Last weekend MC Yogi came to Windsor.
It was kind of a big deal because Windsor tends to get overlooked in tours like the one MC Yogi is currently doing to promote his new album Only Love is Real but with some kickstarter funding and some dedicated local yoga studios we got him here.
It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but had a pretty great time at the event. There were 3 two hour sessions of yoga practice over the course of the weekend, of which I did two.
Each session included story-telling, mantra, yoga, and music themed around a particular Hindu deity. While I’m not really into exploring Hinduism in my practice per se, I can get behind the life lessons that we explored and I did appreciate how the theme was weaved throughout the practice in a fluid way.
The practices were led by MC Yogi and his wife Amanda who I think I liked better than the MC himself. Amanda exuded a personality that managed to be simultaneously calming and energizing. Plus she gave great adjustments.
As for the MC, I was expecting him to perform some of his music, but he didn’t and I was expecting the music to be loud and energizing (he is an MC after all and I do love loud music), but it wasn’t. And when he first introduced himself wordlessly with a bow of the head and a glazed over look in his red eyes I thought “Really? Who is this stoner and why am I paying him to teach me yoga?” and started to feel vaguely like I was in an SNL sketch stereotyping yogis. But things did improve.
I liked a lot about the practice. I made a mental note of some of the bang-on cues MC Yogi used to get us into poses. Also, his use of humour in the practice made it light-hearted and enjoyable. (I love using humour when I teach, unfortunately I’m often the only one who finds me funny.)
What I liked most of all was nearly the entire Windsor yoga community coming to practice together. It doesn’t happen often because we’re all at our own studios, doing our own thing. But when it does it is sweet.
That’s what I love about the yoga community in Windsor. We collaborate. We come together. We know each other. We accept and respect each other’s preferences when it comes to practicing yoga and teaching yoga and know that no two of us have the same style. It’s a great bond that keeps the community strong.
Windsorites, what did you think of the MC Yogi weekend? Answer in the comments below.