Max And Danielle Do Yoga With Michael Franti

March 5, 2015

In February, Gina Murdock and the Aspen Yoga Society hosted a yoga and music fundraiser for Do It For The Love featuring live music by Michael Franti. It was an incredible day of support, with a full room of more than 200 yogis doing it for the love.

It was an especially memorable day for Max and his friend Danielle, both of whom are living with forms of Cerebral Palsy. They participated in the yoga fundraiser with the help of their caregivers and yoga teachers, and attended Michael’s show later that evening.


Max shared with us his thoughts on the experience: “The most fun day and night. I like to see people. I like to do yoga. I love music and Michael Franti. My mother found yoga teachers to come to my house, but that is not the same as being with fun people. That was the biggest yoga class ever. I was happy to do yoga and see and hear Michael Franti live playing my favorite songs! My yoga teachers came too and they were really happy and had lots of fun. I brought my friend Danielle. She has Cerebral Palsy like me. Danielle was so happy. We had the best day. Then we went to the Belly Up and saw Michael Franti live. I stayed up past midnight. Everyone was dancing and singing, even my friend Danielle. It was the best day ever! He played my favorite song, Life is Better With You. Thank you for inviting me and Danielle.

From Danielle: “Max and I got to take a yoga class with Michael Franti, and go see him in concert at Belly Up. It was an amazing day to spend with friends and family. I had a blast doing yoga while Michael was playing music. It was relaxing and pumped up all at the same time. With CP I didn’t know that I could do yoga in a room with 200 people, but it was awesome. While I was doing yoga I think that Michael’s music inspired me to do my best in every yoga pose that I made. When we were at the concert, I was so moved by Michael’s music that I was up out of my chair, and dancing all night long. I recommend this “Do It For The Love” event to friends and family who love to do yoga and hear music, because it was inspiring to me, and I think it is a great event to get people together. I want to give a big thank you to Michael Franti for inviting Max and I to this amazing event.”


Max’s mom, Katie, shared: “What an amazing experience to spend the afternoon and evening with Michael Franti!  Music is one of the most important things in Max’s life.  When he had his choking accident at 17 months old he was in a coma for several weeks.  He first signals of being aware happened while listening and being danced around the hospital room to music.  Ever since, music has filled his heart and soul.  He loves Michael Franti !  We all feel incredibly fortunate for the opportunity to participate with Do It For the Love foundations Aspen event.  Thank you!!!”