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Wanderlust to stage yoga/music fest in Austin

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 11, 2013

For one blissful weekend this November, you won’t have to make the agonizing choice between a soul-quenching yoga class or a head-bobbing music festival. Yes, people, that mind-blowing mashup of tunes and pretzel-style stretching known as Wanderlust, launched in California in 2009, is coming to Austin. Billed as a block-party style wellness event, Wanderlust Austin is scheduled for Nov. 8-10. That’s the same weekend as this year’s comedy-music blowout known as Fun Fun Fun Fest, in case you’re planning ahead. Three-day tickets start at $230 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12 at One-day tickets start at $99 and will go on sale Aug. 28. The festival will include an array of yoga classes (including standup paddleboard yoga on Lady Bird Lake, hipster flow classes and something called “beastie” yoga!), organic food, live music and what’s sure to be an eclectic group of attendees. Also included are hooping workshops, guided runs, acroyoga performances and workshops with names like “Anatomy of an Arm Balance” and “Parenting Yogi Style.” Instructors will include nationally-known Shiva Rea and Seane Corn, as well as Austin teachers Hilly Flora, Gioconda Parker and more. The musical lineup includes locals Shakey Graves & Ben Sollee, along with Wanderlust staples MC Yogi and DJ Drez. The action will take place at the Wanderlust Yoga studio at 206 East Fourth Street and neighboring Brazos Hall, which has 10,000 square feet of indoor space and a 3,500-square foot rooftop deck with views of downtown. Austin will represent a bit of a departure for the Wanderlust mold. Most of the company’s festivals are staged in the mountains, with events in Whistler, Canada; North Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Mont-Tremblant, Canada; Copper Mountain, Colo.; Bondville, Vermont; Oahu, Hawaii; and Chile. “With seven Wanderlust Festivals touching down in pristine mountain ranges across North and South America over the course of the year, we wanted to end the season with something completely new and unexpected,” Wanderlust Festival co-founder Jeff Krasno said in a press release. “The vibrant and culturally rich local community originally drew us to Austin when we opened our studio here in 2012. We knew it would also create the perfect destination to share our mindful values to a larger group of people in the South, gathering the world’s leading yoga teachers and top conscious lifestyle artists for an unparalleled experience.” Wanderlust was founded in 2009 as a joint venture between Austin-based C3 Presents, Starr Hill Presents and New York City-based Velour Music Group.