Wanderlust 108 Atlanta

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I spent most of Sunday morning at Piedmont Park watching people be really healthy. Wanderlust 108 came to Atlanta and 1,200 people came out early to participate in the mindful triathlon of running, meditation and yoga. It was quite a sight as people made their way through the park during the 5k, heading back to finish line to then participate in meditation with former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell followed by yoga led by instructors Octavia Raheem and Neda Honarvar. Mitchell was a particular inspiration as he attributes meditation and yoga to healing his paralysis from a tackling injury. The entire event lasted well into the afternoon as people spent the day working on their mind, body and spirit.

Joel Huff (left) gives out high fives as he stretches with the other participants of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Joel Huff (left) gives out high fives as he stretches with the other participants of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Ash Akley (center) takes off from the starting line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Ash Akley (center) takes off from the starting line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Allison Piltz (left) and Aurora Chase take off from the starting line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Allison Piltz (left) and Aurora Chase take off from the starting line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Participants in Wanderlust 108 cross the bridge over the lake at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Participants in Wanderlust 108 cross the bridge over the lake at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Hayley Thacher (left) runs towards the finish line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Hayley Thacher (left) runs towards the finish line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Sarah Pyke (left) gives Lindsay Schaaf a high five as she nears the finish line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Sarah Pyke (left) gives Lindsay Schaaf a high five as she nears the finish line during the 5k portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Michelle Higbee (right) and Nicole Espinal work out with hula hoops as they wait for the meditation portion of the event to begin during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Michelle Higbee (right) and Nicole Espinal work out with hula hoops as they wait for the meditation portion of the event to begin during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Brook Machin (right) and Dana Blair practice their yoga poses as they wait for the meditation portion of the event to begin during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Brook Machin (right) and Dana Blair practice their yoga poses as they wait for the meditation portion of the event to begin during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell tells the story of his paralyzing injury and his recovery through meditation and yoga during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell tells the story of his paralyzing injury and his recovery through meditation and yoga during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell tells the story of his paralyzing injury and his recovery through meditation and yoga during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell tells the story of his paralyzing injury and his recovery through meditation and yoga during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Macy Lister practices meditation during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Macy Lister practices meditation during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Alexandrea Kneece (left) holds her husband Stephen's hand as they meditate during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Alexandrea Kneece (left) holds her husband Stephen’s hand as they meditate during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Melissa Ireland practices meditation during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Melissa Ireland practices meditation during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Melvin Jones (left) plays the trumpet as he and the rest of the Good Times Brass Band performs on stage during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Melvin Jones (left) plays the trumpet as he and the rest of the Good Times Brass Band performs on stage during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Bethany Richards (left), Gisselle Suarez, Sandy Chiu, Harry Averell, Koko Bergers, Lizzie Baxter, Dominique Angelecca and Monica Callender dance as the Good Times Brass Band performs on stage during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Bethany Richards (left), Gisselle Suarez, Sandy Chiu, Harry Averell, Koko Bergers, Lizzie Baxter, Dominique Angelecca and Monica Callender dance as the Good Times Brass Band performs on stage during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Instructors Octavia Raheem and Neda Honarvar lead the yoga portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Instructors Octavia Raheem and Neda Honarvar lead the yoga portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Chris Shope (right) stretches into a yoga pose during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Chris Shope (right) stretches into a yoga pose during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Kim Ebetino (center) stretches her hands towards the sky during the yoga portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Kim Ebetino (center) stretches her hands towards the sky during the yoga portion of Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Amanda Kiza (right) stretches into a yoga pose during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Amanda Kiza (right) stretches into a yoga pose during Wanderlust 108 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

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