40 Day Program

SoulShine Tour at the Greek!



We are headed to Berkeley this Saturday to practice yoga with Michael Franti and friends, then dance and sing as 4 Bands play including Michael Franti and Spearhead!!! For complete info check out the website for the tour here: http://www.soulshine.com/

Dance is part of the celebration of life. In many ways yoga is a dance, from the choreography or sequencing to the way the body moves and opens whether it is to the rhythm of your breath or the music. The physical practice of yoga and dance moves energy thru your body, blasting some channels open and healing areas that need it in your head, heart and soul. You want joy? You have to sing! Whether you whisper or roar, singing will elevate your life., filling it with happiness.

“Life is Better with YOU!” Michael Franti singing with Jason Bowman on Guitar and Baron Baptiste teaching at Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area.Michael Franti Quote

Celebrate Love This Friday! Yoga Jam and Artist Reception!!!

Save The Date!!! This Friday – February 7, 2014

Celebrate Love & Art!!!

*Yoga Jam from 6-7pm – Donation based class to raise funds and awareness for Africa Yoga Project! We are turning up the music and setting the flow loose! Hands on Assists and a Friday Night Jam – Yes, The Disco Ball will be on! We want to raise $1,000 for AYP Friday Night – Do It For The Love!

**Artist Reception from 7-9pm with the amazing Cayen Robertson! You have seen her art in the studio and our retail space, now is your chance to meet her and take home a piece that will create peace and passion in your home!!!

***Emah will be in the Treehouse with the kids from 6-7:45pm – She will keep the young ones busy and supervise the older kids!

****This is a family affair, we will not be serving alcohol but we will have delicious pizza from our neighbors over at True North Pizza!

*****Special Guest Vendors!

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/621206894612940/
Cayen Robertson Artist at MPU

This picture is from Cayen Robertson and is called “Green Earth Below.” This will look GREAT in your house!

How can you get involved? Donate to AYP at the event! Buy a shirt, buy some art!!! We are in this together!!!
What else are we up to?

Monday – Friday

6:00 – 7:00 am (Vinyasa)
9:00 – 10:15 am (Vinyasa)
10:45 – 11:45 am Yin ( T & Th) and Gentle Yoga (M & W & F)
12:00 – 1:00 pm (Vinyasa)
4:30 – 5:30 pm (Vinyasa) (Friday is Yin)
6:00 – 7:00 pm (Vinyasa)


8:00 – 9:00 am (Vinyasa)
9:30-10:45 am (Rock N Flow)
12:00 -1:00 pm (Vinyasa)
4:30 – 5:30 pm (Basics)


8:00 – 9:00 am (Vinyasa)
9:30 – 10:45 am (Ubuntu Flow with Live Music)
12:00 -1:00 pm (Vinyasa)
4:30 – 5:30 pm (Yin)

Courage is the Most Important Virtue

Maya Angelou Picture Quote

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou

If somebody asked you, would you say you act courageously? Have you considered it a virtue before? What the hell is courage?

Courage is what enables you to walk thru the studio doors and find out what our yoga classes are all about. Courage is what gets you up in the morning, whether it is to make the kids lunch or to start your work day. Courage is what let’s you do that presentation in front of your team or simply invite a new friend on Facebook.

Our head works overtime telling us to be careful, proceed slowly and look before leaping. We all dig deep and act from a place of courage every single day, hundreds of times. Sometimes courage is simply stepping outside of the box you have drawn around yourself. Shedding what is known and comfortable. It took me a year to admit I like coconut, o.k really it took 38 years, but then it took a year to actually say out loud “I love coconut covered cup cakes.” It strangely doesn’t sound very courageous, but eating the first bite took years!

Forget the big stuff. Whether it is saving someone’s life out of a burning building or defending your sworn enemies right to freedom of speech, when the time is right you will have the courage to do the right thing. Start practicing now by acknowledging the details in your every day life that are possible because of your courage. Maybe it is letting your 3 year old walk up the stairs without you, attempting crow or hand stand in the middle of the room or trying something new on the menu even though it might not be your favorite. Be willing to be surprised by how strong you really are.

Explore Your Personal Values – Live With Intention!!!

