Brain & Soul Science for NEXT Level Yoga by Pete A. Sanders Jr.

Brain & Soul Science for NEXT Level Yoga by Pete A. Sanders Jr.

Brain & Soul Science for NEXT Level Yoga

by Pete A. Sanders Jr.

Don’t settle for only experiencing a fraction of the yoga benefits that ARE possible for you. Learn “Yoga of the Soul” (Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Classroom 4). As an M.I.T. Honors Graduate in BioMedical Chemistry and Brain Science and a Mind/Body/Spirit Teacher for close to 50 years, I look forward to sharing with Sedona Yoga Festival participants, “Secrets from Science” for going BEYOND their current level of yoga.

Superstrings Physics states that you exist in a minimum of 10+ dimensions. Just as only a fraction of an iceberg is above the water, so too, you are much more than your physical body. What keeps most people from tapping that beyond are the anchoring effects of the Limbic System of the Brain. That Limbic Brain, not only keeps even spiritually minded people from fully Soul Soaring, it automatically creates life crushing dis-stress.

A major benefit of yoga, is that it partially soothes those negative limbic effects, but often only temporarily. When you know the Stress Reduction and Soul Tapping techniques I will be teaching in the Yoga of the Soul Workshop you can: 1. deeper your experience as you do yoga, 2. have a methods for getting yoga’s benefits even when you can’t be doing yoga (at work, driving, in tense family situations, etc.) and 3. more fully connect with ALL of you dimensions beyond and life purposes.
Sedona’s Vortexes are amplifiers that (when you know how to tap them and which ones are best for what needs) can further cleanse Limbic Distress from your aura and body. The Vortexes can also help you get new insights for how to develop “Your Own” best yoga practices and send reminder energies home. As part of my “Scientific Vortex Information and Yoga of the Soul” Workshop I will be sharing: 1. the science that explains the Vortexes (and why they are NOT electric or magnetic) 2. which Sedona sites are best for what, 3. how to find Vortexes in your home area, and 4. how to create you own Yoga Vortex wherever you are.

If you can’t be at the Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop in Classroom 4, my books “Access Your Brain’s Joy Center” and “Scientific Vortex Information” are available thru www.freesoul.net or as E-books. Both books will also be available at the Festival Bookstore.

Pete A. Sanders Jr.

Pete A. Sanders Jr. is an Honors Graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with principal studies in Bio-Medical Chemistry and Brain Science. Accepted to attend Harvard Medical School, he chose instead to pursue independent exploration of Mind/Body/Spirit potentials for developing THE FREE SOUL METHOD, “Inner Technology” Techniques and “Secrets from Science” for Creating YOUR OWN Enlightenment.   www.freesoul.net

Brain & Soul Science for NEXT Level Yoga by Pete A. Sanders Jr.

Vedic Astrology for The Weekend of SYF2019

Vedic Astrology for The Weekend of SYF2019

by Sam Geppi

On the weekend of March 14 Mercury and the sun will cross at the junction point between Aquarius and Pisces. This is where we see our social self releasing into our cosmic self. For many of us that means our sense of wanting to make the world a better place and “be the change” we want to see in the world – elevating to an even higher vibration, that divine being that is not even of this world at all.

To be honest, most of us do not really conceive of our metaphysical being at all. The culmination of our life usually revolves around some utopian vision of the world that we have helped to create that makes us feel good and that aligns us with others and everything externally in some way. But that is not the metaphysical self of Pisces. That being is a transcendent, universal entity, a being of energy and light without form. It is our soul nature.

According to Vedic/Indian philosophy, that energetic, non-localized being, incarnates in order to experience the things need for greater self-awareness and the greater clarity of that souls energy and its facticity. Stated more simply, we have incarnated because we do not embody our divine nature yet. Life on earth and our descent into form is so we can encounter those limitations and evolves them toward that higher, metaphysical self.

We can see this evolution of that higher, worldly self into that cosmic metaphysical self in this transition between Aquarius and Pisces.

Also, we will see the moon moving from Gemini into cancer over the weekend of March 14. Gemini is where we gather more information, become playful and curious, like a child exploring its environment. But eventually all of that exploration and curiosity must be anchored in the heart, and integrated into our soul matrix (cancer), otherwise it is just data, disconnected from the heart.

This is the other big transition of the weekend of March 14.

Those who attend the Sedona yoga Festival will surely be under the influence of such celestial vibrations.

I’m thrilled and happy to be presenting a workshop on “yoga and Vedic astrology and 2019 predictions” at the festival.

