My First Wanderlust Yoga Experience
In late 2013 I was approached by Wanderlust about teaching at their festival in Aspen CO in the upcoming July of 2014. Um, let me think about it for a second…Where do I sign?
To be honest, I was more than a little surprised at the unexpected opportunity. I had never been to a Wanderlust Festival before, and although my friends had told me numerous stories, I had no idea what to expect. In my head I was picturing something like Burning Man with less dirt storms and more yoga.
It’s now September 2014, and I’ve had time to let the whole experience sink in, and reflect back on my first Wanderlust yoga experience. I waited to write this post, since the yoga high was embedded in my neurology after leaving the serene Snowmass Village and driving back to the persistent buzz of downtown Denver.
If you’ve never been to a Wanderlust event, here are the main 3 things I learned as a first-time Wanderlust attendee.
- There’s no substitute for connecting with like-minded people.
I’ve been to music festivals before. I’ve been to yoga retreats and trainings before. And made a number of friends along the way. However, I have yet to meet a collection of humans that are so much on the same page. Have you ever met someone, and instantly knew you were supposed to meet them? You couldn’t put your finger on it, but something inside gave you that warm and fuzzy feeling about their friendship?
This sensation seemed to happen every 5 minutes, with a different face, from a different city, with a different back-story. From fellow students, to fellow teachers, to the Wanderlust staff, to the guy who woke up 5:30am everyday to serve up his organic breakfast burritos to the masses, the sense of community was palpable.
- Not all industries are created equal.
Perhaps it’s because the yoga practice itself is centered on self-development and personal evolution. Perhaps it’s because so many people have already seen epic shifts in their outlook after starting yoga. Perhaps it’s because yogis with a business mind know how to run a clean organization. Whatever the reason, events like Wanderlust make you realize that to be a part of this worldwide yoga community is something truly special.
Many years ago, I worked in the sub-prime mortgage industry where taking advantage of someone for the sake of making money was the norm (those were my pre-yoga days). For many years, I thought that all businesses only cared about money. While I agree that all business owners should be concerned with profit, as a means of keeping their dreams afloat, I am waking up to the fact that there are organizations out there that are more successful simply because they have the primary ambition of helping people. The money is secondary.
- There is no time like the present.
I’m a self-proclaimed worker bee, always planning, strategizing, and looking ahead to how I can grow Reflexion Yoga for my members. That said, being up in the mountains for 4 days, without slaving over email or frantically checking my phone was the most connected to other people that I’ve been in a long time.
The mere environment, coupled with the amazing people, allowed me to truly just be in the moment, without any other agenda than to soak up as much of the Wanderlust yoga as I could. Imagine that euphoric moment you get right as your body sinks into your mat during Savasana….it’s like that except it lasts 4 days.
For more info on upcoming Wanderlust events, or how you can get involved, check out http://wanderlust.com/
Be Light My Friends,
Kyle Weiger – Founder of Reflexion Yoga