Speak Your Truth and Find Your Power

“Speaking is the most powerful truth we all have.” Oprah – This quote from Oprah describes what being a yoga teacher is about! You will learn physical alignment, anatomy, teaching skills, sequencing, philosophy and meditation…all a great framework for you to speak your truth in what you feel in your body and express thru your heart!

For more information on our Yoga Teacher Training starting on January 22, 2018, check out our website at http://marinpoweryoga.com and read thru the application for all of the details. You will finish the training ready and able to teach Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yin! The training is located in San Anselmo at Marin Power Yoga and is led by Grace You, Wendy Wilkinson and Araceli Santos!

Getting Lucky in 2018 Takes Consistent Practice

Are you looking for secrets to success in 2018? Is there a magic pill or change in diet or mantra that will give you everything you want in 2018? Probably not.

The secret to success at Marin Power Yoga is Consistent Practice!!! Look at our classes and the schedule and commit to a consistent practice, whether it is meditation, TRX, TKO, BootCamp, Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga or Yin Yoga. You can do any combination of classes, do them regularly! You will see our teachers work hard to show up regularly to their classes, they do this because their growth is tied to consistency also. When our teachers show up regularly to their classes, they become better teachers. Our teachers are students, their habits for success are what they have learned by experience. We ask our teachers to lead by example, so that you know we are living our truth!

Why do we have so many choices? Because we like to do a lot of different activities. We added TKO (kick boxing) in because we love Cardio! Our TRX and BootCamp classes bring pure Strength, Dance brings Cardio and Joy into our workouts…Yoga is the balance where we find, Strength, Flexibility and Stability! Try all of our classes, design a schedule you can keep to 85% of the time and show up to class…we will take care of the rest!

Winter Art Opening and Holiday Party Fundraiser!

This Friday, December 8, 2017, from 5-8pm, we are celebrating the paintings of Shanna Bruschi and raising money for the San Domenico Fund. Come see her amazing art work hanging on the walls of The Shop! Shanna is collaborating with us to donate 30% of any art sales to the SD Fund! You will find Shanna’s art has beautiful colors and the abstract elements convey a tangible energy.

The Holidays are a great time to get out, see friends and make new friends.  Join us for light snacks, good company and inspiring art!

*The Shop is located at 630 San Anselmo Ave. between Tam Realty and BookSmith and across the street from Dogville and Embellish.

**We have an event on Facebook for the Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/140088086648643/

Freedom To Make Mistakes

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Mahtma Gandhi Our yoga studio is a great place for you to make mistakes, for you to be yourself, for you to grow. We all make mistakes, it is how we find our limits and barriers to growth. I always remind myself to balance the big risks with small mistakes. Small mistakes are recoverable. We can take the lesson, evolve and grow with new knowledge.

We have Amazing Teachers! They our Yin, Gentle Yoga, Power Yoga, TRX Classes, BootCamp and TKO (Cardio Kick-Boxing) in San Anselmo, the heart of Marin County. You will find our classes are designed to elevate your strength, spirit and mind. You will get stronger overtime you show up for class! Feel Good, No Feel GREAT! See You In Class!

Thanksgiving Morning – Class!

Thanksgiving is Thursday November 23, 2017. We will be having a BootCamp class at 7:00-7:45am and a TKO from 8:00-9:00am with Nance and a Power Yoga class with me teaching and Live Music from Gabe Harris from 8-9:15am. Yes, you should sign-up in advance or message us if you want us to sign anyone up for you.

Why are we open Thanksgiving? It is a GLORIOUS holiday! Between coffee, walks or bike rides, yelling at the football game, cooking, cleaning, eating and time with family and friends. Time With You. Time With Us.  Time With Your Community. Stronger. Healthier. Happier. Everything is Possible!

Start The Day Right!

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
Stephen Covey

 

Full Moon Yin – November 3 2017

This Friday November 3, 2017, Full Moon Yin! 8:30-10:15pm. Come get Heavily Meditated with us! We will have a Slow Deep Stretch led by Jamie, Guided Meditation by Teo and live Sound Bath. Nourish your body, mind and soul with us!!!
*This is included with your Membership or a regular drop-in for guests.

Finding Your Inner Strength

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.” Paulo Coelho

Join Michael Lipson for a journey to your soul, we will meet as group on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00pm. The dates are as follows.