 

Originally Appeared On: https://vedicastrologycenter.net/sedona-yoga-festival-3/

Sam Geppi

Sam Geppi

Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of “Yoga and Vedic Astrology” and “The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology”. He is the founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science – which offers level 1-3 Certification programs in Vedic Astrology. Currently the Academy has more than 120 students enrolled. Sam is certified level 1 and 2 through ACVA and CVA and was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010.

3 Tools for Easing Life with Trauma – Today

3 Tools for Easing Life with Trauma – Today

Photo by Miguel Guzman at the 2018 Sedona Yoga Festival’s “Yoga for PTSD Training”

By Erin Byron

To large or small degrees, each of us lives with some form of trauma. In the past week, I’ve heard people identify trauma from common (though painful) life events such as parenting sleepless children, euthanizing a pet, or the illness of a loved one. 

It is traumatic to go through a shock or profound loss in life. Are there ways to lessen the impacts or prepare ourselves? Research on PTSD and trauma say YES! 

It is noteworthy that, while there may be a clinical difference between PTSD and trauma, the ways to ease their impact are the same. At the SYF Yoga for PTSD Training, numerous voices offer countless strategies, and the science behind them, to support you and your loved ones in healing trauma.

While we wait for March 14-17 to arrive, pick one of the following 3 ideas and start doing it today and let us know what happens when we see you at SYF2019. Betcha there’s a difference!

Do this first one anytime, anywhere to prevent or shift this…

1. Adapt your breath. 

Notice I did not say, “Take a deep breath.” While a 5-count-in, 5-count-out is an adaptation away from shallow breathing, it is not the only option. 

Instead, you can see what happens if you move only the abdomen instead of only the chest. Maybe you could sound the exhale or inhale with an ujjayi breath. I sometimes breathe out a merry “Ahhhhhh”, beginning on a high note and ending low. 

There are infinite combinations of breathwork. Throughout the day, simply change how you are breathing and notice what happens.

The next idea arises from a yoga for PTSD study. Yoga is continually proven to help reduce traumatic symptoms. What I love about this study is the awareness and self-reliance.

2. Listen to your body and make your own choices in yoga class. 

A study by Bessel van der Kolk, Laura Stone, and other researchers (2014) showed that when yoga students were invited to have curiosity about their bodily sensations and make their own choices about how long to stay in a pose, their PTSD improved. 

In fact, by the end of the study, 52% of the yoga participants no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD! The yoga and their self-reliant practice had a dramatic improvement on their quality of life.

The final tool is simple. It is gentle, takes very little time, and can bring huge benefits to the mind, nervous system, and body.

“That’s me, at the Yoga for PTSD Training at the 2018 Sedona Yoga Festival.” Photo by Miguel Guzman

3.  Use firm pressure to rub in foot lotion before bed. 

That’s it?! Yes, it could change your life. Do this for 5 days and wait for revelations. (Bonus points for using sesame or coconut oil with a few drops of an appealing essential oil. I like orange and rosemary oils with a soupcon of ginger.)

Whichever of these 3 options you choose, I hope you have fun applying the new tool. Once it feels secure or habitual, begin to apply the next tool. You can return to this list or inspire yourself with other ideas.

For a wealth of ideas, research, and direct experience with effective practice, please join me and my friends and colleagues March 14 – 17 at the Sedona Yoga Festival, Yoga for PTSD Training. I can’t wait to learn, teach, and commune with you!

 

  • Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD; Laura Stone, MA; Jennifer West, PhD; Alison Rhodes, MWS Med; David Emerson, MA; Michale Suvak, PhD; and Joseph Spinazzola, PhD. Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2014; 75(6): e559-65.

About the Author: Erin Byron

 

 

Erin’s Master of Arts research studied the benefits of Yoga practices in coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome and the literary review of the study equipped her for helping people with a range of physical and mental health concerns.

Erin is grateful for the opportunity to support others on their personal growth paths.

Sedona Yoga Festival & Zero Waste

Sedona Yoga Festival & Zero Waste

SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL & ZERO WASTE

We are beyond excited to have you join us for the 7th year of the Sedona Yoga Festival amidst the majestic lands of Sedona, Arizona!

World-class presenters, workshops and artists are key elements in making this an unforgettable, life-changing experience. To keep the magic alive and deepen the positive impact on our community and our world, our commitment to ecological sustainability is at the core of the choices we make as festival organizers.

As attendees, we know you come here to be part of something amazing; with your help, we will continue creating a leading industry yoga conference that will change the way we celebrate life at the deepest level.

Why Zero Waste?

Our last post talked about the importance behind the Zero Waste movement. For us at SYF, we realize that our health is intrinsically linked to the health of the planet and all beings. We are blessed to join together for a weekend deepening our practices of wellness and mindfulness, and we believe that environmental stewardship is an essential way to give back to this place, this community and this precious life that gives us so much.

How is SYF going Zero Waste?

We’re honored and excited to be taking a lot of steps toward environmental stewardship this year. Here are a few of our major initiatives, including our fabulous partners and sponsors whose support and collaboration are instrumental in our success:
An essential part of Zero Waste is taking responsibility for the inevitable “waste” we produce. This year, we’ll be setting up Resource Recovery Stations where we’ll feature Compost, Recycling and Waste bins — the goal is to Recover as much material as possible, composting and recycling first, and sending as little as possible to the landfill.

Thank you to our Sponsor, Interdependence Foods, for sponsoring the 2019 zero waste stations!

Many thanks to Sedona Compost & Sedona Recycles for sharing resources, supplies and time with us toward these efforts.

Water is, of course, is an essential element of any event, especially one with so much emphasis on movement, sweat, replenishment and nourishment.  Providing our attendees with safe, healthful drinking water is high on our priority list, as is making sure that water comes without negative ecological impact.  We aim to keep SYF free of all plastic bottles, and encourage everyone to bring a vessel to refill at our hydration stations. We are proud to have beautiful, clean glass bottles from Sedona Bottling Company for filling and drinking on the festival grounds; for our On The Land excursions, we are grateful to be working with Proud Source Water to provide the highest quality water in recyclable aluminum bottles.

This year, with the help of Climate Yogi, we are providing guests the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets for their travels.  Learn more here.

We are blessed with a wonderful lineup of Conscious Vendors providing thoughtfully, ethically and regionally (wherever possible) sourced food, wares and gifts for guests.  We are working with them to eliminate waste and non-recyclable/compostable materials from the festival grounds. As you explore their offerings, we encourage you to be compassionately curious and learn the stories behind what you purchase.

Perhaps the most crucial element of all in successfully going Zero Waste are the People — You, our beloved Attendee, with your care and attention, make this all possible.

Whether you’re a seasoned attendee of yoga festivals, or if this is your inaugural year, deciding what to (and what not to) bring to a festival is rarely an easy task.

ZERO WASTE GUIDE

We’ve put together a Zero-Waste guide to help you pack your bag and prepare for your amazing journey;

Reusable Water Bottle

Hydration is a no-brainer at a Yoga festival in the desert!  Staying hydrated can be an act of love for ourselves and our earth when we choose to refill bottles made from non-toxic, up-cycled material.

Food Essentials

SYF boasts incredible festival cuisine, and we are proud to have vendors who are as excited as we are to create dining experiences that are not only delicious, but healthy for people and planet alike.  Though we request that all our vendors adhere to strict guidelines and use compostable and recyclable materials, imagine how clean our festival will be if each attendee brought the following items — talk about Zero Waste!

• Wide-Mouth Mason Jar

• Insulated Thermos for hot liquids

• Reusable Utensils

• Cloth Napkin // Bandana

•  Bamboo//Metal Straw

Personal Hygiene

The ritual of cleansing is a central aspect of our Yoga practice, and we certainly want to stay clean and healthy as we share time and space together.  We are thankful to have the support of Sedona Compost to provide an ecological solution for used paper towels, but again, we’ll practice R#2 — Reduce first, wherever possible.

• Washcloth

• Biodegradable Soap

• Recycled//Organic Toothbrush

• Ecologically sound Toothpaste

Tote Bag/Basket

For carrying your Zero Waste kit to and fro 🙂 

If you have any questions, ideas or tips, please reach out to our Zero Waste Coordinator, Jo.

With every choice we make, we are given the opportunity to make the world a better.  Thank you for joining us on the journey toward Zero Waste.

With gratitude,

Jo and the SYF Zero Waste Team

 Molly Jo

Molly Jo

SYF Zero Waste Coordinator

For over a decade, Molly Jo (Jo) has been committed personally, professionally and academically to cultivating a vibrant, sustainable existence for herself, her community, and the greater ecology to which we are all inextricably bound. She has been blessed to study, teach and grow alongside phenomenal teachers, healers and seekers among extraordinary landscapes and beings.

