fbpx

Member Of The Week

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: 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.

Member of the Week: Matt Riecken

1. What is your full name?  

 Matt Riecken

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

 Riding my bike

3. What job did you have in high school?

 Ranch hand during summer breaks

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

 Realizing I’d left my bike wheels at home when I drove to Seattle to start a cross country bike ride

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

 The summer I bicycled across the US

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

 When common sense is twisted into the ridiculous

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My children 

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

Don’t worry about what other people think.  Worry IF they think. 

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

I helped other people get more out of their lives

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

1. The instructors. 2. The availability of classes 3. The reasonable fees. 

Member of the Week: Emily Uzelac

1. What is your full name?  

Emily Ann Uzelac

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing dress up with my best friend and making up dances, putting on fashions shows, and visiting our local stores in character.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Babysitter and hostess at Chili’s in Danville

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I couldn’t say my “R’s”, I had been at a Belgian public school and switched to an International school in 3rd grade.  I was in ESL and taking speech lessons.  My parents after dinner said to us kids, “Guess what’s for dessert?”  With great excitement, I blurted out “maaaaasss baaaaaas” (we were having “Mars bars” for desert, and that’s when I heard my speech impediment for the first time). 

The next morning I could say my “R’s” ☺

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

Italy with my husband Brad before my son Logan was born.  We went to Venice, Capri, the Amalfi coast, Marina Del Catone, and Rome.  So romantic, such great food, beautiful culture and the people have so much to be proud of.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Brad’s and Logan’s dance moves during our impromptu dance parties.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Getting my BSN and BA while working full time.  Having a beautiful 5 yr old boy. Being happily married to the man of my dreams.

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

Start yoga as soon as you can walk

Be confident in who you are. 

Don’t date anyone not as cool as your husband Brad.  

Start having kids younger so you can more of them.

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

Kindness

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Wonderful Staff!!!  Best yoga studio ever!

The teachers are amazing, love all the classes, the variety, the music, it’s a great place.

Members of the Week: Matthew Kelly and Mica Magee

1. What is your full name?  

Matthew Ryan Kelly

Micolyn (Mica) M Magee

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Matthew lived for summer fitness camp at San Diego State; Mica liked to read.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Matthew had a paper route and worked in a restaurant; Mica worked at a drag strip and got fired from McDonalds.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Matthew got high in high school and embarrassed himself in class; Mica got arrested for shoplifting in Jr. High

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

Matthew spent summers in Hawaii (teacher); Mica did a girls’ trip to Greece and Istanbul for her 50th

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Matthew enjoys stand up comedy; Mica laughs at Matthew (he’s very funny)

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

We each have 2 wonderful children all four make our lives ‘interesting’.  Matthew is proud of 28 years of teaching and loving it; Mica is proud of balancing a career and kids for 30 years without killing anyone.

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

Matthew would tell himself to be more open with his feelings and give more hugs; Mica would tell herself to worry less because she’ll end up with Matthew.

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

We both would like to be remembered for doing things that make people smile.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Matthew practices because he LOVES working out; Mica practices because Matthew is a year younger than her!

Member of the Week: Susannah Wallenstrom

1. What is your full name? 

Susannah Turner Wallenstrom

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I grew up in Va. Beach, VA, so the beach played a very big role in my childhood. My dad would wake us up at 7am on saturdays to get down there before the crowds and the heat. The ocean was my happy place. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked in a lot of restaurants waiting tables. You should have seen some of the outfits I had to wear.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?  

The day before I met my husband’s (then boyfriend’s) parents for the first time, I ate (bad) oysters as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. I drove the 4 hours to his house in MD the next day and started to feel unwell on the drive. They welcomed me into their home and as we sat in the living room talking, someone commented that I looked a little green. I had to excuse myself…for the entire night. I spent the first night in my future in-laws house puking in their basement. It was pretty embarrassing. 

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

I was fortunate enough to travel with my family for a year in South and Central America in 2014-2015. It was honestly the best year of my life with many special memories.  We went to a lot of amazing places, but my favorite was Bariloche in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Beautiful lakes, majestic mountains, lots of hiking, nicest people, and delicious food and wine. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My kids! And my husband’s dance moves 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of? 

Raising 3 girls, running 4 marathons in my 20’s, getting over my fear of public speaking, and starting a private practice as a registered dietitian/nutritionist. 

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

Don’t take yourself so seriously. And stop procrastinating. 

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

That I was caring, kind, and liked to have fun.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

#1 reason is the amazing community of teachers and members who all encourage each other and support each other.

#2 Grace’s dance class-THE BEST! 

Member of the Week: Andrew Wait

1. What is your full name? 

Andrew Dayton Wait

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

Building fussy, highly detailed model airplanes…I was a bit anxious and this was probably a very calming thing for me, plus my grandfather was a WWI fighter pilot… so my imagination was fully on.

