Today is the third in our series of "Trailblazers" that we will bring you every Tuesday. Our Wanderlust Trailblazer spotlight gives you the chance to learn more about the inspiring figures that make up the extended Wanderlust family. Today we are happy to present David Romanelli, a Wanderlust Festival yoga instructor who takes participants through vinyasa flows and deep stretches to pull awareness into the present. David shares his most inspiring anecdotes and leaves festival goers with the reminder to be more present. Here are our five questions for David Romanelli:
WL - What aspects of yoga / meditation / spirituality do you bring into your work?
DR - What most interests me is how to make yoga relevant to the craziness of everyday life. What good is being able to do all these fancy poses if you are a head case when things get stressful? So that's why, in my workshops, I combine yoga with chocolate, wine, jazz, food… it's a way of fusing yoga with everyday life. Because when you are going crazy in the full fury of your day, you usually can't bust into a warrior 2 as easily as you can turn on some jazz or savor a piece of chocolate.
WL - How did you get involved with yoga?
DR - I took Seane Corn's class in September of 1996. It was the greatest workout and a profoundly spiritual experience. That those 2 things could be combined in one activity had me hooked for life. Then, in 1998, I got together with a few friends (Ian Lopatin and Vanessa Lee, co-founders of Spiritual Gangster and Aaron King of King Yoga) and co-founded a chain of yoga studios in Arizona. It was all about making yoga more accessible, more fun. I started teaching, then doing workshops, then writing my blog, and it's like an avalanche of yoga passion that just kept getting better.
WL - What's your favorite pose?
DR - Balancing on my chin with my legs in the air and my hands interlaced behind my back. It's great for a hangover.
WL - What's feeding your wanderlust today?
DR - Unique sensory experiences: foods, landscapes, sounds. I think life tends to be sort of vague. We eat the same things, walk the same route to work, watch the same shows. So much of life is hiding and there's a certain amount of discovery required to unleash it.
WL - If you could leave one legacy for your community what would it be?
DR - A devout worship of The Present Moment.
is a pioneer for integrating ancient traditions into pop culture. David is now launching The Momenteer Movement to restore the present moment's proper place in the modern world. His past explorations included Yoga for Foodies, Yoga + Chocolate, and Yoga + Wine which have been featured in Food + Wine, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Oprah Magazine. David's book "Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment"
reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Check him out at www.momenteer.com.