Wanderlust’s Yoga in the City & a Delicious GIVEAWAY!
Apologies for blowing up your feeds, but there was just so much cool stuff to share!
For those unfamiliar, Wanderlust Festival is a four-day yoga retreat filled with classes from the world’s top yogis, awesome music, inspiring speakers, and delicious food. This year they’re doing mountaintop retreats in Squaw Valley, Aspen, Whistler, Stratton, and Tremblant.
In anticipation of their summer getaways, they host one-day yoga festivals in big cities nationwide, and last week they came here to L.A.
I was psyched to spend my Saturday basking in the sun by the beach, soaking up rays while I did sun salutations. It was such a blast and I highly recommend you check it out next time. If you live in San Francisco, Chicago, or Philadelphia though, get ready because they’re coming your way next!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. You don’t need a yoga mat.
Although they suggest you bring your own mat, they have a humongous patch of faux grass set up, and you can just plop down and stake your territory. While most people at the event planned to be there and came prepared, a bunch of passers-by saw what was going on, and just hopped in.
2. You do need to bring sunscreen.
I checked the weather and it was supposed to be cool here, but the sun was blazing and I definitely had to reapply during the six-hour day.
3. Take it slow.
Over the course of the afternoon, there were a total of seven classes from seven teachers for about 30 minutes each. That’s a lot of yoga. If you’re a newbie (or someone who only practices a couple of times a week), it’s probably too much for you to take all of the classes.
I popped in and out of the first few classes, and stayed the entire time for the last three, and I was so sore the next day. If you go, I’d suggest picking one two-class/teacher session and sticking with that.
And don’t try to copy the Acro-Yogi’s.
One minute you’ll be flying high, the next you’ll be icing your back.
4. Come hungry.
I’m the last person to suggest that you skip a proper meal pre-exercise, but in this case, you’ll want to save room. There are so many tasty food and beverage vendors at the festival.
They were handing out scrumptious kale chips…
…they had gallons of Kombucha on tap…
…and my new favorite go-to meals from Luvo were in constant rotation.
Here’s a recap of What I Ate Wednesday at Wanderlust…
Immediately upon arriving, I headed over to the Luvo booth where they were handing out their amazing steel-cut oatmeal & quinoa with fresh fruit — it was just what I needed to fuel me for my first class.
Post-class I was hungry again, so I hit up their stand for some Cherry Tomato Flatbread. So good.
Mid-afternoon, following a particularly strenuous dance party with my friend Katy of Joy Laughter Sweat…
…I decided I deserved a treat.
These Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bars are what dreams are made of (90-calorie dreams that is).
I finished off the day by trying Ear Acu-Magnets — tiny little magnets in that go in your ear to supposedly alleviate whatever ails you.
It was strange, but also kind of cool.
And you know what, my aliment cleared up a mere 20 minutes later…
Yeah, you guessed it. I was hangry, and the situation magically cured itself.
Was it the Chicken Chili Verde…or the magnets? I guess we’ll never know.
5. It’s not just Yoga.
There’s also a ton of fun stuff, like the aforementioned ear magnets, massages, and people making flowers wreathes.
And they have a bunch of cool, local vendors with awesome jewelry…
…and funny tank tops.
It was such a great experience all around!
While I can’t teleport you back in time to the festival to enjoy this experience yourself, I may be able to hook you up in another way.
All of the fabulous Luvo meals I was consuming in the pictures are up for grabs in today’s GIVEAWAY!
Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win a month-long supply of meals. I’ll be picking 3 — that’s right THREE — lucky winners next Wednesday.
Some more info about Luvo…
- Luvo’s meals are a great choice for health-conscious people who don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Not only are they delicious, but every dish is guaranteed to have under 500 calories (usually less) with under 500 mg of sodium.
- The food comes in a patented, BPA-free steam pouch that is microwave & oven-friendly, and doesn’t give off nasty chemicals when cooked like some other frozen meals. The packaging is also recyclable!
- All of the meat is antibiotic and hormone free, and the food is organic when possible. Their products don’t contain any artificial flavors or coloring, preservatives, high-fructose syrup, or hydrogenated fats.
- Luvo’s great-tasting, nutritious meals and desserts are available locally at various Whole Foods, Von’s, Bristol Farms and Ralphs. Check out their store locator here to find a store near you, or order them online via Amazon or HSN.
*A big thanks to Luvo for inviting to me WanderlustFest, hosting this giveaway, and hooking me up with their delicious meals. While I was compensated for this post, I truly believe in this product and all opinions are my own.