Alexie found yoga as a young boy through his father who emigrated from India in 1959. As a college professor he would meditate and do headstands prior to speaking engagements and lectures along with a vigorous hatha yoga practice at home. This powerful practice and legacy was passed on to his son. Alexie’s practice began in earnest while struggling with back pain while living in Portland, OR in 2001 and carried on through stops in Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia. His back pain was caused by injuries as an athlete, being and urban city runner, and just sitting at a desk for hours at a time. The mind-body power of yoga provided grounding, life-long tools for healing, relief and the foundation for so much more. Alexie completed a 40 hrs of yoga instructor training with Bryan Kest, founder of Power Yoga, in Tulum, Mexico and a 200 hr Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga instructor training under the teaching of Colleen DeVirgiliis (Seva Power Yoga in West Chester, PA). These two incredible instructors, along with many other instructors from coast-to-coast, workshops and countless hours on the mat, all provide the foundation for a well-rounded and vigorous style of yoga asana. His classes are powerful and fun yet nurturing to the mind and body. Be prepared to sweat. They focus on staying present, quieting the mind, matching movement to breath, and building both physical and mental strength. Like many influential instructors, he believes the time on the mat provides fertile ground for immense personal growth.
I found yoga in 2012, when my family and I moved cross country from Cleveland, Ohio to San Anselmo to open Marin Power Yoga and live the dream! Coming from an exercise background filled with loud music and high intensity moves, yoga opened something new within me. It wasn’t immediate, it came with time. But soon I found a sense of peace and a personal strength that I had never felt before. I also found a community that I always longed for. Most importantly, I gained a feeling of self-empowerment and possibility. This led me to complete a 200 hour teacher training. The training showed me that I could be more than my fears, I could be anything. I realized that before I could be a stand for others, I first needed to be a stand for myself. Never in a million years did I think I’d become a certified yoga instructor nor teach yoga classes. I firmly believe I’m exactly where I need to be!
My favorite thing about yoga is building connection; providing a safe space where students feel noticed, challenged, supported, and empowered while having fun at the same time. I create a positive, environment which is welcoming to all levels and set to great playlists that motivate and enliven the practice. I want students to walk out of my class with a smile on their face feeling a bit stronger, a bit sweatier and a bit more zen.
Being of this new mindset that anything is possible, I recently became a TRX certified teacher as well. I have seen first hand how TRX changes people’s lives and bodies. I am super excited to bring this training to the community.
When I’m not at the studio you can find me with a latte in hand or with my kids Alex and Olivia. If I’m not there hopefully I am sitting on my deck in a rocking chair with a good book listening to music or even better hanging out and laughing with my friends and family.
Searching for something to heal the soul and quiet the mind after a family tragedy in 1999, I found solace in yoga. That’s when my practice began. My introduction to yoga was through the Ashtanga practice, which left me with a sense of peace and calm, and a connection to something indescribable. I loved the way it left me feeling and continued to practice religiously. I was immediately drawn to the playful sense of self-discovery that encouraged me to want more from myself…an inner revolution of sorts.
A few years later Bikram yoga became my next refuge after the painful loss of a sibling. Feeling protected, supported and inspired, my dedication to the practice quickly grew deeper. Through my practice I have grown to have a better relationship with my body and self. I am continually reminded to lead life with my heart, and to always keep it open. To be open to new experiences, no matter how daunting some may seem.
With the encouragement from friends and family, and the inspiration of my fellow students, I embarked on the next chapter of my yoga journey by attending a Baron Baptiste training, which has deeply enriched my love and passion for yoga. I continue to be inspired as both teacher and student, in search of those inexplicable “aha!” moments that we all enjoy. I never dreamed I would become a yoga teacher and had I let my fears hold me back, rather than follow my heart, I would not be doing what I love…
Bill has been practicing Massage and Bodywork since 1991 with over 1100 hours of training his career focus is on rehabilitation of injury and sports training maximization. Bill’s base style of massage is the Polynesian art of Lomilomi and was taught to him within the family as part of a traditional shamanic upbringing. This base is supplemented with training in various modalities such as Deep Tissue, Myotherapy, Trigger Point Release, Fascia Unwinding, Sports Massage, and Tui Na, as well as the basic complement of skills such as Swedish/Esalen and Reflexology.
With many years of clinical practice under his belt, both at the Acupuncture Clinic of Napa, and later at the Holistic Chiropractic Clinic in San Francisco,his touch is well suited to both deep work and gentle, and also encompasses pregnancy and geriatric work as well. In addition to Massage and Bodywork, Bill also incorporates both Taoist and Tibetan Buddhist practices both into his personal life and into his work.
General sessions are normally done as massage, ie: an oil or lotion based treatment whereas bodywork sessions involve pressure point release work, stretching, fascia mobilization and joint articulation movements and can be done with or with out the accompaniment of lotion/oil based massage and thus may be done fully clothed for the convenience of mid-day appointments. This style of work is a perfect accompaniment to a good yoga program and can help to release those points that are resistant to movement and can help to deepen one’s physical, mental and spiritual practice.
Bill is available for booking on request, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a massage!
Grace began her adult career as a Kindergarten and first grade teacher for 9 years. To balance the stresses of interacting with 33 five-year-olds, Grace found yoga in 2001 with her master teacher, Sherry Han, and began teaching her own fitness classes after school in 2005. After having her first child in 2011, Grace decided to stop teaching elementary school and become a full-time mother and yoga/fitness instructor. This change led Grace to Marin Power Yoga, where she has been able to share her passion for exercise and movement. Grace is so grateful to teach a variety of classes at Marin Power Yoga including Power Yoga (Rock and Flow), Gentle Yoga, Yin Yang Yoga, TRX, Triple Threat, and BodyFIT360 by Michelle Dozois. Grace is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, a Certified Instructor for TRX, TurboKick, and PiYo, and an American Council of Exercise Group Fitness Instructor.