“Mindfulness”, “Emotional Intelligence” and “Social Intelligence” are terms that have gained recent widespread popularity.  Companies like Google, Cisco, and American Express are pouring lots of time and money into programs designed to help employees gain these vital leadership skills.
 EXLI.org founders and leadership trainers Teo Nissen, MD and Oli Mittermaier will provide hands on insight into how these programs work and why they are so effective at creating happy and empowered employees (i.e. people!).  In this 2-hour workshop, participants will:
– Explore their core personal values
– Identify “blockers” that knock them out of alignment with their values
– Cultivate strategies that build resilience and greater empowerment to overcome blockers
Come prepared to interact, explore and learn how to make values a central part of living a wholehearted and engaged life at work and home.
This workshop is from 9:30-11:30am on Saturday February 1st at Marin Power Yoga. It is complimentary for Members and a regular drop-in of $20 for guests. There will be kids yoga club for ages 3-7 in the tree house at the same time! Where comfortable clothes and bring an open mind to the discussion!!!
Please contact oli@exli.org for more information.
Successful Leaders Quote
“Successful leaders are not only aware of their values but are consistently able to act in alignment with them.”

Wild Salmon Collard Wraps – Dinner Tonight!

Here is a another great recipe from Kia Sanford!

Wild Salmon Collard Wraps

Serves 2

  • 8-10 ounces wild salmon, cut into 6 even strips (roughly 1/2 thick and 4 inches long)
  • 3 large collard greens
  • 2 nori sheets (each sheet cut into 8 rectangles)
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 large chunk of ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1⁄8 cup brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1.5 tablespoons wheat free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • cilantro leaves for garnish
  • sunflower sprouts for garnish

    To make the Marinade:

    Whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, mustard, and tamari. Stir in minced garlic and ginger. Place the sliced salmon into a bowl and add enough marinade to cover the fish. Marinate for 20-30 minutes

    To Make the Collard Wraps:

    Remove the stalk from the collards to give you 2 separate leaf pieces. Lay them onto your work surface, dark/shiny side down. Place 1-2 nori sheets on the middle of the collard leaf. Place 1 salmon strip onto the nori. Top with some carrots, fennel, cilantro leaves, and sprouts. Drizzle some of the marinade over everything. Roll the collards up (like a sushi roll)

    To Cook:

    Place salmon rolls onto a steamer dish. Steam for approximately 5-6 minutes. Serve alone or with brown rice and lime wedges

Pumpkin Coconut Stew – Great For The Cleanse!

Another great recipe from Kia Sanford to support your Cleanse!

Pumpkin Coconut Stew

Serves 6-8

  • 1 lb pumpkin, butternut squash, or acorn squash, halved, peeled and seeded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 large thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 sticks of lemongrass, outer leaves removed, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • a generous splash or two of olive oil
  • 1 white onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups whole coconut milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 limeRoast the pumpkin at 350°F until flesh is tender.
    In a large soup pot cook the onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent and brown. Add the chili powder, curry powder, lemongrass, ginger, pumpkin flesh, coconut milk, shredded coconut and stock. Stir for a minute to coat and then bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper and season with fresh lime juice, tasting as you go. Serve in bowls OR add it back to the pumpkin shell for a beautiful presentation.

    Top with chili powder, some shredded coconut or cilantro leaves if you like.

Shiitake and Sesame Buckwheat

From Kia Sanford: A great recipe to support your Detox Cleanse!

Sesame and Shiitake Buckwheat
1 cup toasted buckwheat
2 Tbs white or hulled sesame seeds
1 cup dried shiitake or other dried mushrooms* 21/2 cups boiling water plus 1⁄2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbs toasted sesame oil

Place buckwheat, and sesame seeds in pot over medium heat and dry toast for 2 to 3 minutes, or until seeds begin to pop.

*Remove pot from heat and very carefully add boiling salted water and dried shiitake mushrooms.
Place pot back over low heat, bring to simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes turn off heat and leave covered for 10 more minutes. Fluff with fork and drizzle with toasted sesame oil and serve. Or cool and use for salads.

***Exercise extreme caution when adding the boiling water to the hot pot.
Remove the pot from the heat, and add the water quite slowly until all sputtering has stopped.

*You can substitute dried porcini, morel, chanterelle, or any other exotic dried mushroom for the shiitake mushrooms.
Spice options: Add 1 tsp fenugreek, cumin, mustard and/or fennel seeds during toasting process.
Serves 4

Cucumber Mint Salad

Kia passed this simple recipe along to us. There is a link to buy the book below if you are looking for a new cookbook!

