Wanderlust 108 | Mindful Triathlon

June 10, 2016

Wanderlust festivals are all-out celebrations of mindful living.

A few weeks ago Wanderlust 108 came to Seattle for the first time and brought with it 3 of my favorite things - 5K Run, Yoga and Meditation, the worlds ONLY MINDFUL TRIATHLON as they call it!
But the day though was packed with so much more than just the mindful triathlon...


Wanderlust 108 is a field day for your mind, body and soul. Hold the plastic trophy, because we have better prizes: vibrant community, self-awareness and inner peace. Community instead of competition? You cant beat that. 

Significance and interesting facts about the number 108:
  • The number 108 is considered sacred in many Eastern traditions, it signifies the interconnection between body, mind and the universe. 
  • One represents unity, zero represents calmness, and eight represents infinite possibility (with its resemblance to the infinity symbol).
  • There are said to be 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra.
  • The earth cycle is supposed to be of 2160 years = 20 x108. 
  • The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. 
  • The distance between the Earth and Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. 
  • The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
  • The pre-historic monument Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter.
Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

After being sore from a high intensity Fitbit workout session just the previous day, the hubs and I couldnt have missed taking part in the amazing Wanderlust 108 Festival that was brimming with energy and enthusiasm. Several hundreds of people, from toddlers (yes, thats right, the sight of parents running with the toddlers in a stroller was an inspiring sight to see) to senior citizens gathered at Marymoor park to find their true north… 

Wanderlust Festivals - Find your True North



With the crack of dawn, participants started to roll into the park and lined up to pick up their bibs and check-in. While some chatted with their partners and friends until the event kicked off, others got their tribal body markings by a team of talented artists, and a few others checked out the Kula market stalls set up by several vendors featuring locally made crafts, jewelry, workout gear, organic food, cafe and a boochgarten aka Kombucha biergarten (Adidas, Kashi, Kevita, Ford, Brew Dr Kombucha, Oatmega, Health-Ade Kombucha were just a few among the several vendors at the Kula market). The delicious food samples at these stalls definitely made for a good pre-run energy booster and a post-run recovery fuel.

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

As the clock moved closer to 9am, everyone started to gather behind the starting line; stretching, warming up and dancing to the high energy music. As soon as the clock struck 9am, several waves of runners took off hi-fying the amazing MC Yogi, cheering one another, and dashing/running/walking all the way to the halfway mark and then back to the starting line to wrap up the 5K. Just being a part of such a super-energetic and fun crowd gives anyone a high. After the run, while some continued to check out the Kula market, others jumped right in to take part in several other optional fitness activities held in the park throughout the day - AIReal Yoga, AcroYoga, Hooping, Barre3, Slackline Fundamentals. 

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust



Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Though it was expected to be a cold and rainy day, the rain gods took pity on us and made way for the sun - by noon, it was a gorgeous sunny day instead. Closer to 11am, everyone walked over to the grassy section of the park for the yoga session led by MC Yogi followed by Chelsey Korus and underscored by DJ Taz Rashid. MC Yogi kicked off the session by throwing free t-shirts up in the air for all us other yogis to catch. He got the entire crowd stretching, dancing, feeling the love and the electrifying beats. And once the lively crowd of yogis were all warmed up, MC Yogi and Chelsey Korus led us through a series of asanas to hip-hop music (which was a first for me, never have I ever done yoga to that kind of hip-hop music before). Practicing yoga among a sea of yogis was a delightful experience to say the least. 

Immediately following the yoga session, Dave Smith, a Buddhist meditation teacher led the guided-mediation session - being present in the moment, being aware of every little movement our bodies make, focusing on each breath while taking in the positive and letting out the negative - these formed the very essence of his session. To me, being able to prevent my mind racing from one thought to another is a challenging task in itself. 


Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust

And as I said at the beginning, that wasnt it. I had been meaning to try AIReal yoga (Instagram) for so long and was finally lucky enough to give it a go at the Wanderlust Fest (and boy, am I a fan or what!?). If I had to pick the most popular activity on that day, it had to be AIReal Yoga. Several people lined up and waited to be part of one of the sessions. Though just the thought and sight of being able to hang upside down gave me the chills, it was one of the most surreal experiences. It is amazing how liberated and free your body and mind feel as you progress from one posture to another, all with the help of a special hammock. What is even more impressive is that anyone with little or no yoga experience can partake in this activity. 

Photo by Meredith McKee Photography for Wanderlust





With that, when the day came to a close, we left mind, body and soul satisfied…

Wanderlust launched in 2014 in two cities which soon expanded to 17 cities in 2015 and is now going to more than 30 cities worldwide in 2016. So if  Wanderlust 108 is coming to a city near you, do not miss out on being a part of this tranquil experience, it's a great way to connect with other fit-minded people and have fun! 

Yay, I got to chat with MC Yogi and also get a photo with him :D

With the super sweet and super energetic, Carleeh (my insider to all things fitness!!) . Thanks to her for all our AIReal yoga pics, great captures aren't they!? :)

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most”.
xoxo,
Kusum

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