WoW…where do I start?! I have to admit that I had known about these Wanderlust festivals and events for awhile. I was looking for some content to add to Adventure Some Women that the community may be interested in and I posted the Philly event. Thanks to some constant inspiration from some other members, I signed up and am really glad I did!
Wanderlust 108 labels itself as a “mindful tri” where you can run or walk a 5k, do 90 minutes of yoga and 30 minutes of meditation. You can also pick a fourth tribe activity to do. The welcoming vibe was so rad! The message that was spread throughout the event made you feel good about yourself, radiating this loving light from you, and in turn touching others. I was stoked, I was feeling euphoric, I was wanting to give everyone my most genuine smile…and then Yoga Pants Envy (YPE) crept in!
What is yoga pants envy? Oh, you know, YES, you know! However, for those of you that don’t want to admit it, YPE is a state of being where a female walks by that looks as if she does yoga 8 hours a day because no one’s booty “just” looks like that! And you’re like, “Oh, my God, Becky…” followed by thoughts such as: I wish my butt looked like that, she probably has a hard time finding pants with such a butt and a little waist, how come her butt is so perky?
We arrived at 720am and the first leg of the tri wasn’t commencing until 9am. So, that gave us time to peruse the vendors and their products they had to offer. I was more interested in the vendors that offered food giving me a respite from my YPE problem. Although, the best vendors were the ones that gave back to the community through their products.
Have you heard of Krave beef jerky? They’re a supporter of the US Olympics and their products are all natural. You can call them a gourmet beef jerky with flavors such as Black Cherry BBQ pork. They’re also coming out with a meat bar soon! Of course, the rep called it something different, but I sum it up to being a meat bar…yum, right?! I think if I go low carb, maybe that will cure me of YPE by giving me some junk in my trunk and not in my thighs? TeaTree was there and they were promoting a reforestation program. To participate go to http://www.reforestaction.com and use code TEATREE16 to plant your free tree! My fave vendor was Health-Ade Kombucha. Kombucha is a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria, which is great for your gut health. My first go at Kombucha left me feeling wanting and I decided I could be healthy in other ways. However, believe me, Health-Ade changed my view and I will be buying the lemonade ginger flavor regularly. They also support Girls on the Run, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Health-Ade was having people write inspirational cards to these girls in exchange for a free bottle of their kombucha.
The 5k turned out to be a loop and as participants started to pass each other on the return, high fives, smiles, and “woohoos” abounded! Everyone was just so stoked to be here! Conversations with strangers on the journey would pop up and it never felt like small talk. There was an estimate of 2,000 people on the lawn waiting to do yoga at 1130. Colorful mats, as well as people, were spread out far and wide as bass filled electronica jammed in our ears. MC Yogi was on point when it came to having us connect with our neighbors. He had us doing yoga poses where we became a sea of undulating waves proliferated with smiling faces, literally. A mosh pit of happy people rushed the stage for free swag (of course I was up there!) and not a person got trampled. Connections, though sometimes fleeting, were made and shared in our memories.
As the 90 minutes of yoga came to an end, myself, along with 2,000 neighbors, lay on our mats in savasana and a gentle rain began to fall. I knew I wasn’t going to stay for the meditation portion, so I soaked up my savasana with all the sensations around me. The smell of the grass, the simplicity of my breath, the sound of the plane flying overhead, the gentle touch of the rain, the caress of just “being”…and did you notice I hadn’t mentioned YPE in awhile? I think I’m cured…namaste. 🙂
Much love and Aloha,
your peaceful clueless wanderer