October 4, 18

November 1, 15, 29

December 6

Register here: https://mpy.karmasoftonline.com/member/workshops/3189/book

Would you like to “yoga your life” by bringing more flexibility and flow into those areas of life where you experience “tightness“ and resistance? Come to our alternating Wednesday evening series to pause from life’s rush, increase clarity, and acquire tools to shift undesired patterns.

The first part of each session will help you get quiet, notice what’s going on deep down and get more in touch with your challenges, yearnings and reality. The latter part of each evening will be dedicated to identifying and practicing tools and methods to help each person make positive shifts off the mat. Meditation, journaling, small group exercises, larger group work and more will be incorporated.

Michael Lipson, an experienced executive coach and personal growth practitioner, will facilitate in an open style for participants to co-create how the group evolves. Singles and couples, younger or older, are all welcome. You are encouraged to attend as many of the 6 sessions of this initial series as possible, since consistent practice accelerates ones growth in all yoga, whether on or off the mat.

You will deepen your relationship with yourself and learn techniques for sharing your authentic self with your professional and personal world. Wear comfortable clothes, each session will include a short meditation, journaling and discussion.

Cost of Series is a minimum donation of $100 to The Cedars.

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.

Working Together Sucks

It’s true and we all know it. The hardest most painful projects in school were group projects. It takes all of us working together, collaborating to create positive change. Be part of the solution.

All you have to do is sign into Next Door and you can witness demeaning and insulting conversations between neighbors and bitter insults with no intention of creating solutions. Your voice and actions count. Consider taking the Pledge here: https://elevatethediscussion.org

Fitness Trainer Certification at Marin Power Yoga

We are leading an MPY Fitness Training Certification Program! The Application is here.

June 19th-29th – 9 Days.
Monday – Friday 1:15 – 4:15pm
Graduation: Thursday, June 29th: 3:30pm

Cost: $500.

All of the details are in the Application. You will learn how to teach a great group fitness class with an emphasis on TRX, BootCamp and TKO. You will deepen your knowledge about alignment, learn how to share your knowledge effectively, craft a variety of classes, integrate mindfulness and meditation into your classes!

You will be ready to teach great fitness classes when you graduate!

Slowing Down

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer

You don’t have to look very hard to see the signs that you need to slow down. For me it shows up physically first in the form of a sore low back or a twitch or swelling. Then my emotions scatter and I struggle to find my kind voice with myself and with others. It is quickly a lose-lose situation, followed by feelings of guilt and inadequacy.

Why after all these years do I need to be hit in the head by the signs, wouldn’t you think by now I could see them 50 feet away and prepare myself a little? Maybe I did see the signs, maybe I didn’t believe them or maybe I didn’t want to believe them. Either way, the signs were there.

What does it mean to slow down? For all of us it is different. Some need to discover Yin Yoga and find out what it is like to breathe in an uncomfortable position for 2 minutes. Some need to sweat, shake and stand on their hands for everything to get quiet and feel ok. Some need to meditate for 30 seconds, others for 30 minutes. In some senses, it is the same for all of us…one hour in the day to take care of ourselves.

It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as what you do, is for you. Take a walk or make it a hike or even a run. Bike thru town on your cruiser or climb the mountain so you can fly down it appreciating your choice of hardtail or full suspension. Do 40 laps at the pool or 9 holes at the club. Find your core in TRX or unleash you inner demon in TKO. You can find your yoga practice on the mat or everywhere you go. It starts with you.

Slow Down. Figure out what that means for you and bring more of it into your life. Or bring less of it. You know what I mean.

Marin Power Yoga Teacher Training

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It is crazy how life unfolds itself, all in its own timing.  You cannot always plan out the future and you definitely cannot predict the future.  All you can do is live your life and let the dots connect.

As a little girl, I remember setting up my stuffed animals on the bed and I would be the teacher.  I read stories to them, taught lessons, and I even made homework assignments for them to complete.

Somehow along the way I had a belief that being a businesswoman would be way flashier and make more money, so I pursued that route in college.  And for some reason I thought I would prove something by finishing college in 3 years, so I took all the classes I needed to graduate.  But then I started dating my husband that 3rd year in college and then realized, why rush to graduate?  I will be working the rest of my life… why not enjoy this college life for one more year?  So I stayed a 4th year and that was the best decision.

I ended up traveling abroad to Hong Kong for a semester, taking a bunch of random classes like Mandarin Chinese and Advanced Piano, and I also enrolled in Teacher Education classes where I was required to volunteer every week in a classroom.  I was reminded then of my true passion to become a teacher, so after college, I said goodbye to my Management Science degree and continued to graduate school to get my Elementary Education Credential and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Technology.

