by Kara-Leah Grant
I wanted to get in fast to make sure I didn’t miss out on registering for the classes I wanted to attend. But it took me a week to get my head around the timetable and make my choices.
There are so many great yoga teachers and classes on offer at Wanderlust, often running concurrently, plus while I might have wanted to do five 90-minute yoga classes back to back… I had to consider whether or not that was viable!
Sure, I’ve done that kind of intense yoga before, when I was doing my Prana Flow Yoga Teacher Training with Shiva Rea in LA. But even then, on days that sometimes ran from 6am until 10pm, Shiva made sure we had at least two hours off for lunch, and Yoga Nidra straight after lunch.
If I had this much trouble planning my day, I’m guessing that you may be feeling over-whelmed at the awesome Wanderlust line-up too. And I’m guessing most of you haven’t even thought about registering yet, figuring it’s not for another four months and you’ve got plenty of time.
Here’s a run down for Auckland Wanderlust to help you figure out what to book for, what to pay for, and how to organise your day.
That’s true, and for classes on the Main Stage (called The Greatest Place) which have a capacity of 1000 mats, you’re unlikely to miss out – and it’s completely free.
However, if you get in early and secure your spot, you can book a place in the first five rows of those ginormous classes. That does cost money, starting at $10 per spot, and rising up to $20 per spot as each price tier sells out (another reason to get in now and save yourself some cash).
Take a moment to feel into what this experience might be like… 1000 other yogis surrounding you, an excellent sound system, a world-renowned teacher, glorious Auckland weather, the beauty of Western Springs… what’s that going to feel like???
And where do you want to be in that class? Able to see the stage? Or languishing in the back? Hey – for some of us, languishing in the back is perfect – we can take in the entire scene and still feel relaxed and spacious. But if you know you want to be right in front amongst it… you need to book.
Aside from The Greatest Place,there also classes going on at The Mothership (capacity 130), talks at Speakeasy (capacity 250), The Shalas (each with capacity 30).
Access to Speakeasy, like access to The Greatest Place, is free. All classes at The Mothership and The Shalas are available through a Premium Ticket, which starts at $95 and rises up to $155.
Oh – I just checked and the $95 tier is already sold out, the cheapest Premium Ticket now available is $110.
A Premium Ticket gets you entrance to two classes at The Mothership and one class at The Shalas (those are all Acro-Yoga, Hooping or Anti-Gravity Yoga Classes and with only 30 people in each class, selling out fast). You also get:
- Entry to our wine tasting at Winederlust
- ‘Secure Your Spot’ for any of the The Greatest Place classes
- Pre-register for any of the Speakeasy lectures
- Access to all music (happening at The Greatest Place as the evening starts)
Finally, for those who are not coming to ANY of the day-time yoga events (including the free classes) there’s a music only ticket for the music dance party on The Greatest Place in the evening. (Music includes Ladi6, Aroha and Jed & Hera)
Is your head spinning yet? I know mine was. How on earth was I going to decide what to do?
Here’s what to consider what you’re planning your Perfect Wanderlust Experience:
1. Budget – How Much Money do You Want to Spend?
Totally Free: Are you going to just take advantage of all the free classes at The Mothership and then enjoy the music as the sun goes down? You don’t need to book anything, or pay anything, however you are encouraged to pre-register. Once you’ve pre-registered, just show up on the day ready to get loose and limber and party with the biggest yoga community gathering in New Zealand ever.
Under $50: You happy to attend all the free classes at The Mothership and rock out the music in the evening, but there’s a class or two where you want to make sure you’re in the first five rows. Choose those classes, and then Secure Your Spot.
$100+: You’re eyeing up some of the awesome classes on offer at The Mothership and you know you want to try Anti-Gravity Yoga for the first time. Plus you like to know you’ve got front row mats at The Greatest Place and guaranteed access to the Speakeasy. I want it all baby – bring it on! You want a Premium Ticket – currently $110 and on their way up.
