Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wanderlust Squaw Valley!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Wanderlust in Squaw Valley, CA! Not being a California native, this was my first trip to Lake Tahoe and it was even more beautiful than I could have imagined! The lake itself is breathtaking amongst the backdrop of snowcapped mountains. This was my first yoga festival. Last year, I spent one day at the Midwest Yoga Conference and had so much fun sweating and flowing with teachers Jonny Kest, Seane Corn and Les Leventhal.

This year, at Wanderlust, I spent one day absorbing my surroundings at Squaw Valley. It was such a difference from the Midwest Conference, which was primarily indoors. While there were tons of people at Squaw, it didn't feel crowded or congested. Since Squaw held the 1960 Olympics, they have definitely mastered people moving and crowd control. There were various areas to explore, chair lifts to high camp where you could swim, dance, hula hoop, etc. Any yoga gear imaginable was for sale. Smartwater provided water constantly to keep people hydrated and refreshed and healthy food and snacks were easily accessible.

I had the pleasure of taking three classes on Saturday with Maty Ezraty, Schulyer Grant and Vinnie Marino. Maty is a wealth of knowledge and guided us teachers through a tutorial on setting up safe inversions and backbends for our students. I would love to study in depth with her one day. Schulyer Grant highlighted points that bring a yoga teacher from "Adequate to Awesome" and led a mini-vinyasa class in her signature style "Kula Flow" which gets the body really moving with the breath. Last but not least, I took Vinnie Marino's Rock n' Roll Vinyasa Flow which was fun. We flowed through sun salutations, standing poses, balancing, backbends, inversions and hip openers to the background of 70's Rock music. Some people were dancing and singing along. It was so cool to flow with 200-300 people in the room. Vinnie was lighthearted and humorous and excellent at teaching a mixed levels class. I was so relaxed in savasana that I didn't even want to come out of it!

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