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Perseverance – The Ability to Survive and Thrive!

Reflect - Perseverance

Perseverance. This simple word has been showing up a lot for me lately. It shows up on the mat when I am struggling to hold Warrior 2, it shows up on the scale as I try and lose weight (slowly at 1 lb a week on great weeks), it shows up biking up Mt. Tam as my legs say quit and I want to get to Lake Lagunitas and Bon Tempe, it shows up in our business as we slowly mature and strive to become a sustainable community.

Perseverance. I was never a particularly good swimmer, but I knew how to show up and practice. Whether it was 6 am on a Saturday morning or double practices over spring break, showing up was the only way I knew how to improve and compete. This is partly what drives me to practice daily at Marin Power Yoga. I can see poses, strength and flexibility that appear to be far out of my reach. Thru the twisting and shaking my mind settles in on one word. Perseverance. Just keep showing up and the tiny improvements, the soreness, falling over and misses will slowly become big shifts.

Perseverance. The drive to be a better human is filled with potholes and set backs. There are “haters” who are always waiting for us to fail. They show up as friends, family, competitors, strangers and neigh sayers. Every time I get on my mat I take one small step towards kindness, compassion, strength, flexibility, emotional vulnerability and improved health. Perseverance. Every time you show up, you inspire me to keep going, to make it up the hill, to drop my seat a little lower in chair pose and to make Marin Power Yoga a little more awesome for our community.

Perseverance. We start with survival and we slowly shift into thriving. Keep your head up and your eyes on the prize, at the top of the hill is an amazing view worth seeing.

We have a LEASE in San Anselmo -Marin Power Yoga is Coming Soon.

Eric and Jamie Yoga Journal 2012
Marin Power Yoga is opening May 15, 2013! Located in the heart of Marin County at 135 Tunstead, San Anselmo California. We are so excited it is ridiculous!

How did we get here? We started looking for a lease in Marin in January of 2012, while visiting for Yoga Journal San Francisco. We drive around Marin from Mill Valley to Fairfax writing down numbers and calling about spaces. We returned home to Cleveland with a mild depression (something about leaving 70 and sunny for snow combined with a seemingly impossible task of moving).

It took a few weeks to get the family on board, resulting in a short weekend trip back to the Bay Area to look at houses and schools and convince the kids they would LOVE Marin. That is when the real work began.

While we packed our lives up, including our business, we continued to look for the perfect space for our studio. We talked with landlords and negotiated terms, striking out 3 times in a row. As 2012 ended, we celebrated our new lives in Marin, indulging in amazing schools, the farmers market, hiking and biking Mt. Tam. One thing was missing, our studio.

We looked at Yoga Tree opening in Corte Madera with envy, a large beautiful space almost exactly how we pictured it! With a heavy heart we postponed the dream and rented an amazing editing suite in San Rafael. This empowered us to get our video business in order and clean up our process for finishing yoga videos. As we worked, we knew something was missing and we started looking for a space again.

We went back to our favorite space in the center of San Anselmo and told the landlord that we still loved the space and wanted to make a deal. We looked at what was negotiable and what was non-negotiable and found a place to meet in the middle. As the weeks went by without a lease signed we did our practice. Breathe and Observe. Practice non-judgement and create Commitments. We took a big step and started building our website, without even having a studio!

Baron Baptiste says “Stand in front of your past and let it be.” After 3 years of hoping and running into walls, we have started transforming our dream into a reality. We are living in the now!

We created the Commitment to open our studio by May of 2013 and patiently directed our energy towards accomplishing that goal. With a combination of timing and positive energy, we officially signed our lease on April 16, 2013!

What’s next? We are taking out a conference room and putting in oil finished floors. A little bit of blood sweat and tears and we are going to be opening! Updates to follow!

Marin Power Yoga