Playlists from Xinalani Yoga Retreat 2011




Gobinday Mukunday Spirit Voyage Artists
Hope (Live for the art of peace) Rush
Hard Sun (Main) Eddie Vedder
Escucha Me Gipsy Kings
Nogo Issa Bagayogo
Xoxoxo The Black Eyed Peas
Mahamrtyunjaya Mantra Reema Datta
High Low (feat. Zap Mama) [Acoustic Mix] {Bonus Track} Michael Franti & Spearhead
Escaping Arkham Common Market
No Rest for the Weary Blue Scholars
Queen Bee Devendra Banhart
Faust Arp Radiohead
While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles
Guru Mari Shri Anandi Ma
Shavasana/Deep Relaxation Shiva Rea



Earth Uwe Neumann
Helplessly Hoping Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Fire And Rain Jonatha Brooke
Track 01 Raga Indian music Ghandi Fave  
Allah Hoo Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Anand (Bliss) Snatam Kaur
Long Nights Eddie Vedder
Dust in the Wind Kansas
Buckets of Rain Bob Dylan
Old Fashion Morphine Jolie Holland
Dawg’s Waltz Jerry Garcia & David Grisman



Om Namaha Shiva Sheila Chandra
Assaisin’s Tango John Powell
Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Lumière [MAIN] Blue Scholars
Dream Machine (Down Tempo Mix) Mark Farina & Sean Hayes
Boda Boda Rap Fossil Fool, the Bike Rapper, with Lawi One
Boee (Come to Me) The Idan Raichel Project
Quelqu’un M’a Dit Carla Bruni
Hope Shaggy
Govinda Fly Sharon Gannon (Mixed By Mike D)
Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I) Kid Cudi
Hey Baby Stephen Marley featuring Mos Def
Just Breath Pearl Jam
Yellow Emily Asen
Second to Numb Kings of Convenience
Yellow Jem
This Years Love David Gray
Bayaty Anja Lechner & Vassilis Tsabropoulos
Conga Jog Al Gromer Khan



Om Ram Ramaya Deva Premal
Amen Omen Ben Harper
For What It’s Worth Buffalo Springfield
Queen Bee Devendra Banhart
Tenfold Layne Redmond
Everlasting Love Lifescapes
Sitara Dreams Rasa



Om Namah Shivaya Wade Imre Morissette
The City of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) George Harrison
Helplessly Hoping Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Shiva Shambho namasté
Ananda Solar Quest
Hara Hara Mahaadeva Krishna Das
Govinda Jaya Jaya Dave Stringer
Sita Ram Girish
Hanumana Wade Imre Morissette
Maintenant Rupa & The April Fishes
Madrugada 8 Twinkle Engine
Seen It All Before Amos Lee
Trois morceaux après des hymnes byzantins I Anja Lechner & Vassilis Tsabropoulos
River Flows In You Yiruma
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Jane Siberry
Guru Brahma Shaman’s Dream



Time In a Bottle Jim Croce
Operator Toby Lightman
Time After Time Matt Ketteman & Cameron Mizell
The Times They Are A-Changin’ Bob Dylan
Tiny Dancer Elton John
Tajabone Ismaël Lo
Time Of Your Song Matisyahu
Matadjem Yinmixan Tinariwen
I Ka Barra (Your Work) Habib Koite and Bamada
They Jem
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right Bob Dylan
I’d Rather Be With You Joshua Radin
Stand By Me Various Artist
He got game Public Enemy
Talk to You Tracy Chapman
I’ll Be Edwin McCain
Time After Time Tuck & Patti
What’s Been Going On Amos Lee
Solo Para Ti Armik
Still Wade Imre Morissette


