With a mix of yoga, meditation, live music and good food (not to mention some organic wine) on offer, this festival in the sun is bringing the finest yoga instructors to St Kilda for a day of workshops, talks and entertainment.
Time Out caught up with contemporary yoga instructor Duncan Peak, CEO of Power Living Australia Yoga, who’ll be travelling Australia with Wanderlust – what he coins “another step forward in keeping yoga alive.”
Peak’s aim in both his talks and workshops at Wanderlust is to keep things fun and relevant to modernday lifestyles.
“We try to smash the stereotype,” he says. “There’s no ideal spiritual personality. You can be anyone and be spiritual. We try to promote that rather than the idea that you have to look like this or be like that. I think there’s so much more awareness around yoga being more than just physical stretching and that certainly encourages a lot of people to come.”
He speaks from experience, having opened studios in Sydney and Melbourne that enjoy an almost cult-like attendance from members. Time Out's local studio in South Melbourne is always full of limber young go-getters taking time out from creative jobs to get bendy.
Wanderlust is offering a modern approach to the traditional practice, so even if you’re not a yoga guru, you can still enjoy a day of live music from local bands the Bamboos, DJ Jumps and the Tahir Faridi Sufi Qawwali Ensemble, as well as ‘Speakeasy’ yoga lectures and workshops from instructors including Amy Ippoliti and Claudine and Honza Lafond.
“People are realising there’s a holistic, wellness side to it and that includes a lot of mental health aspects that people find they’re not getting from other exercise regimes,” says Peak. He assures us that Wanderlust is here for at least the next few years, and with a range of tickets available, from music performances alone, to the whole 12-hour yoga, food, wine and DJ-infused day, you can pick and choose what suits you and your lifestyle.