We just received word that Wanderlust, the yoga + music festival started by Schuyler Grant, is branching into a THIRD location this year. The Standard Hotel, which is quite the patron of cool yoga and design events, will be hosting Wanderlust Miami. So the full calendar for 2011 is now:
Lake Tahoe, July 28–31
Vermont, June 23–26
Miami, March 17–20
The lineup is smaller for Miami — 4 yoga teachers instead of 10. In Miami you’ll have:
Schuyler Grant, director of Kula Yoga (Kula Flow, in Tribeca and Williamsburg)
Elena Brower, director of Vira Yoga (Anusara, in Soho)
Barbara Verrochi and Kristin Leigh, directors of The Shala (Ashtanga and Vinyasa, in Union Square)
And for music you’ll have Bonobo, Garth Stevenson, Prasanna, Shaman’s Dream, and the Mayapuris. [I’m only familiar with Garth, he does some of the live music Fridays at Tara Glazier’s Abhaya Yoga. Stand-up bass, AMAZING for yoga.] They’re also featuring a “theatrical performance” by Jenny Zebede.
I do have to say it’s kind of hilarious that “your Wanderlust adventure” is going to take you to a designer hotel in South Beach. The call of the wild has definitely evolved.
Super late on posting this, but I wanted to share some healthy New Year’s Eve options! I’ve done yoga on NYE for the past four years (at home, in the Bahamas, and here in NYC), and it leaves you WAY less broke and hungover than the typical celebration. And if your New Year’s resolution is to do yoga, you’ve started the very first minute on the right foot.
From sweaty vinyasa to silent meditation, here are some favorite activities for the night.
Who needs some yoga-breakdance-sauna time? (Everyone.)
This Saturday, 7-10pm at Yogaworks Soho, is another session of Breakti with the superfun Anya Porter. Beginners are welcome; you’ll learn some basic yoga moves to prep the body for floor work, and then practice a slow-building breakin’ sequence or two. Relaxing in the sauna afterwards makes for a perfect Saturday night.
Staying in the city for New Year’s? Jivamukti is offering two special events with senior teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life. Sharon and David have been teaching packed classes in NYC since the seventies. They now teach internationally year-round and run teacher trainings in New York and Germany.
New Year’s Eve at Jivamukti is my fail-safe party: three hours of silent meditation, preceded by yoga and a vegetarian dinner if you’re so inclined. The spacious center is filled with calm, peaceful people. You’ll start the new year with a good clean buzz.
5 to 7 pm — Master Class with Sharon and David *
7 to 8 pm — Vegan Dinner in the Jivamuktea Café *
8 to 9 pm — Kirtan with Sanga!
9 to midnight — Mauna (FREE, open to the public)
12 to 12:30am — Chanting & New Year’s Message from Sharon and David *Price: $85 for class and dinner
This year, the festivities continue with a week of master classes. You can drop in for a single session, or book the whole week. It’s a great chance to study with a couple of New York City’s original teachers.
Spend a week studying with living masters Sharon Gannon and David Life. Energize your practice and become transformed. Each three-hour workshop will include meditation, asana, and spiritual teachings followed by a 45-minute question and answer session. Our goal is to make the event one that celebrates community and connection.
They’re also hosting a kirtan on Wednesday the 5th with Krishna Das. If you’ve never done kirtan (call-and-response chanting), he’s the one to start with. Such a beautiful voice, you’ll understand why he has groupies.
For those of us that missed last month’s screening of WAKE UP, there’s another one next Wednesday (Dec 1st) at The Alignment Center in Chelsea. Details:
The screening will be followed by Q&A discussion with the two co-directors, Jonas Elrod and Chloe Crespi, as well as Alignment Center’s Founder Omar Abrahim. Advanced tickets can be ordered at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/138872
7:00pm Wednesday, Dec 1st, 2010
The Alignment Center (120 West 28th St)
I’m going to try to make it, say hi if you see me!
Paula Tursi and the lovely people up at Reflections Yoga are having an open house on Friday, December 10th. They’re starting a new 200-hour teacher training in January, and have recently upgraded their school for a 500-hour certification as well. Friday is a great chance to meet the staff and check out the space.
5:30-6:30 Free Class with Paula 6:30-7:30 Q & A with Paula and Reflections certified teachers
Paula is an awesome teacher; she taught part of my teacher training at Atmananda, and has a supremely informed understanding of alignment and adjustments. She’s also super friendly and warm, go check out her class.
(And bookmark Reflections for your next event — it’s a gorgeous space with a full kitchen.)
I was super bummed to miss Wanderlust last year — Schuyler Grant’s yoga-plus-music festival was a genius idea. And the lineup was rock solid on both fronts: teachers included Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Doug Swenson, while musicians included Moby, Brazilian Girls, and Pretty Lights. So nice to see a yoga event that’s not just world music!
So I am really excited to hear that there are TWO Wanderlust Festivals this year. Again in Lake Tahoe, July 28–31, but also in Vermont, June 23–26. So you could even be a total groupie and go to both! (If you do, talk to me about being a remote blogger…)
A small THANK YOU to Jill Miller and her Yoga Tune Up magic — the workshops at Om Factory this week were informative, entertaining, and extremely helpful. The afternoon’s “Hip Helpers” included both massage techniques and strengthening exercises (hello, inner thighs!), while the evening’s “Breathe In, Bliss Out” ironed out my shoulders and neck (again). I slept REALLY well that night.
(It was also nice to see a bunch of old friends — Alison from Yoga Union, Brette from Yoga City, as well as Adam, Paul, Kyoko, and T’ai from Om Factory.)
If she’s ever teaching in your area, don’t think, just go. She’s re-inspired my belief in the therapeutic power of yoga. Thanks Jill!
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