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 Bram Levinson.
Bram is a certified teacher, Lululemon Alumni Ambassador, and Centre Luna Yoga Co-Manager, Bram has been an enthusiastic yogi since 1999, and after a massive life/career change in 2008, began his Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Darby, Shankara & Joanne. With additional training from Luna Yoga’s Jennifer Maagendans, Bram incorporated all his experience on and off the mat into his yoga classes, which offer insight into alignment, breath awareness, and the ability to use laughter to get through the more challenging postures and sequences. He has co-led retreats in Canada & Mexico, and led his own in Santorini, Greece, Mljet, Croatia, and Istanbul, Turkey. Adding to his yoga classes and retreats, he started his Mentorship Program in November 2011. Bram is forever grateful to the Darbys, Jennifer Maagendans, and Joan Ruvinsky who initially offered illumination on his yogic path.
SC: Describe what community means to you in one word:
Bram: MUTUAL SUPPORT
SC: What about Wanderlust attracted you to participate, and how do you feel it benefits the community?
Bram: It brings like-minded people together, giving us a space to spend some time together and exchange ideas and practice what we love. Our community is comprised of many individuals who spend the majority of their time working as independent workers. Allowing us to meet and spend time together reminds us that we are a community, that we can share our experiences and help each other out through that sharing.
SC: What is one major lesson/learning you are taking away from this communal event, as well as your experience involved in it?
Bram: That anything is possible. It has been a dream of mine to teach at Wanderlust, and through dedication and hard work, my dream will be achieved this August in Whistler.
SC: Why is community important to you (personally)?
Bram: We are stronger together. I couldn’t do what I do, I couldn’t live my dharma on a daily basis, without my community rallying behind me and supporting me. It keeps me focused, motivated, and allows me to share my successes with those that gave me the boosts I needed when I needed them.
SC: What is a personal experience you have had where social networking has benefited you in accomplishing your dreams?
Bram: Shortly after I created my Twitter account, I started to follow Margaret Cho, one of my long-time idols. She was coming to Montreal for the Just for Laughs Festival, and shortly before she did, her management tweeted that she was looking for a personal yoga instructor. Long story short, I replied and ended up giving her a semi-private class. It was a true highlight of my career, one that I would never have experienced if it weren’t for Twitter.
SC: What is some advice that you would like to share to aspiring community leaders?
Bram: Share what you know. You have been blessed to learn precious, valuable teachings…now go share them responsibly and with the intention to give for the sake of giving.
SC: What is your socially conscious contribution to your community?
Bram: I am on a one-man mission to refocus people’s awareness to the unity we should be focusing on that gets mistaken for separation. I tell every student in every class to be aware of the deceiving nature of the human mind, and to not allow themselves to be fooled by it. We will always succeed as a common, collaborative entity, and we need to treat each other as we would treat ourselves, because we are one entity…communal, with many faces, but one nonetheless.
To find out more about Bram Levinson and what he’s up to, his website can be found at http://www.bramlevinsonyoga.com, and his insights and observations can be followed on his blog connect to the sky at http://bramlevinson.wordpress.com/.
Writer: Sara Rose McKenna
Social City Networking INC.: SOCIAL in the CITY 2013