MC Yogi specializes in a mystical fusion of styles that skillfully combines his love of yoga and hip-hop.
A native of Northern California, he spent his formative years at a group home for at-risk boys where, inspired by artists like the Beastie Boys and Run DMC, he began writing and performing his own raps for friends at house parties. Hip hop culture served as soundtrack and creative outlet during MC Yogi’s turbulent teenage years.
At age 18, on a whim, he joined his father for a yoga and meditation intensive with a famous spiritual teacher from India. Deeply moved by this unexpectedly powerful experience, MC YOGI devoted most of his free time to learning everything he could about the ancient discipline. He spent the next two years studying the physical forms of yoga as well as meditation, philosophy, and devotional chanting.
It was at a yoga teacher training program in San Francisco that he met and fell in love with his wife, Amanda. Together they traveled to India and, upon their return, opened Yoga Toes studio in Point Reyes, California.
MC Yogi’s dedication to yoga did not diminish his love for reggae, electronica, dancehall, dub, and hip-hop. Now, by combining Indian music and mythology with infectious hip hop beats, MC Yogi creates an exciting new sound for a new generation of modern mystics, urban yogis and conscious hip hoppers.
He issued his bestselling debut, Elephant Power, in 2008 via White Swan Records. Pilgrimage arrived in 2012, followed in 2014 by Mantras, Beats & Meditations, released in a partnership between Sounds True and White Swan. MC Yogi tours extensively with Amanda, who lends a spectacular visual component to the live show. Onstage, MC Yogi is regularly backed on turntables by Black Swan artist DJ Drez.