This Is What A Mindful Triathlon In Brooklyn Looks Like (Photos From Wanderlust)

Wanderlust 108, the world's first "Mindful Triathlon" kicked off at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday with a 5K fun-run, despite a high probability of rain.

After the race, a 30-minute meditation was led by yoga goddess, Elena Brower, with musical accompaniment by Garth Stevenson on cello. A rigorous yoga session by the renowned Seane Corn followed, just as downpour began.

But instead of their parade being rained out, an estimated 8,000 determined yogis slipped-and-slid on their mats. When MC Yogi and DJ Drez took the stage for a booty-shaking finale, a Beastie Boys fueled rain dance ensued.

With guest speakers like Congressman Tim Ryan, former NFL player turned meditation guru, Keith Mitchell, and ABC News anchor Dan Harris, the message from Wanderlust 108 was clear — young minds were encouraged to collectively come together to promote social and political change.

Here are some highlights from the festival! For more information about the next Wanderlust near you, check out their website for details.

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The world's first "Mindful Triathlon" featured a non-competitive 5K, and a 30-minute meditation followed by yoga. 

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5K ticket-holders received priority placement for the meditation and yoga portions of the event, which were free and open to the public. 

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The "fun run" consisted of a loop around the inside perimeter of Brooklyn's beautiful Prospect Park, with a 40% chance of rain throughout the day.  

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To avoid the long bag-check lines, some attendees chose to race with their backpacks and yoga mats. 

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Despite afternoon rain, Wanderlust 108 carried on with a modified schedule. The yoga portion had to be cut short. 

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Some Wanderlust attendees wore glitter, sparkles and crowns of flowers in their hair, representing the very essence of a yoga festival. 

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Women with hula hoops took advantage of the early morning sun before the rain came, demonstrating their best interpretive dance moves.

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The Kula Market opened after the 5K, featuring many free handouts from the festival's sponsors at the price of waiting in long lines.

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Elena Brower's guided meditation was accompanied by the musician Garth Stevenson, on the cello.

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Elena draws her inspiration from the meditation teacher Thom Knoles. She was moved to tears during this powerful meditation. 

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In Eastern traditions, the number 108 is considered sacred, signifying the connection between the mind, body and spirit, giving Wanderlust 108 an appropriate name. 

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Wanderlusters danced and twirled to the high-energy and funky rhythms of The High and Mighty Brass Band. 

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A group with an unlikely member posed on the monkey bars. 

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Acro Yoga performers displayed an array of moves that you probably shouldn't try at home.

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After a cacophony of cascading OMs from thousands of yogis, the sky opened up and the rain began.

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With slippery and soaked yoga mats, thousands of yogis continued their practice. 

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When Seane Corn invited everyone to lay down on their rain-soaked mats for Savasana, the entire field roared with laughter. 

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No pose was too challenging for these die-hard yogis in the rain.

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The downpour worsened, but the event marched on. MC Yogi and DJ Drez led a power vinyasa session, complete with a dance party. 

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Yogis danced and flowed in the pouring rain to a Beastie Boys soundtrack.

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The crowd shows their love for Brooklyn's own, Adam Yauch, during a tribute to the late rapper. 

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A woman gave onlookers her best rain dance. 

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Mats pooled with water as the torrential downpour continued.

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MC Yogi and DJ Drez encouraged festival attendees to howl at the rain gods like dogs.

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Despite rain, Wanderlust 108's message to create a global community around mindful living, was still a success. "Mindfulness is the antidote to the human condition... our mindlessness," ABC News Anchor Dan Harris said to the crowd. 

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