Prana del Mar Excellence at its Best

Have you thought that eco and luxury couldn’t happen in the same place?

At Prana del Mar they have done both. Incredible eco credentials and certainly their 5 star quality is magnificent. Here is more from The Cultureist and Silvia Mordini guest author
http://www.thecultureist.com/2013/07/30/prana-del-mar-yoga-retreat-cabo/

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Our next time there is Gratitude and Manifestation Retreat Nov 30 – Dec 7, 2013

Destress Travel Tip

We all benefit from some pre-travel stress relief. One of our favorite breathing techniques to destress is Alternate nostril breathing.

Benefits: balancing, calming, anti-anxiety, and very relaxing

Sanskrit Name: Nadi Sodhana Pranayama

How to Do It:
Place the right hand in Vishnu Mudra (forefinger and middle finger bent towards the palm; thumb, ring, and pinkie in the air). To do one round: close off right nostril with the thumb and inhale into the left nostril; close left nostril with ring and pinkie fingers, open the right nostril and exhale through the right, then inhale into the right nostril; close the right nostril, open the left, and exhale through the left nostril. Continue, doing 5-20 rounds.

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Destination Yoga Teacher Training RYT200 Program

Ciao & Kind Namaste!

I would like to take a moment to tell you more about the Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training is Jedi training for the Superhero inside all of us! It is wholeheartedly dedicated to the art of self-discovery. Think of this as Happiness Training.

“Happiness is first of all, feeling understood.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

Who am I to you? My teaching intention is to serve you as a compassionate mentor who inspires honest self-inquiry and ultimate transformation. This goes way beyond just teaching, mentoring means I have the opportunity to hold space for your growth now and forever. This is an intimate experience where I want you to feel understood (for some of us for the very first time).

“It is not enlightenment we need; it is intimacy. It is not positive thinking or awareness we need, but intimacy. Intimacy gives us these.” – Mark Whitwell

In our intimate Kula, community of the heart – an extended family, of no more than 18 students we can delve into the deepest study of who we are so we can live our happiness in a big way. This is the ultimate adventure. A Hero’s Journey.

This is the part where you find out who you are.

TTthennowThis will be an adventure that will both challenge and encourage you to embrace your potential and playfully make your super hero powers come alive. More than having you master some yoga poses, I want to see you become more self-aware and self-confident.

Joseph Campbell found that there was one CRUCIAL part of every Hero’s Journey – and that is the “Call to Adventure”. That moment when the hero is living his or her normal life and something changes, there is an opportunity to go on a journey.

The question is, does the hero say YES or NO? Every hero says no at first.

Why?

Simple: fear. They know if they say YES their life will never be the same again. They are afraid of change. They are afraid of risk. They are afraid of greatness. But being a hero means having courage and moving forward even though you are afraid of the discomfort of vulnerability. Vulnerability meaning the courage and truth to be ourselves. (Brene Brown).

Yoga inspires us to aspire to our greatness! The practice tells us that not only do we already possess our greatness, we have a responsibility to share it with the world.

So, consider this in-depth self-study program as a YES to one of the ultimate adventures of your life! Join me to feel more empowered to love your life!

With peace in all ways,

~Silvia~ Alchemy of Yoga

With deep respect and honor: This program is enriched by many ancient teachings, not just yoga, it also draws from Joseph Campbell, Brene Brown, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Shamanism, Ayurvedic studies, Toltec wisdom, Mythology, and energy systems like the Chakras.

Sant' Angelo, Ischia, Italy

On the South of the island of Ischia you’ll find the most magical chic fishing village of Sant Angelo. Its beautiful Piazzetta opens up to the beach making it one of the most unique destinations on the island. And its peaceful energy has been calling writers and poets for eons.

Sant’Angelo d’Ischia is actually a rock, connected to the rest of the island by a thin isthmus and is testimony of the volcanic nature that still exists here. At the top of the islet called the “Tower” once stood a small church where the followers of St. Michael, the guardian angel who gave his name, appeared in the village. St Michael is known as the leader of Heaven’s forces that triumphed over the devil.