She began her journey as an Environmental Educator, connecting students of all ages to the wonders of our Earth through classroom and field instruction. She first learned the Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics as a Wilderness Trip Leader in the boreal forests near Lake Superior, and the principles have since guided her choices and actions as a citizen of the world, an educator, and an organizer. Over time, her relationship to the land grew, and she deepened her skills as a practitioner of Herbal Medicine, through which she became keenly aware of the universal application of LNT — The Honorable Harvest — in which, as humans and stewards of the planet, we not only are responsible for leaving the places we visit and inhabit better than we found them, we are also indebted to use our gifts and our gratitude to enrich all those whose lives we impact.

An avid individual practitioner of Zero Waste (ZW), Jo has actively promoted the growth of the ZW movement through event coordinating, volunteering and education since 2010. Currently engaged in Masters studies in Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability, Jo is passionate about the intersection between Yoga and Ecological Stewardship. She is deeply excited and honored to bring her love and energy to Sedona Yoga Festival. She hopes to demystify Zero Waste, and bring a little more joy and ease to the practices of Ecological Stewardship and Sustainability with the help of a community on the path of mindfulness, gratitude and love.

2019: A Year Without Waste

2019: A Year Without Waste

2019: A Year Without Waste

As our year moves ever-onward, many of us carry with us our resolutions and goals to make this the best year yet. We at Sedona Yoga Festival are excited to share one of our many intentions for making this the best-ever SYF.

As Yogis, we are always seeking opportunities to live more intentionally, and to create a more balanced, peaceful and joyful existence for all. One important and effective strategy for doing so is by pledging to be a Zero Waste event.

In the coming weeks, we will share more information about what this means for us as a festival, and for you as an attendee, but we thought we’d start with the basics — In a world full of information at our fingertips, it can be easy to get lost or overwhelmed, so the following is intended to help you join us on our journey toward Zero Waste ::

WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?

The following definition comes from the Zero Waste International Alliance, which offers great information and resources,

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.”

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

That’s a lengthy definition, I know, so what does that mean for us?

 

WHY IS ZERO WASTE IMPORTANT?

For most of us, it’s simple to understand that creating less waste is a good thing.  But really understanding how much waste we currently produce — and the implications — can be difficult.  In most cases, waste has been designed to be out of sight, out of mind.

For anyone interested in learning more (in a short, highly effective, informative and entertaining format), I recommend checking out the videos and online resources at The Story of Stuff Project, particularly watching the documentary that started it all, The Story of Stuff.

BABY STEPS TO ZERO WASTE

Most of us recall the old adage, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” — and most of us know that recycling is important, but it’s more difficult to truly understand the time, energy and resources embedded in production and in the process of recycling. This is why ‘Recycle’ is the last of “five r’s” — and the final step in the Zero Waste model.

While consumers have much less power over producing waste and creating a Zero Waste society ultimately falls on producers, manufacturers, and lawmakers, each of us can take small steps to eliminate waste from our life by looking at our choices.

REFUSE

The most important (and initially most difficult) of the 5 R’s of Zero Waste is refusal.

We are bombarded on a daily basis with stuff! Mindfully choosing to accept what we actually need and refusing the unnecessary is the first step in breaking out of the cycle of waste. Refuse wasteful materials like styrofoam and single use plastics, and choose to support companies who are striving to make it easier for their customers to live a Zero Waste lifestyle – you’ll feel better; trust me!

REDUCE

This is a lot like Refuse, except that it takes into account the fact that it’s nearly impossible to live in our current society without buying things from time to time (if you’ve got that figured out, please tell me all your secrets and super powers!).  

We’re constantly being sold cheaply made items designed to wear out — and this is marketed as convenient.  Our planet and our wallets disagree, however.  

We have the power to save money AND our planet by making mindful decisions to buy items that are long-lasting, ethically produced, and free from unnecessary packaging.  Sometimes, it’s possible or better to borrow, rent or purchase used. In addition to reducing waste, we can reduce the clutter in our lives — a real win-win.

REUSE

Not to sound like a broken record, but Reusing is all about Mindfulness in our choices. This can be a difficult step, but Reusing has incredible monetary and emotional reward.  

This is the BYO step — use cloth napkins, reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, bags and containers for groceries (check out the wonderful  Shopping Guide from Litterless to find stores in your location where you can bring and refill your own containers). Look to mend and repair before purchasing new and look for products with lifetime warranties (check out Patagonia for inspiration from a company committed to Zero Waste).

ROT

The final R is Rot — which means compost! Close to 60% of material in landfills are composed of organic matter that, in an otherwise aerobic setting, could become soil. Have a garden? Why not make your own organic soil?! If you don’t have the ability to tend your own compost pile or worm bin, you can look into local compost programs, community gardens or farms that accept “donations”.  If you do compost, however, consider whether or not you can feed it to others first. The EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy is a great resource.

