I‚Äôve been to music festivals over the years as a concertgoer, crewmember and band¬†wife. I‚Äôve been to yoga classes as both a teacher and a student. I‚Äôve experienced¬†nature as an observer and participant in outdoor activities. But, I‚Äôd 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‚Äôs¬†Clean Day, Evolution Juices, Coco Libre, Lyfe Kitchen, Sunology, So Delicious, Kind,¬†Lifeway Kefir, My Yoga Online, TurmericALIVE, Mary‚Äôs Gone Crackers and even Ben¬†and Jerry‚Äôs (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...