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Member Of The Week

Member of the Week: Anne Pia

1. What is your full name?  

Anne Valentina Pia

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing office with all my parents’ junk mail

3. What job did you have in high school?

Ice Cream shop worker at Snowbird Ski Resort

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Falling down the stairs and crashing into a metal garbage can in the marble foyer during lunch at my high school. The noise made sure that literally every eye was on me laying on the floor!

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

Last summer my husband and our kids went to Spain and Morocco. We did everything from sleeping in tents in the Sahara desert to relaxing in the quiet beach coves in Menorca. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Thinking about certain scenes from the movie Bridesmaids.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I would have to say it’s raising two solid and kind kids (who are actually adults now!)

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

Do whatever you can to end up in a career that truly fills your soul.

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

That every day I tried to do my little part to make the world a better place. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I am so grateful that I found Marin Power Yoga! In the last year, I have become so much stronger and met so many awesome people. I honestly love all the teachers and always look forward to going to class. The teachers create an environment that is fun and motivating and where everyone can feel good about where they are in their fitness journey. MPY has been such a gift  in my life!! 

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: Paul Spillane

1. What is your full name?  

Paul M Spillane

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing make-believe, hot wheels and playing with my toy soldiers (some even had names, ha!).   

3. What job did you have in high school?

Auto body shop (sanding cars for painting).  I also did some landscaping work, so I got to play with chainsaws at a young age.  Of course my Dad always had a job for me to do every weekend (no pay). 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Oh that time I sharted at a restaurant.  It was a friend’s birthday party. I had to ditch the underware in the bathroom.  So embarrassing!  

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

There have been so many.  Each time we go to Mexico is great.  

Probably Norway, summer of 1995 was the best.  Kate was my girlfriend at the time (and now my wife). We hiked the Norwegian Fjords over three days, got lost, almost died but it was an awesome experience!  

Funny thing is the worst vacation I ever had was also Norway about ten years later.  It rained for 13 days straight, I pulled my back, broke my sunglasses, lost my contact lenses and got food poisoned.  

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Lately Saturday Night Live & John Oliver.  I once loved all Monty Python stuff, now it is really too silly.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Surfing double over-head in the Humbolt Jetty was pretty cool, but learning Swedish is the accomplishment I am most proud of.

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

Enjoy the moments.  

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

I am grateful for what I have, really proud of my family and looking forward to the future.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

It works for my arthritis.  Take 3 days a week & soon moving pain free.  When people complain to me about their pain issues, I always say “have you tried yoga?”… 

Member of the Week: Suzanne Doerschlag

1. What is your full name?

Suzanne Gordin Doerschlag

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

As a child I loved running. Especially long distance.

3. What job did you have in high school?

In HS I worked at a place called Dancin in Santa Barbara. It was an aerobics studio with a retail store on the street and dance studios in the back. Free clothes and classes.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

I hit my car three times in one week including taking out the passenger door of my husbands new car. In my defense I did not have exterior warning cameras attached to my car. Never be fooled raising all my children wasn’t really stressful.

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

We traveled to Kuala Lumpur and Mumbai India for my husbands work. The whole family went. Everything was planned by his associates including transportation. It was unbelievable.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. He appears serious but does the funniest things. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Where to begin. 28 years of marriage with a guy I love more every day.

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

Practice presence, take time to really hear what people are saying, appreciate the ones you love.

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

Kindness

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

MPY has given me back the Self I had lost the past 20 years. For that I am forever grateful.

Member of the Week: Belle Marko

1. What is your full name?  

Belle Marko

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Running wild in the woods of Madrone Canyon, Larkspur

3. What job did you have in high school?

Printing press operator

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I looked down my nose at a pregnant lady that was smoking and decided to tell her how lame it is to smoke when pregnant, she took a big draw on her cig, blew it in my face and said: I’m not pregnant…

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

All Girls surf camp in Mexico, it made me realize I wasn’t living fully – I came back and changed my life

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Life

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My Artwork, getting Sober in 1988, proving to myself that I can do what I set out to do, designing a beautiful Villa in Mexico, Lastly, I learned how to be a good friend and feel comfortable in my own skin. 

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

Think Better of yourself and trust the universe

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

That I hopefully made a positive difference in people’s lives

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

Other than how good it makes me feel, it’s a friendly neighborhood community, there are many classes to choose from with great teachers, it’s affordable and it’s a 5 minute walk from my house! I especially like how MPY really gives back to this town.

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: 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!

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.

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(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.      

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: Autumn Matli

1. What is your full name? 

Autumn Juliana Matli

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Climbing trees, running from house to house to play with neighborhood kids, walking to the neighborhood pool, bike riding, camping in the sierras with family and visiting the central coast with family.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Waterslide attendant at water park, hostess at Red Lobster

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

See above 🙂

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

Italy, especially Amalfi coast with my husband, former Member of the Week Dave Matli, and my 2 daughters

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My family, and our silly dinner conversations

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Having lasting friendships (20-30 yrs long) and raising our two daughters (still only 7 & 10 so ask me again when they’re in high school)

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

Don’t ever wait to travel, move to a new location, try a new career, start a business—the time is now, there’s nothing to lose

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

I was true to myself, acted with integrity and was an amazing wife and mother!

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Not only are the classes and instructors some of the best around, I love coming to the studio.  Starting my day with MPY makes the hurdle of what’s to come in my day, much more manageable. Thank you MPY!

Member of the Week: Sara Shaw

1. What is your full name?  

Sara Gabriela Shaw

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I loved writing poetry, rearranging my bedroom and also eating candy. My dad used to tell me I was going to marry a jellybean. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

It wasn’t a paid job – but I worked at the local birth center where I grew up in Pittsburgh. 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

My family was really close with my best friend’s family and we would often eat shabbat meals all together. One Saturday afternoon we were all seated around the table quietly reciting the post-meal prayer. I felt something under the table and thought it was my friend’s dog, Jake, so I reached out to pet him. After a couple seconds I realized I was petting my friend’s dad’s knee. He was giving me the strangest look. The worst part was that I couldn’t explain myself for another minute or so until we all completed saying the prayer. It was so awkward and I’m sure my face was strawberry red. I’m still close with their family and she is still my best friend. 

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

I traveled to Guatemala for a month by myself. Best decision I ever made.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Friends – the television show.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m so proud that I am a labor and delivery nurse. Ever since high school I knew I wanted to be involved in birth somehow. It took lots of hard work, because the sciences never came easily to me, but I made it happen. 

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

Learn to play a musical instrument and get really good at it. Stick with it even though practicing can be no fun. 

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

I want them to remember me as a dependable person who was an excellent cook, a devoted nurse, a decent ukulele player and a great party thrower. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I love the structure it gives my week. I try to do a mixture of TRX and bootcamp at least 3 times a week and I feel so good when I walk out of that room dripping sweat. 

Member of the Week: Christopher Nelson

1. What is your full name? 

Christopher James Nelson. It might be interesting to note that my middle name comes from a person who helped my father out of a jam. When my father was in the Navy, he accidentally blew up some toilets, and was looking at spending the rest of his life doing menial chores. ‘James’ rescued him from eternal KP and elevated him onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. This kind of intervention, divine, mortal, or otherwise, is a constant thread throughout my life story.

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

Drawing, reading, daydreaming, and hiking, which are still some of my favorite activities. As a child I grew up in southern California out in the desert, and as crazy as it sounds, I used to walk to Kindergarten on my own. And, as absurd as this sounds, sometimes instead of going to school, I would opt to wander out into the desert to catch lizards and tadpoles, eventually making my way to school at my own leisure. Avoiding responsibilities is still another favorite activity.

3. What job did you have in high school?

When I was 11, I asked my father for an allowance, and the next weeked he got me a job scrubbing dishes at a deli. In High School I upgraded to working the swing shift at a convenience store.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hmmm. It might end up being this questionnaire. I’m a pretty insecure person, so just about every living, breathing moment is fraught with the potential to recede into an embarrassing moment. It’s better if I just keep on keeping on.

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

Is there really such a thing as a bad vacation? Oh wait, there was that time to Legoland…

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Dumb, immature, jokes. The weird and curious things my children say.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I have lots to be proud of: my marriage, my wife, my children, my sobriety, my professional career, just to name a few. I have a long gratitude list and constantly thank the heavens for my good fortune.  

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

Sigh. The same advice others were trying to give to me but I ignored: know right from wrong, and pursue the righteous path; it’s the sure way to happiness. 

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

That I wasn’t an asshole, I had the occasional piece of good advice, or a good joke; that I loaned my tools freely, and I tried my best to be an attentive and loving person.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

As usual, I started writing a long winded response, but I’ll spare us and just end with this quote from Chuang Tzu: Make the inexhaustible your body / and wander beyond origins.

