I recently drove across country from New York City to Los Angeles just in time to settle in and prepare for the honor of both teaching and DJing at the upcoming Tadasana Festival, Earth Day weekend in Santa Monica, CA April 20-22, 2012. There are a few yoga and music festivals to attend throughout the year, all featuring amazing teachers, live music and great speakers. Tadasana will be the first of its kind in Santa Monica, and sets itself apart both at night and during asana classes by featuring live performances with DJs, kirtan singers, local folk musicians, and famed world music artists Karsh Kale, Manrose, Ame Kora, and Cheb I Sabbah – just to name a few.
Tadasana will be a celebration of local culture, with an emphasis on eco conscious themes, making it a not-to-missed spot to spend in community Earth Day weekend. For those of you making a road trip to join us, here are a few tips to thrive by:
1) Don’t drive at night, unless you absolutely have to.
2) Never drive more than 7 hours a day; I prefer driving 4 or 5 hours. This gives you a sufficient amount of time to enjoy and rest at your final destination, plus time to stop and take in some sights along the way.
3) Stop in towns with colleges, they often have health food stores, yoga studios, art galleries, good music and food venues.
4) Nurture your self along the way, find the local hot springs, get a good body work session, take a yoga class, walk in nature.
5) Find moments of gratitude every day, even on the difficult days. Keep tilling the fertility of your experiences to reap life’s subtle messages sent to you. Keep a journal about your experiences.
For more details on my favorite places to practice Yoga, eat and shop for farm fresh healthy foods, eco-friendly lodgings, hot spring sites, and otherwise awe inspiring places to explore when traveling from the East Coast to the West, visit the Body Mind Gifts blog.
Body Mind Gifts founder, Vanessa Kudrat, is a Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga teacher and wellness coach. She first discovered Yoga, thanks to her 3rd grade teacher in the LA public school system, in the 1970’s and has been a Yoga/Health nerd ever since. For the past 15 years, she has had the honor of guiding people to discover their balance by sharing healing morsels for the body and mind. You may also know her as DJ Ganesha Del Mar. Vanessa Kudrat will be teaching at the Tadasana International Yoga & Music Festival over Earth Day weekend on the beach in Santa Monica, CA, April 20– 22. Click here to check out the festival website and purchase tickets. Enter the code kudrat8 for a $50 discount! (Please note that discount codes expire April 1.)