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The Perks of Being a Wayfarer

This past weekend was Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass. It was incredible. Before I left for the festival, I wrote this article for Elevation Outdoor about what I was most excited about:

Five Things to Get Excited About at Wanderlust

I’m a Wanderlust Wayfarer. It’s a hard title to say quickly, but basically it means I’m a community connector for Wanderlust-AliK4Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass. It’s a pretty great job.

Wanderlust is a yogi’s dream: Set in beautiful locations around the world, it draws leading yoga instructors, incredible DJs and bands, and some of the best food and wine around. It’s an indulgent treat to feed the body and soul for a weekend in nature.

In Colorado, we’re celebrating Wanderlust in Aspen-Snowmass July 3-6. Our regional team of 19 Wayfarers has been creating the buzz for this event all year from as close as Boulder and Denver to as far away as Albuquerque, Austin and Chicago. As Wayfarers, we serve as community ambassadors for the festival. We get excited about yoga. We put on events for our community. We connect with studios. We do a lot of handstands.

Here in Boulder, the Wayfarers put on a free pre-Wanderlust class at Yoga Loft Boulder last month with great people, good food, and three free Wanderlust passes we raffled off to our community. It’s a beautiful way to make a yogi’s day.

There’s a lot to get excited about for this weekend, but here are my top five things to look forward to at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass:

1. July 4th in Aspen-Snowmass. We’ll celebrate USA’s 238th birthday in mountain style. After playing in the sun, practicing yoga with master instructors and enjoying Winederlust (local wine and beer tastings), hop on the free shuttle from Snowmass into Aspen to watch fireworks with 20,000 of your closest friends and neighbors. If you’re like the Wayfarers, fireworks will put you in the mood to dance: enjoy the beats of DJ Drez and DJ HyFi afterwards!

Wanderlust-AliK12. Get outside. Take a chairlift up to play in the water on Stand Up Paddleboards. Or better, try some SUP yoga with one of the guided classes. Not quite your speed? Take on the rapids with a guided rafting adventure or hang out for the pool parties with live music and DJs.

Snowmass is a town of only 25 square miles, but boasts over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails. Take off on your own or join a guided hike, run or bike that might just include some high-altitude yoga, meditation or live music.

When you find yourself in the village with a little downtime, head over to Rue Boheme, an outdoor music festival with performances and encouraged dancing all day long.

3. Try something new. Yogis of all levels are welcome to Wanderlust, and there’s something new for everyone. Get upside down for the first time in an inversion workshop. Fly for the first time in acro yoga. Dance like a warrior in Capoeira. Move like a ninja in Budokon. Learn to take better care in Ayurveda workshops. Bro out with yoga for guys. Let the whole thing wash over you with a gong meditation. Want to be part of a Bollywood flash mob? It’s going to happen.

4. Listen to the music. We’re talking shows every night. DJ Drez, MC Yogi, DJ HyFi, DJ Bhakti Styler, HANNAH, Jurassic 5, Jeff Liffman, and Nahko, just to name a few. If that’s not enough, most of these artists will be performing in yoga classes throughout the weekend as well.

The pièce de résistance is the Wanderlust Spectacular. Thursday night’s performance features HANNAH, DJ Drez and MC Yogi grooving with seven yoga instructors and the Yoga Slackers for a Cirque de Soleil-type event that tells the story of Finding Your True North at Wanderlust.

5. Eat, drink, repeat. In between classes, check out the Food Co-Op, including Bombay Station, Divine Foods and Windy City Eats.

If you’re more interested in the boozy side of the local scene, try Winederlust. Taste local, organic and biodynamic wines and beers paired with cheeses and local hors d’oeuvres with your new yoga friends.

On Saturday, the Wanderlust community will gather for a Farm to Table dinner. All provided by local farms and put together by fine-dining chefs, this dinner will be a beautiful blend of all things Wanderlust.

 

Original article at Elevation Outdoors.

Photos by Ali Kaukas

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