Member of the Week: Natasha Najafi

1. What is your full name? 

Natasha Najafi 

2. What was your favorite activity as a child? 

ballet and tennis 

3. What job did you have in high school? 

worked for the gap, limited express and my father’s 

Real Estate Brokerage 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

when i was at a party late at night and my parents found out, and showed up to take me home! 

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

there are so many! I love to travel….but I would say my 2 top favorites would be Croatia and Morroco. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud? 

just talking with my girlfriends! 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of? 

being a mother to my son Bentley…By far the best accomplishment of my life. 

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

Wear sunscreen! 

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

loyalty 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga? 

makes me happy and feel amazing after i’m done! I always look forward to going. 

Member of the Week: Inga and Andy Sweet

1. What is your full name? 

Inga and Andy Sweet

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Inga – I grew up in the mid-west and loved being with my neighborhood friends. We rode bikes, played outdoors and in the winter went ice skating afterschool on an outdoor open rink. 

Andy – Anything outside. My fondest memories are of camping with my family.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Inga – I worked in a deli/catering take out and also spent time working for the family orthopedic business. 

Andy – I worked at Let’s Eat in the Cove Shopping Center in Tiburon.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Inga – there are so many…

Andy – The first time someone told me my hair was thinning!

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

Inga – Europe with our three kids a few years ago. It was awesome to see them take in the history, culture and people of new places, navigate the cities, enjoy the food and experience it together.

Andy – What she said. Without a doubt.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Inga – our dog, Riley.

Andy – Inga. Trust me, she is funny.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Inga – Raising our three kids.

Andy – Working hard, which allows me to live and raise my family in Marin County.

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

Inga – slow down, worry less and wear sunscreen. As a pension consultant, I also have to throw in save for retirement.

Andy – don’t let yourself become a Cal football fan.

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

Inga – that I was kind to them.

Andy – that I was a wonderful husband, father and friend.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Inga – The wonderful teachers!

Andy – I have felt very comfortable at MPY since my first yoga practice about two years ago and the teachers keep me coming back. They are awesome.

Member of the Week: Holly Arnold

1. What is your full name?

Holly Egan Arnold. It used to be Holly Lynn Egan, I changed it when I was married, 18 short years ago.

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I loved playing in the woods. I spent hours and hours climbing trees, hiking, picking berries, picking flowers, playing in the creek. Alone, or with friends, it’s where I felt most free. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

My first job was at LeDuc’s Frozen Custard, washing dishes and slinging frozen custard. I also worked in the kitchen at St. John’s Military Academy. Many of my high school friends also worked at St. Johns, it was a fun high school job, lots of shenanigans… 

4. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

Seriously, embarrassing things happen to me every day. If no one is around to see it, it’s like it never happened… Ok, but most recently, I was struggling to understand a custodian in the airport bathroom who was sweetly trying to tell me I had toilet paper stuck to my shoe. I’m glad I took the time to understand what she was trying to tell me. 

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

This year my family took a 2 week vacation with my family on one end and my husband’s on the other. We started in Pittsburgh PA, drove to Niagra Falls, and ended up on Cape Cod. We saw lifelong family friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, celebrated my mom’s 70th birthday, went to my family’s 85th family reunion, rode roller coasters, dragged the kids to see all of our college apartments, ate ice cream, saw Niagra Falls, ate buffalo wings in Buffalo, NY, went to the beach, played mini golf. It was pretty great.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. He gets me. And he’s hilarious. He makes me watch the most ridiculous videos on America’s Funniest Home Videos. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Raising two incredible kids who are turning into big-hearted, hilarious people that I really enjoy spending time with. 

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

Care less about what people think of you, care more about what you think of yourself. It matters much less what other people think if you truly believe in who you are. Also, don’t take things so seriously. 

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

I love this beautiful place where we are lucky enough to live. I’m not super outgoing, but I love the people that I’ve met through yoga, and how the practice has influenced me as a person. I feel like I’m definitely a better person for having discovered this practice. 

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

When I came to MPY for the first time years ago, I came because I liked the sign (graphic design minor) and I was curious. I did not really think that yoga was for me, but I wanted to give it a try. 4 or 5 years later, I am so much stronger. I am not afraid to try the arm balances, even though I literally fall on my face. I love watching the amazing people on the mats next to me, and I love trying things I didn’t think I was capable of. I treasure the time I carve for myself on Saturdays mornings, and love the community that MPY has become. 

Member of the Week: Tom Mayes

1. What is your full name?  

Thomas Bernard Mayes. But call me Tom. My friends and parent’s friends from school days still call me little Tommy. 

