Slowing Down

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer

You don’t have to look very hard to see the signs that you need to slow down. For me it shows up physically first in the form of a sore low back or a twitch or swelling. Then my emotions scatter and I struggle to find my kind voice with myself and with others. It is quickly a lose-lose situation, followed by feelings of guilt and inadequacy.

Why after all these years do I need to be hit in the head by the signs, wouldn’t you think by now I could see them 50 feet away and prepare myself a little? Maybe I did see the signs, maybe I didn’t believe them or maybe I didn’t want to believe them. Either way, the signs were there.

What does it mean to slow down? For all of us it is different. Some need to discover Yin Yoga and find out what it is like to breathe in an uncomfortable position for 2 minutes. Some need to sweat, shake and stand on their hands for everything to get quiet and feel ok. Some need to meditate for 30 seconds, others for 30 minutes. In some senses, it is the same for all of us…one hour in the day to take care of ourselves.

It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as what you do, is for you. Take a walk or make it a hike or even a run. Bike thru town on your cruiser or climb the mountain so you can fly down it appreciating your choice of hardtail or full suspension. Do 40 laps at the pool or 9 holes at the club. Find your core in TRX or unleash you inner demon in TKO. You can find your yoga practice on the mat or everywhere you go. It starts with you.

Slow Down. Figure out what that means for you and bring more of it into your life. Or bring less of it. You know what I mean.

Teacher Training Starts March 25 – 2015 – Are You In?

200 Hour Teacher Training

We are launching our first 200 hr. Teacher Training at Marin Power Yoga on March 25th, 2015. The application is HERE.

What are the details?

Jessica Kenny will be leading the Training assisted by Sean and Jamie. We will have guest teachers in on the intensive weekends! You will read, practice and dive deeper into your practice!!! The 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Certification is designed to give you a broad overview of yoga from the physical asana practice to ayurvedic eating to the chakras to hands on assisting to BEING A GREAT TEACHER! Our commitment to you is you will dive deeper into your own practice and graduate ready to teach!


A non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $500 is due with your application. This deposit is then subtracted from the total cost of training. If for any reason you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded in full.


Tuition  – Member $2,250 – Public $2,500


Start – March 25

Intensive Weekends – Fridays 6pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sundays 8am-6pm (120 hrs.)

March 27-29

April 24-26

May 29-31

June 5-7 and 12-14

Single Days

Wednesdays 6pm-10pm (44 hrs.)

March 25

April 1, 8, 22, 29

May 6, 13, 20, 27

June 3, 10

Saturdays 12pm-6pm (30 hrs.)

April 4

May 2, 9, 16, 23

*Approximately 20 hours of out of class group meeting time.

**Graduation is June 14, 2015

The application is linked below!


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Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area – Join our Team or come to our Fundraiser!

Marin Power Yoga is hosting a fundraiser to:

1) Get together and have a great community practice with a DJ.

2) Raise awareness about what Yoga Reaches Out does for the community.

3) Raise some funds!!!

You can join the MPY team or contribute online here: http://yogathon.yogareachesout.org/site/TR/Yogathon/General?team_id=1700&pg=team&fr_id=1040

This Sunday! March 1, 2015 from 6-7:30pm we are going to sweat and flow to a live DJ – check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/clubtrinidad



Lizzy Tomber teaches Wednesday night Acro Yoga Class in Marin

Lizzy Tomber is coming to San Anselmo Wednesday January 21, 2015 to teach the 7:15pm AcroYoga class at Marin Power Yoga. She brings the best of the mid-west to Marin for the night! There is a suggested contribution of $20 to help cover Lizzy’s travel costs! Get ready to fly as you learn tips and hints from a Pro! Find out more about Lizzy here: http://www.acroyoga.org/app-teacher-directory/lizzy-tomber

Marin Power yOga is located at 141 Tunstead Ave. San Anselmo Ca. 94960

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Cleanse Starts January 15 2015 – Red Light Green Light

Our Cleanse starts January 15 and runs thru February 13, 2015 (21 Days). It is called the Red Light Green Light 1, 2, 3 Cleanse! Start now and live the life you want!

