Curtain up. Light the lights.*
Wanderlust Festival, a nationwide yoga and music bonanza and yogapop powerhouse now frolicking into its third year of festiveness, is taking up permanent residence in the blossoming yoga community of Austin, TX. Where John Friend had promised a magical mystical center in the heart of Encinitas, CA complete with workshops, concerts, a soundstage for global transmissions, all a bit premature, Wanderlust is poised with the power and cash to offer all that plus the glitz, feathers and freelovin’ of the festival on a daily basis in one contained HQ. Oh dear.
The multi-purpose 6,000-square-foot venue, a joint effort between the founders of Wanderlust Festival and Lollapalooza, hosts a yoga studio, cafe and retail boutique which is supposed to bring together “the best yoga programming and yoga instructors — both local and national — top music acts, inspirational speakers, film screenings, community gatherings and much more.” Meaning a completely overblown yoga funhouse that will capitalize on the yogapop bubble and generate loads of money. Nevermind wheeling into town elbowing other Austin yoga studios for the spotlight as if they didn’t exist (we missed the part in the marketing materials about community). [ed note: We tend be wary of the machine and The Man if you haven’t noticed.]
Color us crotchety, but anything that employs the words “unorthodox kickbutt restorative class” and studio motto “a new place to rock out, consciously” has our third eye itching. The yoga class descriptions carry varying shades of vagueness on style or lineage, as do the teacher bios; lots of lovey words about Wanderlust eclipse any useful info about where the teachers trained and what real experience they have, which we’ve noticed seems to matter less and less these days. But heyy, it’s all about the love and light mannn, and groovy playlists.
It may be too early to judge, but we’ve experienced the trippy, happy love fest that is Wanderlust, and we have to tell you it took an additional four days to shake the alternate Peter Pan reality that hooping and booty shaking has on one’s psyche. But perhaps with Anusara out as a major sponsor the kula-aid will take on a different flavor. Wanderlust LIVE opens tomorrow, Friday the 13th. We await the fantastical reviews with the antsy anticipation of a yogi post-radiant core class waiting for his açaí bowl.
Who knows? We’re eager to be pleasantly surprised. It’s show time.
*Curtain up! Light the lights!
We got nothing to hit but the heights!
I can tell, wait and see.
There’s the bell! Follow me!
And nothing’s gonna stop us ’til we’re through!
Honey, everything’s coming up roses and daffodils!
Everything’s coming up sunshine and Santa Claus!
Everything’s gonna be bright lights and lollipops!
Everything’s coming up roses for me and for you!
“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” song by Rose from the musical Gypsy