Happy Monday, friends!
How was your weekend? I spent most of my weekend working on my thesis, so I wanted to share with you my last weekend festivities when I went to Washington, D.C. to attend the Wanderlust 108 Festival and visit the new Barre3 Alexandria studio.
My last year as a graduate student is as hectic as ever, so when I heard that the Wanderlust festival was coming to D.C. and Barre3 was opening a new studio in Alexandria and offering a free class the same weekend, I knew I had to make a trip up.
For those of you who don’t know, Barre3 is pretty much my religion–the focus on mindfulness, connection, intention, and body/mind awareness coupled with a highly effective workout keeps me focused and grounded during all of the chaos of my daily life, and I try to do at least 1 workout each day online.
Since the studio in Alexandria wasn’t quite open yet, we did the free class Saturday morning in the atrium of the building. It was so fun to be near people who had the same values and participate in the community workout instead of just doing the online videos that I typically do.
I also managed to get a little shopping and touring done while I was in Alexandria before heading to the Wanderlust festival the next day.
The Wanderlust 108 festivals are billed as a mindful triathlon and include a 5k, yoga, and meditation. It had been pretty rainy the day before, but the rain held off the morning of the event, thankfully, and the sun broke out just as we were finishing.
You also had the option to sign up for additional “classes” after the main triathlon so I signed up for yet another mini Barre3 class to finish off the day.
I definitely was more than a little sore the next few days, but left feeling much more refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester!