Beach Therapy Puerto Vallarta Mexico Yoga Retreat Feb 26 to Mar 5, 2011


“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Xinalani is a brand new resort center accessed only by boat. It is in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on 10 acres of unspoiled jungle with a beautiful pristine beach, only 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Accomodations are ALL beach front with a choices of various private suites and a shared house if you are looking to save money. Xinalani Retreat features its own beach club where you will enjoy a relaxing break between your classes. Where you want to go swimming, snorkeling, or just sunbathe while sipping a natural fruit smoothie, corona, margarita, this is the place to be. Take a walk in the soft sand, discover the hidden secrets of the naturally sculpted rocks scattered along the shore and explore the small private coves as you explore yourself.

We have chosen for this retreat to stay at a one of its kind eco-resort named Xinalani because we fully believe Xinalani supports our guests on their search for mind-body balance better allows us to facilitate the setting of intentions so each person leaves more focused and open hearted to realize their full human potential. The name Xinalani comes from the Nauatl Xinaloani that means «seed». It is pronounced shee-nah-lah-nee. It embodies the shared vision that this world could be better if everybody planted and grew a seed inside themselves and let love blossom around it. We look forward to your registration! You are in excellent hands!

Eco-chic Suites $2500 $1,999.00
Eco-Premium Suites $1900 $1,699.00
Petite Suite $1600 $1,399.00
Big Palapa $899 NA

Deposit: A $500 dollar deposit will reserve your space.
Register by February 15, 2011 Get $100 OFF

7 nights of accommodation at Xinalani Retreat
3 complete gourmet vegetarian meals per day. Chef is expert in ayurveda cuisine and macrobiotics.
A social hour on select evenings
All transportation during the trip, including to and from the airport to Xinalani Retreat
14 Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
Yoga clinics and mini workshops with Silvia Mordini
Sunset Yoga Ceremonies
Guided Jungle Hiking
Private Dharma talks facilitated by your Guides
All gratuities for special events, transfers, lodging and group meals.
A special goodie bag with loving gifts

Airfare to and from the trip, gratuities for your guides


Losing the Past Opens the Future

February 2, 2011. Losing the Past Opens the Future. It is such a simple statement and rolls up yogic philosophy so easily….and yet not always that easy to put into practice. Our humanness boasts to us in little mental self talk that of course we can rewrite the past! Why wouldn’t we be able to? But we intellectually know we cannot. And until we surrender to our own letting go known as vairagya we cannot fully welcome the best future of ourselves.

The past and the future energies cannot fully occupy the same exact space. How or what happened yesterday is done. All we have now is this moment and the intentions for the next moments. Replaying things past only clutters our minds, leaks our energies and prevents us from engaging life right now. Through physical practice we let go of the old stories stored in the tissues of hurts, frustrations, disappointments and clear the way for our best experiences. And yoga works all day long mentally and emotionally to help remind us to lose the past, whether pleasant or unpleasant, so the world opens us up to the most magnificent future.

It is up to us not to hold ourselves back, to not remain stuck, but to create the space by letting go that opens the future.

I work on this everyday and I’ve experienced amazing results. it is still often very hard and sometimes easier but nevertheless always really powerful in letting grace and love flow towards my open heart. I wish for all us to find the courage to lose the past, and open to your future. Your BEST life ever. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

PS If you feel like you would benefit from more dedicated time to do the serious work of letting go (losing the past) then join me on an upcoming yoga retreat in Mexico, Moab, Italy, Washington, California, Colorado, and more! or or friend us on facebook Alchemy Tours, Alchemy of Yoga

Benefits of Natural Hot Springs

February 1, 2011. Growing up in a family of free spirited adventurers we would explore the “wild” west on our many skiing, camping or hiking trips. One place discovered along the way is Pagosa Springs. Pagosa Springs is a small mountain town located in the Four-Corners region of southwestern Colorado. The region is known for its access to archeological sites, unmatched mountains, great skiing, beautiful rivers, canyon lands and a wealth of cultural history. The town is nestled in a beautiful valley on the banks of the San Juan River, surrounded by the 3 million acre San Juan Forest and adjacent to the largest contiguous wilderness area in the nation, the Weminuche Wilderness.

One of the best kept secrets that make Pagosa Springs so special is the hot springs. Long touted as the largest and hottest natural mineral outflow in the world, the “Great Pagosah Hot Spring” is often coveted for its healing and restorative qualities. The use of hot springs dates back to the Bronze Age. Once you experience hot springs you will be hooked. Here are some of the many benefits (

Improve Circulation
Hot springs are thought to help with blood circulation, hypertension, nervous imbalances and atherosclerosis.

Treat Skin Infections
Sulfur is a mineral present in every cell of your body and is used to make collagen, which keeps your skin smooth and healthy. Hot springs are a rich source of sulfur and its healing benefits include treating skin irritations and infections such as rashes and eczema. According to the website Alternative Doctor, bathing in sulfur-rich hot springs helps treat dry scalp and arthritic pain as well as internal problems such as menopausal symptoms and digestive disorders.

Reduce Stress
The hot waters of mineral hot springs help your body to relax, which benefits many aspects of your health, including sleeping patterns and nutrient assimilation. When you are experiencing stress, your digestive tract can have trouble digesting and you may even suffer from insomnia, which, according to the National Sleep Foundation, causes more stress in your body and decreases your productivity. The relaxation promoted by the heat and buoyancy of hot springs also helps increase the range of motion of your muscles and joints, making the soaking beneficial for individuals recovering from trauma or suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the article “Some Like it Hot,” published in the Spavelous magazine in August 2008, bathing repeatedly in hot springs can help tone your autonomic nervous system and normalize your endocrine system, as well as release toxins in your body through sweating.

Boost Immune System
Some proponents believe that iron content in hot springs, along with other trace minerals, might help build your body’s immune system, making it stronger and more able to fight infections.

Keep exploring and living your dreams,
Kendra Charts

Alchemy Tours will be combining the healing properties of the hot springs and yoga with the adventure of snowboarding and skiing in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, April 7-10, 2011. If being in a mountain town soaking in hot springs under the stars sounds like heaven or if you have always wanted to learn to snowboard or ski or already a rock star at it please consider this Yoga and Snowboarding (and Skiing) Colorado retreat with Silvia, Jacob and myself.