July 2, 2012

Why the F*ck am I going to Wanderlust?

A non-yogi’s take on Wanderlust Festival Colorado.

I’ve probably done yoga no more than five times in the last year. I try to meditate here and there until I remember I have something to add to my to-do list and get up before I forget. I can’t name the chakras. I don’t know what hatha or vinyasa mean. And I don’t get kirtan. But this is exactly why I am excited to go to Wanderlust. It’s a festival that isn’t all yoga, yoga, yoga, but has options so I can find my place to fit in.

I do want to be a healthy, happy, good person. I want to connect to my community on a greater and more personal level than via the web. I do want to ground and center myself in an effort to be of benefit. And I do want to try new things that can make me more me and make me slow down and appreciate the present moment.

So, Wanderlust Colorado, here I come.

Three Reasons I’m excited for Wanderlust Copper:

1. The pines, the crisp mountain air, the heat and the yoga, music and speakeasy talks. Wanderlust has something for everyone. Just because I’m not dying to go to one yoga class over another, there are options. My days will be filled with some running around and mingling, some hiking and hopefully a lot of enlightenment. My nights will be packed with a Farm-to-Table dinner, films including The Highest Pass and Crazy Wisdom and hopefully a band somewhere in between. I’d say not too shabby for a non-yogi.

2. elephant’s own, Waylon Lewis, will be leading a meditation hike and discussing yoga clubbiness in his speakeasy talk.

Join us:

Meditation Hike

“God, she is to be found in the out-of-doors.”

Waylon Lewis, a second generation Buddhist or Dharma Brat, will lead a contemplative, fun hike…sharing Buddhist techniques to connect the busy mind to powerful Mother Nature, and ending with meditation instruction on the summit. For all levels.
<Saturday at 2:00-3:30>

Speakeasy: Club Yoga: are we here to be cool, or to serve?

Yoga as club defeats the purpose. We as a community have a choice: we can fight over where to sit on the Titanic (climate change, inequity) or Save the World (and have a good time doing so). We have the choice to “pop” external clubbiness, just as our practice helps us to learn to make friends with our internal egos & insecurity. How can our yoga community stop our occasional silliness, and—perhaps more than any other community—be of (joyful) benefit to a world full of real suffering?
<Sunday at noon>

3. There’s music, and a variety at that. I’m looking forward to seeing Elephant Revival and Julia Easterlin. Need I say more?

(If so, check out the full music lineup.)

Why are you excited? What class or talk or music artist are you dying to go to?

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