Spiritual Detox; A Whole Body Cleanse, The Key to a Happier Life?

Spiritual Detox; A Whole Body Cleanse, The Key to a Happier Life?

Sometimes we feel stuck… Lord knows I have!  It seems it is an inevitable aspect of the Spiritual Journey and the whole body cleanse & spiritual detox is a good way through.  Often I have found myself in troubled times, wondering why everything seems to be held in suspended animation while my heart & soul quietly continue to keep my attention on what is really going on.  Trust me… the awful chatter that can arise in our minds, often self-directed negative talk, is an incredibly destructive force. It is what prevents most of us from stepping into a deeply authentic place, sidelining ourselves from life… stuck.  It doesn’t feel good.  It doesn’t feel right, and yet, stuck is the harbinger of greatness!

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Consciousness is always evolving, and aligned with it, we, too are always expanding. We just need to keep up… and I believe when we feel stuck, it is merely a clear sign that we are not keeping up.  So, here’s the cool thing… the Spiritual Journey is all about noticing the signs, right?   Then we can respond to them in a manner that allows unimpeded growth in all areas of your life… physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual. However, it does take some personal discipline and desire to move forward… to get unstuck.

It feels good to be in the flow, we all know it… have all been there at least a few times, albeit, often unawares of how we got there, yet undeniably so, it feels really good!  You know it, deep in your body, the only way out of those heavy sensations and experiences is through

Spiritual Detox & Whole Body Cleanse – a way to the light…

luke-ketterhagen-promo-squareThink about it… how it feels.  Heavy right?  Dense… Dark.  These are and so many more words can describe the feelings we have when we are stuck.  So, logically, it would make sense that if we got “lighter” ourselves something might shift.  Yes? I thought so… and every time I have undertaken either a spiritual detox or whole body cleanse (often together), I have experienced a lighter & brighter state of being.  Much more peace, clarity, balance, harmony, serenity… downright goodness has followed.

It’s a pretty simple formula really, cleanse the body, mind & spirit… inside and out.  Ten days is pretty standard, although I have experimented with a variety of lengths of time and have somewhat concluded that your body will tell you when you are done.  It’s all about cultivating a greater intimacy with yourself, being able to filter out what is not you, to find you; that quiet whisper, always guiding us, always present. Often we can’t hear it over the cacophony of distractions our senses report.  Our bodies, minds and spirits are polluted with so many toxins from every day western life that it is near impossible to feel into our intuition, or get in the flow. If this is your first Spiritual Detox or whole body cleanse, commit to at least 10 to 14 days. (there is something deeply profound about a 40-day experience… let me know in the comments below if you would like to know more about that.)

sydney-peaceThere can be no other outcome than transformation, if one commits.  No other possibility than to know the lightness of being or effortless ease possible to every human being.

The Spiritual Detox & Whole Body Cleanse can be as simple as switching to a mono-diet with only organic, non-gmo ingredients and turning off the tv (particularly the news and social media) to sophisticated ancient protocols, practices and treatments all aimed at purifying the body and mind.  As body/mind become pure, our energy increases, as does our ability to move energy through the more subtler aspects of our being. We become clear.

Who doesn’t want clarity these days, right!!??

Stay tuned, as we explore this topic further in future posts…  The holidays are a good time to begin practicing some mindfulness and create an awareness around your own personal situation.  Often the stresses pile up during the holidays and we find our selves exhausted and strained in the new year.  Let’s prevent that from happening this year! We know this time of year can be challenging, so go easy on yourself and plan a post holiday getaway where you can experience your own Spiritual Detox and whole body cleanse. Supercharge your New Year with a New YOU!

Make life epic… because it is. Namaste.

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This is part 1 of a multi-part blogpost.  Click here to read part 2.
Adventure Travel – the Makings of an Aumbase Sedona Adventure

Adventure Travel – the Makings of an Aumbase Sedona Adventure

Does adventure travel inspire you…? We have all done it, and if not, we want to… we all dream about it, whether aware or not, and the big screen provides innumerable examples of losing ourselves in EPIC adventures; we are a culture of dreamers, oft just dreaming, not as much doing.  But you can change that!

