Member of the Week: Stefanie Michejda

1. What is your full name?  

Stefanie Regan Michejda

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Horseback riding

3. What job did you have in high school?

Lifeguard

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I was photographing the Silversun Pickups at a small venue South of Market during MacWorld. Because the venue was so small, there was no photo pit for press, so I was crouching on a set of stairs that led to the stage. Just as I popped up to take a few shots, there was a crowd surge and I got propelled forward, basically belly sliding onto the stage, camera gear flying. The lead singer stopped singing and asked if I was ok while retrieving my camera. Pretty embarrassing!

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

After I visit a new place, it always becomes my current favorite… so in this case, my favorite is Chile – I was just there in Oct.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband and boys.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m super proud of my kids and that I’ve found a career path that allows me to do what I love and not sacrifice time with family.

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

Do what you love

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

My sense of adventure and love of laughter

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love MPY – I love to push and challenge myself in class and I love how strong I’ve become, but most of all I love the friends I’ve made and the amazing community Jamie and Amy have created. I can’t imagine life without it!

MLK Day – Equality For All

“I believe the day will come when all God’s children, from bass black to treble white, will be significant on the Constitution’s keyboard.” Martin Luther King

Every time I see this quote on the monument honoring MLK at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, I feel the power of these simple words. I feel the connection between music, freedom and joy. For a moment, I embrace being one of God’s children. Hoping, even praying that day will come.

It is hard to avoid the overwhelming treble whiteness of the yoga world in America. From our little studio in San Anselmo, to the Yoga Journal Conference or Wanderlust – yoga is very white. Around the world, yoga is being practiced everywhere. From the work Africa Yoga Project is doing in Nairobi to India to Asia, people get on their mat and flow. It doesn’t matter what color you are or where your ancestors came from, all that matters is you show up and try.

Yoga means unity. We all come from the same matter and we all return to matter in the end. We are connected despite the attempts by the media and world leaders to separate us. When we come together and practice, stepping forward into Warrior I, we step forward for all people everywhere. Martin Luther King embodied the spirit of yoga, he lived passionately and fought with his words and ideas, not his fists. When you get on your mat today, dedicate your practice to equality and peace. Dedicate yourself to love.

"I believe the day will come when all God's children, from bass black to treble white, will be significant on the Constitution's keyboard." Martin Luther King

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.

Last Member of the Week for 2019: Ned Webster

1. What is your full name? 

Ned Webster

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

Any sport, but specifically lacrosse from which I’ve made a career.

3. What job did you have in high school? 

I caddied at a golf course. Maryland summer humidity in khaki pants was challenging, but cash in hand each day was sweet.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Oh, there are just so many. In the early days of dating my now lovely wife, Megan, we went out for a romantic dinner and I was prepared to order the Prix Fix. “Yes, my good man,” I said to the waiter. “I will have the ‘PRICKS’ Fix.” And in an effort to not embarrass me- to his credit- he politely replied, “Yes, the ‘PREE’ Fix, a fine choice, sir.” I think Megan may have been laughing so hard, wine flew out of her mouth. The night ended with her still laughing at me as I locked her out of our apartment. Ahhh, good times!  

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

Paris at Christmastime with Megan. We had only been dating for a year, still getting to know one another. We walked everywhere together and because it was cold, we walked closely. I get a buzz just thinking about it.

6. What makes you laugh out loud? 

My wife and daughter, whether with them or at them. Seinfeld. David Sedaris. ‘80’s movie comedies.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of? 

With Megan, raising Ella, who we believe to be a sweet, kind, thoughtful, chunky-cheeked little cutie.

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

Speak up sooner about your learning disability and attention disorder. I battled very hard through my education only to feel like I squandered it.

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

I try to lead my life like the Maya Angelou quote, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” While I can be a bit quiet and reserved, I hope my kindness and smile are contagious and people feel comfortable and happy in my presence.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

I’m a “It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with” kinda guy. The instructors are all super studly- they know their stuff- but, more so, they really seem to care. And everyone is so chill and friendly. It’s just a really comfy atmosphere to walk into and shed stress and breathe and be present.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Morning Power Yoga with Jenny is the best present to yourself! 8am!Grab a family member or friend and come sweat with us! Note: TheShop is open until 6pm on Xmas eve.

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!