Incense Erykah Badu
La Niña De Fuego Concha Buika
The Only One The Black Keys
Mamacita Collie Buddz
Hey Girl Damian Marley, Rovleta Fraser & Stephen Marley
Movement song awesome  
Sabura (Desert Delight Remix Reconstructed By Max Psahm) Ekova
Paper Aeroplane-Angus & Julia Stone Hotel Costes X
Io Gianna Nannini
Where I’m From Digable Planets
Window Seat Erykah Badu
The Sweetest Thing Lauryn Hill
It’s Okay Land of Talk
Sterne Martinek & C-Deluxe
Afterlife Glorybox
Dreamcatcher Bahramji And Maneesh De Moor
Conga Jog Al Gromer Khan
Prayer Anja Lechner & Vassilis Tsabropoulos
Longing Ty Burhoe



Dream Priscilla Ahn
Tesegu Danone O’Sow
Land Of Anaka Geoffrey Oryema/Brian Eno
Blue Indian Widespread Panic
Nogo Issa Bagayogo
Stars All Seem to Weep Beth Orton
Promised Land Grateful Dead
Friend Of The Devil Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Cat’s In The Cradle Johnny Cash
What’s Been Going On Amos Lee
American Tune Simon & Garfunkel
Stay Human Michael Franti
Madrugada 8 Twinkle Engine
Infusion (Bombay Mix) Adham Shaikh
Chão de Estrelas Baden Powell
Ganashyama Dave Stringer
Pascal’s Waltz Gary DeMichele
Consciousnesss Unfolding Saggio



Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu Chandra Om
Song for You Alexi Murdoch
Escaping Arkham Common Market
Evening Chai Blue Scholars
Boda Boda Rap Fossil Fool, the Bike Rapper, with Lawi One
Now That We Found Love Heavy D and the Boyz
Paris, Tokyo Lupe Fiasco
Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version) Michael Franti & Spearhead
Just Breath Pearl Jam
Yellow Emily Asen
Second to Numb Kings of Convenience
Breathe Alexi Murdoch
Yellow Jem
Have a Little Faith In Me Solveig Slettahjell
Shavasana/Deep Relaxation Shiva Rea
Stand By Me Various Artist



Doing Nothing is Enough Il Bel Fai Niente

The practice of yoga is not about doing more or asserting more effort it is actually an experience where we try to make the smartest least effort or effortless effort.  There is this space in a pose where we find that sweet space of “doing nothing.” That is something I know well from my Father who was born in Italy and the Italian people have a deep respect for the philosophy of enjoyment. This is the idea of IL BEL FAI NIENTE which means “the beauty of doing nothing.”  Remember this passage from Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love “Generally speaking, Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure.  Ours is an entertainment-seeking nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one.  Americans spend billions to keep themselves amused but that’s not exactly the same thing as quiet enjoyment.  Americans work harder and longer and more stressful hours than anyone in the world today.

Of course we all inevitably work too hard, then we get burned out and have to spend the whole weekend in our pajamas staring at the TV in a mild coma (which is the opposite of working, yes, but not exactly the same thing as pleasure.) Americans don’t really know how to do nothing. But against the backdrop of hard work, il bel fai niente, has

always been a cherished Italian ideal. The beauty of doing nothing is the goal of all your work, the final accomplishment for which you are most highly congratulated. Anyone with a talent for happiness can do this.”

“My own ambition, my deepest and truest ambition, is to find within myself someday, somehow, the ability to do likewise, to do NOTHING – and find it enough.” Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Another way I personally experience this doing of nothing is going to Moab. Utah.  When I am there I understand what Edward Abbey is writing about since that is where he wrote the book Desert Solitaire.  There is a quiet in the desert unlike anything I have found elsewhere in the world.  And the joy of mountain biking or practicing yoga there feels so in the flow of this effortless effort that you come away from any excursion with more energy and calm.  I can’t wait to return April 16-19 to introduce a new tribe to the beauty of Il Bel Fait Niente!  Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia


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Fun Theory means a Win-Win: No Pushing or Pulling

March 23, 2011.  Wishing you a day of effortless effort where you are not feeling pulled or pushed. And a day where you aren’t the one doing the pushing or pulling. I know from experience every time you push your partner, he or she will pull back and when we try to pull at them to stay longer they will then push away. It’s the win-lose scenario of dualism.  Imagine how strong a person has to be that when you push them they don’t react to your pushing while at the same time being careful not to overcompensate for the initial push all in effort to come back into balance.  Whew! That’s not fun.

