New Leggings at The Shop

Babalu’s by Lucy leggings are now at The Shop! Lucy, the designer grew up in San Anselmo and currently lives with her family in Novato. These leggings will make you smile on the rainiest of days! From dogs to stars to mermaid scales, you will find something that will look great on you. If you want a specific style or size, message amy@marinpoweryoga.com and she will make sure we have them for you!

The Shop is located at 611 San Anselmo Avenue between Tam Realty and BookSmith across the street from Embellish and Dogville.

Your Yoga Mat

Your yoga mat is the least important part of your yoga practice and the most important. When I am feeling cynical I remind myself nobody used yoga mats 2,000 years ago nor did they use them 100 years ago. Why spend so much money on a rubber yoga mat?

The primary reason is comfort. A nice yoga mat is more enjoyable to practice on. I love the Lulu yoga mats because I never slip on the mat, I feel steady and that gives me the confidence to go a little bit further in my practice. Slipping on a yoga mat can be dangerous to little muscles, more relevantly you should not slip on your yoga mat!

We discover amazing things on our mat…from how to heal an injury to how our body works to clearing our minds and feeling good again. Make sure you have a decent mat and do the work to find a consistent yoga practice, it will improve the quality of your life.

*yes, we do sell Lululemon yoga mats at The Shop.

Tuning In To Music

Music is the culture of Revolution. It gives voice to the masses, it communicates what is in our hearts. The subject of music is widely discussed in yoga studios. Should we only play Indian music honoring the past (did they even play music in their yoga classes 4,000 years ago), should we avoid music and observe noble silence, does music interfere with our thoughts, does the music guide us on our journey, is the music obscure enough, too much pop, too loud, too quiet?

I love music. In some senses, I hear music everywhere I go. The whirling rhythm of bike wheels spinning, the back beat of car doors slamming, the wailing of a child cutting across the soundscape like a Gibson Hollow Body Guitar. When I lay my head on my pillow and the silence becomes overwhelming, I hear songs playing. No voices telling me to do things, just music guiding the rhythm of my life.

When looking at sound options for Marin Power Yoga, I listened to a variety of speakers and talked with experts. I knew we needed the voice to be clear and crisp, with throbbing bass underneath. I knew we needed to be energized by the depth of the kick drum and motivated by the crack of the snare. Our souls vibrate at their own frequency, guiding our bodies and freeing our minds. It is our choice to hear the music, to listen carefully, to understand the deeper meaning.

Somewhere along the line, yoga teachers became DJs. We monitor and control all aspects of the ambiance in the room, from the lights to the heat to the music being played. It is your choice to let go of control and dive into the experience, or to see the lights as too bright or too dim and the music as too loud or inappropriate. Whether you find Bob Marley in Savasana offensive or the pulsating bass of Michael Franti annoying, you always have the option to let go and allow the music to move you.

There is a time for silence and it has it’s place in every class. As you listen carefully you will find the silence deafening, whether it is your pulsating heartbeat blowing your ear drums out or the sound of a fire truck passing thru town or a little Huey Lewis reminding us it’s hip to be square. Stop fighting the music and start moving with the rhythm of┬álife the envelopes your soul.

Below is a link to one of my favorite playlists of Michael Franti & Spearhead Songs. Best if played LOUD.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/ampypowerfranti-i-wanttoseeyoujumping/idpl.34ce78187245407d8ac097192d370416

Hello How are you? Great Thank You and You?

“Hello, How are you?” This common place greeting is often ignored or simply smiled at. As if the question has an implied answer of, “Great and you?” When you greet people or are greeted this way, are you listening for a response? Do you even want a response? Do you give a real response or an automatic reply?

How we greet people and even simply walk down the street is an indicator of where we are in our lives. Are you keeping your head up and connecting with people? Are you open to seeing people and acknowledging their existence? Some days, we get out on the trails and hike or bike by ourselves, other days we go with a friend and catch up, clear thru what is going on in our lives.

Part of what I love about Marin and San Anselmo specifically is the possibility of connection I see every where I go. We live, work and play in a friendly community where people gather regularly and where you will see your neighbors and friends in the local restaurants such as Comforts or Cucina or a coffee shop like Marin Roasters or out for a drink at Marinitas, Lincoln Park, La Loggia or even Pizzalina. Do you duck your head and pretend you are not there? No, we keep our heads up, make eye contact and acknowledge people. We create the neighborhood and energy around us every where we go.

Whether you are in your car, on your bike or simply walking – make this week an experiment. Smile at people, say hello and be the positive force you want to experience. If you see me, stop and tell me how you are doing!
I left my heart in san franciscoIf you have “left your heart in San Francisco,” come find it in San Anselmo.