Almost a year ago I was told by medical professionals that I had to take a break from yoga due to issues with my ribs. After seeing a physiotherapist once a week and always working on my strength, I felt like I was ready to try yoga again. What perfect timing because Wanderlust Whistler was in my backyard. After spending the weekend camping at Driftwood Bay with friends, I used my extra day off to explore the festival. My friend, Tara, is into yoga so we wanderlusted together. So, what you need to know is that this is not a cheap festival. We bought a pass ($100) for Monday, august 4th and that got us 3 classes/workshops.
Together we planned out our day and decided to be there at 7:30am so we could ease into our journey. We got our tickets, schedule/map and a beautiful bracelet. We made our way to a room called The Mothership (sponsored by Kashi) and claimed our spots. A former coworker (from around 2005-06) would always rave about an instructor by the name of Janet Stone. Almost 10 year later I was finally able to take a class from her and WOW! The class was called Rhythm and Devotion and was 90 minutes, starting at 8am. We moved to our own rhythms. We danced with our own souls. We danced with other yogis. We connected with ourselves. This was BY FAR the best yoga class I have ever been to and I’ve been into yoga since around 2005. She has a magical way of guiding us through the practice while DJ HyFy played tunes. At one point we were having a mega dance party and we were coated in sweat….and this all happened before 10am.
We took a break to have breakfast and shop and there were many beautiful things for sale. I ended up with a new shirt!
After much debate we decided to go up Whistler mountain after our noon class. This was with Pradeep Teotia and it was called “Relax, Reset, Rejuvenate,” and although it was mellow-ish it was still very hard. He was really funny and deeply knowledge. After this 90 minute class the plan was to head right to another 90 minute class but our sweat drenched skin and open hips told us otherwise. We decided to head up the mountain for lunch, wineasana and to take some pictures.
It was a good decision to call it quits after 3 hours of yoga because on Tuesday my body was very sore….in a good way. This was a super awesome day and inspired me to continue with my practice. I guess you can say that this weekend reignited my lust for yoga.