What happens at Sedona Yoga Festival? What can you expect?

What happens at Sedona Yoga Festival? What can you expect?

Photo: Alan Alcid Yogi’s Vo Vera & LaMonte Goode Inverted in the Vortex


What can you expect at SYF2017…?

Photo: Alan Alcid Yogini Taylor Kurz

Photo: Alan Alcid Yogini Taylor Kurz

Well, the conference and festival itself evolves each year so there’s lots we will be unfolding in late September about the Who, What, When,and Where of it all. But the WHY remains steady. We create and nurture this platform and the relationships built within and around it for the purpose of uplifting and expanding human consciousness and providing Sedona transformations with a focus on yoga and meditation.
SYF is accessible to all, and there is truly an access point for the newest beginner as well as in depth networking, studying, practice, and continuing education opportunities for the professional.  We believe this intermingling leads to authentic and powerful interactions.
Photo: Alan Alcid Taylor Kurz @ Bell Rock Vortex... Flying.

Photo: Alan Alcid Taylor Kurz @ Bell Rock Vortex… Flying.

Have a look at the SYF2016 pages to get a taste of what’s to come in March 2017. We hope you will join us in Sedona, where the magic happens…
March 2016 Sedona Yoga Festival overview
March 2016 Presenters
March 2016 Schedule
March 2016 Yoga for PTSD training
March 2016 pre/post conference overview
If you’re curious how we’ve evolved over the years, there’s a complete archive menu over on the “About Us” page.
Stay curious, friend.

 

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Mimi Solaire

Mimi Solaire

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Meet Mimi Solaire, yoga educator…

We recently chatted with Mimi, just to see how things are taking flight…
MimiS42-evEMAIL: email Mimi.
WEBSITE/BLOG: www.mimisolaire.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Occupation: yoga educator
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Current Town: Phoenix, Arizona

Where has yoga taken you?

On the physical level I have presented at workshops and conferences throughout the US. I have also led retreats in Southeast Asia- Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia. I have traveled to India to experience yoga from the Motherland.

The inner journey has been far more interesting. I rely on my inner GPS to guide me and often “redirect” me when I get off course. Although I ‘m still not sure where I’m headed I am enjoying the ride and the adventure.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1.  Ending my graphic design business to teach yoga full time
  2. My dvd “Back in Shape” got a good review in Yoga Journal
  3. Teaching at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
  4. Every day is a pivotal occasion living yoga.

What do you never leave the house without?

My cell phone and lipstick.

Where are your favorite places to experience?

I love to explore different cultures. My curiosity has led me to live with and photograph the Choco Indians in the jungle of Panama for two weeks. Also I traveled to Mexico, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, India, Australia and Europe.

 What are the first three words that come to your mind when someone says: “grounded” or “connected?”

Balanced, focused, peaceful

mimi upside downWe want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

I teach most mornings before 8 after walking my dogs. My schedule changes every day but I usually continue to teach or practice until 2.  Then I begin the evening classes at 4 or 5.

My daily practice varies. I do hot yoga 2/3 times a week, lead aerial yoga classes 3 times a week and then practice aerials- silks, trapeze and ropes twice a week with my instructor.  During my break in the afternoon I meditate and stretch.

What is one mantra that is like a remedy for your soul?

Be Truthful, Gentle and Fearless

How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

My aerials practice is a result of climbing trees as a kid and hanging upside down on the swing set in my back yard.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I’m a Steelers fan.

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

I don’t teach poses. Although I begin with alignment, the focus is on the internal experience of the breath and how it awakens emotions, thoughts and underlying sensations in the moment. My favorite pose is awareness on or off the mat.

If you’re not on a yoga mat, where can we find you?

Dancing, enjoying live music with friends, walking my two dogs.

Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey

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Meet Anton Holmes Mackey

We recently chatted with Anton… he’s been in some cool publications lately!  Congrats, Brother…
Anton ProfileEMAIL:
WEBSITE/BLOG: www.antonyoga.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Occupation: yogi
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Current Town: Scottsdale, Arizona

Where has yoga taken you?

