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Wanderlust Stratton Highlights

June 26, 2014

Working at Wanderlust Festival allows me to be a part of an amazing family (the crew), the witness to positive moments of transformation, and the opportunity to visit beautiful ski resorts throughout North America.

Here are some photos and highlights from our first stop at #WLStratton, Vermont (including music by Erik Krasno, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, and more).

Wanderlust Stratton Crew 2014

A photo of our crew family (WLStratton 2014)

Sunbird Pose - SUP Yoga

At the end of the weekend, WL organized a staff SUP. I’m 2nd from the right here in Sunbird Pose. Shanti Town.

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Erik Krasno

Stratton, Vt: Gondola Ride

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Love and Community at Wanderlust Festival, Seeds of Change Class

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Take Your Yoga Outdoors Show | Yoga Everywhere

June 12, 2014
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Take your yoga off the mat and combine your practice with the natural world.

Our guests, Journey Blain and Danny Morris guided by host Jane Lanza show you the fun and opportunities available in the park. One simple example is the effect that slightly uneven ground can have on poses previously thought to be routine for you.

In the show, Jane and our guests guide you through specific adaptations to some common poses that you can use in a park or forest environment. Beside that, you’ll see just how much pure fun you can have with yoga outdoors. It really is a different vibe compared to a studio.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn in the episode

  • Simple standing stretch
  • Downward dog adapted to a tree
  • Side stretch with a tree
  • Several other tree adapted poses
  • Practice mindfulness in nature
  • Mindfulness “on the move”
  • Several picnic table poses
  • Handstands adapted to the “real” earth
  • And More…..

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Mountain Jam Festival kicks off an awesome summer

June 9, 2014
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MJ 2014 1Happy Mountain Jam everybody,” as Warren Haynes says (festival founder and longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band and founding member of Gov’t Mule). It was for me. Counterculture and music festivals remind me that I’m not alone. That leaving behind normal can be freedom. That music can set you free.

According to Wikipedia, “In its short history, Mountain Jam has become one of the top music festivals in the U.S. and the premier festival in the Northeast. Rolling Stone Magazine named the Mountain Jam Festival one of the Top 8 Music Festivals in the Country.”

Ben Lanza worked as a Stage Manager on the West Stage for All Phases Event Group.  All Phases is also the production company we work for at the Wanderlust Festivals.

MJ ben lanza stage manageI’m grateful for Mountain Jam and the opportunities Ben and I have to work in this business, for the music:
(Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Pretty Lights, Bob Weir and Rat Dog, Damian Marley,  Beats Antique, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee, The Avett Brothers, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Blitzen Trapper, Anders Osborne,  Antibalas,  Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Citizens Band Radio, Connor Kennedy, Dark Star Orchestra, The Dough Rollers, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (ft. Sean lennon & charlotte kemp muhl), Jackie Greene, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Lucius, Moon Taxi, Paul Green Rock Academy, Reignwolf, Sean Rowe, Trampled By Turtles, Treetop Flyers, Valerie June, The Weeks + more),
for the creativity everywhere, for the old friends I saw there and new friends I made.

MJ- dave and HHPictured with Dave Marzollo, founder of Catskill Chill and Taraleigh Weathers

Happy Mountain Jam Everybody.

MH camp dirtyExtreme contentment #selfie at #campdirty (hammock city under SL 250).#stagecrew builds a secret haven under the stage #shade #rest #gratitude#sacredspace.

MJ west stage view

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Sweet Wedding Handshake Goes Viral

June 9, 2014
Alexis and Tomy

Alexis and TomyAlexis Tyler and Tomy Szczypiorski decided to seal their wedding vows with a special handshake to honor Tomy’s Polish heritage. This secret handshake, more than just a kiss, went viral.  Officiating their wedding at the Tyler Family Place was special, an honor, and a blast too!