3. What job did you have in high school? 

Mostly dirty jobs. Whether moping tar on roofs, insulating basements, digging post holes, jack-hammering concrete decks or changing the oil on hot dirty trucks.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

It was a recurring dream I would have as a teenager, about finding myself, inexplicably, naked in public and not knowing why or what to do about it.  It makes my real life embarrassing moments seem pretty mild.

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

A family vacation to Turkey… breathtaking combination of history, landscape, culture, food and the kindness and generosity we experienced, especially our children.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?  

My dog, the kind of ridiculous nature of being a middle aged man, my son’s first time shaving, my daughter’s stories, my mom’s need to clean our house.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?  

That I appear to be more of an asset than a liability to my children… of whom I am intensely proud.  That I am still, completely head over heels in love with my wife Pere. Various challenges that involved real suffering, like a 200 mile bike race from Logan Utah to Jackson Hole Wyoming. That at age 57, I have become a decent racing driver and aerobatic pilot.

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

None at all…I am so grateful for the life I have, I would not want anyone messing with my younger self, especially not me.  

If the life I have is the destiny I experienced,  and that was shaped as much by tragedy and by triumph, by small mindedness as by enlightenment, it has turned out to be a better life than I ever imagined I would have.  Advice tends to be hindsight about avoiding suffering, or being more successful in work, or with the opposite gender. A higher functioning, less traumatized version of me, would not be where I am as a man, husband and father.

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

That I worked hard at being a good dad, a good husband, a good son, and a good friend.  And that I finally learned to endure difficulty with grace and enjoy my triumphs with humility… and most of all, that I was grateful.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

Because of the leadership and wisdom of teachers that are passionate, authentic and wise. Without Marin Power Yoga, my body would fall apart and my heart would be less full.

Member of the Week: Jolene Egan

1. What is your full name?  

Jolene Egan

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I was on a synchronized swim team.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I clerked in a law office.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I hate being embarrassed so I think I have purposely forgotten all of these memories.

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken

This is hard because I love to travel. I went to Costa Rica this summer and just loved it… surf, sun and sand! About 10 years ago, I took two months and traveled around the world: Egypt, Tanzania, India, Thailand… I think this trip was a dream come true. I met amazing people and had wonderful adventures in each place from hiking Kilimanjaro to learning to scuba dive in Thailand. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Graham Norton, James Corden, watching other people laugh!

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Cliche… But my kids.  I love being a mom and I am proud of the people my kids are becoming.  

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

Try your best, don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t be so hard on yourself.

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

I hope to be remembered for good reasons! I want those who I’ve made memories with to look back on them with a smile:)
 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love MPY. The main reason I practice here is because of the teachers. Teachers make or break the class and I think the MPY teachers are caring, inspiring and challenge. There is a nice balance of hard work and reflection within each practice.  I leave feeling stronger both physically and mentally. Thank you.

Member of the Week: Allyson Josephs


1. What is your full name?

Allyson Ames Josephs

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

This one is hard. I passed it and answered the others first. I thought about lying and saying soccer or dance.  But then I considered being truthful.  Sometimes when we share our vulnerabilities it helps others and ourselves heal.  My favorite activity as a child was surviving. And I killed at it.

3. What job did you have in high school?

My first job was at the public library.  To say I worked would be a stretch.  My friend and I would hide under the shelves and take naps. Maybe afterwards put a book or two away.  The Dewey Decimal system really freaked me out.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

How long do you have?  Maybe the time I wiped out in the street in front of the N Judah in SF while it waited for me to get back up.  Or could have been the time I lost my footing in front of Penn Station during rush hour and pulled down the 4’6” girl in front of me to catch myself.  Or could be the time I split my yoga pants during a class and only realized after a friend told me, at the end of class.

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

Two years ago we went back to “live” for the summer in London after having lived there for 5 years starting in 2005.  We went to Paris, Spain and Morocco, as well as the 5 weeks in London.  Could have also been getting engaged in Santorini, Greece after having lived in Madrid for  a year. (brag much?) I LOVE traveling.  Love it!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Sadly anything that would make a 14 year old boy laugh out loud. And my whole family. My daughters are hilarious. If you’re  not funny in my family, you can look for another.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My 3 lovely, amazingly kind daughters

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

It gets better, it’s not your fault and love yourself.  Love yourself as much as you can!

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

Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  I want to be remembered how I made a person feel.  And how I made them laugh.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Not sucking up at all – Grace’s dance class is my happy place.  I have thought about wrapping her in bubble wrap so she doesn’t get hurt so she continues teaching for as long as my body will allow. Which I’m thinking is at least another 13 months.  And of course the sense of community MPY gives.

Thanks Jaime and Amy!  Keep on going please.