As result of our “Find your Adventure” giveaway, Nuun Hydration sent one lucky ambassador (and friend) to Wanderlust Whistler 2018. We were so excited to hand over passes for a long weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation to Kate Gayton! Below is Kate’s Wanderlust Whistler diary:
Yoga, active recovery and setting asides some quiet time to decompress have always been an integral part of my training, and life in general. So to immerse myself and learn more teachings for 4 solid days at Wanderlust Whistler was a fantastic opportunity. Wanderlust’s mission is to find your true north, and after returning home to the beautiful Whistler, BC from 6 months of travelling and riding bikes and hiking most days it was also very welcomed by my body. Furthermore, my adventure buddy Nina would be joining me, so I was looking forward to some quality time with her.
We started the festival with Organizing Chaos, a Posture Lab with Derek Cook. Derek's martial arts background made for a nerd fest in anatomy and I couldn’t get enough of his teachings. The class took a methodical and layered approach to unpacking some key poses.
Next up was Soul Flow: Hip Opener and the Blues with Gina Caputo. I have really tight hips and related issues, so an hour and a half concentration, release, and learning was incredible. The class was held to soul-stirring blues music and the beat was a welcome difference.
Our third class of the day was How To Know If Your Meditation is Really Working held by Light Watkins. Here we learnt how to optimize the efficiency of our practice and why meditation is one of the most effective stress-busters known to man.
We finished the day with Amplified Yoga with Donovan McGarth and DJ Jesse Blake on the decks with some deep house beats. Donovan lead a traditional yoga practice delivered in a contemporary way
By the end of day 1 we were educated, stretched and relaxed, and stoked for the next 3 days ahead of us.
We started the day with an early Style and Flow: AcroYoga Transitions class by Daniel Scott and Lauren Matters. Moving slowly between poses we learnt some interesting perspectives on how to connect the dots.
For the afternoon, it was time to get back outdoors, so we joined the Forest Therapy classes lead by Maeve Jones and went for a short and scenic jaunt to fill up on the goodness of nature of the Pacific North West.
We finished the day with an open practice held by DJ Drez on the decks and worked on everything we had learnt so far.
We started the day mountain top with the beautiful backdrop of the Whistler and Blackcomb peaks at the Get Woke classes led by Alex Dawson with Samuel J performing a unique and soul sound bath. Alex’s vinyasa practice took a deep dive and brought chanting of bija mantras to our flow.
After a few days on lower heart rates, Nina and I took advantage of being up on the mountain tops and headed out for a beautiful run along the high note trail off Whistler Peak followed by a mountaintop lunch.
For our final class of the day we kept the increased heart rate theme going at Noah Maze’s 3..2..1..Lift off class. Full of arm balance poses and core work this class kicked our butts, but we managed some poses we never dream of been able to do and got a great sense of achievement.
Luckily, we started our final day undoing some of the damage we did trying the new stuff the afternoon before with Derek Cook’s RADical transformation class. We started with some soulful slow flow before hitting the deck with some RADical self-bodywork tools and worked on some demons.
Sticking on the rejuvenation theme, we next attended Seane Corn’s The Morning After. This slow, deep but light vinyasa flow class, incorporated asana and the nourishing restorative practice brought some balance to our systems.
After checking out the different stores and products on display for the festival we finished our weekend outside with hundreds of others for Chelsey Korus’s Unshakeable class. Using the mountain as the inspiration for this flow class we focused on strength and stability whilst feeling rooted to the earth.
After exploring a wide range of yoga styles and practices it was time to go back to ‘real life’ but now equipped with lots of learnings and rejuvenated. What a fantastic experience!
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