I taught Kindergarten and first grade for 9 years and to balance out the stresses of teaching a bunch of 5 year olds who often don’t listen, I also taught yoga and fitness classes to adults in the evenings.  I became a certified E-RYT Yoga Teacher, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, TRX Instructor, PiYo and TurboKick Instructor.  It was a great balance, and after I had my first child, I decided to take a leave from teaching public schools and be a part-time mom, part-time fitness and yoga teacher.

Fast forward 5 years later, and I am blessed to teach at the Bay Club Marin and am the Director of Operations and TRX at Marin Power Yoga.  In addition to the 15 classes I teach each week, I am so excited that this coming Monday, I will be leading my first 200 Hour Teacher Training program!!!  I definitely never imagined I would be where I am now, but somehow this is the perfect blend of my Education and Yoga/Fitness background.  Instead of stuffed animals and 5-year-olds, I get to teach adults who are passionate about yoga like me!  I am far from being an expert, but I am happy to be a guide in someone else’s journey.

Humbled… grateful… excited.  Happy 2016 everyone.

Weekend Workshop: Spring Detox

Join us this Saturday, May 9th, 2015 from 2:00pm-4:00pm as yoga teacher, Jackie Ashton, leads us in a Spring Detox Workshop!  Flow, sweat, meditate, breathe, and twist out all the toxins in your body!

Spring Detox Workshop With Jackie

Save the Date for our Upcoming Workshops

(Check out the “Workshops” tab on our website to see all the flyers for our upcoming workshops!)

Saturday, May 16th, 2015: Journey Into Healing with Dr. Abey from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015: Yoga With Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins from 9:30am-11:30am

Saturday, May 30th, 2015: Basics of Spinning with Natalie Mayo from 2:00pm-3:30pm

Weekend Workshop: Restore and Renew

Join us this Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, from 2:00pm-4:00pm as we Restore and Renew our bodies with a little bit of Yin and Restorative Yoga mixed with amazing hands-on adjustments.  The workshop will be led by yoga teacher, Alexandra Gargiulo, and massage therapist, Bill Vrabel.  You will leave feeling amazing!!!

Restore and Renew Workshop with Alex and Bill

Save the Date for our Upcoming Workshops:

(Check out the “Workshops” tab on our website to see all the flyers for our upcoming workshops!)

Saturday, May 9th, 2015: Spring Detox with Jackie Ashton from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Saturday, May 16th, 2015: Journey Into Healing with Dr. Abey from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Teacher Training Starts March 25 – 2015 – Are You In?

200 Hour Teacher Training

We are launching our first 200 hr. Teacher Training at Marin Power Yoga on March 25th, 2015. The application is HERE.

What are the details?

Jessica Kenny will be leading the Training assisted by Sean and Jamie. We will have guest teachers in on the intensive weekends! You will read, practice and dive deeper into your practice!!! The 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Certification is designed to give you a broad overview of yoga from the physical asana practice to ayurvedic eating to the chakras to hands on assisting to BEING A GREAT TEACHER! Our commitment to you is you will dive deeper into your own practice and graduate ready to teach!

Payment

A non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $500 is due with your application. This deposit is then subtracted from the total cost of training. If for any reason you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded in full.

Costs

Tuition  – Member $2,250 – Public $2,500

Schedule

Start – March 25

Intensive Weekends – Fridays 6pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sundays 8am-6pm (120 hrs.)

March 27-29

April 24-26

May 29-31

June 5-7 and 12-14

Single Days

Wednesdays 6pm-10pm (44 hrs.)

March 25

April 1, 8, 22, 29

May 6, 13, 20, 27

June 3, 10

Saturdays 12pm-6pm (30 hrs.)

April 4

May 2, 9, 16, 23

*Approximately 20 hours of out of class group meeting time.

**Graduation is June 14, 2015

The application is linked below!

http://marinpoweryoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/TeacherTrainingApplication.pdf

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Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area – Join our Team or come to our Fundraiser!

Marin Power Yoga is hosting a fundraiser to:

1) Get together and have a great community practice with a DJ.

2) Raise awareness about what Yoga Reaches Out does for the community.

3) Raise some funds!!!

