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1. What is your full name?

Jade Olivia Zaleski


2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Building structures out of cardboard boxes with my grandpa.

3. What job did you have in high school?

Lifeguard, tutor, waitress, intern for a cabinetmaker


4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Gotta be in 7th grade when I tripped on the blacktop during lunch and had my hands in my pockets, thus landing smack on my face and my lip was bleeding everywhere.


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

Backpacking in Yosemite with 2 of my best friends and our dads in 4th grade.


6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Most things my twin says she’s a funny gal.


7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Joining the Drake MTB team in high school, hiking to the top of Mt. Seymour, making 3 tables in 3 months.


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

Take care of your mental health before doing anything else at all in your day and in your week. You cannot be successful when there is something blocking your thoughts.


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

Life’s too short to waste any time and I realized that young. I kind of go about life doing lots of different things fast to check it off a list and keep moving forward. People have told me I am “determined” and “driven” and I do see their point but really I wake up each day and set out to find something that makes me smile, laugh, or feel refreshed before the sun goes down. There’s a lot of things I want to do and so if I am in a situation that isn’t satisfying my enjoyment/quality of life then I will make a change within a day. Some say it’s impulsive, some say it’s decisive and honestly I don’t know which one I am but I got time to figure it out.


10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I first came to MPY with my teammates sophomore year of high school and I got so much out of my first trx class. Nothing makes me work out as hard as someone standing there telling me which parts of my body to work for an hour. I remember being way too sore to walk to class the next day after my very first class and that’s when I knew I had to go back for more. Other reasons I know all yogis who go to MPY can vouch for are the awesome instructors, the inclusivity of the studio, how there are no standards to live up to but self goals, and the happy feeling one has walking out of any class onto Tunstead.

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Marin Power Yoga by Jenny Garanina - 1d ago

Utthan Pristhasana also known as the Lizard Pose, is an exercise that strengthens the groin and inner hamstrings while preparing the body for deeper hip openers.

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Marin Power Yoga by Jenny Garanina - 3d ago

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Marin Power Yoga by Jenny Garanina - 5d ago

Saturday May 18th 8-9pm Full Moon Sound Meditation with Wendy & Gabe!

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Marin Power Yoga by Jenny Garanina - 6d ago

Wow! It’s been 6 years. While these six years have brought hard work, change, and loss, they have also (and most importantly) brought so much joy, laughter, celebration, new friendships, new family, and endless love and support. To my mpy family, thank you for making these last 6 years absolutely wonderful! I always think about that line in the movie Field of Dreams “If you build it, they will come.” How true! Jamie Foresta Ginsberg thank you for having the vision and heart which is the backbone of MPY and for knowing that if we build something out of love, that love will continue to grow and blossom

-Amy G.

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Happy Birthday Marin Power Yoga!!! I “checked in” to our first class at 6:01am feeling very alone on May 15, 2013. Nobody showed up! 6 years later we have 96 classes this week, a great staff and vibrant community.

I appreciate all of our “learning opportunities” and recognize how many people contributed their time, skills and knowledge to us improving and growing into what we are today. We are here because you have come to classes, encouraged us to evolve, shared your lives with us and most importantly, we have witnessed you change.

Thank You!!!

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1. What is your full name?

Elizabeth (Lisa) Hill Prussia


2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

During summer vacations, my family would go camping for two weeks with other families to Millerton Lake or the Eastern Sierras. We had a small pop-up trailer for sleeping and cooking meals. My friends and I would spend hours at the beach swimming out to small islands. I also enjoyed the ranger talks in the evening around the campfire.


3. What job did you have in high school?

I had several jobs in high school. I started working when I was 15 years old. The first job I had in high school was in a big mall in Santa Monica, California. I had been taking dance classes for several years and would go to class right after school at a local dance academy. One day my locker at school was broken into and all my dance clothes and shoes were stolen. A friend of mine knew the owner of a local dance wear shop and she offered me a job working there after school. I worked there for one year and then got a job closer to home at the first Pottery Barn.


4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Like many of us, I have a lot of embarrassing moments. However, the first memories that came to mind occurred at work. I was a Ranger Naturalist for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) for 24 years. I worked in the Sierra Foothills for 9 years and in the East Bay for 15 years. One day in 1996, we were carrying lumber to a site we were rehabilitating and I stumbled and fell flat on my face right in front of my supervisor and coworkers. They all laughed, but in a friendly sort of way. However, at the time, I was the first full time female ranger on the crew. There was pressure to perform and meet certain expectations that women could do the work. This made the situation more embarrassing for me. However, I recovered over the years and was able to promote later in my career.


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

After college, I worked for the Marin Conservation Corps as a crew leader for three years. In the summer of 1991, I was selected, along with 25 other corps members, to participate in a work exchange in Russia. They sent over a small group of people to work with us and then we went to Moscow for five weeks to work in the city doing conservation work in a city park similar to Golden Gate Park. We worked four days a week and traveled locally on the weekends. This was the year the Soviet Union collapsed into fifteen separate countries. It was exciting to work and travel in Russia. We met many nice people and learned a lot about the culture and daily working and living conditions of the Russian people.


6. What makes you laugh out loud?

I met my best friend Anna through work at a consulting firm almost 20 years ago. We shared many funny moments at work. We laughed so much then that our coworkers would just shake their heads and say, “Here we go again”. Since laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, I believe this helped make our work enjoyable and promoted an overall sense of well-being. Not just for the two of us, but our coworkers as well.


7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

When I was in high school, there were two goals I had for the future. First, I wanted to become a park ranger (non-law enforcement) and second, I wanted to continue taking dance classes and perform. I was able to do both. After college I worked at the Marin Conservation Corps and then at EBMUD. I was promoted in 2002 to Ranger Supervisor. During college, I performed with the Santa Monica College Dance Company and also at San Francisco State University. In addition, some friends and I had a dance company and we performed in Los Angeles, where I grew up.


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

One of my first yoga classes at MPY, Grace read a quote from Mary Williamson. The part that struck me the most was “…It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” These two sentences have stayed with me since then and when I am in class or running on the trails or in ceramics class, I give myself permission to do my best. If I could go back to my younger self, this is the advice I would have shared. It is okay to be your best, and in that space others can benefit and feel the same way.


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

It was a lot more difficult to put this answer into words than I thought it would be because this is a pretty meaty question. The kind of question that left me in deep thought for hours before writing the answer. A lot of things came to mind, some superficial, some pretty deep. But as I thought, there were really only two things that mattered for me. I want to be remembered for being a kind, compassionate person and I want to be remembered for giving back. I have been able to accomplish the second as a ranger naturalist. I managed conservation and restoration projects for many years. But I want to be remembered not just as someone who is kind, compassionate, and helps others; I want to actually BE someone who is kind, compassionate, and helps others.


10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

I grew up in a sports family. My sisters and brother have all played multiple sports since they were young children. My father ran 20 marathons. They all inspired me to be active. I started in dance, then running, cycling and now yoga, TRX, boxing and running. I started taking boxing two years ago and last June decided to add yoga to my practice. MPY offers a wide variety of classes throughout the day. The teachers and other members are very supportive. It is nice to practice in a diverse community of people who are striving for physical and emotional good health, inner peace and harmony.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible warrior moms!

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This amazing power couple (together for 27 years!) make Saturday morning 8 AM yoga magic! Araceli and Gavin bring their warmth, love and incredible beats every Saturday morning! Gavin DJs and Araceli teaches a strong power yoga flow.

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