image courtesy Wanderlust Festival
Not all who wander are lost
Those who lust for travel, who follow a free spirit and who seek adventure are anything but lost at a Wanderlust Festival. These events are sprinkled throughout the U.S. (and Canada) and welcome yogis, bohemian spirits, and students of life. The journey from arrival to departure may only be a couple days long but the memories are rich and deep.
What is Wanderlust Festival?
Wanderlust Festival brings together an amazing group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs “for transformational retreats in the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts.”
We love yoga. We love music. We love nature. If all of these are beautiful on their own, mixing them together must be even greater!
Attending Wanderlust Festival is a trip you will want to keep secret yet tell the whole world about. So what’s it like on the other side? We asked Gina Caputo (aka Yogini on the Loose) to dish on her experience as a yoga instructor at Wanderlust with a little Q&A.
How many years have you been teaching at the Wanderlust Festivals?
I’ve been attending since the first year at Squaw (2009) and was fortunate to assist Shiva Rea
there for multiple years. I came on as a teacher three years ago in Colorado at Copper Mountain and am so grateful this year to teach at almost every phenomenal location!
Describe the vibe of Wanderlust?
In general, let’s just say the vibe is "celebratory". People are so quick to smile, talk to strangers and have this expansive and fun experience together. But I also notice the subtle differences in locations. For example, at Snowshoe, West Virginia, people just seemed so grateful to us for being there and expanding their horizons. In Colorado, it feels very laid back, intimate and natural, while Whistler feels vast and the people are super polite. Squaw Valley
is, well, a party! Between pool parties at high camp and the music lineup and more outdoor venues, Squaw just goes off.
Squaw Valley - courtesy Wanderlust Festival
Wanderlust Festival is expanding to more cities… what is it about yoga and music?
I have a theory that with the right music, you can do anything. So it makes sense that something that expands your capacity to do anything, like yoga, and something to support your capacity to do anything, like music, should be together. Music contributes to what’s called “bhava” or the vibe, the general mood. So the music lends itself to shaping an environment where people feel lively and celebratory. The festivals
are a great way to break routine and just celebrate life and the people we share it with.
Why do people go to Wanderlust? What can a first timer expect?
Some people go to Wanderlust primarily to practice with teachers that they wouldn’t normally have easy access to, others go to experience new teachers, new styles, new experiences and meet new like-minded folks. Others go for the incredible marriage of yoga, music and nature because those represent their three favorite things!
A first-timer can expect a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of variety stylistically and philosophically, exposure to new perspectives and really, really good nights of sleep because you’ll be 108% tuckered out at the end of these glorious, full days of fun.
Snowmass Festival - courtesy Wanderlust Festival
What are your top 3 tips for Wanderlusters?
- Balance your schedule - instead of 4 power classes each day, mix it up so you sustain your appetite and capacity for the whole day. Connect with your favorite known teachers and experience someone new to you each day.
- Mingle! I’ve met some of the most phenomenal people by just chatting up the people next to me whether it's before a class, on a hike, in the Vendor area or at the Farm To Table dinner. Introduce yourself everywhere.
- Dance to the music. One of my best remedies for a tired body is to boogie. Don’t miss the music acts - sometimes there’s an amazing gem of an artist or band playing at an odd hour or opening for the headliners. How does that saying go? “You can sleep when you’re dead?”
What do you love most about Wanderlust?
Ooh that’s a tough one! The residual feeling I always have afterwards is one of gratitude for the people that showed up for my classes with eyes bright and minds open. So I’d have to say what I love most is having the opportunity to teach people I might not otherwise meet, and share breath, laughs and hugs together. It's a gift!
More about Gina Caputo: Gina's passionate and inspirational style of teaching is called Integrated Vinyasa which emphasizes the fusion of alignment and flow, anatomy and energetics, focus and release, work and play. She is an inspiring, empathetic teacher known for her clear and playful style of encouraging you to fearlessly navigate your edge, open your heart and boldly dive in! She is driven by the recognition that embodied, creative movement and self-exploration are essential methods of conscious evolution and discovering one's limitless potential! Visit www.ginacaputo.com for more on this Yogini on the Loose.
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