We know making the switch to Zero Waste is not all flowers and berries.  Initially, it can feel extremely difficult to make these changes, but know you’re not alone and the effort is absolutely worth it — plus, it gets much, much easier (and it feels amazing)!

We’re proud to share our own stories of successes and challenges with you at this year’s SYF; from carefully choosing conscious vendors; improving waste diversion throughout the event; partnering with activists and off-setting our carbon footprint with ClimateYogi; and offering plenty of education and resources to our community during our time together — as Yogis, we believe we have the ability to inspire others and lead the way toward a more harmonious existence.  Stay tuned for more updates and information on how you can get involved with Zero Waste at the Sedona Yoga Festival and beyond.

We are so delighted to have you join us on this journey; it’s the efforts of people like you that make this world a more wonderful place. Please share any questions, tips, or great resources.

With gratitude,

Jo and the SYF Zero Waste Team

 Molly Jo

Molly Jo

SYF Zero Waste Coordinator

For over a decade, Molly Jo (Jo) has been committed personally, professionally and academically to cultivating a vibrant, sustainable existence for herself, her community, and the greater ecology to which we are all inextricably bound. She has been blessed to study, teach and grow alongside phenomenal teachers, healers and seekers among extraordinary landscapes and beings.

She began her journey as an Environmental Educator, connecting students of all ages to the wonders of our Earth through classroom and field instruction. She first learned the Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics as a Wilderness Trip Leader in the boreal forests near Lake Superior, and the principles have since guided her choices and actions as a citizen of the world, an educator, and an organizer. Over time, her relationship to the land grew, and she deepened her skills as a practitioner of Herbal Medicine, through which she became keenly aware of the universal application of LNT — The Honorable Harvest — in which, as humans and stewards of the planet, we not only are responsible for leaving the places we visit and inhabit better than we found them, we are also indebted to use our gifts and our gratitude to enrich all those whose lives we impact.

An avid individual practitioner of Zero Waste (ZW), Jo has actively promoted the growth of the ZW movement through event coordinating, volunteering and education since 2010. Currently engaged in Masters studies in Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability, Jo is passionate about the intersection between Yoga and Ecological Stewardship. She is deeply excited and honored to bring her love and energy to Sedona Yoga Festival. She hopes to demystify Zero Waste, and bring a little more joy and ease to the practices of Ecological Stewardship and Sustainability with the help of a community on the path of mindfulness, gratitude and love.

Every Soul Has a Journey. What’s Yours?

Every Soul Has a Journey. What’s Yours?

Every Soul Has a Journey. What’s Yours?

SoulJour is the result of a lifetime of seeking. It is the intersection of many worlds: yoga & meditation + outdoor mountain adventure + international travel + rock ‘n’ roll + design + sustainability.

Short for Soul Journey, pronounced Soldier, we are a holistic lifestyle brand built on the roots of yoga for the seeker, sage, and warrior. We are a force of empowerment: a source of transformational experiences and purposeful product. We believe in the collective journey to reveal our essence, activate our purpose, and always rock our Truth.

SoulJour is a mindset. It’s the courage it takes to look in the mirror and uncover the veil. It’s the focus it takes to scream down a mountain bike trail with a cliff on one side and poison oak on the other. It’s the freedom felt when the band kicks it into high gear and everyone tunes into the same frequency. SoulJours are edgy and disruptive – while always being mindful of the planet. We believe in leaving a mark, but also in leaving no trace.

Our sustainable accessories includes a Cork yoga mat made from premium cork and rubber – a game changer for anyone who has sweaty hands/feet, who lives in a warm climate, or who practices in a heated room. Our reusable 100% bamboo spork saves hundreds of plastic utensils from entering the landfill each year. Lastly, we have a luxuriously soft, one-piece cashmere hood perfect for sivasana, meditation, and is best when worn outside on a cold winter’s night. Made from the underbelly hair of Mongolian goats, no harm was done in making this awe go-to statement piece.

Our t-shirt offerings represent four storylines and make up our Essence Collection: Truth, Abundance, Strength, and Balance. For example, our Abundance tee depicts the 8-pointed star of Lakshmi representing all aspects of material and spiritual wealth. No matter what your situation is, there’s a graphic to remind you of your soul’s journey back hOMe – to remember your Self.

SoulJour on and Rock your Truth like you were born to do…

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