Grace believes in strengthening the mind just as much as strengthening the body and her philosophy is: Learning to grow through every obstacle, find love in every imperfection and appreciate every breath. Grace has a background in competitive gymnastics, cheerleading, hip-hop dancing and has been a professional choreographer, an education consultant, and has appeared in several fitness DVD’s. Grace is a mother of two and her number one priority is spending quality time with her family. She loves snowboarding, water slides, eating ice cream, and watching movies. For more information about Grace, follow her on Instagram or Facebook @gracelingyu or visit her website at: gracelingyu.wordpress.com.
Jamie Ginsberg was converted into a yogi by his mother-in-law Jan, who inspired him with her daily practice. Jamie completed his 200 hour training at Cleveland Yoga in 2008 with Tami Schneider, Level 1 with Baron Baptiste in 2011 and Level 2 with Baron Baptiste in 2012. He started his TRX training with Level 1 in 2015. He completed his 500 Hr training at Marin Power Yoga in 2016 at Marin Power Yoga.
Jamie is originally from the Bronx, NY where he grew up with his parents Carol and Robert and his sister Molly! He did his undergraduate work in Communications at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before moving to the Bay Area in 1994. He met his wife Amy in San Francisco and they moved to Cleveland, Ohio for 10 years where Jamie went to Cleveland State and became a tax and estate planning lawyer.
Missing the Bay Area, the Ginsberg clan moved to San Anselmo in 2012 and can often be found biking around town, taking photos, eating locally and drinking the best wine California produces. Jamie’s classes are challenging, inspired by music and humor.
Fitness has always been a big part of Jenny’s life. Growing up a competitive swimmer and water polo player made her crave physical challenges. However, she couldn’t find anything that challenged her and pushed her both mentally and physically until she found spin. Jenny believes in a holistic approach to fitness where its not only about the physical part of the exercise but about the mental part as well. She wants her students to leave feeling lighter then when they came in and to feel both challenged physically and mentally.
For Jordan exercise has always been a big part of his life. Playing soccer, lacrosse and kickboxing has motivated him to live a healthy/ active lifestyle. Jordan has been in the fitness industry for over 5 years as a certified personal trainer, TRX and group fitness instructor. Jordan’s approach to fitness is through good form and technique, mindfulness and consistency, he believes with this you can reach any goal and get to wherever you want to be! Jordan currently teaches TRX, TKO and double-trouble kickboxing.
Lynne moved to San Anselmo in the Spring of 2014 and is so glad she found MPY to continue her practice with yoga. She is a recent graduate of MPY first Teacher Training, and is super excited to be given the opportunity to share all she learned and continues to learn about the art of Yoga. When she is not flowing through a vinyasa, she is chasing after her two young boys with her husband.
Michael is a seasoned coach, consultant, and start-up advisor. With more than 30 years and 300 companies experience in Silicon Valley, he works at the intersection of business mastery, conscious leadership and personal optimization. As an enthusiast for life he promotes aliveness and awareness so people and organizations can “powerfully do what they’re really here for.”
Michael has advised several hundred start-up founders, executives and teams on strategic growth and systemic enhancement. He also leads business retreats, mastermind groups, and facilitates consciousness work. In a range of positions, Michael has raised over $50 million of venture capital. His work is influenced by several years of holding executive positions at early internet businesses including inside Paul Allen’s think-tank, as interim CEO for the first online music company, and helping launch the first multiplayer online gaming business. Michael began his career as an investment banker for GE Capital.
Michael is also the co-founder of Tribe of Men, a personal growth organization. Michael sees it all as one big adventure! In 2011 he took his family, including 9 and 12 year olds, on a 7-month learning odyssey around the world. He bicycles wherever he can and some places he supposedly can’t. Michael has always told his story by living it out loud.
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Shel has always enjoyed a good massage, and in 2000, when a friend said, “You have really good hands, why don’t you come with me to check out a massage class?”, she went. She attended the class even though Shel wasn’t quite sure what “good hands” meant. But after completing her coursework and receiving the gratitude & compliments of those coming off her massage table, she got the idea. She takes great pride in her ability to help clients to release stress, get more blood movement through the body, aide in stretching, relieving tight muscles & aches, and with overall relaxation & health-giving.
Shel received her massage practitioner’s degree at the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork in 2001, and has continued to take courses throughout the years to continue with her training. Initially, she did massage for fun, in order to help out friends while she worked her ‘9-5 job’, but found her passion for massage growing. After having her daughter in 2005, she wanted a better life/work balance, and to be able to contribute in a more meaningful way to peoples’ wellness, wellbeing, and renewal. Shel specializes in Swedish, Deep tissue, Trigger point therapy and Hot stones. She worked for years at a world-class European Day Spa in San Francisco, where she was able to continually hone her skills in various forms of massage therapy. She has worked at a local Chiropractor’s office since 2010, and has found her balance with massage, life and family.
“Do what you love & love what you do” is a motto that Shel often sees around and always thinks, SO True! Shel enjoys yoga and feels that massage and yoga go hand-in-hand by supporting a happy, healthful and peaceful lifestyle. Shel lives locally with her husband & daughter, loves the warm community and all the fun, food and beauty that San Anselmo has to offer.
Shel is available for booking on request, contact email@example.com to book a massage!
For Tiana, teaching isn’t just a “thing.” It’s her career, her passion, and what she loves to do. She loves to help others by being their teacher, friend, confidant, motivator, healer, and biggest fan! Tiana has a background in dance and Barre—and she brings this body awareness to every class as she guides you through your postures. She is there for you through every asana, and will push you to be the best version of yourself each and every class. We are stronger together!