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25 Life Lessons I’ve Already Learned

By: Silvia Mordini

As I continue to learn life lessons, I also begin to wonder more about the quality of questions I’m asking. I know that I will never be done learning. And since learning often comes as a result of pain, heartbreak, or tragedy, it is my sincere hope that the lessons become gentler as we work our way through life.   My life philosophy is: “Ancora Imparo — I am still learning.” These words, spoken by Michaelangelo as he lay on his deathbed, ring true for my soul development every day. I am happy to note that some lessons have stuck with me, even as I continue to learn and grow.   Sometimes that paradoxical sense of, “the more I learn, the less I know,” rises within me, and I vacillate between a quiet calm and a low-grade anxiety… Read the full article on!

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5 Reasons Why Yoga Studios are Important

By Silvia Mordini

Yoga studios are essential for both the student and the teacher. In this digital, social, media-energized virtual world, it is evident to me that people still crave human connection.    The most important contribution studios offer is community. Community defined simply is a place for gathering. A place where hearts can connect. A place where interaction and relationships develop in personal face-to-face relationships.

What Yoga Studios Can Provide

Yoga studios provide that space where we can connect, learn, support, and celebrate each other. For students, this is critical in fostering personal growth and highest self-study, or svadhyaya. As students, we need teachers who can actually be with us.

For the teacher, it provides a consistent platform to offer their special gifts and unique styles. It fosters deeper, more intimate, and long-lasting relationships with the student. It also offers a place to call home… Read the full article here!

$500 Scholarship – Alchemy of Yoga Napa Valley Teacher Training, Dec. 6 – 15, 2015

Namaste Dearest Lovers of Flow and Alchemists,

Something magical & mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together with the purpose of uplifting their lives and expanding consciousness into radical authenticity

Alchemy of Yoga is offering a $500 Yoga School Scholarship for our upcoming Napa Valley Immersion Teacher Training, December 6 – 15th, 2015.  This program takes place at the beautiful Mayacamas Ranch in Calistoga Wine Country.

E-mail if interested!

Self-Investment: Manzanita Dorm: $1,899 / Manzanita Double: $2,650 / Manzanita Single: $3,100

What’s Included In Your Investment 

  • RYT-100 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Training (Module 1 of 200-Hour Program)
  • 200-Page Training Manual
  • On-going mentoring & teacher tools
  • Vision Board
  • 10 days + 9 nights accommodation
  • 3 healthful, delicious meals per day with vegan, gluten-free, and other options available
  • Organic juices, Coffee, Herbal blends, Tea
  • Daily meditation
  • Basic Spanish language class
  • Excursions to Pacific Ocean Sandy Beaches
  • Time for Exploration and Relaxation
  • 1 social hour on select evening
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Free WiFi
  • A special eco friendly goodie bag with loving gifts
  • Water and fire rituals aligned with the Moon cycles
  • Taxes

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“Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” – Chris Brogan

I was raised with the immigrant mentality of work harder—and then work much harder—and above all else never quit. I associated shame with quitting, and quitting with being ashamed. But while you certainly aren’t going to get A’s and B’s by quitting, or get into the college of your dreams by quitting, or let alone land your dream job—is it possible that you could live your happiest life by selective quitting?

What if we aren’t quitting enough—and not the other way around?

Maybe instead of reading articles titled “Why You Should Stay in Your Job” or “How to Know If You Should Remain in Your Relationship” we should instead consider “Why You Should Quit Your Job” and “How You Know You Should Quit Your Relationship.” We need to stop allowing ourselves to be shamed by quitting things, people, and situations that don’t support our happiness. Life is simply too short to settle.

“Employ the power of positive quitting. Most of us view quitting as something negative, but it’s not. ‘Winners never quit,’ we’re told, when, in reality, winners quit all the time: choosing to stop doing things that aren’t creating the results they desire.” – Jim Allen

But quitting is not the same as giving up—that’s where we get confused… Read the full article on! 

How Teacher Training Transforms Your Life

“Something extraordinary happens while in a yoga teacher training program that breaks the bonds of ordinary awareness and expands the consciousness of each individual to a level that would otherwise would have taken years of ordinary living to attain. This acceleration of evolution is mystical, meaning that the explanation of the change is beyond logic and reason.” – Silvia Mordini, Life Inspired Happiness Coach​

For 10 years I’ve seen this be true. I want you to know it for yourself. Join me December 6-15 in Napa Valley for 108 hours of MAGIC!

2 scholarships remaining and 3-12 month payment plans available, e-mail to inquire.

With gratitude to YOGANONYMOUS, read my full article here!

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The Link Between Yoga Economics and Happiness

In class recently, I was sharing the story of what things were like when I opened my first yoga studio, Chicagoland Total Body Yoga. Without apology, I begged my neighbors and friends to be in class for free so it would look like we had students, but really we didn’t have any money coming in for months. I was working two full-time jobs clocking in a ridiculous number of hours each week, and almost every waking moment was poured into fanning the flame of the studio to keep it alive another day, week, let alone month or year. Well, that was 13 years ago.  To say I often thought about giving up would be an understatement…. Read the full article on! 

2016 Yoga Retreats with Alchemy Tours

March 27 – April 3, 2016 Bali Bhakti Bliss Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini and Music by Jim Beckwith

May 1-22, 2016 Hawaii Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Hour Teacher Training with Silvia Mordini and Laura Hand

June 11-18, 2016 Amalfi Soulful Exploration Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini

June 19-25, 2016 Tuscany Vino & Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini and Silvana Alfonso

June 25-July 2, 2016 Amsterdam Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini and Drishti Journeys

July 23-30, 2016 Costa Rica Pura Vida Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini

July 30 – Aug 20, 2016 Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Teacher Training Blue Spirit Retreat Center with Silvia Mordini and Laura Hand

October 2016            TBA