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Choose your own adventure – Always.

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A common theme in the adventure travel arena is the backdrop, of course being ‘out there… in nature’ is the ultimate and where it happens can actually contribute (positively and/or negatively) to the experience.  Aumbase Adventures, based in Sedona, Arizona, USA, certainly boasts a very distinctive and unique backdrop for the discerning Adventure Travel enthusiast, providing intuitively created transformational experiences focused in yoga, meditation & mindfulness (on the land & in the studio)  in the heart of an undisputed spiritual mecca of the American West.  Sedona and her surrounding lands, the vistas and vortexes, the red rocks and Oak Creek, all combine to provide the backdrop for a very special adventure travel experience…

Five must-have ingredients for your next adventure

  1. yoga-in-sedona-0582-smallBackdrop…  It’s not about the destination, really it isn’t.  All the pundits, sages & masters would point you to presence in the moment, and as such, wherever one is on their journey, it’s fairly easy to see that this is something that one should cultivate in their own practice and daily life.  However… if daily life has gotten a bit stagnant and/or stuck, often it takes a jump start to get back on track.  Here’s where adventure travel enters the equation and an energized and stunning backdrop for a personal journey becomes a bit more important to cultivating that ever-so important ingredient to successful mindfulness, Presence.  Trust me when I say, “just sit for twenty minutes… on the red rocks, overlooking stunningly colorful and vibrant vistas with blue sky panoramas… and not have an experience.  It’s just not possible!  You can be forever changed by the backdrop to your personal journey.  Undeniably, Sedona is a powerful one indeed, unlike anything else in the world; you’ll need to see for yourself.
  2. Perfect Weather, of course I am biased, but hey… When most of the rest of North America is in a deep freeze, Sedona, AZ is enjoying outright warmth, with blue bird days better than 278 days a year, the odds are you will experience some gorgeous weather to go with your Personal Transformation!  Yeah… sure, we are supposed to not want anything and all that, but really, I have spent equal time in the rain, snow, sleet, hail and worse; I can tell you, the sun is quite conducive to personal growth… and relaxation, yes it is linked to that, too.  Whether, you want to sit by the pool and drink coladas or hike and meditate on the rocks, again, trust me… its lovely in the sun.  (Summer temps do get warmer than most are used to…. carry and drink plenty of water on & off the trails.)
  3. Adventure Travel with AumbaseWater — Oak Creek Canyon & West Fork of Oak Creek…  With sun and the summer 100 degree days, water is always nice and there is an ample supply here!  Oak Creek runs right through Sedona and provides wonderful opportunities to experience cool waters, red rock waterslides, sycamore shade and much, much more.  Sitting in or by this nourishing waterway is a soul-cleansing experience, certainly on par with the rest Sedona has to offer.
  4. Friends or Family, Colleagues & Associates…  Yes, bring em all!  Adventure travel is just the stuff for family reunions or corporate retreats, creating deeper, shared bonds with those experiencing transformation and growth together.  I did say that radical change and instant transformation is possible, didn’t I…?  Sedona has a penchant for up-leveling everyone’s experience, so why not plan to bring your team here for a corporate retreat facilitated by Aumbase Adventures?  Family or friend reunions, parties and gatherings of a high vibe nature can be hosted at Aumbase Sedona, a center for consciousness evolution. It will truly be unforgettable!  and transformative.
  5. Proven, tried & true... That’s right.  Since time immemorial, humans have been drawn to what we now know as Sedona for its mystical and metaphysical experiences and potential.  The discerning adventure traveler will quickly realize that Sedona is indeed a mecca for personal growth, rapid transformation and lasting effects… tried & true.  I literally guarantee that everyone has their own unique & powerful experience, here… no matter how aware of it they are… or aren’t.  This is a powerful place and has been used as such for spiritual, metaphysical and personal growth for good reason.  Something happens here, undeniably so…

Come and see for yourself… better yet, let your mind go and sink into the present moment, now… and feel yourself here.  See if she calls to you, Sedona… and if she does, we’ll be here…  Click here if you are ready…

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SYF Newsletter – August 2016

