July 28, 2018
A Wellness Lover's Guide to Sedona
Posted by: Lori Reinhold
The red rocks of Sedona, Arizona are rumored to hold mystical, transformative powers. Wellness seekers from all across the world flock to Sedona to absorb its healing energies and restore themselves amongst the region’s unparalleled natural beauty. Because of this, Sedona has developed thriving spirituality and wellness industries. It is even known as the spiritual center of the West! From yoga studios to psychics, energy healers to world-class spas, you will find something in Sedona to renew and empower you, even if think all this stuff sounds like a bunch of hokey mumbo-jumbo. There are even spiritual sites on the grounds of the Alma de Sedona Inn, including a meditation labyrinth and Medicine Wheel! So take a deep breath, align your energies, and join us in exploring the wonderful world of wellness in Sedona.
Sedona is home to many excellent yoga studios dedicated to fostering the mind-body connection and helping their students find inner peace and balance. If you’re not into the spiritual side of things, yoga is still a great way to build strength, increase flexibility, and restore your body after tough hikes, bike rides, or workouts.
7 Centers Yoga is an excellent local studio offering a variety of daily classes, yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and personal retreats. With its lovely Spanish Mission style architecture and unbeatable location set against the breathtaking views of Airport Mesa, 7 Centers Yoga is one of the most beautiful places to do yoga in the city. Plus, they having a full Ayurvedic kitchen on site, filling the space with the delicious aroma of spices. For something a little more active and outdoorsy, Vortex Yoga Hiking mixes yoga and hiking for an experience that is enriching spiritually as well as physically. The journeys typically last 60-90 minutes and involve meditation, visualization, breathing exercises, and QiGong, a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to tai chi.
If you are here in March, consider checking out the Sedona Yoga Festival, one of the best festivals in the country for health, wellness, and spiritual enrichment. Whether you are a beginner or a trained yogi, it is the perfect place to deepen your practice in a place of incredible beauty. But the weekend isn’t just yoga. There will also be music, art shows, presentations, and delicious and nutritious meals. They even have special programs for people living with PTSD.
The McLean Meditation Institute strives to help each student cultivate peace and mindfulness in their daily lives. The institute was founded by best-selling meditation author Sarah McLean. Sarah has worked with Deepak Chopra at the Chopra center and studied meditation all over the world. Now, Sarah is happy to share the transformative power of meditation with the people of Sedona. The McLean Institutes uses meditation as a tool for combatting the stress of our hectic, overstimulated lives. If you are new to meditation, we recommend their SEED (Simple, Easy, Every Day) Meditation class, a perfect introduction to meditation techniques and practices. They also host a variety of community meditations as well as retreats and workshops.
Get in touch with your inner zen at one Sedona’s many wonderful retreat and wellness centers. We have been sending our guests to Inner Journeys for years. Owners Kurt and Mariposa run the retreat center out of their home, lending it an intimacy unique to many other other spiritual centers in Sedona. From Energy Balancing to Karma Cleaning, Inner Journey’s will help you on your path towards self-discovery and inner transformation.Kurt and Mariposa understand that everyone’s spiritual journey is unique, so they customize everything to the needs and desires of the customer. They work with individuals, couples, or groups and offer both single day and multi-day spiritual retreats.
After your spiritual time in Sedona, you might want to do a little shopping so you can bring some of it home with you. At the Mystical Bazaar, you’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts and metaphysical items such as gemstones, jewelry, and tarot decks. Their in-house psychics are also available for palm, chakra, and tarot readings. Mystical Bazaar also offers classes on reiki healing, energy clearing, past life regression, and chakra awakening. It is your one-stop shop for all things spiritual in Sedona. We also love Crystal Magic, located just two blocks from the Alma de Sedona Inn. It our go-to stop for books, crystals, cards, incense, gifts, and more.
Ramsey’s Rocks and Minerals has been selling rocks, gems, and jewelry since 1949. It is a great place to go to stock up on amethyst, turquoise, and silver as well as rarer stones like Carnelian Merkabah and Chrysocolla. THey will even make you a customer piece of jewelry using your desired stone.
Organic and Healthy Eating
ChocolaTree Organic Eatery & Marketplace sells many speciality goods you can’t get anywhere else in Sedona. They sell many of their own homemade products, including almond butters, herbs, and cacao, as well as variety of herbs, tinctures, and teas. Many of their specially selected ingredients are sourced from their own on-site garden. Their chocolate shop sells an excellent selection of handmade, artisan-crafted raw chocolates. They are committed to organic, fair-trade ingredients and partner with small-scale cacao growers to preserve traditional farmer practices. They also service delicious organic & vegan meals, like chili's and curries, quinoa salads, and veggie burgers.
The Local Juicery specializes in cold pressed juices, smoothies, and health tonics, but you can also order tasty menu items like peanut butter and cacao waffles, acai breakfast bowls, and “rawlicious” tacos.
Head to Berry Divine for the best acai bowls in town. Acai is an antioxidant rich superberry native to the Amazon rainforest said to boast tremendous health benefits. At Berry Divine, you can enjoy a nutritious-packed acai bowl or smoothie along with great coffee and a variety of other healthful menu items.
Planning a wellness retreat to beautiful Sedona, Arizona? Book a stay at the Alma de Sedona Inn, where you can find spiritual peace and breathtaking views without leaving the property.