Wanderlust: (n) A desire to travel
Wanderlust (the organization) was founded on the idea of creating a community around mindful living. With guiding principles of yoga, environmental sustainability, eating well and art, Wanderlust hosts weekend and day-long festivals across the world, which they call “celebrations of mindful living.” Wanderlust 108, the one-day festival also known as “the world’s kindest triathlon,” made a stop in Miami over the weekend.
Why 108? According to the Wanderlust website, 108 stands for as follows: one = unity, zero= calmness, eight = infinite possibilities (it resembles the infinity symbol).
What is a mindful triathlon? Other than the opposite of all races I’ve ever done, it consists of a 5k run/walk, outdoor yoga and guided meditation. Here’s the catch: every “leg” of the triathlon is supposed to be done mindfully.
The 5k run/walk was not timed or even the exact 5k distance. I walked it because of my injury (an experience which could be an entire post itself) but most people ran at their own speed. No one was super fast and it was a casual run/jog/hop/skip/walk/whatever along the beach. The focus of the day was community, inner peace and self-awareness, all things I value and should prioritize more often. In addition to those three events, there were clothing and food vendors ranging from Athleta and Spiritual Gangster to ginnybakes cookies (so good). There was even a hair braiding and body paint tent, but the line was so long and I noticed it last-minute.
My favorite part of the day was the group yoga. MC Yogi taught the class and his energy was fantastic. It wasn’t a difficult practice by any means but I still loved it.
I left after yoga and didn’t stay for the meditation part because I felt like I had my soul-filling, outdoor adventure for the day. That and I was starving. My only complaint about the event was that each sub-event was really spread out. They told us to get there by 9 a.m., which wasn’t necessary, and even though I walked the 5k I had almost an hour between my finish time and the start of yoga. Oh and the food options were limited, in my opinion.
I’d be interested in learning more about the weekend-long Wanderlust festivals. The price for this wasn’t too bad ($50 and I bought it in September) and I thought I got my money’s worth. Overall I’d consider it a successful Saturday and, excluding the emotions from car troubles I had after, I left feeling both calm and energized from the crowd.
If Wanderlust comes to your city, definitely check it out!