By Christine Noonan, Inner Fire Luminary
I recently attended my first Wanderlust event in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. For those of you who may not be familiar with this event, it is a group of mindful people coming together to celebrate through yoga, meditation, music, art, cooking, and the likes. This goes on for four days, and there are so many options to choose from -- there is surely something for everyone at Wanderlust. As a yoga teacher based in Toronto and often confined to my own yoga community, branching out into this incredible culture and all of the dynamic types of yoga was mind-blowing both for the yoga teacher and the yoga practitioner in me.
From start to finish, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was blown away by the experiences that unfolded in front of me. When I first arrived, I was greeted by a friend and fellow yoga instructor, Ashley Holly, offering me french fries (yep, even yogis enjoy french fries!). A familiar, smiling face and food - I was off to a great start!
Throughout the day, I was elated to see more familiar faces from Toronto and beyond. I was equally as happy to connect with some new faces. I immediately felt as though I was a part of a community, a part of something bigger than I expected. There were so many things that we all seemed to have in common - yoga, nature, adventure, painted toes and fabulous yoga attire (lots of Inner Fire leggings around!), just to name a few.
Happy yoga toes in Geometrica leggings
As I stepped into the room for my first yoga class, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The mats were very close together and it was a fairly large room - there must have been at least 100 people ready to experience a yoga class with Seane Corn. Even though it was only 8am, there was a certain uplifting and exciting energy to the room. Seane called us close and we gathered around her to get an introduction to the class (picture little kids around an adult at story time, hanging on to every word that was being said) until she sent us back to our mats to practice.
Class was soon over, and I felt so blessed to have practiced beside friends and have been taught by a such an iconic soul in the yoga world. I resonated with Seane and her teachings (very similar to the way that I teach my yoga classes), and how it makes sense to build safe and sustainable practices for all bodies out there. She deconstructed a traditional Vinyasa flow and established a space where connecting to our breath and building a solid foundation were both essential and encouraged. By breaking down the components, she made it that much clearer to see how the pieces fit together to create an even stronger, healthier practice within the breath and body.
Christine Noonan, Seane Corn, Justin Haley
More fabulous classes followed, as did more smiles and taking in the wonder of nature. From watching a deer eat grass at dusk, to seeing the picturesque mountains of Mont-Tremblant, the community that was enhanced and strengthened truly amazed me. Friendships became stronger, new friends were made - some even shared their love of cooking with others. Thanks to Manuel, for his amazing vegetarian dishes he whipped up from his VW van - such a delicious treat!
I can honestly say that Wanderlust was an adventure in helping me #FindMyTrueNorth. It has inspired me to embrace the connections to people that I already have as well as continue to be open to new relationships that come across my path. Mont-Tremblant is a beautiful setting. I truly enjoyed the French culture (dusting off my Rosetta Stone is up next!), the new and familiar faces, the hugs, and the learning. I'm looking forward to returning next year. Until then, au revoir!
Learn more about me and my yoga practice here at www.christinenoonanyoga.com.
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