This past week, Dan and I took a trip to Hoboken, NJ to take a class led by MC Yogi. The class was held at Devotion Yoga in a very old and very statuesque building. When we arrived, the studio was filled with what seemed like fifty or sixty yogis on mats placed only about six inches apart. Like us, all of these people had jumped at the chance to practice with this nationally-known yoga teacher, hip hop superstar, and author.
MC Yogi did not disappoint. He was a wonderful instructor, and he led a beautiful class as his wife, Amanda Giacomini, assisted. They were both knowledgeable and experienced, and it was obvious that their intent was to make the practice of yoga fun. I found myself laughing and filled with inner joy among a group of strangers as we clapped our hands and snapped our fingers to their upbeat music and bopped to the beat, lunging up and down in Warrior II. MC Yogi was able to create a happy, relaxed community while keeping us challenged and supported by his direction.
After his seventy-five minute class, which concluded with a delicious savasana, we remained on our mats as he read an excerpt from his recently-published book, Spiritual Graffiti. He went on to share his personal story of how he found yoga during a time in his life when he least expected it. He also shared how he met his wife Amanda while they were both in yoga teacher training in San Francisco. It made me think about how everyone seems to have their own special story of how they found yoga - or how yoga found them - and how that marks the beginning of a very personal journey.
After a short Q & A session, we rolled up our mats and headed into the lobby to have our books signed. MC Yogi was gracious enough to have pictures taken with us and chat for a bit. We also had the honor of showing Amanda the Sun & Moon Tshirts we made up for Leza Lowitz's studio showcase this month. Amanda was the artist and creator of the Sun & Moon logo, and she reminisced about how, at the time, the bamboo motif in her curtains had inspired her logo design. Dan and I are so excited to send her and MC Yogi Sun & Moon Tshirts of their own.
After another book signing in D.C., MC Yogi and Amanda will be heading back to their own little studio in Point Reyes, CA, where they teach every day. We are so grateful to have met and practiced with them a mere hour from our home town. We have Leza Lowitz to thank for introducing us, long after we found out we had been on Santa Monica Pier during MC Yogi's concert and had our photo taken in front of a mural from Amanda's 10,000 Buddhas Project during our trip to California back in Spring. We also found another mural of Amanda's during our trip to Asheville, prior to having the honor of meeting her. We are amazed by the release of good energy since the start of our project, and all that continues to transpire. We are forever in gratitude to Leza Lowitz and her studio, Sun & Moon Yoga, and the positive vibrations that emanate - all the way from Japan!
Till next time, Namaste.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Some of you may remember earlier this year when I blogged about poetry and yoga. I happened to reference one of Leza's books, Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, a sweet little book that lives in my yoga teaching basket, one I often use to seal in the practices of my classes. You can imagine my surprise when I reached out to Sun and Moon Yoga and saw who had emailed back! I could not believe that I had become a pen pal with one of my yoga heroes - not to mention all the way from Japan! Among many subjects of our conversations, Leza shared that her studio logo was designed by world-renowned artist and Yogi, Amanda Giacomini, who has dedicated her life to uplifting people and creating more beauty in the world through yoga and art. Wow! Also exciting, since Dan and I had had our photo taken at our first yoga festival in front of Amanda's art at Wanderlust 108 on Santa Monica Pier, as well as in Asheville when we attended the yoga festival there.
To add even more magic to this story, Amanda Giacomini is the wife of hip-hop musician MC Yogi, who teaches yoga and performs all over the world. So naturally, Dan and I jumped at the chance to attend MC Yogi's Urban Retreat yoga class and new book-signing celebration in Hoboken this month.
We are so grateful to know and work with Leza Lowitz and Sun and Moon Yoga, as well as her amazing circle of people. The good energy that has transpired from our partnership is yet another reminder of how far-reaching and positive our worldwide yoga community is.
Until next time,
P.S. Sun and Moon shirts featuring Amanda's logo design can now be purchased on our site. They are beautiful!
|Leza Lowitz, owner of Sun and Moon Yoga and author of Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, as well as many other books|
|Amanda Giacomini, Yogi and world-renowned artist|
|MC Yogi, hip-hop star, Yogi, and author of Spiritual Graffiti: Finding my True Path|
|Here we are in front of Amanda Giacomini's Art in Santa Monica, CA|
|Here is Dan, in front of of Amanda Giacomini's Art in Asheville, NC|
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