Read more at theknot.com and Huffington Post who picked up this adorable exchange. Watch their handshake here:

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12 Tantra Lessons I learned for Feminine Vitality

June 1, 2014
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feminine-vitality-2-web2I thought by signing up for Michelle Kailash Deslandes Feminine Vitality course that I would learn sexual meditation techniques. What I moreso learned about is who I am, on a soul and physical level, how my body, mind, and spirit communicate, and how to tap into the creative, orgasmic, flow of the universe (called shakti).

Michelle is refreshingly unlike other women I know, yet she is deeply and universally woman. As a teacher and person, she is fierce. She is truthful. She is soft and kind.

Here are 12 simple things I took away from this profound Tantra experience with my siSTAR Michelle: (Disclaimer: citations needed. This is a blog I wrote based on notes from a strictly experiential workshop I took, which did not include a handout. It’s leading to more inquiry including research).

  1. In Latin, Vagina translates as scabbard, or sheath for sword.  Where as in Sanskrit, Yoni translates as divine channel or sacred womb. More empowering to use “yoni.”
  2. Rather than focus on kundalini rising and ascension out of this mindbody, or detachment from the body, Tantra invites us to practice being fully embodied, root to crown, to invite intrinsic, Animalistic Awareness.
  3. The life force is orgasmic, it pulses in expansions and contractions- underlies all things- even an argument is an expression of this divine force – a passion, climax, and release. Universal, creative, feminine life force, also called SHAKTI is always pulsing through us.
  4. Sanctity for body temple helps strengthen connection to divine feminine. All that is, is a manifestation of the divine, including our soul and body temple. The goddess, universal creative life force, is wise, compassionate, loving but also deeply protective, powerful, and fierce. In Tantra we embrace this and find wholeness, union, yoga (balance).
  5. To connect with our divine nature and inner awareness, Tantra teaches us to find strength through our embodiment, and our sexuality. Where there is a fear there is an underlying pleasure, these are two sides of the same coin. Women need not blame or shame but accept and forgive their bodies.
  6. Body can be primarily aroused (even during something as torturous as rape), and this may not align with mind, body, spirit, or attributes of first 4 gates. As infants and children people experience arousal, without understanding, and sometimes this is inappropriate or incestual and the body remembers. The mind may not understand, or think it’s wrong, but there is an erotic memory.
  7. The Yoni has seven gates. “When healed, nourished, remembered and honored as sacred, these 7 gates become a royal road in to the cosmic womb and the manifestation of the Divine Feminine. Each gate opens as you progressively heal each part of the yoni and womb, making them sacred portals once again. The power of woman that you hold deep within your body is right here; all you.”
    Through meditation, massage, yoga, and growing awareness of these gates, a woman can amplify her life force, which can be used to amplify the whole mind body. Sexual energy cultivated, can be used to lead a woman to her true selves and potential. Higher knowing can be awakened through channeling this energy through the central channel in yoga, along the spine, called shushumna. Each gate has a gatekeeper emotion and a shadow emotion.
  8. Orgasming daily can be energy medicine when you honor the gateway attributes of the yoni and root (study with Michelle to learn more). Experience creative energy and distribute it internally to inner organs to boost chi.

  9. Sex can be kinky and weird but in order for it to be truly pleasurable (mind, body, spirit), it must align with the first 4 gateways- be done with praise, gratitude, compassion, love.
  10. You can generate greater life force to orgasm everyday alone than engage in sex with another that is disconnected or does not align with gateway attributes- this can drain energy
  11. The Root Chakra is a throne (to be fully embodied, we need to sit in this throne comfortably and aware). Many of us avoid the root. There are 5 jewels in the throne of the root: Spinal Base, Anus, Perineum, Yoni, Clitoris. Heaven and Earth energy meet in Perineum. The Root is connected to nervous system, which holds tension. There is a direct connection between the jaw and pelvic floor. Clean, clear anus helps with ability to release and let go. Healthy digestion helps with healthy sexual energy.
  12. Using sighs, sounds, moans, and screams can be a great release for tension or pleasure. Sound moves energy through.