Time You Enjoy Wasting Is Not Wasted Time

The focus on productivity and profitability is paramount in corporate culture in America. The emphasis on a high hourly wage combines with this to distort the value of our time. How we “spend” our time is important. Having a hobby is a lost art form. Wasting Time is not celebrated in a society that is lost in a rat race.

How do we break the cycle? How do we claim our families and save our souls? Sometimes we have to waste a little time. We have to dive into our passions and enjoy how we invest our time…whether that is watching the waves roll in or feeling the cool mountain breeze. Let your body and mind relax, you will perform at your highest potential. Some days, I need to sit on a rock and enjoy the view, some days a hike or ride and others days I need to get on my mat and do the work. Wring my body out, work thru physical pains and mental blocks. Every time I get on my mat, I have a chance to begin again. You have that chance every single day.Time Wasted

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin

Live Out Of Your Imagination

Stephen Covey Quote I,agination

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

Partner Yoga Class- Let’s Do This Together! February 15th

Brene Brown Connection

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. ― Brené Brown

Partner Yoga Flow Workshop THIS Saturday!

WHO: YOU!!! And bring someone you feel comfortable doing yoga with, such as a spouse, friend, sibling, parent, child, etc. No yoga or partner experience is necessary – just come with an open mind!

WHAT: A unique, playful, and fun 90-minute Yoga Flow workshop where we will breakdown and explore a series of partner poses that require you to stay connected with someone else from the beginning of class to the end. Unlike Partner-Assisted Yoga or AcroYoga, where only one individual is doing a yoga pose and the other is assisting or supporting, Partner Yoga poses are mutually beneficial. Both individuals will exert equal amounts of strength, control, and support, and at the same time will receive balance, depth, and openness in each pose.

WHEN: This Saturday, February 15th, from 9:30am-11:00am!

WHERE: Marin Power Yoga, of course!

WHY: Partner Yoga brings your practice to a whole different level!!!

· Give someone you care about an opportunity to try out yoga for the first-time, with you by their side the whole time (literally!).

· Learn trust and communication with one another beyond just words, but through connecting, listening, and feeling each other’s movements and breathing.

· Challenge your body and your mind as you play and discover how to find the perfect balance with your partner in each pose. Let go of control and allow yourself to lean on someone else for once. Or perhaps, let go of dependence, and be aware not to lean too much.

· Surrender to a deeper stretch than you would normally be able to achieve on your own – and be prepared, it will feel amazing!

· Most importantly, share a positive and energetic experience that may have you bursting out in laughter one second, then crying the next (just saying…) with someone you care about.

COST: Free for members and $20 drop-in for non-members

Courage is the Most Important Virtue

Maya Angelou Picture Quote

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou

If somebody asked you, would you say you act courageously? Have you considered it a virtue before? What the hell is courage?

Courage is what enables you to walk thru the studio doors and find out what our yoga classes are all about. Courage is what gets you up in the morning, whether it is to make the kids lunch or to start your work day. Courage is what let’s you do that presentation in front of your team or simply invite a new friend on Facebook.

Our head works overtime telling us to be careful, proceed slowly and look before leaping. We all dig deep and act from a place of courage every single day, hundreds of times. Sometimes courage is simply stepping outside of the box you have drawn around yourself. Shedding what is known and comfortable. It took me a year to admit I like coconut, o.k really it took 38 years, but then it took a year to actually say out loud “I love coconut covered cup cakes.” It strangely doesn’t sound very courageous, but eating the first bite took years!

Forget the big stuff. Whether it is saving someone’s life out of a burning building or defending your sworn enemies right to freedom of speech, when the time is right you will have the courage to do the right thing. Start practicing now by acknowledging the details in your every day life that are possible because of your courage. Maybe it is letting your 3 year old walk up the stairs without you, attempting crow or hand stand in the middle of the room or trying something new on the menu even though it might not be your favorite. Be willing to be surprised by how strong you really are.

Connecting To What Matters

We have been open for exactly 6 months today and I am lit up with energy. We have taught over 700 amazing yoga classes and slowly but surely our community is growing! Recently our staff did a leadership program led by Teo and Oli from EXLI, we discussed in depth our values and how our values show up in our lives. Underneath the discussion, I found myself thinking about MPY and wondering if our values are showing up in classes, programming and our business.

For the most part, I was blown away to see that the teachers and team making MPY possible are reflecting our group values in everything we do. As I dug deeper, I found myself struggling with the question of when to say no and when to say yes. It is simply to easy to say YES and rarely do I find myself saying NO. The easy obvious answer was simply say NO more often. I resent easy answers, I felt some resistance and sat with the issue for a few days.

