Have you always fancied trying a triathlon but felt it’s ‘not quite you’? Well if working up a sweat swimming the Serpentine followed by pounding the streets of Westminster doesn’t quite float your boat, but you’re still keen to take on a new challenge, maybe London’s first ‘mindful triathlon’ could be for you.
This September, global yoga lifestyle company Wanderlust will jog its way to Victoria Park.
Forget the gruelling activities of the usual triathlon, this event will see thousands of people engage in a five kilometre run (or walk), a 90 minute yoga class al fresco, followed by guided meditation.
Celest Pereira, of triyoga, which has branches in Camden, Chelsea, Covent Garden and Soho, and Michael James Wong, who runs a host of classes across the capital, are just some of the inspiring yoga teachers leading the workshops. Other names are expected to be announced soon.
“We’re so excited to bring the world’s first mindful triathlon to London’s gorgeous Victoria Park—the People’s Park – so the UK can experience Wanderlust for the very first time, Alan Steel of Wanderlust told Belle About Town. “The event provides an entry into mindfulness that is accessible, affordable, inclusive and fun. Many are new to meditation as well, and it’s an incredible experience to meditate outdoors with thousands of people.”
To keep the vibe going as participants take on the challenge, Wanderlust US regulars DJ Taz and Arli Liberman will be flying in for the day to live soundtrack the yoga and meditation practice.
Local organic food vendors will set up stalls at the event to keep entrants and spectatators fuelled for the day and Wunderlust’s own Kula Marketplace will introduce local craft vendors showcasing clothing, jewellery, and handcrafted items. There will also be an “adidas x Wanderlust Dome” introducing the latest collaboration between Wanderlust and sponsors adidas.
Belle also hears that partakers will be offered involvement in a variety of free classes running on the day, including Acro and Aerial yoga, community yoga, hooping, walking meditation and workshops.
Sean Hoess, Co-CEO at Wanderlust, told us: “Most triathlons are about how strong, fast and fit you are. Our focus is on how healthy, balanced and mentally strong you are, so we combined three activities that fit the bill: running, yoga and meditation. The event can be completed even by someone who has never run, practiced yoga or meditated before, but then getting grounded can be a challenge, too. Like all forms of practice, Wanderlust 108 is about the journey itself — not how fast you get there.”
Belle can’t wait to take part!
- Wanderlust 108 will take place in Victoria Park, Grove Road, London E3 5TB on September 23, 2017, 7.30am – 4.30pm. For more information visit https://wanderlust.com/. Tickets are on sale now here starting from £21.80 (early bird) – £42.50. £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Hope For Children charity.