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

No favorite activity. I was always a jock. I was always playing some type of ball game. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I worked at the Marin Art & Garden Center setting up for weekend weddings and fashion shows.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Wow. There are way too many! Showing up for a costume ice skating party ( I was an elf with green tights and long green elf hat ) and finally noticed that I was the ONLY person in costume.

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

Every vacation is the best ever. As a family, we love going to Sea Ranch up the California coast. We just got back from a truly memorable week – so best vacation in recent memory. 

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Young Frankenstein, Annie Hall, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, and all of my really funny friends. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Building beautiful houses and gardens for my family over the past 25 years.

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

Definitely start yoga at age 30. Still playing high level sports in my 30’s & 40’s, I thought my body would handle the grind forever…But age definitely caught up. 

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

That I was always inclusive, happy and willing to lend a hand.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

That is 2 questions. 

1. I started practicing yoga as an opportunity to improve my core strength ( I kept throwing my back out from years of back abuse ). Six years later, I love the daily ritual; riding my bike to class to avoid finding a parking spot, doing Gentle Yoga and Yin Yang for the physical routine and results and most importantly for the sheer enjoyment of the peace it brings. It is so nice to truly relax for 1 hour during an otherwise hectic day.

2. Why do I practice at MPY? I feel really lucky to be part of a tight, fun and relaxed community of friends. I’ve never practiced anywhere else – so I can’t compare. But, I can’t imagine that any other studio has so many generous, compassionate and thoughtful teachers who enrich our lives like all of you at our humble retreat on Tunstead Ave. Thank You!!

Member of the Week: Andrea Spencer

1. What is your full name?  

Andrea Spencer

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Playing outdoors with my sisters and friends.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Teaching ballet.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Dropping my headpiece during a ballet performance.

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

Our honeymoon to Bora Bora.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

When my daughters are silly.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Moving by myself to San Francisco from Germany

Raising our twin daughters.

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

Explore the world and its people.

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

That I was here and my love for the beauty of this world.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Great community, great variety of classes, great teachers!

Member of the Week: Diane Amarillas

1. What is your full name?
Diane Amarillas

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?
Playing outside

3. What job did you have in high school?
Good student

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Falling during recess (tight skirt)

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
1985 – Tour of England

6. What makes you laugh out loud?
SNL re-runs

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
First in my family to graduate college

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

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

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?
To stay fit and I enjoy it

Member of the Week: Nina Schuyler

1. What is your full name?  

Nina Schuyler

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Reading! Always reading. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I was an avid tennis player, so I worked as a tennis instructor at a local club.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

So many, but here’s one: it took me two years to speak up and correct a friend’s pronunciation of my name. 

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

They all seem to be the best. This summer, my family and I visited Berlin. Art and museums and statues and memorials—(if you go, visit the East Side Gallery, where artists around the world have painted on the section of the Wall)– spark the necessary conversation about history so as never to repeat it.  

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My husband. 

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My two novels, The Painting and The Translator

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

Decisions sparked by fear rarely work out. 

9. What would you like people to remember about you

I was present. And the times I wasn’t, I regretted.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

The teachers are fantastic! Knowledgeable and inspiring, they offer safe, challenging workouts.

Member of the Week: Katherine Marcus

1. What is your full name?  

Katherine Suzanne Marcus

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

I was blessed to have many.  I liked hanging out with my dog Bubbha.  Playing soccer. Karate. Going to choir and ranch camp.  When I look back I really can’t choose just one. 

3. What job did you have in high school?

I had three while in high school.  When I was 14 years old I became a cashier at Long’s Drugs Store.  Next I was a courtesy clerk at Lunardi’s Market in Los Gatos. Then, at 16 my father owned a little restaurant and bar called the Almaden Feed and Fuel where I waited tables.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

The last time I wore white was in the third grade.  I wore my favorite white dress to school one day and while enjoying some refreshing chocolate milk, I laughed.  As a result, chocolate milk came directly out of my nose all over my favorite white dress.

Never again!

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

I went to Costa Rica when I was 22 and I will never forget the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Not to mention surfing, zip lining, volcanoes, Imperial Beer and good food!

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

“Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.” ~ Anonymous 

I come from some pretty funny people.  Just yesterday I was with my sister and we could not stop laughing.  I work at Bungalow 44 in Mill Valley and I laugh A LOT with my coworkers.  Such a warm, fun loving bunch. I am so blessed! Come see us sometime!

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

To be frank, I hope they haven’t happened yet.

