingers.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I was on a budget and saw some deli end meats in a friend’s parent’s fridge, I pointed out to her mother that I also found they sold the deli ends really cheap at the local store…she laughed and said she bought them for the dog. We still laugh about that.

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

I’ve been on many amazing vacations in my years, but my favorite trip was driving cross country with my husband (though, not at the time) and two dogs. This was before smartphones, so did it with a road atlas, a TripTik from AAA, and a guide of campgrounds across the US.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

No wrong answer, right? People falling. Like America’s Funniest Home Video’s falling. The medleys and replays are what get me. I think it’s because we are all human and walk around trying to act like we have it together and blammo. Nope.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My sobriety. On June 14th of this year, I celebrate 15 years. My sobriety has given me the space to challenge myself and be vulnerable and to be the best parent, spouse, and friend I can be. Truth be told, my sobriety is the result of a lot of hard work and humility, so I am really most proud of my willingness to grow and be honest with myself.

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

Trust yourself.

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

I honestly have no idea. Maybe I have not done it yet.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

There are practical reasons, like, I can afford it, the variety of classes is amazing, and the kid’s classes are a life saver. Beyond that, though, what makes me love Marin Power Yoga is how comfortable I feel there. The instructors are amazing, kind, and supportive and it feels like a real community. Come as you are is so important to me. I just show up for what I need, whether it be to laugh, cry, sweat it out, or find a little peace. Thanks for being there, MPY!

Member of the Week: Jana Buechel

1. What is your full name?

Jana Buechel

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Horse riding, gymnastic on horses, being outdoors with my friends and my dog. I grew up very rural in the mountains of Switzerland. We spend most of our time outdoors, no matter the weather conditions.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked on a production line in a factory.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hmm I have a few, once I came out of a public bathroom and didn’t realize that my foot was tangled up in toilet paper which I was carrying along with me… Or another time I forgot to zip up the back of my overall and showed everyone my pretty underwear I was wearing…

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

My first backpacking trip to Australia and Asia in my early twenties.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Being together with my friends and having a good time. The little ones at the school I’m working for.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My personal growth. Building up a life in California with nothing.

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

Be patient. Surrender (still working on that ;))

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

My kind heart.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Great teachers, lovely community and very decent pricing.