Want to get away? The town of Sedona might be the perfect place for a quick escape. Combine the love of hiking and yoga with some magical scenery and you have the makings of trip to remember. Breanna Helfert of Surya Sedona Yoga stopped by recently to supply some inspiration.
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Breanna Helfert 00:03 – Now [February] through May is a great time to hike in Arizona. And one of my favorite places is Sedona. Come on, I’ll show you. The scenery of Sedona is amazing. And with the vortex energy here, it just magnifies your yoga experience.
BH 00:21 – Well, the first thing we need to know is when you’re going to be in Sedona. We want to know your goals. You know, what do you want to just see beautiful landscapes Do you want to experience the vortex energy in Sedona? Do you want to have a more meditative spiritual experience?
BH 00:38 – Everything is tailored for each participant, depending upon your goals. So I want to know your fitness level, your background with yoga, the kind of hike you want to experience, the type of yoga practice. You can do a more vigorous vinyasa and a more rigorous hike to get a cardio workout. You can also do more of like just a mellow kind of Zen experience and an easy hike, and more meditative yoga.
BH 01:09 – There’s so much to do here, you know, the hiking is endless. Outdoor Yoga is a magnificent experience. But there’s a lot else: There’s shopping and art galleries and golfing. So yeah, I recommend a longer stay. But if you just have a day, we can definitely set up your perfect outing.
Gear to Bring
BH 01:28 – It’s very casual here in Sedona in general. And for your outing, you’ll want to wear a pair of either hiking shoes or sneakers, sneakers are fine. I definitely recommend a hat and sunglasses, Bring some water. For the yoga outings, we provide the mats, you don’t need to bring a mat, but yeah, probably a phone or a camera.
BH 01:51 – Boynton is really popular. It’s a famous feminine vortex here in Sedona. It’s an easy hike. You know, it’s pretty flat. It’s out and back. I think it’s about seven miles round trip if you go to the end of the trail, but you can just go out as far as you want and turn around. Can’t get lost there really.
West Fork Trail
BH 02:09 – West Fork is very, very beautiful. It’s unique here in Sedona, because it’s a different kind of flora that doesn’t tend to thrive in in Arizona in general. I think because it’s boxed in this canyon. You’ve got all kinds of trees growing: Pine, Willow, Maple. It’s just like this vegetation paradise.
BH 02:32 – We work with people who’ve never even done yoga. Our instructor guides are very well versed at setting up a private practice and experience that will both challenge those that are more experienced and be accessible to newcomers as well. Well, I definitely recommend check out our website, SuryaSedonaYoga.com. And you can also give us a call at 928-284-0300. We’d love to hear from you.
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