Member of the Week: Jeff Hopkins

1. What is your full name? 
Jeff Hopkins

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Playing with the dog. I’m still obsessed. Those poor animals probably wished I’d given them a little peace.

3. What job did you have in high school?
I didn’t have one. Don’t tell my kids.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
One summer in college I did a work exchange in Belgium. We were put up in a boarding house attic during a brutally hot summer. The boarding house had a shower, but we weren’t allowed to use it. After a couple weeks, we smelled pretty ripe. The exchange coordinator took us in search of a showers at the local pool, YMCA, and health club, but no luck. Then she decided to start knocking on doors at random houses. She asked complete strangers if they would let these smelly Americans in to use their shower because we hadn’t bathed in weeks. I was the only student in the exchange group who spoke Dutch/Flemish so I experienced the humiliation in real time. A few of the choice replies included,
“I don’t know you. I don’t know them and they smell.” 
“Are you crazy?” 
“Why don’t you spray them with a garden hose?” 
“I’m going to call the police.” Our hygiene walk of shame went on for an hour and we still smelled at the end of it.

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
I took a trip around the world for a year when I was 23. This was long before cell phones, online booking sites and google maps. It was the most exhilarating trip I’ll ever take and really helped shape who I’ve become.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
Farts. It’s juvenile, I know. When I think of the times I’ve laughed the hardest, it’s been when someone let one rip during a moment of silence during yoga class. Or when you’re at party and you’re overcome by a ferocious stench, everyone pretends they don’t smell it as they struggle to breathe and carry on the conversation as if nothing had happened. Love that.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’m very proud that my wife and I have raised compassionate, kind children that are a lot of fun to be around.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be more patient and go with the flow.

9. What would you like people to remember about you?
That I laughed a lot and told jokes – even if they aren’t funny.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
It was the first place I called about yoga and the first yoga class I’d ever taken. It’s felt like home from the start.

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