Yoga has taken me on a journey to get to know my soul. It has taken me around the country and the world. It has been the best guide in my life.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. My very first yoga class August, 14 2008
  2. Getting my very first yoga class on the At One Yoga Schedule
  3. Teaching at Wanderlust
  4. Teaching at every Sedona Yoga Festival

What do you never leave the house without?

Never leave home without CONFIDENCE My lava rock Mala with protective crystal

Where are your favorite places to experience?

Favorite place to experience is Havasupai Falls.

 What are the first three words that come to your mind when someone says: “grounded” or “connected?”

Calm
Peaceful
Direct

We want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

Wake up and lie in bed and think of 5 things I’m grateful, then get up and meditate for a minimum of 7 minutes, then walk my dogs, then off to teach.

What is one mantra that is like a remedy for your soul?

Everything that is happening to me is coming from me.  And TRUST

Anton upside downHow do you channel your inner 5 year old?

Anything Star Wars channels my inner 5 year old!

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I’m partially def in one ear. Huh!?!?!

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

Favorite pose to teach GODDESS! Every class, every time. It channels the strength and softness in all of us.

If you’re not on a yoga mat, where can we find you?

If I’m not on my mat I want to be Traveling.

Camella Nair

Camella Nair

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Meet Kriya Yogini Camella (Swami Nibhrtananda)

We recently chatted with Camella… Her Aqua Kriya Yoga Certification is super cool!
WEBSITE/BLOG: www.camellanair.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: FacebookTwitterInstagram
Occupation: Yoga educator, Swami, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Home Funeral Doula, Author.
Hometown: Bedford England
Current Town: San Jose, CA

Where has yoga taken you?

Exoterically to India, across America and Mexico. More importantly though, esoterically to a higher plane, transcendent of time and space. Yoga is not the only path to enlightenment, but it is a safe and sure route. You don’t need a suitcase or passport either.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. Becoming ordained as a Swami in an unbroken line of teachers. Several years before Goswami Kriyananda died, he instructed the women of the sanga to reach out and help other women. I hope that I am making some headway in this field as it is much needed in our society today, with women being so busy and stressed.
  2. Teaching amongst a lineup of well-known yoga professionals at the Bermuda Conference. It was a bit intimidating at first until I realized that they are just doing a job they love, and still have a personality of their own. A bit like the rest of us.
  3. Officiating at a friend’s mother’s funeral, which lead to me getting trained in Home Funerals.  I am really focusing on the final klesha of ‘clinging to the physical body’ at this stage of my career as I think it is sadly lacking in the yoga world.
  4. Getting my books published and training programs established. Such an incredible amount of work and sacrifice, but I feel proud that they are perhaps what the male forbearers’ in my lineage would have taught if they were women.

What do you never leave the house without?

I feel lost without a bag with ‘stuff in it’. I don’t know how men do it. It is super though when you dig in there and find something useful in the moment for me, the kids or someone else.

Where are your favorite places to experience?

Anywhere near water, or in Nature generally. Looking out of the window of an aircraft, special days like Christmas, womens’ circle events, Celebrations around the Solstice’s. Yoga retreats.

 What are the first three words that come to your mind when someone says: “grounded” or “connected?”

Earth – Saturn – Capricorn

cams14We want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

If I am not teaching, a walk by the Baylands and meditation is a great start to my day. If not, then a shower and cup of tea before setting off to teach yoga. My practice is my life these days rather than a formal personal asana practice that I used to do for years. I am far less of an evangelical yogi and I think that’s a good thing.

What is one mantra that is like a remedy for your soul?

Om Nama Shivaya seems to crop up again and again when least expected even though I love the Gayatri.

How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

I try not to be too serious. Being childlike is great as long as it’s not childish. A huge difference in terms of self-awareness.

