GoRecess Studio Spotlight: Ben Heath & Hilly Flora of Wanderlust LIVE; Austin, TX
About Ben & Hilly: Wanderlust LIVE instructors Ben Heath and Hilly Flora were lucky enough to find each other amongst piles of used books a decade ago and have been building a life of purpose together ever since. They are constantly inspired by the beauty and resilience of life on this amazing planet and feel a strong connection to all beings they share it with.
With backgrounds in martial arts, Eastern religion, philosophy, history, bodywork and 15+ years studying and teaching yoga, Ben and Hilly enjoy sharing this knowledge by offering training that helps others deepen their practice and begin their journey toward becoming teachers themselves. They spend the majority of their time developing and improving their training and share an enduring passion for this service.
Types of classes offered and teaching style: Wanderlust LIVE offers vinyasa, power flow, YoStrong (vinyasa with weights), restorative, and yin classes. Ben and Hilly teach what they practice, an anatomically informed, alignment based, breath centered class that is infused with pranayama (yogic breathing/breath control), meditation and philosophy based on the 8 limbs of yoga.
They believe that every day spent in the service of others brings us closer to ourselves and hope that their work inspires others to lead a more conscious life so that all beings everywhere can be happy and free from suffering. It is through a strong asana practice that one can heal the physical, energetic and spiritual self in order to find the well-being needed to pursue a life of self-knowledge. They base their lives in their daily yoga practice as a way to cleanse their physical and energetic bodies and calm the mind so that they can see clearly. It is this clearing of samskaras and their effort to gain understanding and connection to their higher selves that we teach from. When yoga is practiced in its entirety, the natural evolution is awareness of the self and our inherent connection to all beings.
What makes Wanderlust LIVE unique and why you should try it:
The idea for Wanderlust LIVE came from the Wanderlust Festival which is a one-of-a-kind, yoga and music phenomenon. It brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers and top chefs and winemakers to some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
"Yoga First. Music Always." Wanderlust LIVE hosts incredible yoga programming, top acoustic music shows, DJ sets, yoga classes to live music, inspirational speaker series, film screenings, community fundraiser events and more. The space holds two beautiful studios, a retail boutique, an organic cafe with patio seating and men's and women's locker rooms.
Wanderlust LIVE's purpose is to create a community that inspires people to better their lives and make a difference. Wanderlust LIVE's passion is to offer a one-of-a-kind experience that builds strength, flexibility, openness, mindfulness and vitality.
How Ben & Hilly spend their time outside of class: While they take yoga seriously, Ben and Hilly also believe in enjoying everything that life has to offer and having fun both inside and outside of class. They love to travel, spend time in the ocean, rock-climb, skydive, kayak, camp and hang out with loved ones. They also believe that this life is meant to be lived in the service of others and spend as much time as we can in the practice of karma yoga.
Ready to rock your asana while rockin' to great tunes? Wanderlust LIVE has them both ready for you.