Top Five Music Moments at Wanderlust Squaw Valley

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Temperatures soared into the mid-90s in the High Sierra last weekend at the Squaw Valley installment of the Wanderlust Festival, the original site of the franchise yoga summit that happens now in several cities around the world. For the yoga types in attendance, this was no big deal, many of whom are accustomed to practicing in rooms that exceed 115 degrees Fahrenheit. If anything, the temperatures fueled the party--which was in turn helped along by a rich and varied soundtrack of (mostly) trip-hop infused with a lot of tabla, harmonium, and dijeridoo.

While nobody really attends Wanderlust for the music per se--this is a yoga festival through and through--music intrinsically complements the practice, and the festival does a nice job of putting Coachella-level artists on the bill. So naturally, there are some great moments of music to take part in. Here are the five best from Wanderlust at Squaw Valley 2013.


5. Bob Marley yoga session
Sure, it might seem like a cliche mixing yoga with reggae music as the two are such compatible bedfellows, which is why the lyrics to "Redemption Song" are painted on the walls of many yoga studios. Nonetheless, instructor Chris Calarco's session spoke directly to honor Bob's music--and he threw in some deep cuts, too. For example, during "Small Axe," he dissected Marley's lyric: If you are the big tree / We are the small axe / Sharpened to cut you down / Ready to cut you down, likening one's yoga practice to the small axe, and big tree is all that we overcome. It might have been the hip-openers, but damn, it was emotionally uplifting.

4. Beastie Yogi with MC Yogi & DJ Drez
This session was about as bangin' as anything yoga-related could possibly get. This was due in large part to LA hip-hop beatmaker DJ Drez's turntable work that mixed-and-mashed Beastie Boys instrumentals while MC-turned-yoga instructor MC Yogi--perhaps the essential embodiment of what Wanderlust is--led the session through a dance-y vinyasa workout that climaxed in a 30-second Flash Dance-style freak out during "Intergalactic Planetary." It basically blew off everyone's Lululemons right then and there.

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