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Yoga, Running and Meditation Collide at the Festival-Like Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust returns to Houston for what they call a mindful triathlon.

By Brittanie Shey October 6, 2017

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Imagine if, instead of focusing on endurance and strength via running, cycling and swimming, a triathlon was designed to exercise the ultimate triumvirate—mind, body and spirit? That's what Wanderlust, known for their Austin City Limits-like yoga festivals and line of yoga studios, is promising. They're returning to Houston on Oct. 14 for what they call a "mindful triathlon," combining running, yoga and meditation into a concert-like atmosphere called The Wanderlust 108.

The Wanderlust 108 first came to Houston in 2015. This year, $1.08 of each ticket sold will go to the Greater Houston Community Foundation's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. In addition, another $1.08 from each ticket will go to No Kid Hungry, which works to end childhood hunger in local communities across the US.

One hundred and eight is a special number in the both yoga and Hinduism. Mala beads, which are used for meditation and prayer, contain 108 beads. This comes from the belief that there are 108 attendants of the god Shiva. There are also 108 Upanishads, a set of sacred texts that inform Hinduism.

Unlike the MS150, the number isn't significant to the distance of the triathlon. The day will start with a 5K run at the Buffalo Bayou Waterworks, followed by a 90-minute yoga class led by yoga-lebrity Chelsey Korus. After the class, Noah Levine will lead a guided meditation. Levine is the author of the popular 2004 memoir Dharma Punx, which traced his transformation from prison and teenage drug addiction to Buddhist. Tunes for the event will be provided by DJ Taz Rashid.

In addition to the triathlon, the Wanderlust 108 also features a marketplace with local crafts, athleisure wear, jewelry, a juice bar in a geodesic dome and more. The event will also feature mini pop-up classes for attendees to try things like walking meditation, aerial yoga and other classes from local teachers. The event begins at 7:30 a.m., and ticket prices start at $20.

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