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June 22, 2009

Rock 'n' Yoga? Lake Tahoe's Wanderlust Festival

Squaw Valley's High Camp, soon to be the site of many shaking asanas.
Photo courtesy of Wanderlust Festival

by Ashley Cirilli

No matter how satisfying the sound, battling your way through the crowds at outdoor music performances can leave you a bit jaded, and hours of contorting to get a view of the stage can leave you with little more than a strained neck. At Lake Tahoe's first annual Wanderlust Festival (July 2426), though, you can work out the kinks with back bends instead of crowd-surfing sessions. Leave the beer and blue jeans at home; this "rock-'n'-yoga" event is more carrot juice and spandex.

Don't get me wrong--with a music lineup that includes Spoon, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and Jenny Lewis, the wave-your-hands-and-say-yea! vibe will not be lost on Wanderlust. And all-star producers Velour Music Group, C3 Presents (Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival), and Starr Hill Presents (Bonnaroo, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival) are behind the event. You'll just get some downward dog with your Rogue Wave.

Classes led by renowned yoga instructors Shiva Rea and John Friend can host 1,000 people, so if "Energetic Vinyasa for All Rebel Rockers" sounds like your thing, there's plenty of space. For ticket information, visit

Further reading:
* The event focuses on wellness. At Wanderlust's Kula Village, visitors can attend lectures on health, environmental issues, and the conscious food movements, and shop for organic food and other eco-friendly products.
* The summer's hottest boutique music festivals
* Word of Mouth: The buzz worldwide


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