Wanderlust Wednesday: from Ohio to Snowmass!


Photo by: Sasha Juliard

I’ve returned to Ohio from a fantastical experience of Wanderlust Aspen Snowmass and feel so full.  Presenting the Elemental Cleanse was, of course, a thrill, but even more thrilling was the gift of participation.  I fell in love, again, with yoga.  The diversity at Wanderlust is incredible.  I experienced everything from the bliss of a sweat drenching rock explosion with Johnny Kest to a magical tear inducing meditation with Kundalini legend Gurmukh.  Polarized by the extremes of the practices, yet realizing a greater message of empowerment and success exuding from all the teachers presenting there.

I don’t know, I guess presenting at a festival like Wanderlust could go to your head, but I’ve always been the person to simply tackle a project and move on.  It’s part of the reason I started practicing yoga, to learn how to navigate my mind, honor myself, and love myself.  I’m still working on patting myself on the back and accepting compliments.  I’m still working on releasing my need to be perfect.  If yoga does nothing else for you but allow you to see yourself and accept yourself in a new light of success, I think it’s done it’s job.

 Wanderlust  left me thinking a lot about what success means and how I how this classically conservative Midwestern meat and potatoes girl has become modestly successful in the spiritual industry of yoga allowing me to do what I love for a living.  Here are my rules for success.

unnamed-1Know what you want to be when you grow up. Living the life of your dreams is quite practical.  Simply know what you want.  Dream it, envision it, and live it.

Avoid the corners. The box is broken.  Live in a bubble of your own creation.

Be okay with adversity. If everyone likes you, you are not innovating or leading.  Worse yet, you’ve surrounded yourself with people who are not challenging you to grow.

Fail often and daily if possible. If you aren’t failing, you aren’t learning.  I know it’s scary, but you will get used to it.

Work hard every day, but let your work be your joy. It was Yogananda who professed work to be the finest form of meditation.  Lose yourself in it.

Share your knowledge, your time, and your wealth.  Give freely and often.


unnamedPamela Quinn is the founder of Elemental OM, the author of “The Elemental Cleanse,” a teacher of Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Ayurveda.  She has dedicated her life to helping yogis fully and completely embrace the yogic lifestyle.  You can learn more from Pamela at www.elementalom.com or simply email questions to Pamela@elementalom.com.  Pamela is socially connected through Facebook at www.facebook.com/pameladquinn


Wanderlust Wednesdays with Andrea Marcum. Lusting out Loud: How to Get Your Wanderlust On!

1415479_6635654_lzI am super stoked to be on the lineup at Wanderlust Festival Aspen this year! Once you’re all registered-up and ready to wander with me, I’ve got a few pre-festival tips for you, my fellow Lust-ers:

#1 Stretch out! Taste the myriad offerings on the schedule menu. Never been on a paddleboard? Perfect, here’s your chance! From hooping to hiking, slackline to speakeasy, meditation to music – there are so many inspiring experiences to slip in between sun salutations… not to mention Winederlust and Farm To Table once you’ve rolled up your mat for the day. It’s so much fun to mix it up and build your unique itinerary! I’ve spent days just gazing at all the options, and wishing I could be about five people at once.

images-1#2 Sunblock, snacks and something warm… Nobody enjoys a sunburned savasana, so have your UV protection handy during your festival fun. Tuck a few snacks into your mat bag. You’re likely to be on the move and in need of some fast fuel between chaturangas. Have your hydration handy too. (There will be rad booths to visit with all sorts of products to try when you have time to peruse.) Whether it’s the air conditioning on the plane or in the hotel, or a chilly night under the stars, it’s much better to have than to have not when it comes to something warm to wear. When I went to Oahu last year, I brought not one long sleeve. The North Shore winds kicked up, and the bikini, sports bras and Wunder Unders I’d brought didn’t quite cut it… not even when I put them all on at the same time.

#3 Pack your open mind. Wanderlust is about adventure, not agenda If you wander in expecting every class to be just like the one you take at home, or have decided the weekend will only be a success if you master that fancypants arm balance you’ve been trying to conquer, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Wanderlust is an opportunity to take a different path and end up somewhere new. When we become bendy in new directions, we’re much more likely to find our True North.

#4 Put on your Mala beads and dance! Rock your Adventure Freedom Friendship Healing Heart Chakra Love Motherhood New Beginnings Potential & Strengthwearing your Tiny Devotions reminder! Putting on our mala is a bit like setting an intention. Every stone has a different energetic quality, resonating with specific aspects of our self and our surroundings.

Whether you’re coming to Aspen, heading to Vermont or globe trotting to any of the other exciting Wanderlust locations, here’s to Lusting Out Loud, mala, mind, body and soul!

entry-96-andrea_marcum_1Andrea Marcum is a Tiny Devotions Ambassador, Owner of U Studio in Los Angeles, and contributor to Mantra and Origin Magazine. See what she’s been up to below!

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