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Wanderlusting on Oahu

 Wanderlust Festival is a four-day yoga and music event that has come to Oahu in February for the last four years.  The festival takes place is many other locales, such as Whistler, Lake Tahoe, and Aspen to name a few. I have participated in this event every year, yet in a different way each time.

In 2013, the first year that the traveling festival arrived on Oahu, I had just returned home to Hawaii from my first ever 200 hour Kundalini yoga teacher training immersion course in India. I was still buzzing from 3 weeks of non-stop yoga from dawn till dusk.  I had changed completely in just three weeks, from learning a different philosophy than what I grew up with, even though inherently I knew this "new" information had been with me all along.  I arrived on Oahu to some extreme life changes. My friend's property I had been leasing where my jewelry production studio existed had sold while I was in India. I came home knowing I had only 2 weeks to find a new location to run my business. The day after my return to Hawaii, I somehow found myself with a free (one-day) ticket to the festival.  I was so happy to return to Oahu with the festival in full swing, realizing that many other people out there in the world enjoy yoga as much as I do. I had found my people!  The day after the festival completed, I found my new commercial space where I would soon open up my boutique and yoga studio.  The first year of Wanderlust Oahu proved to be successful, and a 4 year contract with Turtle Bay was sealed.

The second year, I arrived at Wanderlust Oahu as a "wayfarer," an ambassador of sorts, someone who spreads the word about the festival, promoting it through various avenues, in exchange for a free 4 day pass. I performed at the opening ceremony of the festival with a Hawaiian chant, or papa oli, "E ho mai," a chant asking for knowledge and guidance from our ancestors above, and I enjoyed attending multiple classes per day, expanding my yogic knowledge and experiencing a variety of teachers and styles from abroad.  Getting to experience the festival from behind the scenes put me in touch with the coordinators and I felt grateful to be a part of something so special!

The third year, in 2015, I was asked to present as a teacher at Wanderlust Oahu. I taught 4 kundalini classes as well as one meditation class. I was pushed beyond my comfort level, teaching to classes of more than 200 students, something I only imagined would be possible.  Growing up, my biggest fear was public speaking; I used to be the girl in school who hated speaking in front of the class, pouring sweat, turning beet red and speaking way too softly for anyone to hear me.  Fast forward 20 years, and I was leading groups of people into all kinds of asana and pranayama. How did this happen? I guess it needed to happen for me to grow. Perhaps I do have something worthy to say?

And this year of 2016, I was happy to attend the festival in yet another facet. I set up as vendor, sharing my jewelry booth with Teeki Clothing. They produce yoga clothing from recycled plastic bottles. Clothing with a conscience. How cool is that? You're actually helping the earth by wearing their clothes.  I set up my jewelry collections outside in the marketplace in a tent for four days. I was able to meet so many wonderful women who came by to peruse my jewelry designs.  I love sharing my simple & subtle, feminine designs with women to accent their natural beauty.  I am so grateful to have connected with so many conscious individuals and I loved sharing my artwork with people from around the world.

Above: Our bustling lounge-style booth at the festival.
Below: A shot of our bamboo earring display.
Photos by Ali Kaukas.

I am feeling energized and rejuvenated after the four day festival, even though I am physically exhausted. My yoga batteries have been recharged, and I feel the collective energy of people who believe in yoga as a healing modality and a way to raise human consciousness.  I absolutely love the festival vibe at Wanderlust.  Everyone was so happy to be at the festival, to be around like-minded individuals who love yoga, to be out of their normal day-to-day grind, and to experience many different people and styles of yoga.  Classes at the event ranged from acro-yoga, hula hoop yoga, stand-up-paddleboard yoga, goddess flow yoga, chakra yoga, Hawaiian cultural trail walks, fun-loving happy dance yoga, slack-lining, and even kirtan and mantra.  Every night, there was great live music, such as Trevor Hall and Citizen Cope, DJ Drez and MC Yogi, so we danced our asses off. Literally.

One of my favorite things about the festival this year is that my mom got to attend with me.  Although I was working 14 hour days, (mixed in with some yoga and food breaks,) I got to spend some quality time with my mom, and she got to experience this wonderful event.  We met tons of other mother-daughter teams at the festival, and I see how happy the moms are to be there with their daughters.  My mom had a free four-day pass gifted to her by lululemon, so she was able to attend a variety of classes and even help out in my booth a little so I could attend a class.  Just having her presence there and seeing her happy makes me happy.  Her youthful spirit and radiant energy were a gift to all who she came in contact with.  

