sedona yoga festival & healing arts conference

By: ava bird

Appropriately known as “The City of Light,” Sedona, AZ, hosted the first ever Sedona Yoga Festival and Healing Arts Conference in 2013. In the midst of an enchanting February winter, the majestic red rocks of Sedona were the sublime background of a weekend filled with yogic alchemy.     

With a bursting spiritual and healing community, the small northern Arizona town successfully gathered together an impressive array of teachers, speakers, seminars, wisdom masters, healers, musicians, authors, yogis, and so much more.   

The first year festival included multiple venues and highlighted local businesses. The Seven Centers Yoga Arts Center, the first yoga studio and school in Sedona, happily hosted several programs and events for the marathon festival. Durga Das/David Newman was a brilliant feature as he presented a kirtan workshop and concert. His afternoon workshop included an interactive talk and discussion with an open forum, call and response singing, and an evening kirtan concert that was surprisingly extraordinary. Durga Das brought the primordial practice of kirtan to a unique level of accessibility, laid back comfort and happy smiles for all. His refreshing offering inspired the room and infused the scene with loving grace, uplifted vibrations and kindness. He invited the children to dance and sing as one brave four year old girl joined him.     

The bountiful journey through the festival weekend presented an infinite and fantastic opportunity for a full spectrum experience and immersion into yoga philosophy, asanas, metaphysics, and ideology. The international assortment of practitioners were dazzled with unusual and curious conference options such as:

Aqua Kriya Yoga
Yogic Power Naps: Yoga Nidra
Kundalini Celestial Communication
Angel Therapy Yoga
Resolve to Evolve
Shake Your Shakti: Activational Chakra Dance Journey
Soul Journey Breath Circle &
 Pranayama: The Heart of Breathing taught by Misha Bell

If only the universe revolved around such pursuits! The closing ceremony of the divine weekend commenced with a sound healing gong bath. However, it was a transcendental concert by the local Sedona kirtan collective, The Kirtan Wallahs, that deserves honorable recognition. Led by Natesh, The Wallahs sent off the grateful blessed attendees with a ride to the heavenly realms with ecstatic shared chants, meditation, dancing, and free movement.     

The Sedona Yoga Festival and Healing Conference has plenty of room to grow and improve, but – if we’re lucky- we get another round of evolutions next year.

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