Annie Carpenter At Wanderlust New Zealand This March!
Wanderlust New Zealand is just two months away, and we could not be more excited about heading over there this year. The festival is happening March 8-12, 2018 at the Great Lake Taupo. It's going to be 4-days of an all-out celebration of mindful living. There is an incredible line up of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs. We were thrilled to see that one of our very own San Francisco based yoga teachers, Annie Carpenter, was going to be at the festival this year! We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions before heading down under.
What are you most excited about for Wanderlust New Zealand?
New Zealand! I’ve never been and I am looking forward to the beauty of the landscape, the diversity of its flora and fauna and its people.
What will you be teaching?
An array of classes—all smart with at least some flow involved ;-)
You are known to many as a “Teacher’s Teacher,” and there are so many of us out there who are so inspired by you. I am curious who your current teachers are and who inspires you?
So many teachers have inspired me over the years. I am currently moved by the Asana classes of Richard Rosen, the writings of many great philosophers (mostly Buddhist), and the great redwoods of Northern CA and all the feathered acrobats we call birds.
I love this quote of yours, “Although our culture tends to shrink yoga to mean only the physical, asana element I believe that yoga truly is a shamanic path, capable of leading us through transformation on all levels.” How do you incorporate this into your yoga classes?
All Yoga practices, including Asana, are designed to bring us to the present moment, away from the the stress, worry and even delight of past and future concerns. This is the setting of conditions for contentment, a sustainable place that allows us to consider the essential questions of life: Who am I? What is my true purpose? What is the kind approach to be a human being on earth at this time?
Are there any words of wisdom you would like to share with our readers?
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