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Turning 4 – Our Birthday!

This Saturday, May 13, 2017 – We are celebrating our Birthday!!! From 7-10pm we are having a Dance Party with a DJ at the Log Cabin. Tickets are $20 and there is a cash bar downstairs! We are going to raise our glasses (probably plastic cups) up high, shake our butts low and move our feet!!! See your friends, neighbors and family, be prepared to have a GREAT time! contact amy@marinpoweryoga.com to reserve your ticket, half the tickets are already taken and you can not buy tickets at the door.

Remember Where You Came From

Looking back, we have come a long way! It took 6 months just to get our  lease, the landlord was ok with yogis, but not so thrilled with the idea of hot yoga. We negotiated and talked and came to an agreement that achieved both or our goals, we installed a floor and painted and opened a few weeks after signing. We started with 25 power yoga classes on the schedule, 5 of them 6am classes!!! 4 years later we have 95 classes a week! Yes, we have 40 Power Yoga Classes and added to the mix are Gentle Yoga, Yin, Meditation, Stop Drop and Dance, TRX, TKO (Kick Boxing) and we are testing Turbo Kick and Zumba!!!

How else have we grown in the last 4 years? We have teachers who have babies, Members have fallen out of love and found love, we have fought cancer and strokes, raised thousands of dollars for our local schools and national non-profits and the Africa Yoga Project, created a Yoga alliance certified Teacher Training Program for 200 hr and 300 hr. yoga teachers. We launched a Power Cycle program and killed the program. Our failures have been just as real as our successes!

What are we working on now? We are launching the Marin Yoga Foundation this month! The purpose of this Foundation is to provide Yoga, Meditation, Fitness, Leadership and Training to underserved women and children in Marin County. We want to extend the benefits of what we experience to our greater community, to people who can’t financially afford luxuries such as pre-emptive healthcare and who are willing to do the work. In some ways this is the biggest thing we have ever done. In other ways, this is all we do.

What is it like to be finally entering kindergarten? We still make mistakes, we rarely draw in between the lines, we are just as likely to fall down as we are to hit a home run and we have so much to learn. We have to face our fears, real and imaginary, every time we start something new. We have to get up every time we are knocked down. We have faith there is light at the end of the tunnel, especially when it seems impossibly dim. We believe in the power of Kindness, Compassion and LOVE.

As we finish our 4th year, I am so grateful to our team of teachers and support staff who keep Marin Power Yoga evolving, our Members who witness us change in real time, all of the guest teachers who have taken time out of their lives to share their knowledge and experience with us, our amazing Town of San Anselmo (from fellow residents to the local government) and most of all to the Littles – the kids who remind us of the importance of improving our Health and of living a life of Service and Joy.

We Are Stronger Together!!!

Art of Tonya Leitz

We are really excited to officially open The Shop and present the Art of Tonya Leitz a.k.a French Planet on Instagram. This Friday, May 5, 2017 – start your Cinco De Mayo with us from 6-8pm! We will be looking at art, having light snacks and enjoying great company!!!

Tonya is a creative spirit, resident of San Anselmo and Member at Marin Power Yoga. When she isn’t biking thru town, jogging or herding her kids Sadie and Roman around, you can find her practicing yoga or enjoying a glass of white wine!

Tonya’s art conveys energy and passion balancing color and dynamic strokes!

You can see the amazing painting below hanging in the window at Marin Power Yoga – The Shop!

Tonya Leitz is showing her art work at Marin Power Yoga – The Shop in San Anselmo, California, in the heart of Marin County. The address for the shop is 530 San Anselmo Ave, 94960.

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 life 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

Weekend POP-UP BodyFIT360 Class!

 

Join Grace this Saturday from 11am-12pm for an hour of Cardio Dancing, Yoga, Pilates, Corework, and Strengthening, all choreographed with fun, easy-to-follow movements to songs you love!  No experience necessary, and it is even a family friendly class, so bring your babies, kids, parents???

All you need is your yoga mat and an open mind to try something different.  Bring water and a towel and be prepared to sweat!   Dance like no one is watching right???

 

Pop Up BodyFIT360 Workshop with Grace Yu

 

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

Drumming Class with Gabe Harris Starts Thursday Nights In San Anselmo

Drumming comes to Marin Power Yoga with Gabe Harris. This 6 week series starts this Thursday from 7:15-8:30pm. The price of each class is $20 cash paid directly to Gabe! We will have drums for purchase, but bring a drum if you have one.

You may know Gabe from his drumming at our Ubuntu Flow on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am! He is AMAZING, learn from the best!

Grapes at Honig Winery

We will have fun learning good technique, rhythmic awareness, and traditional rhythms from West Africa on djembe and doun doun drums. Some drums will be available during class and for purchase.

 

“People pretend not to like grapes when the vines are too high for them to reach.” ― Marguerite de Navarre

Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Spring-Rainbow

March is here, and we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.  One of my favorite things about March is seeing all the spring blossoms that begin appearing everywhere.  A normal commute along the usual roads, or a regular walking path around the neighborhood, can be brightened by the beautiful colors and flowers all around, if you just take a moment to notice them.  March is always quite a rainy month, but without the rain, we wouldn’t have rainbows coloring the sky.

My most recent Power Yoga playlist is inspired by this changing of seasons from winter to spring.  I searched for songs that I felt expressed beauty, light, and appreciation for something as simple as seeing a rainbow that appears one moment and is gone the next, or seeing the rays of sunlight peeking through thick, gray clouds.

Hope you can take a moment each day and see glimpses of the beautiful world we live in.  Happy Spring!

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

Introduction / Pose Breakdown / Breathwork:

Silence

Sun Salutations A & B:

1) “Beautiful Day,” by U2, 4:08

2) “Under the Sun,” by John De Sohn, 3:13

Standing Work Series:

3) “Ray of Light,” by Madonna, 5:21

4) “Brighter Than the Sun,” by Colbie Caillat, 3:50

5) “Let the Sun Shine,” by Labrinth, 3:00

6) “Go Outside,” by Cults, 3:23

7) “Island in the Sun,” by Weezer, 3:21

8) “Beauty in the World,” by Macy Gray, 3:50

Backbending / Core Work:

9) “It’s a Beautiful Day,” by Boyce Avenue, 3:12

10) “Good Life,” by Tyler Ward, 3:27

Hips / Deep Stretching:

11) “Hello Mr. Sun,” by Joe Brooks, 3:18

12) “Beautiful Day,” by Joshua Radin, 3:32

13) “A Good Day (Morning Song),” by Priscilla Ahn, 3:24

Savasana:

14) “Long Time Sun,” by Girish, 5:24

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“How quick and rushing sometimes life can seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.”

~ Graham Swift