But when we follow the lead of our breath and stop pushing and pulling at the people in our lives it all makes for living a life of delight.  It is fun.

We practice on the mat to recognize Pushing and Pulling, Dvesa and Raga, so we can live better off the mat.  Take to heart the words of Judith Lasater who writes, “in life we are pulled between trying to get what you want and trying to avoid what you don’t want.  Pulling and Pushing away both limit our freedom.” What is freedom? To me is about learning to BE happy with the playful side of life. It’s so simple, if you want FUN in your practice you have to put FUN into it. If you want FUN in your life you have to stop pushing and pulling. We learned it in kindergarten and it all still applies.

This concept is from the Yoga Sutras:

Yoga Sutras Chapter 2, Verse 7

Excessive fondness for pleasant experiences causes longing.  Attachment (Raga) which is PULLING

Yoga Sutras Chapter 2, Verse 8

Excessive avoidance of unpleasant experiences causes disdain.  Aversion (Dvesa) which is PUSHING

On and off the mat we can be aware of what we are thinking:

Where are your thoughts PUSH energy.  Push thoughts are things like “I don’t want to hold this pose, I don’t want to try this new or difficult variation”.

Where are your thoughts PULL energy.  And pull thoughts might be things like “I want another Sun Salutation, I should be able to do 35 vinyasas per class no matter what. Bring on side 2, I’ll take it on.”

Maybe that’s why I appreciate the website The site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as FUN is the

easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better. Fun Theory asks us to think about why don’t we do more of the things that we know are good for us?  And suggests that if we make those things fun can we get change our behavior. (You should know this initiative is sponsored by Volkswagen.) Go to their website to see how they got folks to take the stairs instead of the escalator and other playfully brilliant examples! Caution this site will make you SMILE.

When we aren’t pushing away positive change our pulling at it either we remain on easy speed and Fun Theory works in our favor which is always Win-Win.  Life is Win-Win (at least when we stop pushing and pulling). Try it and see!  Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia


Rainbow Connection, Muppets

Korean Dogwood, Devendra Banhart

Cold Wind, Arcade Frie

Queen Bee, Devendra Banhart

Days Go By (Acoustic), Dirty Vegas

Rise, Eddie Vedder

Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones

Just Can’t Get Enough, Depeche Mode

Stuck in the Middle with You, Stealers Wheel

Say You Love Me, Fleetwood Mac

Fix, Jack Johnson

Come Out To Play, UB40

Pass the Dutchie, Musical Youth

Lively Up Yourself, Bob Marley

Freedom, George Michael

No Rest for the Weary, Blue Scholars

Lakshmi, Girish, Donna Delory, Greg Leisz & Georges Lamman

Faust Arp, Radiohead

Ocean Breathes Salty, Sun Kil Moon

Sitara Dreams, Rasa

Ahimsa, Baird Hersey & Prana

PS. Come experience Fun Theory while on retreat with us in 2011!


Are you Growing? A test of Spiritual Growth

I often ask myself what is the true test of my Spiritual Growth? Or more simply put I meditate on the question “Am I still growing?” When I was little my Mom measured us (me and my brother) against the door in our house and marked the little lines proving I was actually growing physically. You did that too, right? Well, I loved that. I was sad the day she stopped doing it and I stopped growing.

Well that’s speaking to physical growth. I am as tall as I’m going to be (although to be honest by practicing yoga I’ve gotten a little taller, just a quarter inch but that’s pretty cool).

However what I’m speaking about is emotional and spiritual growth. My aspiration continues to be that I grow into the BEST version of myself. And that’s what I hope for you too.

Or as True Nobility is defined: it is not about being better than anyone else, it is about being better than you used to be, much better. This is the barometer of our ability to raise our spiritual energy. Are you better than you used to be? Are you growing?

