Trailblazer: Amanda Giacomini
Amanda Giacomini is like Wanderlust family. We love having Amanda join our summer festivals, where she spreads her contagious smile and loving heart to everyone she greets. When she's not teaching at Wanderlust and all over the world with her husband, MC Yogi, she's leading classes in California at Yoga Toes Studio, of which she is a co-founder. With over 18 years experience, she offers a Vinyasa Flow practice that is a true reflection of Amanda herself: playful and nurturing with gentle and intelligent adjustments that make her classes and workshops accessible to everyone. Learn more about Amanda on her website, and in our interview below!
WL: What aspects of yoga / meditation / spirituality do you bring into your work?
AG: When I started yoga, I felt so numb and so dense. Yoga and meditation helped me dissolve some of that and be more sensitive to others and what I feel deep inside. My greatest hope is that every once in a while, I can be transparent enough to let Spirit shine through my work as an artist and a yoga teacher.
WL: How did you get involved with yoga?
AG: When i was 19 I was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disorder. On the same day I was diagnosed, I found out that one of my closest friends had committed suicide. I was living with my sister at the time in San Francisco, she brought me to my first yoga class. I was an emotional and physical wreck. Yoga helped me find my way back to health and peace. Yoga saved my life.
WL: What's your favorite pose?
AG: These days supta virasana is a favorite pose, it's restorative and also lengthens out my thighs, hip flexors and psoas after long flights and car rides.
WL: What's feeding your wanderlust today?
AG: MC Yogi and I recently received and invitation to perform in India this December. I've been painting all Buddhas lately, so a pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha became enlighted, would be beyond amazing.
WL: If you could leave one legacy for your community what would it be?
AG: To leave behind a body of work that would inspire future yogis to go deeper and stay creative.