Sad Update: Our friend Michelle Pierson, interviewed here, passed away in July 2016 after a kayak accident in Hawaii.
We've spent the past three days focusing on the core subject of critical importance in the raw food lifestyle -- the FOOD! However, as most people will agree, it's also about so more than "just the food." Here at Pure Jeevan, we've always made a point to stress the holistic nature of our philosophy (mind, body, spirit, emotions), and we'll certainly continue to do that.
The Raw Spirit Festivals also do a magnificent job of illustrating this point. While they do offer *spectacular* raw foods and presentations centered around raw foods, you'll also find music, dancing, yoga, and other uplifting recreational activities all day long!
While at RSF East, I had the chance to meet Michelle Pierson, a name I'd known from this blog, from Twitter, and Facebook. It's always such fun to turn online friends into "real" friends -- and that happens all the time at RSF events! It's really like attending a reunion or something.
I was intrigued to learn that Michelle is really into Capoeira, a Brazilian art form that incorporates martial arts, dance, music, and more into a single activity. I'd never even heard of this until a few months back when I was listening to something from Sergei Boutenko, another raw foodie who's into it. So, we got to talking about it and, in no time, I knew I had to capture some of Michelle's enthusiasm about Capoeira for Pure Jeevan blog readers.
It was actually a funny scene that day... I'd asked Michelle to do a Capoeira demo and, at first, she was a little hesitant. So, I turned off the camera so we could discuss it further and she immediately proceeed to give an absolutely perfect 10-minute summary of the sport, complete with a thorough history and explanation of it as well as a demonstration of some signature moves, kicks, and take-downs. I said, "Michelle! You should have let me film that... It was perfect!" Another guy we were hanging with, Brent Nelson, enthusiastically agreed. So, Michelle said we could reshoot it right then -- and the result is the video posted above.
So, here's another angle on raw foods that I think you'll really appreciate. Behold the raw energy of Michelle Pierson, capoeirista extraordinaire!
To find Michelle online, just visit any of these pages:
Below, we have included the original comments from this blog post. Additional comments may be made via Facebook, below.
On September 9, 2009, wrote:
Wow! Thanks Jim, that turned out fantastic. Better than I thought. xo
On September 1, 2010, wrote:
well that's some nuts stuff