My Wander-ful Yoga Adventure

Yoga enthusiast unplugged and recharged at the 2015 Wanderlust Oahu Festival.

Whether you're a yogi, a healthy eater, an earth-friendly tree hugger, or a person who's just looking to have a good time, you must must must check out the one festival they call Wanderlust. 

Born from three longtime friends living in New York, Wanderlust was created in 2008 by co-founder Jeff Krasno, his wife Schuyler Grant and their friend Sean Hoess. As Grant opened up a successful yoga studio just above Krasno and Hoess' music production company's Tribeca office, Krasno became fascinated with the amount of active people who would come in large numbers with their sticky mats in hand, ready to unwind the day away. Inspired by his wife and all the yogis who sought out a commune that promotes a healthier lifestyle, Krasno decided to combine his and Hoess' ability to produce and promote and marry that with the yoga community.

Fast forward to today, seven years later and countless festivals around the world, Wanderlust has evolved into a Mecca of all things conscious, earth-friendly, and, of course, yoga.

I had the pleasure of exploring Wanderlust for the second year in a row at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort and may I say, as an aspiring yogi for the past six years, Wanderlust is the epitome of everything that I've practiced in yoga and more. It's inspiring. Revelating. A chance to reflect. A way to reconnect. A love-yourself-and-thy-neighbor-fest, but not in a corny way. A reminder that you are an important being and integral piece to the billions of people that inhabit this Earth. Not only is that a rewarding reminder, it's a perspective that's highlighted in an effort to create change. Whether it's change in a purely altruistic form for a movement or an idea, or just to get some great tips on a new handstand pose, Wanderlust has got people talking, moving, acting and, most of all, living.

Here are some of the pictures from the event courtesy of Wanderlust. I've compiled some of my favorites, along with some of my personal photos. For the full compilation of Wanderlust Oahu's favorite photos, go to wanderlust.com

First things first: get banded. ©Kristen Nemoto

Then show off a fancy yoga pose that you've been perfecting for this very festival. ©Kapua Beyer

We started the day with a nice (sunny!) day out on Kuilima Point with instructor Seane Corn. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

This was my favorite pose. Warrior three with the help of hundreds of hands. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

That opening day turned quickly to a party night at Ola's restaurant with awesome band Streetlight Cadence serenading us all night long. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

The next day I experienced my first (and by far my favorite) class with the one and only Shiva Rea. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

She's amazing, by the way. The perfect makeup of a yoga teacher. Insightful. Graceful. Lovable. Peaceful. Funny. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

In addition to amazing yoga teachers and classes, there was an array of activities and events going on such as this SUP (stand-up paddling) yoga class. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

On-site camping! Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Chillaxin. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Teamwork. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Speakeasy sessions at the Surfer Bar. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Hangin' around. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Amazing vendors. My favorite stand: Bali Malas. ©Kristen Nemoto

Ono (delicious) food! Photo by James Guiry for Wanderlust Festival.

Beach cleanups hosted by Sustainable Coastlines. Photo by Keith Tharp for Wanderlust Festival.

Rockin' yoga teachers. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Mostly live music throughout every yoga class. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

An introduction to my new favorite band: Nahko and Medicine for the People. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

They were AWESOME. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Last day was sealed perfectly on Kuilima Point with yogi Shiva Rea. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

The class was practiced (and danced!) to Bob Marley songs thanks to DJ Drez. ©Kristen Nemoto

So much fun! Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

Can you spot us? Far right - the gal in the teal outfit and red hat is my partner in crime and fellow yogi Kapua. I'm in the black pants to her right. We're all sending happy vibes to each other. Photo by Ali Kaukas for Wanderlust Festival.

So very blessed. Thank you Wanderlust for the time of my life! Hope to see you again next year! ©Kapua Beyer

Kristen Nemoto Jay
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