Gratitude for Our Feet Moving Us Forward by Silvia Mordini

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Today’s focus is Gratitude for our FEET that walk about 7,500 steps A DAY!

According to WikiAnswers: “The average moderately active person takes about 7500 steps a day. Assuming every day the person walks, an eighty year old person who began walking at one year of age, would have taken 216,262,500 steps in their lifetime. An average person, with an average stride, living to this age of 80 will walk about 108,131 miles.”

Walking trekking in the rivers of Costa Rica is not easy. If it rains on the mountains it makes the water unclear down by the ocean so you can’t see the bottom of where you are walking. And if it’s clear on the mountains then this pays forward and you can see the bottom. Either way you can’t walk fast down a river. You have to stay mindful, purposeful and tuned in.

And for every step you feel it count.

Every day in Costa Rica we take a Thank you Walk. – a walk of gratitude. And I encourage you to take a daily Thank You Walk at home too. Or if it’s not possible to walk outside then practice yoga and think of the poses linked with movement as a gratitude walk.

How does it work? You simply take a walk—outside, in a mall, at your office, on a treadmill—and while walking you think about all the things, big and small, that you are grateful for.

And as you walk try to imagine yourself on a pilgrimage through life in which you notice all the blessings you have received. Take time on your journey to stop and experience the joy of life’s wonder. Recall positive experiences and moments of healing and love. Visualize those persons who have been most pivotal in your life adventure.

We have a 7,500 opportunities to practice COURAGE each day, each step. Nothing more courageous than to keep going. Our hearts are more resilient than we sometimes give them credit for being: “It is not easy to keep your heart open in the face of the trials of being human. Life an so often be difficult, disappointing. When we finally stop struggling with life, stop wanting it to be anything but what it is now – not giving up – then our heart will indeed fall open, and we shall know beyond all doubt that all is well.” (unknown)

Why should you do this?The research shows you can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time so when you combine gratitude with physical exercise, you give yourself a double boost of positive energy. You flood your brain and body with positive emotions and natural anti-depressants that uplift you rather than the stress hormones that drain and slowly kill you. Julia Cameron says “Walking with our soles is really walking with our souls.” Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. ~Rumi

10 Benefits of Gratitude by Silvia Mordini

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I love this time of year when everyone is thinking about gratitude. For yogis it’s a year-long, life-long practice. Maybe just maybe my hope is that folks get into the gratitude habit now and keep it forever.

Rick Foster and Greg Hicks set out on a three-year journey to study extremely happy people. In their book How We Choose to Be Happy, they found that there are nine choices happy people make. One of those nine is to practice Appreciation.  The other of the nine choices includes: Intention, Accountability, Identification, Centrality, Recasting, Options, Giving, Truthfulness, and Synergy.

Happy people actively exercise gratitude and choose to live with an attitude of gratitude. They don’t buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmovable “happiness set-point.”

Read the full article here on Daily Cup of Yoga

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Stay tuned for Silvia Mordini & Haute Yoga Queen Anne’s Happiness Project! Coming Soon!

Gratitude Habit by Silvia Mordini

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As Gratitude is something which none of us can give too much I wanted to tell you how thankful I am for you sharing your time with me by coming to class. Your support encourages me to work even harder at serving you better. I really want to offer you the most beautiful, caring environment and inspiring classes possible so at the end of when you have a tough day you can regain clarity.

Is Your Soul Asleep?

