Wanderlust: The largest yoga festival in the world returns to Squaw Valley on July 20-23 – California News

Wanderlust: The largest yoga festival in the world returns to Squaw Valley on July 20-23 – California News

Fitness, relaxation, and mindfulness are just three benefits of practicing yoga; training the body to relax and focus on the present moment can be more difficult than pushing it into an especially tough pose.

The experts who host Wanderlust practices around the world are dedicated to helping people focus on what’s really important.

“It’s not about trying to nail touching your toes or to do a handstand,” said Donny Starkins, one such yoga expert and instructor at this year’s festival.

Starkins teaches vinyasa-style classes around Phoenix, and is the official yoga instructor of the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns; he specializes in working with athletes and their yoga practice. “It’s about feeling more than we felt before. Part of the practice is mindfulness and awareness, knowing what you can do and what you can’t do; going to your edge, that becomes your mind and ego, and then starting to push past your edge, beyond, relaxing and being able to breathe there.”

This year’s festival will hit Squaw Valley next week and offers a weekend of exploration and adventure, boasting a schedule with so many events it’s impossible to see it all.

“There is so much that is new and exciting this year,” said Wanderlust director of publicity Kim Small. “We simply can’t wait to return to North Lake Tahoe.”

The online calendar clearly lists classes spread out throughout the day, and includes highly informative seminar descriptions, recommended ability level, and instructor bios.

“At Wanderlust you’re able to choose your own adventure, whether that means filling your day with a variety of activities including yoga, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and more; or…

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