Serving at V-Day Superlove!

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 28th, 2008 | 3 Comments
topic: Yoga

The 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues was celebrated in New Orleans at the Superdome on April 11 and 12, 2008. Poets, politicians, movie stars, celebrities, and social luminaries were on a monolithic stage giving speeches, having dialogues, and performing in honor of the courageous, vivacious women of Louisiana.

In a 7,500 square foot corner of this event, also dubbed “V-Day” and “SUPERLOVE,” the Urban Zen Foundation set up the Urban Zen Well-Being Lounge to offer relief and restoration to some 6,000 women in need of human touch over the course of two remarkable days. The UZ Well-Being Lounge was a center for love with its 26 yogis stationed on 150 pink yoga mats donated by Gaiam, 40 massage therapists, 12 wandering aromatherapists with oils donated from Young Living Oils, and nutritional juices and organic teas provided by nutritional experts. Everyone who came to help came on their own dime and gave and served selflessly and endlessly. The lounge was flooded from morning to late afternoon as the volunteers gave their hearts and souls. The scene brought Colleen and me to tears.

Donna Karan was also blown away by what amazing relief was possible, and she pledged that we need to return to New Orleans with a more permanent and consistent program. Jonathan Lieberman from Gaiam started some immediate brainstorming on ways to create sustainable financial backing for more relief efforts like this one. All the volunteers were touched to the core and cried out to sign up for any future relief efforts that arise.

V-Day in New Orleans woke up everyone who was there. We realize the infinite love that is possible and we understand His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he says that the way to eternal happiness is to serve your fellow human being.


  1. We are several people of color wanting Rodney and others producers to understand how much we NEED to JUST see Rodney… a man of color in the yoga videos. No offense to the other people in his video..but it is PAINFUL for us to try to heal and never get to just have a healing space for people of color.

    When we go to buy yoga videos..we don’t get to see enough people of color represented. It is hard enough to see yoga being coopted while the the original yoga masters suffer hunger with their people whose counries continue to be exploited. It was so healing for so many of us to finally see an Asian man get represented in this artform. Please start having more people of color in these videos. Thank you

    warrioress | May 1st, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. Right on Rodney~
    Great entry
    I am thrilled to hear that something permanant could be created in new Orleans and would love to see that happen and/or be involved in creating that. New orleans changed me deeply~ I have written an article about my experience in New Orleans with Urban Zen and am seeking publishing opportunities~ Any ideas?
    Our group photo is great ~ notice how happy averyone feels after our two day marathon! Selfless service heals!

    sarah evans | May 8th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. I liked this entry as well. :) I was profoundly changed in many different ways through this experience and it’s even greater to see how many others’ lives have been changed as well. I have grown in my profession but also grown hugely as a person through this experience. Truly, to give selflessly makes you *really* be able to receive graciously too. Since this experience, I have felt more love from everyone around me than I ever did before. I think it’s because I’m now able to wholly receive that love. I am doing yoga every day now and I have a mission to become a certified Urban Zen Intigrative Therapist. So, when the program is all laid out, please keep me posted as I really want to follow this “PATH”. I really believe in this and I want to see it continue. I am so glad, too, that things could be done more permanently for New Orleans. I am also grateful for my new friends down there!!! I agree with His Holiness in that “the way to eternal happiness is to serve your fellow human being”. That’s how I felt during this experience and ever since – happy!

    Sarah Lahti | May 19th, 2008 | Comment Permalink

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