Trailblazer: Ali Kaukas
Ali Kaukas is Wanderlust's resident photographer extraordinaire. She hails from Manchester, Vermont, but can often be found surfing the waves of Costa Rica, leading a dance party in Brooklyn, or on a lustful adventure somewhere in between. We are grateful to have Ali's incredible eye for beauty to capture the essence of our Wanderlust festivals! Sign up here to take Wanderlust's first ever photography workshop with Ali at Wanderlust O'ahu, and check out her trailblazer answers below....
WJ: What aspects of yoga mediation spirituality do you bring into your work?
AK: Dropping in. Connecting. Being fully present.
In yoga. In photography.
Getting into a rhythm with my breath, letting thoughts drop out and feelings flood in. Observing my body, using my breath, feeling the energies surrounding me.
In Photography and in yoga.
WJ: How did you get involved with yoga?
AK: I have always liked to move my body (and mind) around a lot. I don't think I ever got involved in yoga at a specific point, I think it was always there but it didn't have the name 'yoga' attached to it. But now it is YOGA and I couldn't be more grateful that it is part of my life, that it is my life.
WJ: What is your favorite pose?
AK: At the moment I really like to be upside down. Zing!!!
WJ: What is feeding your Wanderlust?
AK: In search of experiences // In search of LIFE // in search of light. The thought of all the potential interactions with humans and nature are endless, and that excites me to the MAX! I want to dive in and feel what I am experiencing and then reemerge a little changed. To gain a new perspective or learn how someone else thinks. I want to see all the bees in the world collecting pollen to be turned into a sweet nectar. I want to feel the warmth of the sunshine from many different oceans. I want to be swayed by the tides and pulled by the moon, landing in places that expand. Expand my mind and open my heart.
WJ: If you could leave one legacy for your community what would it be?
AK: I think the best thing I got to give is a big ol' smile. I will pass that on for sure.