Join Our Group on Facebook to stay updated and get recipes!!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/redlightgreenlight123/

1 – No Alcohol

2 – No Sugar

3 – No Dairy

We will Be Posting Green Lights for things you should eat a lot of! Red Lights for things you should reduce/avoid and Yellow Lights for Caution!

Our goals are simple!  Increase your health. Increase the JOY in your life. Become aware of your decisions around food. Prove to yourself you can live without something for 21 Days.

If you have to make a choice, we are encouraging you to prioritize local, hormone free grass fed meats. Of Course we want you to choose organic fruit and vegetables everywhere in your life. If finances are rough, prioritize clean meat, then save for the vegetables and fruits you can. More details are coming in the Group!!!

Eleanor Rossevelt Quote


New Classes and New Spin Times and Days

We have new times for Spinning! New Yoga Classes!

**We have changed some of the Spin Class times and added in more classes!!!


Monday – Friday

6:00 – 7:00 am (Power Yoga)

6:00 – 6:45 am (Spinning Sportive)

9:00 – 10:15 am (Power Yoga)

9:00 – 10:00am (Spinning Sportive)

10:45 – 11:45 am Yin-Yang ( T & Th) and Gentle Yoga (M & W & F)

12:00 – 1:00 pm (Power Yoga)

4:30 – 5:30 pm (Power Yoga) (Friday Yin)

5:45 – 6:45 pm (Spinning – Sportive)

6:00 – 7:00 pm (Power Yoga)

7:15 – 8:15 pm (Gentle Yoga  – T & Th – Hula Hoop – M – Acro Yoga – W – Candle Light Flow – F)




8:00 – 9:15 am (Vinyasa)

8:00 – 9:00 am (Spinning)

9:30-10:45 am (Rock & Flow – Power Yoga)

9:30 – 10:45 am (Little Yogis – age 3 -7)

9:30-10:30 am (The Tour – Hardcore Spinning)

12:00 -1:00 pm (Power Yoga Basics)

4:30 – 5:30 pm (Power Yoga)



8:00 – 9:15 am (Vinyasa)

8:00 – 9:00 am (Spinning)

9:30 – 10:45 am (Ubuntu Flow – Power Yoga with Live Music)

9:30 – 10:45 am (Little Yogis – age 3 -7)

9:30-10:30 am (The Tour – Hardcore Spinning)

12:00 -1:00 pm (Power Yoga)

4:30 – 5:30 pm (Yin)

6 -7:30 pm (Baptiste Power Yoga without Music)


Be Flexible

Tips for Pregnant Women with a Yoga Practice

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“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Grace Yu is one of our amazing teacher and she is pregnant with her 2nd child right now! She has an incredible practice and has written up some tips to help you in your yoga practice as a pregnant woman who has been practicing yoga for at least a year!!! Read her complete blog post here!

Simon Park at Marin Power Yoga – Freedom On The Edge

Simon Park is teaching an Inversions and Arm Balancing Workshop at Marin Power Yoga on Saturday November 1st 2014 from 9:30-11:30am. Yes, we will have our little yogis happening in the TreeHouse with Nikki for the entire time! This workshop is Free for Members and regular Drop-in for guests!

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1712108415680041/

Freedom on the Edge: Inversions and Arm-Balances – Handstands and inversions are empowering mudras that embody the best qualities of Hanuman, the archetypal heroic monkey: courage, fearless flying, pranic body of power, agility and light. Learn a pathway of flows within a powerful Vinyasa Flow workshop so that you can evolve to enjoying handstand in the center of the room with creative energy and empowered vitality.

Simon Park at Marin Power Yoga

“The Journey of a Thousand miles begins with 1 step.” Lao Tzu

Marin Power Yoga is located at 141 Tunstead Ave. San Anselmo California 94960

New Improved Pricing at Marin Power Yoga!