You can join the MPY team or contribute online here: http://yogathon.yogareachesout.org/site/TR/Yogathon/General?team_id=1700&pg=team&fr_id=1040

This Sunday! March 1, 2015 from 6-7:30pm we are going to sweat and flow to a live DJ – check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/clubtrinidad

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Tips for Pregnant Women with a Yoga Practice

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“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Grace Yu is one of our amazing teacher and she is pregnant with her 2nd child right now! She has an incredible practice and has written up some tips to help you in your yoga practice as a pregnant woman who has been practicing yoga for at least a year!!! Read her complete blog post here!

New Improved Pricing at Marin Power Yoga!

 

NEW Membership Pricing

Juniors thru 18 = $50 (yes we made Teen pricing cheaper)

Adults = $70

1 Adult 1 Kid = $115 (Save $5)

1 Adult 2 Kids = $150 (Save $20)

1 Adult 3 Kids= $190 (save $30)

2 Adults 1 Kid = $180 (Save $10)

2 Adults 2 Kids = $200 (Save $40)

2 Adults 3 Kids=$240 (save $50)

*Reach out to amy@marinpoweryoga.com if you want to make any adjustments to your current membership or switch to one of our new Family Memberships. We want you to be able to practice with your whole family and we want your teens to know that yoga will be there for them as they grow up!

 

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Halloween Schedule Revised – 2014

Halloween is almost here and we are revising our schedule for the day! The last class will be 4:30PM Yin. We will not have a Junior Strength Training and we will not have a 6pm Power Yoga class! Why??? Because it is Halloween!!!

Keep track of our schedule and all of our awesome classes here: *Download our iPhone – iPad App here for Free and have our current schedule all the time and know who is teaching which class!!!Halloween in San Anselmo

Body Fit 360 comes to Marin Power Yoga

Who’s ready to dance, tone, and stretch with Grace Yu? BodyFIT 360 starts Tuesday October 14th and will be every Tu/Th 9:30am in the Treehouse room! Here’s a video clip to give you a preview of what to expect. Grace had the privilege of choreographing for Michelle Dozois when she lived in LA last year and she is super excited to share this awesome barefoot cardio and dance conditioning workout with MPY!!! Join her and try something new!!! (This post borrowed and edited from a FaceBook Post).

West African Dance with Wendy Wilkinson at Marin Power Yoga in San Anselmo Wednesday and Friday Mornings!

African Funk Dance starts with Wendy Wilkinson this Wednesday October 8th, 2014, and continues forward on Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30-11:30am at Marin Power Yoga.

A mix of Traditional West African, Urban Contemporary, & Old School Funk. “Come get your Groove on!”

Get your body moving, create joy within your body and burn a hell of a lot of calories!!!

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi

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Meditation Coming To Marin Power Yoga – September 22nd!

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir 

We are launching our first Meditation and Mindfulness program at Marin Power Yoga! Monday September 22, 2014! 7:15 pm at MPY!

Teo and Oli led our “Values” program in the Fall and they are back to launch our Dharma Talks and Group Meditation! To find out more about this dynamic duo check out http://exli.org – they are incredible!

Why now? Because autumn is a time of change. It takes a lot of hard work to change your body. It takes a lot of letting go to expand your mind. Yes, you can read books and sit on your floor and meditate at home. Yes, you should! But you should also connect with a group of people, SHARE a thought, get tips for meditating and PRACTICE.  I am always reminded of how strong we are together. What we accomplish as a group, is possible for everyone…Let’s Do This!

This is included with your membership or a regular Drop-In.

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Marin Power Yoga is located at 141 Tunstead Ave. San Anselmo California 94960

Stop Playing Small

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“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” 
― Rumi

Your time is now. Stop Playing Small. Start Living Fully. Find a way to be of service to yourself. Figure out how to share that success with your friend, neighbor or relative. Rinse, Repeat. You are alive with amazing potential, it takes hard work and a lot of love to realize your potential.

Yoga is not the cure all for everything. But it can be a place where you can let go of the stuff in your head, build strength and flexibility, breathe and find out what your potential really looks like. You will relax, sleep better and in general see how sunny it is outside. Start today.

Acro Yoga – Wednesday Nights at Marin Power Yoga

In some strange way, this picture says everything you need to know about how the acro yoga program at Marin Power Yoga is progressing!

  1. Note Sean on the right Spotting the move. He is focusing on his hand placement at the wrists to support the Flyer and protect the Base.
  2. Joey is rubbing Jenn’s wrists, this basic Thai Massage improves her blood flow and reduces the risk of injury.
  3. Our guest teacher is actually flying, Joey is assisting. The team works together for your success.
  4. From kids to high school aged teens to old dudes, everyone is encouraged to try Acro Yoga!!! You only need to show up with a positive attitude to find success!
  5. Safety, Learning, Care, Teaching and Fun. That is what happens at Acro Yoga!