2. Classes – Which Teachers & Classes are Tickling Your Fancy?
Once you’ve determined your budget, it’s much easier to figure out your timetable.
If you’re going Free all the way, pre-register your classes and then just turn up on the day to enjoy inspiring yoga with an amazing community vibe.
If you’re spending less than $50 on securing your spot, you need to read through all the classes at The Greatest Place and pick which ones tickle your fancy.
If you wanted, you could do them all back to back… but that’s unlikely! Don’t forget there’s also Speakeasy to consider. So make sure you check out the Speakeasy schedule too. It’s a great way to break up the yoga classes – kick back and listen to a great talk.
My pick of the Speakeasy schedule is Duncan Peak at 12pm, talking about the fundamental principles he has developed to create the methodologies featured in his new book ‘Modern Yoga’. He’s also speaking about the pillars of Power Living he developed to pioneer his successful business over the last decade. That’s one talk I want to hear! Yoga & business, yes please.
Once you know if you want to attend any of the SpeakEasy talks, it’s much easier to go back and figure out which yoga classes to secure your spot for at The Greatest Place. Remember to consider your fitness level too! Three intense classes back-to-back may not work for you, no matter how great they sound!
If you’re booking a Premium Ticket, you get to choose two yoga classes at The Mothership, plus if you get in fast enough, one class at The Shalas (Shala 1, Shala 2 etc)
Now is when planning your day gets tricky. Not only do you have Speakeasy to consider, and The Greatest Place, but The Mothership and The Shalas.
My recommendation is to get out a piece of paper and write down all the classes and lectures that take your fancy. Do it in time order and put classes that overlap or clash next to each other.
Now you’ve got an idea of everything you want to go to.
If you’ve got more than two Premium Classes, you know you have to weed out the extras.
Look at the flow of the day and consider how your body is going to cope – starting with Eoin Finn’s meditation class Relax, Renew and Wake Up Your Soul, at The Greatest Place is going to have a completely different feel than starting with Any Ippoliti’s Backbending Unleashed!
Play around until you think you’ve got the mix exactly right.
I really wanted to go and see Duncan Peak at Speakeasy, but he clashes with Amy Ippoliti’s Simply Irresistible: Hamstrings, Hips, and Lower Back class. I’ve heard she’s got some fantastic ways of bringing you into postures that can totally unlock the body. And my hamstrings, hips and lowerback are the tightest part of my body… What to do, what to do?
In the end, I decided to go with Amy – it’s one thing to listen to a guy speak, but it’s another thing to create lasting change in the body. Plus Duncan is teaching I AM, a Philosophy and Yin master class later in the day – the perfect way to end a full day of yoga, and I still get to hear him speak ;-).
Fortunately, once we get to the music… you don’t have to make any more choices. All the music is happening at The Greatest Place and you can just kick back and enjoy the show without fear of missing out on anything. Remember though, there will be dancing, so make sure you save some energy for the evening!
Don’t forget about the mindful marketplace, which is open to the general public. All are encouraged to wander through and check it out! If there is room those passing by you’re even encouraged to join a class or two, before dancing your butt off to some of New Zealand’s best musical acts. Oh yes, Wanderlust is nothing if not inclusive. There’s something for everyone, at every budget level, and every level of yoga experience – including none at all!
And there you have it, detailed instruction on how to figure out your perfect Wanderlust Experience.
All of my examples are based on the Auckland event – the Sydney and Melbourne event have the same event locations, but slightly different timetables. If you haven’t already, I would suggest heading over to Wanderlust’s website (use the links in the last sentence) and checking out the timetable, securing your spots or buying a Premium Ticket.
Yes, it’s still three months to go, but the lowest priced Premium ticket has already sold out.
You don’t want to plan your perfect Wanderlust Day and then discover that the classes you’re salivating over are already sold out!
Let me know what you decide – which classes do you want to attend?