I had no idea what to expect at my first Wanderlust Fest. All I knew is that all of my favorite events would be going down!
DJ Drez on the music, MC Yogi led dance parties, photography workshops, and most importantly yoga. All the yoga.
This festival was a life changer and I want to share my journey with you.
1. Barre Workshop with Barre3
My day began upon meeting the girls from Barre3. I took their Barre Workshop and it was AMAZING! The workshop totally kicked my butt! Plus I learned SO much about my body in such a short amount of time. Who knew that bridge pose could make you sweat? Or adding in a simple balance of lifting the heels while doing squats could intensify a pose so quickly? I loved every minute of it! Our bodies are incredible and the strength mine shows me everyday blows me away. Barre3 has three locations across New Orleans, you should check them out here!
2. Yoga with Chelsey Korus
Is there anything more rewarding than spending time on our mats? This was a 75 minute morning yoga class featuring DJ Drez, MC Yogi and the lovely Chelsey Korus leading an awesome class! She repeated these words throughout the class:
“These are not mine. These words are not mine.”
This beautiful meditation had me diving deep into my practice, because what is actually ours? Do our words represent us? Are they attached to us? Or did this meditation mean the stories that our minds tell us? Those two simple sentences can have us diving deep into waves too high to swim, but that’s when our practice comes in. Our yoga practices keeps us afloat. It teaches us that we are exactly what we are. We are not the words we tell ourselves and we are not the words society tells us to be. So the words are not ours. Detach yourself from them and set yourself free.
3. Meditation with Noah Levine
I have a high respect for Noah Levine and the work he does. He is a Buddhist who mentors refugees and teaches meditation in juvenile centers. He brings guidance and meditation to those who need it most. He spoke about suffering. His words were:
“We live in a world where suffering is normal and not suffering is radical.”
Let those words sink in for a moment.
What if we choose to not suffer? What if we choose to go after our dreams? What if we choose to let go of what is no longer serving us, in order to make room for what does? When we choose to live the radical life of not suffering, THAT is when our dreams start coming true. To learn more about Noah’s work, check out this article, Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Addiction Recovery.
I left Wanderlust Fest that day feeling full and whole within. I want that same feeling of full and whole within for you too. So I leave you with this meditation: