Wanderlust Colorado Wayfarers
Meet Wanderlust's 2013 Colorado Wayfarer team! This fantastic group of yoga and festival lovers are Wanderlust's superstar community connectors. They embody the Wanderlust mission by creating community through mindful living. Find the Wayfarer closest to you, and keep an eye out for them in class. Better yet, check out their own classes and community projects, and join them at Copper Mountain this summer!
Amber Cook: Chicago, CO
Amber Cook simply loves her life teaching and practicing yoga all over the city of Chicago. She is inspired by good music, travel, community, social/global awareness, food, and most importantly the look in her students eyes. To read more about Amber, visit her website here: www.ambercookyoga.com.
Cat Buckley: Denver, CO
Cat is constantly experimenting with different ways to inspire a healthier lifestyle, including a healthy body, happy mind and loving relationships with others. In 2007 Cat took her first yoga class, this experience can only be described as pure bliss. The feeling she had leaving class with a nourished body and calm mind was nothing less than beautiful. Her love for yoga’s beauty has continued to blossom ever since. Living in Los Angeles, Cat immersed herself in the yoga community, experiencing many different aspects of yoga. In 2010 Cat graduated from a 200hr Teacher Training program at YogaWorks giving her the ability to share the essence of this ancient practice with others. Cat recently moved to Denver where she hopes to continue to spread the love, beauty & happiness of yoga with those surrounding her. By encouraging others to incorporate a routine practice of yoga, breathwork, meditation, and smiling until your cheeks hurt.
Chrispy Bhagat Singh: Austin, TX
Chrispy is a Mindfulness and Yoga Educator trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Kundalini Yoga, focusing on MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Not only a facilitator for Asana and Mindfulness, he is also a Spiritual Intelligence Mentor and an Ordained Rector, and uses these modalities to bring clarity, empowerment and transformation to each class. Chrispy seeks to combine the dynamic flow of Ashtanga, the subtle energetics of Kundalini and the sweaty good times of Vinyasa into a transformational experience - moving meditations, physical prayer, transcendence and surrender, passion and compassion. His current focus includes moving into and facilitating Conscious Activism, teaching the asana practice of yoga in multiple settings to diverse audiences, and instructing MBSR. He is also the founder of a non-profit service organization, Austin Yoga Tribe, which currently works to raise funds and awareness to support Global Seva projects. Find out more about Chrispy at www.rockstaryoga.us.
Colin Carman: Breckenridge, CO
Colin is excited to be a part of the Wayfarer program. He holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is currently a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library. He discovered yoga during the stresses of graduate school in 2005 and now, in addition to teaching English at Colorado Mountain College, teaches yoga at Meta Yoga Studios in Breckenridge, CO and the Breckenridge Recreation Center. His preferred yoga styles are vinyasa and hatha. In addition to his blog of film criticism, which can be found at colincarman.com, he is an active scholar in British Romanticism; a review, published through Hyde Yoga Clothes and Apparel, can be found here. This will be Colin’s second time participating in the Wanderlust Festival.
Elizabeth Whitt: Grand Junction, CO
Originally from Eastern Kentucky, where there is not a budding yoga community, Elizabeth moved to the Western slopes of Colorado almost 6 years ago and has been in heaven. With the outdoors at her fingertips she is constantly out hiking, running, snowshoeing, skiing, and supporting her friends in their outdoor pursuits. She discovered a local Heated Vinyasa class 4 years ago and has been consistently practicing ever since. She has become a Yoga Geek and will practice poses whenever she's out on the trails. She loves traveling throughout Colorado trying different Yoga studios, classes and attending various Yoga festivals. She got the opportunity to attend Wanderlust Copper Mountain in 2012 and found a wonderful home and community and is beyond excited to represent them as a Wayfarer in 2013.
Jenny Wiley: Wichita, KS
Jenny works in advertising in Wichita, Kansas and began practicing yoga five years ago as a way to balance her high-energy job with her grounded essence. She now uses asanas as a part of her everyday life, from sitting stretches at her desk to playing with her kids mid-pose. When she’s not at work or on the mat, you can find this Midwest-born girl attending music festivals, making and practicing with hula hoops and camping and enjoying the Kansas countryside with her family. “I think that the Wanderlust Festival is an amazing opportunity to celebrate our collective, natural energy through yoga, music and honoring nature. I’m excited to share the love and mission of the festival with my community!” Follow her on Twitter.
Justin Kaliszewski: Denver, CO
A recently reformed meat-head and retired amateur cage fighter, Justin brings a lifetime of travel and world's worth of experience in battling the ego to the mat. An avid student, artist, and treasure hunter, he infuses a creativity and perseverance into his teachings, along with a distinct blend of humor and wisdom that redefines what it means to be an Outlaw and a yogi...He teaches Outlaw Yoga around the world and is happy to call Denver home. Find him on the web at his website, www.outlawyoga.org and on Facebook.
Kellyn Johnson: Aspen, COKellyn calls Aspen, Colorado her home and kicking off point for her big-hearted adventure called life. She teaches Vinyasa Yoga and works for lululemon athletica which allows her to combine her two favorite things, yoga and community. Kellyn absolutely loves how teaching yoga allows her to be creative, deepen her relationships with friends and family and meet new people. Kellyn had an amazing upbringing living in Colorado, Alaska, and Arizona. She was raised to love and be drawn to the outdoors. Off her mat, you can find Kellyn on her snowboard, mountain bike or lost in the mountains with friends and a backpack. Kellyn aims to live each day with a mantra in mind and on paper, today has never been lived, so go make life happen. Website & Blog: www.kellynjohnsonyoga.com
Kelsey Kopecky: Nashville, TN
Living an abundant life though music, movement, and art, Kelsey finds that all things are truly connected. While Kelsey is touring across the country performing with her band, "Kopecky Family Band," her yoga mat collects little pieces of each adventure. While off the road she calls Nashville, TN home, and is blessed by the vibrant yoga community in Music City. Whether on stage or on the mat, operating from a place of vulnerability has become her sacred daily practice. Wanderlust Festival celebrates the intersection between yoga and music, which makes each festival a celebration to remember. Follow her on twitter for all things Wanderlust Colorado!
Kirk Lautensleger: Denver, CO
Kirk was working 90 hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Along with being a yoga instructor, he is a visionary and entrepreneur. His yoga ignited his desire to “yogafy” the world by making yoga accessible to as many people as possible through his company peoplesyoga.com, that streams live studio yoga classes. He is also a partner in Kindness Yoga in Denver. Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he creates a class that is playful and inviting while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury free. His classes are themed with a message that is accessible and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk helps you to connect with your higher Self as you peel away the layers and bring out the best in yourself.
Sarah Murray: Denver, CO
What began as a physical challenge and a welcome break from college studies, yoga continues to evolve in Sarah’s life. The path of her practice has brought the gifts of gratitude, peace of mind, and strength. Working as a therapist at Mount Saint Vincent, an organization in Denver that serves children who have experienced trauma, neglect, or mental illness, Sarah draws off of her yoga practice to empower the children and families to live better lives. Wanderlust has magically combined yoga, music, the outdoors, meditative elements, and a like-minded community into one unforgettable experience, year after year. Sarah looks forward to experiencing and sharing Wanderlust in her home state of Colorado for the second year in a row.