On the right side of the village, past the church, you’ll arrive at Quarry Petrelle where are the stoves and where fine sand cook an egg in less than a minute. Sant’Angelo d’Ischia is one of the favorite tourist destinations with its gardens, spas, hotels and outdoor restaurants that have maintained the beautiful scenery and above all peace and tranquility, not to mention the beautiful boutiques that offer top quality fashion garments . The territory of Sant’Angelo d’Ischia is rich in thermal springs and offers beautiful beaches, including that of the fumaroles. Sant’Angelo d’Ischia offers short, peace, tranquility and prosperity to those who choose to spend the Holidays near the enchanting beauty of the sea and the beach.
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Grateful for Meditation

I am so grateful for my meditation practice & I love teaching others as I am here at Prana del Mar Retreat Center. I can’t wait to lead another retreat here again: Gratitude & Manifestation November 30 – December 7, 2013!

“The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live well. Meditation is the road to enlightenment.” -Rinpoche

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Radical Change and Happiness

Happiness Rx: “Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security.” -Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (Mission of Alchemy Tours)

Join us on Retreat and Get Clear on the Change you wish to be in the world:

July 31-Aug 18, 2013 Costa Rica Teacher Training RYT200

Sept 22-29, 2013 Soulshine Bali

Oct 6-13, 2013 Soulshine Bali

Nov 30 – Dec 7, 2013 Gratitude and Manifestation, Baja, Mexico at Prana del Mar

Jan 5 – 11, 2014 Costa Rica Yoga and Surfing at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers

March 29 – April 6, 2014 Xinalani Mexico

June 7 – 14, 2015 Paris and Provence

June 21 – 28, Tuscany Couples Retreat

June 28 – July 5, 2014 Tuscany

July 6-26, 2014 Tuscany Teacher Training

August 2 – 9, 2014 Amalfi Coast (Ischia)

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Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a choice. This lesson almost more than anything else has changed my life. It is one that I stay in touch with on a day in and day out basis. I made a choice to lead retreats all over the world because it is important to me. And as part of developing Alchemy Tours I continue to be tuned in to the partnership of happiness and choice. Here is how we choose to be happy in 2013 at Alchemy Tours. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

How We Choose to Be Happy in 2013 at Alchemy Tours

Explore a New Place in the World
Expand beyond ordinariness into experiencing
someplace extraordinary and inspiring.

Make a Full Commitment
Set your intention/sankalpa and stay with it. Practice
Sun Salutes everyday or set the date for a retreat.

Do Something that Scares You
Push your limits and get out of your comfort zone.

Taste Something New
Savor new flavors in wine, beer, and food;
either locally or in new part of the world.

Practice Relaxation
Make time to meditate, spend time near the water,
watch more sunsets, unplug from technology.

Learn a New Language
Set your mind up to try speaking another language. If you’re
going to Italy, then learn some Italian phrases, or try Spanish
if you’re going to Mexico or South America.

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I Am Still Growing

Iamstillgrowing“Growing is the most important and essential endeavor that a human being can undertake. You can make money, you can be promoted or demoted in the world. Never, at any stage, is there certainty about what will happen to you in this life. However, there is one thing nobody can ever take away from you-the growth you attain through your own search for Self-knowledge. Furthermore, this growth and understanding become the foundation that sustains you through any and all worldly difficulties, and that allows you-whatever the form of your physical experience- to find in life a continuously unbroken flow of total well-being.” — Swami Chetanananda

Photo taken at Prana del Mar Retreat Center

Join us there on retreat this November 30 – December 7, 2013 for Gratitude and Manifestation as we Yoga and Surf together! Save $75 for early birds by August 15th.

Setting My Surfing Intention

My intention is set. I will heal and surf again by November 30th, 2013.

(Photo taken at ‪#‎pranadelmar‬ I’ll be back 11/30 leading my Gratitude & Manifestation ‪#‎YogaandSurfingRetreat‬)

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Prana del Mar, Cabo San Lucas 5 Star Luxury Eco-Retreat | Thanksgiving Growth & Gratitude

Please join us for a wonderful week of yoga & meditation, relaxation, outstanding organic food, sipping the best margaritas of your life, laughing with friends, watching the star-filled sky and falling asleep to the sound of the waves breaking on the beach. You will be staying at the eco-luxury Prana Del Mar Retreat Center in Baja, Mexico less than a half hour from Cabo San Lucas, near the Southern end of the Baja peninsula nestled between the Pacific ocean and the Sierra del Laguna mountains.

