NOLA Yoga Mantra: Honoring the Saints


If you weren’t born or raised here in New Orleans you may not understand why the hype about the Saints making it in the Super Bowl this Sunday is all about.
But Swan River Yoga Studio owner Michele Baker, Oregonian by birth, but New Orleans by heart, has been worshiping the “Who Dat Nation” for few weeks now. Even when she teaches the twists and turns of the ancient practice her invocations and cues are all referring to the “soon-to-come victory” of the football team.


I ended up taking a Yoga class on Wed. morning at Swan River by chance. I was walking on Magazine Street to take some photos of the beautiful 1800’s plantation houses in the Garden District when I ran into a noon Yoga class and I just could not resist.


I ended up taking a Yoga class on Wed. morning at Swan River by chance. I was walking on Magazine Street to take some photos of the beautiful 1800’s plantation houses in the Garden District when I ran into a noon Yoga class and I just could not resist.
One thing led to the other, Michele sucked me into coming back to the studio the same night to participate to the RockAsana class, which theme was going to be, of course, The Saints

I wasn’t surprised when I walked into the class at night and saw people wearing black and gold everything. I was a little more surprised when even the class opening chants were invocations to the “Who Dat Nation” and most of the class music was a mix of Saints’ cheer songs and football NFL riddle, not to mention, “We are the Champions” just before Shavasana.

But, who am I to judge or understand years of southern pride. This cheerful and passionate atmosphere of hope that is presiding over the Crescent City is not for me to understand or to explain. It’s for me to share and enjoy as a respectful visitor and not as European Yoga teacher and photographer whose never seen apartaid or lived in the shameful and powerless aftermath of Kathrina.

The New Orleans have the right to stump with joy over the same ground that brought them desperation five years ago in the name of their favorite football team.

And let it be victory or loss, “lassire the bon temps roller!” for the spirit of contentment here is high and almost contagious.

GO SAINTS!!!

2 thoughts on “NOLA Yoga Mantra: Honoring the Saints

  1. […] So when Fede recently posted pics from a RockAsana yoga class she took on Magazine St., it is clear the spirit of the city was shining bright in that yoga studio.  And if you apply the statistic that only about 6.9% of American adults practice yoga (according to Yoga Journal’s 2008 Survey), can you imagine what 100% of the city looked like if just 6.9% was represented in this yoga class?  View here at Fede’s blog, Federicaville. […]

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