By: Diane Feen
If it’s Monday it’s Pedro time. The same goes for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Pedro time is one of the most coveted amidst the climate of COVID culture.
The reason is that Pedro Luna is a yoga and meditation teacher who embraces the soulful serenity of its countenance.
And at a time like this – when many are sequestered or quarantined – yoga is the antidote to going stir crazy.
“As a society we’ve been pushed and pulled in all directions adjusting to so much change every day. Now, more than ever before, we need to take care of ourselves so we can show up for our loved ones, co-workers and friends. Yoga helps us do that.”
You bet it does. Yoga is the friend you need in times of joy, stress or loneliness. It’s also the perfect way to exercise both your body and your mind. And at times like this – when going to the grocery store requires military gear – yoga is the perfect port in the daily storm.
Before the pandemic, yoga classes were part of the schedules that ruled our lives. Classes were plentiful but you needed to sign up, drive to the class and often pay up front.
Things have changed in the COVID climate. Our lives are now ruled by zoom and zealousness. We have to make an effort, but it often means traveling from the bedroom to the living room.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t make a change in our lives. Pedro knows this, which is why he is offering donation-only classes almost every day of the week. There is a yoga webcast live from the Colony Hotel on weekends and classes online that you can watch on-demand or participate via zoom.
Pedro calls himself an experience creator, but he is also a father, husband and former businessman. It is yoga that has captivated his persona and yoga that has defined his personal goals.
“My mission in life is to share the gift of yoga with the world. Yoga helped me tremendously in my life when times were challenging. I learned a lot and grew in so many ways. Now I want everyone to have the opportunity to do the same. Yoga is for anyone and everyone, if you can breathe you can do yoga,” said the lululemon ambassador, meme maker and international retreat leader.
Before the pandemic Pedro and Jessica Om created a joyful weekly sunset yoga class at the beach in Delray. Hundreds of yogis congregated with colorful yoga mats and an armful of enthusiasm and soulfulness.
Pedro describes this event as a magical one. And it was, until the pandemic came to town. The class were canceled, and so was life as we knew it.
But the pandemic did not stop Pedro from coming into everyone’s lives via their computers or cell phones. He does it with compassion and an ease that defines the meaning of yoga (union).
But it didn’t come easy. He was a debt collector from Aurora, Illinois who was ready to make a change in his life. After a friend invited Pedro to Delray Beach he was smitten with the coastal calm of its heritage. He met his wife Sumer, had three children, and the rest is history.
But a good history it is. “Giving back and serving others has always been on the top of my priority list in life. To lead a life of service.”
Pedro has done just that. He joined Colony Hotel Yoga owner Kelly Brookbank in her non-profit organization that helps teens and at-risk youth by providing yoga and meditation classes for them.
“Kelly established a foundation and a non-profit yoga festival called YogaFest and invited me to work side by side with her.”
Together they’ve had fundraising events, yoga festivals that introduces yoga to teens from various high schools around the Palm Beach and Broward County. They also donate yoga classes at the Milagro Center in Delray.
Scholarships are available for youth empowerment yoga and meditation retreats to Pura Vida Spa & Resort in Costa Rica.
If you find that the news of the day depletes you – or you’re worn out from Covid-mania, just check out Pedro’s webcasts and classes. They range from a virtual yoga PJ party, daily yoga classes, yoga Nidra (meditation for clarity) and other forms of this ecstatic ritual of bodily union.
As for the future of Yoga – it’s an unwritten book. “I hope one day we are able to gather again and bask in the bliss under the energy of the full moon and the ocean.”
For more information, visit https://www.yogawithpedro.com/