SYF Newsletter – August 2016

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Hi Marc,

Now is the pivotal time… we have been looking back, as we consider your feedback and pore over the 1000+ photographs of SYF2016… are we really at the point half way between last year’s festival and next year’s festival? And, looking forward we are super excited to share some awesome news with you in the SYF Newsletter! Below you can begin to visualize your experience, perhaps reminisce or plan for the future… if you buy your all-access pass by August 31st you will get the best price before it goes up the next day... Regardless, we are doing it together, as we always do… And next year, full expansion into our trifecta of neighboring, walk-able venues… And now we’re proud to introduce our newest venue partner and festival supporter: The Collective Sedona! Read on for this and more for a look back and a look forward. We hope to see you in Sedona in March if not sooner, in fact, we’re planning on it~

Namaste,

Team SYF

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The COLLECTIVE Sedona is the best venue EVER for SYF!

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We are so excited to announce that The Collective Sedona, adjacent to partner venue the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, is hosting the Sedona Yoga Festival 2017! The Collective Sedona is the newest lifestyle and cultural venue in Sedona featuring shops, art and culture galleries, wineries, breweries, and dining experiences that celebrate modern Sedona and honor its rich heritage. Nestled in Sedona’s red rock formations, the 13,500-square foot indoor-outdoor entertainment plaza is home to award-winning chefs, artists, fine jewelry, cultural collectibles, gifts, spa treatments, and events…it’s collection of “hot spots” has something for everyone. Just like SYF! Its a match made in heaven. Click here to see why you should include the Collective Sedona as part of any Sedona adventure…
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Experience SYF2016 Again!

The photos are here! The outstanding photographers that showed up to capture the spirit of Sedona Yoga Festival are all featured in this album, and we’re excited to share it with you! Discover SYF through their lens and experience the magic (again!) Can you find a picture of yourself? Feel free to create galleries of your own and share them on our social media… Curate and share your point of view! Check them out here…

Latest from the blog: 5 Reasons Sedona Will Rock Your Asana…

Sedona, Arizona… The undisputed spiritual mecca of the American Southwest, red rock canyons, spires to inspire, the water element of Oak Creek Canyon, and of course, the ENERGY. No matter your beliefs or background, Sedona is sure to make you feel something. And it has been known since time immemorial to support … Read More
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Introducing the SYF2017 Heart Center Conscious Expo Vendors

We simply cannot wait – but we must! – until it’s time to share all the details of what is coming together for SYF2017 (keep an eye out for next months newsletter and on social media for presenter and program announcements and more). For now, here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the amazing vendors who will be helping to generate the pulse as you stroll down Vendor Way through the Heart Center of Sedona Yoga Festival! Check them out!
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Prices increase on September 1st. Invest in your All-Access pass now for the best price!

If you haven’t reserved your space yet, know that our Namaste pricing ends August 31st! Now is the time to save on your All-Access festival pass. Wake up in one of the most powerful places on the planet from March 9-12, 2017Choose from a festival All Access Pass or the integrated Yoga for PTSD training for yoga teachers. Day passes also available now. BOOK NOW! 

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“Low on the yoga diva quotient. Easygoing and genuine community. Braced to feel self conscious and instead felt welcome and integral.” – Tess
Remember~ Now is the best time to book your flight deals for March 2017 and book your lodging at our host property the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa. With these and your All Access Pass in place all you need to do is dream – until you wake up in Sedona.

Thank You to Our SYF2017 Sponsors! 

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2017 Sedona Yoga Festival to be held at The Collective Sedona

2017 Sedona Yoga Festival to be held at The Collective Sedona

SYF2017 At The Collective Sedona… a walkable experience this year!

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We are super stoked everyone!  They weren’t quite finished last year… you may remember, if you were here.  Directly below the Hilton, this AUMazing space, recently revision and repurposed, is now fully occupied and open for business!  Did we say we were stoked…?  Everything is in one place!  Sedona’s finest views, deep blue sky, red rock vistas in the distance and some super cool venues that we get to expand completely into this year.  We keep telling y’all… Year 5 is going to be heralded as one for the times, when it comes to consciousness evolutionary gatherings.  You don’t want to miss this one!

The Collective Sedona is the newest lifestyle and cultural venue in Sedona featuring shops, art and culture galleries, wineries, breweries, and dining experiences that celebrate modern Sedona and honor its rich heritage. Nestled in Sedona’s red rock formations, the 13,500-square foot indoor-outdoor entertainment plaza is home to award-winning chefs, artists, fine jewelry, cultural collectibles, gifts, spa treatments, and events…it’s collection of “hot spots” has something for everyone.

Located on Highway 179 outside of the Village of Oak Creek, The Collective Sedona includes the following for everyone to enjoy: Cucina Rustica, J Wine Bistro, Schoolhouse Restaurant, The Village Grind, Full Moon Saloon, Miley’s Café, Grand Canyon Winery, Historic Brewing Company, Four Eight Wineworks, Sedona Health Spa, The Salt Room, Bilby & Moss Boutique, Adorn Collection, Buddy’s Grocer, Sedona Arts Center, and the Culture Studio.

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The Culture Studio showcases local artists, exhibits and the world’s largest 3D printer, along with nightly events focused on mindfulness, spirituality, heritage, wellness and fun. The Collective Sedona also includes Vista Hall, an indoor-outdoor event venue space for private events that will be home to some awesomenasana and boasts unobstructed red rock views.

So, there you have it!  Next year SYF, a consciousness evolution conference promises to be off the charts…  Plan your experience… and check out all the cool shops at the Collective Sedona… www.thecollectivesedona.com

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5 Reasons Sedona Yoga Festival Will Rock Your Asana

5 Reasons Sedona Yoga Festival Will Rock Your Asana

UPDATED: 8/26/16 – wow!  we have gotten HUGE response from this post!  Thank you SO MUCH!!!  Over the last few days, this article has received 1000’s of views from all over the world… We are so grateful to be seen as one of the top yoga festivals in the world.  Please, leave a comment… like, tweet, share.  SYF is here for you… are you ready to continue your evolution?


one of the top yoga festivals in the worldSedona, Arizona… The undisputed spiritual mecca of the American Southwest, red rock canyons, spires to inspire, the water element of Oak Creek Canyon, and of course, the ENERGY.  No matter your beliefs or background, Sedona is sure to make you feel something.  And it has been known since time immemorial to support human transformation.  Indigenous tribes frequented the area for ceremony and gathering, yet lived in the distant canyons.  It is palpable.

People have been coming here, to this small enclave in Northern Arizona for decades now to enjoy its intrinsic stillness and beauty.  Some are called, others hear about the healing and transformational energies, regardless those who find themselves here have an experience.  Transformational. Growth. Expansion. Letting Go. Manifesting Dreams. Creating New Habits & Experiences… And more are possible!  These are just some reasons SFY is ranked as one of the top yoga festivals in the world!

We have seen now 1000’s in attendance at the SYF, a consciousness  evolution conference, bearing witness to the extraordinary experiences attendees are having.  It never ceases to amaze me the ear to ear grins on everyone’s faces, as they move gracefully between classes, or the light in someone’s eyes as they tell me about talking to their favorite teacher for the first time, and best of all, when someone shares that they mark their current evolution as beginning at SYF.  I have heard product designers stories of getting their big break while networking in our heart center vendor villages and teachers who connected with a new tribe… Really, anything is possible here.  All that’s needed is you.  

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  1. SYF was created to support you in your transformation!
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    You see, I had been practicing for over a decade when I moved to Sedona, AZ to deepen my practice and become a yoga teacher.  To make a long story short, I Love YOGA (it has saved me from myself over and over) and I Love Sedona.  Yoga in Sedona is an absolutely mind-blowing combination.  Since we both know just how important it is to be held and nurtured during these breakthroughs, Heather and I decided to hold a vision for SYF to be a safe place for sharing, where someone like me could come and be exposed to something very powerful AND be sheltered in a womb of safety, security, compassion and serenity.  Our fifth annual Sedona Yoga Festival a consciousness evolution conference is next March and all feedback has shown this event is a place where anyone can come and have an experience of Yoga… Young, Old, Weak, Strong, Firm, Infirm, Stable, Unstable, Happy, Sad…  There is something for everyone regardless of being a beginner or advanced student and Heather always says, “you can go all weekend without doing a lick of asana…” There is nothing to fear here.  It’s safe.
  2. It’s what we share… Authentic Yoga from Authentic Yogis.
    Every year, we are asked numerous times by the 100’s of applicants who apply to share an offering with you at SYF, “what do you need me to teach…?”  Our reply has always been… “Whatever LIGHTS you up… whatever has inspired you the most… whatever your PASSION is.”  And that is what you will receive at SYF, a teacher’s deepest experience, something that has transformed their lives for the better. Something, whose profound effect on themselves has been distilled into a workshop or class.  This is authenticity at it’s finest (imho), and that’s what you are getting at SYF.

