wanderlust whistler: yoga on liquid
posted: August 2, 2014
A special vibe has taken over Whistler. I could feel it, instantly, upon arrival.
This something-in-the-air wasn’t about the floral headband-making station or the fun, temporary metallic tattoo booth, necessarily. I was delighted by these spirited diversions, but it was the epidemic of broad smiles and electric energy that stood out for me. Here we were, thousands of positive people coming together for a long weekend of life celebration.
And so Wanderlust Whistler 2014 began…
Distracted by the myriad tattoos, I lost track of time and realized my first class—stand-up paddleboard yoga—was soon to begin. Speed-walking got me there quickly, but the truth was, Whistler was now on the Wanderlust clock…no rushing, no stress.
I’d envisioned a challenge at SUP yoga. However, a paddleboard is not so easy to flip.
And so, SUP yoga began peacefully. We paddled to an anchored rope (the “studio”), clipped in side-by-side, and sat down to absorb our surroundings: a million trees, and the lakeshore peppered with mountain cabins.
Yogi Melissa Longfellow instructed us to sway our boards back and forth rigorously to sense the stability. It’s important to trust your board, and they are indeed dependable. Only two Wanderlusters lost balance the entire Vinyasa Flow class.
The most challenging positions are side-facing when you’re no longer straddling the width of the board. Bridge pose was surprisingly easy, while a twist from low lunge felt risky.
Being enveloped by the wind, the sun and the water during yoga was spiritual in the way it connected us to our environment. Muscles were shaky due to the extra work of balancing. Savasana, heightened by the water’s movement, was especially soothing.
As our class ended and we paddled to shore, and I sensed a powerful feeling of gratitude for this beautiful opportunity to experience a unique interpretation of yoga was felt by all.
Erin is a contributing food reporter for CTV Morning Live and The Rush on Shaw TV in Vancouver. She is also the banana bread-loving owner of To Die For, an artisan baked goods company specializing in premium loaves (don’t miss her lemon loaf, either). Find her restaurant and recipe recommendations on Twitter, or follow her on Instragram.