Kahuku Claim­ing Yoga Crown Again

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By RASA FOURNIER

Yoga is no longer about bend­ing into im­pos­si­ble po­si­tions or sweat­ing out tox­ins in heated rooms.

Wan­der­lust kicks off its sec­ond an­nual yoga fes­ti­val at Tur­tle Bay Re­sort Feb. 27, of­fer­ing four days vi­brant with groups at var­i­ous in­side ar­eas, out­door lawns and beaches prac­tic­ing their yo­gic flow, med­i­tat­ing, singing and dancing at mu­sic con­certs with the likes of Moby, M. C. Yogi, Don­avon Franken­re­iter and Mike Love. Plus there’s kayak­ing, horse­back rid­ing, surf­ing, bik­ing, na­ture walks, lo­cally sourced meals and a craft mar­ket­place.

“My per­cep­tion of yoga be­fore we started Wan­der­lust was that it’s some­thing you do for your health, and there’s a bit of an as­cetic tra­di­tion and a lit­tle bit of self-de­nial that leads to self-aware­ness,” said Sean Hoess, one of three co-founders. “We started go­ing to yoga re­treats, and we no­ticed these were crowds of people who were very se­ri­ous about their prac­tice and their health and well­ness, but that they saw life as a bal­ance. Sure, you can go on a silent re­treat and learn some­thing there, but you also need com­mu­nity

and friends, and to have fun.

“The fes­ti­val is cre­ated around the con­cept of bal­ance, both metaphor­i­cally and lit­er­ally. Yoga, en­joy­ing and Asia. Hoess said that in Hawaii alone, at­ten­dance has al­ready grown by up to 40 per­cent this year. It’s no won­der, he said, what with the con­nec­tion be­tween surf­ing and yoga.

The fes­ti­val is cre­ated around the con­cept of

lit­er­ally.” bal­ance, both metaphor­i­cally and

good food with friends, hav­ing a glass of wine or dancing and en­joy­ing the arts are all part of a bal­anced life­style.”

Fif­teen Wan­der­lust fes­ti­vals are sched­uled through­out the year across North Amer­ica as well as in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Chile, with plans to bring the fes­ti­val to Europe “There’s a long tra­di­tion of surfers, go­ing back to (pro­fes­sional Hawaii leg­end) Gerry Lopez, who also prac­tice yoga for the strength, flex­i­bil­ity and bal­ance that it im­parts, and vice versa. We no­ticed that a lot of our yo­gis are re­ally in­ter­ested in surf­ing.” Hoess also noted that, af­ter all, Oahu’s North Shore is syn­ony­mous with surf­ing.

Its stun­ning nat­u­ral beauty makes the place a per­fect fit for Wan­der­lust, he added. Par­tic­i­pants tend to be ad­ven­tur­ous and love new learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly in this case, learn­ing about tra­di­tional Hawai­ian cul­ture. The fes­ti­val lineup in­cludes speak­ers on Hawai­ian his­tory.

“I know I’m not sup­posed to pick fa­vorites, but Hawaii is my fa­vorite of all of our Wan­der­lust events. I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” he said.

People can at­tend for just a day, for all four days, or even just for the evening con­certs. For de­tails, visit oahu.wan­der­lust­fes­ti­val.com.

Kahuku’s Tur­tle Bay Re­sort will come alive at this year’s Wan­der­lust Yoga Fes­ti­val with dozens of healthy, fun ac­tiv­i­ties, work­shops and ad­ven­tures, all planned for Feb. 27-March 2. A mass ex­er­cise at the re­sort for last year’s Wan­der­lust Hawaii fans — all with their backs to the morn­ing sun (above) — was a hit. Some ses­sions and pack­ages still may be avail­able for next week’s cel­e­bra­tion of health and fit­ness. Photo by Ali Kaukas.

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