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

Love yourself as you are.  Nobody’s Perfect. Don’t compare yourself.  Forget the Myth. Nothing will be as you thought it would be.  Remember the no plan, plan is an ok plan to have. Chase the AWE.  Keep it simple. Always laugh. Everything is temporary. Everything.  Love every minute of it no matter what. Acceptance is key. Surrender.

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

Perhaps a sense of comfort at my memory.  A slight smile that comes to the surface if I am to be remembered.  That my essence was and is happy. And silly. And love. That I could apologize when needed and stand proud when required.  That I strove for humility and yet sometimes failed. That I was perfectly imperfect and never afraid to show it.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

A girlfriend of mine, Yukti Mehta Jizrawi, introduced me to the studio.  I hadn’t done kickbopxing in years and the movement woke something up in me.  The teachers are amazing and so knowledgeable. The studio just brought so much joy to my life.  I sometimes don’t get there as often as I’d like. Life is in session. But I crave it and look forward to being there all the time.  

Thank you Marin Power Yoga for all that you do for the community. For all that you’ve done for me! I look forward to making more memories there while building community and striving for health.  With endless gratitude, I thank you!

Member of the Week: Ian Hanson

1) What is your full name?

– Ian Christopher Hanson

2) What was your favorite activity as a child?

– As a kid, I always enjoyed being outside. There was a big forest behind our house, and I spent lots of time exploring nature and making up my own adventures.

3) What job did you have in high school?

– In the winters, I taught skiing for a small local ski area. Most of the lessons were the kids after school programs, which earned me a pass, and night skiing after we finished. Summer jobs were lawn mowing, and eventually a job at the fancy golf course picking up range balls, and washing carts. Dream job at 16!

4) What is your most embarrassing memory?

– Wow, so many to choose from! The first thing that pops to mind is having an accident on a school trip to the roller skating rink, and then trying to play off that wearing your sweatshirt around your waste backwards was cool…

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

– My wife and I went to Portugal a few years ago, and it was our first big European trip together. We had a blast, but I have a feeling the best vacation is yet to come!

6) What makes you laugh out loud?

– Friends, family, people not taking life too seriously? Laughter is the best!

7) What accomplishments are you most proud of?

– I’m proud to be the husband of a wonderful woman. I’m also proud to be more comfortable in my own skin than I used to be.

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

– I would tell myself to start practicing yoga at an amazing studio, but not sure young me would listen… And all the things you hear about gratitude, forgiveness, and self love are real. Try to find new things to learn, and enjoy that part of the process.

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

– Remember after we meet? Remember once I’m dead? Maybe for the former it’s a genuine hug or smile, and the latter… ? How one person could sweat so much in an hour? I’m still stumped myself!

10) Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

– Many of the instructors are truly amazing people, and very talented teachers. I get excited and inspired to practice with such a strong and graceful group of yogis too!

Member of the Week: Bridget Carlson

  1. What is your full name? 

Bridget Austin Carlson

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

My family is very into Cycling, so that was a big activity for me growing up. In college I was on the Cycling Race Team, which is where I met most of my best friends.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I had 2 jobs at different times. During the school year, I was an assistant in a podiatrist’s office. I will never forget cleaning up whole toenails out of the exam rooms. One summer I also had a job at the local Transportation Authority drawing outlines of roads in a computer program every day.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Hard to pick one, but just this week at work I walked around my entire office introducing a New Hire to everyone. When I got to the last person, they told me that I had a huge piece of spinach in my teeth; it had been there the whole time.

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

My grandmother and I have been on a number of international trips together. These trips are all really special to me. In November we are going on our first trip since 2011. She’ll be 93 and we will be spending 2 weeks in Thailand.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

My parents live in Fairfield and whenever I visit with them they always have hilarious stories about random things going on at the house. They own a couple of chickens and there is always some drama going on in their “pecking order”.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

In May, I summited my first mountain, Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo (Malaysia) with one of my best friends. It was very difficult but so rewarding.

I was also part of a team of 4 that placed 2nd at Collegiate Cycling Nationals in an event called the Team Time Trial.

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

I would tell myself to take it easy more; lots of things seem very important but aren’t in the grand scheme of things. Things will work out as they are meant to. 

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

I would like people to remember me as moral, funny and kind.  

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

When I moved in Marin in Dec 2017, I was looking for something to help fill time after work and stay healthy. I now don’t need MPY to help fill my time, but I keep coming back because I really love the teachers (shout out to all the 6pm Power Yoga teachers!) and I enjoy the mental clarity that I get from yoga.