Rock Asana

In a year when several festivals bit the dust and others scaled back in light of the economic climate, the producers of a recent fest in Lake Tahoe, Calif., are marching to a slightly different mantra – expansion.

The first edition of Wanderlust Festival, which blended rock concerts with yoga classes at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort July 24-26, reportedly didn’t break even, but it appears organizers are considering expanding the idea to multiple locations next year.

Jeff Krasno, who heads up Velour Music Group in New York, created the festival along with his yoga teacher wife, Schuyler Grant, and partnered with C3 Presents and Starr Hill Presents for the production.

“We want people to leave feeling better than they did when they came, transformed in some positive way,” Krasno, who could not be reached at press time, told the New York Times.

Grant added the event paired the fun of a music festival with the “deeper experience” of a yoga retreat.

“To go to a three-day, fairly hedonistic experience where you’re going to be drinking, probably, and smoking a joint, maybe, and dancing all night, and then do yoga and walk away feeling good, how cool would that be?” she told the paper.

Mornings at the fest featured classes instructed by the rock stars of the yoga world, while afternoons and evenings featured performances by acts including Common, Spoon, Andrew Bird, Jenny Lewis, Broken Social Scene, Gillian Welch and Girl Talk.

While celebrity yoga instructor Shiva Rea told the paper she found the polarity of Wanderlust to be interesting, some artists seemed unsure about the vibe at the fest.

“I’m not going to do the hippie dance,” guitarist Kaki King told the Times. “I’m going to put shoes on and I’m not going to drink any mold. … I’m not going to do any yoga.”