6 Tips for Navigating Wanderlust Yoga Festival

Yogis, start your engines.

A slew of North Amer­i­can cities are host­ing their own iter­a­tion of the Wan­der­lust Yoga Fes­ti­val — and many more cities will con­tin­ue to host events into the win­ter sea­son.

Tout­ed as ‘an adven­ture for the mind, body and soul’, Wan­der­lust Yoga Fes­ti­vals are a cel­e­bra­tion of all things yoga, fea­tur­ing class­es for all shapes and sizes, celebri­ty yoga teach­ers, con­certs, and speak­er ses­sions. There’s a lot to do at each festival—so much, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start.

Whether you plan on hit­ting up Wan­der­lust Squaw Val­ley in Cal­i­for­nia, Wan­der­lust Trem­blant in Que­bec, or Wan­der­lust Brook­lyn in New York—or any of the oth­er events—follow this guide to get start­ed.

Try Some­thing New
Wan­der­lust is the per­fect envi­ron­ment to step out of your com­fort zone. Take the oppor­tu­ni­ty to try some­thing new—chances are, you won’t be the only one test­ing it out for the first time. Seek out class­es that aren’t offered in your area—like aer­i­al yoga or slack line yoga—and be hum­bled by the chal­lenges that are pre­sent­ed.

Seek out Ris­ing and Renowned Teach­ers
Eoin Finn. Seane Corn. Ele­na Brow­er. It seems a lit­tle odd to com­bine the words ‘yoga’ and ‘celebri­ty’, but there are def­i­nite­ly some well-known teach­ers in yoga cul­ture, and each Wan­der­lust fes­ti­val fea­tures a few big names. That said, keep your eye out for the ris­ing stars, too. Less­er known teach­ers can offer incred­i­ble prac­tices, often with small­er class­es and more hands-on inter­ac­tion. Start by check­ing out class­es host­ed by teach­ers who live in the host town—they’re often the pick of the local crop!

Two Birds, One StoneWanderlust
Wan­der­lust fes­ti­vals all share one thing in com­mon: they’re held in spec­tac­u­lar loca­tions. Make the most of your retreat by par­tic­i­pat­ing in out­door class­es and oth­er activities—like hikes, bike rides, con­certs and discussions—that will let you take in the sur­round­ings.

Open Your Mind
Any­one who prac­tices yoga knows that keep­ing an open mind and push­ing judg­ment to the curb is a sure­fire way to get the most out of a prac­tice. Be ready to expe­ri­ence differences—as var­ied as hold­ing pos­es to dif­fer­ing yoga philoso­phies. You came to Wan­der­lust to expe­ri­ence some­thing beyond your home stu­dio, so take off your blind­ers and learn from oth­ers with dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

But Be Com­fort­able With Your Lim­its
You should always respect dif­fer­ences, but that doesn’t mean that you have to love them. Be will­ing to give things a chance, but know that it’s okay to back off if you’re not com­fort­able with a class, or if things just aren’t jiv­ing with you.

Get Orga­nized
Once you’ve set a sched­ule that achieves the bal­ance you’re aim­ing for, it’s time to get signed up. Use the online Wan­der­lust sched­uler to reg­is­ter for your desired sessions—be warned, some of them fill up quick­ly! If you don’t reg­is­ter in time, there’s always the wait­ing list.