day 1 at wanderlust

Today our on-the-mat correspondent Alana got in touch with her inner pole dancer, cleaned out her personal "junk drawer", met her mat neighbours, had a yoga breakthrough and laid a pretend egg. And this was just Day One.

My first class of Wanderlust was lead by the wonderful Amy Ippoliti. The Tahoe air was still Vinyasa-scarf chilly when we started class at 8 a.m., but by 8:30 the heat was building both on and off the mat, and by 10 I realized a) I did not pack enough sunscreen and b) I need to up my water intake.

Amy lead us through a light-hearted Anusara class that had us laughing with her instruction to "pretend you're laying an egg" and that slowly and steadily opened different sections of our body towards Sun Dial, the peak pose. She did it so skillfully that before I knew it, my right foot was in my left hand over my head and I was doing it for the first time ever! #yogabreakthrough

Amy and a row of Sun Dial demos

then things got deep

In the afternoon I took Deep Hip Openers with Stephanie Snyder. The first thing she did was explain that our hips are like junk drawers -- where people store experiences they're not sure what to do with. We worked our hips in all directions, starting with gentle hip circles (where we channeled our inner pole dancer) to Double Pigeon and Hanumanasna (aka the splits). I left this class feeling new space in my hip joints and also completely zen.

the people i met today

Natasha works in the design department at lululemon. She's been doing yoga (mostly Vinyasa Flow) for about 3 years and recently became a certified teacher.

mat neighbours

One thing that I think doesn't happen often enough is getting to know your mat neighbour. After all -- these people are right next to you during the intense and vulnerable moments that inevitably happen in a yoga class, and sometimes they even support you during poses like handstand. You might as well introduce yourself, right?

The lovely woman beside me in the first class is named Michael, and it turns out she's an ambassador at our Carmel Showroom and her daughter also works for lululemon. Michael teaches Vinyasa Flow and is currently taking Anusara teacher training.

Nestor is originally from Costa Rica, but now lives in Folsom. He's an electrical engineer at Intel, has been doing yoga for two years, and came to Wanderlust to share with like-minded people and get back into yoga.

in a line-up together

This is Mike. He was next to me in the line up for the 1 pm class. The only thing I know about him is that he runs an online yoga publication called Flow Yoga Magazine and he's from California.


Amanda's from Vancouver! She works at a local company called Mara Gottler Designs, is in her last semester at SFU, and is a new Power Vinyasa yoga teacher.

I also ran into our ambassador Carolyn Ann, who gave me some pre-Wanderlust tips.


wanderlust quick facts*

Ratio of women to men = 7:3
Current % population with feathers in hair = 18
Projected feather density % by Sunday night = 62
Number of people with tails = at least 2

*totally unscientific

Tomorrow's yoga menu includes Seane Corn, John Friend, and a meditation class. See you in the morning!

♥ Alana

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Hi look for Marrisa Smiley- dont you love the name!! She is there taking classes. We love Lululemon it is the best clothing ever made! We share space for a Yoga & Pilates practice in Chico CA. Would love to have a showroom! Enjoy!

Comment by miranda — July 29, 2011 @ 4:33 am

Hilarious Alana! Are you going to come back with a feather in your hair? Can’t wait to hear more!

Comment by Allessia — July 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am

Hi Miranda, I will for sure look out for Marrisa Smiley!

Comment by Facebook User — July 29, 2011 @ 9:12 am

Yoga people always look so healthy. I really should try out my local studio.

Comment by Al — July 29, 2011 @ 9:33 am

This is such a cute post. I was just at the Zumba Instructor Convention in Orlando and it was a very similar situation. You are waiting in line to go into a class and you start talking with your neighbor and you learn all sorts of interesting things about them! It is so fun. Plus, everyone had feathers in their hair, now I want one too! haha. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your time there.

Comment by ellie — July 29, 2011 @ 9:34 am

alana, i’m seriously digging your wanderlust quick facts. loved your post!

Comment by tiffany — July 29, 2011 @ 9:56 am

Alana, thank-you for a heart wide open from the belly laugh! and sharing
your wanderlust expierence

Comment by Tricia — July 29, 2011 @ 11:07 am

Shake your (tail) feather, Alana! I can’t wait to hear what Friday has in store for you. xo

Comment by Alexis — July 29, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

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