“The only difference between a flower that is alive and one that is dead is that the live flower is still growing.” Dr Wayne Dyer

For me I received so much nourishment, like a flower, from my daily yoga practice that I wanted more. That’s when I started taking yoga workshops: first they were the 2 hour kind, then the half day, then the full day, finally entire weekends both locally and eventually I started traveling all over the U.S to attend 2-3 day trainings and workshops until I went all the way by signing up for a one week yoga retreat in Italy with Sadie Nardini. Well that did it for me. I could experience for myself that to keep growing I had to keep investing in myself and more time dedicated to evolving my consciousness was required to do that. And traveling to new places and exploring new territories externally matched the growth I was making internally. They went hand in hand.

And that’s when I made the commitment to start leading yoga retreats combined with other ways to express one’s yoga and vitality like cycling and hiking. I want to give everyone a chance to really invest in your own growth and raise your energy by visiting places that support your evolution.

You see, until the last breath, I don’t buy into wellness as defined by the AMA as the “absence of illness”. I believe in the potential for radiant health (shakti) as the World Health Organization defines wellness. I am growing! And I am learning. And the higher my vibration the softer I get on the outside. I am kinder, more patient, nicer and easily more loving. I think we all are when we’re growing. So make that commitment to yourself keep affirming your life! Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia

In the words of Lao Tzu,

“At birth all people are soft and yielding

At death they are hard and stiff

All green plants are tender and yielding

At death they are brittle and dry

When hard and rigid we consort with death

When soft and flexible we Affirm Greater Life.”

What do we talk about on Retreats?

Our Xinalani group might have been the chattiest yet! And for sure there was never a shortage of really meaningful conversation. Here are a few thought-provoking questions that are along the lines of what we’d talk about casually but with enthusiasm while on Retreat together (at lunch, on the beach, while hiking, riding horses). And for our Xinalani Retreat Guests gosh we miss talking to you guys!

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Which is worse, failing or never trying?

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

If you want to have relevant dialogue then join us on retreat this year. Book your trip now. Don’t delay another day. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Hip Hop Yoga Playlist March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011. Wonderful most blessed day! And our most fun playlist ever. So grateful to all the yogis that have shared time with me. Love you all! Silvia


River Flows In You, Yiruma, First Love (Yiruma Piano Collection)

Black Eyed Dog, Nick Drake, Way To Blue (An Introduction To Nick Drake)

Hate It Or Love It (Remix), 50 Cent & G Unit, The Massacre

Gangsta Nation, Nate Dogg

Catacombs, Poi Dog Pondering, Liquid White Light [Live] [Disc1]

The Donque Song (Ft. Snoop Dogg),, Songs About Girls

Buttons, The Pussycat Dolls

Quiet Dog, Mos Def, The Ecstatic

So Doggone Lonesome, Johnny Cash, I Walk The Line – 16 Great Performances

hip hop yoga playlist silvia mordini playlist

California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg), Katy Perry, California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)

Police Dogs Bonfire, Lazyboy, Ibiza The Sunset Sessions

Till I Get There, Lupe Fiasco, Lasers

Jumelles, MC Solaar, Mach 6

Soon The New Day, Talib Kweli Feat. Norah Jones, Ear Drum

aint feel nothing, zino & tommy, Tears From The Moon


Praan, Garry Schyman, Praan – Single

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Silvia Mordini Yoga Teaching Schedule

Ciao Awesome Yogi Friends,

Heya I’d love to practice with you when you visit Seattle (and I’m not co-guiding a retreat with Jacob Young).  So come check me out in my regular classes or talk to me about registering for Teacher Training at hauteyoga Queen Anne. Also visit my personal website at

12pm-1pm Vinyasa Yogalife, Queen Anne
4:30PM-5:30pm Power Vinyasa Hauteyoga Queen Anne

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9:30AM-11am Power Vinyasa Hauteyoga Queen Anne
12PM-1pm Yogalife, Queen Anne
4;30PM-5:30pm Power Vinyasa Hauteyoga Queen Anne

12PM-1pm Power Vinyasa Hauteyoga Queen Anne

12PM-1pm Yogalife, Queen Anne
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