Why in Italy Nobody Takes Light for Granted

“It is dark. Eyes closed, we lie as if asleep, dreamless, ignorant of all around us. Floating in a sea of emptimenss, we are cradled in darkness – unseeing, unknowing, at peace. We breath slowly, in and out, in and out, stretching and relaxing our bodes as we settle into the warm, peaceful darkness inside. We are home. We are safe. We are deep within ourselves, feeling, hearing, being – but not seeing.

Somewhere in the darkness, we hear a sounds a distant note, a voice, a scuffle of movement. We feel the flutter of a breeze upon our face, feel a warmth upon our shoulders, feel the pull to rise and flow and follow but we know not where. Our bodies cannot see and dare not move. They are dark and still. They call to use for direction, wisdom, guidance. They call to intelligence, they call to memory, they call for clarification of the pattern. They call to light.” By Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System

There is something remarkable about the light in Italy. Anyone that has ever visited will tell you the same. To think that the only entertainment you need is to sit and watch the light change minute by minute, hour by hour is one of my favorite forms of meditation. Add to it a great glass of wine, good company and it’s just perfect.

“Certainly, in Italy, nobody takes light for granted.” – Barbara Steele

It’s true, in Italy nobody takes the light for granted. This is one clear reason I have found so much healing in Tuscany. Every time I’ve stepped off the plane in Florence, opened my eyes to the light, and immediately felt relief from the heaviness in my mind. Even now so many years into my daily yoga practice I can easily fall prey to over-thinking and the mental darkness that results. Putting myself in Italy once a year helps me to remember the light (just like stepping on the mat everyday connects us to our 6th Chakra of internal light).

I want to stay clear and lighthearted. I really do. But I am still undoing a lifetime of catastrophic practice. And the work of illuminating my mind is a whole lot easier than that of lightening up the load of my heart. Yet, every year, every moment in the light of Italy I shed another layer around my heart that longs to only be in the light. And it is working. It is bringing me ever closer to living as radiant as I am. That is why I hope you will join me in Tuscany June 23-30, 2012. Come with me and experience the light within, and all around for yourself!

About Silvia Mordini
My Father Enrico was an adventurer, my Mother’s parents were serious spiritual seekers. I grew up traveling all over the world with my brother and parents from the time I was an infant. I guess the fact that I love to show other people the beauty of the world shouldn’t surprise anyone since I was born in Ecuador, South America and my Father is from Northern Italy near Modena, English was my third language. One could say being a citizen of the world is in my blood.

And when not traveling I’m living in Seattle sharing my loving Anusara-inspired Vinyasa Flow teaching style influenced by more than 10 years of Hatha yoga study with my three primary teachers: Shiva Rea, John Friend, and my students. My teaching intention is that while connected to their breath, students might feel each pose with an open heart and a quiet mind. Yoga then becomes a means to explore oneself more deeply in order to better face life’s challenges and open to the endless possibilities that exist for all of us. You can reach me at alchemytours.com or silviamordini.com

Languages of Aruba – Learn something new with Alchemy Tours

From this website with much gratitude: http://www.aruba.com/ExploreAruba/Culture/language.aspx

ABOUT THE LANGUAGE OF ARUBA!

Language
Dutch and the local language of Papiamento are the official languages of Aruba, but most Arubans speak a minimum of four languages including English and Spanish.

More About Papiamento

Aruba’s native language of Papiamento embodies the friendliness for which the local population is known, with the language marked with an inclusive and open nature as represented in its unique sayings and mannerisms.

Unique to the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Papiamento evolved from a rudimentary pidgin language, utilized for the purposes of communication among peoples with different native languages, into the more complex language it is today. At its base, the language is an Afro-Portuguese Creole, which, over the years, has grown in syntax and lexicon with increased borrowings from Dutch, English and Spanish, but still possessing its own unique rhythm and meanings.

Evidence of its first widespread use can be observed in official documents from Curacao in the early 18th century. Through the middle of the 19th century, Papiamento was the language of choice for written materials, including Roman Catholic hymnals and schoolbooks. The first Papiamento-language newspaper soon followed with the apt moniker of “Civilisado” (The Civilizer) in 1871. Papiamento would have continued to be used as the language of instruction until Dutch subsidies came with the stipulation that lessons be taught solely in Dutch. Papiamento’s re-introduction into the educational system did not happen again until recent times.

