August 17, 2015
For four days, the Yoga Alliance® team connected with Canadian yogis at Wanderlust Whistler and informed them about how YA serves their community. The festival was held from July 30 – August 2 in British Columbia and attracted over 12,000 mindfulness-seeking attendees.
The breathtaking views and vistas of the Whistler Mountains were a perfect backdrop for the festival’s activities, which included yoga and meditation classes, live music performances, lectures on important yoga topics, outdoor adventures and more. Wanderlust festivals take place throughout North America and beyond. The festivals weave together mindfulness and nature to create a unique experience for all.
At our table, we talked to over 450 visitors about topics important to the Canadian yoga community and how YA is involved in them. We set up our photo booth once again, where our photographers took 200 free head shots for those who stopped by.
One important topic that we discussed with attendees is the Canadian Adult Fitness Tax Credit, and how we are working to ensure that yoga is eligible for it. The credit would enable adults to claim a 15 percent tax credit for up to $500 of fitness program costs per year.
For YA spokesperson Andrew Tanner, E-RYT 500, a particularly memorable part of the festival was the “Dreaming in Sanskrit” class, led by DJ Drez and Marti Nikko. During the class, Tanner observed an incredible Zen moment that helped guide participants into a “deep meditative state” with live music and chanting.
Connecting with the yoga community is important to us at YA because we love to hear firsthand what the community needs and wants. We will be visiting the Southeast Yoga Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from September 25 – 27 next. After that, you can catch us at Yoga Journal LIVE! Estes Park in Estes Park, Colorado from September 27 – October 4. We hope to see you there! Whenever YA will be on the road hosting or attending an event, you can find it listed on Our Calendar.