Wanderlust 108 Festival Atlanta

by tinareale on September 29, 2014

Hi, friends! How was your weekend? A good one, I hope. This weekend I participated in a triathlon. Well, not your traditional triathlon. Instead of swimming, running, and biking, we walked, meditated, and did yoga. And it was fabulous. Right up my alley these days!

Even before getting super “into” yoga, I had heard about the Wanderlust festivals. They always sounded like a fun time, but were far away. Then, a friend of mine mentioned registering for a Wanderlust festival right here in Atlanta. I checked it out and, of course, had to sign up. I have to say I’m glad I did!

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The day started in a relaxed way…which was so unusual for me for a “race day”. The events didn’t start until 11 am, so I was able to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast at home, then drive down to meet up with my friend. We rode in to Atlanta and easily found parking in a parking deck right next to the event. From there, check-in was a breeze and we had plenty of time to hang out with other yoga buds we met up with there and walk around to check out some of the vendors until the start of the 5K. I gotta say…it felt weird to be donning my running shoes again! It had been MONTHS!

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The 5K kicked off right on time. I enjoyed it being a smaller number of participants since I feel like most of my other race experiences were bigger. It made for a lot less stress as we got started on the course. Some of our group decided to run the 5K, but I preferred to take it low-key. A couple friends and I took our time walking and enjoying the scenery going all through Piedmont Park.

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We finished up in about an hour, feeling chill and ready to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. First up…food and energy. I had a chicken tikka masala naan wrap from a food truck (which was sooooo good!) and grabbed a little coffee beverage from a company called High Brew.

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I heart coffee. Although maybe not the best thing to have before needing to sit in stillness for meditation. Am I right?

Even though I wanted to get moving after the little caffeine pick-me-up, I really enjoyed the guided meditation from Sage Rountree. She focused on sending out love and healing to all people. We would envision various people in our lives, from dear loved ones to simple acquaintances to people we struggled to love, and repeated the following mantra for each person: “I hope you are happy. I hope you are healthy. I hope you are whole.” Sending out these wishes and desires surrounded by so many others felt really uplifting. It reminded me of some of my favorite times in teacher training where we would connect in similar ways.

Following meditation, we had a little more time before the yoga started. We had already checked out a lot of the vendors, so we decided to play a little.

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A few acro-yoga people were there offering people the chance to try it out a little. I felt hesitant at first, but since it looked so fun I decided to give it a whirl. While I don’t foresee myself picking up acro-yoga as a normal thing, I wouldn’t mind doing that little backbend again. It felt really therapeutic for the low back. Plus, I felt like a kid playing “airplane” again. Who wouldn’t love that?

Our time for play ran out as we needed to get back to our mats for yoga. I was really excited for this. Two teachers I have heard such great things about led the session, and I couldn’t wait to take their class. Octavia Raheem and Neda Honarvar co-taught a gentle flow sequence that focused on connecting with others around you. We did things like tree reaching out to press palms together with the person next to you and ended the class in a seated position with our backs against another person feeling each other’s breath.

You may have noticed that I feel passionate about community and sharing the yoga love, so this aspect of the class brought me much joy. We get so disconnected and try to do things on our own so much in life; it felt really good to simply be with other people around you and feel comfortable with it. There is nothing to fear in connection. A great class with a great little lesson to go along with it.

At this point, we were getting close to the time my friend and I had to head out, but we simply had to stay around to watch a little bit of MC Yogi – a creator of upbeat yoga inspired music and, apparently, a yoga teacher. We had already packed up our mats thinking it would be more of a concert at this point of the festival and were surprised when he came out teaching a class alongside his up-tempo hip-hop inspired music. It was SO fun! He had everyone doing things like throwing up peace signs in side planks and screaming out “Hey! Ho!” and dancing in down dog. All sorts of light-hearted fun stuff. I wish we could have stayed longer for more of it.

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Instead we gathered our things to head out…but got a nice little surprise right as we were leaving. Some local lululemon workers were walking up to people giving them extra goody bags. My friends and I each got one – with a special edition lululemon Wanderlust item inside!

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My bag had a wrap called the D’Om wrap, which was even in my size. It’s so cozy. I love it. Not a bad end to an already awesome day, don’t you think?

I hope Wanderlust comes back to Atlanta again next year. And now I really, really want to attend one of the bigger festivals – like at Squaw Valley or Whistler. One can dream.

Have you ever been to a Wanderlust event? Would you ever want to go to one, if not?

{ 8 comments }

1 Brittany @ Britt's Blurbs September 29, 2014 at 7:59 am

I almost went to this! Looks like you had a blast! Hopefully they’ll come back to Atlanta next year!

2 tinareale September 30, 2014 at 6:37 am

You would have loved it. It was SO fun!!! And surprised at how calm and not stressful too.

3 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

This event sounds right up your alley! What a fun time! I saw your acro-yoga photo on IG and was amazed!

4 tinareale September 30, 2014 at 6:38 am

The acro was so much fun. And felt sooooo goood. Like a little back massage. And a little secret – looks impressive but he did all the work. I just had to grab my legs. And…that sounds dirty. Ha!

5 Jolene September 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

that looks like a FANTASTIC event!! I love the aero-yoga shot! too cool!! frame that one!

6 tinareale September 30, 2014 at 6:40 am

I loved that pic too. Wonder what Peter would think of putting it above the mantel? Hahahaha. Oh, how awkward that would be! ;)

7 Renee @ Bendiful Blog September 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

This looks like a great event! Namaste! And I am in LOVE with those capris!

8 tinareale September 30, 2014 at 6:39 am

They are from K.Deer – LOVE THEM! They are super light weight and moisture wicking. And just so fun. Perfect for hot power yoga classes. :)

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