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?
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 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.
- SYF was created to support you in your transformation!
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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Sedona: Destination Transformation
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.
- 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,
SYF Founder & Executive Producer.