I REMEMBER WHEN MINE WAS. THIS PRACTICE OF YOGA WOKE ME UP. IT WOKE ME UP TO MAKING GRATITUDE A HABIT.
When your soul is in charge your life becomes a LOVE STORY.
A love story between you and yourself, between you and everybody else, between you and the divine�…I�d love to seduce you into wondering about your soul; the way it moves, how it smells, feels, tastes, speaks, acts, even what it wears. And most Importantly how it is part of you that makes you a fascinating, mysterious individual. (By Gabrielle Roth � Sweat your Prayers)

A healthy Gratitude Habit can in the words of Melody Beattie “unlock the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Sometimes all it takes to reconnect to our Gratitude Habit is coming back to the mat and reigniting that inner light through gentle reminder of how lucky we really are. “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” (Albert Schweitzer) So this week join me in taking the gratitude habit from the mat into the world. How? Try this:

  • Reverse any tendency you have to make comparisons.
  • Quit talking about what you don’t have compared to what you have;
  • Stop complaining about how you are doing career-wise, relationship-wise, or any other-wise.
  • Instead, concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, saying to yourself from morning to night I am grateful for.

And I promise you will discover a life filled with gratitude wakes up and nurtures your soul and brings quiet joy! Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

Gratitude is confidence in life itself.
Gratitude gladdens the heart.
As gratitude grows it gives rise to joy.
Like gratitude joy gladdens the heart.
We can be joyful for people we love,
for moments of goodness, for sunlight and trees,
and for the breath within us.
And as our joy grows
we finally discover a happiness without cause.
We can rejoice in life itself, in simply being alive!

-From The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindess, and Peace By Jack Kornfield

20 Quotes to Get You Fired Up About Gratitude

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Experts agree that actively practicing gratitude brings a wealth of mental, physical and social benefits. And all we need to do is consciously be prompted to be grateful.

Gratitude based on a faith that everything that happens or doesn’t happen in your life is for your own best interests.  That we live in a purposeful universe.  Life is always for you; it is never against you.  It is a fact that blessings sometimes come wrapped in fear, pain, and tears.  In choosing to practice unconditional gratitude you are choosing to trust the process, to honor your feelings and to place your faith in an outcome of inevitable grace. — William Holden, Be Happy

Check out the full article on MindBodyGreen!

How Yoga Builds Self-Empowerment & Self Reliance

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Why do you do yoga? There are many different answers, but they all share a similar trait: SELF-EMPOWERMENT.

We do yoga to help ourselves heal, to empower ourselves to feel better, to grow our confidence, and to spark our enthusiasm to experience our best selves!

On the mat, you are empowered to try, make mistakes, and still be fully accepted. Your interests are met with gusto; the importance and joy of your hard work are recognized and encouraged. Failure is treated lightly, while curiosity and integrity are held in high regard.
What does empowerment feel like?

Physically, this feeling of self-reliance has a lot to do with our foundation and core strength.

For instance, in downward facing dog pose, your hands are as important as your feet.

Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com

How to Stop Faking It: 5 Ways to Be Yourself by Silvia Mordini

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It’s a common question when meeting someone—“What do you do?”

This was easy to answer when I had a regular corporate gig as a director. But now, when I respond with “I teach yoga,” I’m often met with confusion and occasional discomfort.

So people ask me the same question again in case I didn’t get it the first time.

The interesting thing is that as a yoga instructor, what I do is also very much aligned with who I am. To be honest, it took me most of my adult life to grow up and allow myself to be who I really am. Before then, I was mostly just pretending to be what everyone else wanted me to be.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e. e. cummings
Give yourself permission to be authentic.

While Lao Tzu’s sage advice, “Be simply yourself and don’t

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Should I Go to Yoga School?

 

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This time of year, with many annual Yoga Teacher Training Programs about to start in September or October, I am asked over and over again, “Should I go to Yoga School?” Honestly, if you are really asking, well… the answer is an unequivocal YES!

The first chapter, and the first verse of the Yoga Sutras presents this opportunity “AND NOW BEGINS THE STUDY OF YOGA.” This implies that only once you are ready to be a dedicated student of Yoga, only then will you actually begin your studies. No one else can decide that for you.

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Silvia’s 2015 Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Trainings:

Shefa Yoga Roosevelt – Seattle, WA: November 2nd, 2014-May 18, 2015 (module program)

Haute Yoga Queen Anne  – Seattle, WA: October 24, 2015-February 11th, 2016

Blue Spirit – Nosara, Costa Rica: August 1-22, 2015