Cucumber Mint Lime Salad

from Grub by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry

3 medium cucumbers peeled and thinly sliced 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
coarse sea salt

freshly ground white pepper

In a large bowl combine the cucumbers, lime juice, and mint. With clean hands, toss well for 1 minute. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and white pepper to taste, Toss for an additional minute. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Taste and add more salt and/or pepper if needed.

grub cook book

The Reset Cleanse with Kia Sanford Starts Today!

The 40 Day Yoga Challenge is On! We are starting our cleanse Today!!!

Kia Sanford is kicking off the Cleanse at our meeting tonight. What do you need to know?

This is the link for the General Recommendations for Detox Cleanse. Read the PDF, print it if you want. This document has all the info to support you moving forward with the Cleanse!

Here is the Link to buy supplements for you smoothies. Buying thru Kia gets you a 20% discount! You have to register thru the site, but you will figure it out!!! If you want to order thru the phone, tell them you are working with Kia Sanford so you get the 20% discount! The number is 1-800-654-4432.

If you want supplements and can’t wait for mail order, these are some suggestions from Kia:

  • Metabolic Detox Complete (vanilla is best) by Metabolic Maintenance (#MET32), or PaleoCleanse by Designs for Health (Available at Gathering Thyme)
  • Renewal Greens by Innate (#I40111), or Vitamineral Green by HealthForce (Available at Gathering Thyme)
  • PaleoFiber by Designs for Health (#PAL21), or Triple Fiber by ReNew Life (Available at Gathering Thyme)

What else? Stay Strong! Share recipes with us in our Group on Facebook here.

Love and Celebrate Yourself! February 7 2014

Save The Date! Friday – February 7, 2014 – Love and Celebrate Yourself!!! Yoga Jam – We are gonna get on down to get on up! Team taught Yoga Jam from 6-7 pm and a reception from 7-9pm! It’s a family affair! The kids club will be hanging!

This will be a fundraiser for Africa Yoga Project and a celebration of our 40 Day Yoga Challenge! Yes, we know there will be 3 days of the Challenge left, but we want to PARTY!!! There will be shirts for sale, jewelry, amazing art from Cayen Robertson, pizza and drinks! Come together as a community and dedicate your practice to LOVE!

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/621206894612940/

Zora Neal Hurston Picture Quote

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston

Inversions Workshop at Marin Power Yoga with Wendy Saturday January 18 2014

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho

Inversions Workshop with Wendy and Alex this Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30am at Marin Power Yoga! You will learn tips and tricks from the pros! You will get a new pose, deepen a pose and this counts towards our 40 Day Yoga Challenge! Members are free and regular drop-in for guests! Kids yoga club is happening at the same time with Emah!
Start your Saturday off with us!!!

Paulo Coelho Picture Quote

We Are All Connected – Yoga

“So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Picture QuoteWatching an awesome video with this quote within it from Neil, I felt the magnificence and weight of his words move thru my body. I felt the joy I feel in yoga when I feel my body reacting to the messages from my brain. It may be the slight rotation of my thigh in triangle pose enabling my chest to expand. It may be the sinking of my chest into the mat in Savasana. It is this connection to myself, my body, my thoughts and my breath that extends out into my family, friends, neighbors, members of MPY and the universe.

Looking up at this moon 2 nights ago, I felt big. Partly because I could appreciate the awesomeness of it and partly because it signals the expansion of daylight in our lives. While I do not get caught up in signs or zodiac symbols – I do enjoy when others find or explain meaning in these symbols. With all of the craziness of 2014 starting, our 40 Day Challenge in full swing and life intervening…it was really nice to enjoy something as simple as the moon rising. The light filtering the darkness of the night. The small amount of space I fill in this world and the huge potential impact I can have, simply by living consciously.

I am biased, Neil is one of my favorite graduates of my high school, The Bronx High School of Science. He represents the intelligence we all have the potential for. He embraces Science and explains the world and how it works in terms that I can understand and relate to. He reminds me that it is my choice to see myself as small compared to the universe or big because of connection to it. When I get on my mat and do my yoga practice, I feel that connection with myself, I know in my heart we are all part of the same living breathing mass we refer to as the Earth. That, and my hips feel better.

Getting Ready for the Cleanse!

