As an adult, MC Yogi was saved by yoga. But as a young man, he was saved by Hanna Boys Center.
The performing artist and yoga teacher returns to his alma mater for his “Spiritual Graffiti” book tour and concert at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.
The 38-year-old, also known as Nick Giacomini, will share stories, answer questions and perform a concert.
Over the past decade, MC Yogi has released seven hip-hop albums and gathered a following both at yoga gatherings and music festivals.
His new book, “Spiritual Graffiti,” published by Harper Collins, tells the story of how he was saved by yoga.
He writes of growing up in a prominent Marin dairy ranching family to become a juvenile delinquent who was kicked out of three schools, arrested for vandalism, caught up in a world of drugs and sent to live at Hanna.
His life turned around after devoting himself to yoga.
“Looking back I have really fond memories of the staff and boys at Hanna, they became my second family,” he said. “One of my greatest memories was being able to make art and feel supported in my endeavors.”
When asked what advice he will be giving to the Hanna boys, Giacomini said he’ll urge them to follow their passions.
“Find a skill or a craft, something you love and would do even if you didn’t get paid to do it,” he said. “Dedicate your life to improving at it, whether it’s music, art, writing, etc. Let it become a touchstone and do it in a way that benefits others. Doing what you love consistently can uplift your life.”
When not on the road, Giacomini and his wife, Amanda, teach at their home studio, Point Reyes Yoga.
“Moving forward I’m super stoked to be able to share more yoga, more music and more art around the world,” he said about the future. “Who knows, maybe there will be a coolmovie or comic book, that would be amazing!”
The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and performance. Tickets are $65 per person and include a copy of MC Yogi’s book
All proceeds from this event will go to Hanna Boys Center.