Posts Tagged ‘Wanderlust’

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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Day 34 Lake Tahoe-Wanderlust-John Friend

After leavin’ our most exciting Power “Om” class this morning, the YoYo’s heard… “All we are saaaayin’, is Give Peace a Chance”, wafting in the air from hundreds of yogis who, on this closing day of Wanderlust; the all yoga, all music…all the time festival, had just finished one of their back to back classes with the universal message of peace, love and happiness. Peace signs, tie dye, leather stuff and a virtual all day group hug permeated this “why can’t we just live like this?” festival.

Wanderlustin' Yogis

Wanderlustin' Yogis

AcroYogis Extrodinaire

AcroYogis Extrodinaire

Following the melodic lyrics of the smilin’ faced yogis over to a rocky “field of gold”, the Yogis threw down their “glad we have the guaranteed for life” Manduka, far away from the massive stage separated by shiny happy yogis holdin’ hands.  Here, we waited patiently for our most anticipated class with John Friend.

Not so fast Yo Yo’s… here comes the party!  MC Yogi jumped on stage and fired up this “ready to rip it crowd” with the “Hanuman, the Monkey God” rap, accompanied by flyin’ acro-yogis in gold lame’, hula hoopers-hoopin’ on their heads and outrageously fun yogi wear on outrageously fun yogis.  Just burnin’ it up on this hot day…  John Friend joined this groovin’ group on stage.

John Friend

John Friend

Summin’ it all up in one sentence, John joyously began by explaining that alignment and continual practice will make your body strong…but it is through love and devotion that yoga becomes spiritual…(loosely translated by a YoYo).  When the YoYo’s, who communicate in paragraphs the size of The Bible, hear something so simply beautiful…well, we connected and melted into that rock bed and had the best “under the sun” practice of our life.  Bliss, devotion, authenticity and pure love come to mind when we think of what John Friend brought to this heart-opening practice magnificently accompanied by Jai Uttal.

Wrappin’ up the practice, Jai Uttal, busted out his spiritual music into a dancin,’ singin’ yogi fest unlike anything ever witness by these two YoYo’s.  We’re pretty sure that if you live in North America, you most likely heard the song, and felt joy that was comin’ from the mountains today!

Wanderlust 2010- count us in!


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