NEW Membership Pricing

Juniors thru 18 = $50 (yes we made Teen pricing cheaper)

Adults = $70

1 Adult 1 Kid = $115 (Save $5)

1 Adult 2 Kids = $150 (Save $20)

1 Adult 3 Kids= $190 (save $30)

2 Adults 1 Kid = $180 (Save $10)

2 Adults 2 Kids = $200 (Save $40)

2 Adults 3 Kids=$240 (save $50)

*Reach out to amy@marinpoweryoga.com if you want to make any adjustments to your current membership or switch to one of our new Family Memberships. We want you to be able to practice with your whole family and we want your teens to know that yoga will be there for them as they grow up!


Membership Pricing

Halloween Schedule Revised – 2014

Halloween is almost here and we are revising our schedule for the day! The last class will be 4:30PM Yin. We will not have a Junior Strength Training and we will not have a 6pm Power Yoga class! Why??? Because it is Halloween!!!

Keep track of our schedule and all of our awesome classes here: *Download our iPhone – iPad App here for Free and have our current schedule all the time and know who is teaching which class!!!Halloween in San Anselmo

Body Fit 360 comes to Marin Power Yoga

Who’s ready to dance, tone, and stretch with Grace Yu? BodyFIT 360 starts Tuesday October 14th and will be every Tu/Th 9:30am in the Treehouse room! Here’s a video clip to give you a preview of what to expect. Grace had the privilege of choreographing for Michelle Dozois when she lived in LA last year and she is super excited to share this awesome barefoot cardio and dance conditioning workout with MPY!!! Join her and try something new!!! (This post borrowed and edited from a FaceBook Post).

Meditation Coming To Marin Power Yoga – September 22nd!

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” John Muir 

We are launching our first Meditation and Mindfulness program at Marin Power Yoga! Monday September 22, 2014! 7:15 pm at MPY!

Teo and Oli led our “Values” program in the Fall and they are back to launch our Dharma Talks and Group Meditation! To find out more about this dynamic duo check out http://exli.org – they are incredible!

Why now? Because autumn is a time of change. It takes a lot of hard work to change your body. It takes a lot of letting go to expand your mind. Yes, you can read books and sit on your floor and meditate at home. Yes, you should! But you should also connect with a group of people, SHARE a thought, get tips for meditating and PRACTICE.  I am always reminded of how strong we are together. What we accomplish as a group, is possible for everyone…Let’s Do This!

This is included with your membership or a regular Drop-In.

John Muir Quote

Marin Power Yoga is located at 141 Tunstead Ave. San Anselmo California 94960

Clean Living Series First Meeting September 3rd at 7:15 pm!


Welcome!!! We are gathering at the studio at 7:15pm on Wednesday September 3rd to dive into planning our Clean Living Series!

It is so exciting to come together on our journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether you are just interested in learning how to eat a less processed diet or you are interested in shedding body fat, you are in the right place. Through eating “clean” and increasing lean muscle, we will feel so amazing and have energy to burn! And we’ll look better, too.

A positive mindset is really so important so I don’t want us to think about what we are taking out of our diets, as much as what swaps we are making and what we are actually adding. I like to call these “swapportunities.” Along our journey you will discover so many simple ways to replace old habits with new exciting choices!


The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.

Eat five to six times a day:
Three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.

Drink at least two liters of water a day:
Preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic; we’re friends of the environment here!
Get label savvy:
Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.

Avoid processed and refined foods:
This includes white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.

Know thy enemies:
Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.

Shop with a conscience:
Consume humanely raised and local meats.
Choose organic whenever possible
If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, dairy and the Dirty Dozen your organic priorities.

Consume healthy fats:
Try to have essential fatty acids, or EFAs, every day.

Learn about portion sizes:
Work towards eating within them.

Reduce your carbon footprint:
Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.

Slow down and savor:
Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite!
Take it to go:
Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.

Make it a family affair:
Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family’s life along with your own.

Article printed from Clean Eating: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com
URL to article: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/food-health/food-and-health-news/what-is-clean-eating/


Exercise is the other piece of the puzzle. It’s very important to move every day. These are my recommendations:

Cardio 3x per week (intervals for speed, hills for strength, and one longer slower workout for endurance and mental well being)

Strength Training 2x per week (Building lean muscle is the ultimate fountain of youth. It is suggested that we lose 1-2% of muscle mass per year as we grow older. This can be offset by strength training. See the article from the Mayo Clinic.)

