Wanderlust Festival: Four-day yoga throwdown comes to North Tahoe July 28-31 | SierraSun.com

Wanderlust Festival: Four-day yoga throwdown comes to North Tahoe July 28-31

Pettit Gilwee
Special to the Sun
Wanderlust Festival/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Namaste in North Lake Tahoe this summer with the ultimate in yoga throwdowns as the popular Wanderlust Festival returns to the scenic valley of Squaw Valley July 28-31.

The lineup reads like a celebrity roster of who’s who in the yogi world and includes more than 55 of the country’s top yoga instructors and experts, such as John Friend, Seane Corn and Shiva Rea. Many of festival’s yoga classes, meditations and lectures take advantage of the region’s naturally spectacular surroundings and are held in the great outdoors, with descriptive class names that will intrigue even those new to the practice, including Awakening the Global Heart; Detox Flow; Sky Dancers, the Way of Love; the Shoulder Girdle Mantra; and Rivers of Prana and#8211; Diving into the Flow.

and#8220;We’re excited to bring Wanderlust back to North Lake Tahoe for the third year in a row,and#8221; said festival co-founder Jeff Krasno. and#8220;Not only is Squaw Valley an extraordinary setting and#8212; it has a community that supports the underlying ideals of the event. We have a beautiful canvas to bring to life our values of yoga, music and nature.and#8221;

But once the downward dogs are done, there’s a party to be had as the Wanderlust Festival also brings together top musical acts and DJs. The festival’s main stage will feature stunning views of Squaw Valley’s famed KT-22 and Granite Chief peaks. As the centerpiece of the Wanderlust music experience, this globetrotter stage will host the positive vibrations of Michael Franti and Spearhead, the electronic dance party mashups of Girl Talk and the ecstatic chants of Jai Uttal. There will also be plenty of food and beverage vendors, art installations, ambient performances and chill-out lounges.

For those who love live music, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival kicks off July 21 with the Blues Traveler, with concerts running through Aug. 25. Even the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has got its groove on with Mumbo Gumbo Aug. 1 and Broadway on the Beach with the Reno Philharmonic July 18 at the charming Sand Harbor State Park just outside of Incline Village, Nev. North Lake Tahoe’s High Notes and#8212; Summerlong Music Series highlights the region’s free summer concerts, every night of the week except Mondays, as well as popular ticketed events held both inside and out, http://www.TahoeHighNotes.com.

For more information about the Wanderlust Festival, including special lodging deals as well as North Lake Tahoe yoga studios and other musical happenings throughout the region, head to http://www.GoTahoeNorth.com. And, for the best bargains, check out the web site’s Cool Deals, which is updated daily.

North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, 2 hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over 3hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, Calif. and 969 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, Nev. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.