 

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I have a house rabbit called Fonz that I adore.

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

Tadasana or mountain pose because it really is the reference asana for a balanced life. Swamaji used to tell us that the greatest asana is “learning how to stand on your own two feet.” There really are lots of people who like to blame other people for their lot in life and are stuck in fear, greed and anger.

If you’re not on a yoga mat, where can we find you?

Swimming, taking a walk, in the Korean spa (not often enough) or of course in the pool teaching Aqua yoga.camella

 

What is a Vortex? by SYF2016 Presenter Pete Sanders, Jr

What is a Vortex? by SYF2016 Presenter Pete Sanders, Jr

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Enlight 2At the 2016 Sedona Yoga Festival, I will be sharing (for the first time) how participant’s can best use Sedona’s special sites for enhanced Yoga and increased Energy Connection.
Each year Sedona becomes more and more known for “The Vortexes.” What are they, where are they, and is there any science that explains them? The Vortexes are geographical/topographical sites on the Coconino National Forest that can enhance yoga, meditation, mind/body vitalization, stress reduction, healing hurts from your past, and outside-the-box creative thinking and problem solving.
Sedona’s spiritual heritage actually goes back for millennia. The Spring 2015 Edition of the Visitor’s Guide published by the Sedona Red Rock News, states that archeologists believe the Sinagua (native people of this area from 600 – 1400 A.D.) may have held Sedona as Sacred ground, because their ruins ring Sedona. It is felt that they lived on the outskirts and traveled into the red rock area for sacred ceremony. (The vivid colors red/orange and greens ARE physiologically and spiritually inspiring).
Vortex JPegs 001Starting in the 1960’s word spread in the United States among spiritual seekers to visit Sedona’s high energy meditation sites.” In 1979 those locations were nicknamed “The Vortexes” and that shortened label has stuck. One of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce’s recent slogans has been, “Isn’t it ironic that the most beautiful place on earth is famous for what you can’t see.” The fundraising bike ride in Arizona for the MS Society has moved from Scottsdale to Sedona and is called, “Ride the Vortex.
The Vortexes are NOT electric or magnetic sites. There is no major electric or magnetic field difference at them. That labeling system was meant to be symbolic, NOT literal. The same is true of the masculne/feminine, and positive/negative labeling systems. It is more accurate and helpful to describe the Vortexes as Upflow or Inflow sites and match that to the topography and the type of prayer/meditation you seek.
I explain more in the video below… Enjoy! See you at SYF2016!
Pete.

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Pete A. Sanders is an Honors Graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with principal studies in BioMedical Chemistry and Brain Science. He is a 35 year Sedona Resident, the Founder of Free Soul (www.freesoul.net), and the author of Scientific Vortex Information, Access Your Brain’s Joy Center, and You Are Psychic!

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Journey Back Home by Dulce Ruby

Journey Back Home by Dulce Ruby

There’s this beautiful turning point…

in all of our lives where everything begins to click for us. Anything that is no longer resonating with our frequency, serving higher good or purpose, just seems to just dissipate and be no more – while everything we dreamt would be, IS, and we begin creating/manifesting so many more opportunities to live a fantasy-like reality & dream even bigger.

Dulce Ruby Meditation in Sedona AZA few years ago, I was cruising through the commencement of this very point in my life (my awakening if you will). I had a clear knowing that I no longer wished to live in big cities modeling and aiming for fame, and meditation was beginning to take over my life (and trust me, no complaints!).  It was then that I was driven to the idea to go on a life-long journey; but first, I just ‘had to’ make my way back home to Arizona, head north and be present at the Sedona Yoga Festival. It’s funny how that works, isn’t it? How one thing, idea or mission turns out to be so perfectly aligned with all else – as if by divine timing, or destiny.