Yoga — as much as you possibly can! Yoga feeds your body and your soul.


We will break down the six week program in 2 week blocks. For the first block, we will work on getting the basics down and keeping our food pretty simple. As long as you follow the basic tenets of clean eating you should be just fine, but to help those that would like more guidance I am including 5 basic ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snack ideas for in between. As we progress, I will share tons of recipe ideas and ways to make this really fun. I spend tons of time in the kitchen and this is my passion, so I can’t wait to share!

For the first 2 week block, I strongly suggest eliminating alcohol from our diet. The body reads this as sugar and we are trying to break our sugar habit. Alcohol also slows the metabolism and reduces your willpower to resist things we know aren’t good for us. This is a great “swapportunity”…Fill your wine glass with Pelligrino, a splash of cranberry and a lime. It feels kind of the same and you are taking care of yourself. Give it a try!
We begin on Monday September 8th, so spend these next days getting prepared. Clean out your pantry, go grocery shopping and get your family on board. This is going to be a great journey toward our healthiest selves!

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Happy Handstands – Saturday August 23rd in San Anselmo

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” Paulo Coelho – Saturday August 23, 2014 from noon to 1pm Happy Handstands!!! Come find joy in going upside down!

This class is included with membership or a regular drop-in! Increase your skills and bring play into your practice!!!

Hanna Riley is in town from Bala Vinyasa Yoga in Naples, Florida. She is an excellent teacher and will share with you the secrets of finding joy in your inversions!!!

Paulo Coelho Quote

Marin Power Yoga Family Pot Luck! Sunday August 24th 1-4pm

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lays down in that grass
and the world is too full to talk about.


Sunday August 24th – From 1-4pm we are gathering at the field at Robeson Park in San Anselmo to celebrate Summer!

We are having a Potluck!!!  We are bringing Kombucha, Water! Bring a dish to share! If you last name starts with the letter A-M bring a Side dish. If your last name starts with N-Z bring a Dessert! We will get the grill up and cranking and have Hot Dogs, if you want to grill something else…Bring It!
We will have frisbees, footballs etc. Come fly your kite or just hang out!!! We are not bringing any alcohol, save that for later! This is a family affair! Bring you kids, significant others, besties…dress comfortable and be prepared to HAVE FUN!!!

Stephanie Rumi Quote

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

Acro Play on Wednesday Nights at Marin Power Yoga

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ― Alan Wilson Watts – Find your inner acro yogi tonight (Wednesday Nights 7:15-9:00pm) at Marin Power Yoga!!! Joey, Sean and Jennifer are going to be “Washing” and “Jamming.” Are you ready to Play???


SoulShine Tour at the Greek!



We are headed to Berkeley this Saturday to practice yoga with Michael Franti and friends, then dance and sing as 4 Bands play including Michael Franti and Spearhead!!! For complete info check out the website for the tour here: http://www.soulshine.com/

Dance is part of the celebration of life. In many ways yoga is a dance, from the choreography or sequencing to the way the body moves and opens whether it is to the rhythm of your breath or the music. The physical practice of yoga and dance moves energy thru your body, blasting some channels open and healing areas that need it in your head, heart and soul. You want joy? You have to sing! Whether you whisper or roar, singing will elevate your life., filling it with happiness.

“Life is Better with YOU!” Michael Franti singing with Jason Bowman on Guitar and Baron Baptiste teaching at Yoga Reaches Out Bay Area.Michael Franti Quote

Acro Yoga – Wednesday Nights at Marin Power Yoga

In some strange way, this picture says everything you need to know about how the acro yoga program at Marin Power Yoga is progressing!

