Wanderlust Festival: Limitless
By Hannah Bechard
DAY 1: YOUR BODY IS A PAINTBRUSH, PAINT SOMETHING NEW
DAY 2: TANTRA: REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE NEW YOU
Jonny Kest and Anne Marie Kramer: two individuals who have a clear understanding surrounding anything tantra. Jonny invited everyone to simply discuss. All you brave yogis and yoginis spoke up and provided answers: “the path of acceptance”, “using joy, sorrow, and the mundane as a way of becoming aware”, “the union of opposites”. Along with this collective definition, Jonny explained the balance of the centralized word: “tan” meaning to expand, and “tra” beyond your old limitations.
The energy of the LifePower Yoga space immediately electrified. Johnny and Anne Marie took us through a free flowing vinyasa warm up. The Squaw pine became a beautiful focus point for our drishti while in spinal twists. The warm up lead us into a full out dance party igniting the power to expand beyond our old limitations. As the music silenced, we came back to a meditation. This moment of reflection allowed us to appreciate the steps we were making along each of our tantra paths. Expanding from fear to love: a truly direct experience.
As the class increased in intensity, we remained collective by connecting with our neighbors. As we held each other up into boat pose, mental and physical tensions rose, but so did the powerful ability to push through it. With so much focus on our inner experience, the Zuda Yoga assistants broke the tension with their powerful touch and careful assisting, meeting each student in their current asana.
DAY 3: RIGHT WHEN I WAS THINKING TOYOTA JUST MADE CARS...
Everyone here at Wanderlust California is getting seriously creative. Toyota set up camp at the base of Squaw with all the right ingredients for a retreat. From hair braiding, to the tranquil tea room, festival goers have been filing in and out all day!
The interactive “tweet for good” campaign includes both a physical intention, and one that goes viral. The combination of hash tags, and chalkboards really manifests the intention, and immediate good is shared by $2 going towards a chosen non-profit. Donations today were provided to Off The Mat Into The World. Founders Seane Corn (@jerseycorn1) and Suzanne Sterling (@ssterlingmusic) have sculpted a mission to use, “…the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change”. And what a way to do so! Follow OTM on twitter at @OFFTHEMATYOGA. It’s been great to follow the #toyotagiving trend on twitter. Here were some of my favorite intentions set by you all:
@mindfulmamayoga- “I stand for freedom for every person to follow their dreams…”
@Manduka- “We stand for love, joy, inviting and uniting all, nurturing the planet, and good design!...”
@samscenaris- “…May all beings everywhere by happy and free…”
@DaviandenOtter- “I stand for art. Everywhere…”
@HeidiMacDonald8- “…I stand for gratitude, compassion, and forever learning how to be the best me.”
Squaw Valley: expansive in nature.
Wanderlust Festival: limitless.