With Wanderlust fever descending on Whistler in August, Vancouver is reaping the benefits with the creme de la creme of the North America yoga scene passing through our fair city. And no coup could be greater than the nabbing of artistic powerhouse MC Yogi! As part of his ‘Pilgrimage Tour’ MC Yogi is stopping at Semperviva on Saturday, August 18th, not only to share music from his latest album but also
to co-teach a class with partner Amanda. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to practice
and party to the freshest fusion music on this side of the Ganges…
How did you first come to yoga?
I was kicked out of four schools, ended up in a group home for at risk youth. After I left that program I found yoga through my Dad when I was eighteen.
What can yogis expect from your Pilgrimage Tour stop at Semperviva?
I would describe our classes as medium intensity Vinyasa yoga, woven with themes of what it means to be a modern Pilgrim, exploring how the yoga practices takes us on a journey into our self. Our live show is a conscious party, a high-energy celebration for the yoga community. We have a really unique visual component to the show featuring footage we captured in India, original animation and art that connects to the music.
What advice would you give budding Artists who want to meld their Art and love of Yoga? For you, where does one stop and the other begin?
Yoga takes me inside, to the source of creative inspiration. Art is an outward expression of that inspiration. Yoga has helped me to access a deeper, more interesting, more authentic part of myself which has in turn made me a better artist. My advice to budding artist is to do more yoga, it will make you a better artist.
How do you find balance in your life being a practicing yogi and a professional musician?
I meditate, read books, go for walks. On Mondays I practice silence until 6pm.
Your latest album is deeply influenced by your latest trip to India. How did you find yoga in India different from the practice in North America?
Yoga in India is more integrated into the culture. There is more awareness of the sacred, it permeates every square inch of daily life.
What are you passionate about outside of yoga and music that strikes a balance for you in your life?
My rescue pit pull named Mo and my family.
What do you hope your personal legacy will be?
A legacy of peace, love and service to humanity through yoga music and art.