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Day 33 Lake Tahoe-Wanderlust-Jai Uttal & Shiva Rea

It was seemingly light years away when we first heard the “far-fetched” idea for a  rockin’ yoga and indie music happenin’ that was to be in the famous Olympic Village at Squaw Valley; a high rise, high price,  Mecca for dynamic escapees,  but now… Wanderlust was finally here, and the YoYo’s were fired-up!

Jai Uttal

Jai Uttal

Hearing the pulsing sound of world music upon entering this renowned village just before sunset on openin’ night, we went in search of the celebrated kirtan artist, Jai Uttal and his band of outrageous rhythm makers. Set in an open air tent the size of Canada, we left our flip flops in the mound of thousands and peeked in to find Woodstock revisited. Yogis’ singin’….yogis dancin’… it was the, “Summer of Love”, turned yogi partyin’, as soon as Shinnin’ Shiva appeared on stage and led this keyed-up crowd into ½ hour of her signature “churn”.  Too cool, MC Yogi seemingly appeared out of nowhere and busted it out into a full-on, full-out yogi disco rave.  Shiva still in the house, took to ecstatically dancin’ with Jai Uttal’s world musicians and zillions of trance dancin’ yogis… Yo! What a night.

Ecstatic Dancin' Yogis

Ecstatic Dancin' Yogis

The recovering YoYo’s arrived at the butt crack of dawn to set up the “mind-bogglin’” YoYo Yogi  banners ; displaying’ the hottest studios and teachers in the Pacific Northwest and to get a triple iced Americano to start off this super hot Northern California weekend.  After all, today we had the real deal 1 ½ hour, under the sun class with the queen of last night’s yogi dance, Shiva Rea.

Shiva Rea

Shiva Rea

The always arrivin’ early YoYo’s, found a perfect spot in front of the huge stage as the next 800 yogis found spaces intimately close on the right, left, front and back of the, “we are so ready for this” YoYo’s.  Shiva, backed by a full rock band, opened by loosening up everyone by just feelin’ the music and then began the most body-loosenin,’ mind-openin,’ “meet your neighbor” flow  that encompassed a complete 180 degree view of the surrounding  jaw-droppin’, alpine  beauty.  When Jai Uttal joined Shiva on stage and sang his gentle music during savasana…the YoYo’s closed their eyes and just thanked God for “far-fetched” ideas.


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