This summer I had the pleasure of attending Wanderlust Festival in Whistler. This is an annual journey for me…an opportunity to connect back to what I really love about yoga: community, practice, love. This year was a little more difficult than previous years because I have some health issues going on that have made me very, very tired for a good part of the day. On top of that I was nursing a shoulder injury, which was standing in the way of me doing a million handstands…my regular Wanderlust excitement because I get to learn fun new techniques.
Not that I want to admit it, but I packed my pain killers and planned to do all the classes I want and just deal with the pain and damage later. I don’t often get to immerse myself in this much fun. BUT…when I got there I spent a whole afternoon just reading and sleeping and relaxing, and in that time I recognized how terrible I was considering being to my poor body. That afternoon I opened my schedule and rearranged things, getting out of all of the high intensity classes and shifting into low key, meditative, educational, lecture-focused classes. This group of classes included one called “Dreaming in Sanskrit” with Marti Nikko and DJ Drez (a DJ whose music I love). It’s a workshop they do to promote their CD of the same name.
Check out Krishna’s Dub by DJ Drez & Marti Nikko ft. Domonic Dean Breaux for a taste of what I love about these two!
What I didn’t realize was how powerfully the combination of yoga, dance, and mantra was going to affect me. I tend towards holding my tears in whenever possible…it’s a habit I’ve had for a long long time…and by the end of this class I was balling uncontrollably. I know this, because I tried so effing hard to control the stream of salt water pouring down my face. And when that didn’t work I tried hiding my face, wiping away the tears, pretending that all was good. But it wasn’t. That combo had stirred up some serious sh*t that I’ve been trying to ignore for awhile now, mostly because denial is way easier. It doesn’t make things easier on your body and mind though, and that poor soul of yours suffers the most.
I was so profoundly impacted by the music and mantra of the class, and so I want to share that with you. Mostly as an introduction to mantra, or an introduction to a fun way to practice mantra for those of you who like to keep things a little more upbeat.
I hope you’ll join me for some contemporary music (beats and all), join me in mantra (or just absorb the vibrations), and then let it all settle in with a short meditation. Even if you don’t come, we will be sending you some seriously awesome love beams….so you may as well be at the epicentre of it all.
Class is September 8th, 7:30-8:30pm at Wild Woods, by donation to the Nelson & District Women’s Centre.
Lots of love!
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Brittanya Beddington is a massage practitioner, yoga teacher, equine therapist, and lover of, well, everything she loves. In her spare time you’ll find her frolicking with Oscar and Kilo (the dogs), riding Shamsu (the horse), or relaxing with Jeff (the man). If she’s not there or at Wild Woods, check one of her favourite hiking trails, she can’t get enough!