Alchemy of Fire: The Solar Plexus

Alchemy of Fire: The Solar Plexus by Silvia Mordini

The Fire Element known as Agni represents the energy of transformation or change. It has three forms: fire, the sun, and lightening. This is the element associated with the third chakra, our solar plexus.
The Solar Plexus

The Sanskrit name of the solar plexus chakra, Manipura, translates to “lustrous gem.” Located between belly button and the bottom of the rib cage, it governs our intentions for emancipation, our right to act, our duty for self-definition, and our ego.

Color Yellow-gold

Element: Fire

Sense: Sight

Healing Stones: Amber, topaz, citrine, yellow calcite, yellow jasper

Affirmation: “May I be able to honor myself, be how I am in the world, and express that power without fear.”

Mantra: “I am free.”

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Alchemy of Truth: The Throat Chakra

Alchemy of Truth: The Throat Chakra by Silvia Mordini

What you say defines who you are. The words you use to express yourself become your message to the world about the life you are manifesting. This is the work of the fifth chakra—our communication chakra, or Vishuddha.

Today, dedicate yourself to your most truthful intentions. This clears the way for you to ask the right questions as you design your personal vision.

On the mat, our poses serve to refine our abilities to listen intently and speak honestly with ourselves. Once we are able to internally express what we want to manifest, we can share this outwardly with our friends and family.
The Throat Chakra

Visuddha in Sanskrit means, “extraordinarily pure.”

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Alchemy of Wisdom: The Third Eye Chakra

Alchemy of Wisdom: The Third Eye Chakra by Silvia Mordini

I want you to know that you don’t have to do it alone. A basic principle of spiritual life is that we learn the deepest things in unknown territory. Often, it is when we feel most confused inwardly and are in the midst of our greatest difficulties that we find new opportunities.

Our WEAKNESS often reveals life’s mysteries, while our strength can serve to blind us from our greatest unknown potential.

As part of cleansing and balancing the brow chakra or Ajna, our sixth chakra, I want you to focus on your “weaknesses.” See for yourself that the soft spots are exactly where you have the greatest learning potential.

Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.

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Alchemy of Happiness: The Crown Chakra

Alchemy of Happiness: The Crown Chakra by Silvia Mordini

The seventh chakra, also known as Sahasrara or the crown chakra, is often depicted as a thousand-petal lotus flower in full bloom at the crown of your head.

This lotus flower’s roots connect to the Earth and its petals flow out from the crown and back down through the chakras as a stream of Divine wisdom and awareness. Opening the crown chakra is not just a matter of lifting our energy UP, but of moving it DOWN for manifestation to occur as well.

In this way, the chakras condense the cosmic energy of universal consciousness, condensing it into the seven levels of manifestation: thought, light, sound, air, fire, water, and earth.

Sahasrara is about understanding our true nature and connecting it with a higher level of consciousness.

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21 Positive Affirmations & Why They Work

21 Positive Affirmations and Why They Work by Silvia Mordini

We can influence our mind through affirmation and suggestion. Medical professionals call this the placebo effect. Placebo testing is used today because of how powerful the mind is.

In pharmaceutical testing, one group is given the actual drug, and others are given a placebo, to test whether a drug works outside of the power of thought. Hypnosis based on the power of suggestion works in a similar way.

Did you know that we can also use affirmation, meditation, and visualization to lower stress levels in our body.

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5 Minute Gratitude Meditation


5 Minute Gratitude Meditation

Of the eight limbs of yoga, four or more are based on meditation. The goal when doing yoga postures is to open the hips, strengthen the back, and quiet the mind so we can sit comfortably and meditate. Studies show that people who regularly acknowledge the things they are thankful for live happier lives, so I started this meditation so I can express these things to myself even on days when I only have five minutes to sit down and meditate. Other thoughts will come up, but you don’t have to chase them. Don’t go to war with your brain’s honorable attempt to do its job. So grab a seat in criss cross apple sauce or hero’s pose, and let’s get started!

Minute one

Take this minute to focus on your breath. Inhale for five counts, exhale for five counts. Walk your internal gaze through your body, breathing into any places that you’re holding tension.

Minute two

Think of all the things you are thankful for in yourself. All of the parts of your character that help you to spread positivity and light to those around you. Avoid ‘wishing’ you were a certain way, and remember that even the little things are worth acknowledging.

Minute three

Think of every person you are thankful for in your life. Surely one minute will not be enough, but just flip through your mental photo album of everyone who loves, supports, and pushes you to do better. Taking just a minute to do this every day will enrich your relationships, even if it’s just subconscious.

Minute four

Fill in the blank with your own thank you prayer to the universe. Mine today- Thank you. I am grateful. I am grateful for this moment. I am thankful for my family, the roof over my head, my boyfriend, my friends. I am thankful for my process, and what I have accomplished in my life so far.

Minute five

Repeat the mantra: My life is full and abundant.

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How Much Do 2015 Yoga Retreats Cost?

Question: What are the least expensive retreats you offer?
Answer: $1250 Bali & Costa Rica; $1185 Thailand; Costa Rica $1350 for 8 days ALL included.

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Xinalani Mexico Retreat:
Small Palapa $1400pp (female shared room)
Deluxe Rooms Single: $2250; Double: $1600
Petite Suites Single: $2650; Double: $1850
Eco-Chic Suites Single: $3150; Double: $2150; Triple: $1750

Tuscany Retreat:
$1800 per person Triple Shared Early Bird
$2025 per person Double/Twin Early Bird
$2430 per person Single Room Early Bird

Costa Rica Retreat: (Subtract $150 Early Bird from prices below)
Nature Suite Double (with AC): $1,825.00
Nature Suite Single (with AC): $2,250.00
Mountain View Single (with AC): $2,250.00
Hermitage Double (hotel like): $1,500.00
Hermitage Single (hotel like): $1,750.00
Eco Cottage Double (Natural Air): $1,400.00
Eco Cottage Single (Natural Air): $1,650.00

Bali Retreat:
Double with Private Bath: $1499pp — Early Bird $1250
Single with Private Bath: $1799pp — Early Bird $1550

Thailand Retreat:
Two Bedroom Loft: 940 Euro (approx. $1185USD) per person
Double Semi Private Room: 1040 Euro (approx $1300USD) per person
Single Superior Room: 1140 Euro (approx $1450)

Prana del Mar Cabo Retreat:
Double $1700
Single $2300

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Baja Fire Yoga Class Music Playlist


1 Arrival In Nara – Alt-J

2 Creep – deadmau5

3 Avaritia – deadmau5

4 When a Fire Starts To Burn – Disclosure

5 If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) – Nas

6 Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

7 Ni**as in Paris – Kanye West & JAY Z

8 Burn – Ellie Goulding


10 Fineshrine – Purity Ring

11 Go Back Home – The Strike Boys

12 Moon Beat – Ltjxperience

13 Sterne – Martinek & C-Deluxe

Overcoming Self Sabotage


-I love positive “self” compound words: self-love, self-confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, self-acceptance and so on. I appreciate these because of the experience I’ve had with that other self word: self-sabotage.

New York Times #1 best-selling author Debbie Ford wrote, “Overcoming self-sabotage…is one of the most important conversations you’ll ever have with yourself. Honor it and know that it will change your life.” The question is, are you ready to change your life and grow your happiness? Will you choose your best life by being the best person you can be?

Living a spiritual life means understanding that in spite of our best intentions, each of us will sometimes sabotage ourselves. When this happens, it is important to remember that growth is not always orderly and even; sometimes you take a couple steps back before taking three forward.

Time on the yoga mat and in meditation opens our eyes to see that which holds us back. –

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