Join us for the world premiere of MANTRA – SOUNDS INTO SILENCE, at the Illuminate Film Festival, followed by a 9 min Documentary short, Yoga in Sedona by Wari Om.
Photo by Wari Om from, “Yoga in Sedona” short film
“Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful perennial, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.” – The Chopra Center
Films sponsored by: Sedona Yoga Festival
Did you know? Mantra is The Sacred Language of Sanskrit
In our westernized, modern-day spiritual practices the word “mantra” has become as mainstream as “intention.” But the two are actually quite different. The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: “man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
This full-length feature documentary about the practice of Kirtan chanting shares the stories of two American women who discover Bhakti Yoga and who experience healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras with others. Through chanting, they experience feelings of unconditional love and connection. The film accompanies the women as they delve further into the healing qualities of this practice, finding that chanting is not only a pleasure, it is also deeply therapeutic. The film features performers such as Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur and MC Yogi. We see how they came to embrace the practice of Kirtan and how it transformed their lives. This film is about spirituality, not religion. It’s about people reconnecting with their true selves and finding meaning in their lives.
FOLLOWED BY: A Q&A with director Georgia Wyss, executive producer Howard Glasser, artist C.C. White Soul Kirtan and Jen Canfield from the Call and Response Foundation follows.
Cast & Crew
Georgia Wyss, Daniel Arvizu, Raymond McCormack, Ward SerrillExecutive Producers:
Robert J Barnhart, Charlie Cantrell, Howard Glasser, Adina Malveklint ,Ed Ritz, Urs Wyss
Raymond McCormack, Georgia Wyss
Wari Om, Jordi Azategui, Ismael Joyera
Caren Fine, Catherine Rougerie, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur Deva Premal, Miten and Manose, Nina Rao, Dave Stringer, Jai Uttal, Gaura Vani, MC Yogi
Photo by Wari Om
Preceded By: Yoga In Sedona | USA | 2016 | 9 Min • Documentary Short
Directed By:Wari Om
Witness the magnificence of Sedona’s spectacular red rocks in a whole new light in this inspirational film depicting the spiritual essence of Sedona melded with the practice of yoga. Yoga photographer and filmmaker Wari Om expands the light of yoga around the world with his eye for nature, human grace and spirituality. (World Premiere)
Photo by Wari Om
REEL HEALING: Soulful Music Immersion
C.C. White Soul Kirtan’s distinct kirtan concerts have won her worldwide recognition as “The Queen of Soul Kirtan.” Get ready for a one of a kind, soul freeing, foot stomping, body swaying, heart opening, Divine Soul Kirtan experience!
My experience in Sedona was mountain top material, making even the mundane more meaningful with afterglow. I’ve been basking in it. Today I got up at 5:00am and walked two miles in a windstorm with one word on my mind: Elevate. Amidst the hefty collection of collective insight, this was by far my greatest take away. It was my personal epiphany.
I will elevate by overcoming the obstacles that restrict the fullest expression of personal potential. I’ve been afraid to shine for quite some time, deceived and trapped by the ego mind, crippled by concern and foolish considerations. Sedona blew the doors of my heart off the hinges, unleashing a flood of passion, purpose, and appreciation for life… I left feeling fully STOKED, intending to ELEVATE myself and others, my soul lifted and lit up by the light of infinity, gripped in the expression of infinite connection. Changed. Charged. Champion style.
Tapping into that reflection makes my heart soar right here, right now. Big smile on the inside. No doubt SYF 2017 facilitated the kind of experience that resonates for a lifetime. I want to express my gratitude to you and the crew for making it all possible, and THANK YOU seems short of sufficient, so here’s a poetic expression of my appreciation:
One must attest, their is a magic in Sedona that is unlike other places. It isn’t found in a shop, or in the many touristy attractions. Its something else – something you can feel that IS tangible in the air … a taste, a presence that is not only in the beautiful weather, jaw dropping vistas, pink sunsets (with more golden light than your eyes can take)… or in the incredible rock formations that look like sleeping red giants, that draws people back for years to come.
In my life – I have come to practice (on a consistent basis,) yoga. I found my flow with perfect ease, only when I first practiced, on the land. It was during the the Sedona Yoga Festival, a few years ago, when I drove up from Phoenix to attend a few classes and hiked by myself out to one of the beautiful vistas. I felt inspired to flow- so I did. What an experience, to lay in Savasana after a rigorous movement, and open my eyes to the beautiful Bell Rock. I was transformed. My spirit, my practice, my heart.
I have come back every year, to hike, to flow and to practice my yoga. Until I eventually – just moved here.
