Yoga Teacher Sustainability 101: Stay Inspired & Thrive, by Silvia Mordini

Inspiration is key to sustaining your passion, technique and enthusiasm for teaching yoga. We all have the same pulls upon us as spiritually ordinary yogis – things like family, friendships and students to name a few. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been teaching for two years or twenty years, the challenges of sustainability in teaching yoga as a profession remain the same.

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Could you use a little shift in perspective?

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I want to introduce others to Bali as a cultural perspective shift. A possibility of a different way of being, of seeing, of feeling. So often in our culture there is a tendency to have so much pride in the way we do things in our country, like it’s the best way or the only way. Maybe that’s not true. Is it a threatening idea to have an open mind? Much of the time it is. There was a time when I couldn’t imagine not owning a house, not having a job or a mortgage. Like there was something wrong with that. There was a struggle to become the norm. I couldn’t imagine really being able to do what I dreamed of. I couldn’t imagine doing my music, really giving my gift of song to the world, and thriving in it. I didn’t even really let myself dream. Then at some point things were breaking down and it seemed I was forced to either get a job that would kill my soul or surrender to my dharma, my purpose, my true path and be open to seeing what could be. Of course there can be fear in that. This is the challenge, the practice: To dream, to believe in possibility, to trust.

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Before 2015 I had wanted to visit Bali but didn’t imagine that it would be any time soon. I didn’t really consider that it could be manifested. Then a friend coached me a little on the power of setting intention and believing that it could be. I set that in motion internally and let it be. Then somehow, the possibility came into being. You don’t always need to know the ‘how’ of anything.

I suppose it’s like what my Sufi teacher was trying to tell me when I went to him for advice, distraught about my life, worried that I was going to fail. He said, laughing, “Fail what? You just need to surrender”. I’ve spent some years learning what that really means, but years later, I feel like I’m beginning to get some understanding of it.

As it turns out, I don’t have a need for a mortgage, or a house. At some point it might be nice, but I don’t even have ‘A Place’ to live. People ask me where I live and I say “I have many homes in many places”. So many friends all over the world. I live where I am. That makes me happy. Keeps things fresh and I meet so many great people in so many places. Going with the flow, depending on magic from the Universe. It’s quite a practice. Trusting.

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I’ve given almost everything up that I thought I needed in the world and I’m happier than ever. I’m singing a lot. I’m traveling and seeing the world. Somehow. I don’t have to know how.

I’d like my friends (including the friends I haven’t yet met) to see Bali, to consider how some things could be different and still be ok, and, dare I say, better – if we could adopt a few of them in our own culture.

I don’t know all of Bali, but I’ve been to Ubud.

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Imagine a place where it is the absolute norm to look people in the eye and smile, seeing with love and care.

Imagine a place where, if you stop for a moment appearing like you might have a need or a little confusion as to which way to go, someone will definitely stop to see what they can do for you, not wanting anything from you and giving way more than you would expect to help you.

Imagine a place where everybody smiles most of the time!
Flowers are everywhere, devotion is multiple times daily in every home and business.
People are not judgmental of you. I never felt a hint of that.
Coconuts are the size of bowling balls and so plentiful, and the land is SO lush and green. You can get one for like a dollar. You can get a MAJOR meal for $3-$7.
Every restaurant serves a myriad of FRESH juices. Mostly always organic.
It’s not ever cold. Did you hear that? The weather is so perfect. You could easily sleep outside, but NICE accommodations are so affordable you wouldn’t.

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For me, the biggest take away might be to see that it is really possible to always be kind. That’s the norm.

Anyway, that’s a start. Need a little head shift? Come see for yourself.

Jim Beckwith
http://jimbeckwithmusic.com

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Best Bali Temples

Bali is often referred to as the “island of a thousand temples.” In fact there are 9 directional temples in Bali to ward off evil spirits. However, some would say there are more temples than homes with well over 11,000.

When traveling through Bali your classroom is found by walking through rice fields to temples. Hiking along rivers and climbing to find the highest temples possible. Go at sunrise and sunset and the middle of the day just to see them in different light. Feel the energy of the sacred in the ordinary.

Here the meaning of being Spiritually Ordinary is an every day occurrence.

Feel it and see it for yourself and be inspired!

Join us March 27 – April 3, 2016 Bali Yoga Retreat 2016

Rice Fields of Bali UNESCO World Heritage

There are experiences where you feel your breath grow more peaceful. Walking through Bali’s Rice Fields is one of those places. It is

In Bali Rice is Life.

Even UNESCO recognized the Rice fields as as world heritage activity. Their 1000 year history tells the story of the Balinese people. In talking to anyone you can ask them about rice and they will share fables learned as children about the lessons of Rice. It is their teacher.

You feel this impact when you stand still in a rice field and just listen. The ancients seem to speak to you even if you’ve never heard them before. The

“Traveling is like talking to men of other centuries.” – Descartes

Come see these with Alchemy Tours March 2 – April 3, 2016 Ubud Bali Yoga Retreat

VanGogh Museum Amsterdam Yoga Retreat

The Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of the works of the world’s most popular Screenshot 2016-01-03 15.22.59artist – Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), his paintings, drawings and letters, completed with the art of his contemporaries. Each year, 1.6 million visitors come to the Van Gogh Museum, making it one of the 25 most popular museums in the world.

Even if you are not a big Van Gogh lover, do not miss this museum. Its modern main building was designed by Gerrit Rietveld, completed by his partners after his death (opened in 1973), with later built elliptical exhibition wing by Kisho Kurokawa (opened in 1999). Both give a visitor brilliant space to admire art works, to look and to breathe.

Wines of Tuscany

Tuscany is a wine region.  Chianti is produced form the vines that grow in the hills between Florence and Siena. And Chianti is considered to be one of the oldest established wine zones in the world,  dating its origins to the 18th century.  Each town has its own wine, and each home practically has its own.  Think of vino della casa as the individual especialty of a family that is used everyday at its table.  Wine is a part of the tradition of Tuscany, and one cannot go wrong trying any of its varieties.

 

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