The yoga festival for people who can’t afford yoga festivals

Wanderlust launches a festival tour for the every-yogi.

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The yoga-class portion of the day takes place outdoors and is set to a live DJ. Photo: Courtesy of Jake Laub/Wanderlust

Many yoga enthusiasts dream of going to Wanderlust Festival -- the multi-day yoga, music and health festival that stops in blissful vacation destinations across the U.S. and around the world.

Those dreams are often dashed by the price tags of these events: as much as $485 for a four-day pass, not including transportation, housing or food.

That’s not to say you won’t get what you pay for: Wanderlust Festival -- hosted by the production company of the same name -- centers around an “all-out celebration of mindful living.” In more specific terms, it’s a chance to do yoga with some of the best instructors in gorgeous outdoor settings and partake in inspirational lectures and nightly concerts that turn into giant dance parties.

But for those of us who depleted our checking accounts buying one too many pairs of celestial-print yoga pants, Wanderlust offers Wanderlust 108, a 30-city tour of one-day festivals celebrating fitness, meditation and healthy living.

The 2016 tour starts April 2 and ticket prices start at a friendly $39.

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Running is optional during the morning 5k. Photo: Courtesy of Jake Laub/Wanderlust

Wanderlust calls the 108 events “the world’s only mindful triathlon.” The day begins with a 5k “run,” with the running part deemed very optional. “Run or walk, prance or skip, stroll or strut,” Wanderlust assures. “Just make it to the finish line.”

The 5k is followed by a 75-minute yoga session accompanied by a live DJ. In each city, these outdoor flow classes take place in some really beautiful locales, like the expansive Lindley Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The morning wraps up with a 30-minute meditation session led by Against the Stream Meditation Society. Meditation may not be everyone’s thing, but a session conducted out in nature with hundreds of other mindfulness seekers could be a pretty amazing experience.

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Don’t know how to meditate? Sessions are led by internationally known teachers. Photo: Courtesy of Jacqueline Harriet

New for the tour this year, Wanderlust 108 will offer plenty of time to roam among attractions like the Kula Market, which features jewelry, health foods and crafts from local vendors, or the Kombucha Garden, where you can fuel up before attending a “Speakeasy lecture” on various aspects of healthy living.

Also new in 2016, add-on workshops will be offered in slacklining, acroyoga, hooping and body-art skills.

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New workshops will be offered this year in activities like acroyoga and body art. Photo: Courtesy of Jacqueline Harriet/Wanderlust

While it’s easy to be skeptical of giant events that take spiritual endeavors like yoga and meditation and turn them into for-profit body-baring bonanzas, at the end of the day, fests like the Wanderlust 108 events can be an opportunity to celebrate health and happiness and to broaden your experiential horizons.

The Wanderlust 108 tour will visit cities across the U.S.

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Wanderlust 108 festivals are a chance to celebrate health and mindfulness. Photo: Courtesy of Jacqueline Harriet/Wanderlust

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