Sound Journeys in 2020

We did a Sound Journey for Winter Solstice with Gabe and Bodhi on Saturday night, letting go of the heaviness and loss of this year, and intentionally creating our best life. We will do these again in 2020, the magic comes from within, when you these on the schedule, prioritize this energetic shift with us!

Talk A Lot, Listen More

Walk San Anselmo & Shop!We have exciting pop-ups at MPY this weekend, Stop Drop and Dance at 6pm on Friday December 20th with Grace and a Winter Solstice Sonic Ceremony and Meditation with Gabe and Bodhi at 7pm on Saturday night! These are amazingly different events that will improve your holidaze and are a great way to torture your family. Have you been to TheShop, walked Town looking at the cute shops and precious items for your friends and family? Whether you get the perfect bag of gummies at Sugar for a stocking stuffer or the cute sweater at Kismet or something magical at Sage and Stone or an amazing hat at Neve and Hawk or yoga pants at TheShop or a gift certificate at any of the fitness places in town…this is the best time of year to enjoy shopping local. The sun literally popped out as I typed that, Right?

The holidays are a brutal experience, they challenge our ability to give gifts, our interest in creating ceremony, the challenges of communicating with our family and of course our relationship with success and failure. As you live thru the next few days, I encourage you to slow down and connect with your people, whether that is over a meal or a drink or a phone call. The experience of connecting with each other is incredibly challenging and the greatest reward. My pro-tip for you to thrive in this is “care more than you think is possible.” Seriously, be very interested in every conversation and encounter you have over the next week and you will have great experiences and learn more about yourself and your people. Yes, some of your people will confirm their crazy factor, some will also surprise you with their depth and brilliance. If this experiment is a failure, take your people for a walk up Baldy and find silence together between gasping for air and burning muscles. Maybe do that either way?

Check out the info below for our annual memberships, if you want info on yoga teacher training look at our website for the application. These are great programs to make 2020 the best year possible, they take your time and financial commitment, the personal growth you get to keep for the rest of your life and everyone in your family benefits from your work.

Have a fabulous weekend and include us in your life more.
Love and Peace,
Jamie

Member(s) of the Week: Susan and Eric Schroeder

1. What is your full name?  

Susan Leslie Greenwood Schroeder 

Eric George Schroeder

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Susan: Imaginary play! Playing with my neighbors, riding bikes, creating worlds, pretending we were being chased, Charlie’s Angels, spies, horse trainers, dog trainers, circus performers, gymnasts. I had an imaginary friend named Cynthia Blomb. I loved reading and writing stories and arts and crafts and building things and sports and playing with our dog in the forest behind our family cabin or down at the water on Donner Lake. 

Eric: Playing with firecrackers!

3. What job did you have in high school?

Susan: My dad was a general contractor and I’d help him on job sites. One time I was tasked with removing all of the doorknobs in a large office building. I also worked for an organization called The Center for Living Skills which ran tolerance/kindness workshops for high schoolers.

Eric: Hospital maintenance crew, learning electrical, carpentry, metal shop, and painting.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Susan: When Eric and I were first dating in college, I was the first one to fart in front of the other. I had to own it because we were the only two people in the room. 

Eric: When my girlfriend farted and admitted it. 

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

Susan: I love every vacation! But, I still think back to 18 years ago when I was 3 months pregnant. Eric and I took 3 weeks off to travel in England, Scotland, and Ireland. We only planned the first place we stayed. We rented a car and drove everywhere. No organized excursions. No GPS…maps! No plans. We may have taken our rental car into Ireland against EuroCar rules and driven into Dublin at the exact moment that U2 was filming that music video on the rooftop. We may have ditched that car for awhile, followed the crowds and had an impromptu concert! We also might have crashed that car in Ireland, met a police officer with a stutter, stayed in a really special B&B, and limped the car back to Wales on the car ferry and turned it in for a new one without any problems. Luck was on our side that vacation. 

Eric: Liking Susan’s favorite, and I thoroughly enjoy Kauai whenever I visit.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Susan: So many things. Eric, our daughters, friends, coworkers, America’s Funniest Home Videos, sometimes it doesn’t take much to set me off. 

Eric: AFV is always a gut buster, but haven’t watched it in awhile, so I have to say hangin’ with friends is sure to bring out a laugh.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Susan: Showing up as a parent even when it’s uncomfortable or scary. Staying positive and keeping my sense of humor in the face of adversity. 

Eric: Keeping family as a priority and job second.

