This March, 12 yogis left a Wanderlust event with much more than Acroyoga awe and Moby songs stuck in their heads. They took home the first-ever Wanderlust Yoga Teacher Certification.
While the brand made a name for itself as a purveyor of chakra-stimulating yoga-music festivals, it’s now a huge yoga lifestyle brand with multiple projects, from smaller city fests to stand-alone studios. And it’s hoping to disrupt the established yoga teacher training model with this latest innovation, a yoga teacher training that combines modern digital education with yogic knowledge and community-building.
“It was two years in development. We were really sourcing and building a training from the best instructors, using the network that Wanderlust has provided us, and then taking it into the digital space,” says co-founder Jeff Krasno, whose business partner (and wife) Schuyler Grant, the founder of New York’s Kula Yoga, developed much of the curriculum.
While most yoga teacher trainings are created by individual studios and focus on one style of yoga, Wanderlust’s training focuses on imparting a basic background in alignment-based vinyasa.
Students can complete some of their coursework at the beginning of one of the Wanderlust festivals, which means they may receive instruction from a range of top teachers from different backgrounds.
Before they can get to that, though, they must finish 100 hours of pre-training coursework online, including video lessons, reading assignments, and tests. The in-person training then meets the standard 200 hour requirement, followed by another 100 hours of post-training online, bringing the total of education time to 400 hours.
“We really wanted to give the training some meat, because there are so many young people churned out of 200 hour trainings that don’t have what I would think of as a really comprehensive training background,” Krasno says.
The digital platform, of course, allows for that in a unique way, and in the post-training phase, students use video substantially. It’s a way to brush up on asansa and upload videos of their own classes to receive feedback from mentors, and the means to stay connected to classmates via an online community (maybe to make plans for a group trip to Wanderlust O’ahu?).
In the end, Krasno says, “that’s our core mission—creating community around mindful living. That is our lens around every decision we make.” —Lisa Elaine Held
For more information, visit www.wanderlust.com