Wanderlust 108, the one-day yoga and fitness event held in cities all over the world, comes to Dallas again on Saturday, April 15. If you’re new to Wanderlust, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. The “mindful triathlon” (5K, yoga class, and meditation) is not the whole experience. If you leave right after the three core events, you’re missing some of the best parts of Wanderlust. This year’s line-up of scheduled and bonus classes looks pretty sweet: all the yoga you could want, essential oils workshops, photography workshops, AcroYoga, “Om” walks, hooping, and more.
2. You can get into “full” classes. The scheduled class you want to attend may say that it’s full, but people often register for as many events as possible and then don’t show up to all of them. Also, most classes (except those that use props, like aerial yoga or hooping) can accommodate more people than the registration allows. Join the waiting list, show up on-site, and you’ll probably get in.
3. There’s not much shade. Most of the action takes place on a huge open lawn where there’s lots of room for yoga mats, but also hours of direct sunlight. Re-apply your sunscreen every few hours—don’t miss the spots exposed by your Lululemon hybrid top!—and hydrate with electrolytes. If your mat is dark-colored, bring a towel to cover it so you don’t burn your feet.
4. Kids and babies are welcome. Children 13-and-under can accompany an adult ticketholder for free—so yes, your budding yogi can set up her mat next to yours. You can even bring your baby in a stroller or carrier if you can’t find a sitter. But if your children get tired or disruptive, don’t make them or the people around you miserable.
5. Most participants are not hardcore super-yogis.Wanderlust draws a lot of excited beginners, so even if you’re brand-new to yoga, you probably won’t feel out of place. The big group class has a laid-back dance party vibe; expect to get a little silly and maybe hug a stranger. Yogis with more experience can modify the class to make it more challenging.
6. It’s better with friends. You can fly solo, but groups are a blast at Wanderlust, cheering each other on and getting creative with themes, costumes, or matching t-shirts. Your local yoga studio may already have a group you can join, and some groups offer discount codes. You’ll need at least four people to register as a group; the biggest group gets a photo on the main stage. Which is important, because…
7. The whole day is a photo opp. If you #FindYourTrueNorth and don’t post it to Instagram, did it really happen? There will be many, many selfies taken at Wanderlust, including a massive group selfie taken from the stage. Tag yours with #Wanderlust2017 and #Wanderlust108.