Wanderlust Wednesday: 5 Things Wanderlust Taught Me About LIFE

 wheelBe open to possibility
I bought my very first wanderlust ticket on trust; not knowing how I was going to get there, who I was going to go with, or where I was staying. I just had a goal to go to a yoga festival and Wanderlust Squaw Valley was the one I picked! “Yoga, Music, Nature” – I had to go.  I am usually one to plan, research, figure things out, have everything organized, and know exactly what I am doing before I pull any triggers or spend money.  I like to be organized and prepared. Spending $400 on a festival ticket without doing any of that stuff was a leap of faith and totally put me out of my comfort zone. I put trust in the universe and trust in myself that I was going to figure it out because gosh dang it, I was crossing that goal off my list! That was over two years ago. I have now been to five Wanderlust Festivals and taught at three of them, all because I was open to possibility.

Go with the flow
I was teaching Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga in Chicago when I went to Wanderlust at Squaw Valley. There were only three SUP Yoga classes available and they were all filled up when I went to register for my classes. I was so bummed and disappointed. When I got to the festival, one of the amazing people I met there had registered for one of the classes.  She was driving separately instead of taking the shuttle and told me she would drive me and we should go to see if maybe they would have an extra board or perhaps there would be a no show. I was open to possibility at that point so decided to give it a shot. Sure enough, a board became available to me and I took an amazing class and met the BOGA YOGA team.  I am now an ambassador for them and have met even more amazing people because of them. You just never know who you will meet or where life will take you.

185468_404376236290101_467372491_nYou’re not alone
The Wanderlust festivals are as much about yoga as they are about community. This, in my option, makes total sense because yoga is union and connection; thus, how could it not also be about community. Walking around the festivals, I always feel at home in a faraway place.  I’ve found myself saying, “See, there are other people who are just as crazy about yoga, recycling, healthy eating, and stretchy pants as you are.” I’m from Chicago where there’s a big yoga community but at the festival it’s a whole new level. At Wanderlust, I’ve always felt it was very easy to talk to and feel a connection to someone you’ve never met before and I’m usually an introvert!

Connect to the real life
The first time I taught at a Wanderlust Festival, it was in Whistler, Canada.  This meant that I was going to be charged out the wazoo if I used my phone much at all. I limited my usage to when I could connect to wifi (which wasn’t often). I was working and traveling with Canadians so felt safe and didn’t need to use my phone much to get a hold of people. During down times though, I found myself instinctively grabbing for it to delete unwanted emails, check social media, give my hands and eyes something to do or feed the need to be connected. I had to stop and actively tell myself that I could totally get connected to all the beauty, people, and nature around me.  Phones may give us a world of information at our finger tips but nothing beats the real life of people watching and mountains around you.  Why wouldn’t I soak up every moment in beautiful Whistler, Canada?

Follow your own compass
Everyone’s experience of the festival is different.  Some people go mainly to do yoga, others go to relax, and others are primarily there for the music and night scene. There are so many classes and opportunities, you can catch the FOMO (fear of missing out) bug. I know I did at several of the festivals I’ve been to.  Go with your gut, listen to your body and follow what opportunities speak to you. “Find your true north.” Remember be open to possibility, go with the flow, you’re not alone and connect to the real life!

kla yoga headshot (2) (532x800)Once a dancer, now Certified Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, Food Blogger, Photographer and over all mind/body/soul health enthusiast, Katarina Arneri? has a love and passion for teaching and health.  Based out of Chicago, she specializes in stress management, digestive health care, and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. She was the first to bring S.U.P. Yoga to Chicago in 2011 and is an ambassador for BOGA.  She travels the US to teach S.U.P. Yoga and lead S.U.P. Yoga Teacher Trainings. Katarina believes you don’t find a happy healthy life, you create one. What steps are you taking today to create yours? 

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Wanderlust Wednesdays: How to Prep for an Epic Adventure with Katie Brauer!

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1.Get your tickets (don’t worry if all your friends are coming up with excuses of why they cant make it, book anyway, new lifelong friends await you!)

2.Book your accommodation, get close to the action, but not too close. You want to be close enough that you can nick back to your room throughout the day if needed (to change out of sweaty clothes after an incredible heart thumping ecstatic dance or go take a nap after a hike in the mountains and absorb your day for far, before hiting the afternoon/evening festivities. Beware not to get too close to the action as it can be noisy at night. Ask people that have attended before and find out where they stayed and if they would stay there again. Book it, book it now.

wanderlust-farm-to-table-dinner3.Book your Farm to Table Dinner (this sells out quickly and is offered at most, if not all of the Wanderlust Festivals). You will be sorry if you don’t, bc they are always the talk of the town. Amazing delicious food and wine, great connection and conversation and above all you are supporting the local farming communities making this a must. (Again, do not fret about booking this solo, you will meet others and have a blast. One of my all time favorite memories was coming down the hill in the gondola at Tahoe with Steve Gold amongst the 80 people on board with his guitar. He started jamming and the entire gondola was dancing and screaming at the top of their lungs. You never know when a golden wanderlust experience is about to hit, so be open, receptive and let if flow).

