(credit: Kelsey Tucker)

(credit: Kelsey Tucker)

If you’ve never practiced yoga in the great outdoors, your chance has arrived, and it won’t be like anything you’ve ever experienced. Yoga in the City (YITC) is coming to town on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 6 p.m., welcoming the masses to come gather in modern yogic celebration on the Santa Monica Pier.

YITC brings the essence of the wildly popular Wanderlust Festival into the city to give Angelenos a taste of their signature lifestyle events that focus on yoga, music and wellness. “Over the past three years they have been met with increasing popularity, bringing together top-of-the line talent, like-minded sponsorships and a strong, mindful community of people that make up the fabric of our brand. Every year we bring the Wanderlust experience to more people in new locations, driving forward this movement of wellness enthusiasts, and this year is no exception,” Wanderlust co-founder Jeff Krasno said.

(credit: Jennifer DeAngelis)

(credit: Jennifer DeAngelis)

Top local instructors will lead large classes infused with musical performances that will accompany the sound of the waves under your warrior pose. Scheduled classes will be lead by Cristi Chistensen (Exhale Venice), Bryan Kest (Power Yoga Santa Monica), Mia Togo (Yoga Works Santa Monica), Brock Cahill (Equinox/Yoga Works Santa Monica) and Ashley Turner (Santa Monica). Check the schedule for details so you don’t miss your favorite teacher!

MC Yogi, whose current album (Pilgrimage) fuses world beat, hip-hop, Bollywood, reggae, dancehall, house and dub will showcase his talents alongside DJ Drez, an artist that blends yesterday’s roots with the innovative urban beats of today. When not making music, both artists are also yoga teachers that literally practice what they preach.

(credit: Joy Bitonio)

(credit: Joy Bitonio)

Attendees will be fueled by a number of healthy vendors including LYFE Kitchen, which will provide culinary demonstrations and a menu of chef-inspired, good-for-you meals and Luna, which will offer samples of its nutrition bars made with organic ingredients. Avocado Pineapple Smoothies and Avocado Toast samples will be available from Avocados from Mexico and resource®, sustainably sourced 100% Natural Spring Water, will keep practitioners hydrated.

Visit the Health Lounge to relax and recharge between classes and receive great fitness, nutrition, and beauty advice from the experts. Giveaways for the mind, body and soul will be available for the taking here. Also, don’t miss your opportunity to be a Health Magazine cover model on a special Wanderlust issue!

Attendees won’t be able to resist moving their flexible post-savasana bodies to the beat of MC Yogi’s Yogi Revolution w/ DJ Drez, resulting in an all out ocean side dance party to close out the event just before the sun sets over the horizon.

To attend YITC, register online. Admission is free — just bring a yoga mat, wear sunscreen and enjoy! Biking, walking and carpooling is encouraged. Attendees can check the City of Santa Monica’s parking map for real-time parking availability in lots, structures and metered spaces online, or download the parking app.

Wanderlust Yoga In The City

Santa Monica Pier
321 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.

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