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

Susan: It’s okay if your journey isn’t a straight line. It might seem like everyone has their life all figured out, but they really don’t. Let yourself off the hook. Appreciate your body. You are loved for who you are, not what you do or how you look. 

Eric:  Take more chances and follow your gut. Be assertive, people do want to hear what you have to say.

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

Susan: My favorite fortune cookie: “Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” I’d love people to remember that I withstood some strong winds, but stayed light and optimistic. And, that I was a good friend and we laughed a lot.

Eric: That I bring people together, and remove the stress from the room.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Susan: Come as you are! I started at MPY because I felt safe in Grace Yu’s classes while I was dealing with breast cancer. It’s okay to be a beginner at MPY; the support of the amazing, loving teachers; the community-first vibe; no mirrors!

Eric: For my health and well-being in the 50 year-old body. I figured yoga is the change I need. Thoroughly enjoying the community as well!

Member of the Week: Tyler Hicks

1. What is your full name?  

Tyler Orlando Hicks. (Middle name after my dad’s favorite baseball player, Orlando Cepeda)

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing baseball with my dad.  We spent hours in the yard fielding ground balls.      

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was a busboy at The Cantina in Mill Valley.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Falling asleep at my desk in high school and waking up to an empty classroom.

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

Traveling through SE Asia with my younger sister after my first year of law school. I spent a month in Cambodia studying at the War Crimes tribunal, and then my sister and I backpacked for two months through Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.  

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My family. Archer. Silicon Valley. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Competing in college athletics (boxing). 

Putting myself through college & law school. 

Buying a house in Marin County.

Professional successes as a Public Defender. 

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

Be comfortable and confident with who you are and don’t change to please other people.    

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

That I was a good father, husband and friend.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

MPY yoga classes are the perfect combination of fitness and stretching for me. 
I used to try to do yoga once a week to supplement my other activities, but as I’ve gotten older, I find doing yoga more often helps me feel better physically and mentally. I like that I feel physically challenged while actually working with my body and not in competition with it.      

Annual Membership

Our Annual Membership drive starts today and runs thru the end of December! These Memberships can be paid cash or check only at TheShop or directly to Amy and are a great Holiday gift for yourself or family!

Why do we do them? Our end of year cost are high and we run a debt cycle. Annual Memberships are critical to keeping MPY healthy and prepared for 2020. Your support helps us keep Membership reasonable for everyone! Thank you for continuing to show up and grow with us!!!! Things to note, yes that’s a Personal Training session included!

Workshops? Yes, we are bring a new format of Workshops to MPY in 2020. Our theme of the year is Education, we will be focusing on trainings to improve what we do and where we want to grow, from yoga to boxing to strength. These will be paid workshops with tiered pricing for Members and Guests. Annual Members will be complimentary in all workshops! We have no idea what this is worth to you, maybe you do one or maybe all 12? Learn with us, Grow with us!

Introverts Unite

Party with us!

*This Friday night, 12/6/2019, starting at 8pm at EV Lounge (500 San Anselmo Avenue) our first community Holiday Party!!! There will be a cash bar which serves wine, bubbly, sparking water etc. 

*Teacher Training! Early bird tuition ends on December 15th! Sign up to get a $400 discount off the regular price. Dates and details can be found here: https://marinpoweryoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Teacher-Training-Application-2020.pdf

*Shop TheShop. We have the best selection of fitness clothing in the Bay Area, right here in San Anselmo. We will be open late on Saturday for the Xmas tree lighting event in Town (ummm hello rainstorm?). The lighting happens at 5pm and we will be open at the shop until 7pm!

People. I will not be at the Party on Friday, I’m on Day 3 of the flu and while I think the worst is past, I’m still a sweaty mess. Besides the frustration of this being my 3rd significant illness of the year, I never want to miss a party with you. Usually, we have the holiday party at our house for staff only, this year the team decided they want to celebrate with you also!

I know the struggle to leave your couch/dog/cat, safety of your home and go out on a Friday night and see people. It isn’t easy, but it is worth it. You will see people from class, teachers, friends and family. You will find interesting people to talk with, be inspired in your own life and maybe even feel lighter, more energized. If this is stressful because of late notice (Inga I am looking at you), blame me and the flu and stop in and say hello between your other plans. We have an amazing community, come start the holidaze with us!

Sweats, Chills and Love,
Jamie