Travel Destinations that Teach!

 

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We are learning all the time. Whether it’s behaviors, activities, or yoga poses, we subconsciously absorb information from the world around us. When we travel, we expand our world view and gain new knowledge, make new friends, and broaden our perspective on life.

Please enjoy our brief list of destinations that will give you the education of your life!

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Bali. Learn about a new culture. 95% of the population of Bali practices Hinduism and there are over 20,000 intricately designed temples that require traditional dress. As in many ancient religions, Hindu and Balinese holidays are based on the cycle of nature. They mark the change of seasons and celebrate the birth and death of all things.

IMG_1322 Italy. Learn about history. We are lucky to have places so well preserved that give us insights into our past. The Aragonese Castle in Ischia, for example, was built around 474 BC and still stands today after pirate raids and countless wreckages and rebuilds.

 

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Iceland. Learn about the value of silence. Iceland clocks in at just over three hundred and twenty thousand people (for scale- the state of new york has 8.3 million). It has just one city considered a ‘major city,’ where about a third of the population lives. This means the rest of the country is lava fields and stretches of green grass, punctuated by horse and sheep farms. This lets you experience the complete, eerie silence, literally being miles from another human.

 

Tenorio Waterfall, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica. Learn about happiness. U.K.-based New Economics Foundation’s new “Happy Planet Index” rated 151 nations by measuring ecological sustainability against well-being and life expectancy. Costa Rica topped the list as the worlds happiest country. Not, evidently, because they are the wealthiest or most advanced country, but because of the loving nature of the people towards others and their home.

 Join us on retreat for your own personal growth and education!

Prana Del Mar (Baja, Mexico) November 29-December 6
Bali October 3-10 2015
Thailand October 11-18 2015
Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training August 1-22 2015
Lumeria Maui February 14-19 2015
Tuscany June 21-28 2015
…and MORE!

Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training & The Om Collection Clothing Giveaway

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If you’ve been on the fence about committing to a teacher training or held back by financial reasons, this is the perfect opportunity for you! We’ve teamed up with the amazing folks at The OM Collection to give you the chance to win a $1,000 gift of teacher training + awesome yoga clothing.

Feel free to repost this photo on your facebook wall, follow the directions, and remember to tag Alchemy of Yoga!

Meet Malia Scott, Haramara Yoga Retreat Guide

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 4.09.26 PMABOUT MALIA SCOTT (Who is co-guiding along with Silvia Mordini, Haramara Retreat)

Since an early age Malia has always been interested in deep connection — through conversation, movement, music,  art, animals, nature and sky.

The mind-body-spirit connection began in her university days while attending UT-Austin when she started to discover different methods of yoga as a way to help her balance and work with anxiety and depression. A wild, curious renegade spirit at heart, yoga brought her balance and discipline at the perfect timing and continues to do so to this day.

After years of studying with various yoga and personal development teachers, she considers life to be the greatest teacher of them all. You can read all the books in the world, take all the workshops and training programs, but life will continue to crack you open in ways that you never expect. The real magic lies in curiosity, self-inquiry and practice. 

Malia is commited to listening and trusting the teacher within and enjoys integrating yoga and personal development studies as well as archetypes, psychology, chakra theory, the elements, astrology (Yogastrology), shamanism, dance and expressive arts.

Over the past 13 years, Malia has developed a passion for yoga, mentoring, teaching, coaching and conscious business, having had the opportunity and previous experience to work in various corporate positions, including account/project management and client relations. 

A synchronistic relationship formed and she co-founded SAY OM YOGA in 2012 in Austin, Texas with her two partners. It was around this same time that Malia experienced two intense life-changing car accidents that began to shift her overall perspective and 
soul’s calling to keep expanding and living a full life.

She has been in a commited partnership for over decade and married since 2007. In addition, she is a devoted bulldog mama to Bubbles and Belle. To learn more about Malia visit http://www.yogawithmalia.com/

Did you see Malia in the June 2014 issue of Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine?

 

 

Interview with Silvia Mordini: Part 1 & 2!

Have you been considering going on a yoga retreat or doing a yoga teacher training program? It’s important to know you connect with the teachers and guides involved so you can have the best experience possible!

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 1 from christina russo on Vimeo.

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 2 from christina russo on Vimeo.

