Downward Dog, for Free, at Santa Monica Pier

Wanderlust in the City lands at our ocean's edge. And, breathe.

Friday, Jun 28, 2013  |  Updated 11:52 AM PDT
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Downward Dog, for Free, at Santa Monica Pier

Wanderlust in the City

Join hundreds on the Santa Monica Pier for a mega yoga session. Date? Sunday, June 30. Name? Wanderlust in the City. Price? Free.

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While yoga, as a pursuit, study and concept, has many paths and ways of thinking, most yogic practitioners would likely say that being grounded, in both your physical place and your thoughts, is a key element to any successful session.

Which makes Wanderlust Festival such a wonderful and welcome anomaly.

It's the major yoga festival that takes to the road each year, landing for multi-day events in spots like Squaw Valley and for one-day celebrations in major cities such as our own.

And while the California Wanderlust is just a few weeks out, Wanderlust in the City alights upon Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, June 30.

Taking "essence of Wanderlust Festivals" and applying it to a city-type locale is at the heart of the one-dayer. Also at its heart? Free yoga. It'll be one of the largest classes you'll ever attend, as people and their colorful mats fill up the pier.

Tunes of a positive and dance-vibe-y nature will flow during the day, and vendors will also be on hand (in case you need a new block or strap or mat).

It's an afternoon affair -- 1 to 6 p.m. -- and it is sure to be on the toasty side, so outfit-up accordingly. You'll also want to register, even though no admission is charged.

Want to go bigger?

Wanderlust Festival unfurls in Squaw Valley from July 18 through 21. Moby is one music headliner, and many of the world's top yoga instructors'll be on the ground.

Namaste, indeed.

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