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    Past SYF Presenters

  3. Master Teachers, too!
    Every year, SYF’s Vanguard Master Teachers are chosen with you in mind.  These teachers all have decades of practice, experience and teaching under their belts and they are here just for YOU!  (some don’t do many yoga festivals and you may only be able to see them here…) Imagine that.  When I began my practice, Yoga Festivals weren’t happening yet, save for the Yoga Journal Conferences, and all these master teachers I was reading about seemed so FAR AWAY… Out of reach, for me, the mere mortal practicing to Inhale with Steve Ross on TV.  It wasn’t until many years later that I began to interact with these living links to the ancient masters and I realized just how special it was to share a live class, or even better a conversation with a Master Teacher!

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    Past SYF Presenters

  4. Intimate setting…
    You will be able to bump into Master Teacher Mark Whitwell in the halls of our Event Venue (he’s really tall!…)  Or share an intimate meditation with Steve Ross, of Maha Yoga in a classroom that holds 30.  Ask Rama Vernon what it was like showing Mr. Iyengar around shortly after his arrival to the United States.  You see, SYF is held in a single event venue and we will all be together on this AUMazing journey… Whether you get to hang out after class or sit with someone for tea or go for a hike on the Red Rocks, it will all be rooted at the Collective Sedona & Hilton Resort Sedona Bell Rock in the southern outskirts of Sedona.  Indoors or out, you will find somewhere special to just be!
  5. Sedona: Destination Transformation

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    Sedona has been nurturing transformation since time immemorial; Native American tribes came to this valley for ceremony long before anyone else showed up! The energy of the land here is very conducive to support you through whatever transformation is on your horizon.  Our team and Angel Support staff are also dedicated to fostering an environment that supports you in your experience of transformation; along with myself and Heather, we have created an experience for you… check out our new yoga retreat center, Aumbase Sedona.

  6. Bonus – Optional integrated 20-hour training for Yoga teachers “Traumatic Stress: Resiliency and Healing with Yoga” is designed to provide teachers with the skills to share yoga with First Responders, Veterans, trauma survivors, PTSD and TBI sufferers and many more. This 20 hour track is integrated into the SYF experience with full access to the conference outside of the intensive held on Thursday all day, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, allowing plenty of time for integration and reflection be it on the land or in other classes and workshops, among all festival attendees. (a first amongst yoga festivals, we aim to assist in transformations and providing these trainings insure we are creating a positive impact in peoples lives who suffer from oft-debilitating effects of PTSD and other stress-related mental illness or those who choose to serve this population.  It is our way of creating a positive impact in the world with the SYF platform. Click here to see last years training.

You are going to have the most amazing, auspicious, synchronistic, wholistic, healing, fun AND transformative experience at SYF.  One that, like many before you, will likely not be your last, nor something you ever forget.  Past SYF Attendees all made the choice to come the first time and now we see them every year!  The experience was just too powerful not to return and now better than 80% come back year after year.  Whether yoga festivals are your thing or not, consider Sedona as your next Yoga Destination by attending the Sedona Yoga Festival or check out the other cool things the team behind this consciousness evolution conference is up to.  All things Yoga in Sedona.

They now know just how powerful the experience is, how supported they are and how much better their lives become after … and you will too!

Come and get your asana rocked!  Sedona style…

See you at SYF,

Marc
SYF Founder & Executive Producer.

PS.  Consider joining us next year… Click here.

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