This video, produced in conjunction with the exhibtion, Yoga: The Art of Transformation (Feb. 21–May 25, 2014), explores the present practice of yoga through the personal stories of eight people with unique relationships to the discipline of yoga. Providing multiple perspectives on the practice as a way of highlighting its breadth and diversity, the interview subjects share their thoughts on yoga, the ways in which it transforms their lives, and the qualities that make it relevant across cultures and time.
Tanuja Bahal is Executive Director of the India Community Center in Milpitas, and is an innovative professional with over 20 years of experience in non-profit strategy, program management, marketing, communications, and event management.
Monica Desai Henderson is a dancer, storyteller, muralist, and Iyengar yoga teacher. Monica has been a member of the Asian Art Museum's Storytelling program for over a decade and is an active member of the museum community (both her parents are museum docents).
Amanda Giacomini is a prolific artist and yoga teacher, and is co-owner of Yoga Toes Studio in Pt. Reyes. Amanda is one-third of the band, MC Yogi and the Sacred Sound Society.
Nicholas Giacomini, aka MC Yogi, is an American hip hop musician and yogi. Nick's music style characteristically contains themes promoting Hindu philosophy and he is often referred to as a "beat happy Krishna crazed love magnet."
Judith Hanson Lasater is a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, founding editor of Yoga Journal magazine, is current president of the California Yoga Teachers' Association, and has taught yoga since 1971.
John Marino is a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and thirty-five year survivor of rheumatoid arthritis. John embodies the benefits of traditional therapies, such as Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
Meena Srinivasan is an international educator and leader in the field of mindfulness in education, is core faculty for the Mindful Education Institute, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network.
Kaitlin Quistgaard recently finished a seven year stint as Editor in Chief of Yoga Journal magazine. Prior to that, Kaitlin served as Technology Editor for Salon.com and Business Editor for Wired News and as a frequent contributor to Wired magazine.