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Wanderlust yoga meditation feet

wan·der·lust: [n.] a strong desire to travel. This pretty much sums up my state of mind about 99% of the time, so when the opportunity to combine, yoga, travel and social media at Wanderlust Festival arose, I was first to volunteer.

I’m a little ashamed to say that in the month leading up to the festival, yoga was lacking in my life.  Work was busy, the weather was wet and excuses were plentiful.  I was literally counting down the days until I could escape to my mat and find some sunshine and peace.

Getting to my first class at Wanderlust was hectic to say the least.  I was running on 2 hours of sleep, there was torrential rain, thunder, lightning and crowds of people everywhere.  Despite the less than ideal conditions, I was determined to unroll my mat, begin my practice and be present in the moment.

As I walked out of the tent after a powerful class with the legendary Sean Corne, I couldn’t help but laugh at my boost of motivation.  Where had this drive been for the last month or so?  Why was this class any different than my ones at home? Four days of handstands, backbends, vinyasa flows and meaningful insights reminded me why I fell in love with yoga and how integral it is in my life.  It’s my time for expression and reflection. It’s my place to feel strong and to relax.

Though at times getting to class can seem like a hassle or even a stressor in itself, we need to remind ourselves that it's always worth the effort.   My biggest takeaway from Wanderlust was that I don’t need to wander to find time for my practice.  I just need to roll out my mat.

Wanderlust Tree Summer Rain
the gratitude tree at wanderlust Vermont

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“I don’t need to wander to find time for my practice. I just need to roll out my mat.”

So true. Often I feel chained to the routine of making it to class- and when I can’t, it’s hard to motivate myself to practice in my own home. I’m not sure why! I think being in the studio itself is powerful for me. If I can get TO the studio, my motivation will come while I’m there. Home is different. Maybe I need a dedicated yoga area :)

I’m glad you had an experience that made you realize why you fell in love with yoga in the first place. That happened to me recently, too! I’m reading “The Tenth Door” by Michele Hebert, which is a memoir about the author’s spiritual training in the 1970s in San Francisco – http://

I was reading her story and was so inspired. I went to yoga for the first time because I had back pain and wanted to strengthen my core. I stayed because yoga is a whole lifestyle- and I can’t deny that the spiritual aspect is my favorite part.

Thanks for sharing your wanderlust.

Comment by Tyler — July 14, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

Amen, Paula!

Comment by Liz — July 14, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

I find that once I stop approaching yoga as something I do on a sticky mat and realize that it’s a way of life, part of my being, there is no longer any lack of motivation or effort needed to find time to practice. Every part of the day is a part of the practice.

Comment by Kashif — July 15, 2011 @ 1:12 am

Goal setting via blog comment: I will attend Wanderlust by July 2012.

Comment by Carolyn — July 15, 2011 @ 4:53 am

For me,yoga is not just something I do on a sticky mat, in fact, it is after doing yoga that I actually feel the benefits or experience the changes. My focus is clearer in my music, my strength and endurance is noticable in my woodworking or gardening, and my peace is so evident in my just being able to relax and sleep so much more soundly. Yoga is the beginning of my life, and my life is the continuation of it.

Comment by Giovanni — July 15, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

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