My mother looking beautiful and feeling radiant. Photo by Ali Kaukas.

The festival is now complete, and life goes on.  Looking at the photos from this amazing event reminds me of what can be created in our own daily lives if we just take the time to be in the moment, to appreciate all that we do have and to be present with each gift of breath.

Aloha and Namaste,

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Gem Guide

Amazonite | Amethyst |  Apatite  |  Aquamarine  |  Chalcedony  |  Chrysoprase  |  Citrine  |  Druzy  |  Fluorite  |  Freshwater Pearl  |  Garnet  |  Iolite  |  Kyanite  |  Labradorite  |  Lapis Lazuli  |  Lemon Quartz  |  Moonstone  |  Mother of Pearl  |  Opal  |  Peridot  |  Pink Opal  |  Puka Shells  |  Pyrite  |  Quartz  |  Rose Quartz  |  Rhodochrosite  |  Ruby  |  Sunstone  |  Tanzanite  |  Topaz  |  Tourmaline  |  Turquoise

     

Agate

  • agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy,
  • harmonizes the yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe
  • metaphysically, agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence
                              

Amazonite

  • heals and opens both the heart and throat chakras to enhance loving communication
  • Assists in manifesting universal love
  • Soothes emotional trauma
  • Alleviates worry and fear
    

Amethyst

  • symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom
  • using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings and love of the divine
  • helps overcome fears and cravings, as well as relieve headaches
  • can also be used as a dream stone and to help insomnia by placing the stone under your pillow while sleeping
  • this powerful protective stone can transmute negative energy into loving energy and enhance intuitive guidance
       

 

Apatite  

  • aids in manifestation
  • can help deepen meditation as well as raise kundalini energy
  • aids in communication and self expression, leading to knowledge of truth through the throat chakra
        

 Aquamarine

  • reduces stress and quiets the mind
  • a stone of courage, it is believed to counteract dark forces
  • sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance
  • clears the throat chakra and encourages service to humanity
  • encourages responsibility for oneself and promotes self-expression
  

 Chalcedony

  • a powerful cleansing stone that absorbs negative energy in order to balance the body, mind and spirit
  • transforms melancholy into joy
  • eases self-doubt
  • facilitates inward self-reflection
  • creates harmony

Chrysoprase

  • stimulates self-acceptance, forgiveness and compassion
  • said to enhance fertility
  • promotes relaxation, deep meditative states and peaceful sleep
  • stimulates creativity
  • energizes the sacral and heart chakras
    

 Citrine

  • powerful cleanser and regenerator
  • warming, energizing and highly creative stone
  • absorbs, transmutes, dissipates and grounds negative energy
  • stone of abundance, teaching us how to manifest and attract wealth, prosperity and  success
  • soothes group/family discord
  • raises self-esteem and self-confidence, helping to develop a positive attitude
  • enhances concentration
  • helps overcome depression and fear
  • promotes inner calm so wisdom can emerge
    

Druzy

  • encourages clarity of mind
  • stimulates the rising of Kundalini energy to the crown chakra
  • balances the chakras
  • amplifies the energy of the surrounding stones
    

Fluorite

  • powerful mineral that helps ground your energy and improve focus
  • absorbs negative energies within the environment
  • helps heal infections and disorders within the body
    

 

Freshwater Pearl

  • symbol of love and purity
  • promotes truth and loyalty
      

 Garnet

  • balances the root chakra
  • stimulates passion and creativity
  • promotes courage needed to overcome challenges or situations of crisis
  • improves self-confidence
  • works to heal blood-related diseases
     

Green Onyx

  • physically, onyx is beneficial for teeth, bones, bone marrow, the feet, and blood disorders.
  • a secretive stone that assists in keeping your own counsel
  • provides support and relief in times of exceptional stress and confusion
  • can be used to heal old grief and suffering

Iolite

  • activates the third eye, enhancing visualization and intuitive insight
  • aids in understanding
  • helps you express your true self
  • creates harmony in relationships

Jade

  • a "dream stone" that when placed on the forehead can bring insightful dreams and emotional release
  • a symbol of purity and serenity
  • much revered in the East, it is associated with increasing love in the heart chakra 
  • releases negative emotions
        

 