Today, I have come to find Aumbase Sedona as my home studio and my happy place to both practice in the studio or out on the land with my teacher. Aumbase has the most incredible guides that help you bring that magical practice to the land. Perfect for small groups to find the energy of yoga, that when practiced on the land, is amplified, focused, and ready to support and reinforce your highest intentions. Their studio too is an extension of this, a big, bright, beautiful, clean and comfortable space in West Sedona with an incredible view of Thunder Mountain.
Aumbase Sedona is also the perfect and affordable location also to host your event, bring your team, offer your workshop, teach your class, practice yoga, or have an epic hiking adventure. Aumbase add-ons include amenities such as lodging at the Aumbase Ashram for your friends or out of town visitors, and they host a variety of yoga events including the Sedona Yoga Festival.
During this longest night of the year, it is a perfect time to reflect on the coming expansion mirrored in the world that surrounds us. Our soul breathes with a rhythm echoed by the sun, and this is a day to remember that the sun is now making its way back into our lives for longer and longer each day…from darkness we see the light return.
If we are to change anything in our lives, we must do so from a place of knowing…if we are honest about our current state, and reflect from this place as clearly as possible, then we are able to envision the ways in which we will change it for the better. It is by seeing and accepting where we are right now that will allow us theability to steer our lives in the direction of our choosing.
When we accept the truth of ourselves, we create a reference point for how we might choose to move forward in change. It is from here we can begin to explore what our inner vision is waiting to show us.
When we find ourselves fully accepting the truth of the present moment, it is then that we can look inward and find the clarity we seek for our personal growth. Advice, teachings, and guidance are all valuable methods for expanding our perspectives, but ultimately it is from our own inner space that the true way forward makes itself known.
When we have committed to deep reflection from our place of acceptance, our inner vision can be seen clearly. We can see not just the way forward, but also those things which hold us back. Seeing these things with the eye of our inward vision can help us find the direction we are meant to take, and prepare us for the steps ahead…
As we look inward to gain clarity on where (and who, and how, and why) we are and where we want to be, we can also see more clearly the things that are holding us back…often it is a picture that we did not realize we were holding, or an unconscious assumption of how things should or must be…if we find ourselves observing these things instead of being driven by them directly, they become things that we can make choices about.
We can create change in our lives, and one of the most profound ways to do that is to release, once recognized, those preconceptions that prevent us from finding new and healthy ways to progress ourselves. We can choose another path if we see the one we’re on and decide to take another…Whether it’s working on creating new habits to replace old ones, or taking the step to place ourselves in a new situation that we might not have otherwise, it is the pushing of those boundaries that allows us to let go and release old patterns that limit our personal evolution.
On Gratitude, Giving and Receiving
One of the most powerful and life-affirming practices is that of Gratitude. When we pause and reflect on the things we are truly grateful for, however small or profound, we make a choice to see life from the perspective of appreciation and awareness. Having done the work of reflecting deeply, accepting what we see, looking further inward to see what more we find, and releasing ourselves from that which prevents our growth and expansion…perhaps on this day when so many people are giving and receiving, we would do well to reflect from a place of gratitude all that we have been gifted in our lives, and all that we have of ourselves to give.
One of the greatest gifts we can give to another is that of our gratitude, and being appreciated for the gifts we’ve given is one of the most profound feelings we can have…and cultivating a mindset of gratitude through consistent practice (that’s right, practice) is one of the most powerful choices we can make, so be warned—it is extremely likely that pursuing this practice will increase your quality of life immeasurably.
When we see from the perspective of Gratitude, and upon reflection realize that appreciation of even the smallest things can result in immense feelings of gratefulness and love, it becomes clear that there are countless reasons for celebration. Big and small, close to us and seemingly far away, there are no limits to the reasons to be grateful, and therefore no limits to the cause for celebration.
Feeling gratitude inwardly is one thing, and can bring us significant inner joy…Celebration of the things we are grateful for turns that appreciation outward, and when we share our gratitude out in the world in the form of celebration we allow others to witness, join in, and perhaps reflect themselves and begin the cycle of awareness and gratitude again…
We are well aware of how important the power of intention is for achieving what we desire, but too often it is overlooked that our attention truly drives our intention. No matter what it is that we desire or would like to set our intention on, it is what receives our greatest attention that will manifest in our lives. It is important to remember the reflection we have done, and the results of our inward vision so we might stay focused on what we truly desire to be the change and growth in our lives.
Reflecting on Gratitude helps to keep our attention in a positive, giving and ever-evolving state. When we are practicing to see with the clear eyes of gratitude, we are practicing to keep our attention on the positive, life-affirming aspects of life. If our attention is placed in this positive mode, it is far less likely for the negative to maintain a hold…and if we are focused on appreciating the gifts we already possess, it is far more likely that we shall be open to receiving more. This, coupled with clarity of intention, will put us on the path toward our true intentions realized.