Although in use as the native language for 300 years, Papiamento was only declared Aruba’s official language, alongside Dutch, as of March 19, 2003.

    Papiamento English

Bonbini – Welcome
Bon tardi – Good afternoon
Bon nochi – Good evening
Bon dia – Good morning
Pasa bon dia! – Have a nice day!
Por fabor – Please
Ami – I
Abo – You
Con ta bai? – How are you?
Mi ta bon – I am fine
Hopi bon – Very good
Mi nomber ta… – My name is…
Con jamabo? – What is your name?
Unda bo ta bai? – Where are you going?
Tur cos ta suave – Everything is alright
Di nada – You are welcome
Mi tin sed I am thirsty
Mi tin hamber I am hungry
Mi por a hanja un cerbes? Can I have a beer?
Mi por a hanja un glas di awa? Can I have a glass of water?
Con e tempo ta bai bira? What is the weather forecast?
Ta bai hasi solo It will be a sunny day
Awa ta jobe It is raining
Con mi ta jega…? How do I get to…(place)?
Unda e bus ta bai? Where is the bus going?
Unda ta? Where is it?
Cuanto ora tin? What time is it?
Mi dushi My darling (sweetie)
Un sunchi A kiss
Un braza A hug
Mi amor – My love
Felis – Happy
Mi ta stima bo! – I love you
Un – One
Dos – Two
Tres – Three
Cuater – Four
Cinco – Five
Seis – Six
Siete – Seven
Ocho – Eight
Nuebe – Nine
Dies – Ten

Please contact The Travel Yogi to make your reservation for this trip April 28-May 4, 2012:
jen@thetravelyogi.com or 562.335.8000

If not NOW then when? Where are you going in 2012?

Just a year ago I used GPS for the first time. I get the idea. You plug in where you want to go and it helps guide you there. The key point being you KNOW where you want to go. Time on the mat gives us some space to figure out where we’re going in life. And why wait? If you’re just kinda getting through life a bit aimlessly then let’s figure it out.

If not now, then when? 10 years from now?

So this concept of GPS is pretty essential to yoga. This spiritual maturity of knowing where we are going helps us to make sure we are evolving in the right direction. Until I finally decide to go to Tuscany on a Yoga Retreat one year I just played at entering a real GPS for my life. Then from that point forward I got clear. I want that for you. Get on the mat, do the practice, get your destination in gear and watch what happens. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

PS Make part of where you’re going this year a trip with us! Here below is our schedule book now space limited to no more than 12 clients per trip.

ALCHEMY TOURS SCHEDULE 2012

1. February 4-11, 2012 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Xinalani Eco-chic-spa Freedom of Purpose Yoga Retreat

2. March 23-25, 2012 Captain Whidbey Inn, Whidbey, Washington – Yoga Retreat

3. April 28 – May 4, 2012 Aruba Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga Chakra Immersion

4. May 25-27, 2012 Sonoma, California – Yoga, Wine and Cycling Retreat

5. June 23-30, 2012 Tuscany, Italy – YOGA & WINE, Culture, Cycling Retreat

6. September 21-23, 2012 San Juan Islands Lakedale Lodge Yoga & Hiking Retreat

7. October 13 – October 20, 2012 Big Island Hawaii Adventure & Chakra Immersion

8. November 17 – November 20, 2012 Moab, Utah – Thanksgiving Yoga & Mountain Biking Adventure

9. December 8-15, 2012 Maya Tulum Mexico or Prana Del Mar Yoga, Eco-Chic Beach & Mayan Ruins Retreat

ALCHEMY TOURS SCHEDULE 2013

Bali Sept 22-29, 2013

**REFERRAL BONUS**
Bring a Friend. Earn $75 in Alchemy Tours Gift Certificate if you refer a friend for a trip you attend.

The Five Element Theory Bringing Healing on Aruba Retreat April 2012

In Ayurveda, the science of life and optimal longevity one of the main things we focus upon is the 5 element theory. If there is too much or too little of any one element, an imbalance occurs (disease). Fundamentally when our bodies and minds are in balance, we can make sound, nourishing choices that allow us to achieve the health and lifestyle changes we are seeking. And with clear thinking we can identify and create our best life ever!