Kyanite

  • opens the throat chakra, encouraging self-expression and communication
  • excellent for meditation; amplifies high frequency energies
  • cuts through ignorance, fear and blockages
  • boosts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety

 Labradorite

  • connects you to your higher consciousness
  • brings light to the wearer and blocks negative energy
  • stimulates intuition
  • balances fears and insecurities
  • strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe
  • a stone of transformation and useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance
  • a highly mystical and protective stone
      

 Lapiz Lazuli

  • opens the third eye
  • balances the throat chakra
  • stimulates enlightenment and enhances psychic abilities
  • releases stress and brings serenity and peace
  • protective stone, blocking you from negative energy
  • encourages self-expression and speaking your truth
      

 Lemon Quartz

  • meditation with lemon quartz will enhance focus on your goals with a clear, bright outlook to manifest your future as you wish it to be
  • a good luck stone, it helps usher in opportunities for abundance
  • helps curb diet-related cravings
     

Moonstone

  • balances the hormonal cycle
  • soothes and stabilizes the emotions
  • promotes intuition and helps develop clairvoyance
  • balances the sacral and solar plexus chakras
  • brings about good fortune and passionate love
    

Mother of pearl

  • attracts fortune and happiness
  • symbolizes purity, integrity and grace
     

Opal

  • enhances cosmic consciousness
  • induces psychic and mystical visions
  • reflective, karmic stone, teaching you that what you put out comes back
  • helps you realize your full potential
  • stimulates creativity

Peridot

  • promotes grace and serenity
  • brings about forgiveness of oneself and dissolves feelings of self-blame
  • enhances prosperity in all areas of life
  • gently releases anger
    

Pink opal

  • said to aid in cleansing and activating the root and sacral chakras
  • creates a feeling of being centered

Puka shells

  • originates from cone snail shells in the ocean  
  • In the Hawaiian tradition, the wearing of puka shells was thought to ensure a peaceful and safe voyage, especially for sailors on a long journey
        

Pyrite

  • excellent energy shield, blocking out negative energy
  • a positive stone, facilitating tapping into abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas
  • improves memory
  • boasts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety and frustration

Quartz

  • raises the vibration and amplifies energy
  • enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose
    

Rose Quartz

  • a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace
  • activates the heart chakra
  • purifies and opens the heart and helps to attract love
  • enhances positive affirmations

Rhodochrosite

  • helps to attract soul mates
  • clears the solar plexus chakra
  • helps you to face the truth with loving awareness
  • encourages a positive attitude
  • enhances dream states and creativity
  • can lift depressed moods and bring light into your life
     

Ruby

  • stimulates the heart chakra
  • encourages you to "follow your bliss" and passion for life
  • promotes dynamic leadership
  • attracts sexual activity
  • creates a positive and courageous mentality
  • encourages transformation and removal of negative energy

Silverite

  • Sometimes called mystic sapphire, this stone is typically a sapphire which is heat treated to give it a coating to make it shiny.  
  • They are said to facilitate peace and balance within the physical, mental and spiritual energies of the body
  • Sapphires, in all their beauty, have been highly regarded and sought after throughout history, and associated with kings, emperors and Greek gods.

Sunstone

  • clears all the chakras
  • a joyful stone which brings in light and energy, allowing the true self to shine through happily
  • encourages optimism and enthusiasm
  • acts as an anti-depressant, lifting dark moods and bringing in the regenerative power of the sun

Tanzanite

  • activates the throat chakra for clear communication and expression
  • promotes compassion
  • calms an overactive mind
  • brings a peaceful understanding of one's own heart
     

 

Tiger's Eye

  • a protective stone, bringing out integrity and promoting clarity of intention
  • alleviates depression
  • helps to mend personal issues of psychiatric dis-ease, a feeling of unworthiness and self-criticism
  • increases low-sex drive
         

Topaz

  • a soothing stone that heals and energizes
  • promotes truth and forgiveness
  • helps you to find your true path
  • stimulates self-confidence

 

 Tourmaline

  • cleanses, purifies and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration
  • grounds spiritual energy
  • clears and balances all the chakras
  • attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity
  • balances male/female energy in the body

 Turquoise

  • serves as a protective stone, keeping the wearer from harm
  • brings about good fortune
  • symbolizes friendship
  • can increase growth and muscular strength, as well as detoxify the body
  • said to balance all the chakras