Our Cleanse starts Monday January 20, 2014! Information you need for the Cleanse is HERE and HERE. Download the Documents and Read Them!!! You don’t have to print them but you can if you want! We are starting Phase 1 Today!

Kia Sanford is leading the Cleanse. Her information is below, she is available for private appointments if you want to discuss personal issues or are ready to take greater control of your eating habits. This cleanse is free for Members and participants in the 40 Day Yoga Challenge! Private appointments are booked and paid for thru Kia!!!

What are we doing this week? Transitioning into the cleanse!!! Think of this as an opportunity to ease your way in and start to transition your eating and drinking. The most important thing you must do is drink LOTS of WATER. We are flushing out toxins and fat as we sweat in yoga and staying hydrated will keep your energy up.

What else do you need to know? If you want to order any supplements for smoothies etc. you can get them at a 20% discount thru Kia. You must order them by January 15th for them to arrive by the time your cleanse starts. The supplements are not mandatory, they are a dietary option! The info on ordering is in the second document and the link to order is on Kia’s website. Somes additional info is below her contact information.

Kia Sanford MS – Kailo Counseling & Nutrition and The “Get R.E.A.L” Program
San Anselmo & Greenbrae CA and all over the virtual world

415.813.6183 office phone
541.821.3618 cell phone



From Kia:

Ordering ReSet Supplies

You may want to split an order with another participant if you don’t plan to continue to use a smoothie beyond Phase 2.

Recommended Detox Support Smoothie Blend:

Metabolic Detox Complete (vanilla) by Metabolic Maintenance – 21 servings (#MET32) Renewal Greens by Innate Formulas – 30 servings (#I40111)
PaleoFiber (unflavored) by Designs for Health – 60 servings (#PAL21)

There are other options but these are my current favorites. There is a chocolate version of the Metabolic Detox Complete (#ME680) but I find it doesn’t give you the flexibility for varying flavors like the vanilla version does. If you would like to choose an alternative blend of powders or potions, please run them by me first. There is a LOT of garbage out there and I want you to stay healthy and not waste your hard earned funds.

You are not required to purchase supplements through me. This service is supplied as a convenience and always at at least 20% below retail cost.

To order supplements to be delivered to your door please do either of the following:

1 – Online:
Log onto my website at www.kailocounseling.com and click on the drop down menu labeled “Services & Pricing” then on the “click here” text. You will see a new window open inside the Kailo Counseling frame for my distributor, Emerson Ecologics. You will need to create an account. In the places where it asks for a practitioner fill in my name. It will ask you for a zip code, enter 97520. It will also ask you for an access code which is “2order”. Once your account is created, click on “Virtual Dispensary” and you will be taken to the list of supplements that I recommend. You can also search by the codes given to you with your protocol. When you log on again in the future, all you will have to do is enter your chosen user name and password. It is Highly recommended that you compare product codes and not just product names with the ones on your list to be sure you get the appropriate items since often there will be variations of the same supplement available and specific ones have been chosen for you for a reason. On the next screen you will be able to change the quantities of each item if you want more than one. You will receive a 20% discount off retail price at the end of the order process, don’t worry if you see different prices initially.

2 – Over the Phone:
Have your product codes and credit card information handy before you call Emerson Ecologics customer service 800-654-4432. The folks at the other end are extremely helpful but they will need to know you are a client of Kia Sanford MS in order for you to obtain the 20% discount, so don’t forget to tell them right at the beginning of your call.

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Dreams Create Possibilities

Gloria Steinem Picture QuoteWithout leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem

Often times we preach to be in the present moment, let go of the past and stop worrying about the future. Sometimes being in the present moment entails dreaming, creating possibilities that may only exist in your imagination. Sometimes this shows up in our physical yoga practice. It may be as subtle as pulling back on your hip in Warrior I or trying Crow pose for the first time or splitting your legs in Headstand. What starts off as impossible is created by the work you do today, providing fuel for future possibilities.

We always joke and say the hardest part of yoga is showing up. Whether it is planning it into your day, balancing a busy family life or having to work – figure out how to show up. When you get on your mat you create the possibility of magic in your life, you create a deeper connection with yourself and you create the possibility of sharing that light with others. We have an amazing day for you at MPY – come in, feed your soul and create fuel for your dreams.

Meditations and Mantras Workshop Saturday January 11 2014

Meditations and Mantras with Laura Noss Sutphen this Saturday January 11, 2014. Get tips from a pro! Secrets revealed!