It’s so simple. But not easy. Maintaining interest in our own balance requires paying attention on a daily basis and making the corresponding sensitive adjustments necessary to return to a state of balance. An easy reminder of the 5 basic principals or elements is to take your right hand turn it towards you and align the elements like this:

thumb = Fire

first finger = Air

middle finger = Ether

ring finger = Earth

pinky finger = Water

There are places in the world where all 5 elements exist in full force in one place. We have chosen Aruba because of this reason. There we will have the healing with the grounding of the earth element, the power to recreate our lives through the fire of the sun, the newness of the air element all around us and of course the cleansing of the water element of the ocean. We need it all. If you too are seeking an amazing opportunity to come back into your own best balance come with us to Aruba April 28-May 4, 2012. Our focus will be on the 5 element theory and its practical application to your life along with how they align to the Chakras. This is a full on Chakra Immersion. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

To register for this Ultimate Blissful Yoga Retreat with me visit http://www.alchemytours.com

Our 2012 Alchemy Tours Schedule

WHY GO ON RETREAT WITH ALCHEMY TOURS IN 2012?
We stand apart by helping clients have fun and regain balance in their lives. Our retreats give the coaching, time and support to design the next chapter in your life. Alchemy Tours are specialized, small group adventures in destinations that will revitalize you. We choose where we stay based on charm, design and location. Our itineraries include the best food, the best activities and we strive to gain a “locals” status everywhere we go. Register today at http://www.alchemytours.com and make your trip of a lifetime come true!

ALCHEMY TOURS SCHEDULE 2012

1. February 4-11, 2012 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Xinalani Eco-chic-spa Freedom of Purpose Yoga Retreat

2. March 23-25, 2012 Captain Whidbey Inn, Whidbey, Washington – Yoga Retreat

3. April 28 – May 4, 2012 Aruba Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga Chakra Immersion

4. May 25-27, 2012 Sonoma, California – Yoga, Wine and Cycling Retreat

5. June 23-30, 2012 Tuscany, Italy – YOGA & WINE, Culture, Cycling Retreat

6. September 21-23, 2012 San Juan Islands Lakedale Lodge Yoga & Hiking Retreat

7. October 13 – October 20, 2012 Big Island Hawaii Adventure & Chakra Immersion

8. November 17 – November 20, 2012 Moab, Utah – Thanksgiving Yoga & Mountain Biking Adventure

9. December 8-15, 2012 Maya Tulum Mexico or Prana Del Mar Yoga, Eco-Chic Beach & Mayan Ruins Retreat

ALCHEMY TOURS SCHEDULE 2013

Bali Sept 22-29, 2013

**REFERRAL BONUS**
Bring a Friend. Earn $75 in Alchemy Tours Gift Certificate if you refer a friend for a trip you attend.

Costa Rica Eco-Adventure Summer Yoga Retreat – SPECIAL $450 OFF

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica | Play, Transform, Evolve
August 11-18, 2012

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Learning the Hula in Hawaii

One of our most delightful group activities while on Retreat at Kalani in Hawaii is taking Hula lessons. Now I know we’ve all seen the hula on t.v. Well we can honestly tell you it’s harder than what you think. The movement of the upper body is very peaceful without any effort on the face while your lower body is moving faster with distinction. It is the Yin/Yang, Shiva/Shakti that already exists in all of us but now in dance form come to life.

Here is the story of the Hula and why being at Kalani Retreat Center each year near Pele is such a powerful experience for us all.

“One day Pele called to her sisters and invited them to travel with her from Kïlauea to the shore of Puna. While relaxing and fishing, Pele saw the women Höpoe and Hä‘ena dancing near the shore and asked her sisters if some of them might dance for her, but none could dance. The youngest sister, Hi‘iaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele (Hi‘iaka), had not yet joined Pele and her older sisters at the shore, as she was gathering lehua blossoms to weave into lei(garlands). When Hi‘iaka arrived, Pele inquired of her, if she might have a mele (chant) and hula (dance) with which to entertain them. Hi‘iaka said that she did (for she had befriended Höpoe and Hä‘ena and learned themele and hula), and as she adorned Pele and the other sisters with the lei lehua as she chanted to them.”