What came up for me is that I really need to become conscious of what I am saying YES to. For the last week I have been practicing by evaluating everything that requires a YES or NO. I am not passing judgment, nor am I simply saying NO. Rather I am bringing awareness to my decision making and looking at what the outcome is. I don’t have any real answers here, just questioning and acknowledging the strength that comes from increased awareness.

Every now and then you have to Connect To What Really Matters…YOURSELF. The relationship we develop with ourself is what enables us to connect to others. The sunset is one of those magical times in our day when we see all of life around us shift, reminding us that we can change as well. As we dive deeper into ourselves, we create the change that ripples across the universe. See you on your mat!

West Coast Stephen Covey Quote

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”
― Stephen Covey

Loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

As long as I can remember I have known that “Love Is The Answer.” This simple answer is only relevant to the question it is answering. If you are looking for love, start with the mirror. Loving the person in the mirror will give you the strength to grow and travel on your path. Loving yourself deeply will give you the courage to love someone else, spreading both strength and courage.

However this quote shows up for you, let it into your life. Look at your personal relationships and acknowledge what is working and what needs work. Sharing Love in your Life, creates Strength and Courage. Be a Creator!

Lao Tzu Quote Love Deeply

Ask all from yourself – Rumi

“Everything in the Universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” Rumi – This is a simple statement that plays out in our lives regularly. It comes in the form of the word “no” and negative phrasing. “I can’t do a headstand.” “I am overwhelmed with work and can’t do that.” “I do not have time to practice 5 x a week.”

What if you already know everything? What if you really can do anything you set your heart to? What if we define failure as not trying? How we define success is often the most important step in any project we take on. It is the way we evaluate and how we know when we are “done.” What I am really proposing, is that we define success as the level of commitment we make. Did I commit my energy fully to that or did I attempt to do that with one foot on land safe and dry?

Your commitment to your family, job, life, yoga practice and community is what creates success. It starts with you, today – now. Ask more of yourself than anybody else…then shine with all of the knowledge and experience within and share your talents with the world!

Rumi Quote Ask All From Yourself

Yoga is 99% Practice & 1% Theory

“Yoga is 99% Practice & 1% theory.” Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – What does this mean to you? When you are practicing do you feel like you are struggling? That you could be thinner, more flexible, stronger and better looking? What if you just practiced? Get out of your head for an hour and do the work. Do the work 5 days a week, as if taking care of your mind, body and soul is a full time job. The results will speak for themselves. If you don’t look and feel better within a few weeks, come in and talk to us about it. After all, yoga is 1% theory.

Pattabhi Jois Picture QuoteMarin Power Yoga is located at 135 Tunstead Avenue in San Anselmo, California 94960. Come As You Are. The Yoga will work for you.

 

Give up the shit that weighs you down!

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” Toni Morrison. These words resonate strongly with me. We all have wings and were born to fly, it doesn’t always seem like that is possible. At times it is a struggle even to get out of bed. This is the shit that weighs us down. The stuff that keeps your head down, looking at the floor as you walk the streets. How do we shift this?

It starts and ends with us. Make a goal each day and achieve it. It can be as small as enjoying the sensation of cold water cleansing our skin as you wash your face in the morning. It can be looking at people as you walk for your morning coffee and smiling or even saying hello. BE THAT CRAZY PERSON, who says hello to strangers and smiles. You will find that most people want to smile back, you will also begin to see the tethers that hold you down begin to loosen. When you are ready to fly, your practice will set you free.

Fly Quote by Toni Morrison

What You Seek is Seeking You! Rumi.

“What you seek is seeking you.” Rumi

Whether it is a companion to share life with or six-pack abs or a moment of peace within the craziness of life, the energy and experiences you seek are right in front of you. The actions you take each day are reflected in your life. Take note of what is happening, what you are experiencing and what you are thinking about. Let the bad go and create space for the good. Sometimes we do this by detoxing in twists, sometimes we want inversions and sometimes we just need to meditate. Be open to what you are seeking, keep your head up and your eyes wide; your actions are creating reality.

What You Seek Rumi QuoteMarin Power Yoga is located at 135 Tustead Avenue is San Anselmo California.

 

The More You Give

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give the more they posses.” Rainer Maria Rilke – The question we must continue to ask ourselves is Am I being of service? Am I helping?

Rilke Marin Power Yoga