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A Matter of Mindfulness

Sedona Yoga Festival Focuses on Representation, Aims to Elevate Consciousness and Hope in 2023

The Sedona Yoga Festival is returning in April 2023 for its 10-year anniversary celebration of true transformation. Heather Sheree Sanders, festival producer, and co-founder says it is an event like no other. “The Sedona Yoga Festival aims to help provide the necessary tools to unleash your greatest potential through the practice of yoga. We pride ourselves in finding amazing teachers that are not always drawn to the festival circuit and curating a program unlike any other, where each attendee may plan their four-day experience from more than 150 offerings available on the schedule.”

Eventgoers will get to plan their own journey throughout the beautiful landscape of Sedona, Ariz., and there will be plenty of offerings for every skill level, from brand-new yoga fans to seasoned professionals in the field. Sanders says that Sedona is the perfect spot for this event. “Sedona provides the gathering point to launch your practice to new levels. We have participants return year after year to enjoy this life-changing opportunity to gather in community and to facilitate collective transformation.”

One of the reasons Sedona was selected for this festival was because it creates an opportunity to connect with the natural landscape while in the practice of yoga. The Red Rocks offer attendees a chance to align the flow of their yoga practice with the power of the region’s well-known vortex energy. The festival is committed to making the event as sustainable as possible and supports the Sedona Chamber’s “Leave No Trace” program to encourage participants to use sustainable ideals while attending the festival, in addition to when they return home.

The festival has classes and offerings suitable for every level of practitioner, adds Sanders. “From absolute beginners to experienced teachers, we have cultivated an audience of deep seekers of yoga. The event is attended by yoga and overall wellness professionals who want to apply themselves to the study of yoga. Conferences such as this can gather great teachers and allow the studio goer to deepen their relationship with the full breadth of what the practice of yoga has to offer. It takes discipline to cultivate a mind, body, and soul that is at ease, but that peace is contagious.”

But SYF offers more than personal transformation and its event planners recognize the power of the platform, taking seriously the responsibility of sharing the multitude of authentic yoga practices in a way that represents the diversity of its practitioners. 

“SYF is laser-focused on representation, because representation matters. If we truly want everyone to feel comfortable in exploring a yoga practice, we need to reveal the truth that people from all walks of life — all backgrounds, and races — are practicing, teaching, and benefitting from yoga,” said Sanders. 

The event will be held April 27-30, 2023, and there are several ways to be involved in this beautifully crafted event. From the ability to attend, sponsor or take part as a vendor, Sanders hopes it will be a life-changing experience for all who participate in the festival. “Yoga facilitated deep healing and transformation for me personally, so it is no surprise that I took the lifelong practice of bringing people together in the fields of arts, sustainability and community and brought that to my passion for yoga. The powerful vortex landscape of Sedona amplifies the effects of the practice, especially when we all practice together over a series of days, and I expect it to be uplifting, inspiring, and revealing.”

To learn more, visit sedonayogafestival.com or call (928) 288-2484. Green Living AZ readers can receive 5% off tickets by clicking here and entering code SYF-GREENLIVING.


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