For more photos see the full album from this class on Facebook  here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.717031295036252.1073741837.484400724965978&type=1

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

Moving Forward! It takes a Team!

What has the first year taught us? It takes a TEAM! Below is an amazing group of people who are committed to bringing great yoga to San Anselmo! We have officially been open a year and every day we get a little bit stronger and a little bit more flexible as a team and as a community. We are finding the connection with ourselves and plugging that right into the headlands as we take our yoga practices and hike, bike, swim and dance our way thru Marin County! From Woodacre to Sacramento to Boston to Washington DC to Naples Florida to New York City, Cleveland and Detroit! We have come together at this point in time to bring you “An Ordinary Love.”  You know what I am talking about?As Coach Nick of B-Ball Breakdown would ask, Are you in???

MPY Staff May 2014

Mother’s Day – Thank You for the Courage and the Strength

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu –

We are celebrating all the Mothers Sunday! MOTHERS: Thank You for the Strength and the Courage!!! Stephanie is teaching the 8am and Wendy W. is teaching the Ubuntu Flow at 9:30AM with Gabe on Drums!

 

Jamie is assisting Stephanie’s 8am and Sean is assisting Wendy W’s 9:30am with Gabe on Drums! We are pumped up for an amazing day!!!

Moms, bring your Kids…Kids bring your Moms!

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Nothing To Lose

A person with nothing to lose is dangerous. My gut check is usually, “what is the risk?” Essentially I am asking myself, “can I afford to lose this?” This is a question we should ask ourselves every time we loan our bike or car to a friend. Forget the car, can you afford to lose the friend? Will you still like them when they don’t fix the car they broke the way you would have? Can you afford to not have your car?

In some senses, this is why the government loans us money to get an education or buy a house, it is in society’s interest for you to have something so valuable you will not want to lose it. This shows up in our relationships with each other. We fear losing the relationship so we hold back, not knowing the other person wants us in all of our glory.

What do we have to lose? Trust. When I look at our community I appreciate how much you trust us. When I look at my personal relationships, I see they are all founded upon trust. Especially when I look to my kids Alex and Olivia, I see how much we are trying to create an understanding of trust. We are discussing a fragile relationship, a thin line that we walk on.

When the trust is lost, we have nothing to lose and we become free. We often call this trust, integrity. Our word is backed up by our actions. How we hold ourselves accountable, is what becomes our integrity. It is our professional standard. It is yoga. It is the union between our mind, body and relationships. As we sail thru this world, trust in your relationships and maintain your integrity when it is challenged. I am conscious that my most valuable asset is trust. As we make changes around here, hold us to that standard. Look around at your own life both personal and professional, if the trust is not there, you have nothing to lose…you are free.

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” Paulo Coelho

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Live Out Of Your Imagination

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In some senses, Stephen Covey’s quote defines us. This is how we are building Marin Power Yoga. We are constantly re-imagining what will make this place an amazing space to be in. Yes, we draw from the past. Yes, we try and avoid mistakes we have made and do more of what worked. But yes, we are also trying to find something new, something we have always wanted yet never knew how to describe it.

Why forget the past? The successes and failures do not define us. It is not the past that will determine the future, it is simply part of our experience. As you look to the present moment in your life, create your contribution to the world from the depths of your soul. Figure out what you can give and share that with all of us! You are free!!!

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” Stephen Covey

Music Sweet Music

This is a GREAT few weeks with Michael Franti and Spearhead! I am kicking off the festivities with the AWESOME Franti Playlist (posted below) for the 6am Tuesday class I am subbing for Sean. I tested it tonight on the 6pm tonight and played it loud!!! Yes, it rocked!!!

Wednesday night Amy and I are headed to the Do It For The Love fundraiser at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. As the kids say, this is a “Hella” Expensive event. Small show with Michael, BOOM!

June 21st, tix are on sale at the Greek in Berkeley to see Michael Franti and Spearhead, there is a Yoga Class before the show at the Greek. Hell Yes!!! We are taking the kids and spending the afternoon in the East Bay!!!

Michael is an inspiring guy, from his music to touring around the world in bare feet to support kids without shoes. He is a Bay Area native who sings from the heart and will get your feet moving. If you love life, you will stir your soul and DANCE. Are you ready???

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