Social City’s SOCIAL in the CITY has been excitedly anticipating the upcoming WANDERLUST FESTIVAL in Whistler BC for it’s second year. We’re proud to have partnered up with Wanderlust this year as media support, and look forward to attending and covering the Music & Yoga festival. Part of what makes Wanderlust Festival a unique experience is the focus: bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more — all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. Not only is this festival exciting and active, it’s also regenerative and invigorating. We’re talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Hiking on peaceful trails and practicing your favorite yoga pose on at the top of the mountain. Sipping poolside cocktails with your friends, and then enjoying a tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances – it’s an all-out ecstatic celebration in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world. Best thing about it – any level of yogi is welcome. Not even a yogi? You can still come too.
One of the amazing aspects of this festival is the Yoga Instructors from far and wide coming to share their practices with you. One of these incredible instructors is Amber Joliat.
Amber’s unique approach and dancelike sequences set her apart from the norm. She is breaking the mold of what a yoga or Pilates class looks like. From her famous FUSION class to her large-scale themed classes WANDERLUST FESTIVAL, and in parks, hotels and retreats around the world, Amber creates seamless sequences that challenge and empower the entire body. Finding balance between grounded poses, conscious breath and beautiful expression is what she strives to achieve in each class. Being a very dance, yoga and Pilates instructor, Amber is charged with creativity, sequence and flow. She’s well trained in encouraging students to push limits, while feeling safe and strong.
SC: Describe what community means to you in one word:
SC: What about Wanderlust attracted you to participate, and how do you feel it benefits the community?
Amber: Wanderlust is a gathering of open minded, active living, nature loving, adventure seeking people – and that is something I can fully get behind! Bursting with pride and joy that I am able to have the opportunity to teach at this festival, it’s a dream come true.
SC: What is one major lesson/learning you are taking away from this communal event, as well as your experience involved in it?
Amber: Change is possible. I believe that the positive power of yoga will shift the world.
SC: Why is community important to you (personally)?
Amber: Community is an extension of family. I run a studio in Toronto, and it’s the community there day in and day out that remind me of the tremendous love in the world.
SC: What is a personal experience you have had where social networking has benefited you in accomplishing your dreams?
Amber: As we now have social media as a tool to use to close barriers, distance and boundaries, I feel generally there are more opportunities to connect on a global scale in a really personal way. Sharing special moments or photos have allowed me to freely express myself and learn about others in a big way. I recently travelled and documented the whole time with instagram. After returning I was amazing by how many people were inspired to travel just by watching my own adventure. That was special!
SC: What is some advice that you would like to share to aspiring community leaders?
Amber: Keep your eyes open, your heart ready, and always find your inspiration. Life is constantly changing, so learning to ride the moments like waves will provide rhythm and balance.
SC: What is your socially conscious contribution to your community?
Amber: Owning a yoga studio is an interesting thing. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga. Knowing that is not always possible, I offer classes to those who have obstacles in life, disabled or injured, new mothers, financial restrictions – whatever it may be.
Amber completed the Downward Dog Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2004 and continues to study the art of Yoga; her teachers vary from artist, musicians, dancers and yogis. To further her teaching vocabulary and understanding of anatomy, she also studied with Stott Pilates and The Pilates Process for her Mat and Reformer Pilates certification. Within no time she was teaching across Toronto. In 2010, she opened MISFITSTUDIO, and has not looked back since. A proud Lululemon Ambassador, student of life and creative lover, she is keen to broaden the boundaries of Pilates and yoga. (Source: http://www.misfitstudio.com)
Check out what Amber is up to here: http://misfitstudio.com/
Writer: Sara Rose McKenna
Social City Networking INC.: SOCIAL in the CITY 2013