How to Make an Aperol Spritz

A personal favorite of ours! Even when we drink this at home, it feels like a little bit of Tuscany is still with us.

What is Aperol? Aperol is an Italian orange liqueur. It has become Italy’s most popular light spirit. Aperol Spritz is only 7 to 8% alcohol

What you Need:
Ice Cubes (approximately 3 or 4 ice cubes)
2 to 3 ounces Prosecco or any sparkling wine
1 1/2 ounces Aperol*
Splash of soda water, sparkling water, mineral water, or Club Soda
Orange wedge or slice (blood red orange preferred)

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Preparation:
Fill a glass (highball glass or white wine glass) 1/4 full with ice cubes (you want to chill the drink and not water it down). Pour in the Prosecco and then top with Aperol. Add the soda water. Stir gently until mixed.

Garnish with an orange slice (either add slice of orange, twisting to release some juice and placing in the glass or simply use orange slice as garnish).

Makes 1 serving.

Summer Moon Dates

For Summer months June July August here are important moon dates.

New moon June 8, 2013 08:59:01 AM
First quarter June 16, 2013 10:25:25 AM
Full moon June 23, 2013 04:33:38 AM
Last quarter June 29, 2013 09:55:21 PM
New moon July 8, 2013 12:16:06 AM
First quarter July 15, 2013 08:19:57 PM
Full moon July 22, 2013 11:16:32 AM
Last quarter July 29, 2013 10:44:43 AM
New moon August 6, 2013 02:51:32 PM
First quarter August 14, 2013 03:57:33 AM
Full moon August 20, 2013 06:45:06 PM
Last quarter August 28, 2013 02:35:47 AM

Full Moon Energy of Change

Full Moon energy is a potent time to align and release what is no longer serving you.

The perfect mantra for this time is: I AM READY FOR CHANGE

This is very 2nd and 3rd chakra work and being on the mat will reveal what is necessary for us to allow our evolution to unfold. We get to see where we have resistance to change. Or where we doubt ourselves or hesitate which are forms of resistance. We all know what we want, what we need, what we are ready for and often replaying old patterns serves to hold us back.

I would love for you to empower yourself to know that YOU CREATE YOUR REALITY. You can influence your life in a dark way or change it out and dream big and each day of your life becomes as Rumi writes “a day of festival!” Yes, it really will if you allow yourself to keep evolving in the direction of happiness which the yoga sutras say is our natural state.

Start now: I AM READY FOR CHANGE.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Which Trips Have Availability?

Super Namaste Lovers of Flow, Adventurous Spirits and Yogis!

As of today May 22, 2013 here is what we have available on our upcoming trips:

June 22-29: Tuscany – 3 spots remaining
July 1-7: Amalfi, Ischia, Capri – 3 spots remaining
July 31-Aug 18: Costa Rica RYT200 Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training – 2 spots (1 girl, 1 guy)
Sept 22-29: Bali – 1 guy roommate
Oct 6-13: Bali – 1 female roommate Sound of Sunshine Room, Koi Room as Single or Double, 1 female roommate Lotus Villa
Nov 30-Dec 7: Baja Mexico – 10 spots remaining

2014 Upcoming Retreats:
Jan 5-11, 2014 Costa Rica New Years Yoga and Surfing
March 29-April 5, 2014 Xinalani Yoga Retreat
June 7-14, 2014 Paris to Provence Couples Retreat
June 15-21, 2014 Paris to Provence Writing and Yoga with Sadie Nardini
June 27-July 5 Tuscany Yoga and Cycling Retreat
AND MORE!
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Inspiring Adventure In Your Life

Posted by Yoganonymous and authored by Silvia Mordini about INSPIRING ADVENTURE in your life.

http://www.yoganonymous.com/inspiring-adventure-in-your-life/

“The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.” – Maryanne Rudmacher

My Father was my first adventure teacher. I am forever grateful to him for inspiring my love for exploration. The quality of curiosity was not looked down upon in my family and I was never made to feel bad about it. Today I want to pay forward this joy of adventure in personal growth. This is why I lead retreats. I hope my article inspires you to open your heart to the world of possibility within you and outside you! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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Italy Yoga Retreat Mindfulness Practice

In June I will return to Italy where I am always more conscious of the pacing of life. In the art cities like Siena and Florence the cadence of one’s walk is mindful, never too fast (whether or not you’re walking in heels on cobble stoned streets.) And in the Tuscan countryside the way in which one eats and drinks is even slower so as to savor the tastes completely. Then my travels will bring me to the warmest sun of all, that of the Amalfi area of Southern Italy. There I reconnected to the Sun in the most splendid way while living on Ischia!

And what I observe when living in the sun is that you move more slowly.

Tuscanycollage2013I am inspired to bring this learning back into the practice of Sun Salutations, Surya Namaskar, in yoga class too. There is nothing natural about practicing our Sun Salutes at break neck speed. If that’s the pace then your breath speeds up in a frenetic way causing your mind and body to overheat. You leave feeing frantic even if at first you misidentify this as “energized”.

Try it for yourself, on a sunny day go run around as fast as you can and then observe whether or not you feel more or less connected to your life. For me, I only ever want to feel more, and let light make me see more too. I don’t want to rush in my yoga because I’ve found that rushing in my life only led me to emotional and mental burn-out.

Yoga empowers us to be present to our magnificence but not manic. It is as Stephen Covey writes, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Celebrating which in sanskrit is “Namaskar” requires us to enjoy the light of each moment. Therefore Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutations, are a traditional way to celebrate mindfully the light within us for each of us is self-effulgent like the Sun.

We have no need to prove anything or create undue friction by going too fast. As Hafiz so eloquently puts it,

“I am happy even before I have a reason. I am full of Light even before the sky. Can greet the sun or the moon.”

Today practice Sun Salutation A and B with this awareness. Even practice outside on a sunny day. And for variation in Warrior A try this:

*Inhale reach up from your waist say to yourself “I am celebrating!”
*Exhale hands behind your back in yoga mudra, breath in, breath out and fold, “I am releasing.”
*Inhale reach up
*Exhale open your arms into prana mudra say to yourself “I am receiving”

As you celebrate your life, share your brilliance from the inside out and receive the warm blessing of the sun into your heart. Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia
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How to Make Limoncello

What is the famous drink of the Amalfi area?

The region is famous for Limoncello! Traditionally made from the zest of Sorrento lemons, zest/peel & steeped in grain alcohol until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed with a simple syrup – yummy & delicious!

Come taste for yourself July 1-7, 2013! Join us living on Ischia for an adventure of a lifetime. Learn more http://www.alchemytours.com

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