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Call & Response: Nadia Stevens of Yocomo; Community Picnic: Tues. July 12, 1:30-4:30

Posted by Amie / July 10, 2011

Yocomo Community Picnic - the grass is made greener by majamonsterCall & Response is a series of Q&As with bands, artists and random people we dig that live in Montreal, visit here, or have some dubious connection to the city.

In the lawn bowling area of Parc Lafontaine this Tuesday the Yoga Community Montreal (Yocomo = "taking yoga out of the studio and into the 'hood") is getting together to not do yoga. Instead, they're going to eat (BYO-plates and cutlery). And probably also talk about what we want from our local yoga community, planning yoga festival for 2012, and building a sustainable yoga community. Is that like sustainable agriculture but with more bending? I asked Yocomo organizer Nadia Stevens to find out.

What's Yocomo and what's a yoga picnic?
Yocomo stands for yoga communauté/community montréal. It's a grassroots initiative to recognize the breadth of practice, skill and integrity of yoga in Montréal. 4 curious and inspired yogis and community organizers, Roseanne Harvey, Jordan Nardone, Miranda Chapman and Nadia Stevens (me!) came together out of love for yoga, desire for more yoga community and through inspiration from the amazing initiative in Toronto: yocoto, yoga community toronto. Together, we can span ideology, tradition, culture and language, and break down the barriers between lineages. We can connect and share our personal experiences for the growth of the community. We will talk, laugh, sing, eat, celebrate, dance, enjoy life.

Basically the picnic is an opportunity for the yoga community in Montreal to get together and discuss what we want our yoga community to look like, what it's doing right now, how we envision the future, and to get folks on board who want to help plan the 2012 Yoga Festival Montreal! There will be much discussion and if by yoga you mean hatha yoga asanas? Maybe, but to us it's all yoga!

Free, delicious food?

All vegetarian and vegan picnic type food, some herbal lemonade/tea. Come and be surprised! Food's yoga too and we are all pretty into food, so it should be yummy!

How do you feel about poutine?
If i am going for poutine it's gotta be traditional sauce w/ cheese curds, non of this fancy poutine stuff! i love it! and note: I am not a vegetarian yogi!

Who's invited to the event on Tuesday? What should these people bring?
Everyone who loves yoga and wants to build yoga community in Montreal is welcome! Just BRING YOUR OWN PLATE/CUP/UTENSILS/NAPKIN, and your ideas and enthusiasm.

Does Montreal really have a big yoga community? How many people are you expecting?
It's actually hard to say what the numbers are for yoga community in Montreal is, part of why we are doing this is to find out! Draw folks out, unite the community. I think it's bigger than it seems, though, uniting French and English yogis is one of goals! So this broadens the field big time. Hard to say exactly it is Montreal in the summer after all!

What's the biggest yoga misconception?
I think for me personally the biggest yoga misconception is that yoga means one thing: physical asana practice. For me it's so much more, it can be so many things, and different for everyone. My favourite yoga practice for about the past year or so is mantra chanting, it has changed my life! I think lots of folks would say: savasana!!

Is all yoga currently hot yoga because of the heat and humidity? what about air-conditioned yoga? Does that exist?
All yoga is hot yoga right now! But that's when we have to really use our all our skills and do yoga poses that are appropriate for this time of year, during the cool parts of the day (early morning), and use yoga's sibling sciences like Ayurveda to balance us out during these intense weather shifts.

Yoga Community Montreal (Yocomo) Community Picnic
Tuesday, July 12
1:30pm-4:30
Parc Lafontaine, at the picnic table area just east of the Calixa-Lavallée Cultural Centre/lawn bowling area
BYO-plates/cups/utensils/napkins/yoga ideas, but the food and lemonade's on them.

Photo from Majamonster on the Midnight Poutine Flickr Pool

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