This desert oasis offers 15 luxurious guest suites with swimming pool, spa and a beautiful yoga studio. All rooms and suites have polished travertine floors and worktops, custom teak furniture, pillow-top beds, luxury organic linens, daily maid service and organic bathroom products. They also feature large terraces and balconies with ocean views. The two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas.

Let us not forget Prana del Mar has exemplary eco credentials. The resort solar panels as its sole source of power and all waste water is treated on site and then used to irrigate the garden, itself organic. And if you purchase carbon offsets for your flight the resort will credit you that amount towards a spa treatment, surf lesson or excursion. Prana del Mar has been awarded 5 stars by Eco Hotels of The World.

Combine all of this with delicious cuisine featuring an international menu that incorporates contemporary and traditional Mexican influences and a loving staff, and you have an inviting place to deepen your yoga practice where you can relax, refresh, and rejuvenate.

INVESTMENT
Double Occupancy: $1,700 pp
Single Occupancy: $2,300

SAVE MONEY: REFER A FRIEND AND YOU EACH GET $50 OFF!

FOR RESERVATIONS
Sign up directly online at http://www.alchemytours.com, or email us hello@alchemytours.com.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
*7 nights of accommodations in Deluxe Rooms at Prana del Mar
*Three Organic Feasts/day + snacks
*Two yoga classes a day with Silvia Mordini: 1 solar and 1 lunar (using 2 different studios too)
*Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Meditation and pranayama
*Guided Labyrinth Meditation walk and History
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages) Beach Bonfire
*Constellation Presentation on rooftop deck, drink in hand
*Interactive Cooking Class
*Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure
*Spanish language class
*Guided Beach Hike on the 19 acre property
*1 Social Hour
*Yoga Photoshoot
*Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
*Ground transportation inbound and outbound from airport

NOT INCLUDED?
Airfare to and from the trip, extra spa treatments, extra activities, gratuities for your guides.

ABOUT OUR THEME FOR THIS RETREAT
“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” Says Christiane Northrup

Intention is defined as setting an expectation for yourself, an expectation to your OWN GROWTH AND EVOLUTION.

Our expectation and highest intention is that by going away on this yoga retreat to miraculous Prana del Mar we can help you reconnect to your commitment to grow by making time to focus on your Best Intentions. We will have space to breath our yoga twice daily and expand our connection to this promise we have made ourselves. We will actively practice guided Gratitude Meditations each day using a variety of techniques along with journaling and other manifestation exercises.

We will harness the power of intention to learn how to focus on one clear thing that is the most important to you. Coming away from this retreat you will be more convinced about the direction of your growth and evolution. Not 50 things at the same time. It is like the Buddhist parable of how to dig for water: instead of digging 100 holes focus your efforts and dig 100 times in the same place and then for sure we’ll strike water. We can’t wait for you all to join us to refocus your promise to yourself and the kind of life you want for yourself. And with the New Year of 2014 approaching let’s really manifest in our lives what is most important to us, to our health, to our hearts, to our peace of mind.

TYPICAL DAILY AGENDA (detailed agenda provided upon request)
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:30am – 11am Vinyasa flow yoga – Solar Yang
11am – 12pm Yoga clinics, mini workshops
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm – 5:30pm Daytime Fun (Beach, Spa, Hiking, & More)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Vinyasa slow flow yoga, restorative yoga and meditation – Lunar Yin
8:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Dharma talks

When I Started Loving Myself

When I Started Loving Myself By Charlie Chaplin written on his 70th birthday April 16, 1959

When I started loving myself
I understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.
And I understood that all that happens is right –
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

When I started to love myself
I understood how much it can offend somebody
When I tried to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
I stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself
I stopped depriving myself of my free time
and stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

When I started loving myself
I escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everything pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

When I started loving myself
I stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself
I refused to live further in the past
and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

When I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

We do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE!
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