What I Love About Astrology

By Malia Scott

Astrology, like the collective unconscious, with which psychology is concerned, consists of symbolic configurations, the “planets” are the gods, symbols of the power of the unconscious.  – C.G. Jung, Letters 1951-1961

Astrology. A hobby turned passion turned passion project and now an offering.

A tool that continues to guide me along the path that I am passionate about sharing with others.

Your cosmic roadmap is authentic and unique to YOU. Just like your yoga and meditation practice. Just like your favorite food, clothing and music. Astrology is simply another sort of guidance. The practical wisdom from an astrological cosmic roadmap reading can support you along your path so you can discern when it is the right or perhaps wrong timing to move forward with a particular aspect in your life, when to step back and re-assess, when to make the move or not.

Astrology covers every aspect of your life:

• Self image / Identity in the world

• Self-worth + money

• Communication

• Family, home, roots + security

• Self-expression, creativity, pleasure + romance

• Work + health

• Partnership + marriage

• Transformation + sexuality

• Beliefs + higher learning

• Career, profession + reputation

• Aspirations + goals

• Soul growth + privacy

 

I am excited to be offering discounted 1:1 astrological cosmic roadmap readings ($108/hour) in Haramara July 12-19, 2014  as another way to support you in Embracing Your Purpose & Finding Your Bliss, whether it be your birth chart, your relationships/compatibility, your career or your personal growth.

If you would like to register for a 1:1 reading, please be sure to know your exact:

–       birth time

–       birth location

 

ABOUT MALIA SCOTT:  Since an early age Malia has always been interested in deep connection — through conversation, movement, music,  art, animals, nature and sky.

The mind-body-spirit connection began in her university days while attending UT-Austin when she started to discover different methods of yoga as a way to help her balance and work with anxiety and depression. A wild, curious renegade spirit at heart, yoga brought her balance and discipline at the perfect timing and continues to do so to this day.

After years of studying with various yoga and personal development teachers, she considers life to be the greatest teacher of them all. You can read all the books in the world, take all the workshops and training programs, but life will continue to crack you open in ways that you never expect. The real magic lies in curiosity, self-inquiry and practice. 

Malia is commited to listening and trusting the teacher within and enjoys integrating yoga and personal development studies as well as archetypes, psychology, chakra theory, the elements, astrology (Yogastrology), shamanism, dance and expressive arts.

Over the past 13 years, Malia has developed a passion for yoga, mentoring, teaching, coaching and conscious business, having had the opportunity and previous experience to work in various corporate positions, including account/project management and client relations. 

A synchronistic relationship formed and she co-founded SAY OM YOGA in 2012 in Austin, Texas with her two partners. It was around this same time that Malia experienced two intense life-changing car accidents that began to shift her overall perspective and 
soul’s calling to keep expanding and living a full life.

She has been in a commited partnership for over decade and married since 2007. In addition, she is a devoted bulldog mama to Bubbles and Belle.

International signs of good luck

677eac9fToday we experience the magical ‘Honey Moon,’ which hasn’t fallen on a Friday the 13th since 1919. Much like black cats, walking under ladders, or revealing our birthday wishes, this day has always been seen by some as a bad omen.

Being travel junkies, we’ve collected a few good luck tips from our friends around the world and conveniently compiled them in a list for you! 

International Symbols of Luck:

Mexico. Owning a white rooster is said to bring good luck. 

Thailand. Giving a bride a siamese cat on her wedding day will bring her good luck. Elephants, white elephants in particular, are considered good luck throughout southeast Asia and are strongly linked to hindu philosophy. 

Bali. Visitors to Bali who have not been to India or other countries where Hinduism and Buddhism are practiced are sometimes surprised to see swastikas at the entrance to houses and temples. It is important to appreciate the meaning of the swastika in Hinduism. One translation from the original sanskrit is ‘that which is associated with well-being’. So the swastika is a symbol of good luck – the clockwise bending of the arms is a charm to bring good fortune. 

Iceland. In Iceland, it is considered good luck to throw three stones into a pile on the road before traveling a long distance.

China. Crickets have been known to bring good luck to families and prevent burglary.

Greece.  The Dolphin is a symbol of protection, and its image is said to bring good luck. The belief stems from the fact that ancient sailors who spent months or even years out of sight of land, found the sight of Dolphins swimming around their ships to be the first sign that land was near.

Italy. The Cornicello, also known as the Devil’s Horn, is the most popular Italian good luck charm, and is linked to celtic myths and predates christianity by thousands of years. This charm is often worn as a necklace to protect against evil.