4.Now the Yoga – look at the schedule. See who pops out and what teachers you definitely cant live without. Rather than scheduling 3 classes a day, book into 1 or 2 and go with the flow for the rest. I have run into way too many people that are “stressed out” bc they are running from one thing to the next, with out any opportunity to enjoy and soak in. Chill. Trust that you will get where you are meant to go and the rest is in the flow. Choose at least one person on the schedule that you have never heard of, Wanderlust is full of hidden gems beyond the big names and some of my favorite experiences have been with teachers that have not been on the cover of magazines or in the lime light.

5.Go on a hike (or do one of the activities that’s offered and exclusive to the Wanderlust you are attending. It is great to mix it up.

Unknown6.Talk to strangers. While in line for a coffee or a class. There are so many incredibly amazing people that flock to Wanderlust Festival, you never know who you may meet. I remember having a conversation with Jeff Krasno the founder of Wanderlust Festival about this topic. He said he gets an overwhelming amount of emails, and feedback about people meeting their soul mate, best friend, business partner etc at Wanderlust. It is a mecca for awesome!

7.Pack for several changes of clothes and be sure to include a swimsuit – you never know where the day or night may take you. It could include a poolside party with acro yogis and live dj’s or a private house party with a hot tub and live drummers.

8.No matter what your dietary requirements, Wanderlust Festival has vendors to meet your every need, so nourishing your body is covered.

9.Pack sunscreen, hiking shoes, and an open attitude.

10.Relax, enjoy the music and performers as well as the teachers and informers, connect and enjoy.

IMG_2142Katie Brauer is an International Yoga Teacher, Inspirational Speaker and Director of Yoga Programming and Teacher Trainings for Yoga Six based in San Diego, California.  

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Our Top Ten Must-Haves for a Bohemian Long Weekend!

TinyDevotionsFestivalTrend1It’s almost summer time, and with the magic of long weekends fast approaching, we just had to catch up with our favourite gypsy babes to ask them what their top ten must-haves are for the first long weekend of the season! Here’s what Tiny Devotions ambassadors Erin and Ashley Ward Williams shared with the bohemian babes at headquarters about May long weekend.

Our Top Ten Bohemian Must-Haves for the First Long Weekend of the Summer:

1. Tabula Rasa Mala – Of course, you’ve got to have your favorite mala! We love the Tabula Rasa mala for this time of the year. The Yellow Jade and Citrine stones mimic the warmth of the summer sunshine. Their protective energies support you in doing new, bold and beautiful things this long weekend!

2.     Flash Tattoos – An expression of bold, metallic and boho. These temporary, non-toxic tattoos invoke a sense of freedom when they sparkle in the shimmery sunlight.

tinydevsingle33.     Messenger Bag – An easy over the shoulder throw is standard for days and nights out on an adventure.

4.     Vintage Anklet – “On my trip to India I picked up this gorgeous dangly anklet at a local market. Little tiny bells give a jingle noise as you frolic and play!” Keep it fun and expressive.

5.     Loose Fitting Tee’s – Light fabric and billowy styles keep it casual, yet feminine for the gypsy boho gal.

6.     Festival Shorties – Think cute, high-wasted denim shorts. Floral-printed fabric is back too!

7.     Picnic – Explore a local market for fresh finds or pack some yummy kale salad, watermelon, green juice and energy balls. Grab a blanket, a basket and find the perfect spot to enjoy with good company.

8.     Your Fave Yoga Pose – “My handstand work has finally paid off and I can’t wait to handstand everywhere – fresh grass, street-side, a public display of asana!” Try an outdoor yoga class or a sit quietly in nature for a grounding meditation.

9.     A Sense of Whimsy – Tap into your carefree side and be spontaneous for a day, open to taking in new sights, sounds, meeting new people. Go somewhere you’ve never gone before and take curiosity with you! You never know where the path could take you…

10. Your BFF – This is a kickoff to the summer season so grab your bestie and travel somewhere – near or far, grab a dandelion and make a wish, rest, relax, play and be in awe of this beautiful life <3


Pssst… Do you have a bestie that you can’t wait to kick off the summer with? Tell us all about her and her boho ways in the comments above;)

Erin and Ashley Ward Williams are the proud owners of Country Zen Yoga who are dedicated to spreading joy and love around the world. They are Tiny Devotions ambassadors and serious goddesses.

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