day 3: when the going gets tough

Day 3 of the Wanderlust Festival brings spontaneous acts of yoga, the Rolling Stones, and the question: when the going gets tough, do you stick it out or peace out?

Urdhva Dhanurasana at Kathryn Budig's class: commitment in action

should i stay or should i go?

I wouldn't be doing my job here at Wanderlust if I didn't tell you honestly about my first class of Day 3. Right from the get-go, everything felt wrong: the teacher's voice, the music, the sequencing, even what I was wearing. I took a child's pose and thought about what to do: peace out or stick it through? After three days of yoga, my hips, wrists, and ankles are starting to let me know they need to rest, and the thought of leaving to find a spot in the shade under a tree was sounding seriously appealing.

My second class of the day was with Kathryn Budig who opened our hearts with deep and multiple Urdhva Dhandurasanas and creative, new-to-me boat pose variations that had our arms and feet in places that my brain had trouble mapping out with my eyes closed. Just when I thought about chilling in child's pose, she said, "Yoga is all about how you deal with the pose, not the pose itself."

Are you sensing a theme here?

Spontaneous acts of yoga are popping up all over Squaw Valley

Third class: Rock 'n Roll Vinyasa with Vinnie Marino and it was just what the doctor ordered. From the very first downdog of the day when Come Together started to play, yogis were joining in, and I found myself humming several times in the sweet moments between fast-paced vinyasa. We ended with a deep hip opener of our choice to the Rolling Stones' Wild Horses. Order had been restored in my universe.

the people i met today

Daniel, acroyogi and raw chocolate advocate at Fearless Chocolate.

Amy, a lululemon ambassador from Ann Arbor who is studying how yoga can change your brain and possibly replace medication for things like anxiety and depression.

Juliette, an east coast yoga teacher from NYC.

Chris, a writer and yoga teacher from Portland.

Tracy, lululemon community manager, with Ananda Lion, our ambassador Eoin Finn's brand new baby.

in conclusion

So what did I do in my first class? I stayed. Leaving would have been too easy. I'm curious: what do you do when you're not enjoying something: stay or go?

♥ Alana

p.s. only one more day left here in paradise. I'm packing in as much learning and yoga as I can! If you're here I'd love to meet you -- get a hold of me here or through the @lululemon twitter account!

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New goal: I will love and blog Wanderlust 2012!

Comment by Liz — July 31, 2011 @ 9:16 am

Alana, love the honestly. Rock and Roll Vinyasa sounds pretty incredible.

Oh and if I’m not enjoying something – I stay – for x amount of time to give it a chance. If it’s still not working for me. I go.

Comment by lesia d. — July 31, 2011 @ 9:17 am

I wish we had a regular rockin’ yoga practice like Vinnie Marino’s in Vancouver! Sometimes a little energy can go a long way.

I evaluate why I want to leave. Is it because I am genuinely exhausted or my body has reached the end of it’s rope? Or conversely, is it because I am intimidated by the class or afraid of looking bad? Once I have an honest and frank talk with myself about what the real reason is, I am empowered to make a decision I feel good about.

Sounds like you are having a great time girl! Can’t wait to hear more!

Comment by Alexis — July 31, 2011 @ 9:23 am

‘Sticking it out’ or staying with something when it is challenging is just another kind of yoga practice. Sometimes that is where the greatest change occurs.

Thank you for sharing your Wanderlust!

Comment by Marianne — July 31, 2011 @ 10:48 am

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