When we do the work to hone our attention, we find that the nature of our intention becomes clear…when we do the work of accepting our present moment and looking inward honestly from there, our path forward opens up. When we continue the practice of gratitude, of appreciating the source and meaning of all the gifts we can give and receive, we find that a celebration mentality emerges effortlessly…
These are all examples of mindfulness opportunities that we can choose and practice at any moment throughout our day, and when we continue to allow these thoughts to flow, a certain clarity arises across the whole of our day…clarity of purpose, of forward motion…clarity of the present moment, and the fact that we have a choice at every single moment to move toward that which we desire and how we want to be…
When we connect our awareness and attention (and therefore our intentions) to meaningful practice such as gratitude, we begin to feel a joy from a deeper place. The surface impressions of thoughts and things that can limit the depth of our appreciation and awareness begin to hold less sway, and we find that the roots of our everyday existence are reaching to a deeper place.
This is a connection to the true source of all things (call it what you will, OM, Source, Spirit, Brahman, God…), and when we are tapped into this true source of all things (take a breath and sit with that for a moment…it’s a pretty big deal…), we are also directly tapped into the well of energy from which all things emerge…and though our transformation has not yet fully occurred, by nature of the fact that whether we see it or not, we too are supported by that wellspring source…and it is from there that we will receive the vitality necessary to maintain through our transition and evolution to our greatest self…
We’ve done the work. Reflection, honest vision, acceptance, release…and we’ve allowed the process of metamorphosis to break us and our perceptions down into the most fundamental bits and pieces, the building blocks from which all is made…and what do we find?
We find that we have transformed. Though we have awareness of what we have been, and how we have seen in the past…the truth of transformation is that there is no going back…when we choose to see clearly, we can no longer pretend we have not seen. We have passed a point of no return, and if we are to maintain integrity with the growth we have achieved, this truth of truths will remain at the forefront of our awareness from here on out…
Congratulations! You’ve done it, you’ve transformed…right? Today you awoke to a new day, a new year, and a new way of being–a new light, a new perspective, and an awareness of a new moment in each and every moment…right? Perhaps, perhaps…
Whether we have ‘awakened’ in a moment or continue to struggle with the moment living us, the next step is the same…we may have used the winter solstice as a reminder of an opportunity to reflect, dig deep, and create a clear path for ourselves primed by the source…and we may have found ourselves on this auspicious day of the New Year ready to commit our intentions, but our work–no matter from where we start–is ever the same…it is to commit to a constant reflection on that which is the deepest reflection of our most necessary truth…
If we are truly committed to our practice toward our highest personal evolution, then we must know that each moment is not only an opportunity for the deepest reflection and gratitude, but also a chance to reassess our perception and action, continually guiding our selves toward the greatest good.
Hello, Bright Lights! As a Yoga Instructor and a Photographer of Sedona Yoga Festival, I feel so blessed and honored with this Aumazing experience. As a Yoga Instructor, giving, receiving and sharing the knowledge of YOGA is just the highlight of my trip. I thank you Sedona Yoga Festival specially to all the staff and of course Heather and Marc for this opportunity. It has been nothing short of illuminating! Everyone has given me so much to think about and after this that weekend consider you all my “teachers” and “students” for yoga and mentor in life.
Sedona Yoga Festival is always will be my home. This is truly the first yoga festival that I attended and just fell in love with everything. It gives the sense of blissfullness and feeling the vortex inside me which is a funnel shape created by a whirling fluidlike a vortex of spiritual energy which resonates within and strengthens the inner being of each and every person at the festival. To be inspired! learning new perspectives from a variety of geographically diverse teachers boosts our collective energies. You can’t help but feel the life-enhancing power of being a part of the creative process. It was truly MAGICAL!
As a Photographer, going back again and wearing a different hat is an honor! Photography is my love as to teaching yoga and I just love “Capturing the Moments”. Working and be part of the Sedona Yoga Festival is not only partly a retreat but also a kind of yoga vacation. Just the location alone is just is amazing. What better way to spend your time away from work than doing something you love and investing in your own personal growth.
There is this grace and divine to all – thank you Sedona Yoga Festival for teaching us more heaven and less earth. Thank you Heather, Marc and all the staff for the commitment to this magical art and the effect it's having around the world…for how it has affected me. This is a once in a lifetime experience of sharing the love of YOGA.
Thank you to all for your love, hugs and support. I look forward to being of service to each one of you in the future – SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL 2018!