Having manifested the trip, made my way and aligned with the coordinators (Marc, Heather as well as Stephanie), I felt at peace and knew this was solely the beginning of so much more to come into fruition.  The vision was there, it had always been. I love Arizona – it’s home and it’s magical – but even more so – Sedona is a place I can escape to & discover more of my Self and of the Universe, with each visit bringing to life new parts of mySelf and shining light on different aspects which need cleansing, healing, balancing, focus or simply… Peace & Love.

In short, am completely at awe with the energy Sedona holds, and as I was here amongst many others who too felt it’s pull – I knew one day, and soon, I would return to amplify that very energy.

As mentioned, I crossed paths with beautiful Souls whom I completely loved from the moment of introduction.  Everything at Sedona Yoga Festival was what I wanted to do, be a part of, and BE. There were so many things going on throughout the weekend that lured me in – from yoga, meditations, healing, lectures, film screenings – this was it! I felt I had ‘found my calling’ and purpose a bit prior to then, but furthermore – and when I left that weekend, I left shining, brighter, inspired and DRIVEN to come back again with something to offer, gift and spread. That was the mission, and so the journey began…

PIPO Change The World CampaignLife and the Universe conspired/happened soon after, and before you knew it I had started a brilliant Self-Development Program online for meditation through Peace Revolution (a project under the World Peace Initiative Foundation).   After completing the initial 42 day Self-Development Program that they offer online (free of charge!), felt beyond connected. I knew this had fallen into my life and path for something beyond that in which could be seen at this moment, and had a continuous strong feeling & knowing to fully confirm that very notion.

From then on, my meditative practice continued to evolve, and my drive & determination towards wishing to be a part of something so beautiful kept expanding.  Having gone through the application process once before, knew there was still reasoning behind my desire for involvement. Applied to join in on their fellowship where ‘Peace Rebels’ then become ‘Peace Agents’, and this is what manifested…

I spent a few weeks in an intense (but pure & life-altering) meditation retreat and training with our beloved teaching Buddhist monks in Thailand.  Joined together with 29 others from different countries all over the earth, it was an experience unlike any other I had yet had. Our days began before the sun rose; we meditated to welcome in the day, and did yoga upon sunrise at the scenic view to welcome in the Light & Life. We bonded, took in lectures, did activities – all of which taught us valuable lessons – and of course, more and more meditations throughout the day. So much peace was harvested, grown and prepared to be shared as we all channeled to our purpose of spreading sustainable world peace.

Dulce Ruby As the weeks past by, and my practice which had been put into motion for years now grew even more still & bright – I knew this was home.  Beyond the beautiful views, people, energy and values – Peace Revolution, this group of people & organization, were precisely what and where I wished to be – and I was – and it all came together.  I was going to be sure I was a big part of this project, and I was going to bring it with me as this ‘home’ was not a location, but more so a feeling of belonging, love of Self and others… this was PEACE.

Weeks, months, and now years, passed. Travels to India to visit His Holiness for teachings, Mother Theresa’s House and tomb for further study and research, Swami Sivananda’s Divine Life Society, cleansings, more teachings, International Yoga Festival, Holi, temples upon temples – visits to sacred spaces and places all over the world to meditate and absorb all of the beautiful energy to eventually come back to reciprocate, reflect and share with the world – it all came down to this very moment, our NOW.

CHAKRAMV2mount Now here I am, grateful to announce and tell you all of the beautiful alignment which has come to be.  I reached out to Sedona Yoga Festival not too long ago (after having been away on my personal journey since our last crossing), and told them all about my visions, and wishes to join forces of positivity, light and love for PEACE – and of course, they are all in!  We have now joined together and begun to organize in bringing what shall be the very first Peace In Peace Out (PIPO) event to the United States of America, and will be having a Global Peace Meditation this coming year at SYF!

Am so excited and am ever so grateful for all of the magic that has come, and that shall be – thank you ALL for being here, now, with us. Do hope to see you all in person soon, raise vibrations & hold frequency together to aid in bringing world peace, home.

From my journey, heart & Soul, to your own – may we see that we are all One.

See you in the stars…
Dulce Ruby

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