  1. Note Sean on the right Spotting the move. He is focusing on his hand placement at the wrists to support the Flyer and protect the Base.
  2. Joey is rubbing Jenn’s wrists, this basic Thai Massage improves her blood flow and reduces the risk of injury.
  3. Our guest teacher is actually flying, Joey is assisting. The team works together for your success.
  4. From kids to high school aged teens to old dudes, everyone is encouraged to try Acro Yoga!!! You only need to show up with a positive attitude to find success!
  5. Safety, Learning, Care, Teaching and Fun. That is what happens at Acro Yoga!

For more photos see the full album from this class on Facebook  here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.717031295036252.1073741837.484400724965978&type=1

Acro Yoga  Helen Keller

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

Teen Programming at Marin Power Yoga

Starting June 2, 2014 we have strengthening and lengthening for Teens in June! We have added in 2 amazing classes just for Teens! On Monday at 4:30pm in the Tree House we have Strength Training with Wendy Rodgers. From Light Weights to Interval Training we will build muscle and develop new habits of health! On Wednesdays Claire Bernard is teaching a Teen Power Yoga class in the Tree House at 4:30pm! Teens are always invited into all of our regular classes, we are putting some classes on the schedule that will give the teachers to focus in on their strengths and eliminate weaknesses. We want them to have tools to grow with! Claire Bernard Yoga Teacher Wendy has trained young athletes for everything from football to skate boarding! This is a great opportunity for teens get in touch with their muscles and build some energy for their summer plans! Classes are $20 Drop-In or $70 a month for access to all of our classes! Make your Teen a Member! Wendy Rodgers San Anselmo Yoga Teacher

Claire Bernard Teaches Monday and Friday at 6am

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

― Anaïs Nin

Light up your mornings with Claire! She teaches the 6am on Monday and the 6am on Friday at Marin Power Yoga. Her classes will strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and empower you to lead the life you want!

Claire is in Dancer Pose below. This pose requires power and ease! Her left foot is grounded, creating a strong foundation. Her right knee is drawing in to the centerline of her body, as her right foot reaches to the sky. Note the smile, if you can’t smile during a pose you need to pull back and find the sweet spot where your body can express the joy it feels!!!!

Anais Nin Quote Claire Bernard

Debi Grilo Guest Teaches at Marin Power Yoga Friday June 13 2014

Join Debi Grilo for a power yoga class Baptiste style. Debi will guide you through a flow that will connect you to your legs and core, as your foundation for heart opening backbends that will leave you in love with yourself and your practice. All Levels Welcome!

Debi is an awesome teacher and we are excited to welcome her into our community for Friday The 13th of June! 6-7:30pm – This hour and a half power yoga class will rinse you out completely!!! What better way to get freaky and sweat up a storm? Roll out your mat and flow with us! We are digging deep and rising high together! Connect with your soul, your body and your community!!!
Join Our Event On FaceBook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/578172662301698/
Debi was first introduced to yoga in 1986 while attending school 1 mile down the road from the Kripalu Yoga Center. Debi enjoyed yoga and continued to practice, but it was not until after completing her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work and working as a psychotherapist that she realized the transformational power of yoga. It was always Debi’s dream to find a way to combine the powerful aspects of the physical practice with the insight and process work of psychotherapy. In 2008, Debi attended her first training with Baron Baptiste and realized that she had found what she was looking for- a powerful asana practice, with authentic sharing, and a global community that is committed to empowerment and service.
As a teacher, Debi has the knowledge and tools to deliver a thoughtful, dynamic asana practice and the insight and intuition to speak to your heart. Debi has an in-depth understanding of yoga and body mechanics that allows her to move seamlessly from teaching a power vinyasa class to a deeply meditative restorative practice, incorporating alignment, therapeutics and personal growth. Debi shares of herself courageously, inspiring others to connect to their spirit, and generate possibility.
Debi Grilo is an E-RYT 500, Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor, and the Director of Teacher Development at Bala Vinyasa Yoga. She began teaching in 1997 and facilitates the BVY 200 and 500 hour Teacher Trainings. Debi credits Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Tias Little, Aadil Pakhivala and David Swenson for inspiring her practice and teaching. Debi is a mentor for The Africa Yoga Project, is on the Certification Panel for the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute,  and a lululemon Ambassador. Debi also works as a consultant in team building, communication, and empowerment.
Debi GriloGuest Teaches at Marin Power Yoga

Guest Teacher at Marin Power Yoga May 29 – 30 – 2014 Kevin McQuillan

Join us next week on Thursday and Friday May 29-30th as Kevin McQuillan joins us for 2 classes. Kevin owns The Costa Rica Peace Retreat with his wife Hali. He is an excellent teacher with a calm strong presence and the intention to improve your day and your life! Get ready to sweat, shake, stretch and lengthen your entire body!

