Wanderlust Festival | SierraSun.com

Wanderlust Festival

Courtesy Joel Fitzpatrick

What happens when you marry the deep, life-changing experience of a retreat with hot, socially conscious music and a mountain village?Wanderlust, the vision of the tuned-in Schuyler Grant of Kula Yoga Project (NYC) and hubby Jeff Krasno of Velour Music Group. andamp;#8220;Weandamp;#8217;ve never done anything like this together, but our businesses are sympathetic,andamp;#8221; said Grant.Krasno had joined Grant on retreats in Costa Rica and was intrigued by the experience. How peopleandamp;#8217;s lives were truly transformed. They wondered if they could bring that level of experience to a music festival, to integrate and ramp up the depth of health and soul.andamp;#8220;A lot of times, you go to a festival for three days and have the weekend of your life,andamp;#8221; said Grant. andamp;#8220;And you feel like crap.andamp;#8221;At the end of the day at Wanderlust, July 24-26 at Squaw Valley USA, you will have all the tools for an enriched finale. The worldandamp;#8217;s top yoga teachers will instruct, the eco Kula Village will inspire, organic food vendors will keep you fueled for evening Gold Coast performances.andamp;#8220;You will come away with a number of things,andamp;#8221; said Grant, who the New York Times named as a andamp;#8220;go-toandamp;#8221; teacher. andamp;#8220;There are so many different elements. A band you might not have listed toandamp;#8230;a new environmental techniqueandamp;#8230;a new style of yoga. Even those people who are not doing yoga will be effected by it, whatever their pre-conception.andamp;#8221;Grant is upfront about her pre-conception, raised by hippie parents in Los Gatos, Calif. (and the great-niece of Katherine Hepburn), she found their morning meditation and yoga practice extremely embarrassing. andamp;#8220;I never in a million years was going to do yoga,andamp;#8221; Grant said.As an actress and film editor, she spent hours laboring over edits. Her back was in pain in 1990. She forayed into yoga as a workout to take on the road. All you need is a little discipline, 20 minutes and a andamp;#8220;tiny patch of real estate.andamp;#8221; No gym, no racquets, no running shoes, no basketballs. andamp;#8220;I was simply helping my back, no hocus pocus, woo-woo stuff,andamp;#8221; said Grant, an earth-bound Taurus.Grant found herself being more deeply effected, finding a level of clarity, connected relationships, becoming more keenly aware of the divine. andamp;#8220;I started practicing to keep from falling apart,andamp;#8221; explained Grant. andamp;#8220;Then teaching it because I loved it. Yogaandamp;#8217;s sneaky that way, beware when you let it into your life. Itandamp;#8217;s not just for your crazy aunt anymore.andamp;#8221;Grant opened a little studio on the side. Then realized eight years ago it was all or nothing. And it was fun to build, developing into the Kula Yoga Project in New York City, where she teaches an alignment-based style of Vinyasa yoga. What distinguishes Grantandamp;#8217;s style is the highly creative postures, linked at a fluid pace, with the heavy focus on alignment and a breath-based flow of Ashtanga she calls Kula Flow.Kula is Sanskrit for community or family, where one chooses to place your heart. And Grant and her husband chose to place their heartandamp;#8217;s dream, Wanderlust, at Squaw Valley USA for several reasons. They felt the surrounding communities were very progressive musically and health-minded. andamp;#8220;We had a ski mountain in our heads when we conceived it,andamp;#8221; commented Grant. This for the powerful beauty and logical infrastructure. They scouted the East Coast, Copper Mountain in Colorado and fell in love with the Squaw Valley venue. Naturally. Schuyler Grant and Jeff Krasno want to bring something special to the community and involve the locals and visitors in a galvanizing event. Many local instructors are participating. The balance of the act and the influence it has remains to be seen, according to Grant. This powerful couple merged their talents for a new focus to the meaning of festival: Wanderlust, where seekers, teachers and the Tahoe tribe might just feel a shift in life.

A boutique, three-day experience, Wanderlust brings together the worldandamp;#8217;s leading yoga teachers and top-tier rock and roll performers in a feast for the body and the senses, July 24-26 at Squaw Valley USA.See incredible bands like Michael Franti andamp; Spearhead, Spoon, Andrew Bird, Broken Social Scene and Jenny Lewis at Gold Coast. Festival-goers can spend mornings in the Village at Squaw Valley getting centered in classes led by some of the most notable names in yoga today, including Shiva Rea, John Friend and local instructors. Other activities at the Village at Squaw are free and open to the public. Check out organic food, the eco-village, tons of vendors, a mini film fest, a mountain bike clinic and more. Before midnight on July 22, Wanderlust is offering a 15 percent discount on all tickets for locals. Buy a ticket on http://www.wanderlustfestival.com, enter the promotional code TAHOELOCAL.Or volunteer and get a free ticket. Tickets start as low as $24.50. Parking on site is free. Visit http://www.wanderlustfestival.com for information and tickets.

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