Expert Advice on Finding Happiness

By Silvia Mordini – Featured on Seattle Yoga News

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This article is part of a series of Seattle Yoga News articles focused on interviewing local yoga experts in the Seattle area on a variety of yoga topics that are relevant to our readers. This week’s article is focused on finding happiness and features Silvia Mordini.

With contagious enthusiasm, Silvia Mordini encourages everyone she meets to love their life. She has been inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in students for 20 years. Seattle Yoga News asked her a few questions about finding happiness. Here’s what she said:

Read the full article here.

Under the Etruscan Sun in Prato

There’s just so much to do and see in and around Florence and it’s worth it to explore surrounding cities. The city of Prato, sponsoring wonderful and free day trips from Florence called “That’s Prato” in spring and fall, offers the opportunity to do just that.

Only 30 minutes from Florence. Prato has a population of over 200,000 and is the third largest city in central Italy. It is trying to change its image from industrial to emphasizing its museums, monuments and cultural heritage.

See more by Victoria de Maio and her beautiful photographs.

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Art in Florence: Top Twenty Artworks

“As adamant fans of the art in Florence, it often breaks our hearts to hear that travelers to this fair city miss out on some of Florence’s renowned works. Of course there are many reasons to visit this multi-faceted town, but one of the main motivations has always been to see Florence’s breathtaking painting, sculpture, and architecture. According to UNESCO (although it may be a somewhat Western centric view), 60% of the world’s most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence. – ”

See more at Art in Florence by Select Study Abroad

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My First Instawalk in Florence

“Yesterday morning as I was having breakfast and scrolling through Instagram I found out that an Instawalk was about to take place in Florence.

Since I had no plans and my daughter was going to be out for the day I decided to be a little spontaneous, grabbed my phone, jumped on my bike and reached the crowd of Instagramers in Piazza del Duomo.

For two hours we walked around Florence and although I had seen the places hundreds of times before it felt amazing to get out and shoot again. I so needed this in order to get back on track with my personal photography which I have honestly been neglecting a bit lately.”

Read the complete article and see the pictures in A Dusty Olive Green

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Italy Alchemy of Yoga RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training

You’ve been asking me for years to offer an Italy Yoga Teacher Training program. YES, YEs, Yes! Join me in Florence April 13-June 15, 2016 or even part of the time with our module offering, at Italia Power Yoga founded by my dear friend Silvana Alfonso.

Your Investment into Yourself

Full Program

  • RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + No Lodging: $1,999 USD
  • RYT 200- Hour Teacher Training + Shared Room: $3,500 USD
  • RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + Private Room: $3,900

Modules:
Module 1 RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + No Lodging:
Module 2 RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + No Lodging:

Teacher Trainers: ‪Silvana Alfonso‬ and Silvia Mordini assisted by ‪Tess Obermeier‬
Where? Florence, Italy
Hosted by? Italia Power Yoga

For details visit alchemytours.com or alchemyofyoga.com

Overview of Alchemy of Yoga Organization:

1. EARTH: Foundation – Rooting into Self and Manifestation (Chakra 1, East)
2. WATER: Emotional Alchemy – Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility (Chakra 2, West)
3. FIRE: Physical Alchemy – Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance (Chakra 3, South)
4. AIR: Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness (Chakra 4, North)
5. ETHER/SPACE: Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana, Transformation into the Infinite (Chakra 5&7, Omnidirectional)

Alchemy of Yoga Calendar Dates

Full Program Dates: April 13 – June 15, 2016
April 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24*, 27, 30*
May 1*, 4, 7, 8*, 11, 14, 15*, 18, 21*, 25, 28*, 29*
June 1, 4*, 5*, 8, 11*, 12, 15

MODULE 1 – 85 Hours
April 13 – May 20, 2016
April 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24*, 27, 30*
May 1*, 4, 7, 8*, 11, 14, 15*, 18

MODULE 2 – 60 Hours
May 21 – June 15, 2016
May 21*, 25, 28*, 29*
June 1, 4*, 5*, 8, 11*, 12, 15

Schedule

Wednesday Schedule: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Saturday Schedule: 1:15 – 5:15 pm / Break 5:15 – 6:45 pm / 6:45 – 8:30 pm
Sunday Schedule: 1:00 – 4:45 pm / Break 4:45 – 6:15 pm / 6:15 – 8:30 pm

*Extended sessions. Detailed calendar provided upon registration or request.

Alchemy of Yoga Description

MODULE 1: Foundation + Physical Alchemy – Tapas

To start this journey together, we will explore the self. We will root into a foundation that is grounded in our highest potential. In addition, this module will focus on Sun Salutations, General Principles of Poses, The Stages of Poses, Benefits of Poses, Purpose of Poses, How to Teach a Pose Safely to All Levels of Students, Meditation, Pranayama, and Yoga Therapeutics. This module corresponds to Training Manual EARTH + FIRE sections and Chakras 1-3.

MODULE 2: Mental + Spiritual Alchemy – Svadhaya + Ishvara Pranidhana

IMG_3175This first wave of this module will focus on the fundamental principles of Hatha Yoga (Sun/Moon) including an introduction to Classical Yoga Philosophy (Yoga Sutras: Yamas and Niyamas, 8 Limbed Path), History of Yoga, Basic Sanskrit, the Implications of Ethical Behavior and Living Your Yoga with an Ethical Code and Ecological integrity. This portion of the module corresponds to the Training Manual FIRE+ AIR sections and Chakras 4-5.

The second wave of this module will focus on the art of teaching including Creative Sequencing in Class Design, Developing Life Affirming Class Themes, Importance of Positive Languaging, Vocal Intonation, Musical Awareness, and How to Teach to the Heart of the Student. This section also focuses on the Healthy Teacher-Student Relationship: understanding the dynamic and how to resolve ethical issues and the Art of Assisting: providing verbal and physical adjustments and enhancements in an authentic, safe and generous way. This portion of the module corresponds to the Training Manual WATER section and Chakras 6-7.

APPRENTICESHIP:

This portion of training will focus on the practical skill development of apprenticeship through taking asana classes, observing classes, assistant teaching, and karma yoga (community service yoga offering). Also explored will be personal development with respect to the Business of Yoga.

POST-TRAINING MENTORSHIP:

Planning a yoga career/business – how to best market yourself while maintaining strong ethical standards and life balance/how to resolve ethical issues that arise from teaching yoga – with the possibility to explore additional topics.

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Alchemy of Love Sunrise to Sunset in Baja

You come to us from another world;
From beyond the stars and a void of space
Transcendent, pure – of unimaginable beauty.
Bringing with You the essence of Love.
You transform all who are touched by You –
Mundane concerns, troubles and sorrows dissolve in Your presence
Bringing joy to ruler & ruled, to peasants and kings.
You bewilder us with Your grace;
All evil is transformed into goodness.
You are the Master Alchemist!
You light the fire of Love in earth & sky,
In heart & soul of every being.
Through Your loving, existence & non-existence merge –
All opposites unite –
All that is profane becomes sacred again.

~Rumi

**Join us for our next Manifestation Yoga Retreat at Prana del Mar, Baja Nov 26-Dec 3, 2016! Check out Yoga Journal for special discount code we are offering.**

Photos by Jim Beckwith.

11 Yoga Retreats You Can Actually Afford

A vacation is great, a yoga retreat is even better. While they often seem pricey, retreats simply offer more value than traveling on your own. Not only do you get to chill in a zen location for a few days, but the retreat package price typically includes vegetarian, possibly organic meals, meditation and yoga classes, personal growth workshops and even an occasional spa treatment.

Read the rest of the article published in Yoga Journal

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