Kevin will teach the 6am and the noon on May 29, 2014 at Marin Power Yoga!

We are still working out class times for Friday…update to follow! kevin mcquillan

Moving Forward! It takes a Team!

What has the first year taught us? It takes a TEAM! Below is an amazing group of people who are committed to bringing great yoga to San Anselmo! We have officially been open a year and every day we get a little bit stronger and a little bit more flexible as a team and as a community. We are finding the connection with ourselves and plugging that right into the headlands as we take our yoga practices and hike, bike, swim and dance our way thru Marin County! From Woodacre to Sacramento to Boston to Washington DC to Naples Florida to New York City, Cleveland and Detroit! We have come together at this point in time to bring you “An Ordinary Love.”  You know what I am talking about?As Coach Nick of B-Ball Breakdown would ask, Are you in???

MPY Staff May 2014

Mother’s Day – Thank You for the Courage and the Strength

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu –

We are celebrating all the Mothers Sunday! MOTHERS: Thank You for the Strength and the Courage!!! Stephanie is teaching the 8am and Wendy W. is teaching the Ubuntu Flow at 9:30AM with Gabe on Drums!


Jamie is assisting Stephanie’s 8am and Sean is assisting Wendy W’s 9:30am with Gabe on Drums! We are pumped up for an amazing day!!!

Moms, bring your Kids…Kids bring your Moms!

Lao Tzu Quote

Nothing To Lose

A person with nothing to lose is dangerous. My gut check is usually, “what is the risk?” Essentially I am asking myself, “can I afford to lose this?” This is a question we should ask ourselves every time we loan our bike or car to a friend. Forget the car, can you afford to lose the friend? Will you still like them when they don’t fix the car they broke the way you would have? Can you afford to not have your car?

In some senses, this is why the government loans us money to get an education or buy a house, it is in society’s interest for you to have something so valuable you will not want to lose it. This shows up in our relationships with each other. We fear losing the relationship so we hold back, not knowing the other person wants us in all of our glory.

What do we have to lose? Trust. When I look at our community I appreciate how much you trust us. When I look at my personal relationships, I see they are all founded upon trust. Especially when I look to my kids Alex and Olivia, I see how much we are trying to create an understanding of trust. We are discussing a fragile relationship, a thin line that we walk on.

When the trust is lost, we have nothing to lose and we become free. We often call this trust, integrity. Our word is backed up by our actions. How we hold ourselves accountable, is what becomes our integrity. It is our professional standard. It is yoga. It is the union between our mind, body and relationships. As we sail thru this world, trust in your relationships and maintain your integrity when it is challenged. I am conscious that my most valuable asset is trust. As we make changes around here, hold us to that standard. Look around at your own life both personal and professional, if the trust is not there, you have nothing to lose…you are free.

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” Paulo Coelho


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

Music Sweet Music

This is a GREAT few weeks with Michael Franti and Spearhead! I am kicking off the festivities with the AWESOME Franti Playlist (posted below) for the 6am Tuesday class I am subbing for Sean. I tested it tonight on the 6pm tonight and played it loud!!! Yes, it rocked!!!

Wednesday night Amy and I are headed to the Do It For The Love fundraiser at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. As the kids say, this is a “Hella” Expensive event. Small show with Michael, BOOM!

June 21st, tix are on sale at the Greek in Berkeley to see Michael Franti and Spearhead, there is a Yoga Class before the show at the Greek. Hell Yes!!! We are taking the kids and spending the afternoon in the East Bay!!!