Here is a sample Urban Meditation from Laura:


Set a timer for 5 minutes (or longer).

Find a quiet place to lay down.

Fill your body with awareness, noticing every part from the tips of your toes to the tip of your head. Feel the weight of your body anchoring you.

Mentally scan your body one area at a time. Notice where you are holding tension, and release it. Notice where you are fluid, and breathe into it.

Check in on your mind. Do you have a running commentary? What is it saying? Instead of judging, just be present and notice the thoughts

Notice the relationship between your breath, body and thoughts, feeling and becoming aware of all these dimensions. Rest in this awareness.

Meditation workshopMarin Power Yoga is located at 141 Tunstead Avenue, San Anselmo, California 94960.

40 Day Yoga Challenge Starts – Details

40 Day Yoga ChallengeOur 40 Day Yoga Challenge is on! Over 44 people signed in to kick us off! There is still time to put your name on the wall!!!

Why do the Challenge? Because you can! If you have questions ask us!!! This is designed to create an amazing 2014. Thru our daily yoga practice we will increase our flexibility while toning our muscles and even rediscovering ones we have forgotten we have!

Check out all of the details of the 40 Day Yoga Challenge below:
This program is FREE, you only pay for your yoga!
Practice every day, we credit you for home practice and other studios!
Miss a day? Do a Double!!! Cultivate Strength, Flexibility, Improved Health & Joy with our Community!
Monday Nights – Weekly meetings 7:05-8:05pm – We have awesome programming created for these meetings, these will make your 40 Day Challenge!!!
Weekend Workshops! These are all optional and an easy way to get in a double!

Jan 4 – Alignment To Prevent Injuries (Jen & Sean)

Jan 11 – Meditations & Mantras (Laura)

Jan 18 – Inversions – Upside Down! (Wendy)

Jan 25 – Pranyama – Cultivating Energy Thru Breathwork (Eric)

Feb  1 – Chakra & Element Awakening (Helaine & Marina)

Feb 8 – Yin-Tensive (Helaine)

***Workshops will be free for Members and normal drop-in for Guests!
January 21st-28th we will be cleansing led by local nutritionist Kia Sanford. This will get kicked off at the Monday night meeting!

Holiday Schedule and 40 Day Yoga Program – Newsletter


“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

As we shift into the holidays we are reducing a few classes and getting ready for an awesome 2014. We have an active Kids Yoga schedule starting Monday Dec 23rd, check the schedule for details, note we will have SANTA here taking yoga pictures with the kids on Monday during their 9:00am class!!! Yoga with Santa…what???

Keep an eye on the schedule as we move into January, we will have new classes getting added, awesome workshops every weekend in January and a 40 Day Yoga Challenge starting January 2, 2014 and ending February 11, 2014! We are grateful for your participation and appreciate the efforts you make to get to class, bring your friends & family and share your lives with us!

Check out all of the details of the 40 Day Yoga Challenge below:
This program is FREE, you only pay for your yoga!
Practice every day, we credit you for home practice and other studios!
Miss a day? Do a Double!!! Cultivate Strength, Flexibility, Improved Health & Joy with our Community!
Monday Nights – Weekly meetings 7:05-8:05pm – We have awesome programming created for these meetings, these will make your 40 Day Challenge!!!
Weekend Workshops! These are all optional and an easy way to get in a double!

Jan 4 – Alignment To Prevent Injuries (Jen & Sean)

Jan 11 – Meditations & Mantras (Laura)

Jan 18 – Inversions – Upside Down! (Eric)

Jan 25 – Pranyama – Cultivating Energy Thru Breathwork (Eric)

Feb  1 – Chakra & Element Awakening (Helaine & Marina)

Feb 8 – Yin-Tensive (Helaine)

***Workshops will be free for Members and normal drop-in for Guests!
January 21st-28th we will be cleansing led by local nutritionist Kia Sanford. This will get kicked off at the Monday night meeting!

Kids Yoga Holiday Schedule

9:00am – Dec 23, 24, 26, 27
9:00am – Dec 30, 31
9:00am – Jan 2, 3
Strong Healthy Kids Rock!

Holiday Schedule
Dec. 24th – Classes end at 1pm.
Dec 25th – 9:00-10:15am ONLY.
Dec 26th – 6 am cancelled.
Dec. 31st – Classes end at 1pm.
Jan 1st – 6am cancelled.