MC Yogi tours and performs regularly with a yoga and lifestyle festival called Wanderlust. A few years ago, I was booked to stilt in Aspen while Wanderlust was in town. Still in my Uncle Sam garb, I caught the homestretch (om stretch?) of MC Yogi's set. Believing he called out Uncle Sam at one point, I eagerly hopped up on stage. The conscious rapper was soon mashing up the Beatles tune “Let It Be” and I started singing along. Seeing that I knew the tune, he passed me the mic for a refrain or two. It was an auspicious first meeting.
MC Yogi recently released his autobiography Spiritual Graffiti. I just finished listening to the Audible audiobook version the other day, shedding a few happy tears along the way and appreciating the lyricist's trademark perspective and delivery. Spiritual Graffiti namaslays – get the down dog lowdown via the book's Om page below:)
SPIRITUAL GRAFFITI OM PAGE
I was never a Deadhead. I never followed Jerry Garcia and company around the country in a VW Microbus. But I would consider following Wanderlust in Deadhead fashion (Volkswagen's new electric Microbus would be fitting transportation). The yoga lifestyle festival is the largest in the world, with incarnations in Vermont, California, Canada, Australia and Colorado. Wanderlust returns to to its current Colorado home-base in Aspen/Snowmass June 30 through July 3.
“Wanderlust is an opportunity to choose your own adventure and live it in a beautiful, natural location,” said Wanderlust co-founder Jeff Krasno. “We look forward to bringing people together to celebrate, exchange ideas and experience the good things in life.”
Bali is one of three countries author Elizabeth Gilbert visits in her popular travel memoir Eat Pray Love. Actress Julia Roberts portrays Gilbert in the film adaptation. News flash: The book is better (surprise, surprise). Still, the Balinese landscape shines (Location Oscar, anyone?). Lindsay Gonzalez first watched the movie version on her virgin flight to the breathtaking Indonesian province. She was equally entertained by what was happening offscreen.
According to a March article in The Huffington Post, Alaska is the only state with more yoga studios per capita than Colorado. With so many options available in Denver alone, how does a Mile High yogi—especially one of countless recent newcomers—decide where to unroll his or her mat? Enter: Friday Night Yoga Club. “We've gone from about 10 dates last season to 20 this year,” says FNYC founder Erik Vienneau. “Every night has a different instructor and musician and meets at a unique studio. So in one season you can see most of Denver's favorite instructors, musicians/DJs and venues all at the same event.”
Stress. It can motivate our finest moments—adrenaline-fueled superhuman strength has saved individuals pinned by 3,000 pound vehicles—or give us gray hair prematurely (see every President ever). Most people react to environmental stressors in a kind of involuntary, knee-jerk manner. There is a better way, though. Think of your brain as an animal that can be trained. Just as intentionally smiling or laughing can actually positively enhance your mood, curating your thoughts and thought patterns can radically and dramatically transform your daily reality.
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