Michael is an inspiring guy, from his music to touring around the world in bare feet to support kids without shoes. He is a Bay Area native who sings from the heart and will get your feet moving. If you love life, you will stir your soul and DANCE. Are you ready???

michael Franti Playlist

In True Love – Yoga

“In True Love, You Attain Freedom.” Thich Nhat HanhDana Damara at Marin Power Yoga

From San Francisco to Berkeley to Marin, the yoga available in the Bay Area is off the charts amazing. All you have to do is show up. Get on your mat, do the work, sweat and shake. Your muscles will grow stronger and more flexible. Your mind will take care of itself.

**The above picture was shot of Dana Damara from my old iPhone, looking out at the Pacific Ocean with San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge in the background. She is subbing in for her first class at Marin Power Yoga on Tuesday April 8 at 9:00am. Tap into your love and maybe you will find your freedom.

Walter and Anthony from Africa Yoga Project teaching at Marin Power Yoga this week!

Walter Africa Yoga Project Teacher

From Nairobi, Kenya to San Anselmo!!!

Walter and Anthony are coming to teach at Marin Power Yoga this week!!!

I am excited about the next week here at MPY. Why? Because we are hosting Walter Mugwe and Anthony Eniem as they visit the Bay Area! I can barely wait to take their classes and experience first hand teachers trained by and with Africa Yoga Project. Walter and Anthony are Baptiste trained and work directly with Paige Elenson teaching at the Shine Center in Nairobi and all over Kenya! From an awesome kids class to power yoga and workshops, we have great programming coming your way! All of these classes are donation based with limited edition clothing from AYP in the retail store for one week!!!

Anthony’s goal for 2014 is to Inspire and Transform lives. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of Anthony’s goal and share this as a community!
See you on your mat!

Friday March 14, 2014

9:00 – 10:15am Anthony

Lighting up the studio all the way from Nairobi, AYP is bringing partnership and possibility thru a challenging and invigorating yoga practice!
Sponsored by Lululemon Corte Madera

6:00 – 7:15pm – Anthony and Walter
Friday Night we are celebrating life and creativity with the guys co-teaching a special 75 minute yoga flow.
Sponsored by Magnolia Avenue Salon (Karen Davis)

Sunday March 16, 2014

9:30 – 10:45am – Anthony and Walter Teaching Power Yoga with Live Music from Wade Peterson
We are going to move our feet and lift our spirits. We gather together and create joy thru our practice!!!
Sponsored by Acumen Industrial Hygiene (Spillane Family)

Monday March 17, 2014

9:00 – 10:00am – Anthony and Walter are Teaching the Kids!!! Age 5 and up invited to this “all ages” kids practice! The kids are taking over the main yoga room for a lively class filled with laughter and joy!
(there will be an adult class upstairs in the tree house)
Sponsored by Allison and Sam Black

6:00 – 7:15pm – Anthony and Walter are Teaching Power Yoga Monday night, blowing off steam and detoxing! Join us as we close out the day with a deep practice!
Contact Jamie to Sponsor

Tuesday – March 18th, 2014

6:00 – 7:15am – Walter and Anthony
Rise and Shine with us as we light up the day and fire up our spirits! This is the 6am class you want to be at!!!
Sponsored by Danielle Salk, Zamira Solari and Beth Sasan of Bradley Real Estate

1:30 – 3:30pm – The Power Of Connection – Walter and Anthony are leading a workshop in assisting. Get hands on and dive deep into assists! Do you love a good firm assist in yoga class? Want to learn how to give assists? Improve the assists you give? Learn safe and effect assists!
Contact Jamie To Sponsor

Wednesday – March 19th, 2014

9:00-11:00am – Hand Stands and Hugs – Walter and Anthony teach a special Inversion Yoga Class! You will sweat, flow and fly!!! This will be a full class with a bonus break out into inversions.
Contact Jamie To Sponsor

7:15pm – Acro Yoga Workshop with Anthony and Walter! From standing and balancing to flexing and flying, get ready to connect with your mind, body and soul!
Contact Jamie To Sponsor

Anthony Africa Yoga Project Teacher