Wanderlust | Moving bodies, minds and magic
Breath deeply andamp;#8230; exhale andamp;#8230; breath in andamp;#8230; exhale.Close your eyes. Softly imagine a village of serenity, of soul entrancement, enchantment, fire in your belly, hoop dancing and prana, asana, a community of mindful yoga practice, healing arts and andamp;#8230; you. andamp;#8220;Bring an open mind (it’s about to be blown) and an open heart (it’s about to be opened),andamp;#8221; said Schulyer Grant, co-founder of the ever-growing Wanderlust Festival, coming to Tahoe July 26-29, based in Squaw Valley with events also slated in North Lake Tahoe.Grant, who owns Kula Yoga Project in New York City, and hubby Jeff Krasno of Velour Music Group visioned the festival as a life-changing retreat with hip, socially conscious music in 2009.Grant, a premier yogi and mother of three little girls, still has a hand in the creation of the yoga experience, and recalls the seedlings of Wanderlust California.andamp;#8220;Wanderlust was born at Squaw! Everyone in the area (especially those who came in our first few years), should feel some ownership of the event,andamp;#8221; said Grant.Local yogi Shaelah Morris, owner of Yoga Studio Tahoe in Truckee, joins world-renowned teachers such as Seanne Corn, Shiva Rea and Les Leventhal, at Wanderlust to share her passion for the practice. Once a professional skier, yoga healed her bodily injuries and awakened her soul.andamp;#8220;Wanderlust embodies the magic of the mountains, the playfulness of Tahoe, the enriching outdoor experience and the power of yoga, music and dance all wrapped into one divine package of bliss. I can’t imagine a more powerful way to experience yoga andamp;#8230; to me Wanderlust brings awareness and connection to the Truckee Tahoe community,andamp;#8221; said Morris.Wanderlust California is all about community and mindful living, a conscious, value-based approach to life.andamp;#8220;We hope to take people out of their everyday lives to retreat to the mountains for a profoundly unusual long weekend,andamp;#8221; said Grant. andamp;#8220;We hope people will find a feeling of community and escape from the grind of daily life andamp;#8212; and take some inspiration from the mountains back home.andamp;#8221;The Village at Squaw Valley, surrounded by the infamous granite peaks of Squaw Valley and the mid-mountain High Camp complex, with swimming lagoon and spa, will be transformed once again with open air, white canvas tents for yoga classes, yoga play structures, the spiritual haven of Village Anusara, and the Kula Village full of green vendors, and fair trade foods and a Healing Arts center. Bask in the smooth energy buzz, the quietly moving, mellow masses, air scented sage, patchouli and sandalwood, the low thrum of positive moods and minds. Do yoga. Dance.andamp;#8220;Just like the intricacies of the Nature, so too do we as human beings express in complex, but highly organized ways. I have experienced this myself through dance (hula hoops of all things!), and I speak to that in my classes,andamp;#8221; said Wanderlust hoop dance teacher and performer Shakti Sunfire, in the business of empowering people to live their lives in authenticity. Shakti describes hoop dance, ubiquitous at Wanderlust, as reverent, gentle, soft, sensitive, precise, fluid and powerful.andamp;#8220;I dance for spirit, I dance for connection, I dance for sheer joy,andamp;#8221; she said. Shakti will teach classes on her own and with Sianna Sherman, with whom she released an instructional DVD, andamp;#8220;Pranam.andamp;#8221;Do you need a dance background to hoop away at Wanderlust?andamp;#8220;You’ll learn what you need to know. I will catch you and sweep you up. Watch out!andamp;#8221; said Shakti of her classes.Instruction is a three-day non-stop stretch of yoga and dance, featuring an eclectic yoga menu. Try out andamp;#8220;Beaming Power of Thunder Love,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Peaceful Warrior,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Alchemy of the Heart: Practicing Gratitude,andamp;#8221; a few kernals to whet your appetite. Wanderlust is a place to stretch your body and mind.andamp;#8220;Yoga is a journey that starts on the mat. It goes far deeper then simply stretching,andamp;#8221; said Morris. andamp;#8220;I will teach how to rise above life’s challenges using the breath, and how to tap into your own divine power in order to transform your life. I will teach people they are love and show them how to expand beyond their edges into their highest potential.andamp;#8221;Said Shakti: andamp;#8220;Spirit has a great sense of humor. For some reason in this life I have a particular affinity to plastic circles. How weird is that? But we never know why some expression or form wants to move through us and for what purpose. Oftentimes we just need to get out of our own way, and then the magic happens.andamp;#8220;Wanderlust is a great merging of expressions andamp;#8212; music, nature, art, dance, celebration andamp;#8230; and lots of magic. Come and enjoy!andamp;#8221;For 2011 Wanderlust photo galleries, visit http://sierrasun.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1295561andamp;CategoryID=18263andamp;ListSubAlbums=0 and http://sierrasun.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1295685andamp;CategoryID=18263andamp;ListSubAlbums=0
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