wanderlust vermont: ask a yogi
posted: July 17, 2013
Yoga ambassador Elizabeth Crisci taught at Wanderlust Vermont for the first time. Below is an excerpt from her interviews– for more from her interviews check out her blog
While I was at Wanderlust Vermont I was able sit down with three of my teacher inspirations, Gabrielle Bernstein, Tiffany Cruikshank and Elena Brower about what they love at Wanderlust, their teaching and their lives.
Gabbrielle Bernstein, Tiffany Cruikshank and Elena Brower
What were you most looking forward to at Wanderlust Vermont this year?
Elena Brower: Seeing my friends and teaching with them is super nourishing for me. Some of my dearest friends and colleagues in the yoga world are at Wanderlust, and being together fills me up. The music, the teachers and the teachings are superb. I only wish I could take more classes.
Elizabeth and Tiffany talk about teaching yoga at Wanderlust
When you’re teaching big events, what is your preparation like? Is it different from your normal teaching prep?
Tiffany Cruikshank: I think the biggest thing when you’re teaching at a festival like this is that you have to be aware that people are practicing all day, all weekend.
The content is going to be a little bit different. I compare it to running a marathon. Each and every person at a festival is running a marathon this weekend; I’m not going to blow them out by teaching like I would teach an hour and a half home class.
But my preparation is the same, I like writing out sequences, I enjoy that even if I don’t always follow them, it helps me have a clear purpose for my teaching, what am I hoping to get out of this.
What is the most major “wow” moment of your career this far?
Gabrielle Bernstein: I’m pretty wow-ed that I’m teaching yoga. I never really thought that was going to happen, but then I found my yoga and that is pretty major for me. I’m teaching all the time now, whenever possible I teach at Golden Bridge. I lead Kundalini meditations in all my talks.
It was also a big moment for me to sit next to Oprah Winfrey, it was a great culmination of a lot of things I had been holding and envisioning. To have that come to fruition, and to feel support from her and from the universe, it was a jumpstart for me.
What does a festival like Wanderlust mean for your practice and your teaching?
Tiffany Cruikshank: I feel just as exhausted as the students by the end because I’m taking classes all day long too and I love that.
I love that pure exhausted bliss at the end of the weekend from taking four classes a day. I squeeze in as much as I can, it’s stimulating as a teacher and your mind is inspired to think in different ways, and come up with different things in your own practice.
I love this time of year, it’s my time of year to fuel up, too, and to learn from the teachers around me. There are so many great teachers here, and many that are new to me that I get to meet for the first time.
How do you think festivals and conferences fit into the culture of modern yoga?
Elena Brower: Back when I was learning how to teach, I got the most out of the times when I had a few days to just practice, learn and take notes on all the ways in which I could see myself and the whole world with more compassion.
For many of the students who really want to dive in, this is a great chance to study with so many teachers from several practices and take in as much as they can.
What is on the horizon for you that you’re really looking forward to?
Gabrielle Bernstein: I’m getting married in October! I also have a book coming out on April 14! It has lots of yoga but doesn’t yet have a title, so I’ll be excited for that to come too.[It will] really to bring this work to even more of an audience.
My intention is really to empower as many people as possible and wake them up to their capacity to heal, their capacity to serve others and to really give the goods where ever I can!
Gabrielle Bernstein at Wanderlust Speakeasy
I’m so grateful for the chance to have sat down with these inspiring and dedicated women, and so grateful for the amazing experience I had at Wanderlust Stratton Mountain this year. The countdown to WLVT 2014 is already on in my head and heart.
Elizabeth was sharing her experience through @lululemonlive. What would you want to ask a yogi? Share below!