I’ve been to music festivals over the years as a concertgoer, crewmember and band wife. I’ve been to yoga classes as both a teacher and a student. I’ve experienced nature as an observer and participant in outdoor activities. But, I’d never been to the festival that celebrates the union of yoga, music and nature until this past weekend.
I journeyed to Wanderlust California for the fifth anniversary of the festival held at beautiful Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif. (home of the 1960 Winter Olympics), near Lake Tahoe. Squaw is the original of the series of Wanderlust Festivals that now includes eight full-scale, four-day locations and Yoga in the City, a condensed version of the festival set in urban environments so patrons can get "Wanderlusty" closer to home.
Squaw is an incredibly user-friendly venue, just 50 minutes from Reno, Nev. and with ample free parking. I was greeted at the main entrance by a bevy of product tents generously giving free samples of their yogi-focused goods. Vega, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Evolution Juices, Coco Libre, Lyfe Kitchen, Sunology, So Delicious, Kind, Lifeway Kefir, My Yoga Online, TurmericALIVE, Mary’s Gone Crackers and even Ben and Jerry’s (Greek Yogurt) filled my goody bag each time I passed by. It was like an outdoor "granola" version of Costco on sample day, only my dream version of the warehouse superstore.
There were also "Hydration Stations" sponsored by Camelbak located throughout the grounds where you could refill your reusable water bottle with filtered water at no charge. This struck me as particularly considerate, extremely eco-conscious and almost charitable considering the amount of profit that could have been made by selling bottled water on-site in the record heat of the weekend. Recycle, compost and trash bins punctuated this emphasis on "green."
A huge variety of classes were offered during the day, taught by everyone from super star international instructors t…Read more...